HR Faculty/Staff News Now - October 7, 2019, Vol. 1, Issue 19

College of Podiatric Medicine Faculty and Students Awarded Nan Hilt Writers Award

The College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) is no stranger to collaborative research efforts amongst faculty, students and alumni. In fact, this discernible collective atmosphere is often named by students as a leading factor in selecting CPM, as opposed to one of the eight other podiatry schools in the United States.

This Spring, CPM faculty members from the Division of Podiatric and General Medicine, Dr. Rachel Johnson and Dr. Abe Osbourne, were selected to receive the Nan Hilt Writers Award for their publication “The Diabetic Foot Assessment,” which reviews the foot evaluation that nurses in healthcare settings and other healthcare professionals should use when caring for a diabetic patient. The faculty members’ co-authors were none other than current University Hospitals Wound Care Fellow and CPM Graduate, Jess Rispoli, DPM, along with Class of 2019 CPM Graduate Craig Verdin. “The Diabetic Foot Assessment” was published in the January/February 2018 issue of Orthopaedic Nursing, a prominent, international, peer reviewed journal.

The editorial board for Orthopaedic Nursing selected Osbourne and Johnson’s manuscript as the best clinical article in the 2018 volume year. Osbourne, Johnson, Rispoli and Verdin were presented with the Nan Hilt Writers Award at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) on Saturday, May 18th in Atlanta, GA.

Read the full article, “The Diabetic Foot Assessment.”


Kent State University Professors Collaborate to Advance MS Research

Daniela Popescu, M.D., Ph.D., distills her approach to neuroscience research and her teaching style as assistant professor in the Biological Sciences department at the KSU Geauga Campus. Read more.


Juliann Dorff Receives NAEA Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Art Education Association has named Juliann Dorff, senior lecturer in Art Education at Kent State University, the recipient of the 2019 NAEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more.


Ele Ellis Elected to Public Radio Program Directors Board

WKSU Director of Programming Ele Ellis has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Public Radio Program Directors Association (PRPD). Ellis will serve a three-year term alongside a distinguished group of radio professionals.

PRPD is a vital membership organization that advocates for high-quality programming and provides resources for public media program directors. The group’s nearly 200 members represent over 800 public media outlets, including national networks, local stations, and independent producers. PRPD was founded in 1987 by a group of public radio directors seeking to create a nationwide network and provide support and knowledge to fellow program directors.

WKSU Executive Director and General Manager Wendy Turner says, “No matter what format, News, Jazz, Classical or triple A - everyone relies on the leadership and guidance of PRPD. We are so proud to have WKSU represented on this board and PRPD is lucky to have access to Ele’s expertise and energy.”

As Director of Programming at WKSU, Ellis is responsible for all of WKSU’s content, focusing on news and information across broadcast and digital platforms. Ele joined WKSU, public radio for Northeast Ohio, in 2013 and was instrumental in helping the station transition to a news-forward format. She previously served as Program Director for WUGA, Boise State Public Radio, and WNCW.

After getting a taste for radio working as a folk DJ in college, Ele began her public radio career as a host at WNCW in Spindale, North Carolina, where she also sold underwriting, and held positions leading Operations and Traffic before becoming program director. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.


NSF Awards Kent State Researchers $1.3 Million to Nourish Young Minds, Fill Bellies

 

Bradley Morris, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and John Dunlosky, Ph.D., professor of psychological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences — co-directors of the Science of Learning and Education Center at Kent State — have teamed up to help parents use cooking as an appetizer for engaging their children in conversations about science. Learn more.


Daniel Kearsey Named President of American Advertising Federation

Daniel Kearsey, senior graphic designer in the College of Business Administration and current vice president of the Akron chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), has been named president of the AAF effective June 2020.

Kearsey leads the initiative to raise student awareness about AAF at surrounding universities, and he encourages students to expand their professional network and participate in professional development opportunities.

Find more information on AAF.


SafeColleges is New Online Compliance Training Software

Vector Solutions’ SafeColleges is the university’s new online vendor replacing LawRoom. Considered a leader in eLearning for higher education institutions, SafeColleges offers an affordable suite of online solutions designed to assist faculty, staff and students in effectively changing campus culture and behaviors.

 

The platform is cost-effective, easy to use and customizable. We will continue to have a suite of courses designed specifically for faculty and Staff and a separate suite for students. 

 

Human Resource’s department of Training and Development and the Office of Compliance, DEI’s Center for Sexual Relationship Violent Support Services and the Division of Information Technology are working on the implementation process. Consequently, the university’s Learning Management Systems will not be available for several weeks.

 

Please direct questions or comments to Training and Development at hrd@kent.edu or 330-672-2100. 


Honors College to Host Career Conversations Series

 

The Honors College invites you to attend its second annual Career Conversations series taking place throughout October and November 2019.

