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The Global Lens 2009 Film Series Comes to Kent State and the Akron Art Museum in October and November

The Global Film Initiative recently announced that its Global Lens film series – 10 award-winning narrative, feature films from Argentina, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Morocco and Mozambique – will screen at Kent State and the Akron Art Museum in October and November.  The films will be shown at the Kent Student Center Kiva, at Kent State University at Stark’s library and at the Akron Art Museum in downtown Akron. 

Global Lens is an annual touring film series launched in 2003 by the Global Film Initiative to support the distribution of critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live.

2009 marks the first year the series will play at Kent State University and the Akron Art Museum.

All screenings are free and open to the public.  The films will be shown with English subtitles.  For information, visit, call 330-672-1667 or e-mail  Many of the films in this series contain mature images or themes not appropriate for children; viewer discretion is advised.

Global Lens 2009 films: 
  • “Getting Home” (Luo Ye Gui Gen), China
    Friday, Oct. 16 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Thursday, Nov. 5 – 7 p.m. – Akron Art Museum
    In a show of loyalty, an aging construction worker carries the body of his fallen friend hundreds of miles to a burial site in China’s Three Gorges region.

  • “I am from Titov Veles” (Jas Sum Od Titov Veles), Macedonia
    Saturday, Oct. 17 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Thursday, Nov. 12 – 7 p.m. – Akron Art Museum
    Set in the quaint but scarred town of Veles, three sisters put self-interest above family as they take desperate steps to escape their dying community.

  • “Mutum,” Brazil
    Sunday, Oct. 18 - 2:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 3:15 p.m. – Akron Art Museum
    Burdened by his parents’ unhappy marriage and father’s abuse, a young boy in rural Brazil grapples with his disintegrating family and uncertainties of the adult world.

  • “My Time Will Come” (Cuando Me Toque A Mi), Ecuador
    Sunday, Oct. 18 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Wednesday, Oct. 28 – 6 p.m. – Kent State University at Stark, Library Conference Room
    In Ecuador’s capital city, a coroner’s fragile emotional life is threatened when he develops a personal interest in his cases.

  • “The Photograph,” Indonesia
    Monday, Oct. 19 – 7:30 p.m. –  Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 15 – 3 p.m. – Akron Art Museum
    A prostitute struggling to support her family forms a bond with the reclusive portrait photographer from whom she rents a room.

  • “Possible Lives” (Las Vidas Posibles), Argentina
    Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent State University, Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 11:15 a.m. – Akron Art Museum
    A woman searching for her missing husband in remote Patagonia encounters a man who appears to be her spouse, but has another name, another wife and another life.

  • “Sleepwalking Land” (Terra Sonambula), Mozambique
    Thursday, Oct. 22 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 15 – 12 noon – Akron Art Museum
    In war-torn Mozambique, a young boy searches the desolate countryside for his family with the aid of an affectionate yet hard-hearted elderly guide.

  • “Song From The Southern Seas” (Pesn’ Juzhnykh Morej), Kazakhstan
    Friday, Oct. 23 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Sunday, Nov. 8 – 1:15 p.m. – Akron Art Museum
    A darkly comic feud is ignited when a Russian man suspects that his son is the result of an affair between his wife and a Kazakh neighbor.

  • “Those Three” (An Seh), Iran
    Saturday, Oct. 24 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Wednesday, Nov. 4 – 6 p.m. – Kent State University at Stark
    A day from completing their military training, three conscripts abandon a dismal army life and head off for freedom through the frozen wilderness of Northern Iran.

  • “What A Wonderful World,” Morocco
    Sunday, Oct. 25 – 7:30 p.m. – Kent Student Center Kiva
    Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 6 p.m. – Kent State University at Stark
    On the streets of Casablanca, a prostitute’s best friend – a tough traffic cop – falls in love with her best customer, a contract killer.

The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based not-for-profit organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, visit

Student Recreation Council Seeks Winter Weather Gear Donations

The Student Recreation Council is sponsoring a winter coat collection to benefit local community organizations in Portage County. Donations of new or gently used winter coats in all sizes can be made in the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.  The drive lasts through the end of October.

