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Deadline to Register for the Spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast is April 10

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Editor of The Record-Courier Roger Di
Paolo will speak on the topic “Beyond
Audacity: Celebrating 21st-Century Kent”
at the spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast on
April 16 at the Kent Student Center

The spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, April 16. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Roger Di Paolo, editor of The Record-Courier. Di Paolo will speak on the topic “Beyond Audacity: Celebrating 21st-Century Kent.”

The cost to attend is $9 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.

Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, April 10. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or to cancel your reservation by April 10.

Di Paolo, a graduate of Kent State, has served as editor of The Record-Courier since 1991, and has been with the newspaper since 1977 when he was hired as a reporter while completing his journalism degree. He has been recognized by the United Press International and the Associated Press (AP) with awards for reporting and editorial writing, and was honored by the AP with a statewide, first-place award for editorial writing in 2005.

Di Paolo’s interest in local history led to the publication of Rooted in Kent: 101 Tales From the Tree City, a collection of his "Portage Pathways" columns for The Record-Courier published by the Kent Historical Society Press in 2009. He also has edited Yesteryears, a weekly history feature, for nearly 32 years.

He has served as a board member and officer of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce. He also was a member and past president of the Stow-Munroe Falls Library Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Advisory Committee.

This is Di Paolo’s third appearance as a Bowman Breakfast speaker. He spoke to the 2010 breakfast as part of the Kent Chamber's centennial celebration and also shared the 2012 Bowman Breakfast with Ron Burbick.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Amy Quillin, Student Accessibility Services, at 330-672-3391 or

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Posted April 8, 2013

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The Kent Stage to Screen “May 4th Voices”

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A preview of “May 4th Voices,” a play written by David
, director of Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, will
be shown on May 2 at the Kent Stage. The production
also will premiere on Western Reserve PBS
(WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) on May 3 at 10:30 p.m.

A preview of the video production “May 4th Voices” will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Kent Stage. The production will premiere on Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) on Friday, May 3, at 10:30 p.m.

“May 4th Voices,” is a play that was written by David Hassler, director of Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, as part of an Ohio Humanities Council grant from 2009-2010.

“The play stemmed from the ‘Kent State Shootings Oral History Project,’” Hassler says. “There are more than 115 interviews with guardsmen, students, townspeople and politicians that document personal narratives and reactions of May 4th and its aftermath. The voices in the play were woven together anonymously to tell the human story and emotional truth of the tragic events.”

In 2010, the play was performed in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the shootings. Hassler says it was the first time to hear all of those voices together.

“It’s been my hope to break the silence around May 4th,” says Hassler. “Whole communities silence themselves over traumatic events. I hope ‘May 4th Voices’ works toward healing by speaking through the wound of May 4th. It creates a safe place to hear the truths together and to enter into a healing dialogue.”

October 2012 marked another milestone in the project.

“We made a filmed version of the play,” says Hassler. “It is exciting because 15 Kent State students were giving voice to those from generations ago. It was a learning experience for them.”

The filmed version has also been funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council with additional support from Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History and Wick Poetry Center.

Katherine Burke
, director and Kent State theatre instructor, agrees with Hassler on how important student involvement was to this project.

“The joy in this work for me is the collaboration with the student actors and seeing how we as an ensemble can work together to create things that we couldn’t have done as individuals,” Burke says. “Essentially, I find myself being less of a director and more of a facilitator and someone who brings us together in a space to create something that is meaningful and truthful.”

Megan Melville, senior electronic media major, was grateful to be part of the collaboration.

“This is the second time I’ve done ‘May 4th Voices,’” Melville says. “The first time was during the 40th May 4 Commemoration. This piece is very moving and historical. I really enjoyed the fact that we got to speak other peoples’ words. It’s not very often that an actor gets the chance to speak real characters’ words. It was an honor to be bestowed the privilege to give them a voice.”

The event on May 2 also serves as a book release for the play and the Teacher’s Resource Book, which was published by the Kent State University Press in collaboration with the Kent Historical Society.

