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Board of Trustees Approves Increase in Room and Board, Managerial Marketing Major and Summit Street Improvements at April Meeting 

At its April 16 meeting, the Kent State Board of Trustees took action on the following items:

Increase in Room and Board
The Board approved an overall 4.2 percent increase in the standard double-room and board rates to allow the university to keep pace with changing student needs; repay debt incurred for major construction and renovation of Kent Campus residence and dining facilities during the last several years; and offset rising costs for utilities and food products. The room and board rate increases are effective Fall Semester 2008 and are expected to leave Kent State’s rate among the lowest for Ohio’s residential campuses.

Increase in Student Parking Permit Rates
The Board approved a two-stage increase in the Kent Campus parking rates for students. The first stage will be effective Fall Semester 2008, with the second stage taking effect Fall Semester 2009. The increase is needed to meet the higher cost of lot construction, ongoing maintenance and snow removal. Kent State’s cost will remain one of the most affordable in Ohio.

Establishment of Managerial Marketing Major Within the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program
The Board established a Bachelor of Business Administration major in managerial marketing, effective Fall Semester 2008. The major will be one of two marketing degree programs offered by the College of Business Administration. The managerial marketing major is a new name for the current undergraduate degree program. A second program is a derivative of the program offered by the marketing department prior to 2005. The two programs will contain different sets of courses, use different teaching approaches and have different orientations.

Kent State and City of Kent Team for Summit Street Improvements
The city of Kent and Kent State will work together to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion on Summit Street, the major roadway through the Kent Campus. Kent State’s Board of Trustees authorized the university to sign an agreement with the city to share equally the required local funding match for the improvements. The project will provide turn lanes where needed; better coordinate traffic signals; improve safety by managing access and directing pedestrian traffic to crosswalks; enhance lighting, curbing and sidewalks; and realign Summit Street’s intersections with Lincoln Street and Loop Road.

Small Group Housing Demolition
The Board authorized the senior vice president for administration to proceed with arrangements for a project totaling about $2 million to demolish eight of the 11 small-group residence halls that were built on the Kent Campus in the late 1960s and build two recreational fields in their place. Funds for the project have been set aside by the university’s Residence Services unit. With the recent addition of the Centennial Court residence halls, and with major renovations to all other halls, the low-rise, small-group housing buildings are no longer needed to house resident students. The cost of bringing the eight buildings up to modern standards is not economically feasible. All demolition work is expected to be completed by January 2009.

More information about these and other actions is available online.

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Cushner Will Return to Faculty Position

Dr. Kenneth Cushner will return to a faculty position.

Dr. Kenneth Cushner will return to a faculty position.

Dr. Kenneth Cushner has announced he will step down from his duties as the executive director for international affairs to return to a faculty position. The change will be effective May 1. Cushner holds the rank of full professor in curriculum studies in the College of Education, Health and Human Services.

In his letter to Vice Provost Steve O. Michael, Cushner cites personal and professional reasons for his move back to faculty. Michael said that a reception will be held at International Affairs in Cushner’s honor.

Michael will perform the role of the executive director until an interim is named or a new director is hired through a national search.

Learn more about the Office of International Affairs online.

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Updates to Individual Information for Online Directory Requested by June 27

University Communications and Marketing will continue to produce a printed phone directory this year, as well as the online directory. The printed directory will include individual listings for faculty and staff members. Your individual printed listing will appear exactly as it does in the online directory at the time of June 27.

Data in the online directory will supply data for the printed directory. Therefore, it is very important that each individual update his or her listing as it appears in the online directory on the university’s Web site. Individuals also will be able to enter additional titles, campus locations, phone numbers and nicknames. Please be sure to include your 5-digit code so intra-campus callers can take advantage of the "Five Is Free" extensions and avoid long distance charges.

To update your individual information, visit the Online Directory Updates - Individual Listings on the University Communications and Marketing Web site and follow the directions listed there.

Because of our publisher’s deadlines, the last date to update your information is June 27.

Thank you for helping to ensure complete and accurate directory listings.

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Attention Key Administrators: Is Your Department’s Online Telephone Listing Up-to-date?