In addition, other cold weather clothing item donations are welcome during the collection drive. The organizers are also seeking donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves and hats.

For more information, contact Community Services chair Jessica Hairston at 330-672-0466 or at

Kors Exhibit at Museum Wrapping Up; Closes Nov. 1

The work of Michael Kors will leave Kent State after Nov. 1.

The first-ever museum exhibition devoted to the exceptional work of designer Michael Kors concludes Sunday, Nov. 1.

The Kent State University Museum has hosted an exhibition honoring the Michael Kors Designs From the Wendy Zuckerwise Ritter Collection since Feb. 26.

In 2010, the Michael Kors label will celebrate 30 years in the fashion industry.  Over the past three decades, Kors’ peers at The Council of Fashion Designers of America have nominated his impeccable work for numerous awards, and presented him with both Womenswear (1999) and Menswear (2003) Designer of the Year awards.  Kors’ appearances on Project Runway, a Lifetime Television realty show, have earned him increased popularity.
The museum operates Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4:45 p.m. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

For more information about the Museum, visit the museum Web site.

Mobile Mammography Comes to Kent Campus; Register by Oct. 25

Every woman is at risk for developing breast cancer and the best way to diagnose breast disease is to have a mammogram.  The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 have a mammogram once a year.  The Women’s Resource Center will offer screening mammograms to qualified Kent State employees and their spouses and has contracted with Tiffany Breast Care Center of Youngstown to provide the screenings. 

Mammograms take approximately 12 minutes and will be conveniently provided in Tiffany Breast Care’s mobile mammography unit. The van will be located on the Kent Campus in front of the Women’s Resource Center. 

Mammograms will be available on both Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and must be completed by Oct. 25.  Each participant's health insurance will be billed or participants may self-pay.

For additional information or to register, call the Women’s Resource Center at 330-672-9230 or toll-free at 1-866-339-3699.

Annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza, Nov. 5 and 6

The annual event provides students with diverse business experiences.

The fourth annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, presented by the Kent State University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The event will include several workshops, panel discussions and speakers discussing various entrepreneurial topics. The program is open to the community and to all students.
“This event allows attendees to get a feel for what it’s like to own their own business and provides helpful information for those who are just getting started,” says Julie Messing, director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. “It’s intended to spark energy and ideas and give people experience and contacts to help them get to the next level. They will walk away with tools and resources to start making things happen.”
A highlight of the schedule is the Michael D. Soloman Speaker Series in Entrepreneurship, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, in the Prentice Hall Classroom, first floor. This year’s topic is “Think Green, Save Green: Where Green Meets Opportunity.”

Students will also have the opportunity to compete in running a simulated business on Nov. 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Also new this year, the workshops and panel discussions will follow three different tracks: Prepare for Launch, for people interested in learning about what to do before starting a business; Launch, for those who want to know what is required to launch a business; and Acceleration, for people who want ideas about taking their business to the next level.

Door prizes are up for grabs and all participants will receive a complimentary entrepreneurial tool kit to guide them in launching and accelerating their business.

For a complete schedule of events and to register, please visit the Entrepreneurship Extravaganza Web site.

Study Away Fair Educates Students About Available Opportunities

If you ever wanted experience the academic environment of another country, now is the time to learn how Kent State can help you do that.

The Office of International Affairs, along with the Study Away Committee of the Kent Academic Support and Advising Association (KASADA), will host the Study Away Fair on Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

The purpose of the Study Away Fair is to help educate students about how to study abroad or elsewhere in the United States while earning Kent State credit. This also is a First-Year Experience student success series event that could help students not just for a semester but in their future careers as well.

Bob Springer, an academic adviser in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says, “The program is a way to improve a student’s resume and give them great field experience.” 

In addition to learning about study abroad programs, there will be a music performance by Halim El-Dabh, the world-renowned composer and Kent State professor emeritus of African ethnomusicology. El-Dabh will perform from noon until 1 p.m.

A Web site will be available soon. Additional information on the program is available by e-mailing Bob Springer at, or by visiting the Office of International Affairs at 106 Van Campen Hall.

