Russell and Harriet Geisinger were long-time devoted supporters and benefactors of Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Russell served on the Tuscarawas County University Branch District Board of Trustees and Harriet was a member of the campus’ Chestnut Society. Prior to the death of Russell in 2010, at the age of 84, and Harriet in January 2016, at the age 89, they ensured the continuation of their support through a bequest from their estate to Kent State Tuscarawas.

Winemaker Ed Trebets with his award from the  2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionThe state’s only wine degree programs, offered by Kent State University at Ashtabula, has hired Edward Trebets to lead the future development of the degrees and serve as a full-time faculty member in the two associate degree programs.  Trebets is an award-winning winemaker most recen

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to introduce Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu and Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali and Dr. D. Amy Rose Forbes-Erickson, the newest faculty to join the department.

Eric Benjamin, of Alliance, has been hired to direct the new University Choir at Kent State University at Tuscarawas beginning Fall Semester 2016. He is an adjunct faculty member at the campus currently teaching The Understanding of Music. He is also the music director for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, a position he has held for the past 25 years.

Kent State University, Ohio-As part of a campus wide commemoration of veterans, the Uumbaji Art Gallery at Kent State University is requesting artwork submissions of any subject matter and various mediums.  Entry forms can be downloaded atwww.kent.edu/pas/uumbaji

The Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the first theatrical production of the season, What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and community persons. We encourage diversity in our casting.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2016 the Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Association Glowway Run 5K, presented by Geib Funeral Home and Crematories.  Open to the public, the 5K run and 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk will be held Sept. 17 at Harry Clever Field in New Philadelphia. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and the race at 7:15 p.m.

There is still time to apply for admission and to register for classes at Kent State Tuscarawas. Fall Semester classes begin Aug. 29. Call 330-339-3391 for more information or visit our Admissions Web Page.

This June I was invited to the Primate Research Institute (PRI) of Kyoto University as a “Distinguished Visiting Senior Lecturer” in the area of primate population genomics.  My host was Professor Hirohisa Hirai, a former director of the PRI and a leading researcher in the areas of primate molecular cytogenetics and chromosome evolution.  My time was split between (1) analysis and interpretation of nonhuman primate genetic patterns, and (2) expansion of research collaborations between the PRI and Kent State University.

The Kent State University at Stark Music Department is announcing auditions for the Kent State Stark Concert Band. The Kent State Stark Concert Band is a 31-year-old, award-winning ensemble, comprised of Kent State faculty and students, local community members from various occupational fields and talented students from area high schools and neighboring colleges. Those musicians who have the interest and enthusiasm to perform great concert band literature are encouraged to audition. 

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