University Health Services confirms two more cases of H1N1 flu
On Oct. 6, University Health Services confirmed two more cases of H1N1 flu, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to three. None of the three students live on campus or are connected with each other.
Bronze Squirrel Now Resides in Kent Student Center
Lester A. Lefton and Linda Lefton greet the squirrel.
As a kickoff to the Centennial Celebration and Homecoming 2009, President Lester A. Lefton and Linda Lefton, along with help from some students, unveiled the Bronze Squirrel in the Kent Student Center on Oct. 7. It is a bronze version of the Centennial Squirrel that has been purchased and donated back to the university by the Leftons. The Bronze Squirrel is located to the left of the main staircase and fountain on the first-floor level of the Kent Student Center.
Save the Date for the Annual United Way Spaghetti Dinner Nov. 13
This year, the university will once again host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit its United Way campaign.
Sharp Eyes Earned Two Glee Fans Prize in Contest
Congratulations to two winners who spotted the blue and gold Kent State pennant during a recent episode of Glee, a new hit show on FOX.
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.
The winners are: JoEllen Klco, who is a manager with Network Services at Kent State University at Stark, and Mike Hrusch, who covers Kent State sports for several news outlets. Klco and Hrusch each win a Kent State travel mug.
Glee airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX.
E-Inside just began a photo contest in October. A new mystery image from a Kent State campus will appear in the first issue of e-Inside each month. The winner and the prize for that month will be announced later in the same month the image appears.
Save the Date for the Annual Pilliod Lecture Featuring Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes
Myron Scholes will speak on Oct. 27.
Myron Scholes, chairman of Platinum Grove Asset Management, Nobel laureate and professor emeritus at Stanford University, will speak on Oct. 27 as part of the university’s Charles J. Pilliod Lecture Series. Scholes is co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model, which is the basis of the pricing and risk-management technology used to value and manage the risk of options contained in instruments around the world.
Motor-Less Mobile Meals Uses Pedal Power to Deliver Food to the Homebound
The past few years have been very hard on the American economy. Gas prices were as high as they have ever been, and some organizations have suffered from the lack of volunteers willing to use their own cars for deliveries. Mobile Meals, a nonprofit organization that provides meals to people of all ages and economical circumstances throughout Northeast Ohio, was one of those organizations.
Kent State University has now teamed up with Mobile Meals to find a more efficient way to deliver meals to the people who need them, while also helping the environment.
The Motor-Less Mobile Meal group helps deliver meals by transporting the food in small trailers pulled by bicycles, thereby, delivering the meals “motor-lessly.” The group meets every Tuesday (weather permitting) at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. from now until Aug. 10 of next year.
For more information or to volunteer, e-mail Ann Gosky at email@example.com or stop by the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Office in Room 250 on the second floor of the Kent Student Center.
Service-Learning Grants Available to Faculty; Workshops for Applications Later This Week
A new program is now available to support faculty who wish to develop service-learning-based courses to be taught in fall 2010 and beyond. Workshops will be offered later this week to provide guidance on applying for grants to fund these courses.
Pre-application workshops will be held to answer questions and provide guidance in the preparation of proposals. The workshops will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 232 Moulton Hall on the Kent Campus; and Friday, Oct. 16, from 9:15-10:45 a.m. in the Gallery on the Geauga Campus.
Kent State will offer five awards of $1,000 each to individual faculty members and one award of $3,000 to one faculty team (two to three faculty) who will plan, develop, implement and reflect upon academic courses that are designed to incorporate a service-learning component. This award program is open to all full-time Kent State faculty from all campuses.
Service-learning is a form of education that integrates service to local communities with experiential education. Service-learning differs from community service in that it offers students an opportunity to learn as the service is not an end in itself, rather a path to enrichment. Service-learning guides students to identify community needs and create solutions to those problems through service, thus not only enriching the community but also providing a greater understanding of the methods in which service helps the community.
The program is made possible with the support of the Office of the Provost and in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and its Bringing Theory to Practice program.
Applications should be submitted electronically as a single document and should include: the cover sheet provided, the proposal narrative, a letter of support from the department/school or chair/director and a past syllabus if the course has been previously taught as a service-learning course.
Submit all application materials no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, also to Caine-Bish.
Special Collections and Archives Seeks Oral History Contributors
Contributions are sought for the project before the 40th anniversary.
The Kent State Shootings Oral History Project collects, records and provides access to oral history accounts pertaining to the shootings at Kent State University in 1970 and that event’s aftermath. More than 100 interviews have been contributed thus far and are invaluable historical resources for students and other researchers.
Reminder for Faculty Regarding Freshman Midterm Grading of Fall 2009 Courses
Online midterm grading of freshmen in full-term Fall 2009 courses will begin on Thursday, Oct. 15 via FlashFAST. Please remember that midterm grading applies only to courses that meet for the full semester. The deadline for midterm grade submission is midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
J. Martin Erbaugh Appointed Chairman of New Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Advisory Board
J. Martin Erbaugh
Julie Messing, director of Kent State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI), has announced that J. Martin Erbaugh has been appointed chairman of the center’s new advisory board. As chair, Erbaugh will utilize his extensive business network to identify advisory board candidates and encourage their involvement with Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. He will also help guide the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation in establishing the policies and procedures for board members.
Erbaugh presently is president and CEO of J. M. Erbaugh Co. which deals in diversified investments, real estate and consulting. He founded Lawnmark in 1978, which focused on horticultural services. He served on the board of Lesco Inc. as chairman until 2007, and co-founded Morgan Bank in Hudson, serving on the bank’s board and as chairman. Erbaugh also serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and LNB Bancorp.
He and Messing expect creation of the advisory board to take perhaps two to three years to build to the large network of advisors envisioned by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.
Board members will work with students on student-run and student-initiated businesses as mentors, consultants and board members of these businesses, and could potentially become investors. Erbaugh and selected board members will be involved in Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation events, including the Solomon Lecture Series and the annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza.
Entrepreneurs interested in joining the center’s advisory board may contact Erbaugh at 330-650-4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Resources Question of the Week: Do I have to take leave if I serve as a poll worker on Election Day?
A new category of paid leave is available for university employees who volunteer as poll workers during a general, primary or special election in Ohio. Permanent part-time and full-time classified and unclassified employees can request “poll worker leave” from their supervisor, subject to the following conditions:
Employees are only eligible to receive paid leave for their time as a poll worker on an hour-for-hour basis, up to the maximum number of hours the employee was regularly scheduled to work on an election day.