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New Dean Named for Kent State University Columbiana County Campuses

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Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., has been named
dean and chief administrative officer of the
Kent State University Columbiana County
campuses.
(Photo courtesy of The Ohio State
University)

Kent State University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd A. Diacon has announced that Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., has been named dean and chief administrative officer of the Kent State University Columbiana County campuses. Nameth currently serves as the director of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio. Nameth will lead Kent State University at East Liverpool and Kent State University at Salem, two of the regional campuses in the university’s eight-campus system. He begins his position at Kent State on Aug. 1.

“Stephen Nameth is an accomplished administrator who cares deeply about educational access and attainment,” Diacon says. “Having grown up adjacent to Columbiana County, he understands well the region’s challenges and the role higher education can play in building a bright future. We are fortunate that he accepted our position.”

Nameth has held the position of director of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute since 2004. In this role, he is responsible for a 50-acre central campus, 1,700-acre laboratory farm and a 200-acre golf course/horticultural and environmental sciences laboratory. He leads 100 faculty and staff members and has a student body of 700 members.

Previously, he served as professor and associate chairperson of the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. Nameth has received teaching and advising awards and has been published several times in such journals as Plant Health Progress, Plant Disease and HortScience. He also has authored or co-authored more than 150 bulletins and technical reports on plant diseases and growing practices for publications including Greenhouse Grower magazine, the Ohio Florist Association, the Ohio Floriculture website and Plant Diagnosticians Quarterly.

Nameth earned an associate degree in natural science from Cerritos Community College, a bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science and a master’s degree in biology both from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a doctorate in plant pathology from the University of California, Riverside.

Nameth replaces Wanda Thomas, who has served as interim dean of the university’s Columbiana County campuses since October 2011 in addition to her position as Kent State’s Regional College dean and associate provost for Kent State system integration.

For more information about Kent State University at East Liverpool and Kent State University at Salem, visit www.col.kent.edu.

Posted June 18, 2012

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Kent State Hires Former Media Executive to Lead Its School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Thor Wasbotten will join Kent State University
as the new director of the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication on July 1.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University has hired Thor Wasbotten, M.S., as its new director. Wasbotten will join the university July 1 to replace Jeff Fruit, who steps down after 10 years as the school’s leader to teach full time.

Wasbotten most recently served as the assistant dean for student media and online operations at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also was a senior lecturer of journalism. 

“Mr. Wasbotten comes to Kent State University with strong leadership experience in several important arenas: television, student media, academics and accreditation,” says Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information. “He is highly regarded both in the media industry and in the academic community. He is a skilled communicator and a visionary with regard to both media technology and curriculum. We are confident he will be a great asset to the College of Communication and Information leadership team.”

Wasbotten’s former academic appointments include time as a visiting professor at the Shanghai International Studies University, participation in the Broadcasters-in-Residence Program at the University of Oklahoma, and teaching as an instructor at Pacific University, and as a gradate fellow at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

His extensive professional experience includes: partner and managing director of compliance for Blue Heron Research Partners LLC, in New York City (January 2006 – present); president of Real Media Strategies LLC, in State College, Pa., (March 2007 – present); news director of KGUN 9-TV, ABC affiliate, Tucson, Ariz., (July 2001 – July 2004); station manager of KTRV-TV, Fox affiliate, Boise, Idaho, (October 2000 – July 2001); news director of  KTRV-TV, Fox affiliate, Boise, Idaho, (December 1998 – October 2000); managing editor of KTVB-TV, NBC affiliate, Boise, Idaho, (July 1996 – December 1998); and weekend assignments editor of KOIN-TV, CBS affiliate, Portland, Ore., (February 1994 – July 1996).

Wasbotten holds a Master of Science degree in journalism and communication with a secondary specialty in counseling from the University of Oregon, a certificate from the Teaching Fellows Workshop at Indiana University, a micro MBA certificate from the Center for Management Development at Boise State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism with a secondary specialty in counseling from the University of Southern California.

