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Hand Sanitizing Stations Available Across Campuses

Hand washing is the single most important prevention step for reducing disease transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used and are effective against multiple common disease agents.

Campus Environment and Operations’ maintenance crews are in process of installing hand sanitizer stations across all campuses. Hand sanitizer stations will be installed in several locations within each building.

If you have any questions about this, please contact either Tom Euclide, associate vice president for facilities planning and operations at
, or John Walsh, interim director of Campus Environment and Operations at

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Spot Kent State Paraphernalia on New FOX TV Show in September, Win a Prize

Kent State University will get some publicity in the next several months on FOX’s new show, Glee.

Glee is a series based around a teacher, Will Schuester, in Lima, Ohio who is attempting to save the fictional McKinley High School’s Glee Club. Kent State was asked to send items for the set, as were several other Ohio universities.

Some of the items sent include a Kent State T-shirt, mug, banner, hat and centennial squirrel with graduation cap. The items will appear in the guidance office on the show.

University Communications and Marketing will be sponsoring a contest throughout September for any faculty or staff members that spot the paraphernalia on Glee. The first two e-mails (by time stamp) that are sent to including the Kent State item or items seen, and where on the show it was seen, will receive a Kent State travel mug. Only one entry per person for the duration of the contest will be accepted.

In the show, Schuester’s obstacle will be to convince two reluctant students with natural talent to join glee club. Another struggle will be to train the current members of glee club to musical perfection.

Schuester will also have teachers, friends, coaches and family fighting against his dream of making the glee club as good as it had been in the past. The show will feature a soundtrack of popular songs from past and present.

Glee will air Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX; the premiere airs Sept. 9.

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Information sessions on the renovations take place later this month.


Risman Plaza Renovation Information Sessions Announced

Construction will begin to renovate Risman Plaza during spring semester 2010. Attend an information session hosted by the Office of the University Architect to find out more. You’ll learn how the plaza will be enhanced to become a more inviting space for students, faculty and staff to meet, study, relax and attend events. You’ll also see renderings of the renovated plaza, along with details about what to expect during the construction process. The information sessions will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, and Thursday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Lobby.

For additional information, contact Brian Pickering in the Office of the University Architect at 330-672-9624.

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The University Center at Kent State Stark Offers Special Pricing

The University Center at Kent State Stark is pleased to offer Recovery Special Value Pricing (RSVP) to Kent State University departments for meetings and events scheduled through Dec. 23, 2009.

“Our goal is to allow clients to achieve their business objectives by holding face-to-face meetings at an inspiring, state-of-the art, distraction-free venue. In these tough economic times, we are committed to providing an option that is equally efficient and fiscally responsible,” says Joe Folk, general manager of The University Center.

Kent State departments currently receive a 20 percent discount on meetings and events held at The University Center. The RSVP will allow an additional 10 percent discount (some restrictions apply) for a total of 30 percent off corporate rates on a full array of meeting packages, breakout rooms, audio/visual equipment, etc., as well as on menu pricing for departmental social events scheduled through Dec. 23, 2009.

As you plan your meetings and events for the coming months, keep in mind that it’s not too soon to book your holiday party . Consider what a great holiday party you can provide for your department with the application of the 30 percent discount! The University Center’s signature service will ensure an event to be remembered. Some prime dates are still available, so don’t miss this opportunity – call soon to book your party!

Visit to view menu packages and to learn more about The University Center, or call 330-244-3300 for more information.


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Proposals Sought for New Media Center Symposium for the Future

Proposals for presentations for a virtual New Media Center (NMC) Symposium for the Future, a special two-day, live online event to be held October 27-29, 2009, are being solicited through Sept. 14.

The symposium, the 14th in the NMC’s Series of Virtual Symposia, will explore actual and potential applications of technology that could impact issues of global importance over the next five years and beyond. The applicability of technology — whether established or emerging — to the social, environmental and educational challenges we face today is a central theme of the symposium. Projects that test the applicability of new ideas, research into new solutions for global problems and demonstrations of cutting-edge tools are all part of this exploration of the future.

Proposals are encouraged on how emerging technologies might be applied to any of the following themes, but this list is not exhaustive and selections will not be limited to these categories:

  • Sustainability (physical and natural resources; economic resources; educational resources)
  • Renewable energy; clean energy
  • Global warming and its impacts
  • Ethics in the digital age
  • Politics in a globally connected world
  • Social issues

Other topics are encouraged, as well — the NMC Symposium for the Future is designed as a forum for discussion of the real challenges that our world and our society face, and in particular, how emerging technologies might be applied to solve them.

See for full details.

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Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium Seeks Papers


The Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium (APFRS) is now calling for innovative research papers describing original ideas, groundbreaking results and/or quantifiable solutions for the 2010 symposium. The APFRS presents state-of-the-art research by leading academics and practitioners with original, peer-reviewed papers and a discussant session, as well as keynote addresses by luminaries in the field. Submissions are encouraged that highlight real-world analysis on topics of interest including, but not limited to, financial and commodity derivatives, hedge funds, risk management, stochastic modeling, algorithmic trading and financial engineering applications.

All submissions must be received by Nov. 1 to be considered. Submit your paper, written in English, as a Microsoft Word or a PDF file to, with the subject line “Submission.” Please include author information in a separate attachment. Papers accepted for presentation at the symposium also will be considered for a special issue of Journal of Future Markets or Review of Futures Markets . Presenters (one per paper) will receive two-night hotel accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Hong Kong, during the 2010 symposium to be held Feb. 25 to 26, 2010, at the hotel.

As the APFRS celebrates its 20th anniversary, the mission to promote research and enhance development of global derivative markets in the Asia-Pacific realm remains true today. The APFRS began 20 years ago when the Chicago Board of Trade hosted its first symposium in Hong Kong. The symposium is now organized by the Center for Financial Engineering at Kent State University, home to an internationally respected financial engineering program.

To participate or attend the APFRS, send a request to with the subject line “Invitation.” There is no registration fee; attendance is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Holder at

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Human Resources Question of the Week: Is there a change in the annual process for converting sick leave to vacation?

Yes, eligible classified and unclassified are now able to convert sick leave to vacation electronically through FlashLine. Once employees have submitted their conversion electronically, the leave balances will be immediately reflected. The conversion will also be reflected in the employees’ pay stub as well as through a confirmation e-mail.

The annual period to make the conversion runs through Sept. 14. Details on the number of hours that can be converted and instructions on how to complete the process are in the Aug. 31 issue of e-Inside. Before requesting any sick leave conversion, employees should review their current sick leave and vacation balances in FlashLine and make sure that any outstanding leave requests have been approved by their supervisor.

For questions, visit or contact a human resources records representative at 330-672-2901.

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