The Honors College is hosting 40 Kent State University alumni across a wide variety of fields: business, education, health, fashion and more. This year’s diverse panel includes recent grads, graduate students and medical students, and many individuals with decades of industry experience participating in the following sessions:

  • Oct. 8 – Early Childhood Education and Speech Pathology
  • Oct. 17 – Counseling
  • Oct. 22 – Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Oct. 23 – Journalism
  • Oct. 24 – Visual Communication Design
  • Oct. 30 – Nursing
  • Nov. 5 – Public Health
  • Nov. 7 – Research
  • Nov. 13 – Education
  • Nov. 14 – Medical Doctor
  • Nov. 19 – Fashion
  • Nov. 21 - Architecture

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the sessions. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. All sessions take place at 4 p.m. in the Honors College Library of Stopher Hall.

Please contact the Honors College website for more information and the full schedule of events.


Update on Administrative Policy on Event Registration, Facilities and Grounds for Non-instructional Purposes

Kent State is currently implementing a new Administrative Policy 3342-5-12.4 regarding event registration and use of university facilities and grounds for non-instructional purposes. This new policy consolidates multiple previous policies into one simpler statement. It also clearly defines terms and better articulates guidelines for using university facilities and grounds, along with formally designating who coordinates registrations.

The new policy replaces several former policies:

  • 3342-4-03.1 Administrative policy regarding demonstrations, marches and speakers
  • 3342-4-03.101 Operational procedures and regulations regarding demonstrations, marches and speakers sponsored by student organizations
  • 3342-4-03.2 Administrative policy regarding crowd management
  • 3342-4-10.1 Administrative policy regarding use of the Kent Student Center, Risman Plaza and student green
  • 3342-5-12.402 Operational procedures and regulations regarding conferences and events

Highlights of the new policy:

  • The use of university facilities and grounds for non-instructional purposes is controlled by University Events and Conference Services on the Kent Campus or the equivalent regional campus office.
  • All indoor events must be sponsored by a registered student organization or university department and registered through University Events and Conference Services on the Kent Campus or the equivalent regional campus office.
  • To secure exclusive use of available outdoor university grounds, the event must be registered through University Events and Conference Services on the Kent Campus or the equivalent regional campus office.
  • Outdoor events that are not registered will not have exclusive use of the grounds. They must comply with certain restrictions detailed in the policy.

 Please visit the policy register to read the full policy.


 

Important Information on Final Grading of Fall 2019 First Half Semester (POT H1) Classes

Online final grading for Fall 2019 First Half Semester (H1) begins Fri., Oct. 11, via FlashFAST. Grading is also now available for any Fall 2019 course section that was flexibly scheduled. The deadline for grading submission is midnight on Wed., Oct. 16. Any final grades for Fall 2019 courses not reported in FlashFAST by the grades processing deadline will have to be submitted using the Grade Change Workflow. These Fall 2019 courses will be available in the Workflow on Fri., Oct. 18.

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 the 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:
The instructor must create and submit an Incomplete Mark contract via the workflow. Instructors are no longer 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.

Access the Incomplete Mark workflow in FlashLine from the Faculty Dashboard under Grading Resources or Faculty Workflows.

NF/SF Administrative Marks:
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.

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.

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.

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. The Helpdesk is prepared to help with these issues. Please call 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance and technical issues.


Important Information about Final Grading of Fall 2019 First 7 Weeks (POT W1) Classes

 

Online final grading for Fall 2019 First Seven Weeks (W1) begins Mon., Oct. 7, via FlashFAST. Grading is also now available for any Fall 2019 course section that was flexibly scheduled. The deadline for grading submission is midnight on Sun., Oct. 13. Any final grades for Fall 2019 courses not reported in FlashFAST by the grades processing deadline will have to be submitted using the Grade Change Workflow. These Fall 2019 courses will be available in the Workflow on Tues., Oct. 15.

 

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 contact the IT website and search “Grade Push.”

 

Incomplete Mark Workflow
The instructor must create and submit an Incomplete Mark contract via the workflow. Instructors are no longer 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.

Access the Incomplete Mark workflow in FlashLine from the Faculty Dashboard under Grading Resources or Faculty Workflows.

 

NF/SF Administrative Marks
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.

 

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.

 

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.

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. The Helpdesk is prepared to help with these issues. Please call 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance and technical issues.


 

Webinar: Shedding Light on Depression, Anxiety and Recovery

 

We all have moments when we feel depressed or nervous. Often, these feelings are fleeting and pass within a short time. However, this is not always the case.

 

On Thurs., Oct. 10, from 10-11 a.m., Kent State University faculty and staff are encouraged to attend our webinar "Shedding Light on Depression, Anxiety and Recovery." During this presentation, we will focus on raising awareness while demystifying the symptoms and treatment for stress, anxiety and depression.

 

Some of the items we will discuss include:
 

  • Tools available to recognize and understand the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Available treatments and lifestyle changes
  • Resources for coping with depression and anxiety
  • Ways to support someone struggling with a mental health concern
  • Learning about Telemental Health Services with IMPACT
  • Online and 24/7/365 service request options
  • Recovery

Our presenter for this webinar will be Alan Gecht, MA, LPCC, and account manager for IMPACT Solutions' Employee Assistance Program. Please join us for this important discussion that is ideal for all Kent State faculty and staff. Registration is required.

 

 

 

POSTED: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 2:42pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 9:30am