Briefly Speaking: Headlines for Week of April 3, 2006



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Kent State University Honors the 2006 Diversity Award Recipients

On Saturday, April 22, join Kent State University President Carol A. Cartwright and Vice Provost for Diversity and Academic Initiatives Steve O. Michael at the 2006 Celebration of Diversity and Awards Program. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of faculty, staff and community members and increase support for diversity scholarships.

Join Kent State University President Carol A. Cartwright and Vice Provost for Diversity and Academic Initiatives Steve O. Michael at the 2006 Celebration of Diversity and Awards Program.This year, Christina M. McVay and Linda Piccirillo-Smith, both from English, will receive the Diversity Leadership Award for Teaching/Research; Kent State East Liverpool will receive the Diversity Leadership Award for an Academic or Service Unit; and Margaret W. Wong, Esq., Margaret W. Wong and Associates Co., LPA, will receive the President’s Social Responsibility Award.

The 2006 Celebration of Diversity and Awards Program takes place in the Kent Student Center Ballroom and begins with a reception at 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch at 1 p.m. Parking is available in the Visitor Parking lot, and traditional attire is optional.

Invitations have been mailed. An R.S.V.P. by Thursday, April 13, is required to attend. For more information, call the Office of University Diversity at 330-672-2899.

Kent State University is committed to achieving excellence by fostering a culture of learning, appreciation and understanding. The Celebration of Diversity and Awards Luncheon affirms the rich diversity of the university’s students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the community that actively promote diversity in Northeast Ohio.

 

The Spring 2006 Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Presents "Warped Passages" by Lisa Randall

On Monday, April 10, the Kent State University Honors College, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost, will welcome Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall as the Spring 2006 Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series speaker.

Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall is the Spring 2006 Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series speaker. She will speak on April 10 at 7:30 pm in the Kiva.
Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall is the Spring 2006 Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series speaker. She will speak on April 10 at 7:30 pm in the Kiva.
Randall is the winner of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, she was professor at both MIT and Princeton University. Her new book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions, explores theoretical physics for the general audience and makes the idea of extra dimensions one of the most talked about scientific ideas of this decade.

As one of the emerging stars of theoretical physics, Randall’s groundbreaking work in theoretical high energy physics is changing the way scientists think about and research the universe. She has investigated possibilities for particle physics and cosmology when there are more than three dimensions and has found that extra dimensions could have astounding implications, such as the possibility of a hidden fifth dimension of infinite extent that is nonetheless invisible.

Randall’s work has also overturned the canonical belief, held since 1920, that extra dimensions, should they exist, must be rolled up to a very small size. She has shown how "warped" five-dimensional space-time could naturally explain the extreme weakness of gravity relative to other forces, which remains a major puzzle in conventional particle physics.

The Spring 2006 Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series event takes place at 7:30 pm in the Kiva. Prior to the lecture, Randall will take part in a book signing hosted by the University Bookstore at 5:30 pm. A dessert reception will immediately follow the lecture. All events are free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312.

The Kent Keyboard Series Proudly Presents World-Renowned Pianist Thomas Schumacher

On Sunday, April 9, at 5 p.m., the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the 2006 Kent Keyboard Series proudly present internationally acclaimed artist and pedagogue, Thomas Schumacher. During the recital, Schumacher will perform: Haydn Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI/20; Scriabin Guirlandes, Poem, Sonatas Nos. 5 and 6; and Rachmaninoff Ten Preludes from Op. 23 and 32.

On Sunday, April 9, at 5 p.m., the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the 2006 Kent Keyboard Series proudly present internationally acclaimed artist and pedagogue, Thomas Schumacher.
On Sunday, April 9, at 5 p.m., the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the 2006 Kent Keyboard Series proudly present internationally acclaimed artist and pedagogue, Thomas Schumacher.
Schumacher is an award-winning pianist and is active as a recitalist, an adjudicator and a lecturer. He has toured extensively and instructed master classes throughout the United States, Belgium, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Sweden and Taiwan. As an internationally renowned pianist, he has served as the American representative for the Concours de Musique du Canada and as jury chairman of the William Kapell International Piano Competition.

A prizewinner in the International Busoni Piano Competition, Schumacher has been a recitalist and a soloist with several major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic and the National and Toronto symphonies. Schumacher is a highly sought-after educator and has been a professor of piano at Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester since 1995. Schumacher is also visiting professor of piano at Shenyang Conservatory in China.

