July 2016


Division of Information Services Plans to Roll Out Captcha Security

On June 28, the Division of Information Services implemented a Captcha service for the Kent State University online directory. A Captcha is a security feature that differentiates people from malicious internet bots by presenting online users with a simple visual puzzle, often made up of distorted text.

Bots are software applications that run automated tasks over the web and can be used to harvest data and spam users. Using a Captcha provides protection from bots and the issues they can cause, such as targeted phishing email.

The Captcha will only appear if employees and students are attempting to access the online directory while off campus and when logged out of FlashLine. After implementation, Information Services will continue to work on Captcha technology to maintain usability.

To learn more about cyber security best practices, be sure to visit SecureIT.kent.edu.

Update Departmental Information in Online Directory

To ensure complete and accurate directory listings, University Communications and Marketing is requesting that designated departmental representatives verify and update departmental listings in the online directory as it is not synced up with Banner or Human Resource information.

Designated staff members can review departmental listings by accessing the Phone Directories icon from the Kent State University home page and selecting the Find All Departments option. 

If information in the directory is incorrect, request access to make your updates.

  1. Departments beginning with A-L, contact Lin Danes at ldanes@kent.edu
  2. Departments beginning with L-Z, contact Ramona Stamm at rstamm@kent.edu

Example: Office of Procurement: please contact Stamm, reference the "P" in procurement vs. the "O" in office.

After you are granted access, we will email you a link to instructions.

Mail Services Update: New Hours, FlashPac Guidelines

Please note that beginning July 1, there will be several changes regarding Mail Services' operations.  First, the department will have new hours, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., which means Mail Services will open and close a half-hour later than before. 

The change also means that many departmental delivery and pick-up times will be a half-hour later than normal, but the new schedule will better align with the U.S. Post Office hours and the university's business hours.

Another change is for those who use the FlashPac pick-up service for ground shipments. As of July 1, you will need to call Mail Services at 330-672-2164 for a package pick-up. Calls made before 12:30 p.m. will be picked up on the same day.

Questions about any of the Mail Services changes should be sent to Steve Finley at 330-672-8703 or sfinley7@kent.edu.

Colors of Summer 28-Day Veggie and Fruit Challenge

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but how many of us really get the number of servings we need? Find new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Explore types of fruits and vegetables and their health benefits by taking part in the Colors of Summer Veggie and Fruit Challenge from July 11 through Aug. 7.

This challenge is an honor-based, 28-day program designed to encourage participants to increase their fruit and vegetable intake, which helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease, adult onset diabetes and promotes overall good health. Participants will receive an educational handout at the start of the program, as well as weekly email tips and trackers from our wellness partner, Be Well Solutions.

Program Guidelines:  

  • Aim for at least two servings of fruit daily.
  • Aim for at least three servings of vegetables daily.
  • Incorporate fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors.
  • Aim for at least one daily serving from every color category.

Participants will report their progress on a weekly basis by submitting an email to KSU@bewellsolutions.com using the trackers provided by Be Well Solutions. And, as always, we have prizes and incentives for our participants. Each week, participants will be eligible for a random drawing to keep you motivated and support your wellness goals. Winners will be announced throughout the challenge. 

So, let's explore the "colors of summer" together and join the 28-Day Veggie and Fruit Challenge today! Registrations accepted through July 7.
Register Now - Individual Registration

If you have questions, please contact Maggie Hills, director, Be Well Solutions, at KSU@bewellsolutions.com.

Get Ready for Homecoming 2016

Many fun-filled activities are already planned for Homecoming 2016. We encourage your college or department to plan an event for alumni or students. Homecoming Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) is a great time to host an open house, event or awards ceremony.

The deadline to register Homecoming events being planned by colleges or university departments is Monday, Aug.1. The registration form is available at www.ksualumni.org/eventregistrationform and can be submitted online. Registered events will be promoted on the Homecoming website and as space allows in other marketing materials.

Dates to Remember

July 4
Independence Day (university closed)

July 11
Kent State Veggie and Fruit Challenge, through Aug. 7

July 14
Bastille Day

July 14
Walk and Talk, noon - 1 p.m. 

July 18
Nelson Mandela's birthday

July 20
Car Seat Safety Inspection Day

Tell Us What You Think

This e-newsletter is designed to keep you, the managers and supervisors, informed. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think of it, along with any comments or suggestions. You may contact us at managersfeedback@kent.edu. We look forward to hearing from you. 

POSTED: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 08:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2023 10:51 PM