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Shared Passion: Giving Where We Work and Live

Your generosity has already been felt in so many ways. A few dollars donated to United Way delivers services worth far more than the face value of the cash. Here are some examples:    

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$1 provides a person in need with a free winter coat and a free bag of clothing from the County Clothing Center.

$2 will provide a full-course, hot and nutritious meal to a hungry child or adult.

$15 provides 24 hours of shelter, three meals and case management support for a homeless veteran.

$20 pays for two round trips to a medical appointment from Portage County to an out-of-county doctor or hospital. 

$40 provides a safe place to stay with three meals and case management support for a victim of domestic violence and two children.

$50 provides groceries for a needy family of four to provide a week of meals. 

A pledge of $2 each pay period per employee, or $50 for 2011 will bring us to our goal for this campaign.  See how much good that small amount can do?

Remember you can select the organization you want to receive your donation. To make your pledge or learn more, visit

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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The Tech Spot Anniversary Promotion Drawing to a Close

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Don't forget to "like" The Tech Spot on Facebook before Oct.29 to help celebrate its one-year anniversary giveaway.  When you "like The Tech Spot, you'll then be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, including a Dell netbook, laser printer, iTunes gift cards and more.

Visit to enter before it's too late!

To learn more about the services offered by The Tech Spot, visit its website.

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Office of Academic Personnel Relocates

The Office of Academic Personnel, part of the Office of the Provost, moved to a new location on Oct. 15. The office is no longer located in the Executive Suite of the Library. The new location is 225 South Willow Street. Campus Mail now delivers to the new location and the phone numbers for staff members remain the same. In addition, the fax number for the office will remain 330-672-2644 until further notice.

For more information about the office, go to its website.

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Women's Center Holds Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Events

In support of October's Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the Kent State Women's Center will host walk-in hours for victims of domestic or relationship violence on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m.A representative from Safer Futures, Portage County's domestic violence shelter, will be available for consultation on this date.

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project seeks to educate women, men and young adults of the signs and symptoms of domestic violence. Domestic violence is recognized as a pattern of physically, emotionally or psychologically abusive behaviors used by one intimate partner against another.

For more information about domestic violence, contact the Women's Center at 330-672-9230.

The month of October is also recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Women's Center hosts a Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group the first and third Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8 p.m. New members are always welcome!

For more information about the Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group, contact the Women's Center.

The Kent State University Women's Center was founded in 1996 to facilitate the advancement of and enhance the quality of educational experience and professional life for women students, faculty and staff of all campuses.  The Women's Center serves as a resource for advocacy by providing education, information and referral programs and services. It is located on the Kent Campus in the Carriage House at 125 Midway Drive.

In addition to events in support of specific causes, the Women's Center also presents additional programming, such as a Brown Bag Lunch series.  The Women's Center invites you to attend these free upcoming presentations:

  • Mahbobeh Vezvaei, Ph.D., associate professor of Mathematical Sciences, will explore the topic of "Women in Islam and Iran" on Monday, Oct. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. 
  • Margot Milcetich, founder of the Brahmrishi Yoga School, will present "Lunchtime Meditation - A Necessity!" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Randi Schneider, Ph.D., an invited author in Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs,will present "The Supervisory Journey" on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from noon to 1 p.m.

By Brittany Macchiarola

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Alumni Association Seeking Experts to Share Insights at Upcoming Event

The Kent State Alumni Association invites you to participate in our first Alumni College program, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Throughout the day-long event, educational sessions will be offered to encourage alumni to be lifelong learners.

The Alumni Association is searching for presenters who can provide fresh insights on topics ranging from healthy living, the economy, history, politics and more. While all alumni will be invited to attend the event, our target audience will be alumni who graduated before 1976 (age 55 and older). Sessions will be designed to be relevant, interesting, engaging and fun. 

If you are interested in presenting a 45-minute session to alumni, complete and submit a form that can be accessed here: Alumni College Proposal Form . Return competed forms to Billy Bernard, graduate assistant, by Oct. 29, via e-mail to or fax to 330-672-4723.  

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Kent State Promoting Sustainability With November Energy-Saving Competition

Kent State students have the opportunity to exercise their green thumbs by participating in the Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 three-week energy-saving competition beginning Nov. 1.

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The Office of Sustainability and Residence Services has teamed up to compete against 40 of the nation's colleges and universities in an energy-saving competition that will measure which school can reduce electricity and water use the most. Other Ohio participants include Bowling Green State University, Miami University, Oberlin College and The University of Akron.

All of Kent State's residence halls will be participating in this year's competition. In addition to the main contest, students are also able to take part in a light switch cover challenge to encourage fellow students to save electricity by turning off lights when they leave common areas.

Other energy-saving tips include:

  • Using power strips to switch off televisions, home theatre equipment and stereos when not in use.
  • Enabling the "sleep mode" on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity.
  • Using a blow-dryer less often and for a shorter period of time.
  •  Turning off the water while brushing your teeth.
  •  Taking shorter showers.

In last year's competition, the Centennial residence halls reduced their energy usage by about 27 percent, the largest reduction on the Kent Campus. The residence halls saw a combined 12 percent reduction in energy usage.

