Faculty/Staff News Now: School of Music Offers December Performances; Twinsburg TAC Gets Donated Appliances; Call for MLK Programming; Employee Wellness Intros Weigh of Life Program; 2021 Wellness Your Way Rewards

College of the Arts Offers Virtual Performances in December

The Glauser School of Music will continue offering pre-recorded virtual performances in December that include live student recitals. View the performance schedule

December Ensemble Performance Schedule:

Jazz Studies Fall Concert
Featuring large jazz ensembles and combos.
Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

New Music Ensemble Concert II
Sat., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Kent State Bands: Fall Concert Part II
Featuring woodwind and brass chamber music.
Sun., Dec. 6, 3 p.m.

Kent State Choral Collage
Featuring the Kent Chorale, Cantique, Coro Cantare and Kent Chorus. 
Fri., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

The spring 2021 concert schedule will be announced in December 2020 or January 2021. View the complete schedule.


Appliance Donation Benefits Twinsburg ADN Program

Ensuring our faculty and students are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is a primary concern in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (ADN) Degree Program at the Twinsburg Academic Center (TAC).

Recently, Lowe’s in Macedonia immediately responded to Prof. Wendy Hildebrandt regarding the need for a washer and dryer in the Skills Lab.  Lowe’s donated delivery, installation, and items required to install the appliances.  When approached about the donation, the manager, Ralph, did not hesitate: He promptly committed to providing both a washer and dryer to the TAC. Nursing Lab Coordinator Jana Sovacool and Prof. Hildebrandt were invited to shop at the store to select which washer and dryer would best fit their needs. Read the full story.


Call for MLK Programming: Upholding Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy for Change

In preparation for honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Kent State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee is requesting that university divisions, departments and student organizations submit programming, activities and events (scheduled Jan. 25-31, 2021) to the MLK Events Calendar. We recommend that programming follows the university’s Events and Activities Guidelines.

Please click here to a submit a program for inclusion to the MLK Events Calendar by Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Direct inquiries regarding program submission to Shana Lee (slee@kent.edu) and/or Katie Mattise (kmattise@kent.edu).

More details on Kent State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration program will be announced shortly.


Get a Healthy Start to 2021 With the Weigh of Life Challenge

After great results and positive employee feedback in 2020, the Weigh of Life challenge is back! Don't let the name fool you. This 12-week educational lifestyle change program is not about weight loss alone. It is designed to support sustainable weight management through self-monitoring, balanced eating and regular physical activity. Whether you are motivated by weight loss, disease prevention, or just looking to be and feel healthier in 2021, the Weigh of Life challenge is for you.

Weigh of Life runs January 11 through April 4, 2021. The challenge consists of educational materials created by Be Well Solutions health professionals, as well as accountability through daily food and activity tracking via an online platform (and now supported by an app). You complete the tracking on your own time, and you are not competing against anyone else but rather building skills and habits for lifelong success. Participants will have unlimited email access to Be Well's registered dietitians for personalized nutrition and lifestyle support throughout the challenge. 

Wellness Your Way Points Too

This challenge is open to full-time, benefits eligible employees and is worth 70 Tier 2 points toward the Wellness Your Way Rewards Program. To qualify, employees must actively participate in at least 10 of the 12 weeks of the challenge and achieve an overall participation score of 70 percent of available points.

For more information about Weigh of Life, visit our Weigh of Life web page. We will also host a live introductory webinar on December 10, at 10 a.m., during which Be Well Solutions staff will explain the Weigh of Life program and what to expect, as well as answer audience questions. Click here to register for the December 10 webinar. To register now for the Weigh of Life challenge, click here

For questions, please contact Employee Wellness at wellness@kent.edu or 330-672-0392.


Attend a Health Screening and Earn $100

Get a Head Start on Tier 1 for 2021

Keeping up with our preventive care is more important now than ever. To assist employees in maintaining routine preventive care, Employee Wellness has resumed our onsite "Know Your Numbers" health screenings and flu vaccine clinics provided by our physician-owned wellness partner, Be Well Solutions. We have worked with Be Well to update our screening protocols to ensure the safety of all participants. Click here to read more about our safety measures.

Health screenings, among other preventive care activities, are incentivized within the Wellness Your Way employee wellness rewards program. Full-time, benefits eligible faculty and staff can get a head start on the rewards program for 2021 by completing Tier 1 this fall. Learn your essential numbers and earn wellness dollars for your pocket - a win/win for you and your health!

Tier 1 Action Items

Employees who complete Tier 1 will be eligible for their $100 wellness reward in the new year. To qualify, complete these three steps by April 30, 2021:

1. Know Your Numbers Health Screening (onsite with Be Well, with your primary care physician, or at a LabCorp facility for regional campus employees)

2. Health Risk Assessment (on the Be Well portal)

3. Consent, Waiver & Release Agreement (download from the portal and return to Employee Wellness)

How to Schedule Your Onsite Screening

  • Login to the Be Well portal. For first-time login instructions, click here
  • Click on "Worksite Screenings/Flu Vaccine" under "My Appointments"
  • Select the date that best fits your schedule. Current available dates include Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 16. Additional dates will be available in 2021
  • Flu vaccines are also being offered at the Kent campus screenings and are open to spouses/partners and dependent children aged 18 or older

*Health screenings provided by Be Well Solutions are complimentary for full-time, benefits-eligible employees only. You do NOT have to be enrolled in the university-sponsored health plan to take advantage of this service. 

Reminders for Regional Campus Employees

We are not hosting onsite screenings or flu clinics at the regional campuses this fall due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. In lieu of on-campus screenings, regional campus employees may have a screening completed at a LabCorp facility at no cost to the employee, or, as is the case each year, regional campus employees are welcome to schedule a screening with Be Well at the Kent campus or with their primary care physician (PCP). ­The LabCorp option is available to regional campus employees ONLY. Regional campus employees can receive a flu vaccine from their PCP or at a CVS Minute Clinic (covered in full under KSU's health plans). 

Regional campus employees are highly encouraged to visit our regional campus health screening page for special LabCorp instructions and locations.

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

POSTED: Monday, November 30, 2020 - 8:03am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 10:51am