Faculty/Staff News Now: University Press Nominated for Pen America Award; KSU Alumnus Named Stark Music Educator; Valentunes for Valentine's Day;New Campus Recycling Changes; Lunch/Learn: Movement for Stress; Share Your Vacation Photos

University Press Nominated for Pen America Literary Award

A Kent State University Press publication, Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape, authored by Deborah Fleming, has been named a finalist for the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay at the 2020 Pen America Literary Awards Ceremony.

The winners will be announced at a March 2 ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers at the Town Hall in New York.

“This is a top tier award, and it’s quite an honor to even be in the final five,” said Kenneth J. Burhanna, dean and professor, Kent State University Libraries. “This recognition puts our press head-to-head with much larger publishers and some of the most critically acclaimed university presses.” Learn more.


KSU Alumnus Named Stark Music Educator of the Year

Kent State University Glauser School of Music alumnus Richard Kibler has been named Stark County's 2020 Music Educator of the Year. Richard earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Kent State in 1981 and currently teaches band in the Lake Local Schools. Kibler was presented with the award during a recent Canton Symphony Orchestra concert.

Another Kent State alumnus, Brian Kieffer, received the annual award in 2018. Kieffer earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting and has taught vocal music in the Plain Local Schools for over 30 years. Several other Kent State alumni have also been finalists for the distinction since its inception in 2017.


New Campus Recycling Changes in Effect

When it comes to recycling, Northeast Ohioans may have some unlearning to do. Nationwide changes for acceptable recycling materials are currently in effect for the region and the Kent Campus. Learn more.

2020 Kent Campus Recycling Changes:

  • Plastic BOTTLES & JUGS should be placed in our campus RECYCLING.
  • All plastic OTHER THAN bottles and jugs should be placed in LANDFILL containers.
  • Paper cartons are also NOT recyclable.

Only plastic bottles and jugs should be placed in recycling containers instead of previously accepted plastics labeled#1-#7. A “bottle” or “jug” is defined as a container with an opening or neck smaller than the body. Other items that should continue to be recycled include paper and newspaper, cardboard and chipboard (i.e., cereal boxes), aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles.

At the Ohio Recycling Partners Conference this fall, the Solid Waste Association of North America states that the language around plastic recycling has started to change. There is a shift away from using"plastics #1-#7" and instead the recycling industry isusing the shape of the plastic containers to identify items for recycling or the landfill.There is also a shift from putting everything that might be recyclable into the bin, to putting only the specific items indicated on the recycling poster into the bin.

While our recycling rate, 36 percent, is higher than the national (25%) and state (29%) recycling rates, we know our recycling rate can be higher from campus waste audits. The top three recyclables in our trash are: plasticbottles, paper and cardboard.

For more information and tips on how to recycle visit Kent State University recycling webpage.

Free Electronics Recycling
The E-Cycle Drive will be held on February 19 and 26, and March 4, 11 and 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kent State University R-17 parking lot behind Starbucks, between S. Willow and S. Lincoln streets.Members of the campus and City of Kent community can recycle used electronics through RET3, an R2 certified recycler, where materials are handled in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Materials permitted at E-Cycle Drive include personal and laptop computers, servers and storage devices, monitors CRT and LCD, docking stations, floppy drives, DVD/CD burners, VCRs, circuit boards, scanners, copiers, printers, cables, wires, extension cords, digital cameras, cellular phones, DVD players, and network and telecom equipment. TVs and kitchen appliances are NOT accepted.

E-Cycle Drive is hosted by Kent State University’s University Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability. The public electronics recycling drop-off event contributes to Kent State University’s standings in RecycleMania.

There is NO free shredding event this year. However resources for free shredding of personal items can be found at the ShredMania website.

For more information, please visit the E-Cycle Drive website.


Valentunes for Valentine's Day

It's that time of year! Kent State's Coro Cantare (formerly Men's Chorus) will be offering Valentunes - singing telegrams for the ones you care about most - Feb. 13 and 14.

Pricing follows:

  • $5 for personal phone call.
  • $10 for in-person surprise visit within 10 minutes of the Kent Campus.
  • $20 forin-person surprise visit within 30 minutes of the Kent Campus.

Cash or checks accepted (payable to KSU Men's Chorus).To order your special musical tribute, email Dakota Tallman, dtallma2@kent.edu; or Corey McGinnis, cmcginn8@kent.edu.


Lunch & Learn: Benefits of Movement for Stress Management (Live Streamed)

All Campus Access

Physical activity is a powerful tool for health. Not only does it reduce our risk of physical disease, but it also helps us with emotional well-being.

Join us on Fri., March 6, from noon – 1 p.m. as Trisha Sterringer, MS, DN, LD, CSCS of Be Well Solutions leads us through discussion on this very important topic of movement and stress management. Some of the touch points will include:

  • Stress and why it’s a problem
  • Stress and the relationship to physical and emotional well-being
  • Physical activity to decrease the harmful effects of stress
  • How to get started on your own movement journey
  • Long-term stress relief

This session is available to all full and part-time employees on all KSU campuses. Registration for this live event is required. For full-time, benefits-eligible employees participating in the Wellness Your Way program, this session will be worth 10 points towards your Tier Two total.

So, grab your lunch and join us for this live-streamed event. For questions related to health and wellness offerings for Kent State University faculty and staff, please contact Employee Wellness at 330-672-0392 or wellness@kent.edu.


Share Your Favorite Vacation Photos

Kent State University employees are encouraged to share some of the most interesting places, people and things from your national and international trips, along with a brief description. Visit this website for tips on taking the best photographs. Please email your pictures to facultystaffnews@kent.edu.


Dates to Remember:

Feb. 10 - 21
Spring final examinations for third-year Podiatric Medicine students

Feb. 12
Lincoln's Birthday

Feb. 14
Valentine's Day

POSTED: Monday, February 10, 2020 - 8:16am
UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 1:58pm