A notable leader in electronic news, Wasbotten is a member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Communication and the Broadcast Education Association. He has served as a site visit team member for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication since 2001, as an editorial board member for Electronic News: A Journal of Allied Research and Ideas since 2003 and as an advisory board member for PSNtv at Penn State since 2004. He was the director for The Pennsylvania State University Institute for High School Broadcast Journalists (2006-2008), a host for the Hearst Visitor Program at Penn State (2008), and a moderator or panelist at numerous conferences and workshops (2004-present). He was the chairperson of the Fox News Advisory Committee (1999-2000) and the Northwest/Mountain Region representative (1999-2001).

“I look forward to working with a tremendous faculty with strong academic and professional credentials. I’m eager to work in a building, which serves as a national model for effective infrastructure and educational support, and I’m excited to serve the energized and engaged JMC students who believe in Kent State and their education,” Wasbotten says.

In its 75th year, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University is a leading accredited journalism school with cutting-edge curriculum and facilities. The school’s mission is focused on understanding the media marketplace and media -related careers while providing professional undergraduate and master's programs within the liberal arts tradition. The school teaches its students to gather information, to present it clearly and to think critically within a legal and ethical framework. It serves as a resource for professional practitioners, for media consumers and for Kent State University.

For more information about the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit http://jmc.kent.edu/.

Posted June 18, 2012

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WKSU Recognized With Two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards From RTDNA

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WKSU won two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards
from the Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA).

WKSU has been honored with two Regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA). The organization received thousands of regional entries in categories covering radio, television and online journalism. WKSU competes in the Large Market division against public and commercial radio stations in major cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The Regional Murrow Awards was presented during the Ohio AP Broadcasters award ceremony on June 3 in Columbus.

All Regional Murrow award winners are automatically eligible for the national awards competition. WKSU’s awards were in the Audio Continuing Coverage and Broadcast Affiliated Website categories.

Tim Rudell’s coverage of fracking – a process involving injecting water and chemicals into shale to extract natural gas – began long before the word gathered national buzz. In 2011, his stories increased as drilling rigs sprang up throughout Northeast Ohio. Rudell’s Murrow Award submission is made up of 10 reports on fracking and related issues, and includes input from geothermal energy experts in Switzerland, discussion of the effect of massive tankers on the rural infrastructure, and an examination into the association between wastewater disposal wells and earthquakes near Youngstown.

WKSU.org, the station’s website, is created and maintained by station staff led by Director of IT Chuck Poulton and Web Developer Joe Linstrum. With four distinct audio streams for live listening, extended playlists, transcripts and images to accompany archived news reports, arts and cultural features, and more, the WKSU website is a one-stop content portal for fans of WKSU’s public radio programming.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It has honored outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with Murrow Awards since 1971. Entries in the national awards contest will be judged this June.

WKSU broadcasts NPR and Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 in Norwalk and W239AZ 95.7 FM in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD Radio channels – adding WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel to the analog broadcast schedule.

For more information, visit the WKSU website at www.wksu.org

Posted June 18, 2012

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Golf Team Finishes Fifth in Nation

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The Kent State men's golf team celebrates and poses for a
photo in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The 2012 season was certainly one to remember for the Kent State men's golf team. The No. 17 ranked Golden Flashes advanced to the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship and secured the highest finish in school history by tying for 5th in the nation. In the match-play quarterfinal, Kent State fell by a count of 3-1-1 to No. 2 Alabama.

The drama and excitement of the final day began early in the morning at Riviera Country Club when Kent State outlasted No. 19 Florida State in a one hole sudden death playoff to earn the right to play the Crimson Tide. The Golden Flashes earned the victory by a +2 to +3 score.  The big difference for Kent State was sophomore Kyle Kmiecik (Avon, Ohio) who had the only birdie amongst the 10 players.  Playing in the first five-some, Kmiecik set up the vital shot with a 5-iron from 199 that nestled in 12 feet from the hole.  

