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College of Public Health (COPH) (1)
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Government Relations; Liquid Crystal Institute; Research (1)
Higher Education (1)
Higher Education; Human Resources (1)
KSU at Stark (1)
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Collaboration; Public Safety (1)
IT collaboration sparks interest 08/02/2011 Crain's Cleveland Business - Online Text Attachment Email

College of Public Health (COPH) (1)
Kent taps Neistadt to head health department (Woolverton) 08/02/2011 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

...president of the Kent Board of Health. “The board was very pleased with his interview.” Woolverton, who is also a professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, said Neistadt is also used to college towns. Neistadt currently works at the National Association of Local Boards of Health's...

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Does a heat wave mean a crime wave? (Sheridan) 08/01/2011 WEWS-TV - Online Text Attachment Email

...times, and went down as the second warmest July on record for Cleveland. So, the question begs, when it's hot, are more aggressive crimes committed? Kent State Department of Geography professor Scott Sheridan wanted to find out. He conducted a study from 1999-2004 in Cleveland focusing on...

Government Relations; Liquid Crystal Institute; Research (1)
Ohio's new job czar pays visit to high-tech firms (Harvey) 08/01/2011 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Ohio's chief job czar paid a visit to Kent State University for a tour of local companies and research facilities playing a role in a high-growth global economic sector. The visit...

Higher Education (1)
More Ohio freshmen getting remedial help in college (Chandler) 08/02/2011 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Higher Education; Human Resources (1)
My Town: Kent State Named Great College to Work For (Booth) 08/01/2011 WJW-TV - Online Text Attachment Email

Employees at Kent State University love their jobs! Based on a survey of nearly 44,000 at 310 colleges and universities, Kent State has been...

KSU at Stark (1)
Reaction to debt deal: Sighs of relief, and doubts (Tudor) 08/02/2011 Independent, The Text Attachment Email

KSU at Tuscarawas (1)
KSU-Tusc Performing Arts Center season announced 08/02/2011 Repository, The Text Attachment Email

KSU Museum (1)
Reading program winners selected 08/02/2011 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Liquid Crystal Institute; Research (1)
Put It There, Partner 08/02/2011 Forbes Text Attachment Email

Music (1)
Student partners, last-minute guest contribute to special evening with Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom 08/02/2011 (Plain Dealer - Online) Text Attachment Email

Residence Services (1)
Cellphones make landline phones in college residence halls obsolete (Edmiston) 08/02/2011 (Plain Dealer - Online) Text Attachment Email

News Headline: IT collaboration sparks interest | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Crain's Cleveland Business - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: NE Ohio governments warm to shared services amid mounting budget pressures

Scot Rourke long has dreamed of a day when governments all across Northeast Ohio would work together to become highly efficient digital machines.

Only now are many area governments starting to embrace the idea.

Driven largely by falling tax receipts and rising costs, a growing number of cities and counties in the region are showing a willingness to share software, hardware and even staff members who know how to use the technology.

The attitude shift is far from complete, said Mr. Rourke, who is president of OneCommunity.

However, his organization — a Cleveland-based nonprofit that offers high-speed Internet access and information technology services to area governments and nonprofits — might be able to persuade a few more communities to join the cause.

OneCommunity is offering to extend its super-fast fiber-optic network to the offices of cities and counties that put together proposals showing a serious commitment to sharing IT resources and putting them to good use.

The nonprofit plans to use $15 million to connect 200 government sites and 600 other nonprofit institutions to its bigger fiber-optic network, which is undergoing a $70 million expansion partly financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Mr. Rourke said.

OneCommunity also plans to seek philanthropic money so that it can hire an executive tasked with designing an IT vision for area governments and helping them achieve it.

Hospitals and schools have been faster to embrace IT innovation than governments, but the budget crunch many face is giving governments incentive to catch up, Mr. Rourke said, noting that they could save a lot of money and provide better services by sharing IT resources.

“We're sure there are fantastic returns somewhere in this,” he said.

Near and far

Among the governments that have shown strong interest in sharing IT services are Cuyahoga, Summit, Medina, Portage and Stark counties as well as the cities of Akron, Canton, Hudson, Richfield and Tallmadge.

Hudson Mayor William Currin said his city, Tallmadge and Summit County are putting together a proposal for OneCommunity. The group already was working on a plan to install fiber from Tallmadge to northern Summit County when it learned of OneCommunity's effort.

Local governments could save money by pooling their purchasing power when buying big software systems or by receiving IT support from other area governments that have extra capacity, Mayor Currin said.

