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Gina Cirino completed her Master's degree at Kent State in 2015 with an emphasis on cultural anthropology. Read on to learn about what Gina is doing with her degree!

Pictured left to right: Mary Southards, Chrissy Kauth, Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, Dr. Denise Seachrist, Dr. Deb Shelestak, Dr. Para Jones, Beverly Mayle, Shari Shiepis and Dr. A. Bathi Kasturiarachi. 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Feinberg on his election to the status of Honorary Fellow by the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania!

His nomination appeared in the ASAO Newsletter (Issue 154) in April, 2016.

Three community members have been named to the Tuscarawas County University Branch District Board of Trustees and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. 

Darlene Finzer, of Stonecreek, was appointed to the Tuscarawas County University Branch District Board of Trustees, who govern the campus. Finzer is a principal and the director of benefit plan audit services at Rea & Associates in New Philadelphia. She replaces Zoe Ann Kelly, of Dover, who retired from the board after 31 years of service. 

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to introduce Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu and Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali and Dr. D. Amy Rose Forbes-Erickson, the newest faculty to join the department.

Eric Benjamin, of Alliance, has been hired to direct the new University Choir at Kent State University at Tuscarawas beginning Fall Semester 2016. He is an adjunct faculty member at the campus currently teaching The Understanding of Music. He is also the music director for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, a position he has held for the past 25 years.

Kent, Ohio, January 17, 2017 —The Uumbaji Art Gallery located in Kent State University’s Oscar Ritchie Hall, is pleased to present “The Real Africa: Images from Ghana.”  The exhibit will show from January 23 to February 16, 2017.  An opening reception will take place Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with an artist presentation at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the first theatrical production of the season, What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and community persons. We encourage diversity in our casting.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2016 the Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Association Glowway Run 5K, presented by Geib Funeral Home and Crematories.  Open to the public, the 5K run and 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held Sept. 17 at Harry Clever Field in New Philadelphia. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and the race at 7:15 p.m.

This June I was invited to the Primate Research Institute (PRI) of Kyoto University as a “Distinguished Visiting Senior Lecturer” in the area of primate population genomics.  My host was Professor Hirohisa Hirai, a former director of the PRI and a leading researcher in the areas of primate molecular cytogenetics and chromosome evolution.  My time was split between (1) analysis and interpretation of nonhuman primate genetic patterns, and (2) expansion of research collaborations between the PRI and Kent State University.