“There have been contributions to this project from several educators around the country,” says Hassler.

Western Reserve PBS co-sponsored the preview screening. The video production also will air on the organization’s Fusion channel (WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2) on Saturday, May 4, at 10 p.m., and Monday, May 6, at 8 p.m.

Burke believes that it is an exciting opportunity to have the support of a local broadcasting company and she feels showing the movie will help bring the community even closer together.

“I think the most important part about this piece has always been to bring healing to a community that has been divided about these issues,” says Burke. “People have been wounded literally and emotionally by these events. I hope the healing comes across in the movie and that people feel as moved by this piece as much as it has moved me.”

For more information about the video project, email Hassler at

Posted April 8, 2013 | Megan Tomkins and Shannen Laur

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Kent State Holds Third Annual Hablemos (Let’s Talk) Conference on April 19

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Juan Andrade Jr., Ph.D., president of the United States
Hispanic Leadership Institute, will speak at Kent State during
the third annual Hablemos (Let’s Talk) Conference on April 19.

Kent State University organizations the Latino Networking Caucus and the Spanish and Latino Student Association proudly invite the community to the third annual Hablemos (Let’s Talk) Conference in the Kent Student Center on April 19. Registration and check-in for the conference begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Latino Networking Caucus, and the Spanish and Latino Student Association have made Hablemos an annual spring event for the campus community.

“Hispanics are the largest minority population in the United States, therefore these types of conferences that focus on Hispanic/Latino issues are significantly important,” says T. David Garcia, Kent State’s associate vice president for enrollment management and chair of the Latino Networking Caucus. “I believe our society needs to have more constructive dialogues related to many issues. Hablemos (Let’s Talk) allows people to share their thoughts and ideas related to the topics selected for the conference.”

The conference’s first speaker is Juan Andrade Jr., Ph.D., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute located in Chicago. Andrade will address the socioeconomic and political impact Latinos play in our society. In addition, he will provide best practices for organizations to follow with this emerging population.

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Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi,
the sole representative of Puerto Rico in
Congress, will give a keynote address
on the possibility of Puerto Rico becoming
the 51st state.

The second speaker of the conference is Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, the sole representative of Puerto Rico in Congress. Pierluisi will follow Andrade’s presentation. Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences along with the Multicultural Center are sponsoring a keynote address and panel discussion regarding the possibility of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state. Pierluisi will provide the keynote address, and a panelist of experts will follow with more discussion on the topic.

The conference sessions are open to anyone to attend, but reservations for the luncheon is required and can be made by sending an email to Space for the luncheon is limited. Reservations will be accepted until Tuesday, April 16.

Registration and check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The conference opens with Andrade’s speech. The luncheon takes place in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. The conference will close with Pierluisi and a panel discussion back in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

For more information, call Garcia at 330-672-4050.

Posted April 8, 2013

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Kent State Child Development Center Holds Dinner/Dance and Silent Auction

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Kids from Kent State's Child Development Center engage
in creative activities during a community festival to mark
the center's 40th anniversary. The center will continue the
celebration with a dinner/dance and silent auction on
April 20

Kent State University’s Child Development Center continues its 40th anniversary celebration with a dinner/dance event themed “Imagine” on Saturday, April 20, from 6-11 p.m. at the Kent Student Center. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cocktail attire is recommended. The celebration also will feature a silent auction with donations benefiting the center’s Robin McManus Scholarship Fund for Children.

“The Child Development Center has never been just one person’s vision, but our collective hopes and dreams for children,” says Monica Miller Marsh, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Kent State’s Child Development Center. “As we celebrate our past and look to the future, we are just beginning to imagine the possibilities.”

The cost to attend the event is $80 per person and $150 per couple. The cost to reserve a sponsored table of eight is $1,000. To purchase tickets, including sponsored tables, or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, visit or make checks payable to the Kent State Foundation (please write fund #10241 in the memo section) and mail it to:

Kent State University Child Development Center
775 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
Attn.: 40th Anniversary

Information about opportunities to support the Outdoor Learning Laboratory enhancement project also will be available at the event.

