Spring/Summer 2019

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Box Winner

Congratulations to Jennifer King, BS ’11, PhD ’17, Warrensville, Hts., Ohio, the lucky winner of our random drawing—she received a box stuffed with squirrel-themed gifts from McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts in downtown Kent. The black squirrels can be found in the fall/winter 2018-19 issue on pages 7 (between feet of the second student from the left), 14 (near front wheel of the ZEV), and 36 (in the tree to the right of the Robin Hood in the circa 1927 photo).

Thanks to all who entered!

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Deafness Didn’t Deter Me

Awesome job on “Listening to the Deaf Community,” [fall/winter 2018-19]. I was only at KSU for three semesters (that is how long it took me to earn my MLIS degree), so I am not sure if anybody knew I was hearing impaired (that is how I refer to my deafness). I am deaf in my right ear and wear a hearing aid in my left (since I was five).

My deafness never really stopped me from doing anything: sports in grade school, high school and college; married with three children; a district manager within Cleveland Public Library; three master’s degrees; pursuing a PhD; self-publishing lots of poetry—I even have a book titled, Haunted Hearing Aid: Evil is Hear.

All I’m getting at is this: being hearing impaired is not a hindrance, it’s just a part of life. Feel free to share this with anyone who is feeling down because they may have a disability.

Luigi Russo, MLIS ’0
Mantua, Ohio

Asking about Africa

In your latest issue, in “Meet the Class of 2022” on page 6, you list students from 28 countries. How many are from Africa?

Peter El-Gindi, BArc ’66
New York, NY

Editor’s Note: According to Wayne Schneider, director of Institutional Research, the 2018 fall new freshman cohort had five students from Africa—four students from Nigeria and one from Uganda.

Asking about alula

Regarding the alula smartphone case [“Design Innovation for the 21st Century,” page 16], how can birth control pills be stored in a device that produces heat, which might destroy the strength of the medicine? And how can the reliability of the medical product be depended on? Those questions were not answered in the article.

Kathy Benyo Gilbo, BS ’67
Dayton, Ohio

Response from Samuel Graska, BS ’17, MBA ’18, president, my alula:

The medication has a high recommended storage temperature, a long shelf life and can last outside of its packaging at recommended temperatures for 6 months, as long as it avoids direct sunlight and water.

Even so, we understand that the phone produces more heat (35-95°F device operating temperature range) than the recommended storage temperature of the medication (Max 86°). We’ve addressed the difference in temperature via engineering strategies for air flow, external heat transferring materials and well-insulated materials for the dial that holds the medication.

We recommend users avoid leaving their phone in direct sunlight, as it may cause the device to overheat; if that happens, we recommend they remove the case until it cools. As with any other pill case, we cannot claim that our device will prevent human error.

Robin Hood Lives On

I enjoyed many a meal at the Robin Hood [Flashback, fall/winter 2018-19] with family, plus association dinners. Loved their sticky rolls! I went online and read all the comments about the Robin Hood by fellow alumni and was surprised by their references to “long lines for 3.2 beer and pizza.” It obviously changed over the years from the early mid ’50s, when it was a lovely restaurant with tablecloths, silverware, et al.

Myron (“Mel”) Grossman, BS ’55
Bellbrook, Ohio

Editor’s Note: Many of you wrote in with your memories of the Robin Hood—and those sticky rolls!—including Patty Teter Fischer, the wife of Joel Fischer, BA ’64, Inman, SC. She worked at the Robin Hood from 1957 to 1962, and says the pastry cook, Hazel “Tommy” Thomas, “made the best pies and cinnamon rolls around.” “I thought the world of her,” writes Mrs. Fischer, who once wrote Tommy to ask for the roll recipe. To see the “recipe” she received in response and read more memories of the Robin Hood, see

Content Kudos

Since I got my MLS degree from Kent State entirely down here in Columbus, I read the Kent State Magazine just as [I would] any feature magazine—for the content and not for the alma mater feeling. The writing in the [fall/winter 2018-19] issue is great. The deaf community, the change maker at P&G, the poem on the inside back cover—all high-quality content. It is the “anti-Facebook fluff thread” kind of reading, and it made me realize how much I miss sitting down with a well-crafted magazine.

Linda Deitch, MLS ’99
Columbus, Ohio

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POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2019 04:14 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 08:26 AM