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Kent State Hosts 38th Annual Meonske Accounting Conference, April 26-27

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James H. Quigley, CEO, Deloitte Touche
Tohmastu Limited, and co-author of
The New York Times best seller As One,
will speak at the 38th Annual Meosnke
Accounting Conference.

The Ohio Council of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) will host its 38th Annual Meonske Accounting Professional Development Conference and Workshop on April 26-27 at Kent State University. Early registration discount ends on April 20.

“Our conference this year is going to be outstanding as usual,” says Norman Meonske, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Kent State University and national online instructor for the Becker CPA Review Course. Meonske, conference namesake, says, “We are going to have two days packed full of high-quality practical training for members of the accounting and financial community, and we encourage registrants to take advantage of the early bird and group discounts because we expect a sellout.”

The pre-conference workshop on Thursday will feature keynote addresses, including “Automating the Last Mile – Improving Reporting Processes and Controls” by Mike Willis, partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and chairman emeritus, XBRL International; “Implementing Analytics-based Enterprise Performance Management Methodologies – Pitfalls and Speed-bumps” by Gary Cokins, principal, SAS Global Business Advisory Services; and “The Truth and Consequences of Ethical Behavior” by Meonske. There also will be breakout sessions during the conference that review Ohio Professional Standards and Ethics, Fair Value Measurement and Accounting, and Sustainability and the Accountant’s Role.

The Friday financial reporting panel features Dennis R. Beresford, Ernst & Young executive professor of accounting, University of Georgia; Mark M. Bielstein, partner, KPMG LLP; Daryl E. Buck, member, Financial Accounting Standards Board; James L. Kroeker, chief accountant, Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and Carlo D. Pippolo, partner Ernst & Young LLP. The panel will address SEC proposed rules, issues arising from the review of SEC registrant filings, and other key projects, such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) standard updates.

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Jeffery C. Thomson, president and CEO,
Institute of Management Accountants, will
give the keynote luncheon address on
Friday, April 27.

Also on Friday, the keynote luncheon address “Fierce Competition in the Accounting Industry – Are you Kidding?” will be delivered by Jeffery C. Thomson, president and CEO, Institute of Management Accountants.

Afternoon sessions include “As one (Collective Leadership Power)” by James H. Quigley, CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmastu Limited, and co-author of The New York Times best seller As One; and “Mobile Technology Best Practices for increasing Executive Productivity” by Donald R. Tomoff, partner, Thornhill Financial Inc.

This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of Kent State alumnus Newton D. Becker, ’52, founder of the Becker CPA Review that began as an in-house course in Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Cleveland office. Becker is responsible for more than 400,000 accountants passing the CPA exam.

Attendees on both days will earn 16 hours of CPE. Friday attendees will get a free copy of the best-selling book As One and the opportunity to win a new Apple iPad.

For more information or to register, contact the Kent State University Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161 or go to

Posted April 2, 2012 | Foluke Omosun

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Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Holds Hall of Fame Induction May 19

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The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine will induct three
alumni into its Hall of Fame Society at the 2012 Glass
Slipper Fete on May 19.

The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM) will induct three alumni into its Hall of Fame Society at the 2012 Glass Slipper Fete on May 19, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Cleveland – Rockside Hotel.

This year’s inductees are Allan M. Boike, DPM, ’82, Jerauld D. Ferritto, DPM, ’76, and Michael J. King, DPM, ’83.

The annual Glass Slipper Fete celebrates the induction of alumni and friends into the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine's Hall of Fame Society. The first Glass Slipper Fete took place in 2004 and has since become a college tradition.

There will be live entertainment, silent auctions and raffles at the event.

General tickets are $200, $175 for OCPM Alumni Association members and their guests, and $225 for patron tickets (for attendees who have their names in the event program and signage). Sponsor tables at the event cost $1,900.

All proceeds benefit the OCPM Student Scholarship Fund.

Click here to purchase tickets.

For more information about the event, contact Joy Foreman at or 216-916-7547, or visit

Posted April 2, 2012

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Kent State Planetarium Presents Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe

Kent State University Planetarium presents its last show for the 2011-12 series. Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe will be presented on April 13, 14 and 20 at 8 p.m. in 108 Smith Hall. The show is free and open to the public, but is not recommended for children under age six.

Spring is a time of birth, rebirth and renewal on planet Earth. What is less well-known is that birth and rebirth of star, planets and even galaxies continuously take place in the sky above us. The springtime planetarium show is all about these common, yet wondrous and often violent happenings in our universe.

“We will tour the night sky, and the many wonderful things you can see every clear evening,” says Brett Ellman, associate professor and planetarium director. “We will look at stars that died in cataclysmic explosions, scattering the matter from which fresh stars are born. We will see huge clouds of dust that slowly come together, giving birth to new planets that begin their long, lonely orbits in unnamed solar systems. And then, most mysterious and wonderful of all, we will look at a baby picture, not of stars or galaxies, but of the universe itself.”