For more information about the event, contact the Child Development Center at 330-672-2559. For more information about the Child Development Center, visit

Posted April 8, 2013

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

The Kent State University Planetarium is holding its final session of the 2012-2013 series titled “Cosmic Beginnings: Birth, Death and Rebirth in the Universe” on April 12, 13 and 19 at 8 p.m. each night in Room 108, Smith Hall. The show is free and open to the public, but not recommended for children under the age of six.

During the springtime planetarium shows, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the birth and rebirth of stars, planets and galaxies.

Seating is limited, so reservations must be made by calling 330-672-2246 and are now being accepted.

Those needing special accommodations are requested to call at least one week in advance.

For more information, visit

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2013 Schwebel Lecture Series Takes Place April 9

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Public speaker and trainer for the hospitality industry Janie
Wiltshire will speak at Kent State during the 2013 Schwebel
Lecture Series on April 9.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Hospitality Management program invites you to the 2013 Schwebel Lecture Series. It will feature speaker Janie Wiltshire in the Kent Student Center Kiva on Tuesday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony.

Wiltshire is a hotel veteran with a career of more than 25 years. She began as a desk clerk and worked her way through the industry with positions including guest services manager at Hyatt, director of sales at Sheraton, general manager at Marriott and corporate director of sales and marketing. She opened the first Homewood Suites for Hilton Hotels. More than a decade ago, she started Due West Company. She travels internationally as a public speaker and trainer for the hospitality industry.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Barbara Scheule, Ph.D., at

Posted April 8, 2013

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Kent State Blackstone LaunchPad Session Will Explore Intellectual Property Issues for Business Startups

The Blackstone LaunchPad program at Kent State will host a session on “Intellectual Property Issues for Business Startups” on April 10 at 6 p.m. at Murphy Auditorium in Rockwell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Ned Pejic from Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, sponsors of the event, will explain intellectual property concerns, such as patents, copyrights and trademarks for startup businesses.

Pejic’s intellectual property practice includes patent litigation and legal opinions encompassing infringement, validity and enforceability issues, patent prosecution and portfolio management involving patents, copyrights and trademarks.

For more information about Calfee and Pejic, visit

Posted April 8, 2013

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Kent State School of Art Gallery to Show Foundations Student Work, April 16-19

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This artwork made from cardboard will be showcased at
the "Foundations Exhibition" in the School of Art Gallery
from April 16-19.

The Kent State University School of Art Gallery presents the “Foundations Exhibition” from April 16-19. The gallery will celebrate the opening of the exhibit with a reception that is free and open to the public on Thursday, April 18, from 5-7 p.m. The School of Art Gallery is located in the Art Building at 400 Janik Drive on the Kent Campus.

The “Foundations Exhibition” features work from students enrolled in the courses Drawing 1, 2D Composition, 3D Composition and Digital Media. This is the third year for the exhibition, which completely fills the School of Art Gallery with student work.

“Every square inch of the Main Gallery is covered salon-style, floor to ceiling with literally hundreds of images, objects and installations,” says School of Art Professor Mark Schatz. “It is quite the show!”

Schatz explains that the “Foundations Exhibition” this year will also include some high-tech, interactive features. “Smart Labels” with QR codes will link viewers’ mobile devices directly to student-produced videos and to digital portfolios students build using personal websites or Flickr.

This year, all 2D Composition students in the School of Art were required to purchase and use iPads, which made it even easier for students to create, collect and share work. The work in the “Foundations Exhibition” will include some pieces created exclusively on the iPad, as well as work created through traditional means in the studio.

For many art students, this will be their first time displaying work outside of the classroom and in a gallery setting. The “Foundations Exhibition” also offers an opportunity for instructors to recognize outstanding students and for the Art Club to honor the work of their peers.

