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Apply Now for 2008 Service Scholars Awards

The Office of the Provost and the Faculty Professional Development Center are pleased to announce a request for proposals for this year’s Service Scholars Awards. Five faculty members will be selected to participate in the program’s second year. Those selected will implement service-learning strategies in Fall Semester 2009 courses.

Stipends of $1,000 are made possible in part through a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities Bringing Theory to Practice program. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, Oct. 31.

Information and guidelines for interested applicants are available online. For more information, contact Andrea Adolph, associate professor, at 330-244-3443 or via e-mail at aadolph@kent.edu.

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Mobile Mammograms Scheduled in October

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women's Resource Center will host mobile mammograms on Oct. 7 and 8.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women's Resource Center will host mobile mammograms on Oct. 7 and 8.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The American Cancer Society continues to stress the importance of annual mammograms for women 40 years of age and older to detect breast cancer early.

The Women’s Resource Center sponsors mobile mammograms for eligible Kent State employees and spouses of Kent State employees. Mammograms are offered biannually at the Kent Campus and periodically at the Regional Campuses. The cost of the mammogram may be covered by the participant’s insurance plan, or self-payment costs can be obtained by contacting the Women’s Resource Center. This fall the dates of the mobile mammogram program are Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Women in their 20s and 30s should receive a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam about every three years; women 40 and older should receive a clinical breast exam every year.

Women at high risk (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year, and women at moderately increased risk (15 to 20 percent lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

For more information and to make an appointment for your mammogram, contact Marianne Kalbaugh at 330-672-9230 or mkalbaug@kent.edu.

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Moulton Scholars Program Application Deadline Approaches

The Moulton Scholars program is currently accepting applications for next year. Applications must be submitted to the Faculty Professional Development Center by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The program is open to Kent State faculty and graduate assistants who teach at least 6 credit hours per term and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the program.

There are three options for becoming a Moulton Scholar, each of which entails having a project plan, submitting an application to the Family Professional Development Center and participating in Moulton Scholars activities.

Prospective scholars are encouraged to meet with the center’s staff prior to applying to discuss their projects and application to ensure that resources needed for the project can be made available.

To apply for the Moulton Scholars program, please complete the online application form and then print, sign and submit a copy to the Faculty Professional Development Center, Room 217, Moulton Hall.

The Moulton Scholars program is designed to enable faculty members to work on scholarly projects that can be made possible or enhanced by using technology. The program offers faculty members office space, equipment, access to pedagogical expertise and technological resources, including consultation that will help achieve project goals.

For more information about the program, visit the Faculty Professional Development Center’s Web site.

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Social Media Sites Created to Promote Kent State

View photos and videos on Kent State's Facebook page.
 

View photos and videos on Kent State's Facebook page.

University Communications and Marketing has created a Facebook page and a YouTube channel to promote Kent State using social media tools.

These tools allow not only future and current students to feel more connected to the school, but also faculty and staff to feel connected to the school and students.

The Facebook page features five photo albums that capture faculty, staff and students on all of Kent State’s campuses. New albums will be posted in the future. Beyond that, the page announces current and future Kent State events to keep students up-to-date about the latest activities on their campuses. Students, faculty and staff also can find schedules for Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the latest news story from KentNewsNet.com through the page’s feedreader.

Kent State’s YouTube page allows the public to enjoy a sampling of what the university has to offer. The channel has 11 videos showcasing the university’s academics and facilities.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to become a fan of Kent State’s page simply by searching “Kent State” under pages and selecting “Become a Fan” at the top-right section of the page. To subscribe to the YouTube channel, search “KentState2010” or go to http://www.youtube.com/user/KentState2010 and select “Subscribe” on the left side of the page.

The university is also working to increase its presence in Flickr, Digg and Del.icio.us this coming year. Watch for updates in future editions of e-Inside.

