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Kent State Folk Festival Entertains, Enlightens in November

Purchase tickets now for November’s events.

November in Kent is synonymous with the Kent State Folk Festival. Students, community members, artists and musicians are set to make their way to more than 35 Kent venues over the course of nine days.

"This year promises riveting moments of sound, heart-touching introspection, cultural expansion, fun and excitement," says Robert Burford, public relations director for WKSU-FM.

One of the well-known features of the festival is the Folk Alley 'Round Town, which is a night full of musicians and bands in venues throughout Kent. Bars, churches, local restaurants and other businesses are immersed in the local celebration of a music genre that transcends age.

Lesser known features of the festival include free community workshops at the Kent Student Center on Nov. 14. Workshops that will be offered this year include "Blues Harmonica," "CD Quality Demos,” “Beginning Clogging” and "The Art of the Ensemble."  

Here is the lineup for the 43rd Kent State Folk Festival (all events/activities are subject to change):

  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.: Masters of Puerto Rican Roots Music featuring Edwin ColÓn Zayas and Isla del Encanto Folkloric Dance Troupe – $10 general admission tickets, students free with valid ID
  • Friday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.: Greg Brown and Jorma Kaukonen – $25 reserved, $45 gold circle
  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.: The Del McCoury Band – $30 reserved, $50 gold circle
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.: Old Crow Medicine Show – $30 general admission ($35 day of show).
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – $12 general admission
  • Friday, Nov. 13, (various times): Folk Alley ‘Round Town (35+ venues throughout Kent) featuring a special appearance by Country Joe McDonald – Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, noon-5 p.m.: Workshops (Kent Student Center) – Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 to 6 p.m.: Talent Contest (Kent Student Center Kiva) – Free
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.: Rhythm in Shoes presents Banjo Dance – $20 reserved, WKSU-FM members 50 percent off with member card; students $5 with ID.
Tickets for all concerts presented during the 43rd Kent State Folk Festival are now on sale. Ticket information, links and more are available online. The Kent State Folk Festival has a fan page on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter @KentFolkFest.

New Student-Run Agency Launches With Open House

Acorn Alley is filling up.

This month, Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information (CCI) will open its student-run integrated communications agency, The Tannery, in downtown Kent. The Tannery employs 14 students to help with client projects.

On Monday, Oct. 19, the agency will hold an open house to show off its new operation and new digs. The community is invited to stop by from 3 to 5 p.m. at 138 E. Main Street, Suite 203, in downtown Kent to check out The Tannery offices and meet the staff and students.

No other communication program in Ohio affords students the opportunity to gain real-world, practical experience at a for-profit business, solely affiliated with a college. Only a handful of student-run agencies exist in the United States.

“I’m very excited about The Tannery,” says Stan Wearden, dean of Kent State’s College of Communication and Information. “This full-service student agency will be valuable to the college in a number of ways:”

Some of Northeast Ohio’s most talented and respected advertising executives from agencies like Hitchcock Fleming and Associates, Wyse, Brokaw, Point to Point, Digiknow, Marcus Thomas LLC and Liggett Stashower serve on The Tannery’s professional advisory board.  

Greg Thomas, The Tannery’s managing director, says the Tannery is just one of the many ways Kent State is equipping future professionals with the tools to succeed.  

“Along with other CCI assets like our state-of-the-art focus group facility and our usability lab, The Tannery will allow our students to gain firsthand experience on the front lines of issues that are shaping integrated marketing today,” Thomas says.

Selected by Kent State students, the name “The Tannery” carries a strong Kent connection dating back to 1836 when a tannery was built there by abolitionist John Brown.  According to Thomas, the name is both an ideal fit for an organization located in downtown Kent and a perfect metaphor for the work The Tannery will do in shaping raw material into a finished product.

For more information, contact Cheryl Hanley, the director of business development for The Tannery, at 216-287-8348. A temporary Web site is up at

Opportunity to Get Passport Renewal or Passport Card on Kent Campus Oct. 22

Kent State University Mail Services, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, is hosting a Passport Fair on Oct. 22 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. This one-day event is for individuals who need to renew an existing passport or make an application for a new passport. No cash or credit cards will be accepted during this special event. Checks or pre-purchased money orders are the only forms or payment accepted.

