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Return to Issue of May 5, 2008 


Kent State and American Association of University Professors to Begin Negotiations

Kent State officials and members of the American Association of University Professors’ Kent State chapter will begin contract negotiations in the coming weeks after tenure-track faculty members voted to reject the university's proposed one-year contract extension.

Currently, no meeting dates have been announced. Look for more informational updates in future editions of e-Inside.

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Summer Construction Season Begins

This summer's construction projects include renovations at Dix Stadium.

This summer's construction projects include renovations at Dix Stadium.

The intense, summer construction season is about to begin across Kent State's eight campuses! Here are the major facility and infrastructure improvements that currently are being administered by the Office of the University Architect:

Summer Construction 2008 Kent Campus Project List

  • Art Building Roof Replacement, Phase 2
  • Administrative Services Building Renovations for Development
  • Business Administration Building Brinzo Entrepreneurship Laboratory
  • Centennial Research Park, Phase 1
  • Cunningham Hall Animal Care Lab 307-B Renovation
  • Demolition of Selected Small Group Buildings
  • Dix Stadium Renovations and Improvements
  • Dunbar Hall Domestic Water Booster Pump Replacement
  • Eastway Complex Americans With Disabilities Act Improvements and New Hydraulic Elevators
  • Eastway Residence Halls Lounge Window Replacement
  • Kent Student Center and Tri-Towers Rotunda Elevator Jack Replacements
  • Field House Track Flooring Replacement
  • Gym Annex Masonry and Steel Repairs
  • Library Fourth Floor Writing Commons and Stone Replacement
  • Lincoln and East Main Streets Gateway
  • Merrill Hall Central Chilled Water System Upgrades and Roof Replacement
  • Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions — Roe Green Center
  • Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation
  • Plaza Utility Tunnel Repairs
  • Porthouse Theatre Parking Lot Expansion
  • Prentice Hall Domestic Water Booster Pump Replacement
  • Satterfield Hall Roof Replacement
  • Taylor Hall Relocation of the School of Communication Studies
  • Terrace Drive Heating Plant Underground Fuel Oil Tanks Abandonment
  • Van Campen Hall Renovations for the Turkish Cultural Center
  • White Hall Structural Repairs, Phase 2, Ramp Reconstruction
  • Williams Hall Lecture Hall 101 Renovations
  • WKSU-FM Renovations and Additions

Additionally, electrical distribution improvements will continue in several buildings, and the repaving of several drives and parking lots will be conducted. Kent State is also employing a consulting firm to aid in the creation of a 15-year energy conservation master plan and a landscape design firm to investigate new, emerging goals with respect to campuswide and site specific landscape enhancements.

At the Regional Campuses, projects include:

  • Ashtabula Campus Health and Science Building
  • Ashtabula Campus Main Hall Second Floor Restroom Renovation
  • East Liverpool Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovations and Master Plan
  • Salem Campus Building Expansions and Additions
  • Stark Campus Main Hall AHU-1 Replacement and Fourth Floor Renovation, Phase 2
  • Stark Campus Science and Nursing Building
  • Trumbull Campus Classroom Building Laboratory Renovations
  • Tuscarawas Campus Parking Lot Repairs
  • Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center

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.

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Business College Receives International Reaccreditation of Degree Programs

Kent State’s College of Business Administration has achieved reaffirmation of accreditation of all its degree programs this spring by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. A five-year accreditation was extended for the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration, specifically the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science degrees in accounting and financial engineering and the Master of Arts degree in economics, as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.

The college’s business programs have been accredited since 1964. The association is the oldest and largest business school accreditation with 555 accredited programs worldwide.

To achieve accreditation, business programs must satisfy the expectations of a wide range of quality standards relating to strategic management of resources, faculty sufficiency to carry out its mission, quality of the faculty for the programs offered and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. These standards are mission-linked. During the accreditation process, Kent State’s College of Business Administration was visited and evaluated by business school deans with detailed knowledge of management education, applying accreditation standards that are widely accepted in the educational community.

