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Physical Therapy Available for Faculty and Staff at Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The Department of Recreational Services and University Health Services will now incorporate physical therapy consultations into the many health and wellness programs offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Beginning March 2, the physical therapy center at DeWeese Health Center will increase its presence on campus by hosting physical therapy consultations at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The DeWeese Health Center location will remain open.

Physical therapy, now available to faculty, staff and students, will be offered at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center's fitness suite on Monday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The therapy appointments may be covered by health insurance plans. Depending on the insurance coverage, participants will be responsible for co-pays, which may be paid by cash, check or credit card.

"The goal of this new effort is to help individuals who are recovering from illness or injuries become fully functional," says Todd Francis, physical therapist at the DeWeese Health Center. "Our expansion into the Student Recreation and Wellness Center will hopefully help us gain exposure among people who didn't even know this service existed."

Initial consultations will take place at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Depending on the diagnosis, the patient will meet with a physical therapist at varying locations for therapy sessions. Faculty or staff members who feel they need physical therapy should first contact their physician or nurse practitioner. After a complete assessment, the medical professional will determine if physical therapy is necessary.

Therapy appointments can be scheduled at DeWeese Health Center by calling 330-672-2098. Billing questions may also be directed to the same number.

The Department of Recreational Services at Kent State University is proud to provide the faculty and staff of Kent State University with outstanding recreational, fitness and wellness opportunities. For more information about our program offerings, please call Recreational Services at 330-672-4REC or visit us online.

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East Liverpool Campus Offers New Nursing Program for Paramedics

Kent State East Liverpool has added a new program option that allows area paramedics to earn an associate degree in nursing (ADN) through an accelerated program. Those who qualify are able to receive the degree in half the time usually required for the traditional ADN program. Based on prior coursework, paramedics may be admitted directly into the second year of the associate degree program.

Those who are interested in the accelerated ADN program may attend an informational night at the East Liverpool Campus on March 12, March 30, April 9 or April 24. Contact nursing advisor Terry Hutson at 330-382-7439 or 330-337-4260 for more information.

"The ADN program for paramedics allows these students to take their skills and knowledge and apply it to a professional degree," Director of Nursing Dr. Anne Freitas says. "By earning the ADN degree paramedics increase their knowledge base, which in turn increases employment opportunities, salary and opportunities for promotions."

"By completing this degree, it will take students just two additional years of coursework to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree," Freitas adds.

Paramedic applicants for advanced placement must meet certain pre-requisites. After successfully completing these requirements, students will enter the second year of the associate degree in nursing program, based on course availability.

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Conference on Recruitment, Admission and Retention Announced

The Office of Diversity and Academic Initiatives announces the Fourth Annual Conference on Recruitment, Admissions and Retention for Inclusive Excellence. The event is an opportunity to learn breakthrough advances in faculty diversity and best practices for institutional recruitment and retention. All unit leaders, faculty and staff who engage in recruitment and hiring efforts are invited to attend.

The featured keynote speaker will be Theodore Shaw, a professor of law at Columbia University and former president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

The day-long event takes place Friday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

To register or to learn more about the event, contact Keli Greene at or 330-672-2442. The deadline to register is March 9.

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Holder Named 2009 Secretary and Treasurer of the Institute for Financial Markets

Photo by Bob Christy

Holder is director of Kent State University's Financial Engineering Program and is chairman of the Department of Finance.
The Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Holder as its secretary and treasurer. Holder is director of Kent State University's Financial Engineering Program and is chairman of the Department of Finance.

The IFM, founded in 1989, focuses its efforts on providing unbiased and balanced information to industry professionals, market-users, investors and those who shape and implement public policy for the financial services industry.

"I am truly honored to be joining IFM’s Board of Trustees, look forward to supporting the foundation’s mission and being part of its increased visibility and future growth," says Holder.

Prior to joining Kent State, Dr. Holder was a senior economist and group manager at the Chicago Board of Trade, where he participated in the design, launch and marketing of the Dow Jones Industrial Average futures and futures options contracts. He also was responsible for Asian market intelligence for CBOT strategic analysis research.

"We are pleased to have Mark assume the responsibilities as IFM’s secretary and treasurer," says IFM Chairman Peter Borish. "As IFM works toward advancing our mission we know Mark's help will be invaluable."

The IFM is an independent affiliate of the Futures Industry Association and operates autonomously as a foundation and is governed by a board of trustees separate and apart from the FIA Board of Directors. IFM Trustees are drawn from the principal segments of the industry and provide policy guidance and direction to the foundation. As a nonprofit organization, the IFM funds its activities and development of services from two principal sources: the sale of its products and services and the generous support of a broad range of financial institutions, exchanges, brokerage firms and participants from a variety of market sectors.

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Submit Publications and Professional Accomplishments to e-Inside

A regular feature each week in e-Inside is a recap of just a few of the numerous accomplishments and publications of Kent State faculty and graduate students.

