July 14, 2014

Dear Academic Affairs Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Dees was appointed Director of the Faculty Professional Development Center (FPDC), effective July 1. Dr. Dees has served as Interim Director since July 2013. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration. David has a strong record of service including membership in the Faculty Senate, Chair of the Salem Campus Faculty Council, Co- Director of the Rural Scholars Program, and Co-Chair of the LER/Core Committee.

Kent State at Salem held its annual nursing convocation and pinning ceremony on May 7 at Avian on the Water in Canfield, during which 48 students received their nursing pins and recited the nursing pledge. All are receiving degrees this year through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the Salem campus.

Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, coordinator of the BSN program at Salem, presented the 2014 class of graduates, while the nursing faculty members presented various awards and the students’ pins.

Prior to the end of the semester, Kent State University at East Liverpool held its annual pinning ceremony at The Georgetown in Boardman, during which 59 students received nursing pins signifying their hard work and dedication to their schoolwork and future profession.

LifeShare Community Blood Services, a community-focused nonprofit organization, is providing a scholarship opportunity for Kent State University at Trumbull students.

Eligible students must be enrolled for the 2014 fall semester as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student at Kent State Trumbull, and be in good academic standing. Additionally, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and submit a one-page statement regarding community service, its importance, and the applicant’s role within their local community.

The Kent Trumbull Theatre & Summer Stock 37 has announced dates this summer's youth acting classes. 

Occurring each Monday evening over eight weeks during June and July, the classes are available for students ages 7-13, and available in both a beginning acting class (improvisation, basic acting technique and theatre games) and musical theatre class (singing, choreography and acting). 

The enrollment fee for each class is $50, or students may attend both concentrations for $70. Class size will be limited to 20 students per class. 

Attention Kent State University at Trumbull students!

The Office of Student Activities has 50 pairs of baseball tickets to give away, and you have the opportunity to win your fair share … or at least one pair.

Register now for your chance to win two tickets to see the Mahoning Valley Scrappers take on the Batavia Muckdogs on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.

In the April 25 issue of Physical Review Letters, Kent State University scientists revealed promising indications of a phase transition never previously observed that may help us better understand the early universe’s transformation and the nuclear matter that makes up 99.973 percent (by weight) of our everyday world.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz, founder, president, and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc. will serve as the guest speaker for Kent State University at Trumbull’s 2014 spring commencement ceremony which will be held Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Avenue NW, Warren.

Kent State University was selected to receive $500,000 in state grant funds for expanded co-op and internship programs. The funds are part of a state investment of close to $11 million over the next two years with matching dollars from key industries across the state.

The university will use the funds to expand relationships with companies and further support career-related services; create centralized operations to better support decentralized activities; and use best practices to create sustainable programs, support companies, and ensure academic integrity of experiences.

An internationally recognized social geographer, a metadata expert and a leading researcher in the science of liquid crystals and nanomaterials received Kent State University’s 2014 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony and reception yesterday on the Kent Campus.