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Save the Date: Workshop Offers Overview of National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation and Kent State, in partnership with NEOUCOM, Cleveland State University, University of Akron, Summa Health System and Youngstown State University, are sponsoring a one-day workshop about the National Science Foundation on Feb. 10, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Currently scheduled speakers include the following directorates and program directors:

  • Biological Sciences: JoAnn Wise;
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering: Almadene Chtchelkanova;
  • Education and Human Resource: James Hamos;
  • Engineering: Ted Conway;
  • Geosciences: Richard Lane;
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences: Debra Lockhart;
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: Frederick Kronz; and
  • Office of International Science Engineering: Cynthia Singleton.

This workshop will provide an introduction to and overview of the National Science Foundation, its proposal and merit review process, its crosscutting programs and its international programs. There will also be presentations on the programs of selected National Science Foundation directorates. More information about the selected programs will be provided as the event approaches. Participants will also be able to chat informally with National Science Foundation program managers.

The National Science Foundation is charged with keeping the nation's science and engineering enterprise healthy, dynamic and relevant, and with advancing science, mathematics, engineering and technology education at all levels.

There is a $25 registration fee payable to Kent State University. The registration fee includes admittance into the National Science Foundation Program, continental breakfast, box lunch and parking.

Online registration is required. Registration will be limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Additional information about National Science Foundation Day also is available online.

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Flannery Named to U.S. Department of Education Advisory Committee

Daniel J. Flannery has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee.

Daniel J. Flannery has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee.

Dr. Daniel J. Flannery, director of Kent State University’s Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence and professor of justice studies, has been appointed by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings to serve on the department’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee. Flannery’s term runs through June 2011.

Members of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee provide advice to the secretary on federal, state and local programs designed to create and foster safe and drug-free learning environments that promote academic achievement.

Additionally, the committee supports programs that prevent school violence and the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs; involve parents and community in the schools; and issues related to crisis planning and response.

Flannery, author of the book Violence and Mental Health in Everyday Life: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for Children and Adolescents and co-editor of the book The Cambridge Handbook of Violent Behavior and Aggression, is a nationally recognized expert in school-based violence prevention and programming.

The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence serves schools, law enforcement, community-based and government agencies, as well as systems of care related to mental health, juvenile justice and substance abuse. The institute's primary service is providing research to assess the effectiveness of violence prevention programs, help define the relationship between violence and mental health and understand how systems work together to prevent and reduce violence.

Given that violence prevention is such a complex issue, the institute’s staff includes undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students, doctoral-level faculty and staff from a diversity of disciplines working together to impact public policy and practice at the local, state and federal levels.

More information about the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence is available online. 

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Proxy Server to Retire Jan. 8 

The Kent State proxy server will be retired on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. In its place, members of the university community should use secure, remote access technology known as the Kent State University Virtual Private Network, or KSU VPN.

Both the proxy and the KSU VPN allow off-campus access to sites that are restricted only to authenticated users for security or licensing purposes, including library resources and research databases. The KSU VPN has been in use as an alternative to the proxy since Fall Semester 2007.

Required is a one-time installation of the program on your computer. Once the KSU VPN is installed, when you need access to a restricted resource, simply run the program (there will be an icon on your computer’s desktop). After entering your FlashLine ID and password, you will be connected to the campus network. You then can access resources just as you would from on campus.

Once you have installed and tested the KSU VPN, you will need to turn off proxy access to avoid conflict issues. Instructions for each step of this process are available online.

Questions can be directed to the Kent State University Helpdesk at 330-672-HELP (4357) or Additional information also is available by visiting the Information Services Web site.

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Honors College Invites Participation for Honors Week, April 5-11

Students participate in the Honors Brunch during a previous Honors Week.

Students participate in the Honors Brunch during a previous Honors Week.

The Honors College invites participation from across the university in Honors Week, which will take place from Sunday, April 5, through Saturday, April 11, 2009. Honors Week is dedicated to celebrating the intellectual and artistic life of Kent State University through lectures, symposia, art exhibitions, appearances by distinguished visitors and performances by dance, music and theatre ensembles. Past events have also included honorary society induction ceremonies, poetry readings, fashion reviews, brunches and dinners.

Events should embody the spirit and purpose of Honors Week, but they do not require significant expense. This campuswide celebration is an opportunity for all departments to offer events that sustain the vitality of the university and give students a sense of unity and belonging to something worthwhile and enduring.