Reservations must be made by calling 330-672-2246 as seating capacity is limited. Persons needing special accommodations are requested to call at least one week in advance.

For more information, visit

Posted April 2, 2012

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Kent State University’s Information and Religion Conference Scheduled for May 18 and 19

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Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., associate
dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections
and University Archives at Abilene Christian
University, will deliver the keynote address at
Kent State's International Conference on
Information and Religion.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion at Kent State University will host its second annual International Conference on Information and Religion on Friday,
May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at the Kent Student Center.

More than 25 paper and poster presentations relating to the theme, “Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion,” are scheduled over the day-and-a-half program. Conference participants also will have the opportunity to network and discuss research collaborations at an hors d’oeuvres reception on Friday evening.

Carisse Mickey Berryhill, Ph.D., will deliver the conference keynote address at lunchtime on Saturday. Berryhill is associate dean for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives at Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) Margaret and Herman Brown Library.

Before coming to ACU, Berryhill was associate librarian at Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn. from 1992-2004, and professor of English at Lubbock Christian University, 1975-1992. She holds advanced degrees in English, library science and church history. She does research in rhetoric in the Stone-Campbell religious reform movement of the 19th century and its 18th-century Scottish roots. At ACU, she directs the university archives and leads the acquisition of print, archival and digital collections related to the Stone-Campbell movement. Berryhill holds a research leave for 2011-2012, during which she will transcribe Alexander Campbell’s notes on lectures given at Glasgow University by George Jardine in 1808-1809.

Registration for the conference is $85 for one day or $135 for both days. Students may attend at a discounted rate of $25 for one day or $50 for both days.

For additional information about the conference and to register, visit

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion is a research initiative of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The center was founded in 2009 with the goal of facilitating research on the various institutions and agents of religion and their effects on social knowledge through the use, dissemination and diffusion of information. The center hosts an annual symposium every fall semester and an annual conference in spring. Some of the best papers from the annual Conference on Information and Religion are published in ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion, an online, open access publication available through the Kent State Universities Libraries website and catalogued on OhioLINK. For more information about the center, visit

Posted April 2, 2012 | Flo Cunningham

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Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education Hosts Global Pandemic: Obesity Forum

Kent State University’s Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education will host Global Pandemic: Obesity, a national issues forum, reception and lecture at the Kent Student Center on Wednesday, April 11.

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • National Issues Forum – Join with others concerned about obesity in this guided discussion of “Weighing the options: How can we encourage healthy weights among the world’s youth?” in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center from 3-5 p.m.
  • Invitational Reception – In honor of Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer Andrew P. Hills, Ph.D.,international expert on childhood obesity, a reception will be held in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Lecture – Andrew P. Hills, Ph.D., will present “Calculating the Energy Gap in Obesity: Why the Numbers Don’t Add Up,” at the Kent Student Center Kiva at 7 p.m.

Hills is a professor of allied health research in maternity and neonatology at Mater Mother’s Hospital, Mater Medical Research Institute and Griffith Health Institute in Brisbane, Australia.

To RSVP to the national issues forum and invitational reception, contact Rose Onders at or call 330-672-0564 by April 2.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Kent State’s College of Public Health and the College of Education, Health and Human Service’s Nutrition Outreach Center.

Posted April 2, 2012

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Humanism and the Healing Arts Conference

Summa Health System’s Institute for Professionalism Inquiry, in collaboration with Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, will host certified poetry therapist John Fox on Wednesday, April 11, at 8 a.m., during the annual Humanism and the Healing Arts Conference in the Raymond Firestone Auditorium at Summa Akron City Hospital.

Fox will present the keynote lecture at the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and will address how patient-centered treatment can be improved by a deepening of reflective practice through creative expression. Fox is the founder and director of the Institute for Poetic Medicine and the author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity Through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He has been leading writing workshops and retreats for the public for 24 years.

The conference focuses on the art of poetry and how it can resonate with healing force in health care settings, both for patients and for caregivers. It will also feature a poetry performance by participants in the Healing Stanzas project, a collaboration between Summa, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio, as well as a panel discussion of the incorporation of poetry in health care settings, and an opportunity for participants to engage in poetry writing.

Call Summa Connections at 800-237-8662 to reserve your seat.

More information is available at or by calling the Wick Poetry Center at 330-672-2067.

Posted April 2, 2012 | Jessica Smeltz

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Kent State Women’s Center Announces Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

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Male participants in last year's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
event at Kent State show off their heels in this photo.

