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news: Nonprofit Spotlight Speaker Series Hosts Terri Heckman November 7

The Kent State Universtiy Human Development and Family Studies Department will host prominent family stability advocate Terri Heckman as part of its Nonprofit Spotlight Speaker Series on Nov. 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Center Auditorium (Room # 177). Heckman is the CEO of the Battered Women's Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties. Heckman will share about domestic violence prevention, ways to promote family peace, and how she successfully leads these vibrant nonprofit organizations. Attendance to the event is free, but attendees are asked to bring donations of toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap tablets, and trash bags. For more information on the Nonprofit Speaker Series, please contact Kathy Bergh at kbergh@kent.edu or (330) 672-5380.

News: Kent State Students accepted into the summer ohio scholars in aging program

Congratulations to Julia Cuglewski (Gerontology), Karin Himstedt (Nursing Home Administration), Karli McDonald (Nursing Home Administration), Ana Petrovska (Nursing Home Administration), Genna Sink (Nursing Home Administration), and Charity Stackhouse (Nursing Home Administration), who have all been accepted into the Summer 2016 cohort of the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program jointly sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging and Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE).   

For more information, please visit the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program page on the OAGE website.

News: New Minors in HDFS and Nonprofit Studies

In an effort to better prepare students to meet the needs of area nonprofit and human service organizations the HDFS program offers minors in Human Development and Family Studies, Gerontology, and Nonprofit Studies. These minors are open to students from any major interested in contributing to the quality of life and well being of individuals and families across the lifespan. Please contact Dr. Kelly Cichy at kcichy@kent.edu or Kathy Bergh at kbergh@kent.edu for more information.

News: 2015 EHHS Hall of Fame Recent Alumni Award Recipient, Mary Beddell

Mary Beddell received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) from Kent State in 2006. Currently, she is the public relations director for Plain Local Schools in Canton and the chapter manager for the Ohio School Public Relations Association. In 2009, Mary founded the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation to help the better the lives of families in Ohio affected by cancer by providing direct financial assistance to families in need. In addition to her other roles, Mary continues to actively give back to the HDFS program at Kent State. She frequently visits classes and shares her experiences with current HDFS students, while serving as a strong role model for all current and future EHHS students.

NEWS: HDFS Program Welcomes New PostDoctoral Scholar 

Drs. Greg Smith and Kelly Cichy received an internal award from the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs to support a full-time Post-doctoral Research Fellowship focused on research on stress, social support, and healthy aging. Drs. Smith and Cichy are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeong Eun Lee (Jel) who joined their research team this fall as a Postdoctoral Scholar. Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and Yonsei University, and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Yonsei University. Dr. Lee's research examines dyadic coping and social support between dyads in the context of chronic illness.

News: Studying Well-Being of Custodial Grandmothers & Grandchildren

University researchers in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services are engaged in a multimillion-dollar study of interventions for improving the psychological well-being of custodial grandmothers and the grandchildren for whom they provide full-time care.

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