Visual Storytelling Class Student Exhibit Opens Oct. 14

An exhibit of student work from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Visual Storytelling class will be on display at Audio Visual Services on the third floor of the Kent Campus library from Oct. 14 through Nov. 2.

The exhibit includes more than 30 panels and presents the best student work from the first class in the fall of 2006 to the spring semester of 2009. More than 20 former students’ work will be represented at the show, including the work of graduates, and current students in programs ranging from visual communication design to marketing.

An opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14. Renowned photojournalist and educator Dave LaBelle will be among the special guests in attendance that evening. LaBelle has published several books and is the recipient of the Robin F. Garland Award for photojournalism education, bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association. For more information on LaBelle, visit his Web site.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Jennifer Kramer at or Gary Harwood at

Speaker to Address Research on and Practice of Engaged Learning at Two Events This Week

The Faculty Professional Development Center invites the university community to two events that feature Marcia Baxter Magolda, distinguished professor of educational leadership at Miami University of Ohio. Magolda has conducted extensive research on the topics of student development and engaged learning, and will share her findings and facilitate discussion of implications for Kent State.

Join university colleagues on Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.,in the Moulton Hall Ballroom as Magolda presents “Learning in the Whole House.” Magolda will engage the audience in the topic area by challenging those in attendance to consider implications of findings from her longitudinal, 22-year study of student learning and development.  Engaged learning, she finds, requires transformative learning at all levels of the academy.

On Friday, Oct. 16, Magolda will be on hand for Campus Conversations where small groups will consider  the implications of ‘engaged learning’ for students, faculty, advisors, student service personnel, staff and administrators at Kent State. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 203 of the Kent Student Center.

Marcia B. Baxter Magolda, Ph.D., teaches student development theory and inquiry courses in the master’s and doctoral programs of student affairs in higher education. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life, the role of gender in development, and pedagogy to promote self-authorship. Her extensive publishing credits include the recent book,  “Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Navigate Life’s Challenges.”

Click here to register for these events.

For additional information, contact Mary Lou Holly at 330-672-1919 or

Make Plans to Attend the Olde English Yuletide Feaste in December

The time is now to purchase tickets for this popular holiday event.

The Kent Student Center is excited to continue a beloved tradition into its 37th year as the Olde English Yuletide Feaste is presented in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on the evenings of Dec. 3, 4 and 5.

The Kent State University Chorale, directed by Scott MacPherson, dresses in period costume and entertains with madrigal music, dancing, juggling and more.  Experience the wonder inside the Kent Student Center Ballroom, which is magically transformed into Queen Elizabeth’s castle, creating the perfect atmosphere for a night of merriment and mirth. 

Pricing is as follows:

Thursday (chicken entree): $40/ticket
Students: $35/ticket (limit 2 discounted tickets per valid ID)
Groups of 12 or more: $30/ticket

Friday and Saturday: $40 for chicken / $45 for beef
Students: $35 for chicken / $40 for beef (limit 2 discounted tickets per valid ID)
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the University Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161.

Town-Gown in Columbiana County: Salem Campus Kids’ Fest Brings Out Community Oct. 17

Kent State University at Salem students, headed by the campus’ student government organization, are hosting the fourth annual Kids’ Fun Fest on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salem Campus.

The festival, themed ,“What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” will feature arts and crafts, games, reading times, a nature walk and a nature talk along with a Scholastic Book Fair to benefit the Salem city schools. Local fire and rescue teams will also show off their vehicles and answer questions. Community organizations will be on hand to distribute information about their services.

 The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments, for a donation, will be provided by Relay for Life.

“The Kids’ Fun Fest is a community activity we try to provide to the surrounding area each year,” says  Ruth McCullagh, public relations coordinator for the Salem Campus. “It’s a great way for families, at virtually no cost, to come out and have a good time and experience our campus.”

McCullagh noted that the event, which is usually held in the spring, draws more than 600 people annually.

Area businesses and community partners also come out to the campus in force to meet and greet the area’s next generation of college students.

Additional information about the Kids’ Fun Fest may be found on the campus’ Web site, or by calling 330-332-0361.

View more listings on the university's online calendar of events.

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