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School of Library and Information Science to Relocate Columbus Program to State Library of Ohio

The State Library of Ohio and Kent State University School of Library and Information Science have announced the relocation of the school’s Columbus program to the State Library of Ohio. Classes are scheduled to begin this summer in the newly renovated, 6,100-square-foot space featuring state-of-the-art classroom facilities, conference and meeting areas, offices and a technology laboratory.

The relocation is a historic event as it will be the first library science school within a state library since Melvil Dewey’s School of Library Economy at the State Library of New York opened in 1889. Dewey created the Dewey Decimal System, a classification system for library materials that remains in wide use today.

The school’s Columbus program is moving from Ohio State University, bringing more than 150 students to the new location. “The school’s relocation to the state library offers immense opportunities for our students and faculty,” says Richard Rubin, director, School of Library and Information Science. “The collaborative possibilities for library education and service should have a very positive impact on library service in the central Ohio region.”

The State Library of Ohio has a strong history of collaboration with Kent State including use of classroom and video conference space and internship opportunities. “We look forward to an enhanced and mutually beneficial partnership with Kent State University. It’s possible that students will have an opportunity to participate in innovative and leading-edge projects that we are undertaking here at the state library, including digitization projects and open source solutions,” says State Librarian Jo Budler.

To learn more about the program, visit the SLIS Web site.

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Kent State Announces 2008 Football Schedule 

The 2008 football schedule includes five home contests in a newly-renovated Dix Stadium.

The 2008 football schedule includes five home contests in a newly-renovated Dix Stadium.

A game with Boston College in Cleveland Browns Stadium in addition to five more home contests in a newly-renovated Dix Stadium highlight Kent State’s 2008 football schedule, announced last week by the university and the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

“I’m pleased to announce our 2008 schedule,” Kent State Athletic Director Laing Kennedy says. “It provides us a great opportunity for some exciting home games, including the grand opening of our new-look stadium and hosting the Akron and Homecoming games on back-to-back weekends.”

Thanks to a partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the Golden Flashes will play in the FirstMerit Patriot Bowl against Boston College on Aug. 30 in Cleveland. The game will mark the team’s first meeting with the Eagles.

Following a trip to Iowa State (Sept. 6), the Flashes return home to host Delaware State (Sept. 13) for the second consecutive season. The contest with the Hornets will also serve as Heroes’ Day and the official unveiling of the renovations to Dix Stadium’s south end zone. All four branches of the military, along with numerous local police, fire and rescue squads, will be honored at the game, with a fireworks show capping off the festivities.

Kent State then closes out the nonconference portion of its schedule with a Sept. 20 game at Louisiana-Lafayette. A game the following week at Ball State kicks off the MAC portion of the schedule.

The complete lineup includes:

Aug. 30 Boston College
Sept. 6 at Iowa State
Sept. 13 Delaware State
Sept. 20 at Louisiana-Lafayette
Sept. 27 at Ball State*
Oct. 4 Akron *
Oct. 11 Ohio* (Homecoming)
Oct. 18 Bye
Oct. 25 at Miami*
Nov. 1 at Bowling Green*
Nov. 12 Temple* (ESPN2 or ESPN360)
Nov. 18 Northern Illinois*
Nov. 28 at Buffalo*

(* Denotes MAC game; start times will be announced at a later date.)

The Golden Flashes return 15 starters and 41 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the MAC. To purchase season tickets, contact the ticket office at 330-672-2244. For more information, visit the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Web site.

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E-Mail Scam Alert Targets Kent State Addresses

Kent State e-mail users recently have been the target of a phishing scam. An e-mail claiming to be from the university asks the recipient to respond with a username and password in order to verify his or her account.

If you receive such a message, delete it at once without responding or clicking on any links in the e-mail. If you’ve responded to such a message, go online to change your password immediately. Remember, Kent State will never ask for your password.

Phishing is an electronic social engineering technique in which criminals attempt to obtain your sensitive information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, by sending e-mails that appear to be from a trusted entity.

Never respond to questionable e-mails, especially those that request personal information. If you ever doubt the legitimacy of an e-mail message, contact the Helpdesk for assistance at 330-672-4357 or helpdesk@kent.edu.

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Men and Women View Marital and Parental Time Pressures Differently 

A new study indicates most men and women are not completely satisfied with the time they spend with their children.

A new study indicates most men and women are not completely satisfied with the time they spend with their children.

Only about one-fifth of employed women and men are completely satisfied with the time they spend with their spouse and their children according to a recent study published in the Journal of Family Issues.

“Typically in past studies, full-time workers and parents tend to be more time pressured than those who work part time or who don’t have children,” says Dr. Susan Roxburgh, associate professor of sociology at Kent State.

In a study funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Roxburgh examined how employment and parenthood influence time pressures pertaining to marital partners and the parental role. She found that men are significantly more likely to want more time with their spouses, while women were more likely than men to say they wanted to improve the quality of time they spend with their spouse. Both women and men equally were likely to say that they wanted to slow down the pace of time spent with their spouse. However when it comes to time spent with children, only women felt that a hectic pace affected the time they spent with their children.

