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New Look for Advisory Alerts on Kent State Web Site

Look for this new version of the Web page when alerts are issued

The Kent State Web site ( and the Regional Campus Web sites will be replacing the online campus advisory alerts with a new look and enhanced turnaround time. In the near future, during weather advisories or crisis situations, a more prominent red bar will appear beneath the primary navigation/gold bar of the university home page (see image on right). This replaces the advisory icon that was previously posted to the lower right-hand of the Kent State home page and to each Regional Campus Web site. This trendier, more eye-catching treatment will also allow the actual information about such advisories to be posted more quickly.

Please share this update with your staff and also remind them of the other advisory and crisis communication vehicles that the university has in place. These include:

  • FlashAlert text message to subscribers;
  • FlashLine targeted e-mail to the university community;
  • FlashLine Personal Announcement on FlashLine's My Campus tab;
  • Kent State University Web site post, accessible from;
  • Traditional media outlets; and
  • Twitter and Facebook posts.

For additional information, contact Lin Danes , manager of electronic communication and Web content services, at

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Liquid Crystal Technology-Based Company Holds Board Meeting in Kent Area

Crystal Diagnostics is becoming an important presence in Kent.

Crystal Diagnostics, a high-tech company with strong and strengthening ties to Northeast Ohio, held its June 25 regular Board of Directors meeting at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) and Kent State University. Investors in the high-tech concern, along with liquid crystal researchers and numerous academic and economic development professionals from the region, attended. The award-winning company was formerly known as Pathogen Systems Inc., or PSI, and now does business under the Crystal Diagnostics name.

Crystal Diagnostics, a Delaware corporation doing business in Colorado and Ohio, licensed technology born in the labs of NEOUCOM and Kent State to develop a device that tests water samples for the presence of harmful biological pathogens. The prototype device recently underwent its first field test in California. Numerous government and industry leaders have expressed interest in the product when it comes to market in quantity.

The company is in the process of signing an agreement to locate a significant portion of its business operations in Kent State University’s Centennial Research Park. Crystal Diagnostics also conducts research and development work in an Applied Research Laboratory on the campus of NEOUCOM. Last year the state of Ohio awarded NEOUCOM with a $3 million Wright Project grant to further the development of the partnership with Crystal Diagnostics and Kent State University.

The meeting furthers the commitment Crystal Diagnostics has made to Northeast Ohio. As CEO Bob Bunting notes, the complete package of research talent and offerings from NEOUCOM, Kent State University and the state of Ohio made the area irresistible to his company. Bunting used this special meeting as an opportunity to demonstrate to his board and investors why northeastern Ohio and this partnership hold promise for his burgeoning venture.

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New Online Homes for EHHS Schools

The College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services is restructuring from six to o four as of July 1. As a result, the four new schools will have new Web sites. All department URLs will remain the same, however. The four new schools Web sites are as follows:

School of Health Sciences 

School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration 

School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences 

School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies 

The former schools’ URLs will redirect to the college’s homepage: The former schools’ URLs are:

School of Adult, Counseling, Health and Vocational Education 

School of Educational Foundations and Special Services 

School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport 

School of Family and Consumer Studies 

School of Speech Pathology and Audiology 

School of Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies 

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Homecoming Parade Committee Seeks Parade Participants for October Event

It's time to think about the Homecoming Parade.

Kent State University and the city of Kent invite you/your organization to participate in the 2009 Homecoming Parade. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10. This year’s parade theme is A Century of Celebration. All entrants are responsible for securing their own parade mobility, whether by foot or vehicle. Signs and/or banners are also the responsibility of entrants. You may bring your own or the university can make signs for you (see entry form for details). Parade entrants are welcome to pass out your organization’s promotional items and/or candy to the parade spectators, both children and adults.

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the center of the Kent Campus and will proceed west on Main Street. The parade will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Franklin Avenue in downtown Kent.

All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 18 for consideration of acceptance into the Homecoming Parade. Your entry will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form. Parade registration, staging and disbanding location, map and additional information will be sent to the entry’s contact person by Oct. 2.

For questions about the parade, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 330-672-2480 or go to its Web site for the registration form. Additional information about Homecoming is available on the Alumni Association Web site.

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Important Reminder for Faculty Regarding Final Grading of H1 Summer 2009 Courses

Online final grading of H1 Summer 2009 courses began July 2 via FlashFAST. The deadline for midterm grades submission is midnight on July 7.

FlashFAST is accessible from any Internet-capable computer that has the cookies function enabled. To access FlashFAST, log in to FlashLine and click on the Faculty and Advisor Tools tab. The link to grade rosters is located in the Faculty and Advisor Toolbox, under the Submit Grades heading.

Grade processing tips and deadlines may be found on the Registrar’s Office Web site. Any faculty member who needs personalized instruction on submitting their grades via FlashFAST should contact their campus Registrar’s Office during normal business hours for assistance.

Also, as a helpful tip, it is recommended that you clean out your cookie and cache files regularly to help your computer run faster, and to potentially restore and/or improve your access to FlashFAST and/or FlashLine by improving your connection to the server. Our Helpdesk is prepared to offer assistance with these issues. Please contact them at 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance.

For additional information contact Jeff Gardner, associate registrar, Office of the Registrar, at

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Construction Update: Building Nears Completion, Another Approaches Design Phase

Van Deusen Hall is the current home of the College of Technology

Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions — Roe Green Center
The Music and Speech Center is being 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 is being constructed to provide three new dance studios and support space to relocate
the Dance Program out of the MACC Annex. Installation of structural steel continues, masonry
work has commenced, and plumbing and electrical systems are being roughed in.

New Facilities for the College of Technology — Programming / Site Selection
Constructed in 1951 and in need of complete rehabilitation, Van Deusen Hall houses the College
of Technology and portions of the School of Art. The current configuration and needs of the building will be assessed and rehabilitation or the construction of a new facility for the College of Technology will be investigated. The project design should achieve LEED Silver Certification and comply with House Bill 251 reduced energy consumption requirements. The Office of the University Architect recently selected an architectural firm to assist with planning this project.

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Graduation Fair Planned to Assist Summer Graduates; Commencement Dates Announced

Summer Commencement is right around the corner.

Graduation Fair a “one-stop shopping” location for everything related to a successful graduation, will be held July 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The Graduation Fair includes representatives from numerous departments and organizations to help students order caps and gowns, get information on the ceremony, verify name and mailing address for diplomas, identify any outstanding fees and fines and get career assistance.

The event takes place on the second floor of the Kent Student Center.

The Summer Commencement ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

Doctoral commencement ceremony
Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom
Light hors d’oeuvres reception to follow

Master’s and Baccalaureate ceremonies
Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.
MAC Center

For detailed graduation information, go online, call 330-672-2235 or e-mail

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