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Save the Date for a Preview of the New Ashtabula Health Science Building

The Ashtabula Campus will open its new building soon.

On Aug. 30, the public and university community are invited to see what the Ashtabula Campus community has been eagerly awaiting: the new Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building. The public open house and tours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

As part of the larger array of grand opening events, tours will take place to show off the capabilities of the new facility. The community is invited to walk the halls, view demonstrations and experience the energy that a new learning center brings to Ashtabula County. The classrooms, lecture hall and labs are state-of-the-art, spacious and full of technology.

The new building promises to be a showcase featuring a human patient simulator that reacts to nursing interventions, as well as modern nursing, physical therapy and respiratory therapy labs. The building also houses a full-scale apartment for the practice of in-home occupational therapy. The radiology lab is now “energized,” and the human cadaver lab is nearly complete.

 For additional information, contact Mary Collins at 440-964-4312. For more on Kent State Ashtabula, go to its Web site.

Folk Alley’s New Mobile Studio Takes to the Road
The new mobile studio has had its debut on the road.

WKSU-FM’s Folk Alley will be taking its show on the road with the inaugural voyage of the station’s new mobile recording studio. The vehicle was paid for through a generous grant from a Folk Alley fan and will help promote (a Web site produced by WKSU-FM that focuses on folk music) and Kent State University.

On Aug. 1 and 2, the mobile studio provided live audio to National Public Radio for broadcasts from the 50th Anniversary Newport Folk Festival featuring Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, The Decemberists and others. The mobile studio carries state-of-the-art equipment and can serve as living quarters for staff on location.

Along with producing audio in Newport, Folk Alley also created blog posts about the event on, and through Twitter updates @FolkAlley. Staff traveling to Newport include Folk Alley Director of Programming and Marketing Linda Fahey, Folk Alley Director of Production and Operations Chris Boros, WKSU-FM Executive Director and General Manager Al Bartholet, WKSU-FM Marketing Associate Ann VerWiebe, and independent producer Craig Adams.

WKSU-FM plans on taking the mobile studio to other music festivals and major events throughout the year.

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Fuel-Less Friday: Bike, Hike or Ride a Bus to Work on Aug. 21
Dr. Christopher Woolverton biked to work during last year's Fuel-Less Friday.

If you’re a faculty or staff member at the Kent Campus and you’re interested in saving money, saving the earth and/or saving your good health, you’ll want to consider participating in the second annual Fuel-Less Friday: Bike/Hike/Bus to Work Day on Friday, Aug. 21.

The event is intended to encourage Kent Campus employees to find alternative means of traveling to and from work, including walking, riding a bike, carpooling or using the free, local bus service provided by the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) to all employees with a valid Kent State ID card.

To make Fuel-Less Friday easier, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) will offer its shower facilities to all employees starting at 7 a.m. and will provide a free continental breakfast. In addition, the SRWC will rent bicycles to employees for $15 from Thursday, Aug. 20, to Monday, Aug. 24.

“This event is a meaningful way — and a fun way —for Parking Services and our co-sponsors to support and encourage the use of alternative transportation,” says Debora Miller, assistant manager of Parking Services. “We want to raise awareness that there are commuting options that can save money, help the environment and promote a healthier lifestyle for many members of the university community.”

Fuel-Less Friday: Bike/Hike/Bus to Work Day was organized and supported by Parking Services, Transportation Services, Recreational Services, Design Solutions, Human Resources-Benefits and PARTA.

For more information, contact Miller at 330-672-8472.

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LINK CORRECTED: Center for Student Involvement to Measure Perceptions of Greek Life

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is interested in learning about faculty and staff perceptions of fraternities and sororities at Kent State. A Web survey is available for the university community to share thoughts and experiences with the survey team.

An incorrect link was provided by the survey company last week; CSI apologies to those who attempted the survey last week and were unsuccessful in completing it.
To access the survey please click

The Center for Student Involvement will use this information to help strengthen the relationship between the larger campus community and fraternities and sororities.

For additional information, contact Amy Davis at 330-672-2480.

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Downtown Gallery Presents Artists Network’s Annual Member Show

The School of Art Downtown Gallery is pleased to announce Open T.A.N.K, The Artists Network of Kent’s annual member show. The show will be on exhibit through Aug. 22 at the Downtown Gallery, located at 141 East Main St.

The Artists Network of Kent’s (T.A.N.K.) mission is to nurture the arts by providing resources and opportunities to its members to foster professional growth and to promote participation in the arts in the greater Kent community.

The Artists Network of Kent invited artists from northeastern Ohio to submit work for this juried exhibition at the Downtown Gallery. Thirteen artists have been selected to participate in the show.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information, contact the gallery at 330-676-1549 or visit its
Web site.

To learn more about the mission of or how to be involved with T.A.N.K., read more about the group on its
Web site.

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NEOTEC Introduces New Web Site Design

The Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) launched its redesigned Web site, which features updated information and an enhanced format that will assist companies with business support services and regional economic development initiatives.

The Web site,, focuses on NEOTEC’s four core services: Foreign-Trade Zone 181, the International Trade Assistance Center, the Northeast Ohio Logistics Network and the Global Business Development Initiative. It also provides important resources and links to related Web sites.

Ron DeBarr, NEOTEC president and CEO, says the redesigned Web site is easy to navigate and provides a lot of valuable business support information for companies in Northeast Ohio and domestic and foreign companies considering expansion plans into the region.

“NEOTEC is a central point of contact for businesses, economic development professionals and site selection consultants who are interested in Northeast Ohio,” says DeBarr. “Our new Web site offers a broad range of information to assist them in the areas of international trade, logistics and global business development.”

For more information, visit the NEOTEC Web site or contact Ron DeBarr at 330-672-4080 or

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