And there is plenty of extra capacity in local government, he said.

“We're way overcapacity in Ohio because of our fragmentation, with every community duplicating everything,” said Mayor Currin, who is past chairman of the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association and co-chair of the Regional Prosperity Initiative, which aims to get governments in the region to collaborate more.

Budget pressures are helping local governments overcome their fear of change, Mayor Currin said. Though consolidations often are associated with layoffs, communities that don't want to send anyone home can cut their staffs over time, by attrition, he said.

Portage County also is considering writing a proposal to OneCommunity, said Brian Kelley, the county's chief information officer. It wouldn't be the first time the county has shared services with other governments, he said, noting that its sheriff's department is about to start using Kent State University's computer-aided dispatch system, which is used by the campus police, the city of Kent and the city of Aurora.

Momentum for more collaboration is building because so many local governments face budget pressures, Mr. Kelley said.

Those same pressures, however, could derail collaboration plans that involve high upfront costs, he said, noting that some communities may need to seek grants or other financing for projects.

Communities looking to collaborate also will need to build strong relationships with each other, given how hard it can be for governments to give up control over services they provide, Mr. Kelley said.

“Technology is not the challenge,” Mr. Kelley said. “It's about people and relationships.”

'It's all the same stuff'

The state of Ohio has the capacity to provide several communities with email systems and computer storage space, said Stu Davis, who in January became Ohio's chief information officer. The state should be able to offer more IT services to cities and counties if it can find the money to consolidate its servers into a single data center, he added.

Today, Cuyahoga County occasionally provides web development services and Internet Protocol-based phone technology to suburbs within the county, but it could bring in more revenue by offering its IT services to more communities, said Jeff Mowry, who in April became Cuyahoga County's first chief information officer.

Bill Blausey reached the same conclusion while helping a task force put together a report on the state of the county's IT system. Mr. Blausey, who is CIO of Eaton Corp., a publicly traded manufacturing company based in Cleveland, said there are plenty of opportunities for local governments to share software, servers, networks and services.

“It's all the same stuff in the back office,” Mr. Blausey said.

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News Headline: Kent taps Neistadt to head health department (Woolverton) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: After a long search, the city of Kent has found a new commissioner to lead its Health Department.

The Kent City Board of Health has elected Jeffrey Neistadt, director of education and training for the National Association of Local Boards of Health, as its next commissioner.

Neistadt will succeed John Ferlito, who served 25 years in the top role at the Kent Health Department. Ferlito was initially set to retire at the beginning of June, but he stayed on until the end of July as the board searched for a replacement.

“I think (Neistadt is) very personable, very intelligent and grasps our local challenges very keenly,” said Christopher Woolverton, president of the Kent Board of Health. “The board was very pleased with his interview.”

Woolverton, who is also a professor of biological sciences at Kent State University, said Neistadt is also used to college towns. Neistadt currently works at the National Association of Local Boards of Health's Bowling Green office and worked in Toledo in the past.

Neistadt has earned a bachelor's degree in environmental health science from Ohio University and a master's degree in environmental management from the University of Findlay.

Woolverton and the health board had discussed looking to attract a commissioner with both a master's degree in public health and a doctor of medicine degree, credentials he admitted were hard to bring to a department serving a city the size of Kent. Ultimately, the board agreed Neistadt was the best of the four candidates interviewed for the position.

“He has some very good credentials,” Woolverton said. “He's had a number of leadership positions that have shown us he'd be a very strong leader for the city of Kent.”

Neistadt served as project director of environmental health and emergency preparedness with the National Association of Local Boards of Health before he was named to his current position. Before that he served as an epidemiologist and sanitarian for multiple health boards.

Neistadt will take over as the city's health commissioner on Sept. 12. Until then, Deputy Health Commissioner John Bradshaw will head the department.

Neistadt could not be reached for comment Monday.

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News Headline: Does a heat wave mean a crime wave? (Sheridan) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/01/2011
Outlet Full Name: WEWS-TV - Online
Contact Name: Jason Nicholas,
News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio - As temperatures soar during summer months, do our crime rates do the same?

July 2011 was a record setting hot month. We hit 90 nine times, and went down as the second warmest July on record for Cleveland.

So, the question begs, when it's hot, are more aggressive crimes committed?

Kent State Department of Geography professor Scott Sheridan wanted to find out. He conducted a study from 1999-2004 in Cleveland focusing on temperatures and aggressive crime stats.

"You see this rise of crime during the summer months," Sheridan said.

