Faculty/Staff News Now: Professor’s Souvenirs Exhibited at Cleveland Museum of Art; Kent State Coaching and Leadership Expert Featured in CNN Article; Health Screenings & Flu Vaccine Clinics Resume this Fall; Fall Speaker Series Sept. 30

Professor’s Souvenirs From 1980’s-Era Cruise Exhibited at Cleveland Museum of Art

Jeanne Marie Stumpf-Carome, MA, MS, Ph.D., is a world traveler, an anthropologist, and Kent State University Geauga Associate Professor with a high CQ. This CQ — Curiosity Quotient — drives Dr. Stumpf-Carome’s thirst for knowledge and understanding about cultures, customs, and crafts outside her everyday experience. It has also led to some of her souvenirs from a Panama Canal cruise to appear in an exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Learn more.

Kent State Coaching and Leadership Expert Featured in CNN Article

Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems Mark Whitmore, Ph.D., and his wife Eve, give answers to questions about the pandemic denial in the health section of CNN.com. Read the full article.



Get a Jump Start on Tier 1 for 2021

Health Screenings & Flu Vaccine Clinics Resume this Fall

August 31 marked the end of the Tier 1 qualifying period for the 2020 Wellness Your Way Rewards Program. Those who qualified for Tier 1 for 2020 have until Oct. 15 to accumulate your Tier 2 points and earn your $200 reward for 2020.

With the 2020 Tier 1 qualifying period closing, we have launched the Tier 1 qualifying period for 2021, which began Sept. 1, 2020. Here's a quick recap:

  2020 Qualifying Periods 2021 Qualifying Periods
Tier 1 Sept. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2020
(deadline extended due to COVID-19)
Sept. 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Tier 2 Jan. 1, 2020 - Oct. 15, 2020
(final paperwork due Oct. 30)*
Jan. 1, 2021 - Oct. 15, 2021
(final paperwork due Oct. 30)

*You must have completed Tier 1 to be eligible for Tier 2.

Employee Wellness will home mail a fold up poster that provides an overview of the 2021 rewards program in October, and the Be Well Solutions online portal will flip over to reflect the 2021 reward program year in December. As we close out Tier 2 for 2020 this fall, benefits eligible faculty and staff can get a head start on Tier 1 for 2021 if they so choose. We will begin offering onsite Know Your Numbers health screenings and flu vaccine clinics at the Kent campus again in October. Click here to read our updated screening protocols and enhanced safety measures. 

Important Updates for Regional Campus Employees

We will not be hosting Know Your Numbers screenings and flu vaccine clinics at the regional campuses this fall for the 2021 reward program cycle due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. In lieu of on-campus screenings, we have added a new option for regional campus employees this year, which is to have a screening completed at a LabCorp facility at no cost to the employee, or, as is the case each year, you are welcome and encouraged to have your screening completed with your primary care physician. Please note:

  • ­The LabCorp option is available to regional campus employees only (in lieu of Be Well coming to your campus).
  • We encourage all employees to regularly see a primary care physician (PCP), including having your screening completed with your regular doctor if you so choose. That being said, both Kent and regional campus employees will have the primary care physician option plus an alternative option available for the 2021 rewards program:
Kent Campus Employees Regional Campus Employees
Option 1: Screening with a PCP Option 1: Screening with a PCP
Option 2: Screening with Be Well Option 2: Screening at LabCorp

Keep in mind that regional campus employees are welcome to schedule a screening with Be Well Solutions at the Kent campus if that is convenient and feasible. Click here for information about our updated onsite screening protocols and enhanced safety measures.

  • Flu vaccines will be available at the Kent campus screenings and are open to spouses/partners and dependent children aged 18 or older.
  • Regional campus employees can receive a flu vaccine from their PCP or at a local clinic, such as CVS Minute Clinic or a Walgreen's Healthcare Clinic (covered in full under KSU's health plans). Visit our regional campus health screening page for LabCorp and flu vaccine locations.

To schedule an onsite screening or access the LabCorp or Physician Screening form, please visit the Be Well portal. If you have any questions, please contact Employee Wellness at wellness@kent.edu or 330-672-0392. 

Fall Speaker Series: Improving Your Life Through Work-Life Integration

We are pleased to announce our fall employee wellness speaker series, "Finding Your Work-Life Rhythm in a COVID World."

Our featured speaker, Dr. Adam Feiner, is a clinical and consulting psychologist with experience supporting clients clinically as well as through coaching strategies in order to overcome a variety of personal, professional, and organizational challenges.

In his work in both the public and private sectors, Dr. Feiner has helped clients overcome years of systemic dysfunction by addressing complex challenges in leadership, communication, inconsistent values, and misaligned cultures. He has worked with small and large groups as well as individuals who are dealing with highly stressful situations in which there is much at stake, both emotionally and financially, to help them break through barriers and achieve their goals. Dr. Feiner is owner of Feiner Coaching and Consulting, LLC.

In addition to his training in clinical (PsyD) and organizational (MA) psychology, and business administration (MBA), he is also an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach at the ACC level, as well as a Certified Mentor Coach and Certified Executive Coach through MentorCoach LLC, an ICF Accredited Coaching Training Program. He lives in Kettering, OH with his wife and two cats.

We hope that you may take advantage of both sessions. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend this series.

For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, each session will be worth 30 points for a total of 60 points for the Fall Speaker Series. 

Register to attend "Improving Your Life Through Work-Life Integration"

LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Virtual Kick-off Via Zoom Meeting

Join the LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Virtual Kick-off on Wed., Sept. 16, from 4 - 5 p.m. via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93098286271.

Important Information Regarding Fall 2020 Midterm Grading for all lower-division undergraduate courses

The deadline for midterm grade submission is midnight on Wednesday, October 14. Midterm grades may not be reported after the deadline. The Grade Change workflow cannot be used to report or change midterm grades after the deadline, and the Registrar's Office will not accommodate other late submission requests.

Submit Midterm grades using Midterm Grades roster
To submit midterm grades via the Midterm Grades roster, login to FlashLine (https://login.kent.edu/) then click Faculty & Advisors/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources. Locate Midterm Grades to submit grades.

Submit Midterm grades using Grade Push (Blackboard Users)
If you use Blackboard, there is a tool to make reporting your midterm grades easier—with a push of the button!  The process is called Grade Push and it will allow you to “push” the midterm grades recorded in Blackboard into our KSU Midterm Grade Roster, thus eliminating the time and effort spent manually entering them.

To access the Grade Push application, login to FlashLine (https://login.kent.edu/) then click Faculty & Advisors/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources. Locate Grade Push to submit grades.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Grade Push application, please direct them to support@kent.edu.

Please Note: The Grade Push application has been developed for Blackboard users as an option to assist in streamlining the university grading process. The use of this application is not mandatory, though it is encouraged.

Tips and Tricks
Grades Processing Tips and FAQs may be found on the Registrar's website (http://www.kent.edu/registrar/faculty-grades-processing). Any faculty member needing personalized instruction on submitting their grades via the Midterm Grades roster should contact their campus Registrar's Office during normal business hours for assistance.

Troubleshooting TIP: FlashLine is accessible from any Internet-capable computer that has the cookies function enabled. We recommend that you clean out your cookie and cache files regularly to help your computer run faster, and to potentially restore and/or improve your access to FlashLine by improving your connection to the server. Our Helpdesk is prepared to help with these issues. Please contact them at 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance and technical issues.

POSTED: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 11:15am
UPDATED: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 9:12am