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Return to Issue of Feb. 11, 2008 


Spring Semester Brings Parking Services Changes

Beginning with Spring Semester 2008, two important changes have been implemented in Parking Services policies. First, Parking Services will shift from the procedure of towing vehicles to a simpler process of immobilizing, or booting, them. Although vehicles will still be towed under certain circumstances, booting is an enforcement technique that is easier and less expensive than using an outside contractor to tow a vehicle.

Vehicles may become boot-eligible for unpaid parking tickets, frequent violator status (defined as having nine or more tickets, paid or unpaid) or for displaying a lost, stolen, altered or counterfeit parking permit.

Additionally, this past year, University Development reorganized the President’s Council donor recognition program and launched a program that embraces all levels of donors, from Leadership Annual Fund donors to those who have provided for Kent State through the Center for Gift and Estate Planning.

Members of the President’s Medallion Society and the William S. Kent Council have received a new VIP parking permit to replace the President’s Club and President’s Council permits. The VIP permit carries the same rules and regulations associated with the former President’s Club/Council permits.

Because of the VIP permit replacement, the older President’s Club or President’s Council parking permits are no longer valid on campus. If you are currently using one of these permits and have not received a VIP replacement, please contact Gail Beveridge, director for donor relations and special events, at 330-672-8577. For more information regarding the new recognition societies, visit the development Web site.

For additional information regarding parking rules and regulations, important permit purchase dates, updated construction information and to view a parking map online, visit the Parking Services Web site.

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Prentice Gate Shifting Locations

Prentice Gate is being shifted away from the road this summer.

Prentice Gate is being shifted away from the road this summer. Below, an artist's rendering of the renovations. 

Beginning this summer, a Kent State landmark will be shifting locations. Prentice Gate, currently positioned at the corner of Lincoln and Main streets, will be moved back from the road, and new Kent State signage will be added.

“The gate and walls have taken a lot of abuse from road salt over the years after Main Street was widened to within five feet of the edge of the brick,” Thomas J. Euclide, executive director of Facilities Planning and Operations, says. “So, we will be rebuilding the gate and adding a Kent State University sign back away from the road.”

The intent is to reuse portions of the existing gate, including the steel arch, bronze seal and dedication plaque. A new plaque will be installed indicating the rededication date.

According to Michael Bruder, assistant director for architecture, “We are planning on going out for bids in about two weeks, and the construction will take place over the summer months. Our plan is to have all of the new work and landscaping in place and looking great for the start of fall 2008.”

Prentice Gate is one of Kent State’s most recognizable markers and once served as the primary entrance to the university. The gate is named in honor of May Prentice, who was hired in 1912 as the first female faculty member at Kent State.

Prentice Gate rendering

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Faculty Senate to Meet Feb. 11

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, at 3:20 p.m. in the Governance Chambers of the Kent Student Center.

Items on the agenda for discussion include the revision of academic policy of grade recalculation for associate degrees, establishment of a managerial marketing major and revision of the marketing major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program and changes to the Institute for Cyberinformation. New business will include the Regional Campus administrative reorganization and responsibility-centered management guidelines and implementation recommendations. A guest presentation will be made by Tom Sanville, director of OhioLINK.

Old business to be discussed includes a proposed University Policy and Procedures Governing Modification of the faculty probationary period and Proposed University Policy for limited term post-doctoral appointments.

The Faculty Senate is the faculty governing body for Kent State University. It is primarily concerned with matters of university educational policies, curriculum, academic and professional standards, and the establishment, discontinuance and major alteration of academic programs. The senate also possesses shared responsibilities and advisory responsibilities. In addition, the Faculty Senate may consider other matters pertaining to the welfare and mission of the university.

Currently, there are 41 senators, representing 18 different electorates, and 25 nonvoting ex-officio members. Senators are elected each year on a rotating basis for three-year terms. For more information, visit the Faculty Senate Web site.

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Construction Zone: Update on Construction Projects at Kent State

The Campus Health and Science Building on the Ashtabula Campus is one of the projects currently under construction.

The Campus Health and Science Building on the Ashtabula Campus is one of the projects currently under construction.

Spring and summer heavy construction activities are quickly approaching. Project designs are being finalized and construction documents assembled to advertise for competitive bidding. Below is a listing of the major facility and infrastructure improvements administered by the Office of the University Architect across Kent State's eight campuses:

Under Construction:
Ashtabula Campus Health and Science Building
Electrical Distribution Improvements – Loop 7A
Library Third Floor Renovation Space for the Marantz Collection
Library 10th Floor Special Collections Classroom and Processing Center
Merrill Hall Roof Replacement
Michael Schwartz Center Renovations to Parking Services
Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation
Racquetball Courts HVAC Renovation
Stark Campus Main Hall AHU-1 Replacement
State Library of Ohio Renovations for the School of Library Science
Taylor Hall Relocation of the School of Communication Studies
Tuscarawas Campus Vet-Tech Renovations
Williams Hall Lab Hood Replacement

Contracts Pending:
Eastway Complex New Hydraulic Elevators
Field House Track Flooring Replacement
Plaza Utility Tunnel Repairs
Trumbull Campus Classroom Building Laboratory Renovations

Advertised for Bidding:
Feb. 22: Dix Stadium Renovations and Improvements, Phase II
Feb. 25: Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation, Technology Package
Feb. 26: Art Building Roof Replacement, Phase II

