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Institutional Advancement Launches New Web Site

The new Institutional Advancement Web site includes more features about university priorities and initiatives.

The new Institutional Advancement Web site includes more features about university priorities and initiatives.

Alumni, friends, faculty and staff who are interested in contributing to the university have a new destination for information about philanthropy.

The former Office of University Development is now the Office of Institutional Advancement, and a new Web site — — reflects the change.

Visitors to the redesigned site are greeted with news and features about recent gifts and university initiatives. They also can delve into university priorities, learn about the various ways to give and even contribute online with a credit card.

Special emphasis has been placed on using language to explain philanthropy in everyday terms. Frequently updated donor and student stories also illustrate how giving to the university can have a powerful, positive impact on the quality of education at Kent State.

For more information, contact Brian Thornton, manager of advancement communications, at

Visit the new Institutional Advancement Web site.

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Next University Staff Advisory Council Meeting Scheduled June 25

The University Staff Advisory Council continues to meet during the summer months. The summer schedule includes meetings on Wednesday, June 25, and Wednesday, July 30. The group does not meet in August.

The June meeting takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 316 of the Kent Student Center. Agenda items include information on the leave request procedure for employees who serve as poll workers on Election Day. There also will be a working session to discuss the council’s goals for the upcoming academic year.

The July 30 meeting will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the newly renovated Franklin Hall. The meeting will include a tour of the facility.

University Staff Advisory Council is the university’s employee forum to share ideas and information related to university issues and topics. The group meets 10 times each year, and all university staff are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the Web site or contact co-chairs Carla Wyckoff at or Nola Ruble at

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Construction Necessitates Roadway and Walkway Closings

A section of the Esplanade leading from Olson Hall to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will be closed until Aug. 1.
Photo by Jeff Glidden

A section of the Esplanade leading from Olson Hall to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will be closed until Aug. 1.

As summer construction projects continue on the Kent Campus, additional roadways and walkways will be closed to facilitate the necessary improvements.

Williams Drive and the section of the university’s Esplanade leading from Olson Hall to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will be closed until Friday, Aug. 1, in order to replace a piece of the plaza utility tunnel. Additionally, the loading dock is closed, and there is no parking between the center and Lake Hall.

The sidewalk and plaza between Tri-Towers and Centennial Court F also will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic until mid-July. Please observe all detour signage when traveling around these construction zones.

Outdoor work is weather dependent; as a result, schedules are subject to change. Please contact Todd Shaffer, construction manager, at 330-672-9600 with any questions or concerns regarding campus access related to these summer construction activities.

For a complete listing of construction detour alerts, visit the Office of the University Architect’s Web site.

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WKSU-FM Receives Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Awards

Judges lauded the WKSU-FM newsroom as “an impressive staff at an obviously impressive station” as the organization was recognized with five 2007 Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, including two first-place prizes. Awards were presented to winners of the annual contest during a luncheon ceremony on June 1 at the Hilton Columbus.

WKSU-FM competed in the large market division with other commercial and non-commercial radio operations in major Ohio media markets, including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and the Ohio News Network.

Based on her body of work produced during 2007, WKSU-FM Reporter/Producer Amanda Rabinowitz was honored as Best Reporter in Ohio for the second consecutive year. Rabinowitz took the prize in the large market division for the first time, with judges offering, “Amanda’s versatility and exceptional use of ambient and natural sound separate her from the pack! Outstanding!” Her previous award was for work she created at WJER-AM in Dover, a small-market station.

Rabinowitz also took home a second-place award for best documentary or series for her long-form story on Northeast Ohio residents who aided the American war effort from the homefront during World War II.

Vivian Goodman, local host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition, was recognized as Best Anchor-Large Market with the judges citing her “clear and clean delivery.” Reporter/Producer Karen Schaefer received a second-place award in best enterprise reporting for “Asian Businesses Respond.” The report looked at concerns in the United States over the safety of Chinese-made products through the eyes of Asian merchants in Cleveland. Judges called the story, “Innovative, ahead of the gate, taking the story deeper than most.”

Under News Director M.L. Schultze, the WKSU-FM newsroom was honored as the second-place Outstanding News Operation-Large Market.

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

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Kent State Trumbull Relay for Life Team Holds Platinum Designation

The Kent State Trumbull Relay for Life Team donated more than $10,000 to the American Cancer Society.

The Kent State Trumbull Relay for Life Team donated more than $10,000 to the American Cancer Society.

For the second year in a row, the Kent State Trumbull Relay for Life Team was designated as a “Platinum Team” at the annual Relay for Life event held at Lakeview High School in Cortland, Ohio. Platinum teams donate $10,000 or more to the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life is a nationwide fundraising event that benefits the American Cancer Society. The goal of Relay for Life is to aid and support those affected by cancer, as well as to fund cancer research.

Relay teams work all year to raise funds. The year culminates in a 24-hour walk/run relay in which teams gather to remember those who were lost to and those who are suffering from cancer. Trumbull County boasts several of the largest relays in the country during the spring and summer months. For the last several years, the combined Trumbull County relays have raised more than $1 million.

Bake sales, candy sales, raffles and a golf outing were among the fundraising efforts throughout the year that added up to the Kent State Trumbull platinum amount. In addition to raising the funds, the Kent Trumbull Relay Team participated and earned prizes in a number of additional events at the relay.

Team Captain Frank Lindsay is most proud of the fact that the Kent State Trumbull Team placed second in the category of most money raised overall. Nancy Treffert and Brandi Kail made their team extremely proud by walking all 24 hours of the event, enduring extreme heat and exhaustion in order to finish the relay.

Membership on the Kent State Trumbull Relay Team is open to everyone. For more information, contact Lindsay at 330-675-8990 or

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Kent State Stark Professional Education and Conference Center Voted Best in County

Recently, the Canton Stark County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau announced the county’s best attractions in 13 categories, according to more than 10,000 online voters. According to the survey results, Kent State Stark’s Professional Education and Conference Center was chosen as the best place to host a meeting or corporate function.

Refurbished from the campus’ field house, the impressive facility opened in 2000. Its modern, distraction-free environment and cutting-edge technology offer an ideal venue for every type of meeting, seminar or training program. Accredited under the stringent guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers, the Professional Education and Conference Center is among an elite group to receive this distinction. Each year, more than 45,000 employees from as many as 250 companies utilize the center for their corporate events.

“We are honored to be chosen,” says Conference Center General Manager Joe Folk. “I believe that the people in Stark County voted for us because of the personal service that we strive to provide to each client that utilizes our facility. Our customer service-oriented team addresses every detail to ensure a successful event. We also receive numerous positive remarks on the building’s technology and the delicious food that is prepared and served by our food and beverage staff.”

In May, the Conference Center welcomed new administrative staff members Stephan Brown, food and beverage manager, and Richard Cline, sales representative. Brown is charged with managing the center’s dining room employees and operations. He is also responsible for the Emporium dining area, located in the Kent State Stark Campus Center, which largely serves the student population. In addition to developing and maintaining outside sales leads, Cline is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the center’s strategic marketing plan.

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

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Human Resources Question: What is the difference between a “leave request” and a “leave report” for unclassified staff reporting leave time through FlashLine?

A leave request is used to request future leave beyond the current pay period. The request is submitted to and approved by the supervisor, but there must be follow-up action by the employee.

Once the leave request is approved by the supervisor, it moves to a leave report. The employee must “submit” the leave report once the leave has been taken. Once the leave becomes a report and is submitted and approved by the supervisor, the leave will be deducted from the employee’s balance.

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

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