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College of Communication and Information Dean Candidates Come to Kent Campus

The four candidates for the open position of dean of the College of Communication and Information will be on the Kent Campus this week to meet with the university community. From Monday, April 27, through Thursday, April 30, the candidates will meet with faculty, staff and the public from 8 to 9 a.m. each day. On April 27 and 30, the meetings will take place in Room 110 of Franklin Hall; on April 28 and 29 the candidates will be available in the Moulton Hall Ballroom.
The candidates include:

April 27:
Stan Wearden, Ph.D., director of the School of Communication Studies, Kent State
Wearden's recent research is focused on audience perceptions of digital media, Web credibility, television news accuracy, media images of women and ethics in prime-time television.

April 28:
H.L. "Bud" Goodall, Jr., Ph.D., professor and director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University
Goodall's research interests include narrative ethnography, creative nonfiction, organizational studies and rhetoric.

April 29:
Angela Powers, Ph.D., director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University
Powers has experience in media management and digital news convergence.

April 30:
Judy Pearson, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, director of the doctoral program in communication, and professor of communication at North Dakota State University
Pearson has co-authored papers in subjects including rituals used by dating couples, family communication schemata, civic engagement and the effect of several factors on students' public-speaking grades.

For additional information, contact Dr. Daniel Mahony, search committee chair, at 330-672-2202.

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2009-2010 Faculty and Staff Online Parking Permit Renewals Now Available Online

All current permit holders who are full- or part-time employees of Kent State University will be eligible to renew their current parking permit online until May 15. After May 15, permits must be acquired from the Parking Services office in the Schwartz Center.

For current renewals, a 12-month day pass will cost $132, and a 12-month evening pass will cost $50. For future fiscal years, an increase to the parking rates is proposed in a two-year structure. The first increase would be to $138 for a day pass and $52 for an evening pass. Both of these new prices will take effect Sept. 1, 2009. The second round of increases would take effect on Sept. 1, 2010; at that time a 12-month day pass will cost $144, and a 12-month evening pass will be $54. The new price structure is pending the approval of the University Board of Trustees.

Parking Services operates as a university auxiliary, and, as such, must fund all of its services through fees and fines. In order to continue the current level of service to the university community, fund the increasing costs of parking lot maintenance and snow removal and allow for new construction and parking lot repairs, the two-stage parking permit fee increase is proposed for all university employees with the exception of those university employees who may be exempt under their respective collective bargaining agreement(s).

Parking Services strongly encourages and supports the use of alternative transportation. Before purchasing your permit, please consider choosing one of our cost-saving parking and transportation options. View these options on the parking services Web site.

For permit renewal assistance or for additional information, contact Parking Services at 330-672-4432.

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Tree Campus USA Honor Comes Home to Kent Campus on Earth Day

Photo by Gary Harwood

Vice President for Finance and Administration Gregg S. Floyd (left) accepts the Tree Campus USA plaque.
Campus Environment and Operations planted a very significant tree April 22 to jointly celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day. The new addition to the Kent Campus landscape was planted between Stopher, Johnson and Olson residence halls.

At the tree planting ceremony, the Tree Campus USA award was formally presented to Kent State. Gregg S. Floyd, vice president for finance and administration, accepted the award on behalf of the university. This ceremony was the formal presentation for the Kent Campus' national recognition as a Tree Campus USA honoree. The Kent Campus is the only college or university in Ohio that has been recognized by the program.

An similar awards ceremony will be held every year the university is awarded Tree Campus certification. In recognition of the honor and the award ceremony on campus, the Tree Campus flag flew in the Kent Student Center the week of April 20.

For more information about the Tree Campus honor, read the original story that appeared here.


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Learn About Summer's Blackboard Vista Upgrade at Open House, April 30

Beginning this summer, Kent State's Division of Information Services will upgrade the Blackboard Vista (formerly Web CT Vista) course management system. Faculty interested in learning more about the new version of Vista are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, April 30, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Moulton Hall Ballroom.

At the open house, faculty members will see a brief presentation about the changes and learn about other educational technology resources. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Registration is available online.

The upgrade to Vista 8, while similar to previous versions, features several enhancements, including heightened content control for faculty, increased opportunities for customization and an easier-to-use interface. In addition to the open house, support is available at a hands-on Vista Drop-In Center in Room 304 Moulton Hall; an enhanced Vista Help Site with online tutorials; weekly instructor-led workshops (with registration available online); and one-on-one or department-specific assistance provided upon request.

More information is available on the Elearning Web site, through the Vista Helpline at 330-672-8557 or via e-mail at

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Summer Reading Project Announces Book Selection, Seeks Group Leaders

The Summer Reading Advisory Board is excited to announce the selection of The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi for the 2009-2010 Summer Reading Project. The book provides a poignant view of religious oppression in a graphic novel format that is in direct contrast to the seriousness of the topic. The story effectively demonstrates human response to change, development of identity, the power of education and the ability to prevail over difficult times. It is a memoir that addresses many themes that are applicable to first-year students and their transition to Kent State University.

The Summer Reading Project is currently seeking 200 faculty, staff, interested alumni and community members to serve as discussion leaders on Friday, August 28, during Welcome Weekend. Discussion leaders play an important role in this project because they communicate directly and indirectly our community values.

As in the past, the Summer Reading Discussion will be held during Welcome Weekend, the time when we welcome our newest members of the Kent State community. The Summer Reading Project is an opportunity to assist our students in understanding Kent State community values and how they will adjust and thrive in their new environment.

If you are interested in participating please go to the summer reading Web site to sign up as a discussion leader, receive a copy of The Complete Persepolis and register for a training date.

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Grade Change Workflow - Beginning May 1

As of May 1, all grade changes will be completed through the new Grade Change Workflow. This online process is secure, fast and paperless. Training demonstrations have been set up for faculty, grade change approvers, administrators and technical staff.

View the training schedule, additional information and sign up online here.

Documentation can also be found online.

For additional information, contact Jeff Gardner, Associate University Registrar at 330-672-1615 or

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Is there a Web site for AFSCME-represented employees?

Yes. An online resource is available for AFSCME-represented employees and those who manage them. The Labor Relations Web site provides easy access to resources such as job opportunities, developmental program details, training, contract agreements, forms and more. The Labor Relations office in Human Resources is in the process of updating the Web site with additional resources so that AFSCME employees can go to one location online to get the information they need.

For managers of AFSCME employees, the site is a way to stay current on contract requirements and conditions.

For questions, contact Jerusha Kelson at 330-672-8319 or

View the HR Question of the Week archive.

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