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December 2011

December is a month of holidays. From Christmas and Hanukkah to winter solstice, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve, music is a part of nearly every celebration. In that spirit of the season, WKSU offers a variety of holiday music and special spoken word programming throughout the month of December.

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Welcome to Profiles of Excellence in Action, a monthly e-newsletter showcasing news and events from Kent State University. In this month's issue, read about the Kent State Precision Flight Team’s recognition at the Ohio Statehouse, the National Science Foundation awarding Kent State a $1.08 million grant to address shortage of STEM educators, a journalism professor who makes a difference in students’ lives, and the music and program line-up for WKSU this holiday season. Also, watch the video about Kent State’s selection as one of four higher education institutions to train future Northeast Ohio business owners.

Kent State’s Precision Flight Team Recognized at Ohio Statehouse

The Kent State University Precision Flight Team was recognized on Nov. 16 by the Ohio House of Representatives.

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Training Future Northeast Ohio Business Owners

Kent State University is one of four higher education institutions that will help train the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The three-year partnership is supported by a $3.2 million grant from The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

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NSF Awards Kent State $1.08 Million Grant to Address Shortage of STEM Educators

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Kent State University a $1.08 million grant to support the university’s Noyce Scholars Program, designed to increase the number of highly qualified middle and high school teachers in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, mathematics and physics.

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Journalism Professor Makes a Difference in Students’ Lives

Although teaching is a second career for him, School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Gary Hanson has been an inspiration to many students. As a result of his passion for journalism, Hanson is one of three recipients of Kent State's 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA).

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