“Current social trends — increasing work hours and consumer debt, declining real wages and a failure to define time pressure as a social problem — leave little doubt that family time pressures will continue to be a significant part of American family life,” says Roxburgh.

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FPDC Seeks Nominations for Service-Learning Awards 

The Faculty Professional Development Center (FPDC), in conjunction with the Office of the Provost and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, together will recognize faculty for their implementation of service learning into academic courses and impact upon our local communities. Faculty who are nominated for recognition should have taught a course using service learning as a primary pedagogical method during the 2007-08 academic year.

Service learning is a pedagogical method that combines service to the community with traditional course objectives. Student service should meet identified community needs, and community partners should be true stakeholders in the planning and implementation of the course project. Reflection is a key component of service learning, as is the development of civic engagement among students who participate.

Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by others. Chairs and directors of academic units and programs are encouraged to nominate faculty for this recognition. Nominators may make more than one nomination. Nominations should include pertinent course information (course number, semester taught).

All faculty who are nominated will be recognized on the evening of Monday, April 21, at an awards ceremony celebrating students, faculty, staff and community members for their commitment to community service, service learning and other forms of community-based learning. This program will be part of a full day of events that will emphasize Kent State’s involvement in outreach, service and engagement activities and that will include a lecture by Dr. David Scobey, director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Community Partnerships at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Nominations should be made no later than 5 p.m. on March 24. Send electronic nomination forms to Andrea Adolph, faculty associate in service learning, FPDC, at aadolph@kent.edu. For more information, visit the FPDC Web site.

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Last Call for Presentations for Stan Hywet Symposium 

The inaugural Stan Hywet Symposium will take place Oct. 17 and 18.

The inaugural Stan Hywet Symposium will take place Oct. 17 and 18.

The Stan Hywet Symposium Committee has issued a call for presentations for the first annual Stan Hywet Symposium. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is April 2.

The Stan Hywet Symposium was initiated in 2007 as a forum for the study and discussion of a diverse range of historical, architectural and preservation issues. The program is a collaborative effort of Kent State, The University of Akron and Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens to address such issues for both scholarly and public audiences.

Symposium presentations will take place at the historic Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron and include personalized tours and intimate gatherings. The symposium expects to bring together more than 200 participants from all areas of the region for two days of programming and networking.

The 2008 symposium is titled: “On Display: Historic Homes and Great Estates” and is set for Oct. 17 and 18. It will explore the unique components of the Industrial Revolution and ensuing Gilded Age. America's "self-made" men constructed monuments to their new-found riches, and their country house estates remain a testament to a unique period of American history. The first annual Stan Hywet Symposium will examine the cultural, architectural and social history of this phenomenon in American history, as well as significant efforts in preserving this history for future generations.

Proposals must be submitted on a presentations submission form. Detailed information and submission guidelines or submission forms can be found online. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Mark J. Heppner, symposium liaison, at 330-315-3227 or mheppner@stanhywet.org.

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Legal Briefs: New public records policy in effect 

“Legal Briefs” appears in e-Inside monthly to keep faculty and staff informed of legal issues and their implications. Content is provided by the Office of the University Counsel, whose mission is to ensure high-quality legal services to Kent State in a timely, cost-effective manner, to reduce litigation and to ensure legal compliance.

In January, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the University Policy regarding records retention. The amendment provided the foundation for policy 3342-5-15.1, Administrative policy regarding public records. The policy, adapted from the public records policy authored by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, provides details on how to deal with public records, including requests for information.

According to the policy, all public records requests for Kent State shall be directed to the Office of the University Counsel. The policy also outlines the standards for review of the request, along with the procedures for the university’s response. It provides that:

  • If it is not clear what records are being sought, and if the requestor has provided contact information, University Counsel will contact the requestor for clarification;
  • Public records are to be made available for inspection during regular business hours, with the exception of university holidays;
  • Any denial of a public records request must include an explanation, with legal statutory authority.

A hard copy of the policy is available in the Office of the University Counsel for public viewing. It is also available online at the University Policy Register. For questions about public records requests, contact Jim Watson at jwatson1@kent.edu or 330-672-8521.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: What is the amount listed in code “C” in Box 12 of my W-2 statement?

The university provides group term life insurance to all full-time employees. The level of life insurance is calculated at three times an employee’s annual base salary, with a maximum of $200,000 and reductions beginning at age 65. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations require the withholding of applicable taxes from an employee on the cost of coverage over $50,000.

Code “C” is the taxable cost of group term life insurance. This cost is considered imputed income. The value is determined by age-related rates established by the IRS. Generally, the imputed income tax that an employee pays is not a significant amount, but it does increase as age and salary increase.

For more information, e-mail benefits@kent.edu or call 330-672-3107.

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

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