Faculty/Staff News Now: Nursing Faculty Selected To National Task Force; Geauga Prof Creates Virtual Camp; Webinar - Differentiating Dementias; Faculty Contemplating COVID-19; Sustainability Challenge 7/6; TAC Middle School Degree; Labor Condition Notice

Nursing Faculty Selected by OADN To National Task Force

Mariann Harding, Ph.D., Kent State University at Tuscarawas professor of nursing technology, has been appointed to the national Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) COVID-19 Task Force. Learn more.

Geauga Professor Creates Virtual Architecture Camp To Engage Students During Pandemic

Judson Kline, adjunct professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Geauga Campus, recently created the Virtual Kids’ Home Architecture Camp. Learn more.

Webinar - Differentiating Dementias: What is the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease – June 18

For the third consecutive year, the departments of Recreational Services and Employee Wellness have come together to sponsor The Longest Day® at Kent State, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association.

Objectives of the Longest Day are many ranging from awareness of the various forms of dementia to emotional support for those fighting the disease and for those who love and care for them.

With a week-long series of events, we have included a one-hour webinar on Differentiating Dementias.  Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a group of conditions characterized by impairment of two brain functions, such as memory loss and judgment. The four most common causes of primary dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Our presenter for this session will be Kelsey Loushin, LICDC. Kelsey will walk participants through defining different types of dementia, current interventions, and community resources to support caregivers and those in need of care.

This program is open to ALL full- and part-time employees. For full-time employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, this session is worth 10 Tier Two "Employee Wellness Sponsored Lunch & Learns, Workshops or Webinars" points.

The webinar will take place on June 18, from 9 - 10 a.m. Click here to register

To see the full week of activities planned leading up to the summer solstice on June 20, visit our Longest Day resource page here. Registration links are available for each event you choose to participate in.  For questions, please contact the Employee Wellness Office at 330-672-7505, or wellness@kent.edu

Faculty Contemplating COVID-19

The newest edition of the Faculty Contemplating COVID-19 Series features Julie Mazzei, Ph.D., associate professor, Political Science; and Joel Hughes, Ph.D., professor and director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychological Sciences.

In this new weekly series, Kent State faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines are interviewed for their thought-provoking perspectives about the ongoing pandemic. Learn more.

Sustainability Challenge Launches July 6 – Register Today!

Your Employee Wellness Team invites you to join our second challenge with Wellable, our newest wellness partner. Wellable provides an online challenge platform and device/app integration formerly found in our partnership with the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). Many Kent State employees have already started using Wellable. Don't miss out on our next challenge, which will focus on physical and environmental Sustainability. 

The simple goal of sustainability is to create and maintain an environment where humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. Although sustainability must address complex global challenges, the protection of the environment can also be influenced on a smaller scale. Becoming aware of resource consumption and reducing unnecessary waste is a step in the right direction. There are countless ways to practice environmental awareness in our daily lives, and small actions can have a big impact.

This challenge provides participants with an opportunity to focus on their physical well-being by engaging in regular movement, as well as the well-being of the planet by learning how to easily adopt sustainable practices. Exercising and practicing sustainable habits will allow participants to rack up Wellable points and enjoy some friendly competition with fellow Flashes.

This four-week challenge will run from July 6 through August 2. It is open to ALL full- and part-time faculty and staff. Those who actively participate will be eligible for weekly prize drawings to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Completing this challenge is also worth 20 Tier 2 points for those participating in the wellness rewards program. To qualify for Tier 2 points, employees must maintain at least 65 percent participation over the 4 weeks. 

Click here to register. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on June 30, 2020.


Pursue Middle School Teaching Degree, Close to Home

A bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education is now within reach for Twinsburg-area students, both geographically and financially.

Starting Fall Term 2020, future middle school teachers can choose to begin their Middle Childhood Education degree at either the Geauga Campus in Burton or Twinsburg Academic Center.  Introductory coursework will be provided remotely through Zoom videoconferencing to students at the TAC.  As students progress through the program, more interactive learning experiences will be fully available at the Geauga Campus in Burton.

The most unique aspect of this program is that it is an IB-authorized program in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). Kent State University is one of only three universities in the country that have incorporated the MYP into its undergraduate program. With this accreditation, graduates are eligible to receive the IB Teaching and Learning Certification, making them valuable educators both domestically and internationally. The MCED program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Association of Middle-Level Educators.

“The big thing is to open up opportunities for students in Geauga, Lake, Summit and even Cuyahoga counties,” says Assistant Dean Susan Emens. “Accessibility at Twinsburg creates an affordable, close-to-home opportunity for more students in the region to receive an education degree.”

A strength of the MCED program at Kent State Geauga is its intimate learning environment. With small cohort sizes, students in the program will receive individualized attention and work closely with their professors. In addition, students will have dynamic, hands-on field experience opportunities at a minimum of four different school districts across multiple demographic areas.

Prospective majors can explore their Middle Childhood Education roadmap here.

Labor Condition Application Notice

In accordance with 20 CFR § 655.734, Kent State University is required to provide notice that a Labor Condition Application (LCA) for H-1B Non-immigrant Alien Worker has been filed by Kent State University with the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, United States Employment Service Certifying Officer. All LCA postings are provided for at www.kent.edu/generalcounsel/legal-notices.

POSTED: Monday, June 15, 2020 - 8:13am
UPDATED: Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:21am