If your unit would like to be a part of the Honors Week celebration, please submit your events — including title, description, date, time, location, contact person, cost and number to call for tickets or reservations — to Kimberly Huff in the Honors College by Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. If you have questions, contact Huff at 330-672-2312 or for more information. All events will be included in online Honors Week publicity.

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College of Technology Hosts Local Boy Scouts

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Foundry Society, as part of its educational outreach efforts, asked for assistance from Kent State’s College of Technology to host local Boy Scout troops in required activities for the awarding of the Metal Working Merit Badge.

Eighteen Boy Scouts from two Greater Cleveland-area troops earned badges last month by fulfilling the necessary requirements outlined by the Boy Scouts of America. Activities included heat treating and work-hardening of metal, as well as classroom activities involving research on metals and job opportunities in the metal forming industry. The major option included making and pouring molds in Kent State’s foundry.

Kent State student members of the American Foundry Society, including Chris Fragapane, Chuck Poultney and Jason Seeley, provided instruction in the various activities under the direction of Professor Michael L. Dragomier, a Boy Scouts of America certified merit badge counselor.

The event was a huge success, and a second workshop scheduled for March is already filled.

Technology students also recently attended the 2008 Foundry Educational Foundation College Industry Conference. The conference is an opportunity for companies to meet and recruit the best and brightest students from accredited schools in North America.

Two Kent State students, Adam Smith and Derek Elder, earned scholarships at the event. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on experience in the foundry industry, grade point average, research/class projects, expressed interest in the foundry industry and letters of recommendation.

More information about the College of Technology is available on its Web site.

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Committee Commemorates 100 Years With Black Squirrel Statues and Contest

The Centennial Celebration Committee is selling black squirrel statues in honor of the upcoming Centennial year.

The Centennial Celebration Committee is selling black squirrel statues in honor of the upcoming Centennial year.

Kent State University’s official mascot may be the Golden Flash, but an unofficial bushy-tailed mascot scurries up trees and scuttles across campus on a daily basis. Squirrels may be small, but their presence on campus is large. The stuffed animals in the bookstore and Black Squirrel Radio are reminders of the black squirrel’s prominence at Kent State.

Due to the popularity of the squirrels, the Kent State Centennial Celebration Committee will sell black squirrel statues to give faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members the chance to honor the furry creatures and celebrate the upcoming Centennial year.

The squirrels will come in two sizes: 8 inches and 30 inches. The 8-inch squirrels can be purchased for $25, and 30-inch squirrels cost $250.

Those interested in purchasing the squirrels have the option of competing in the Kent State Centennial Squirrel contest. The contest is open to all Kent State students, student organizations, staff, faculty, alumni, community residents, merchants and organizations.

Contestants can paint, sculpt, transform, embellish, clothe, adorn and collage their squirrels in any fashion they please. The squirrel decorating contest will be held prior to the 2009 Homecoming game, and winners will be announced during the game.

Orders forms also can be printed online, and secure online ordering is available through the Web site.

The deadline to buy a squirrel is May 15, 2009. The contest entry form deadline is Sept. 15, 2009. Contest details can be found at the Web site.

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Kent State Professional Convention Management Association Students Honored

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation awarded Kent State’s student chapter with $500 to fund chapter projects, events and activities. Kent State’s association was one of four student chapters in the nation to receive this honor.

The association also awarded hospitality management major Brittany Belko with an annual meeting scholarship. She was one of three students in the nation to receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and registration to the 53rd annual meeting in New Orleans from Jan. 11 to 14, 2009.

"Part of the mission of the foundation is to grow and develop the meetings industry and its professionals. By reaching out and supporting student members through these scholarships, we truly are making a lasting impact on the industry," says Christie Hicks, 2008 Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation Chair.

More information about the Professional Convention Management Association Student Chapter and the college's program in Hospitality Management is available online.

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E-Inside Takes a Holiday

The e-Inside newsletter is taking a holiday vacation. This is the last issue of the year. The newsletter returns with the beginning of the spring semester during the week of Jan. 19, 2009.

Remember that e-Inside's interactive message boards will still be available during the hiatus.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Where can I find information on the 2008 holiday schedule? 

Eligible classified and unclassified employees should be aware that the university will operate on a holiday schedule during December. The paid holidays will be Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, and Thursday, Jan. 1. The university will suspend most operations for four days on Dec. 26, 29, 30 and 31. Regular university operations will resume on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The list of operations for university departments and campuses during this period is available online.

Eligible staff must submit appropriate compensation, vacation time and/or unpaid leave for the four additional days. Details on how to submit leave and other information on the holiday schedule, including frequently asked questions, is available online. For questions, send an e-mail to

View the Human Resources Question of the Week archive.

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