Against Alabama, Kent State fell behind early but kept it close down to the end.  In the first pairing junior Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio) was defeated by Justin Thomas 6 & 5. Kmiecik then fell to Cory Whitsett 5 & 4 in match number two.  With match two being controlled by sophomore Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) and match one featuring senior Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario) even, the decisive third score was going to come down to match three between sophomore Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and Scott Strohmeyer.  

Read More at the Kent State Sports website.

Posted June 18, 2012

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Kent State Professor Kimberly Peer Named Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

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Kent State Associate Professor Kimberly
Peer
has been named a fellow of the
National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Kimberly Peer, Ed.D., Athletic Training Education Program undergraduate and graduate coordinator and associate professor at Kent State, has been named a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).

The title of fellow within the NATA is held in high standards with only the most accomplished scholars earning this distinction. Candidates must be 10-year members of the NATA and must have been board certified for 10 years.  Their research efforts and advancement of the profession need to be significant, and their educational contributions need to be visible at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels.

Peer works in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and has served Kent State for 13 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and continued her studies at Western Michigan, where she earned her Master of Arts degree.  Peer completed her Doctorate of Education at the University of Akron. 

She has been an active member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame (OATA) and served as an executive officer from 2000-2009. Peer has also served on committees at the state and district levels and has earned many honors throughout her professional career.  She will be inducted into the OATA Hall of Fame in May. 

She also has served as associate editor of the Athletic Training Education Journal, editorial board member for Journal of Athletic Training, and visiting scholar at DePauw University Prindle Ethics Institute. 

Peer’s research focus is mainly about ethics in athletic training. She serves on the NATA’s Ethics Education Project Chair and CAATE Ethics committees.  Peer has nearly 100 scholarly presentations on athletic training and related topics, and co-authored Professional Ethics in Athletic Training.

"Being recognized for my contributions to advancing the scholarship and research in the athletic training profession as a fellow of the NATA is quite humbling,” says Peer. “I have focused my entire career on advancing this profession and to receive this honor is truly exciting. You never really realize the impact of your lifelong commitment to advancing the profession throughout your career. You simply put your head down and push forward every day to try to gain support and recognition of the profession through committee work, scholarly activity and professional presentations. I have tried to pave the way for the future generations of athletic trainers (my students). They are the driving force behind all I do."

Peer will be awarded this honor at the NATA annual meeting and symposium in St. Louis, Mo. this month. 

For more information, visit www.nata.org.

Posted June 14, 2012

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Annual Steam Shutdown Scheduled for May 12-19, 2013

To facilitate long-term planning for some departments, Kent State is announcing that the annual steam shutdown will be from 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2013, through 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Steam will not be available on most of the campus. Many areas will not have hot water, heat, and/or air conditioning.

Furthermore, between 6 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 18, 2013, the annual Black Start and Island Mode Test is scheduled to be performed.  There will be several electrical power interruptions during this time, and some portions of the campus will not have electrical power and/or air conditioning.

Please address any questions about these issues to Frank Renovich at 330-672-0775 or frenovi2@kent.edu.

Posted June 18, 2012

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Volunteer to Help With First-Year Student Move-In

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Some volunteers for the 2011 annual Movers and Groovers
event pose for a picture while helping first-year students
move in to their residence halls.

Movers and Groovers is an annual volunteer event, sponsored by the Kent Interhall Council, that is designed to help first-year students move into their residence halls. Teams of volunteers, consisting of students, student organizations, and faculty and staff members, work together to move first-year students into their new homes safely and efficiently.

Although it states on the registration website that volunteers are required to work two three-hour shifts, faculty and staff members can volunteer to work for as long as their schedules allow.

To volunteer, register at http://kic.kent.edu/moversgroovers or email ksumoversandgroovers@gmail.com.

Posted June 18, 2012

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