Have you published recently, or attended a professional conference and given a presentation? Submit these milestones to e-Inside where they will be sent to more than 6,000 weekly readers of the e-newsletter, as well as listed in our online version.

Send your accomplishments, with full citations included, to Please include a daytime phone number where you can be reached in the event of questions. Submissions of publications and events up to one year old are acceptable.

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May 4 Task Force Announces Annual Design Competition

Logo designs for the 39th Annual Kent State May 4 Commemoration are now being accepted by the May 4 Task Force. The design competition is open to students and community members. Deadline for entry is March 19.

The winning design will be featured as the logo for the 39th Annual May 4 Commemoration and will be used on T-shirts, posters and in advertising. The winner will receive a T-shirt, recognition at the commemoration and a cash prize of $39.

The submitted designs must:

  • Directly relate to the theme: "Remembering Our Past, Shaping Our Future";
  • Be scalable from two inches to 10 feet, so that the design will work for buttons, T-shirts, fliers and a backdrop banner;
  • Be no more than two colors; and
  • Have appropriate copyright permissions obtained by the designer. Photo-based and computer generated images are allowed if the designer owns the copyright or has written permission from the copyright holder. Releases for identifiable people within the image, if applicable, are also required.

Designs may be submitted online to or mailed to:

May 4 Task Force, Box 49
Center for Student Involvement
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Designs may also be submitted at the May 4 Task Force weekly meetings, held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the May 4 Resource Room. The Resource Room is located on the main floor of the Kent State Library on the Kent Campus.

For more information on the May 4 Task Force or the design competition, visit the Task Force's Web site.

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Construction Update: Music and Speech Center Renovations on the Kent Campus, Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center Progress, Plans for Updates to WKSU-FM Studios

Photo by Bob Christy

Music and Speech Center renovations are underway on the Kent Campus.

The Office of the University Architect administers construction projects throughout the eight-campus Kent State system. Below is an update on some of the more visible projects currently underway, as well as an advance look at some projects that are on the drawing board:

Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions - Roe Green Center
The Music and Speech Center will be renovated and additions built to address space and program needs for the School of Theatre and Dance. One addition will provide a new lobby and black box experimental theatre on the Theatre Drive face of the building; this will also provide an enhanced entry area for students and event patrons. On the west side of the building, another addition will be constructed to provide three new dance studios and support space to relocate the Dance Program from the Gym Annex. Underground utility relocation and foundation work should be completed soon. Structural steel is being fabricated, and then the steel will be erected. Contract awards to construct the remainder of the building and the additions are pending.

Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center
A new Performing Arts Center is being constructed at the Tuscarawas Campus. This new facility is located adjacent to the existing Founder's Hall and includes a 1,000 seat theatre, classrooms for the art programs, offices, stage and stage support areas. This project commenced in October; construction continues through November 2009.

Van Campen Hall Renovations
The residential wing and public areas of Van Campen Hall will be renovated. Residence rooms and public areas (lounges, classrooms, lobby and corridors) will be refreshed, toilet and shower rooms will be renovated, and the HVAC, electrical distribution, telecommunications, fire alarm and fire suppression systems will be upgraded/replaced. Contract awards are pending for construction bids that were opened on Jan. 14.

Geauga Campus Library Renovation
The Library, located within the Main Classroom Building at the Geauga Campus, has largely remained unaltered from its original construction in 1976. This project intends to renovate the existing library and adjacent areas into "The Center for Student Success." This plan will merge traditional library functions with special student services, a tutoring/writing lab, an Internet cyber cafe and open study areas. The Office of the University Architect recently selected an architectural firm to assist with designing this project.

WKSU-FM Renovations and Additions
The WKSU-FM Broadcast Center is comprised of offices, broadcast studios and broadcast support areas, including a media library, computer areas and recording studio. This project will renovate spaces and new space will be added to the existing building to address changes in media, technology and the broadcast field. The level of funds raised will determine the schedule for proceeding with further development of the design and construction documents.

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Human Resources Question of the Week: What resources are available at the Women's Resource Center?

The Women's Resource Center offers a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff from all Kent State campuses. The center, located on the Kent Campus in the Carriage House at the corner of Midway Drive and Main Street (S.R. 59), provides walk-in crisis intervention, along with many other resources.

Women's health and safety are key issues for the Women's Resource Center and programs hosted are dedicated to those issues. The center also supports outreach programming for students and community members; advocates for the reduction of violence against women; sponsors leadership development activities for women; partners with other university and community groups to provide resources for women; educates women on topics related to gender, equality and other issues; provides brochures and materials addressing women’s health, sexuality and alternative lifestyles; and has a lending library and a link to the Kent State Women's Studies Program.

For more information on the Women's Resource Center, visit their Web site.

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