Faculty/Staff News Now: Laura Moll Reflects on Time in Florence; John-Michael Warner Gets Fellowship for Border Research; Scott Spencer Joins ACPM Board of Directors; Research for New and Expectant Black Mothers; Gratitude 28-Day Challenge April 6 – May 3

Honors College Professor Laura Moll Reflects on Time Spent Teaching in Florence, Italy

Professor of English Laura Moll has been recognized for her exemplary work teaching honors students. Laura traveled to Florence as the Freshman Honors Colloquium professor for the year-long course. Learn more.


John-Michael Warner Awarded Fellowship for U.S.-Mexico Border Research

John-Michael Warner, Ph.D., assistant professor of Art History, was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon-Fronteridades Fellowship for research in connection with a collaborative U.S. – Mexico border project with two Arizona artists. Learn more.


CPM Associate Professor Dr. Scott Spencer Appointed President of the Board of Directors for the American College of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Scott Spencer, associate professor in the Division of Surgery and Biomechanics, and an alumnus of the former Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine class of 1987, has been named the new president of the board of directors for the American College of Podiatric Medicine (ACPM).

Founded in the late 1940s as the American College of Foot Orthopedists, ACPM enhances and advocates for the practice of podiatric medicine by providing innovative education and promoting podiatric physicians in public health and welfare. With a membership of approximately 1,000 doctors and 450 student doctors, ACPM is the only specialty organization affiliated with the American Podiatric Medical Association, and represents the full scope of medical, orthopedic and biomechanical aspects of podiatric practice.

Dr. Spencer is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Spencer also currently serves as the interim director of Clinic Operations for CPM’s teaching facility at the Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic.


Psychological Sciences Seeks New and Expectant Black Mothers for Research

The Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders in African Americans invites new and expectant African American mothers to participate in a research study. A workshop will be held at the Maple Valley Branch Library in Akron on March 30, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. that provides moms with useful skills to manage their stress and anxiety.

There will be free food and childcare if needed. Those eligible to participate can earn a $40 Walmart gift card.

The Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans (PRADAA) is a research lab in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. PRADAA is under the direction of national award-winning Psychologist Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D., and is committed to conducting and disseminating research in meaningful ways for African American communities.

If you are interested in this research study, please contact Graduate Research Assistant Tiffany Rowell at 234-405-8244, or trowell@kent.edu. Visit the PRADAA Lab website to learn more about our current projects, presentations, publications and more.


Great Colleges Survey Open Now Through April 3

As a reminder, an invitation to take the "Great Colleges to Work For" survey has been distributed to a random selection of our employees. If you received an invitation but haven’t completed the survey, please take a moment to do so. The deadline to complete the survey is April 3.

Whether or not our institution is recognized, we can learn from the feedback and make improvements for our future. Everyone’s participation is encouraged and appreciated. A high response rate helps ensure an accurate representation of our community.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Perry, Assistant Provost for Accreditation, Assessment and Learning, at assessment@kent.edu.


Your IMPACT Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is Here for You

The Employee Wellness Office will host the March 18 Take a Tour of IMPACT webinar from 9 - 10 a.m. We strongly encourage all full- and part-time faculty and staff to take part in this very important webinar to fully understand the depth and breadth of resources afforded to you, and your family, as part of your employee assistance work/life program. Get more details and register for the webinar.

Also, due to the increased need for information and resources related to the Coronavirus, your IMPACT EAP has created a Coronavirus Information Guide. Please take a few moments to read through the guide, share with co-workers, colleagues, friends and family. In addition, and to keep you up to date, we encourage you to view the information that is currently posted on the IMPACT website under "News Alert." The "News Alert" is constantly updated with news and information that can be used to raise awareness of the illness, promote safety practices to help maintain one's health, and ease any growing fears that can impact your day-to-day-lives and the lives of those you care about.

IMPACT services are available to all full- and part-time faculty/staff, spouse/partner, dependent children who reside in or outside of the home, parents and parents-in-law. The resources afforded to you as a Kent State employee are also extended to these eligible dependents. Find a quick overview of available services.

Lastly, IMPACT is encouraging use of the online counseling services (video, web and chat) in place of in person services. Online counseling appointments are typically scheduled within 24 – 48 hours as well. To reach IMPACT, available 24/7, please call 1-800-227-6007, or visit the website at myimpactsolution.com, username is KENT.

The Employee Wellness Office remains open and available to you to assist and support your well-being. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions at 330-672-7505, or wellness@kent.edu.


Webinar: It's Not Selfish It's Self-Care

Tues., March 31, noon – 1 p.m.

Self-care often gets pushed to the back burner. It might be that you feel selfish taking time for yourself when you could be doing things for others. Or, you might struggle to find the time to make self-care a priority. But particularly in today's wireless world, where we are constantly responding to others, making time for self-care is a key component to managing stress and remaining resilient.

Our presenter for this Employee Wellness offering will be Alan Gecht, MA, LPCC. Alan is an account manager for IMPACT Solutions, Employee Assistance Program. Whether training or working with a client in a clinical setting, Alan’s goal is to provide practical, solution-focused strategies for life’s issues that virtually anyone can apply with success.

During this interactive session, you'll learn strategies for building up your self-care reserve and learn how to say 'no' without guilt. Registration is required for this webinar by March 27, 2020.

All full- and part-time faculty/staff employees are encouraged to participate. For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, this session will be worth 10 points toward your Tier 2 total for 2020.

For questions regarding the Employee Wellness offerings for faculty/staff, please contact the Employee Wellness Office at 330-672-0392, or wellness@kent.edu. For questions regarding the webinar delivery, please contact Ron Smith at 330-672-2602, or rsmith5@kent.edu.


Gratitude 28-Day Challenge April 6 – May 3

It's easy to take things for granted, especially when so much of our time is spent pursuing things we don't currently have. You can cultivate more gratitude through regular practice.

During this 28-day challenge, you will be asked to practice gratitude daily. Let this challenge be your guide. Then use this foundation to make gratitude a lifelong habit. You and the people around you have a lot to be grateful for.

As a challenge participant, you will receive educational materials, weekly emails from your Be Well partner, and access to unlimited telephonic health coaching. You will report your weekly progress using your Be Well portal at portal.bewelldata.com.

Each week, participants will also be eligible for our random prize drawings as an added nudge to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Winners will be announced throughout the challenge and advised on how to collect prizes.

Finally, participation in the 28-Day Gratitude Challenge may also qualify you for 20 Wellness Your Way points toward Tier 2 reward. Note that individuals must participate in all four weeks of this challenge to qualify for their wellness points.

Register to participate before 5 p.m. on March 31.

For more about the Wellness Your Way employee wellness program, please visit the information page.

POSTED: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 8:59am
UPDATED: Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:27pm