Since 2002, the Kent Keyboard Series has featured acclaimed Kent State piano faculty members, as well as renowned guest pianists from around the world. The upcoming event will be held in the Ludwig Recital Hall, located in the Music and Speech Center. Admission to the recital is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 18. Kent State faculty, staff and students receive free admission.

Prior to his Sunday performance, on Saturday, April 8, at 5 p.m., Schumacher will host a masterclass in the Ludwig Recital Hall. This public piano lesson will allow Kent State piano students to refine their skills in the presence of an accomplished performer. The masterclass is free and open to the public. For more information about the 2006 Kent Keyboard Series or to order tickets, contact the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at 330-672-9243.

Guest conductor Vance George will lead the Kent State University Chorale, the Kent Chorus and the Kent State University Orchestra in a performance April 9 in the University Auditorium.
Guest conductor Vance George will lead the Kent State University Chorale, the Kent Chorus and the Kent State University Orchestra in a performance April 9 in the University Auditorium.
Vance George Returns to Kent State to Conduct Mozart’s "Coronation Mass," April 9

Guest conductor Vance George will lead the Kent State University Chorale, the Kent Chorus and the Kent State University Orchestra in a performance of the Mass in C Major, “Coronation,” K. 317, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on April 9 in the University Auditorium.

 Vance George, director of choral activities at Kent State University from 1971 to 1982, recently retired from his position as director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, a post he held for 22 years. Under his leadership, that ensemble has been hailed as one of the finest symphony choruses in the world. He has accepted three Grammy awards on behalf of the orchestra and chorus.

Delos has released two CDs featuring the chorus, the Grammy-nominated Christmas by the Bay and Voices 1900/2000. The chorus, which recorded John Adams’s Harmonium with Adams conducting, can be heard on the soundtracks of the films Amadeus, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Godfather II.

Vance George has made guest conducting appearances in the United States, Asia and Europe. In 1997 Kent State University awarded him an honorary doctorate.

For the most current information, call the 24-hour concert line at 330-672-3609 or the School of Music office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 330-672-2172.

A New Era of Dance - Kent Dance Ensemble to Perform

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Kent Dance Ensemble proudly presents its annual stage concert hosted by Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance beginning Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9.

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Kent Dance Ensemble will perform on Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, in E. Turner Stump Theatre, Music and Speech Center. Photo by Jeff Glidden
In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Kent Dance Ensemble will perform on Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9, in E. Turner Stump Theatre, Music and Speech Center. Photo by Jeff Glidden
The concert will include 12 dancers consisting of faculty, students and alumni, who will perform a wide range of eclectic, new choreography by seasoned professionals and guest artist choreographers.

Featured performances include:

  • A visceral and visual dance titled “Release,” stirred originally by the music of Afro Celt Sound System, by ensemble Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty;
  • An original ballad by bagpiper Ryan Stauffer, four-time champion of the Mountain Confederation Bagpiper Competition and two-time gold medalist at the Louisiana Highland Games;
  • A re-working of “Soul Filter,” a piece originally created for the Canton Ballet by Tanya Mucci, a Kent State and Kent Dance Ensemble alumna; and
  • An impromptu work created by alumni and current ensemble members called A New Era.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday and take place at the E. Turner Stump Theatre, Music and Speech Center. A reception will immediately follow the Saturday performance.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, Kent State faculty, staff and alumni; and $8 for students with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, call the School of Theatre and Dance’s box office at 330-672-2497.

For more information about the Kent Dance Ensemble and upcoming events, call Karpanty at 330-672-0127.

A Celebration of Student Scholarship, April 10

Hosted by the Honors College, the Forum for Undergraduate Scholars and Artists will take place on Monday, April 10. Events run from 3 to 10 p.m. and include student presentations, poster displays, a Keynote Address by Lisa Randall, author of the book Warped Passages, and a dessert reception.

The forum provides students with the opportunity to present their scholarly and creative contributions through poster and forum presentations. All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to attend this event and support the students.

Presentation topics include: video game engines; the impact of physical disappearance discrimination in the workforce; Taiwanese-American children’s drawings of peace and war; African-American women’s response to sexual violence, gender differences in emotion; and seasonal and spatial comparison of Lake Erie bacterial assemblages.

The schedule of events in the Kent Student Center follows:

  • Student presentations, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Room 204
  • Poster displays and reception, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Room 204
  • Book signing by Randall, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., University Bookstore;
  • Randall’s Keynote Address, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Kiva
  • Dessert reception, 9 to 10 p.m., Room 204

For more information about the event, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or vbocchic@kent.edu.


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