“This achievement is a team effort, and everyone in the college, others on campus and at the Regional Campuses had a part in our successful reaccreditation,” says Dr. George Stevens, dean of the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management.

To learn more about the College of Business Administration, visit its Web site.

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First Annual Reception Celebrating Faculty Book Publishing Held April 28

This month, President Lester A. Lefton and Provost Robert G. Frank hosted the inaugural annual wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to celebrate faculty members who have published books over the past two years.

The event recognized approximately 120 faculty members who have published books on a variety of topics, including children’s literature, athletic training, communication studies and chemistry, as well as a wide range of other topics and disciplines.

The reception took place on Monday, April 28, in the university Library’s Memorial Room. The faculty authors, their department chairs, their college deans and associate deans were invited to attend.

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Kent State Recognized at National Banner Conference, Hosts State Conference

Representatives from Kent State’s divisions of Information Services, Business and Finance, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness were recognized this month at the annual SunGard Higher Education Summit 2008 in Anaheim, Calif. This year’s conference was considered perhaps the largest-ever gathering of Banner users from across the country, with approximately 8,500 people attending.

Kent State’s Banner implementation model earned the university a spot as a finalist for the SunGard Higher Education Award for Institutional Performance. Additionally, members of Information Services’ e-Services department headlined six conference sessions, featuring the university’s improvements in document imaging, development of new workflow tools and the incorporation of these solutions into an Internet environment.

The Banner implementation model used by Kent State recently was adopted by SunGard, the application’s developer, for future installations. According to Brad Rucker, SunGard senior vice president, “The approach that Kent State and SunGard Higher Education (SGHE) have used in this project is now the new standard that SGHE will use for all of our clients going forward. The increased functionality at go-live, the integrated approach to the ERP implementation and, above all, the communication and teamwork between Kent State and SunGard have been phenomenal.”

Last week, Kent State also played host to the Ohio Banner Users Group Conference. The group, which was formed and is administered by Kent State, meets twice each year, in the spring and fall, to provide institutions with opportunities for networking and developing support groups with fellow Banner users, seeking solutions to common business issues, discussing enhanced Banner use, collaborating on common software enhancements and sharing functional and technical expertise. There are 25 institutions running Banner in Ohio. The Ohio Banner Users Group currently communicates with 335 individuals in 20 institutions.

To learn more about the Banner project at Kent State, visit Information Services’ Banner Web site.

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Entrepreneurship Center Director Receives Two Teaching Awards

Julie Messing, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation has been awarded two teaching awards.

Julie Messing, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, has been awarded two teaching awards.

Julie Messing, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation, has been awarded both the Paul L. Pfeiffer Professional and Creative Teaching Award and the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management Annual Teaching Award. Messing also teaches marketing courses within the college.

“Julie is all about students,” says Lee McMannis, current Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the center. “She has a strong commitment to make the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation a true center of excellence. It is great to see her efforts recognized by students and outsiders. Her work ethic and drive go way beyond the term ‘extra effort.’”

Through the center, Messing has initiated the annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza, an event designed to provide students and the community with tools and resources to help them get into the entrepreneurial mindset.

The Paul L. Pfeiffer Professional and Creative Teaching Award was established at Kent State by the late Paul L. Pfeiffer to recognize teachers who enhance their classroom instruction with relevant work experiences. This award is given to a full-time faculty member in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management who communicates the integral relationship between business and theory.

The College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management annual award recognizes excellence in teaching and those professors who make a lasting impression on their students.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation offers students opportunities to work in a student business incubator with business professionals, run their own micro-business with university-provided funding, participate in business concept competitions and meet and talk with successful entrepreneurs through events such as the Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series in Entrepreneurship.

For more information about the center, visit its Web site.

