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President’s Symposium on Student Retention Takes Place Nov. 29

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Dr. George Kuh, founding director of the
Center for Postsecondary Research and the
National Survey of Student Engagement, will
speak at Kent State during the President's
Symposium on Nov. 29.

Members of the Kent State community on all campuses are invited to attend the President’s Symposium, and join a universitywide discussion about student success on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Dr. George Kuh, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, will discuss “Building a Blueprint to Graduation: Retention and Persistence” at the symposium. Kuh is the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. RSVP at by Monday, Nov. 21.

The symposium is sponsored by the Office of the President and Academic Affairs.

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Kent State Bookstore Holds Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event

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Kent State alumnus and WJW-TV8
Chief Meteorologist Dick Goddard will be at
the Kent State Bookstore for a book-signing
event for his book Six Inches of Partly Cloudy.
The book signing is part of the bookstore's
faculty and staff appreciation events on
Dec. 1 and 2.

Kent State University Bookstore invites all faculty and staff to its annual appreciation event on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Dec. 1, Robert W. Trogdon, co-editor of The Letters of Earnest Hemingway, will be at the Kent State University Bookstore from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a release party and book signing. Trogdon is a professor of English and director of the Institute for Bibliography and Editing at Kent State University.

This first volume encompasses his youth, his experience in World War I and his arrival in Paris. The letters reveal a more complex person than Hemingway’s tough-guy public persona would suggest: devoted son, affectionate brother, infatuated lover, adoring husband, spirited friend and disciplined writer.

Unguarded and never intended for publication, the letters record experiences that inspired his art, afford insight into his creative process and express his candid assessments of his own work and that of his contemporaries. The letters present immediate accounts of events and relationships that profoundly shaped his life and work. A detailed introduction, notes, chronology, illustrations and index are included.

These letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) for the first time, allow readers to follow the thoughts, ideas and actions of a great American writer in his own words.

On Dec. 2, legendary Cleveland TV personality and pioneering meteorologist Dick Goddard, author of Six Inches of Partly Cloudy, will be at the Kent State University Bookstore from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a book signing.

Goddard celebrates a remarkable 50 years on television with this grab-bag of personal stories, witty cartoons, fun facts and essays about weather, pets, Ohio history, the TV business and much more. Also included are favorite stories about Goddard told by his friends and colleagues, and dozens of photos.
Goddard is donating his income from this book to animal charities.

Goddard has served as the chief meteorologist at WJW TV8 since 1966. He forecasts the weather Monday through Friday, on the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. editions of Fox8 News. National surveys by Herb Altman Research have twice named him the most popular local television weather person in America. In 2001, Ohio Magazine named him best meteorologist. Goddard served with the U. S. Air Force before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1960 from Kent State University. A native of Akron, he currently lives in Medina.

Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

As a token of appreciation to faculty and staff, the bookstore will offer a 25 percent discount on select apparel, general books and gifts.

For more information, call Tom Parsons at 330-672-1588. The University Bookstore is located at 1075 Risman Dr. on the 1st floor of the Kent Student Center.

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Have Fun, Raise Funds at United Way Cornhole Tournament

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Members of the university community
have fun while raising funds for the
United Way during the 2010 cornhole

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will hold its annual United Way Cornhole Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The event begins at 4 p.m., and is open to faculty, staff, students and affiliates of the university.

The single-elimination tournament will involve a round of the best of three games. As many as 64 teams will be allowed to participate. The cost to participate is $50 per team. All proceeds benefit the United Way.

“The cornhole tournament is an opportunity to have fun while supporting a great cause,” says Barb Boltz, United Way coordinator for the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “We encourage faculty and staff to participate in this tournament in support of our neighbors in our community.”

To register, visit By registering, each team member will receive official tournament T-shirts. For more information, contact Boltz at

So far, Kent State has achieved more than 50 percent of its United Way campaign goal. To support the campaign, visit the My HR tab in FlashLine and click on United Way E-give to make a donation today.

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Parallel and Intersect at Kent State University

Dance faculty present diverse program

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Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will
show original choreography by dance faculty members on
Dec. 2-4
. Dance ’11: Parallel + Intersect will feature diverse
styles of modern dance.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will show original choreography by dance faculty members on Dec. 2-4.

Dance ’11: Parallel + Intersect
will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday,
Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in
E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Center. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for faculty, staff and Kent State alumni, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office by calling 330-672-2497 or online at Hours are weekdays noon to 5 p.m. Free parking is available.

