Faculty/Staff News Now: President’s Faculty Excellence Award; Health Sciences Studies Impact of COVID-19; Fashion Fundamentals Webinar; Total Body Toning;Financial Well-Being; Annual Steam Shutdown; Student Summer Registration


2020 Recipients of the President’s Faculty Excellence Award

Kent State University President Todd Diacon recently presented six Kent State faculty members with the 2020 President’s Faculty Excellence Award that recognizes exceptional performance and leads to national or international recognition. Learn more.


Health Sciences Prof Studies Health Impact of COVID-19

Professor Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., is conducting a brief survey on the impact COVID-19 is having on the health behaviors and attitudes of Kent State University students and employees. This brief survey takes only a few minutes.

Titled, “Health behaviors and attitudes before and after face-to-face class cancellation,” the study will provide a better understanding of how the pandemic is affecting health behaviors and attitudes.

Specifically, the department is interested in assessing possible changes in physical activity and sedentary behavior before and after Kent State cancelled face-to-face classes on March 11, 2020. This is a voluntary research project designed to provide a preliminary assessment of these health behaviors and attitudes regarding them.

Participants can enter and exit the survey as often as needed before completion.


Fashion Fundamentals Explores Methods, Approaches to Style

Exposing students to fashion can be a launchpad to a multitude of necessary skills like creative-thinking, communication, collaboration and problem solving.

Join Professor Robin Vande Zande, School of Art, and Marjorie Wachowiak, associate lecturer in the School of Fashion, on Tues., May 19 at 3 p.m. for a special webinar about their newly released, co-authored book, Fashion Fundamentals.

Fashion Fundamentals explores methods and approaches to teaching fashion in grades 6 – 12. Topics include design history, foundations, cultural and personal influences, as well as tools and materials. Register for the Fashion Fundamentals webinar. View a list of weekly webinars.


Total Body Toning: Coming Live to Your Living Room - Sign Up Now!

Thank you to all who joined us for our first live workout for Get Fit Don't Sit Day! We had so much fun connecting with all of you for some midday movement that we are going to make it a regular occurrence.

Employee Wellness and Recreational Services are pleased to announce we will offer live virtual workouts every Tuesday and Thursday from noon – 1 p.m. starting May 14. Join Recreation Program Coordinator, Beth Michel, for a 45-minute total body workout that will incorporate cardio, strength and flexibility and can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

This version of Total Body Toning will focus on bodyweight exercises, so no equipment is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. All you need is comfortable clothing (shoes optional), a bottle of water, and an internet connection to participate. 

The workouts will be live streamed via Zoom. Pre-registration is required for each session. You will receive your Zoom link the day before your class and another reminder the morning of so be sure to register for each Tuesday and/or Thursday you plan to participate.  Since these are Zoom events, you may choose to open your webcam so other participants can see you, but you can keep it closed if you prefer not to be seen. Zoom also offers a chat feature, so you can interact with your fellow Flashes while breaking a sweat. 

These classes are open to all full- and part-time faculty and staff. Full time employees participating in the Wellness Your Way Rewards Program can earn 10 Tier 2 points for each class. Make sure to include your first and last name when you enter the Zoom event to ensure we can capture your attendance and award your points accordingly. Login before 12:15 as class will begin promptly at 12:15.

The May and June classes are posted, and registration is open now. Visit our digital wellness calendar to register. We are excited to bring Team Kent State back together again! 


Employee Wellness is Focused on Supporting Your Financial Well-Being

During these trying times, finances are a source of stress for many. It is important to remember you are not alone in this situation, and there are resources available to help support financial health for you and your family. 

IMPACT Solutions Employee Assistance Program
Take advantage of FREE financial counseling available through our EAP. IMPACT's financial counselors can assist in the following ways:

  • Comprehensive financial counseling to assist with debt management
  • Guidance on how to approach creditors/loan providers regarding payment adjustments
  • Housing counseling to assist with mortgage delinquency and foreclosure prevention
  • Connect you to national and local resources available to assist with bills
  • Click here to learn more

IMPACT's services, including financial counseling, are available to all full and part time Kent State employees, as well as household members, dependents in and away from home, and parents and parents-in-law. To schedule an appointment with a financial counselor today, call IMPACT at 1-800-227-6007 or request an appointment using the online service request form by logging into www.MyImpactSolution.com with member username: KENT.