The Kent State Women's Center, in collaboration with members of the campus community, will hold Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, the international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, on April 10, from 5 p.m. at Risman Plaza on the Kent Campus.

The mission of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is to co-create a united gender movement where men will be a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence by marching a mile in heeled shoes.

Frank Baird started Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in 2001 with just a small group of men. Ten years later, the event has grown to become a worldwide movement with tens of thousands of men and women raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.

Goals for the Walk a Mile steering committee include raising community awareness and an educational focus on what it means to be a woman in today's society.

Men participating in Walk a Mile in her Shoes will provide their own heels for the event. Women are encouraged to wear tennis shoes. Shoe donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the Women’s Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. at Risman Plaza, and various contests and games for participants will follow. The march and rally will begin between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s Center, Greek Councils, LGBTQ Student Center, Student Multicultural Center, Office of Health Promotions (UHS), Residence Services, Kent Interhall Council, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kent State Police Department, Office of Global Education, Townhall II and Safer Futures.

For more information or to pre-register for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, visit or contact Amanda Kenney at or 330-672-9230.

Posted April 2, 2012

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Second Black Squirrel 5K Set for April 14

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Participants in last year's Black Squirrel 5K take off from
the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The race
this year is set for April 14.

The Department of Recreational Services at Kent State University is announces the second annual Black Squirrel 5K on Saturday, April 14, at
8 a.m.

The race begins and ends in front of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The state-of-the art facility offers plenty of parking, indoor registration, restrooms and locker room facilities. The race is a loop course through the Kent State University campus and is tracked with a chip-timing system. This feature will electronically identify runners and will start at the gunshot and process the results as they cross the finish line.

After completion of the race, each runner can take advantage of the free breakfast buffet. Shortly after the final runners have crossed the finish line, an awards ceremony will be held for all who participated.

Money will be awarded to the top three runners, and awards will be given to winners within each age group. All runners will also be entered to win an assortment of raffle prizes to be redeemed immediately following the race.

Greg Bailey, assistant director of Recreational Services, hopes to see participant attendance just as high as last year. “We continue to do the Black Squirrel 5K Race because it is consistent with our department’s mission of promoting healthy lifestyles,” he says.

Regular registration is available through Monday, April 9, for $25. Participants may register online or in person at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center’s Pro Shop. The first 500 to register will receive a free T-shirt. All registrations accepted after April 9 will pay $30.

Cancellation policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to another person, event or year. The Black Squirrel 5K Race will be held rain or shine.

Check In: Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc., are not permitted. The Department of Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

For more information about rules and regulations, visit or contact Bailey at 330-672-0463 or

Posted April 2, 2012

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37th Annual Evening With the Orchestra Benefit on April 14

Event helps raise funds for student orchestra member scholarships

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music presents the 37th Annual Evening With the Orchestra on Saturday,
April 14, in the Ballroom of the Kent Student Center. Tickets are $55 per person, $25 of which is tax deductible, and can be reserved by contacting Orchestra Society President Larry Andrews at 330-673-4535 or The event is sponsored by the Kent State University Orchestra Society.

Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., a performance by the Kent State University Orchestra under the direction of Liza Grossman at 8 p.m. and dancing at 9:30 p.m. As an added treat, Margie Kierstead, highest bidder from last year’s conduct-the-orchestra auction, will serve as guest conductor of the Kent State University Orchestra. To top off the evening, Chas Baker and the Kent State University Jazz Ensemble will play for the guests’ dancing and listening pleasure.

The School of Music is also accepting donations to sponsor a musician’s dinner for $30. Anyone interested can contact the School of Music at 330-672-2172.

Proceeds beyond the dinner cost go to scholarships for student orchestra members.

For more information, contact Andrews at 330-673-4535.

Posted April 2, 2012

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School of Visual Communication Design Hosts BFA Exhibition

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The School of Visual Communication Design's 2012 senior
class will present their portfolios to area professionals and
the Kent State community from April 10-13 in the Main Art
Gallery of the Art Building.

After four or more years of learning and honing their craft, 31 students from the School of Visual Communication Design’s (VCD) senior class are prepared to earn their diplomas.

To highlight the consistently strong portfolios of these hardworking graduating students, the School of Visual Communication Design will host Hand Picked, its 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, April 10-13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Main Art Gallery of the Art Building on the Kent Campus. A public reception and awards presentation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, April 13. Area professionals are invited to review portfolios and meet with seniors prior to the public reception.

The students have studied a variety of topics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, illustration, photography, package design, information design, motion graphics and interaction design.
Exhibition sponsors include All Media Art Supply, Genie Repros, A Hot Mesh and AIGA/Kent.

Additional information about the event and links to students’ online professional portfolios can be found at

Posted April 2, 2012 | Nicole Gennarelli

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