Well, this makes sense, but what Sheridan also found is that there is a relationship between the number of crimes during the week versus the number of crimes on the weekends.

"If you look at weekends once the temperature gets above 70 or 75, the crime rate stays the same," Sheridan said.

But during the week, the crime rate still goes up when it's hot, Sheridan said. He said that's because on the weekends people are out and about, regardless of the tempatures. But he thinks that during the week, hot weather may allow more people to be away from home.

So far, the study has garnered some national attention. Sheridan said he's pleased about that.

"It's good. I'm excited the work we did actually gets out there and people hear about it," he said.

Sheridan said he hasn't contacted the Cleveland police yet about his findings, but said he probably will.

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News Headline: Ohio's new job czar pays visit to high-tech firms (Harvey) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/01/2011
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Ohio's chief job czar paid a visit to Kent State University for a tour of local companies and research facilities playing a role in a high-growth global economic sector.

The visit by Mark Kvamme, interim chief investment officer and president of JobsOhio, included a tour of the Kent State Centennial Research Park, home to high-tech companies AlphaMicron Inc. and Crystal Diagnostics, and a roundtable discussion at Kent Displays Inc. All three companies utilize liquid crystal technology developed at Kent State.

JobsOhio is a private economic development agency established by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature tasked with reviving and growing Ohio's economy.

Kvamme's visit, organized by NorTech, a regional nonprofit technology-based economic development organization, introduced him to the NorTech FlexMatters Cluster, a partnering between businesses, suppliers, services providers and universities, which is aimed to accelerate growth in the area's flexible electronics industry.

High-tech company AlphaMicron Inc. designs and manufactures both military and consumer products, while Crystal Diagnostics, formerly Pathogen Systems Inc., is a licensee of liquid crystal biosensor technologies developed through a research partnership between Kent State and Northeast Ohio Medical University.

The roundtable discussion at Kent Displays Inc., a developer of liquid crystal technologies such as writing tablets, smartcards and eReaders, focused not only on the Flex Matters initiative, but also how Ohio's government can assist in the growth of flexible electronics.

"As members of the FlexMatter Cluster and partners with NorTech to promote regional economic development, we think Mr. Kvamme's visit highlights the tremendous manufacturing capabilities concentrated in the city of Kent and Portage County," Kent State Vice President for University Relations Iris Harvey said in a statement.

Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute was founded in 1965, and it's research has been applied to a range of devices including televisions, phones and computer monitors.

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News Headline: More Ohio freshmen getting remedial help in college (Chandler) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The
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News OCR Text: 42 percent of the freshmen in Ohio's schools must take classes in basic math and English first

As students pack their bags for college in coming weeks, they may learn a hard lesson. They're not ready for it.

Statewide, 42 percent of first-time full-time students at public colleges and universities take at least one remedial course in English or basic math to prepare them for college-level work.

Remediation slows their journey into higher education, forcing them to invest time in subjects — most often, math — that they may not have liked the first time around, racking up additional tuition costs to boot.

“It's a difficult issue,” said Tim Chandler, senior associate provost at Kent State University. “It's a shock for students who think they've reached a certain level” to still have to take developmental classes.

Statewide, the number of students needing remediation has continued to inch upward over the last five years — from 36 percent to 39 percent of students under the age of 20 and from 40 percent to 46 percent for older students, according to the Ohio Board of Regents, which coordinates higher education statewide.

Part of the reason is that a growing number of people believe a college education is a necessity for today's difficult work environment. Many who would not have enrolled a decade ago are doing so now — including many at midcareer.

The cost to get those students up to speed was $189 million in 2007-08 in Ohio alone, according to the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C. That included $126 million in direct costs and $63 million in lost lifetime wages, because remedial students are more likely to drop out of college.

At the University of Akron campus in Akron, more than one in every three full-time, first-time freshmen — 37 percent — took a remediation class in math or English in 2009-10, the last year for which statewide figures are available from the Regents.

Numbers are similarly high at many other public universities statewide: At Cleveland State, 43 percent took at least one developmental class; at Kent State's main campus, 53 percent did. Generally, numbers are higher at regional campuses and two-year institutions, which tend to attract older students who may have graduated from high school years, even decades ago.

“A lot of our incoming freshmen don't remember their math because they're not using it,” said Sandie Crawford, UA's director of developmental programs. “With the use of calculators, they have not had core mastery of these skills.”

In contrast, Miami University's main campus in Oxford does not offer remediation classes at all because it is more selective in the students it accepts. Most other universities statewide extend admission to anyone who meets basic requirements.

