Swedish Psychiatrist Harald Blomberg to Speak at Rhythmic Movement Training Symposium
Swedish psychiatrist Harald Blomberg, M.D., will share his work, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), at a symposium hosted by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, July 24-30. RMT has been successful in improving emotional functioning, reading and writing, motor difficulties, including Parkinson’s disease, and behaviors associated with ADHD and autism since the 1980s.
Blomberg will hold four sessions, all located in Room 200 in White Hall on the Kent Campus:
Presentation and Reception
Wednesday, July 23
Free and open to the public.
Rhythmic Movement Training: Level One
Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and experiential learning: 15 hours
Explore natural movement patterns and their role in helping the brain to mature and inhibit/integrate the primitive reflexes. This session focuses on ADHD/ADD, and provides a foundation for other RMT sessions.
Rhythmic Movement Training and Diet in Autism and ADD/ADHD
Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and experiential learning: 15 hours
Topics discussed by Blomberg will include autism, the alimentary canal and the brain, dietary treatment in autism, RMT in autism and integration of specific primitive reflexes.
Rhythmic Movement Training for OTs, PTs, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists: Level One
Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This session is designed for those working in health and wellness fields.
For more information or to register for one or more sessions by Friday, May 30, contact Lisbeth Justice, Ph.D., at 330-673-5839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about RMT, visit www.blombergrmt.com.
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Kent State’s Child Development Center to Host Visitation Day
Kent State University’s Child Development Center will host its Visitation Day on April 24-25 on the Kent Campus. This year’s theme is “The Great Outdoors: Planning a Nature-based Curriculum With Young Children” and will be highlighted by keynote speaker Rusty Keeler, as well as an introduction to the center’s Outdoor Learning Laboratory.
Visitation Day will provide the opportunity for parents, as well as teachers and administrators from around the state, to come and see the Child Development Center’s new Outdoor Learning Lab. The Outdoor Learning Lab features a garden space, small amphitheater, art studio and sand and water areas, along with some traditional playground elements.
Terri Cardy, outdoor educator at the Child Development Center, says they developed specific areas after watching the children play in a nearby meadow-wetland area.
“We take the children down to the meadow, and we would observe and document them in those spaces,” says Cardy. “From this, we incorporated some of the elements from that area into our Outdoor Learning Laboratory.”
The Visitation Day is broken up into two days. On Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to tour the school, speak with Child Development Center teachers and visit the Outdoor Learning Lab before breaking into small group sessions led by the teachers.
Participants will have a chance to observe a typical morning with students at the Child Development Center on Friday, April 25, beginning at 8 a.m. After lunch, participants will move to Moulton Hall where keynote speaker Rusty Keeler will give a presentation. Keeler, the author of Natural Playscapes, is an outdoor-space designer who has worked globally designing play spaces for many different populations.
Following his presentation, participants can attend breakout sessions in White Hall, run by Child Development Center teachers who will present their findings about the importance and value of outdoor play.
“As a laboratory program, we have the responsibility to be advocates for young children,” says Pam Hutchins, coordinator of Children’s Programs (Admissions) for the Child Development Center. “At the Child Development Center, we see the outdoor and natural movement as an important piece of child learning; and through our Visitation Day, we want to communicate the value of taking children outdoors.”
This summer, the Child Development Center will run its first summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) camp. Monica Miller Marsh, Ph.D., director of pedagogy and research for the Child Development Center, says that with the building of the Outdoor Learning Laboratory and Visitation Day, the center hopes to benefit not only its students, but the greater Kent community as well.
"We see our Summer STEAM camp as an opportunity to extend the learning we do all year at the Child Development Center,” says Miller Marsh. “One of our goals is to have children, families and early childhood teacher education candidates to develop knowledge and understanding about environmental stewardship through the communication of and engagement in environmentally responsible and sustainable practices. Even our Outdoor Learning Laboratory is set up this way — it enables the children to investigate nature through observation, documentation, prediction, experimentation and expressive arts, such as painting, drawing and plays."
The Child Development Center also will hold its Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. All proceeds will go to Child Development Center children and families in need of tuition assistance.
For more information, visit the Child Development Center website at www.kent.edu/ehhs/cdc/index.cfm.