Fees for passports are as follows:

For those 16 years of age or older:

  • $75 application fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State
  • $25 execution fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service
For those 15 years of age or younger:
  • $60 application fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State
  • $25 execution fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service
Execution fees are waived for passport renewals.

Photo service will be available for an additional $15 - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service.

The standard processing time for a passport is three to four weeks.

New passport requirements are as follows:
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following)
    • Certified birth certificate
    • Prior passport
    • Certificate of naturalization
  • Proof of Identity
    • Driver’s license (cannot be a temporary or learner's permit)
    • State issued ID card
    • Previous or current U.S. passport card or passport book
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Military ID
    • Federal, state or municipal government employee ID card or pass
  • Two (2) recent identical color photographs (2"x2")
Renewal passport requirements are as follows:
  • Most recent U.S. passport book and/or U.S. passport card
  • A marriage certificate or court order in the event of name change
  • Two (2) recent identical color photographs (2"x2")
Applications for Passport Cards, which are only valid for land and sea travel, will also be accepted.

Refer to the above information for documentation requirements for a Passport Card.

Fees for Passport Cards are as follows:

Over the age of 16:
  • $20.00 application fee
  • $25.00 execution fee
15 years or younger:
  • $10.00 application fee
  • $25.00 execution fee
Additional information and applications are available on the U.S. Department of State Web site .
Questions regarding the Passport Fair may be directed to Anna Pascarella at 330-672-8703.


Center for International and Intercultural Education to Host 2009 Midwest Regional Conference

The Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education will host the 2009 Midwest Regional Conference for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) on Oct. 23 and 24 at Kent State University at Kent.

This year’s CIES conference, Current Research and Activism in Comparative International Education, will help to advance the legacy of Kent State Professor Gerald H. Read, one of the founding members of CIES.

More than 50 education graduate students and faculty members from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will attend the annual CIES conference this year, which will feature speakers from Venezula, Turkey, Morocco and several Asian countries. There also will be a CIES archives presentation about Gerald H. Read’s life, a special feature on the World Congress of Comparative Education in Istanbul, Turkey during Summer 2009, and Gita Steiner-Khamsi, president of CIES, will speak about the Comparison as the Policy Tool in an Era of Globalization.

The Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education serves as an international and intercultural resource for students and faculty of the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services and to the greater Kent and world community. The mission of the Center is to promote actively international and intercultural activities that will broaden intellectual perspectives, and, thereby, foster deeper ethical and humanitarian values while establishing person-to-person relationships that span international borders.

For more information about the event, contact Beth Thomas at the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services at 330-672-7838 or
More information about Read can be found at this Web site.

Kent State at Ashtabula Will Host Public Forum on H1N1

Dean Susan Stocker will participate in the forum Oct. 21.

Kent State University at Ashtabula will convene a public forum on H1N1 flu on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., in the Main Hall Auditorium. The public event is designed to provide information on a regional level from health care professionals in Ashtabula County. 

The panelists will include experts in infection control and public health preparedness from the local area.

Topics to be addressed at the forum will include understanding the symptoms, understanding who is most at risk, learning how vaccines will be made available and the current status of cases in Ashtabula County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H1N1 is a new influenza virus that infects the human upper respiratory tract. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009 and is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

The event will be recorded and broadcast on the university’s cable TV channel. The broadcast schedule will be available in November at the Ashtabula campus’ Web site and on Time Warner Cable’s channel 29 in Ashtabula, and channel 21 in Geneva/Madison.