Testing needed

With basic knowledge so questionable, most institutions have resorted to testing students who apply for admission if they have low ACT scores or grade point averages in high school.

The testing aims to place them in the right courses for their skill level.

“The last thing we want to do is put students in a course for which they won't be successful,” which could prompt them to drop out, said Chandler, the KSU official.

Colleges and universities receive state subsidies to teach remedial classes, but that may change in the future.

Jim Petro, the state's chancellor of higher education, would like to restrict remedial classes to online, distance learning or two-year colleges, as they can be delivered more economically in those venues.

“The main campuses are where there are the highest costs,” Petro said.

UA Provost Mike Sherman said the university may allow a community college to offer remediation classes on its campus.

Another solution may be to work more closely with area high schools in what they teach.

Both Kent State and UA offer self-paced, Web-based programs in math remediation. Instructors are available, but they don't teach a class in the conventional sense.

Math problems

For many students, there is no mystery about why they need remediation, particularly in math.

They stumbled through high school classes, don't remember what they learned or didn't take the right courses to prepare them for college-level work in the first place.

“I didn't do good in math in high school. Fractions were hard. Pre-algebra was hard,” recalled Melanie Curry, a 33-year-old Akron resident who graduated from high school in 1996.

She said she knew she would have to “freshen up” her skills when she enrolled in a two-year program in surgical technology at UA.

This summer she volunteered for a self-paced, Web-based program for underperforming math students. The pilot program was free to students, so Curry and the other participants don't have to pay tuition.

The program seeks to plug her gaps so she can start her credit courses this fall and get on with her career goals — possibly a four-year degree in a health-related field.

Fifty-year-old Christina Dearing of Akron said she hasn't used math since she graduated from high school in 1979. She took her last math class even earlier than that: in 1975.

She has enrolled at UA to get an English degree and eventually teach at the college level.

She said she is grateful for remediation programs, as they should make the rest of her college career easier. She said she is not at all surprised that her math skills are rusty.

Odds against diploma

Still, the odds are stacked against students who need remediation. Most will never get a bachelor's degree, at least according to statistics.

At UA, only 21 percent of students who take a remediation class earn a bachelor's degree in six years, which is considered the reasonable time frame nationwide to complete a four-year program. If they fail a remediated course, they have almost a zero chance of ever graduating.

“Part of the problem here is the history and culture of higher education,” said Ron Abrams, president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.

“We've not valued things like reaching out and being a hand holder to students. We don't do enough to help them through the experience.”

Petro, the chancellor, said remediation may be a “disincentive” to students at a time when the state needs ever more young adults with bachelor's degrees to bolster the economy.

Perhaps students who aren't majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) don't need to slog through remediation in advanced algebra, he said.

While students are struggling to get through their remedial courses, they may be racking up loans that they will have trouble paying back if they drop out — and many do just that.

When they drop out, colleges and universities must recruit still more students to fill their seats —a vicious cycle.

“Maybe the best solution is to blow up what we're doing and start all over,” said Abrams, the community college official.

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News Headline: My Town: Kent State Named Great College to Work For (Booth) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/01/2011
Outlet Full Name: WJW-TV - Online
Contact Name: Jacque Jovic Web Producer
News OCR Text: Employees at Kent State University love their jobs! Based on a survey of nearly 44,000 at 310 colleges and universities, Kent State has been named the 2011 list of “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The university was recognized in the Compensation and Benefits category for large universities with 10,000 or more students. This is the second time Kent State has made the list in the four years the survey has been conducted.

Kent State has received many honors and recognitions this past year, including being named among the top 200 universities in the world and growing our enrollment to now rank as Ohio's second largest public university,” said Stephane Booth, Kent State's associate provost for quality initiatives and curriculum. “What is particularly special about this achievement is that it is based on the feedback of our faculty and staff. As members of the Kent State community, we take great pride in our institution and have a shared commitment to excellence, demonstrating ‘Excellence in Action' every day.”

For more information on the list and to view the survey results, visit

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News Headline: Reaction to debt deal: Sighs of relief, and doubts (Tudor) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Independent, The
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News OCR Text: Although the deal brokered by lawmakers to raise the U.S. borrowing limit while cutting trillions of dollars in federal spending was necessary, it doesn't do enough to address the nation's deficit, according to local political science professors.

A deal to raise the debt ceiling to prevent the U.S. from defaulting on its bills was expected to be approved by Congress by midnight Monday.

“I couldn't imagine the U.S. going into default,” said Jarrod Tudor, assistant professor of political science at the Kent State University Stark Campus. “I think there is a sigh of relief that something has been brokered.”