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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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Power Plant Testing Scheduled 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:

Please note that this test has been delayed ONE hour from the originally scheduled time.

  • At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, electric power will be curtailed to the entire Kent Campus until approximately 8:30 p.m.;
  • At approximately 8:30 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 9:30 p.m.;
  • The plan is to operate the entire Kent Campus from approximately 9:30 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

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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

Your assistance and understanding during this process is greatly appreciated.

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WKSU-FM Recognized With Three Regional Awards

WKSU-FM recently earned three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

WKSU-FM recently earned three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

WKSU-FM has been honored with three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from The Radio-Television News Directors Association. The organization received 3,459 regional entries in categories covering radio and television in two divisions. WKSU-FM competes in the large market division against public and commercial radio stations in major cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

This is the most Regional Murrows awarded to WKSU-FM since the station began vying for prizes in the large market division. All regional winners are automatically eligible for the national awards competition with prizes presented in October. The station’s awards came in the feature: hard news, sports reporting and broadcast-affiliated Web site categories.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with Murrow Awards since 1971.

For more information about WKSU-FM, visit the station’s Web site.

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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 (e.g., 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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Student Recreation and Wellness Center Closed May 10 to 20

Faculty and staff are reminded that the Student Recreation and Wellness Center will close on Saturday, May 10, and remain closed through Tuesday, May 20, due to its annual maintenance shutdown. The center will reopen on Wednesday, May 21.

The basketball and racquetball courts will remain closed until May 26 due to resurfacing procedures.

May 21 also will be the start date for summer memberships and will kick off Demo Week for both the Group X and instructional class schedules.

For more information about summer hours, programs or memberships please visit the center’s Web site or call 330-672-4REC.

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Individual Updates to 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.

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Donate Life Ohio Campaign Students Need Help From Faculty and Staff

Students hosted a flash mob last month to raise awareness for organ donation.

Students hosted a flash mob last month to raise awareness for organ donation.

As Kent State public relations students are nearing the end of the Do It Now College Challenge, they are doubling their efforts to reach their goal of registering 14,571 new organ donors. To date, the Kent State students have registered 8,780 donors at 60 percent of their goal. Your help is needed to save lives and support the PRKent team.

The challenge is a statewide competition among 13 colleges and universities in Ohio sponsored by Donate Life and the Second Life Trust Fund. Each university participating in the challenge has its own predetermined registration goal, which is based on its surrounding population and is to be reached by May.

Nearly 3,000 people in Ohio are waiting for an organ transplant at any given time, which translates into one Ohioan dying every other day while waiting for a life-saving transplant. The need for eye and tissue donation to better the quality of life is even greater. Unfortunately, only half of Ohioans have registered to become organ and tissue donors, leaving the demand far greater than the supply. The Do It Now campaign strives to decrease this gap by moving people to donate life.

Becoming a donor is simple. Visit the PRKent Do It Now team’s Web site for more information.

A single donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and improve the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation. To learn more about the PRKent campaign, watch a YouTube video.

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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 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 at the Web site. If you've forgotten your password, please e-mail or Ramona Stamm at 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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E-Inside Observes Summer Break

E-Inside is taking a summer vacation. But we’ll be back on June 9 to kick off summer 2008. Remember that e-Inside’s message boards will still be available during the break.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: What type of discount is available to faculty and staff for Kent State football tickets?

Kent State faculty and staff interested in purchasing tickets for the 2008 football season can do so at a discount if purchased before June 1. A season package is available for only $45.

This special package includes six home games, including the game scheduled in the Cleveland Browns’ stadium against Boston College. Buyers will also get chairback seats, an invitation to the pre-season barbeque in August and a $45 credit toward the purchase of 2008-09 men’s basketball season tickets.

Current season ticket holders, Varsity K and Blue and Gold members are also eligible for the special package offer.

To purchase tickets, call the Kent State Ticket Office at 330-672-2244 or visit

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

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