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Rent Comes to Kent State University

The popular production is now on stage in Kent.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2009-10 season with its production of Rent. The production will run Oct. 30 and 31; and Nov. 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 8, at 2 p.m. in E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Center, on the Kent Campus.

Rent is the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side during the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of AIDS. Based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme, the show has won a Pulitzer Prize, gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for best musical, among other awards.

Tickets are available by calling 330-627-2497 weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. or online at Adults are $16; seniors, Kent State alumni, staff and faculty are $12; and student tickets are $8.

May 4 Task Force Hosts Fall Forum

On Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva, the May 4th Task Force hosts its annual Fall Forum.  This year¹s forum is titled “Opposing Viewpoints:  Towards Civil Discourse,” and will be a panel discussion exploring the shootings at Kent State University from different perspectives.

The panel consists of three individuals who were students in 1970; Laura Davis, Faculty Coordinator for May 4 Initiatives; Alan Canfora, an activist student shot at Kent State on May 4, 1970; and E. Timothy Moore, former Black United Students president and current associate dean of Arts and Sciences.   Also on the panel are John Schluep, a Vietnam-era veteran, and a 1970 Ohio National Guard commander who witnessed the May 4 tragedy.

For additional information about the event or the May 4 Task Force, contact Karen Cunningham,
co-faculty advisor of the May 4th Task Force, at 330-672-8943.

Veterans Day Observance Slated for Nov. 12

The event honoring our veterans takes place Nov. 12.

Kent State’s annual Veterans Day observance will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Served…A Tradition of Service.”  
In keeping with the university’s celebration of its Centennial, the program will include remarks from President Lester A. Lefton and a look back at the history of the Army and Air Force ROTC programs at Kent State. A reception will follow the program.

The observance is open to the university community, with a special invitation to faculty and staff in the military or who have family members in the military. Please RSVP to Joshua Rider at 330-672-0510 or by Nov. 6.

Panel Discussion on Information Usability Mark World Usability Day Nov. 12

Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM), a graduate program of the College of Communication and Information’s School of Library and Information Science, will host a panel discussion on Kent State’s usability efforts on Nov. 12 in recognition of World Usability Day (WUD).

World Usability Day is a global event aimed at making technology more user-friendly and humanizing technology as an infrastructure for education, government, communication and other work areas.  This year’s theme is “Designing for a Sustainable World.” 

World Usability Day was founded in 2005 as an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association to ensure that services and products important to human life are easier to access and as simple to use as a doorknob. Each year, on the second Thursday of November, groups across 43 countries organize more than 200 events to raise awareness and train professionals in the tools and issues central to good usability research, development and practice.

As part of World Usability Day celebrations, Information Architecture and Knowledge Management will present three speakers who will discuss sustainability issues relating to Kent State such as the redesign of the Web site. Panelists will include: Melanie Knowles, Kent State’s new sustainability manager, who will speak about the various ways sustainability can be manifested and used in an organization; Sameer Jaleel, Kent State manager of applications development, who will talk about the recent redesign from the user experience design perspective and how it relates to sustainability; and Matt Pahls, Kent State senior applications developer, who will speak of the integration of the variety of products for seamless use for students.

The panel discussion is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 332 of the Kent State Library on the Kent Campus. The conversation will also be streamed live on the day of the event. The event will be recorded for later viewing on the IAKM Web site.

For more information on this event, visit the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management World Usability Day Web site.

For more information about Information Architecture and Knowledge Management visit its Web site.

Lake Erie Monsters Offer Game Ticket Discounts to Kent State Community

Have you been to a Lake Erie Monsters hockey game yet? Have you seen the fast skating, the hard hits, and the excitement of scoring goals? There is nothing quite like the thrill of a Monsters game in person. So come join us at the Q!

The Monsters are pleased to provide Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni with special $10 tickets for the following games, a $6 discount over regular prices. Each of the games also features a special giveaway for fans in attendance that night, including a greatly anticipated Shaq bobblehead doll giveaway in January.

Friday, Nov. 20, vs. Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m.  — Monsters reversible ski hat giveaway and dollar dog night;

Friday, Jan. 22, vs. Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. — Shaq bobblehead giveaway and dollar dog night;

Friday, Feb. 5, vs. Rockford Icehogs at 7:30 p.m. —Cavs player autograph appearance and dollar dog night.

You can take advantage of this unique offer by purchasing online, or by calling the Monsters ticket office at 216-420-2500.

To access this discounted ticket deal, which will also seat you with other Kent Staters, the password “KENTSTAFF” must be entered when purchasing tickets.

Author, Translator Tsipi Keller Visits Wick Poetry Center Nov. 9

The Wick Poetry Center will host writer and translator Tsipi Keller on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wick Poetry Corner, located on the second floor of the Kent State Library on the Kent Campus.

Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel and has been living in the United States since 1974. She is the recipient of several literary awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and an Armand G. Erpf award from Columbia University.

Keller’s novels include Jackpot and Retelling.  She has also translated several poetry collections, including Dan Pagis’s Last Poems, Maya Bejerano’s The Hymns of Job and Other Poems, and Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry.

Wick Poetry Center events are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events, visit the Wick Poetry Center's Web site.  

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.

Research and Sponsored Programs Announces Proposal-Writing Workshop

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs is holding a one-day workshop on Nov. 17 on proposal writing for faculty members in social sciences, humanities and the arts. The workshop will focus on grant opportunities for funding research and scholarly activities in areas other than sciences and medicine. Emphasis will be on the development of strong proposals, strategies for success and common mistakes to avoid. The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 316 of the Kent Student Center.

The workshop will be conducted by Kent State scholars who have been successful in securing extramural funding, and those with experience in proposal writing and the review process of organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Arts Council, among others. The presentations will be followed by discussions.

The workshop is open to faculty from Kent State University. A limited number of participants from other educational institutions in northeast Ohio will be accepted.

Interested participants should register before Nov. 7 by going to the registration link.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet Perform Septet Premiere at Severance Hall

The trio has received international acclaim.

Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series will present a free concert on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in Severance Hall.   Featuring the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the concert will also feature the nationally-recognized Miami String Quartet as they perform the Ohio premiere of a piano and string septet.

The event will be in the Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  Reservations are not required.  Seating is free and open to the public and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Parking is available at the Campus Center garage for a fee.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio opened its 2008-09 concert season at Wigmore Hall in London with a complete cycle of Beethoven’s Trios.  This season, the award-winning Trio is also celebrating the 70th birthdays of two distinguished composers with performances of works written specifically for them: Joan Tower’s For Daniel, and the world premiere of Ellen Zwilich’s Septet in collaboration with the Miami String Quartet, which serves as Kent State University School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence.

A full biography of Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio can be found online.

For additional information, contact Effie Tsengas at 330-672-8398 or

Catch Spring Fever Early With Kent State Softball Camps

The Kent State University softball coaching staff is conducting a softball training camp for girls in grades 3-12.  The camp will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Kent State Field House.

The pitching camp, designed for girls in grades 3-12, begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m.  The focus of this session will be learning or bettering the screw, curve, rise and or drop pitches.  There are three skill levels, beginning, intermediate and advanced.  The beginning section is designed for pitchers who are just learning how to pitch and need work on basic fastball mechanics and control.  The intermediate level is geared toward pitchers who need to work on mechanics control and their change-up.  The advanced session is for pitchers who have control of a fastball change-up.  Combined advanced pitching and hitting camps are also available. 

Other camp sessions designed for girls in grades 5-12 include:

  • Power hitting, focusing on fundamentals and drills to help increase power; and
  • Lefty slap hitting, stressing slapping mechanics from the left side.

The cost for one session is $45; $80 for two.

For more information, visit the softball camp Web site or call the Kent State softball office at 330-672-2162.  For questions concerning registration, call the camp coordinator at 330-672-8545.

Warm Up for Thanksgiving Season at CiderFest in Downtown Kent Nov. 7

Main Street Kent will prepare for the Thanksgiving season by hosting the sixth annual CiderFest on Saturday, Nov. 7, in downtown Kent from noon to 3 p.m. The main attractions featured this year are:

  • Hot cider and caramel apples from Beckwith’s Orchards
  • Performances by the Kent Community Dance Project
  • An old-fashioned cider press demonstration
  • Baked goods from Stahl’s Bakery
  • Children’s art tables
  • Pumpkin coloring
  • Haymaker Farm Market vendors
  • Old time music performed at 2 p.m. by the Kent Shindig All Stars (weather permitting) featuring champion flatfoot dancer Charlie Burton.

The CiderFest is sponsored by Standing Rock Cultural Arts and a consortium of downtown businesses that support the continued revitalization of Downtown Kent. Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non-profit art and educational organization based in Downtown Kent.

Other sponsors are the city of Kent, The Ohio Arts Council, The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, Kent Parks and Recreation Department, Home Savings Bank, Woodsy’s Music, City Bank Antiques, Hall-Green Insurance Agency, Taco Tantos, Wild Goat Cafe, Ray’s Place, Star of the West Milling Company and Family and Community Services of Portage County.

All events are free and open to the public and take place at the Home Savings Plaza, at the corner of Main and Water streets.

For more information, check out the Main Street Kent Web site or the Standing Rock Cultural Arts Web site at

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