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Wick Poetry Center to Host 13th Annual Performance of Giving Voice
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center presents the 13th annual Giving Voice performance on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
The performance features local students (grades 3-12), senior citizens, veterans, medical care providers and patients from area hospitals all performing original poetry.
“All in attendance will have the remarkable opportunity to deeply listen as each poet approaches the microphone and leads us to a new experience or way of looking at the world,” says Nicole Robinson, outreach manager for the Wick Poetry Center.
The Giving Voice performance showcases material created in the Wick Poetry Center’s outreach programs. These workshops are led by Kent State undergraduates enrolled in the service-learning course “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.”
Robinson says this is one of her favorite events of the year.
“It brings together people of all ages to lift their words from the page and give voice to their poems,” she says.
For more information about Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, visit www.kent.edu/wick.
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Kent State University Welcomes New Building to Science Mall
“Science Springs Forward” event will celebrate addition of College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology to Science Mall
Kent State University faculty, staff and students will notice a new building on the Kent Campus this fall when the university welcomes the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology to the Science Mall. A midpoint construction event, themed “Science Springs Forward,” will take place on Wednesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the Science Mall in front of Henderson Hall and the construction site of the new building.
“Science Springs Forward” is free and open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. Guests can enjoy food, music and informational displays at no charge.
Justin Hilton, senior associate vice president for university relations, says the event will highlight the progress of the building’s construction, as well as how the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology building fits within a larger campus and university initiative.
“This new building is a part of Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence initiative that incorporates all the improvements on the Kent Campus and Regional Campuses,” says Hilton. “It shows the renovations of old buildings, the construction of new buildings and the addition of sustainability elements to Kent State.”
Hilton says there will be a tent for guests to walk through that will display each college on the Science Mall, including the College of Nursing, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, and College of Arts and Sciences.
“The tent will highlight the new, exciting technologies these colleges are using,” Hilton says. “The nursing school will have a simulator for medical, interactive education on display.”
Robert G. Sines Jr., interim dean of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, says the advancement in technology led to the move from the college’s old home in Van Deusen Hall to the Science Mall.
“A fuel cell expert was just hired that will be doing top-notch research,” says Sines. “This will give our students an opportunity to work with him in a new facility. We will be able to provide our students with new equipment and labs and better educational experiences.”
The event will include a short presentation by Sines and Rachel Heidenreich, vice president of quality and continuous improvement for Rockwell Automation. The company contributed a significant in-kind donation of equipment and time spent engineering to make the new College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology lab -- Rockwell Automation Advanced Mechatronics Lab -- possible.
An I-beam signed by Kent State President Lester A. Lefton, Kent State cabinet members, students, faculty and staff – that will be installed into the new building – also will be on display.
For more information about the Foundations of Excellence initiative and the construction of the new College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology building, visit www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/foundationsofexcellence/projects/index.cfm.
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Kent State Celebrates Earth Week, April 21 to 25
Kent State University and local businesses will celebrate Earth Week April 21-25 during on-campus events throughout the week.
"What ties us all together is that in the springtime, people are often more aware of the environment around them,” says Melanie Knowles, manager of sustainability for Kent State Facilities Planning and Operations. “This is a good time to stop and consider our relationship with our local environment.”
To celebrate Earth Day, on Tuesday, April 22, from 9-11:30 a.m., a children’s book reading and children’s Earth Day art exhibit will take place in the lecture hall of Ritchie Hall. This event is a collaborative effort between Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Office of Sustainability; Child Development Center; Department of Pan-African Studies; Ohio Campus Compact; and Belleria Italian Restaurant.
Attendees can also participate in a tree-planting and other activities, all free and open to the public.
On Thursday, April 24, the annual tree-planting ceremony marking the conclusion of the RecycleMania competition will take place at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B, weather permitting. Two awards will be presented this year: one for the winner of the hall-to-hall competition (Engleman Hall) and one for the most improved participation competition (Centennial Court A and Centennial Court B).
On Friday, April 25, Standing Rock Cultural Arts will present the eighth annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Film Festival. The festival will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The video projector will be powered by a solar-powered trailer provided by Dovetail Solar and Wind.
Films shown at the festival will come from all over the world, including a few short films by local artist Vince Packard. Admission for the film festival is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors.
For more information on the “Who’s Your Mama?” Environmental Festival, visit www.whosyourmama.org.
