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Celebration of Diversity Dinner Slated for May 1 

The annual Celebration of Diversity affirms the rich diversity of Kent State students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as community programs that actively promote diversity in Northeast Ohio. This year, the event will take place on Friday, May 1, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Tickets for the evening, which include dinner at 6:30 p.m. and dancing beginning at 8 p.m., are $25 per person. The dinner will celebrate diversity by featuring unique culinary creations from around the world.

Seating for the event is limited. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 16. To purchase tickets, or for additional information, contact the Office of the Provost at 330-672-5851.

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Blood Drive to Take Place April 7 at Student Recreation and Wellness Center  

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center will host a blood drive April 7.
On April 7, members of the university and local community are invited to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center to help address a critical need for blood in our area. As a thank-you for participating, donors will receive a coupon for a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos at Chipotle.

The blood drive will be held from 1 to 7 p.m.

According to the Red Cross, just an hour or so out of your day could mean the gift of life to someone's child, best friend, grandparent or spouse.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. The Red Cross asks potential donors to bring a valid photo ID and a list of all current medications when donating. Blood may be donated every 56 days.

For questions regarding criteria that may affect the eligibility to donate, please call 1-866-236-3276.

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Kent State Stark Theatre Presents a Modern Twist on Alice in Wonderland  

Kent State University Stark presents Alice in Wonderland, this season's final theatre production. Alice in Wonderland is adapted for the stage by the Manhattan Project and is based on the book of the same name by Lewis Carroll. Performances take place at 8 p.m. on April 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. A matinee performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on April 19. The production will take place in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Theatre. This production is intended for mature audiences only. Viewer discretion is advised.

The opening night of the play is Scholarship Night. All of the proceeds from the April 10 performance will benefit music and theatre scholarships.

Nearly everyone knows this wonderful story and its simple premise: What might happen in pursuit of adventure? Even though the story is well-known, audiences still follow the waistcoated white rabbit with the watch as if seeing it for the first time. The tale is reinvented by the Manhattan Project whose version incorporates a slightly darker twist on this well-loved classic.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with student ID. For reservations and group rates, contact the Kent State Stark Theatre box office, Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 330-244-3348.  

Directing Alice in Wonderland is Phillip Robb, assistant professor of theatre at Kent State Stark. Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer. Susan Blurton is the costume designer.

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Social Media Conference Set for Franklin Hall April 9

Franklin Hall will once again play host to a Social Media Conference.
Akron area communications practitioners will be able to learn new social media skills and brush up on old ones at the Akron Area Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Social Media Boot Camp Conference. The conference will be held in Franklin Hall on Thursday, April 9, from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.

More than 100 public relations and communication professionals from throughout Northeast Ohio attended last year's "You Too" social media conference, also held in Franklin Hall's cutting-edge facilities.

The conference will feature a series of presentations on social media, including alumnus Ben Brugler's presentation on developing social media strategies.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is sponsoring the event for the second consecutive year.

Registration for the Akron Area PRSA 2009 Social Media Boot Camp Conference is open until Tuesday, April 7. Space is limited. Directions to Franklin Hall and parking instructions will be sent upon registration. Cost is $75 for PRSA members of any chapter and $85 for nonmembers. Registration cost includes continental breakfast and boxed lunch.

To register, e-mail Leanne Fowler at

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Herbert Woodward Martin
Film on Poet Herbert Woodward Martin Regional Premier to be Held April 15

Come enjoy the regional premier of Jump Back, Honey, the poetry and performance of Herbert Woodward Martin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in Room 214 of Oscar Ritchie Hall.

This 90-minute film on Martin, University of Dayton poet-in-residence, performer and Dunbar scholar, includes interviews with Herbert and Sue Martin, Martin’s grand-daughters, Dayton artist Bing Davis, poet and publisher Naomi Long Madgett and poet Nikki Giovanni. The film includes early video of Martin’s performances, as well as audio of Margaret Walker Alexander reading from a dialect poem of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

This special Kent State screening is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, Libraries and Media Services, the Department of Pan-African Studies, the Wick Poetry Center and Kent State University Press.

Martin will give a short reading following the film, and those who attend will have the opportunity to meet with Martin, his biographer, Ron Primeau, and filmmaker David Shock.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-672-7913.

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Learn How to Submit Grant Requests to the National Institutes of Health at Workshop April 7

Research and Graduate Studies encourages members of the university community to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Day, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Quaker Square Inn on The University of Akron campus.

Researchers from throughout the region can learn about working with the NIH. The sessions will be conducted by NIH officials and include topics such as "Fundamentals of the NIH Grants Process," "The NIH Review Process" and "Budget Basics for Investigators."

Sponsors for this event include The University of Akron, NIH, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy, Summa Health System and Youngstown State University.

The cost for the conference is $25 for online preregistration and $35 at the door. For more information, visit the event Web site.

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Spring for the Arts in April on the Kent Campus 

Dr. John Crawford
The College of the Arts, formerly known as the College of Fine and Professional Arts, is hosting its Spring for the Arts weeklong event April 12 – 19. The week will feature a sampling of events from each of its schools, including art exhibits, musical performances, a Shakespearean play, the annual Portfolio fashion show for the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, and a plethora of exhibits in fashion, decorative arts and more, at the Kent State University Museum.

"Our second annual Spring for the Arts event again offers a unique opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of the rich cultural offerings — in art, music, theatre, dance and fashion — that we enjoy providing the Kent State community and surrounding areas," says Dr. John Crawford, interim dean of the College of the Arts.

For more information about the events and each of the schools participating in the celebration, go this  Web page which describes the events which comprise Spring for the Arts.

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Honors Week Speaker Addresses Possibility of Time Travel

Dr. Ronald Mallett
On Tuesday, April 7, The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series presents theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett who will discuss his book, Time Traveller: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Mallett's lecture will commence at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva, with a book signing to follow at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mallett, a professor at the University of Connecticut, has used Einstein's theories of relativity and space-time to create basic equations, which Mallett claims can enable the construction of a basic time machine that will make time travel possible. Mallett, in his presentations, weaves 30 years of scientific research and discoveries with his personal story, which involves overcoming early poverty and racism to become one of the few African-American Ph.D.s in theoretical physics.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Provost's Office and is coordinated by the Honors College. For additional information, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312.

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