Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, and a regular essayist for Parade Magazine. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns that judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged."
Perhaps Liane Membis, the Wall Street Journal intern fired recently for inventing quotes, started out with noble intentions. As Miss Black America-Connecticut last year, she spoke against high illiteracy rates among African American children and of wanting to represent black women “in a positive light.” We’d assume that Membis, a Yale graduate, brought these ideals to her internship at one of the nation’s most prominent dailies.
Three associate professors from Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising donated their time to design and create more than 30 costumes for a local dance troupe headed to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, Linda Ohrn-McDaniel and Vince Quevedo completed the costumes, which will be worn by the L.I.O.N. Players, a performing arts troupe based in Akron.
Gov. John Kasich has named Ralph M. Della Ratta Jr. of Gates Mills, Ohio, to serve on the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Della Ratta’s appointment is from July 13, 2012, through May 16, 2021.
Program introduces young women to aviation careers
Area female high school students and their mothers will be spending time together while also learning about aviation and science-related fields at a special overnight aviation camp held at Kent State University. The university’s aeronautics program hosts its fourth Nikki Kukwa Memorial Aviation Camp on Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21.
Porthouse Theatre, the outdoor, professional summer stock theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, closes its 2012 season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite “The Sound of Music.” Evening performances are July 27-28, July 31, Aug. 1-4 and Aug. 7-11 at 8 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. matinee performances on July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 11-12. For tickets, call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com.
Kent State faculty member in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program and Liquid Crystal Institute® Antal Jakli, Ph.D., received an Outstanding Research and Scholar Award for his liquid crystal research.
With the launch of the Centennial Campaign, Kent State University took on an aggressive agenda to raise $250 million to fund the university’s endowment, capital projects and operating needs, with a particular emphasis on student scholarships. The university has officially closed the Centennial Campaign and reports it raised a record-breaking $265 million, surpassing its goal by $15 million.
Kent State University’s College of Public Health will hold an event Thursday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for high school students enrolled in the university’s Upward Bound program as a way to show them what public health is all about. The event is a mock disease outbreak investigation. Members of the media are welcome to attend and cover it.
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