The concert will feature diverse styles of modern dance choreographed by faculty members Kimberly Karpanty, Erin LaSala, Joan Meggitt, Andrea Shearer and Barbara Allegra Verlezza. In addition, the duet Intermittent Agitation will be performed by Karpanty and Meggitt, while Dance Music Director Bill Sallak will present a performance of John Luther Adams’ evocative Wail.

Dance ’11 is a collaboration between faculty and students in the School of Theatre and Dance, and involves more than 75 performers, designers, faculty members, crew members and staff. The concert will be hosted by Associate Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza, who will provide background information and insights about each piece prior to its performance.

“Time! Humor! Humanity! are the inspirations for this year’s faculty dance concert, Dance ’11: Parallel + Intersect,” says Shearer, the dance division director.

Comic works include The Scrimmage, a trio by LaSala set to classical music and based upon young soccer players who warm the bench; and Shearer’s Umbrellapalooza, exploring where real life meets the circus, with umbrellas representing everything from career tightropes, to individuals’ cherished wishes and dreams.

Time factors are important to Meggitt’s Getting Up to Speed and LaSala’s point-present, which starts a movement timeline and works backward to the beginning.

Exploring the complexities of human relationships is the focus of Silhouettes by Verlezza, a duet to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, while Karpanty’s choreography for the 14 members of the Kent Dance Ensemble finds inspiration in the words of Colin Verarncombe, “Look at me standing/here on my own again/up straight in the sunshine.”

For more information, visit

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Applebee’s Fundraiser for Campus Kitchen at Kent State

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A Campus Kitchen at Kent State volunteer prepares food
for people in the local community. Campus Kitchen at
Kent State helps feed about 100 people weekly.

Students in the College of Communication and Information are organizing a fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Applebee’s in Stow for the Campus Kitchen at Kent State, a hunger alleviation initiative that feeds approximately 100 people in our local community each week. Food is recovered, prepared and delivered by Kent State students, faculty and staff to community partners – Kent Social Services and Center of Hope.

On Nov. 23, whether you dine in or out between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.,
15 percent of your total bill will be donated to the Campus Kitchen at Kent State when you present this flier.

Grab a group of friends, a date or your family and come have a bite at Applebee’s in Stow (or Curbside To Go, Applebee’s carry-out service).
Help feed the homeless in Portage County by feeding yourself.

If you are unable to attend this fundraising event, we ask you to consider a small donation of $5, $10 or $20 to the Campus Kitchen at Kent State Project. Non-perishable food donations are also accepted.

For more information, contact Christine Morgan at or call 216-538-1339.

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Kent State Chorale to Perform Carols and Confections in Place of Yuletide Feaste This Year

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The Kent State University Chorale will perform a variety
of holiday songs during Carol and Confections on Dec. 3,
at the University Auditorium of Cartwright Hall.

The December performance will feature holiday songs and seasonal treats for concertgoers

The Kent State University Chorale will perform an array of holiday songs during Carols and Confections at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the University Auditorium of Cartwright Hall on Terrace Drive in Kent. Immediately following the concert, guests will be welcomed to a variety of holiday treats and beverages.

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Chorale and will include an eclectic song list. Guests can expect to hear a wide variety of seasonal melodies, ranging from the Gregorian chant to Renaissance songs, and from contemporary carol arrangements to Hanukkah songs.

A long-standing Yuletide Feaste tradition will take a break to allow Carols and Confections to debut. The Yuletide Feaste is a medieval-themed dinner, complete with a queen, live medieval entertainment and the voices of the Kent State Chorale. Director Scott MacPherson says the Yuletide Feaste “will be better than ever” when it returns next year.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students with valid ID or for children under 18 years. Call 330-672-2172 for tickets or purchase at the door. Cash or check only will be accepted.

The Kent State University Chorale is made up of students across all majors who dedicate themselves to music, and work towards refining their talents. Each year, the chorale performs on campus and throughout the region and state and even toured Italy for 11 days, performing in Florence, Rome, Venice and Greve.

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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Enjoy College and University Night with the Canton Charge – Cleveland Cavs Development Team

Discount tickets available for Kent State employees

The Canton Charge – the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Development Team in Canton—invites the Kent State University community for a night of fun to celebrate its inaugural season on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Canton Civic Center. The team will play the Texas Legends, with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Discount tickets are available for Kent State faculty and staff, and a free meal package is available with every ticket purchased through this offer.

To order tickets, visit, and enter the password: KSU. The password is case sensitive. Families wishing to sit together must submit orders at the same time. All sales are final.

Orders placed within 10 days of the game will be held for pickup at the Civic Center Main Ticket office.

For more information, contact Chris Muhlberg at 216-420-2865 or

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

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