Faculty/Staff News Now: Research Study of Children and Pet Dogs; Kent State Day With Penguins/Cavaliers March 8; TAC Ribbon Cutting; Faculty Ensemble Performs March 1; Final Grading Spring 2020

Participants Needed for Research Study of Children and Pet Dogs

Nothing compares to a child’s love for a canine. In fact, dogs are believed to be an integral part of a child’s life and many kids feel better when they’re with pets. Nevertheless, there is surprisingly little research, and no well-established measures, on how best to evaluate children’s relationships with their pet dogs.

Led by Kent State researchers Kathryn Kerns and Manfred van Dulmen from the Department of Psychological Sciences, and funded by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, this new study will seek to measure children’s relationships with their pet dogs and determine how these relationships are related to children’s social and emotional adjustment.

Families are eligible and invited to participate in the study if they have at least one child in 4th through 6th grade, and they own at least one pet dog. The study pays $100 and takes place during a scheduled 90-minute visit to the family home. In accordance with the Kent State University ethics committee, all participant information and data are confidential.

If you would like information about the project, or want to volunteer, please call 330-672-2139. A member of the research team will provide you with more information and answer any questions you have about the project.


Kent State Day with the Penguins and Cavs is March 8

The Pittsburgh Penguins are pleased to offer Kent State University a special opportunity to attend a Pittsburgh Penguins game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes, Sun. Mar. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Come out and show your school pride while celebrating with your fellow college fans at an upcoming Pittsburgh Penguins/Kent State University Day at PPG Paints Arena. Each discounted ticket purchased will include a limited edition, co-branded Penguins/Flashes hat. Tickets are $50 and $87, plus a small processing fee.

To receive a hat, you MUST purchase your tickets through this web page.

How it Works:
Choose your price level and number of seats. Complete the easy purchase process. Share your personal link and invite friends to join you.

You will receive tickets immediately upon purchase via mobile device and can manage them via Penguins Account Manager. Please direct questions to Mike Zatchey at 412-255-1922, or email mzatchey@pittsburghpenguins.com.

Tickets Still Available for Kent State Day at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Kent State Day with the Cavs is also Sun., Mar. 8, at 7 p.m. All Kent State employees, students, supporters, friends and family are welcome to take advantage of this special discounted offer, as Golden Flashes fans converge on Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Specially discounted ticketsstart as low as $50 for 100-level seats, and only $23 for Loudville seats.

Each ticket comes with a specially made Kent State/Cleveland Cavaliers co-branded t-shirt that will be picked up at the game. All tickets delivered via Flashseats. Purchase your tickets today!

Please direct questions or requests for special ADA seating to Mark Mazzagatti in Senior Group Sales at (216) 420-2567, or email mmazzagatti@cavs.com.


Twinsburg Academic Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Recently, the Twinsburg location of Kent State University changed its name from Regional Academic Center to Twinsburg Academic Center. On Tues., Feb. 25, from 3 – 4 p.m. the facility will celebrate its name change and its commitment to the community. 

“The University felt including a geographical identity in the name of the Kent State Twinsburg location was important to the community, our students, faculty, and staff," said Dean Spalsbury. "This change will specifically help our students to select classes more effectively (regarding location on the searchable schedule) and will confirm the identity of the building to the Twinsburg community.”


Faculty Ensemble Performs Bach, Beethoven and Dohnanyi March 1

On Sun., March 1 at 7 p.m. the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Verve Chamber Players present their spring concert in Ludwig Recital Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Learn more and purchase tickets.


Important Information about Final Grading of Spring 2020 First 5 Weeks (POT F1) Classes

Online final grading for Spring 2020 First Five Weeks (F1) began Thurs., Feb. 13, via FlashFAST. Grading is also now available for any Spring 2020 course section that was flexibly scheduled. The deadline for grading submission is midnight on Tues., Feb. 18. Any final grades for Spring 2020 courses not reported in FlashFAST by the grades processing deadline must be submitted using the Grade Change Workflow. These Spring 2020 courses will be available in the Workflow on Thurs., Feb. 20.

To access Final Grades via FlashFAST, log into FlashLine and click on the Faculty & Advisors Category/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources Section.

Blackboard Grading Process:
The Grade Push application has been developed as an option to assist in streamlining the university grading process. The use of this application is not mandatory, though it is encouraged. Grade Push will allow you to “push” the final grades recorded in Blackboard into our KSU Final Grade Roster, thus eliminating the time and effort spent manually entering them.

To access Grade Push, log into FlashLine and click on the Faculty & Advisors/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources. If you have questions or concerns, please go to support.kent.edu and search “Grade Push.”

Incomplete Mark Workflow and NF/SF Administrative Marks:
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.

To access the Incomplete Mark Form, log into FlashLine and click on the Faculty & Advisors Category/Faculty Dashboard/Faculty Workflows section.

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.

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 (catalog.kent.edu).

Grades Processing Tips and FAQs may be found on the Registrar's website. Any faculty member needing personalized instruction on submitting their grades via FlashFAST should contact their campus Registrar's Office during normal business hours for assistance.

Troubleshooting Tip: FlashFAST 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 FlashFAST and/or FlashLine by improving your connection to the server. Our Helpdesk is prepared to help with these issues. Please call 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance and technical issues.


Dates to Remember:

Feb. 17
Presidents Day

Feb. 21 and 22
Employee, Family and Friends Appreciation Days, Men's basketball (vs. Buffalo, 2/21, 7 p.m.) and Women’s basketball (vs. Miami, 2/22, 1 p.m.) MAC Center

POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 9:21am
UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 1:23pm