For more information about Earth Week events, contact Knowles at email@example.com or 330-672-3880.
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Kent State University’s Ohio Employee Ownership Center Hosts 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference
Kent State University’s Ohio Employee Ownership Center will host the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference on Thursday, April 24, at the Hilton West in Fairlawn. The theme for the conference is “A Wealth of Opportunity: Employee Ownership Fuels Growth.”
Participants at the conference will hear from the following keynote speakers:
- Karl Warnke, president and CEO of Davey Tree Expert Company, a 100-percent, employee-owned company. Davey Tree is located in Kent, Ohio, and has operations in 45 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces. The firm became employee-owned in 1979 and has more than 7,000 employees.
- Jordana Barrack, New Belgium Brewing Company, a 100-percent, employee-owned company. New Belgium Brewing is located in Fort Collins, Colo., and has 480 employees with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) since 2000. The company became 100 percent employee-owned in January 2013.
Widely regarded as the “best one-day conference on employee ownership in the country,” this annual event brings together employee owners, both management and shop floor workers, to learn how to improve the performances of their companies.
The conference also attracts community and economic development professionals, government officials, nonprofit organizations, students and professional service providers. Over the course of the day, 19 panels (some featuring CEOs from several of Ohio’s employee-owned companies) will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about topics ranging from the basics of employee ownership to more technical issues, such as fiduciary responsibility, repurchase obligation and valuation, to visions for the next decade of employee ownership.
In addition, the evening before the conference includes a number of events, including a reception sponsored by the Exit Planning Institute and a showing of the movie We The Owners.
The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on April 24, followed by a reception until 6 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $125 in advance and $195 at the door.
Kent State’s Ohio Employee Ownership Center is a non-profit program established in 1987 to provide outreach, information and preliminary technical assistance to Ohio employees and business owners interested in exploring employee ownership. Since its inception, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center
has helped more than 15,000 Ohio employees become owners.
For more information about Kent State’s Ohio Employee Ownership Center, call 330-672-3028 or visit http://oeockent.org.
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Students Celebrate at FlashFest 2014
The 20th anniversary of FlashFest is set for Thursday, April 24, beginning at 3 p.m. on the Student Green. This annual Kent State University tradition features live performances, food, games and prizes.
Four artists are performing at this year’s FlashFest, headlined by Capital Cities along with Ab-Soul, Scavenger Hunt and Evan Evolution and Dominic Parisi. The performances will begin at 4 p.m. on the Student Green and the rain location will be at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
“FlashFest is an end-of-the-semester celebration bringing together our student community for a relaxing afternoon before finals,” says Donna Carlton, special coordinator for enrollment management and student affairs at Kent State.
This year is the first time that the performances will be held on the Student Green, weather permitting, says Carlton.
FlashFest also will serve as the platform to announce this year’s grand prize winners for FLASHperks, the student rewards program. This year, FLASHperks will award free tuition for a year, free pizza from Domino’s for one year and a free mountain bike from Portage Cyclery.
FlashFest is part of the 2014 Campus Consciousness Tour. Half music tour, half environmental campaign, the Campus Consciousness Tour aims to inspire and activate students in an electric atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community the tour visits. In addition to educating and mobilizing students, the tour is run to have a minimal environmental footprint.
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Kent State 2014 Spring Football Game and Youth Clinic for April 26
Beef O’Brady’s is the sponsor of Kent State University’s 2014 spring football game and youth clinic on Saturday, April 26. Both events are free at Dix Stadium.
The Golden Flashes will take the field at 1 p.m., culminating the 15-session spring season with an annual scrimmage. Live action can be heard on 640 AM WHLO and WHLO’s iHeart station with Ty Linder and Rob Polinsky.
Kent State’s football and cheer clinic begins at noon and is open to kids, ages 4-14. Children can learn football fundamentals, cheer routines and life skills, such as teamwork and sportsmanship. To register, call Dennis Watson at 330-672-8830.
All participating members of the youth clinic will receive meal vouchers courtesy of Beef O’Brady’s. Make sure to stop by the Brimfield Beef O’Brady’s, located in the Cascades of Brimfield (3975 Cascades Way, Brimfield) shopping plaza before and after the spring game.