All managers are responsible for ensuring their unit’s information is updated in the online directory. In order to provide the university community with the most complete and up-to-date print and online directories, University Communications and Marketing is asking each key manager or designated representative to update the preferred, enhanced listing for his or her respective office or department by Friday, June 27. The department updates are made online and will appear in the online directory immediately. After June 27, the information online is downloaded for the print directory. Please help us in this effort by entering or updating your department’s online directory listing.

The benefits of having complete and accurate online and printed departmental listings are numerous. Here are just a few:

  • Prospective students, alumni and other visitors can locate or contact campus offices more easily;
  • Helpdesk personnel and other staff members can assist callers and direct deliveries with greater accuracy to your office; and
  • Callers have the option of reaching key office personnel directly.

If this will be your first time participating in the online department updates, please go to the Quick Link on the University Communications and Marketing home page and follow the directions listed there.

For those who participated last year, the same URL and passwords apply. If you have forgotten the URL or your department login name and password, revisit the Quick Link on the University Communications and Marketing home page and follow the directions listed there.

Please note: Kent State offices will need to coordinate the entry listings for nonuniversity offices or offices in other cities with which they are affiliated (i.e., Urban Design Center, the Columbus programs, etc.).

Although updates to departmental listings in the online directory can occur at any time, only those department updates made by June 27 will be reflected in the printed directory.

Thank you for helping to ensure complete and accurate departmental and office directory listings.

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Power Plant Testing Scheduled May 14 to 16

The Kent State Power Plant will conduct testing May 14 to 16.
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The Kent State Power Plant will conduct testing May 14 to 16.

Kent State generates a large portion of the power used on the Kent Campus. In order to test and verify the operation of and integrity of the systems, the power generation, control and distribution systems will be interrupted briefly during the evening of May 14. The interruptions will be performed as follows:

  • At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, electric power will be curtailed to the entire Kent Campus until approximately 7:30 p.m.;
  • At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, electric power will slowly be restored to many, but possibly not all, portions of the campus. This process will continue until 8:30 p.m.;
  • The plan is to operate the entire Kent Campus from approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16, with the electric generators located in the Summit Street Power Plant; and
  • At 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16, we will switch back to normal electric utility power. This may cause another electric power interruption to the entire Kent Campus that may last up to 30 minutes.

Two circumstances will cause this test to be modified, returning the campus back to normal electric utility power prior to the expected time of 7 p.m. Friday, May 16. They are as follows:

  • Equipment malfunctions preventing the test to begin or continue; or
  • Campus electric consumption that exceeds the ability of our equipment.

You can help with this testing process by reducing energy consumption as much as possible during the testing time. Your assistance and understanding during this process is greatly appreciated.

Please address any questions about this project to Frank Renovich at 330-672-0775 or via e-mail at frenovi2@kent.edu.

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Annual Steam Shutdown Scheduled May 11 to 18

In order to perform necessary maintenance on the boilers, steam transmission systems and electrical distribution systems, Kent State's Power Plant will be shut down from 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 18.

As a result of the steam shutdown, most buildings located on campus will not have:

  • Hot water to sinks and showers, etc.; and
  • Heat and/or air conditioning

Please address any questions about this project to Frank Renovich at 330-672-0775 or e-mail frenovi2@kent.edu.

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USAC to Meet on April 30

Members of the University Staff Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 316 of the Kent Student Center. Joe Vitale, director of talent management in the Division of Human Resources, will share information about the new Staff Hiring Process Guide, which is now available online. Also on the agenda is a discussion about the composition and role of staff advisory councils at other colleges and universities.

University Staff Advisory Council is the university’s employee forum to share ideas and information related to university issues and topics. Meetings are open to all classified and unclassified staff. For more information, visit the USAC Web site or contact co-chairs Carla Wyckoff at cwyckof1@kent.edu or Nola Ruble at nruble@kent.edu.

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Top Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Using your tax refund wisely can lead to tax benefits next year.

Using your tax refund wisely can lead to tax benefits next year.

For those lucky enough to receive a tax refund this year, Dave Young, Kent State’s associate treasurer and tax manager, offers a few suggestions to make the difficult decision of how to use the refund easier:

  • Pay off your debt. Particularly, pay toward any debt with a high interest rate.
  • Make a donation to a qualified domestic charitable organization. In addition to the public benefit, the donation also may result in a tax deduction for you next year.
  • Purchase a tax-advantaged investment. Saving for retirement is always a good idea.
  • Make a gift to a family member or special friend.
  • Make a permanent improvement to your home. Not only do you increase the potential resale value of your house, you also get to enjoy the enhancement.
  • Invest in yourself. Take time out of your day to join a class, learn a new skill or enjoy a new hobby.

