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Mark Your Calendar for Annual State of the University Address

President Lester A. Lefton addresses the audience at last year's State of the University Address.

President Lester A. Lefton addresses the audience at last year's State of the University Address.

President Lester A. Lefton will deliver his annual State of the University address on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend to learn the many ways that Kent State soars to new heights of excellence.

A reception will follow in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center.

If you can’t make it to the Kiva, the address will be webcast live on the day of the event and archived for on-demand viewing. Visit the Kent State home page during the week of the event for more details. WKSU-FM also will broadcast the address at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.

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Dr. Robert G. Frank Featured at 2008 Fall Bowman Breakfast

The 2008 fall Bowman Breakfast will take place on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Breakfast will cost $8 per person and will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 8 a.m.

The event’s featured speaker will be Dr. Robert G. Frank, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. His speech will focus on “Transforming the Future of Kent State and the 21st Century Graduate.”

Before Frank came to Kent State in July 2007, he was dean and professor of clinical and health psychology for the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. During his time in Florida, Frank directed the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured and worked for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Frank is a member of the American Psychological Association and also a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.

At Kent State, Frank has proven to be a strong leader, eagerly dedicated to the success of his students. With his overall responsibility for planning and curriculum, Frank has concentrated on moving the university forward into greater ventures.

Please reserve your space for the breakfast by contacting the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-673-9855 by Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Horning Road Lane Closed Through October

The eastbound lane of Horning Road will be closed from Loop Road to the city of Kent’s east corporation limit between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, until the end of October. The closure is necessitated by the construction of the Horning Road Access Path.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane. Westbound traffic will be maintained throughout the access path construction. The road will be closed only on days when construction crews are on site.

Barricades will be in place and road closed signs will be posted at Loop Road. The detour for eastbound traffic, which will be posted, will turn traffic onto Loop Road to Rhodes Road and then back to Horning Road. Motorists are asked to expect delays and to use caution when travelling in this area.

For more information, residents can contact the city’s Service Department at 330-678-8105.

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Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Honors WKSU-FM

WKSU-FM was named best news operation in large market radio at the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists awards.

WKSU-FM was named best news operation in large market radio by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists recently honored WKSU-FM with eight awards for excellence in radio during its 12th annual statewide competition.

The WKSU-FM staff, led by news director M.L. Schultze, received top honors as best news operation in large market radio. Staff members also received awards for reporting and best Web site. Four of the seven individual awards were first place honors.

WKSU-FM winners of the 2008 awards were:

  • First place - Individual/Station Honors Radio (Large Market) Best News Operation, WKSU Newsroom, M.L. Schultze
  • First place - Best Consumer Reporting, Karen Schaefer for “Asian Businesses Respond”
  • First place - Best Crime Reporting, Kevin Niedermier for “Fighting Violent Crime”
  • First place - Best Environmental Reporting, Schaefer for “Oberlin College Goes Green”
  • First place - Best Feature Reporting, Amanda Rabinowitz for “A Soldier’s Friends”
  • Second place - Best Reporter, Rabinowitz.
  • Third place - Best Minority Issues Coverage, Vivian Goodman for “African American First Family of Golf”
  • Third place - Best Web Site, Chuck Poulton and Scott Sharp

The Society of Professional Journalists was founded in 1909 with a mission to improve and protect journalism. The Cincinnati, Cleveland and mid-Central Ohio chapters of the society manage the Ohio SPJ Awards each year to honor the best print, television, online, radio, trade and college journalism in the state.

The Cleveland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will present the awards on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

As a public radio station, 89.7 WKSU-FM delivers National Public Radio news and classical music to more than 20 counties in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania from its broadcast center in Kent. More information about WKSU-FM is available on the award-winning Web site.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Can classified and unclassified employees convert sick leave to vacation? 

Yes, eligible employees can convert sick leave to vacation. The annual period for eligible classified and unclassified employees to request a conversion of sick leave to vacation leave is Sept. 1 to 14. Per policy 3342-6-11.2, eligible full-time employees with a balance of at least 500 hours of sick leave and eligible part-time employees with a minimum of 250 sick leave hours may convert the following:

Full-time staff:

  • A maximum of 40 hours (five days) of sick leave to vacation; or
  • A combined maximum of 40 hours of sick leave to vacation and personal leave.

Part-time staff:

  • A maximum of 24 hours (three days) of sick leave to vacation; or
  • A combined maximum of 24 hours of sick leave to vacation and personal leave.

Letters with more details on the conversion have been sent to all eligible employees. Included with the letter is a conversion request form that needs to be completed and returned to the Human Resources Records Department by Sept. 14. Forms received after that date will not be processed. For questions, contact a records representative at 330-672-2901.

View the Human Resources Question of the Week archive.

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