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Time to Renew Your Faculty/Staff Parking Permit

Parking permits for employees are now available for renewal online. All current permit holders with full- or part-time employment at Kent State will be eligible to renew their current permits online. Applications will not be mailed to employees.

New hires, temporary employees and employees with limited contracts are required to register and purchase a permit in person at the Parking Services office located in 123 Michael Schwartz Center. Employment documentation will be required prior to permit issuance. A permit application can be printed from the Parking Services Web site.

Please take note of the following dates:

  • April 7: Online renewal opened
  • May 2: Parking permit mail-out begins
  • May 16: Online registration closes for payroll deduction option
  • June 7: Current parking permits expire

May 16 is the last day that you can renew online and choose payroll deduction for the full amount of your permit fee. Beginning May 17, payment of one month ($11) and/or a partial month may be required before enrolling in payroll deduction. You must come to Parking Services to pay and sign the request for payroll deduction. You can renew online after May 16 if you intend to pay the balance of your permit fee by MasterCard, Visa, Discover or electronic check.

You will need to pick up your permit if renewed after June 6. To renew your 2008-09 parking permit online now, visit the Parking Services Web site.

Don’t wait in line. Apply online!

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Travel to Cuba for the Education of Your Life

During a previous trip to Cuba, Kent State alumni met with Cuban students and teachers to learn about the education revolution.
Photo by Gary Harwood

During a previous trip to Cuba, Kent State alumni met with Cuban students and teachers to learn about the education revolution.

Dr. Anne Morrison currently is recruiting a limited number of participants to engage in a United States Treasury Department-approved educational project in Cuba from June 20 to 30. Travelers will participate in the “Reflections on Cuban Education: A Look at the Education Revolution” research project.

The purpose of this study is to explore historical and recent changes in Cuba’s education system since the country’s social revolution of 1959. The aim is twofold: to make visible the ongoing policies and strategies of the education revolution in Cuba and to show the effects of the education revolution on the society.

Cuba engaged in what its Ministry of Education calls an education revolution shortly after the larger social revolution of the late 1950s. Over the past 50 years, Cuba’s education revolution has unfolded in three phases, beginning with the more publicly known literacy campaign of the 1960s, when young people of Cuba mobilized to reduce illiteracy drastically throughout the entire country.

This study explores the historical aspects of education in the Cuban society, including the next phase of the revolution, which provided education to all Cuban citizens through grade six and, later, to grade nine. The latest phase began more than six years ago to address, in part, a serious teacher shortage that resulted from the dire economic crisis in the country when the Soviet Union greatly diminished its support of the Cuban economy. Again, Cuba turned to the young people to work toward a solution. Participants will talk to professors, diplomats, teachers and citizens about their stories of education in Cuba.

The trip includes a general orientation to Havana and walking tour of Old Havana; visit to the University of Havana; travel to Pinar del Rio, with a tour of the countryside, visit to a tobacco farm and exploration of underground caves; and tour to the seaside town of Cienfuegos with a stop at the historical Bay of Pigs.

The deadline to apply is May 1, when a $400 deposit also is due. The total trip cost is $2,950, which includes lodging and breakfasts, flights from Miami to Havana and back, ground transportation, a poolside picnic and visas.

To apply, contact Rose Onders at 330-672-0564 or via e-mail at

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Adolph Recognized for Leadership in Community Service

Ohio Campus Compact, a nonprofit membership organization of 49 Ohio colleges and universities with strong community service, service learning and/or civic engagement programs, has awarded Andrea Adolph, assistant professor of English at the Stark Campus, with one of two David Hoch Memorial Awards for Excellence in Service.

The David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service was designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work accomplished by either a community service director or director of service learning at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution. The award is named for the late David Hoch, the dean of honors at the University of Toledo, who served as the director of service learning for Ohio Campus Compact from 1999 to 2005.

Hoch was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at the University of Toledo, not only in the Honors Program, but in residence life and other departments as well. His guidance helped grow not only the academic service learning, but also the student-led community service, and the presidential emphasis on broader civic engagement.

Other winners included Deni Naffziger at Hocking College. Finalists were Rita Haider at Shawnee State University, Melinda Wright at The Ohio State University and Shauntey James at Walsh University.

For more information about Ohio Campus Compact, visit the organization’s Web site.

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Kent State University Ashtabula Students Receive National Recognition

Members of the Association of Information Technology Professionals who made the trip to the national conference are (front row, from left to right) Jessica Stewart, Justin Stevenson, Kyle Schrank and Kenny Carvalho and (back row) Joseph Keefe, Jen Bunce and Amy Garbenus.