On Monday, April 21, Water Street Tavern will host a Spring Football Radio Show. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., fans can meet Kent State coaches, cheerleaders and Flash. Linder and Kent State Head Football Coach Paul Haynes will go on the air at 6 p.m. Giveaways and prizes will be available throughout the show, including a signed Kent State football helmet.
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National Tour of West Side Story is Coming to Kent State Tuscarawas
The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of West Side Story is coming to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia, April 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the associate director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).
Tickets range in price from $48 to $70 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone 330-308-6400 or online at www.tusc.kent.edu/pac. Free parking is available for all shows.
West Side Story tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest, and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”
The Associated Press says West Side Story “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of West Side Story are Jerome Robbins’ graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”
West Side Story is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time, Tony Award-winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony- and GRAMMY-award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut.
West Side Story features scenic designs by Jame Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle.
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Sibs in Space (Lil' Sibs Weekend)
Lil’ Sibs Weekend, titled Sibs in Space, will be held from Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27. It is open to little siblings (or cousins or family friends) of students, as well as children of Kent State University faculty and staff members.
Most of the events are free – but registration is required. Note that some events are only open to the lil' sibs of residence hall students.
To register for the event, visit http://tinyurl.com/kentlilsibs2014. You must be logged into your kent.edu email to register.
To purchase the event T-shirt for you and/or your siblings, visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/kic. T-Shirts also can be purchased at Lil' Sibs Weekend for $10 each.
For more information and a tentative schedule for Lil’ Sibs Weekend, visit http://kic.kent.edu/home/lil-sibs-weekend.
Questions regarding the weekend can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Adolescent and Young Adult Program to Honor Student Work at Portfolio Event
Education faculty, students and community members will gather and network at this year’s spring portfolio event, hosted by the Adolescent and Young Adult program in the College of Education, Health and Human Services on April 28. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Kent Student Center, with a buffet at 6 p.m. in Room 306 at the Kent Student Center.
The event will honor graduating seniors’ portfolio pieces through student presentations of lesson plans, “aha moments” and classroom research and observations.
“It’s meant to be a celebration of what these students have accomplished,” says Lisa Testa, a lecturer with Kent State’s School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies and coordinator of Partnerships, Adolescent and Young Adult Education. “It’s also a way to thank the cooperating teachers who have invested time and energy in the final part of the students’ educations.”
The annual event has always highlighted students’ work, but this year the department is adding a networking element. In-service teachers, local administrators and university faculty will be given time to socialize at the end of the program.
“We’re hoping that it will be something that helps people connect with what’s happening in education regionally since these are people coming from across the area,” Testa says. “We’re excited to recognize our students and teachers while connecting with the community beyond Kent State.”
For more information about the Spring Portfolio event, email Testa at email@example.com.
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Student Computer Designed Art Exhibit and Silent Auction
Kent State University at Tuscarawas and the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts are sponsoring the 10th annual Student Computer-Designed Art Exhibit and Silent Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 24. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts at 461 Robinson Dr. S.E. in New Philadelphia.
More than 65 pieces of student artwork will be judged with the top three pieces to receive the honor of “Best of Show” that evening. In addition, all pieces will be available for a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting the Animation Imagineers Club, a campus club for students majoring in computer design, animation and game design. The exhibit also includes artwork submitted by high school students who are members of the 12 area high school Cyber Clubs.
Computer design, animation and game design engineering technology is one of the fastest-growing majors at Kent State Tuscarawas. It is the largest major offered by the engineering technology program. Since the program’s launch in 1995, it is the only associate degree of its kind offered in Ohio. Students can also earn a bachelor’s degree in computer design, animation and game design at Kent State Tuscarawas.
Developed by Kamal Bichara, Ph.D., director of the engineering technology program, the computer design, animation and game design major appeals to students who enjoy combining visual design, art and technology.
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Office of Global Education to Offer Sessions about International Graduate Applicants
Kent State University’s Office of Global Education will host three information sessions to provide assistance for international graduate applicants. The meetings will address issues such as English proficiency tests, conditional admission and scholarship programs.
Graduate coordinators and departmental secretaries are invited to attend the meetings, which will be in Room 333 at the University Library. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday, April 21, 2 – 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 22, 9 – 10 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 30, 3 – 4 p.m.
For questions, email Kristen Summers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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