For questions about the forum, contact Diana Gardner, public information officer, at 440-964-4340 or

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.
Scholes will present “Lessons in Risk Management” at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on the Kent Campus. Scholes will discuss how much and what types of flexibility should be built into operating and financing policies and their crucial impact on reported returns and risk. He also will speak about the importance of option theory in risk-management frameworks and its role as the economy moves forward.
Scholes is widely known for this seminal work in options pricing, capital markets, tax policies and the financial services industry. He has been published in many academic journals. In 1997, he was awarded the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in developing the Black-Scholes model.
The Pilliod Lecture Series has continuously been presented since 1983, bringing distinguished business speakers to Kent State twice each academic year. The objective of the lecture series is to address topics of interest and importance to both the academic and business communities. It is named in recognition of Charles J. Pilliod, the retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. During Pilliod’s 42-year tenure at Goodyear, he was instrumental in the 1973 creation of the Goodyear Executive Professorship at Kent State’s College of Business Administration.
The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 306. For additional information, call 330-672-1227 or visit

Meet Author of Kent State University’s New History Oct. 27

Emeritus Professor of English William H. Hildebrand, author of A Most Noble Enterprise: The Story of Kent State University, 1910–2010, will lecture and sign books on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m., in the Read Special Collections Classroom, Room 1018, of the Kent State Library.

Professor Hildebrand will speak on “Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to Kent’s 100th Birthday.”

A Most Noble Enterprise was recently published by the Kent State University Press in time for the Centennial festivities.

Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

To learn more about the book, read the story in the Oct. 5 issue of e-Inside.

For additional information, contact Susan Cash, marketing manager of the Kent State University Press, at 330-672-8097 or, or Holly Talbott at 330-672-8098 or

School of Art’s Downtown Gallery Announces Greetings From Kent Exhibit

Anderson Turner

The School of Art’s Downtown Gallery and McKay Bricker Gallery and Framing announce the opening of Greetings From Kent, an exhibition of submitted work from local artists, which will be on display from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14. All the submitted work is reproduced on postcard-sized media for the exhibit and will be available for purchase.

The Greetings From Kent opening reception and benefit auction will be held Oct. 24 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the School of Art Downtown Gallery and McKay Bricker Gallery and Framing, located at 141 E. Main St. Proceeds from the auction will go to the School of Art Downtown Gallery.

For further questions, e-mail or or contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at 330-672-1369.

National Day on Writing Celebrates Any Form of Written Expression Oct. 20

Whether we call it texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an e-mail, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or just pulling together a report, Americans are writing like never before.

To help celebrate writing, many of the 200 local teachers who attended the 2009 National Writing Project at Kent State University Summer Invitational Institute, and those who have attended previous summer institutes, will write quotes on sidewalks and school windows and also hang quotes written on paper throughout the hallways of their own schools on Oct. 20, recognized as National Day on Writing.

Poems, quotes and other forms of writing from communities across the nation will be featured in an online gallery of writing, a digital archive of compositions available through a free, searchable Web site. The gallery will be unveiled to the public on the National Day on Writing and can be viewed at

The National Day on Writing, which is supported by the National Writing Project in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and other organizations, is a day to celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans' personal, professional and civic lives.  The day also seeks to point out the importance of writing instruction and practice for every student from preschool through the university level.

For more information about the National Writing Project at Kent State University, please visit

Help 14 Local Food Pantries With a Donation to the Annual Food Drive

Kent State is hosting its annual food drive to fight hunger in Portage County.  The downturn in the economy has hit food pantries particularly hard, creating record lows in food supplies.  Families who have been adversely affected by the country’s economic situation often turn to the 14 food pantries in Portage County to meet basic food needs.

Most needed items include: soups, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and vegetables, powered milk and pasta.

The food drive runs until Oct. 24 and will end on “National Make a Difference Day” with students canvassing neighborhoods, collecting food  items and delivering those donations along with Kent State’s donations to Maplewood Joint Vocational School.  There, donations will be sorted and sent to the 14 food pantries.  

This year, Kent State has challenged Robinson Memorial Hospital in a friendly competition – to collect 10,000 pounds of food to surpass Robinson’s 2008 collection total.  For more details, contact Vicki Ladd at, Ann Gosky at or Chris Hook at  

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donation bins located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center or to bins located in most academic buildings and residence halls, or call 330-672-4050 for pick-up. Basic hygiene items (soaps, shampoo, etc.) are also welcome donations.

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