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Construction Zone: Update on Construction Projects at Kent State

The Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center is among the projects currently under construction.

The Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center is among the projects currently under construction.

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

Under Construction:
Ashtabula Campus Health and Science Building
East Liverpool Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation
Kent Campus Wayfinding Signage Replacement
Lincoln and Main Streets Gateway
Merrill Hall Central Chilled Water System Upgrades
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions
Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center

Contracts Pending:
Library Chilled Water Plate Frame Heat Exchanger
Prentice Hall Elevator Replacement
Terrace Drive Underground Fuel Oil Tanks Closure

Advertised for Bidding:
Nov. 25
: Demolition of Selected Small Group Buildings 
Dec. 3: Salem City Center Fire Alarm System Upgrade
Dec. 9: Campus Environment and Operations Fleet Services Addition, Phase 1
Dec. 9: Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions, Bid Event C

Dec. 10: Music and Speech Center Cooling Tower Replacement
Dec. 18: Satterfield Hall Roof Replacement and Masonry Restoration

Under Design:
Ashtabula Campus Space Planning Study
Beall-McDowell Halls Bathrooms Rehabilitation
Centennial Research Park Fuel Storage Tanks Removal
Electrical Distribution System Upgrades, Loop 8B
Energy Conservation Planning
Geauga Student Parking Lot Improvements
Kent Campus Landscaping and Environmental Enhancements
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center
Porthouse Theatre Parking Lot Expansion
Salem Campus Building Expansions and Additions 
Satterfield Hall Unit Ventilators Replacement
Stark Campus Science Building
Student Center Emergency Generator Replacement
Taylor Hall Fire Alarm Upgrades
Van Campen Hall Renovations for Turkish Cultural Center
WKSU-FM Renovations and Additions 

Selecting Firms to Design:
District Chilled Water Expansion
East Liverpool Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation, Phase 3
Geauga Campus Library Renovation
Trumbull Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation

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.

Please contact Jacqueline Mest in the Office of the University Architect at 330-672-7992 for additional project information.

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Legal Brief: E-Verify Regulations Take Effect Jan. 15

Legal Briefs appears in e-Inside monthly to keep faculty and staff informed of legal issues and their implications. Content is provided by the Office of the University Counsel, whose mission is to ensure high-quality legal services to Kent State University in a timely, cost-effective manner, to reduce litigation and to ensure legal compliance. An archive of Legal Briefs from 2008 and past years is available online.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the Social Security Administration, that allows participating employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. It was established earlier this year to ensure that the federal government does business with companies that have a legal workforce. While participation in the system has been voluntary in the past, a recent amendment to federal law may have a minimal impact on some Kent State contracts and projects, specifically those that are funded by, or are in partnership with, the federal government.

The change in federal law will affect federal contracts signed on or after Jan. 15, 2009. After that date, Kent State employees assigned to work on a federal contract in excess of $100,000, and a period of performance longer than 120 days, may be required to have their employment eligibility verified through the E-Verify system. Overall, the impact on the university should be minimal; university administrators are encouraged to review upcoming contracts and agreements to determine if any federal ties are present.

Please note that E-Verify does not replace the university’s obligation to complete an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form within three days of a new employee’s hire date. E-Verify does require that the I-9 form be completed first (and retained according to specific retention rules), and the information from the I-9 form must be entered into the E-Verify system. This will confirm the person’s identity and employment eligibility.

The university is developing a plan to implement the E-Verify requirements, with assistance from the Office of the University Counsel and the Division of Human Resources. If you have any questions about E-Verify or whether your department is engaged in a federal contract, contact the Office of the University Counsel at 330-672-2982 or legal@kent.edu.

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Field Hockey Team Wins MAC Tournament

Kent State's field hockey team recently won the Mid-American Conference Tournament title.

Kent State's field hockey team recently won the Mid-American Conference Tournament title.

Twenty years after winning its first Mid-American Conference Tournament title, Kent State’s storied field hockey history continued with an eighth tournament crown Saturday, Nov. 8, at Murphy-Mellis Field. The Golden Flashes dethroned two-time tournament champion Ohio with a 1-0 victory on a chilly afternoon.

"These players deserve every moment they had during this tournament and throughout this season," Head Coach Kathleen Schanne says. "Their focus has been tremendous."

With less than 17 minutes remaining in regulation, junior captain Natalie Barrett scored the game’s only goal on a long pass from Rachel Miller. Barrett’s swing did not find the sweet spot on her stick, but it was enough to get the ball past 2007 MAC Player of the Year Jessie Martin.

"It wasn’t the prettiest, but it went in," Barrett says. "To win it on our home field in front of all of our fans — it’s a dream come true."

Also a member of the 2006 MAC All-Tournament Team, Barrett was one of four Flashes to earn a spot on the 2008 All-Tournament Team. She was joined by Miller, Nicole Leach and Allison Kittelberger.

The Flashes 11th straight victory earned them a spot in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game.

For more information about the team, visit the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Web site

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Human Resources Question of the Week: I’m looking for data about the university’s student populations. Where can I go to find how many students attend each of the campuses? 

Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (RPIE) is Kent State’s central access point for information and planning resources. The office also provides critical analysis about recruitment and retention, student learning and assistance with department and university accreditation. RPIE’s Web site offers access to aggregate student, program and faculty/staff data, including enrollment and demographic information.

For more information, contact the Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness office at 330-672-7901 or rpie@kent.edu.

View the Human Resources Question of the Week archive.

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