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Kent State Research Shows Trees Become Killers in Extreme Weather

Wind-thrown trees during severe weather, including hurricanes and high wind, result in dozens of deaths each year, according to new research being conducted by Dr. Thomas Schmidlin, meteorologist and Kent State professor of geography.

Schmidlin, in a study to be delivered at next month’s National Weather Association Annual Meeting, found that, between 1995 and 2007 in the United States, more than 400 deaths were the direct result of wind-thrown trees.

Several of the deaths recorded during the recent Hurricane Ike were caused by falling trees.

Analyzing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data, Schmidlin discovered that more than 60 percent of the victims were male, and the most common locations for fatalities were vehicles that were struck by a tree or hit a downed tree. The data used was from reported tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, thunderstorms and high winds, as well as snow and ice events in all 50 states.

Thunderstorms caused the most deaths, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total.

Schmidlin hopes his findings will highlight the hazard and provide guidance for improved safety and preparedness.

Read background about Schmidlin’s research in a past issue of Kent State Magazine.

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Construction Zone Updates Announced

The Roe Green Center is one of the many construction projects currently underway at Kent State.

The Roe Green Center is one of the many construction projects currently underway at Kent State.

Below is an update on the major facility and infrastructure improvements administered by the Office of the University Architect across Kent State’s eight campuses.

Under Construction:
Administrative Services Building Renovations for Development
Ashtabula Health and Science Building
Centennial Research Park, Phase I
Kent Campus Wayfinding Signage Replacement
Library Stone Replacement
Lincoln and Main Streets Gateway
Merrill Hall Central Chilled Water System Upgrades
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions — Roe Green Center
Trumbull Sidewalk and Roadway Improvements, Phase II

Contracts Pending:
Ashtabula Library Exterior Masonry Repairs
East Liverpool Classroom Building Interior Renovations
East Liverpool Upper Student Parking Lot Expansion and Repairs
Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center

Advertised for Bidding:
Sept. 25: Demolition of Selected Small Group Buildings
Oct. 8: Terrace Drive Heating Plant Underground Fuel Oil Tanks Closure 

Under Design:
Ashtabula Campus Space Planning Study
Campus Environment and Operations Fleet Services Addition
Energy Conservation Planning
Geauga Parking Lot Improvements, Phase II
Information Services Relocation to Lincoln Building
Kent Campus Landscaping and Environmental Enhancements
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center
Library Chilled Water Plate Frame Heat Exchanger
Porthouse Theatre Parking Lot Expansion
Salem Campus Building Expansions and Additions
Salem City Center Fire Alarm System Upgrade
Satterfield Hall Roof Replacement
Taylor Hall Fire Alarm Upgrades
Stark Campus Science Building
Van Campen Hall Renovations for the Turkish Cultural Center
WKSU-FM Renovations and Additions

Selecting Firm to Design:
Beall-McDowell Halls Bathrooms Rehabilitation

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.

If you have questions, please contact Jacqueline Mest in the Office of the University Architect at 330-672-7992 for additional project information.

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Get Healthy By Joining Weight Watchers at Work

This popular lunchtime program returns for a fall session, and there’s still time to join. Weekly meetings will be held on Mondays at noon in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Medical Mutual of Ohio is once again offering an incentive program for all of its medical insurance subscribers who participate in the Weight Watchers Program. Learn more about this offer online.

For more information, call Sheba Marshall at 330-672-8313. Information also is available on the OneWellU Web site.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Where can I find a history of training programs I have attended at Kent State? 

You can locate your attendance history, dating back to 1995, by visiting http://www.kent.edu/hr/mytraining. You use the same login identification and password that you use to register for events and workshops. In addition to seeing your history of training programs, you can also:

  • View events that you are currently registered for;
  • Register or search for events;
  • Cancel your registration for a event;
  • Make changes to your user information; and
  • Change your password.

The My Training site is a great place to go to manage your learning at Kent State University. You can contact Bob Hall, Human Resources Training and Development, at 330-672-0894 or rhall4@kent.edu with questions.

View the Human Resources Question of the Week archive.

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