Young has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, tax instruction and financial management. To get a jump on next year’s taxes with tips and guidelines, visit the Internal Revenue Service Web site.

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Deadline to Enter Calendar Events Is June 9

If you would like to have your department’s events included in the university’s printed promotional calendar for 2008-09, be sure to enter them in the e-calendar now through June 9. Posting your events to the e-calendar is very important. The events appearing in the printed calendar, as well as Kent State Magazine and marketing communications throughout the year, are generated from information posted to Kent State's e-calendar.

If this will be your first time posting event information via the Web, contact Lin Danes, manager, electronic communication and Web content services, at ldanes@kent.edu or 330-672-8532. She will establish an e-calendar user account for you and provide training about posting information to the e-calendar.

Those individuals with an existing user account will need to log in to the Web site. If you've forgotten your password, please e-mail ldanes@kent.edu or Ramona Stamm at rstamm@kent.edu for that information.

Although space limitations do not allow all items from all units to be listed in the printed calendar, every effort will be made to include major events open to the university community.

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Legal Briefs: University Counsel Enhances Web Site With Outreach and Advisory Information

“Legal Briefs” appears monthly in e-Inside 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.

As part of its mission to provide legal assistance and guidance to the university community, the Office of the University Counsel has expanded the information available on its Web site. The site now includes a page with outreach and advisory information.

The materials on the outreach and advisory site include guidance for the recruitment and hiring of international professionals and faculty, as well as a compilation of advisory information for department chairs, directors and deans. The Office of the University Counsel will continue to populate the site with advisory and educational materials as issues arise.

In addition, the site features information about upcoming presentations and/or training opportunities. For staff members who are unable to attend these sessions, presentation materials will be made available online, when possible.

If you have questions or if you would like to suggest content for the site, please contact the Office of the University Counsel at 330-672-2982.

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Earth Day Celebrated April 22 

Earth Day offers an important reminder that we all play a role in determining the health of the planet.

Earth Day offers an important reminder that we all play a role in determining the health of the planet.

Earth Day will be celebrated this year on April 22. Since Earth Day first was recognized in 1970, total emissions of six principal air pollutants have decreased by 54 percent.

Earth Day events provide an important reminder that we all play a part in the overall health of our planet. There are many ways that individuals can take action to save energy, use less water and recycle more effectively, including:

  • Using the Energy Star program to find energy-efficient products for your home;
  • Turning off appliances and lights when you leave the room;
  • Using microwaves to cook small meals;
  • Repairing leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems and cutting back on air conditioning and heating use;
  • Insulating your home, water heater and pipes;
  • Replacing incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs. If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road;
  • Looking for the WaterSense label to identify water-efficient products and programs;
  • Turning off water while shaving or brushing teeth and taking short showers instead of baths;
  • Washing only full loads of dishes and laundry;
  • Buying high-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances;
  • Repairing all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day);
  • Buying permanent items instead of disposables;
  • Using durable coffee mugs and cloth napkins or towels; and
  • Recycling paper, plastic, glass bottles, cardboard and aluminum cans.

For more information and tips on getting involved, visit the U.S. government’s Earth Day Web site. 

This article is being published in e-Inside as part of the action plan developed for the city of Kent and Kent State to improve the quality of storm water discharges. The information in this article was pulled from the U.S. government’s Earth Day Web site.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Does an employee on an approved leave of absence without pay retain any benefits? 

For classified and unclassified employees, the university will continue the insurance coverage and fee waiver benefit provided for in the employee’s benefit program until the unpaid leave is terminated or for the duration of six months, whichever occurs first. This only applies to an approved leave of absence for child care, temporary disability or to care for a member of an employee’s immediate family.

If monthly insurance contributions were required prior to the leave period, the employee must make arrangements with the staff benefits office to continue those contributions prior to the date the leave begins.

More detailed information regarding leave administration is available online in Policy Register 3342-6-11.10, Administrative policy regarding leaves of absence without pay for nonteaching unclassified and classified staff. You can also contact the Benefits Office at 330-672-3107.

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

If you have a question you would like to submit to the Human Resources Question of the week, please e-mail it to hrweb@kent.edu.

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