To find out more about the Campus Conservation Nationals 2010 competition, visit

By Brittany Macchiarola

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Mid-American Conference Presents Cartwright Award to Kent State University

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Kent State University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2009-10 school year. The Cartwright Award was presented during the Homecoming football contest against Akron on Oct. 9.

"Everyone associated with the MAC is proud of the many student-athletes who compete in all of our universities and each of our 23 championship sports," says Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the MAC. "MAC member institutions value excellence in the classroom, on the field of competition and in society. I commend Kent State University for their recognition by its peers. This is indeed a high honor."

The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC. A committee with representation from all 12 institutions selected the Cartwright Award winner from nominations submitted based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.

"This award is about excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship, and I'm so proud of our student-athletes who demonstrate Kent State's excellence in action in the classroom, in sport and in our community," says Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton. "I commend our student-athletes and Kent State's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for a remarkable year as we celebrate our Centennial, earning both the Reese and Jacoby trophies, and now adding the Cartwright Award to our impressive list of achievements."

The Cartwright Award is named in honor of Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, one of the most highly respected voices in higher education. Cartwright served as the president of Kent State from 1991 to 2006. Following her retirement, Cartwright served as president of Bowling Green State University on an interim basis beginning in July 2008, before being named president in 2009. Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the NCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Jeff Moelich Named New Goodyear Executive Professor

Kent State University has named former Eaton Corporation executive Jeff Moelich as the new Goodyear Executive Professor.The Goodyear Executive Professorship was established at Kent State's College of Business Administration in 1973 by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Under the direction of Charles J. Pilliod, then the chairman and chief executive officer of Goodyear, the Goodyear chair was intended to provide a bridge between the academic and business communities, and it continues to serve that role today.

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The university brings an experienced corporate executive to the Kent State campus to serve as the Goodyear Executive Professor to instruct students and to participate in and direct programs designed to enhance the preparedness of future managers and executives through the examination and mastery of real-world aspects of business.

Moelich, who joined the Kent State faculty in August, most recently served as senior vice president, internal audit and corporate officer at Eaton Corporation, a global power management company headquartered in Cleveland. Earlier in his career, he served as a director at General Motors and practice leader at Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Moelich graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

The Office of the Goodyear Professor plans and coordinates the Charles J. Pilliod Lecture Series at Kent State. Several times every year since 1983, distinguished speakers address significant business issues and topics of related interest.

For more information on the Goodyear Executive Professorship, contact Kent State's College of Business Administration at 330-672-2772 or visit Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Kent State Trustee Jacqueline F. Woods Named to Board of Directors of National Governance Association

Kent State University Trustee and Chair-elect Jacqueline F. Woods has been named to the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), the country's premier authority on higher-education governance.

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Jacqueline F. Woods

Woods was appointed to the Kent State Board of Trustees in July 2004. During her tenure, she has served in many leadership roles including vice chair, secretary, chair of the board's development and external relations committees, and member of the board's finance and audit committees. She also has served as the board's representative to the Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors.

Woods was named president and CEO of Ameritech Ohio in 1993, the first woman in the nation to be president of a major public utility company. She oversaw its transformation from Ohio Bell ultimately to SBC/Ameritech Ohio.

She completed the Executive M.B.A. program at Northwestern University and holds a B.A. in psychology from Muskingum College.

Woods has served the greater Cleveland area for many years, as a volunteer, a trustee and a board chair at organizations such as The Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Great Lakes Science Center, University Hospitals/Case Medical Center, PlayhouseSquare, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Leadership Cleveland. She also has served on The Ohio State University Foundation Board and the board of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

She serves on the boards of directors of The Timken Company, Anderson's Inc., and School Specialty Inc., and for many years she has served on the Board of Trustees of Muskingum College and the Muskingum Alumni Council, where she played a key role in the Cleveland area leadership of The Campaign for Muskingum.

"Ms. Woods brings vast experience in higher education governance to AGB," says Richard Legon, president of AGB. "Her service on boards of independent and public universities, combined with her work on university foundation and nonprofit boards, will be an asset to all of us at AGB."

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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Call for Papers Issued for First Annual Conference on Information and Religion

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion, housed in the School of Library and Information Science, is seeking papers for its first Conference on Information and Religion.

The event will take place May 20, 2011; paper submissions are due Dec. 31, 2010.

This call for papers seeks original contributions in all areas related to information and religion. The conference theme invites participants to share their work in a variety of areas that might be called "frontiers," where scholars are exploring the intersections of religion and information.

Prospective participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that report on recent research and scholarship. Contributions to this call for papers should not have been previously published. There are no restrictions on research methodology.

Instructions for Submitting Refereed Paper Extended Abstracts:

  •  The abstract should be no longer than 250 words (including research question, methods, results).
  •  Include the title of the paper, names, affiliations and contact information of the authors (with one author to be designated as the contact for the paper).
  •  Submit abstracts in pdf or Word format to Dr. Rosemary DuMont
  •  Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 1, 2011

Papers accepted for presentation at the conference are eligible for consideration for the ARIR (Annual Review of Information and Religion). Details regarding submission of full papers will be given to those whose abstracts are accepted for conference presentation.

For more information, please contact Dr. Don Wicks at, Interim Director of the School of Library and Information Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Information and Religion, or Dr. Dan Roland, the center's primary researcher, at .

Posted Oct. 25, 2010

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