Members of the Association of Information Technology Professionals who made the trip to the national conference are (front row, from left to right) Jessica Stewart, Justin Stevenson, Kyle Schrank and Kenny Carvalho and (back row) Joseph Keefe, Jen Bunce and Amy Garbenus.

Computer technology students from Kent State University Ashtabula had the opportunity to show off the quality of education they are receiving from the campus at a national conference last week.

Students were able to apply what they have learned in the classroom in several competitions held at the Association of Information Technology Professionals’ National Collegiate Conference in Memphis, Tenn. The Ashtabula students, all of whom are pursuing bachelor’s degrees, competed with 700 other students from 80 different U.S. colleges and universities.

Jen Bunce and Amy Garbenus placed second in the Microsoft Office Solutions competition. Receiving honorable mention was the team of Kyle Schrank and Justin Stevenson.

Kenny Carvalho, Garbenus and Joseph Keefe each received Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals’ entry-level certificates, which are recognized in the United States and Canada. Keefe scored the highest of all students testing for certification at the conference. Only 17 certifications were awarded.

“Our showing speaks volumes for the education we receive here and the instructors we have teaching us,” Keefe said. The computer technology department instructors are Irene Edge, Christine Naylor and Carolyn Carvalho.

Edge, the advisor to the Association of Information Technology Professionals’ student chapter, said that the students performed above national standards. “This should give them confidence in their own ability. What an excellent performance and national representation from Kent State Ashtabula.”

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Mammograms Offered on Kent Campus

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women ages 40 to 55. The best opportunity for reducing the death rate from breast cancer is through early detection. The Benefits Office and the Women’s Resource Center, in conjunction with Tiffany Breast Care Center of Youngstown, will be offering mammogram screenings next month to qualified Kent State employees and spouses.

The mobile mammography unit will be on the Kent Campus on Tuesday, May 6, and Wednesday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The van will be located in front of the Women’s Resource Center off Midway Drive.

The mammogram will take approximately 15 minutes, and those interested in screenings must make an appointment. For Kent State employees and spouses with a university health care provider (Medical Mutual of Ohio or Anthem), the cost of the mammogram is covered. Employees not covered by a university health care provider will be required to pay for the screening.

The Women's Resource Center, located in the Carriage House, would like to invite all mammogram participants to stop in for refreshments and to meet the staff following their mammograms.

Registration for the mammogram screening is required by May 2. To register, or to find additional information, call Kay Pyles in the Benefits Office at 330-672-8315.

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Great Marketing Opportunity: Showcase Your Area at the Portage County Bicentennial Birthday Celebration 

Supporters will celebrate Portage County's 200th birthday on June 9.

Supporters will celebrate Portage County's 200th birthday on June 9.

As you work thorough this harried time of the year and before you finalize plans for your summer activities, take time to consider this opportunity from the Portage County Bicentennial celebration to showcase your projects, organization, department or students.

Interested departments or offices of Kent State are encouraged to host an exhibit at the Portage County 200th Birthday event on June 9 in downtown Ravenna. “The committee is pleased that Kent State University is an official supporter of the Portage County Bicentennial. The Birthday Celebration is a strategic opportunity for Kent State departments and offices to reach folks they might not otherwise,” says Mark Cheplowitz, chairman of the Portage County Bicentennial Committee. “The event will bring not only a festive crowd, but also a broad spectrum of Portage County citizens and officials, who will gather to celebrate the county’s history and 200th year.”

The 5 to 9 p.m. event includes the birthday celebration activities, plus a parade and spectacular evening fireworks. Exhibitors will be provided a 10-by-10-foot tent free and will just need to furnish their own table or display boards. Something informative, interactive and fun would be ideal.

If your office or department would like to take advantage of this opportunity or investigate the possibilities, please call Christine Shock of the Portage County Bicentennial Committee at 216-407-3117 or e-mail her at by April 30.

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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 or Nola Ruble at

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Can I reserve a meeting space on campus for a club or professional organization for non-academic purposes?

The University Scheduling Office facilitates and coordinates services and event facilities on the university campus for non-academic events. To schedule an event, go to the Scheduling Office, located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center.

For regular meetings, organizations are able to schedule for the semester and, for major events, the location may be scheduled a year in advance.

For more information, contact the University Scheduling Office at 330-672-3202.

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

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