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The following items are press coverage highlights that feature the recent activities and accomplishments of Kent State University and its many distinguished faculty, staff and students. The collection, distribution and ongoing development of such press coverage is coordinated by the Office of University Communications and Marketing, whose purpose is to advance the university’s competitive position in the higher education marketplace. Getting positive exposure in local, regional, national and international media outlets is one of many tactics used to successfully accomplish this goal. To view a more detailed list of Kent State’s press coverage highlights, please visit Kent State’s “In the News” Web site. “In the News” also is available as a channel in FlashLine.

Collection to be showcased at Kent State
The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 6 and 14, 2007; Record-Courier, Jan. 10, 2007; Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 14, 2007
The Center for the Art of the Picturebook, a collection of more than 21,000 children’s books, will move from the Columbus College of Art & Design to Kent State University. The books, collected during a span of about 30 years by Columbus educators and reviewers Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz, will be transferred by fall. “I can’t tell you how grateful and excited we are,” said Dr. Carolyn Brodie, a professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State. “The Marantz collection will be a major asset to our program.”

First lady to showcase Ohio-designed outfits
The Plain Dealer, Jan. 10 and 17, 2007; Record-Courier, Jan. 10 and 11, 2007; Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 12 and 14, 2007.
Ohio first lady Frances Strickland has made an important first decision — that Ohio-designed fashion is a priority for her. Strickland will wear a red-and-black skirt suit created by Cleveland designer Anne Van Hauwaert at the public inauguration ceremony in Columbus on Saturday. (Ted Strickland was sworn in as governor in a private ceremony early Monday.) And for the inaugural ball that evening, she’ll wear a long gown in dusty amethyst, designed by Linda Ohrn-McDaniel and Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, both instructors at Kent State University's fashion school. The pair also created a cobalt blue suit that Frances Strickland will wear during events the evening before the ceremony.

KSU provost search down to 4 finalists
Record-Courier, Jan. 20, 2007; Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 23, 2007; The Gainesville Sun, Jan. 23, 2007
Kent State University has announced the four finalists for the position of senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, the university's top academic position. The candidates for the position, announced Friday by search committee chairman James Gaudino, dean of Kent State’s College of Communications and Information, are: Timothy J.L. Chandler, dean of Kent State’s College of the Arts; Robert G. Frank, dean and professor of clinical and health psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida since 1995; Walter Harris Jr., provost and vice president for academic affairs, Loyola University New Orleans, since 2003; and Elizabeth Langland, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York Purchase College since 2004. Current provost Dr. Paul Gaston announced in June his intention to resign the position at the end of the current academic year to return to teaching and research in the university’s English department. Gaston has served as provost since 1999.

Program for counselors called No. 1 by group
Record Courier, Jan. 23, 2007; Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 24, 2007
Kent State University’s Counselor Education Program , in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by the new Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. The index, which rates faculty members' scholarly output, as well as journal citations, awards, honors and grants received at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country, has been hailed as the first objective measure of productivity. “Universities are defined to a large extent by their faculty members, and scholarly endeavors provide an essential aspect of this definition. In part, the richness of the university comes from the various forms of scholarship that it supports,” said Dr. John West, coordinator of Kent State’s Counseling and Human Development Services doctoral program.

Documentary to be shown on PBS 45/49
Tribune-Chronicle, Jan. 29, Feb. 2 and 6, 2007; The Vindicator, Jan. 29 and Feb. 2, 2007; Record-Courier, Jan. 31, 2007; The Plain Dealer, Feb. 3 and 4, 2007; WKSU, Feb. 5, 2007.
Kent’s PBS 45 & 49 will premiere the documentary “Invisible Struggles: Stories of Northern Segregation,” locally produced by a team of Kent State University professors and students, at 9 p.m. Feb. 5. The documentary started with a project by students enrolled in a special topics class — Civil Rights in America: 1954-64 — to chronicle the experiences of Warren-area residents who were civil rights activists, witnessed or experienced racial segregation during that time period, according to PBS 45 & 49.

Name stripped off building
Akron Beacon Journal , Feb. 1 and 2, 2007; Record-Courier, Feb. 1, 2007; WFMJ-21, Feb. 1, 2007; FOX-45, Feb. 1, 2007; NewsNet5, Feb. 1, 2007; WKYC-TV, Feb. 1, 2007; The Repository, Feb. 1, 2007; Zanesville Times Recorder, Feb. 1, 2007; Newark Advocate, Feb. 1, 2007; BG News, Feb. 2, 2007;Crain’s Cleveland Business, Feb. 5, 2007; The Repository, Feb. 11, 2007
Seventeen years ago, Kent State University named a building for a favorite son, state Rep. Paul H. Jones. On Wednesday, the Kent State trustees reversed that, stripping his name off the university’s Child Development Center without public comment. The move was taken because Jones pleaded guilty last month to tax and mail fraud charges stemming from a landscaping business he operated. His sentencing is set for March 23. “Whereas, in light of Mr. Jones’ recent felony convictions, the board now desires to change the name of this facility,” the trustees’ resolution says. Jones, 56, was a six-term state representative, two-time mayor of nearby Ravenna and former chairman of the Portage County Democratic Party. His father was a groundskeeper for the college, and Jones himself earned a master’s degree in public administration from Kent State in 1977.

Compiled by Anya Cottage

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