Upcoming Financial Wellness Webinars

Several webinars are planned on a variety of topics to help employees focus on their financial well-being. Click on the links below to learn more and register for these upcoming sessions:

These webinars are open to all full and part time faculty and staff. For employees participating in the Wellness Your Way Rewards Program, each session is worth 10 points toward your Tier 2 total. We will continue to add new financial wellness offerings for our Kent State community. Check our Financial Wellness Programming page regularly for the most recent offerings. 


Annual Steam Shutdown in Progress

In order to perform necessary maintenance on the boilers, steam transmission systems, and electrical distribution systems, shut down of Kent State University’s Power Plant is currently in progress and runs through completion at 11:59 p.m. on Wed., May 20.

During this time, most buildings located on campus will NOT have hot water to sinks and showers, etc. or heat or air conditioning.

Please direct questions to Frank Renovich at 330-672-0775, or email frenovi2@kent.edu.


Important Information Regarding Student Registration into Classes

As we begin the new semester, the Office of the University Registrar asks for your assistance in making sure that all students are properly registered for their Summer 2020 courses.             

As per University policy, only officially registered students are permitted to attend courses. Go to Faculty & Advisors / Faculty Dashboard to find the link to official class rosters in FlashLine. Students who are not officially registered within the appropriate time period WILL NOT receive a grade or earn credit for the course even if they attend the entire course and complete all required work.

Registration and schedule adjustment deadlines for courses can be found in the Detailed Class Search. To access the Detailed Class Search, visit the Registrar's website at http://www.kent.edu/registrar/, click the Schedule of Classes quick link, and select Summer 2020, or in FlashLine, go to Faculty & Advisors / Resources / Courses and click on the Registration Deadlines and Tuition Credit Search Link.

Instructors are asked to remind students that it is important to finalize and verify their registration within the proper timeframe. After the published deadlines, adjustments in registration will require faculty and Office of the University Registrar approval.

Grades Submission Information
The deadline for submitting final grades can be found on the Registrar's website at http://www.kent.edu/registrar/calendars-deadlines.

Incomplete Mark and NF/SF Administrative Marks:
The administrative mark SF (Stopped Attending–Fail) denotes that the student stopped attending the course and did not formally withdraw and must be accompanied by a date of last attendance in the course. If a student has stopped attending your course the SF can be entered on the Final Grade Roster along with the student’s last date of attendance.

The administrative mark NF (Never Attended–Fail) denotes that the student neither attended one class session nor formally withdrew from the course. If a student has never attended your course, mark the student as “Not Started” on the Academic Presence Verification Roster, and the NF will automatically populate to your Final Grades roster.

The administrative mark of IN (Incomplete) may be given to students who are unable to complete the work due to extenuating circumstances. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be currently earning a D or better grade and are unable to complete the required work between the course withdrawal deadline and the end of classes. Graduate students must be currently earning a C or better grade and are unable to complete the required work between the course withdrawal deadline and the end of classes. Instructors are required to complete and submit an Incomplete Mark Contract.

Incomplete Mark Contract Workflow
The instructor must create and submit an Incomplete Mark contract via the new workflow.  Instructors are no longer be able to select the incomplete mark (IB+, IC+, IC-, etc.) from the final grade roster in FlashFAST (Self-Service Banner).  The primary instructor must initiate and submit the contract using this new workflow process, which mimics the old paper process.  Once the contract has been accepted by the student and approved by the department chair/campus dean, the student’s grade will be updated automatically.  The primary instructor will be able to initiate and submit the contract for a student after the deadline to withdraw (10th week of a regularly scheduled section in fall and spring, or prorated for flexibly scheduled sections) through the end of final grading.

Access the Incomplete Mark workflow in FlashLine from the Faculty Dashboard under Grading Resources or Faculty Workflows. The incomplete mark and default grade will no longer be available to assign via the final grade roster or the Grade Push Application.

For complete information on university grading policies including Incomplete Mark and NF/SF grading policies, procedures and timelines, please visit the Grading Policies and Procedures section in the university catalog at catalog.kent.edu.

POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2020 - 7:56am
UPDATED: Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 8:31am