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Kent State Kicks Off disAbility Awareness Month

Kent State kicks off disAbility Awareness Month on Thursday, Oct. 2, with an Assistive Technology Fair. Titled “Great Minds Don’t Learn Alike,” the event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in Conference Room A on the ground floor of the DeWeese Health Center.

It’s true. We all learn differently. But different technologies can help address different learning styles, and not just people with disabilities. Come and see the latest and greatest that assistive technology has to offer, such as premiere study skills software, voice recognition software, text-to-speech software and the new innovative “Smart Pen” (a computer in a pen). These tools may mean the difference in a student’s academic success.

A complete listing of events for disAbility Awareness Month is available online. All events are free of charge. Please call the Student Accessibility Services office at 330-672-3391 should you require accommodations for any of the events. For more information, e-mail

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School of Theatre and Dance Presents A New Brain

The School of Theatre and Dance kicks off its 25th season with A New Brain.

The School of Theatre and Dance kicks off its 25th season with A New Brain.

Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance will present A New Brain beginning Friday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 12, at E. Turner Stump Theatre.

The musical, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Finn and James Lapine, follows the story of a talented songwriter with a bad case of writer’s block. After the young man is diagnosed with a brain tumor and must endure life-threatening surgery, he fears he may die before he has the chance to write his greatest works.

Eric van Baars will direct the musical, which investigates the complexities of the human mind.

Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors; and $8 for students under 18 or those with valid school identification. Tickets are available online or at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m.

The theatre is located in the Music and Speech Center off Horning Road.

All tickets are non-refundable and exchanges are $1 per ticket. For more information, call the box office at 330-672-2497 or visit the school’s Web site.

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Salem Health and Sciences Wing Celebrated With Groundbreaking Ceremony

Kent State University’s Salem Campus will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3, for its new Health and Sciences wing. The ceremony is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast, listen to guest speakers and hear student testimonials.

The two-phase, $8.5 million project involves renovating the campus gymnasium into a state-of-the-art medical learning facility. Generous support for the project comes from both state and university funding, along with private donations.

At the ceremony, Dean Jeffrey Nolte will speak about the facility, as well as the positive impact it will have on the local community. In addition to Nolte, community leaders and students are slated to speak.

Community members, including those from city council, are scheduled to attend.

For more information about this event, contact Mary Jones at 330-337-4246.

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Journalist Kicks Off Stark Speaker Series

Kent State University Stark's Featured Speakers Series begins with

Kent State University Stark's Featured Speakers Series begins with "An Evening With Michele Norris."

Award-winning journalist Michele Norris will present “An Evening with Michele Norris” on Monday, Sept. 29, at Kent State Stark’s Professional Education and Conference Center.

Norris’ extensive journalism background includes working for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and ABC News. During her decade-long career as an ABC News correspondent, Norris received both Emmy and Peabody awards for her coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Norris left ABC News in 2002 to host National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running news magazine.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m., in the conference center’s Timken Great Hall. The lecture is free to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Kent State Stark Main Hall information desk between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. No phone reservations are taken, and tickets are limited to four per person.

Norris’ presentation is part of Kent State Stark’s Featured Speakers Series, which aims to expose the community to a wide range of topics. Future 2008-09 speakers include actor Rob Corddry, astronomer Mike Brown and animal adventurer Jack Hanna.

For additional information, contact Kent State Stark Public Relations Coordinator Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or  

View more listings on the university's online calendar of events.

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