“It serves as an introduction to the world as an emerging talent,” Schatz says of the “Foundations Exhibition.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 330-672-7853 or visit

Posted April 8, 2013

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“Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival Returns to Kent State

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Kent State’s Office of Sustainability and
the Standing Rock Cultural Arts present
the 7th annual “Who’s Your Mama?”
Environmental Film Festival on April 19.

The 7th annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival will be held on Friday, April 19, at the Kent Student Center Kiva from 4 to 9 p.m. The event is hosted by Kent State University’s Office of Sustainability and the Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

The festival will feature screenings of short films, animated shorts and documentaries from a variety of producers. Tickets for the film festival can be purchased at the door. The cost is $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for general admission. Kids 12 and under are free.

Jeffrey Ingram, co-founder and executive director of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, says they want to provide a forum for anyone interested in the environment.

“Our goal is to help educate the public about environmental protection,” says Ingram.

The festival is part of a week-long series of Earth Day activities sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

The series continues on Saturday, April 20, with the Main Street Block Party, featuring music and dance performances, alternative energy displays, ecological vendors and more. Main Street in downtown Kent will be closed between Depeyster and Water streets for the free event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The festival concludes on Monday, April 22, with a Vegan Iron Chef Competition at Canal Park, Akron Aeros Stadium in Downtown Akron.

“I hope the community wants to get involved because this is about our future and the next seven generations,” says Ingram. “We need to do what we can to preserve the Earth.”

For more information on the “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival, visit

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Kent/Blossom Music Festival Benefit Concert Features the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet

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The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, pictured above,
and the Miami String Quartet will perform April 13 at
7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert benefits the
Kent/Blossom Music Festival Scholarship Program.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will host a performance by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert is a benefit for the Kent/Blossom Music Festival Scholarship Program.

Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Music and Speech Center on 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

The ensembles will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in G major KV 387 Spring, Beethoven’s Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97 Archduke and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet written specifically for these two ensembles. Tickets for the benefit concert are $25, and advance ticket reservations are recommended.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has performed together for more than 35 years and is one of the only chamber ensembles with all its original members. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson made their debut together for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, and they have since maintained a heavy touring and recording schedule as well as individual internationally-acclaimed solo careers.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio appearances have included Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Series, a series with the Guarneri Quartet, the Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and several performances of new concertos written for the Trio by David Ott and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

The Miami String Quartet features Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson on violin, Scott Lee on viola and Keith Robinson on cello. The Miami String Quartet has performed all over the United States and Europe, including recent appearances at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and its own concert series in Palm Beach, Fla. The quartet has also held engagements in cities such as Boston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.

Cathy Meng Robinson and Keith Robinson from the Miami String Quartet are artists-in-residence in the Hugh A.Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. The Miami String Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. The group has also appeared at Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, the Brevard Festival, Rutgers Summerfest, La Jolla, Santa Fe and the Virginia Arts Festival.

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is an advanced institute for professional music training operated by Kent State in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center, presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians.

For tickets or more information, call 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or visit

Posted April 8, 2013

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Third Annual Black Squirrel 5k Race Set for April 13

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Participants in last year's Black Squirrel 5k Race run
across the Kent Campus. The race, named after Kent
State's unofficial mascot, will take place April 13.

The third annual Black Squirrel 5k Race, named after Kent State University's unofficial mascot, will take place April 13 at 8 a.m. The race will begin and end across the street from the Student Recreational and Wellness Center. The state-of-the art facility offers room for parking, indoor registration, restrooms and locker room facilities.

The race is a loop course through the Kent Campus and is tracked with a chip timing system. A breakfast buffet and an awards ceremony featuring prizes from local vendors will take place immediately following the race. The race also features a special faculty and staff category for Kent State employees.

Registration is $25 per person now through April 9. Late registration and day-of registration is available for $30 after April 9. The first 600 registered participants will receive a gender-cut performance T-shirt.

Race check-in will take place on Friday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. in Seminar Room A of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Runners may also check-in before the race from 7-7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc., are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

For more information about the Black Squirrel 5k Race or to register online, visit

Posted April 8, 2013

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