Under Design:
Ashtabula Campus Library Tuck Pointing
Ashtabula Campus Main Hall Second Floor Restroom Renovation
Administrative Services Building Renovations for Development
BSA Brinzo Entrepreneurship Laboratory
Centennial Research Park, Phase I
East Liverpool Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovations
East Liverpool Campus Master Plan
Eastway ADA Improvements
Elevator Jack Replacements, Summer 2008
Energy Conservation Planning
Kent Campus Hardscape Improvements 2008
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center
Library Fourth Floor Writing Commons
Library Masonry Stone Repairs
Lincoln and East Main Streets Gateway Evaluation
Merrill Hall Central Chilled Water System Upgrades
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions: Roe Green Center
Porthouse Theatre Parking Lot Expansion
Prentice and Dunbar Halls Domestic Water Booster Pumps
Salem Campus Building Expansions and Additions
Satterfield Hall Roof Replacement
Stark Campus Main Hall Fourth Floor Renovation, Phase II
Stark Campus Science and Nursing Building
Trumbull Campus Exterior Signs
Trumbull Campus Parking Lot and Lighting Upgrades
Tuscarawas Campus Parking Lot Resurfacing
Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center
White Hall Structural Repairs, Phase II
Williams Hall Lecture Hall 101 Renovation
WKSU Renovations and Additions

Selecting Firm to Design:
Kent Campus Landscape and Environmental Enhancements

Detailed descriptions of each project can be found on the Office of the University Architect’s Web site. For the latest updates on roadway and walkway closings due to construction, please refer to the Construction Detours Web site.

Please contact Jacqueline Mest in the Office of the University Architect at 330-672-7992 for additional project information.

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New Scholarship Opportunity for Ashtabula Students

A new endowed scholarship will benefit deserving Kent State University Ashtabula students thanks to a local family. The Nelson H. Humphrey Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in public service starting this fall semester.

Up to $1,000 can be awarded to a student who must be enrolled at the Ashtabula Campus or have transferred to the main campus from Kent State Ashtabula. Preference will be given to students majoring in a public service area such as political science, justice studies, social services, public administration or pre-law.

Humphrey was Ashtabula County Democratic Party Chair for 34 years. He sought out young people with promise and desire and coached them in the art of politics and public service.

Local attorney William Bobulsky said that Humphrey remains one of the most memorable personalities of many lives. “He was not impressed by wealth, position or background, but he was intrigued by progressive ideas and people with the ability to advance those ideas,” Bobulsky said.

“Attaching his name to an endowed scholarship at Kent State is a fitting tribute to Nelson’s accomplishments and the many people who learned and benefited from them,” he said.

Humphrey’s family created this endowed scholarship in his name for Kent State Ashtabula students to honor that commitment and continue supporting the development of the people of Ashtabula County. Humphrey’s family and the County Democratic Party have contributed more than $10,000.

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Nominate an Outstanding Kent State University Woman

In addition to hosting special events, Professional Women of Kent State University annually presents the Distinguished Woman Award. Last year's recipient was Dr. Carol A. Cartwright.

In addition to hosting special events, Professional Women of Kent State University annually presents the Distinguished Woman Award. Last year's recipient was Dr. Carol A. Cartwright.

If you work with an outstanding Kent State woman, now is the time to recognize her by submitting a nomination for the 11th annual Distinguished Woman Award.

The Professional Women of Kent State University (PWKSU) has honored an outstanding woman with the Distinguished Woman Award every spring since 1998. The award recognizes a current or former Kent State employee who has made a significant contribution to the university community or who has contributed to the betterment of women on any of Kent State’s eight campuses. Kent State is fortunate to have so many talented women as part of the faculty and staff, and this award provides an opportunity to honor the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals.

Everyone is invited to submit nominations for this prestigious award, and any woman currently or previously employed by the university may be nominated. The nomination form is available on the PWKSU Web site. All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 22.

A committee of PWKSU members will choose the award recipient(s) from the nominees, and the winner(s) will be formally recognized at the Spotlight on Excellence event on April 3. Additional details and reservation information will be communicated soon.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Beth Chambers, selection committee chair, at 330-672-2206 or

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Monthly Tech Minute: One of your 41,760 minutes this month

 Microsoft's Crabby Office Lady offers tips and tutorials on using the new version of Office.

Microsoft's Crabby Office Lady offers tips and tutorials on using the new version of the program.

Microsoft has made an update to its Office suite: Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac users. Programs are now available for home purchase, at a discounted rate for Kent State faculty and staff members, through eAcademy.

There’s no need to worry about moving to the new version of Office. Plenty of great tips are available from Microsoft’s Crabby Office Lady. Crabby has lots of tutorials about Office and can help you figure out where familiar tools are located in the new interface. Run through the Basic Training Series or the User Interface Guides.

The biggest change in all of the Office tools is what Microsoft calls the Ribbon — the menu area at the top of the program window. Crabby Office Lady has an article that explains it all: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Ribbon.

Mac users moving to Office 2008 won’t see a big difference from Office 2004. The interface remains largely the same with some formatting and page design changes that are similar to the new Windows version. For a more detailed review of the Office 2008 suite for Macs, check out c|net’s review.

This Monthly Tech Minute, supported by the Division of Information Services, addresses frequently asked technology questions that affect Kent State faculty and staff members. If you need more information or have suggestions for future topics, contact Eve Dalton, educational technology and distance learning, at

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Does Kent State withhold municipal taxes if I live in a different city than the campus where I work? 

Employees are responsible for monitoring and ensuring payment of appropriate municipal taxes for their place of residence. The university does not withhold municipal taxes for employees who live in cities different from the campus where they work.

The university withholds taxes only for the employee’s work location, not for the employee’s city of residence. The employee is responsible for any additional taxes required by the city in which he or she resides.

For a table on this tax policy, please refer to a previous e-Inside Special Edition.

To view the Question of the Week archive, please visit the Human Resources Web site.

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