The tentative deal calls for at least $2.4 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years, a new congressional committee to recommend a deficit-reduction proposal by Thanksgiving and a two-step increase in the debt ceiling. The agreement does not require a balanced-budget amendment.

Under the plan as described by officials briefed on its outline, the debt limit would be increased by $900 billion in the first installment, subject to a congressional vote that Obama would be able to supersede with a veto. To prevent a default, $400 billion would be added immediately.

A second increase of $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion would be subject to a second vote by Congress. At the same time, a new joint congressional committee would be created to find a like amount of cuts.

If the evenly divided committee failed to agree on a plan, Congress either would have to approve a balanced-budget agreement or accept an across-the-board cut in spending in line with the committee's goal, with 50 percent of the savings coming from the Pentagon beginning in 2013. Medicare also would sustain cuts, though the reductions would be capped.

Tudor said he would have preferred a long-term solution to the nation's debt problems, rather than an agreement that forces them to revisit the issue in the future.

“I think everyone agrees the best thing is the debt ceiling was raised, but at some point in time, the hard decisions have to be made, maybe next year, after the election,” Tudor said. “I think my preference is to deal with it now. I certainly would have preferred that they knuckled down.”

Bill Cunion, associate professor of political science at the University of Mount Union, admits he was skeptical that a deal could be reached. He said the agreement has “all the hallmarks of a good compromise,” but failed to satisfy all sides of the debate, especially liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.

“The spending cuts are not as high as the tea party and conservative Republicans would have liked, but it's probably more spending cuts than desired by those on the left,” Cunion said. “I think everyone is walking away from the table thinking that they got done what the needed to, but not everyone is happy.”

Cunion agreed that the plan provides for short-term relief, but fails to address the long-term consequences of the nation's debt.

“The fundamental problems remain. We've just kicked this thing down the road,” Cunion said.

In a prepared statement, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, said the bill was not the “ideal plan,” but added he would support it because it cuts spending more than it raises the nation's borrowing limit.

“(It) contains no tax increases, guarantees a vote in the House and Senate on a balanced budget amendment, and avoids a costly default,” Renacci said.

Renacci also said he backed the legislation because it does not raise taxes on families or small businesses.

“This is not the ultimate answer to solving Washington's addiction to spending ... It is, however, a significant step in the right direction and the best possible deal for the people of Ohio,” Renacci said.

Cunion said he was not surprised that Renacci voted for the deal. “He has been voting all along with the leadership,” he said. “He is more of a mainstream Republican.”

A call seeking comment was left with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon.

Overall, the political stakes in the debt debate were unusually high, with leaders in both parties staking out positions that may well be central to their re-election chances in 2012.

Moderate Republicans likely will face strong challenges from tea party candidates, Tudor said. They appear to have emerged the winners, according to Tudor, because they voted against legislation that opposed their principles, though it ultimately will save the government from default.

“It's an opportunity for tea party members, if they are in a safe district, to have their cake and eat it, too,” Tudor said. “... There are going to be a lot of free riders who stay true to their principles.”

The tea party members, however, may suffer the consequences by being passed over by Republican leaders for committee assignments, Tudor said.

“It's deepened the political divide between moderate Republicans and the tea party. I think that division has gotten really raw,” Tudor said. “This has been a rocky Congress, and I think it's going to continue to be that way. I would love for Congress to get together and do the work without being under a deadline.”

President Barack Obama, for the most part, emerged unscathed from the acrimonious negotiations that have hung over the country in recent weeks, according to Tudor.

“He does not look like he was at the forefront, but it looks like he was above the fray,” Tudor said. “I think there is going to be a net (political) gain, but not a big one.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Copyright 2011 The Independent. Some rights reserved

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News Headline: KSU-Tusc Performing Arts Center season announced | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Repository, The
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News OCR Text: TUSCARAWAS TWP. — The Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas is raising the curtain on its 2011-12 season, which will include a lineup of 34 events that include comedy, music, dance and popular theatrical stage productions.

Performing Arts Center schedule of events for 2011-12

27 Kevin Johnson – Tongue in Check, So to Speak

2 Mike Super – Magic and Illusion
16 Zobapago
17 Nobodies of Comedy
25 Darius Rucker

6 Big Bad Voodooo Daddy
13 John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean
20 Sinbad
23 Blast!
26 Garry Krinsky's Toying with Science
31 Monty Python's “Spamalot”

5 Chi of Shaolin – Tale of the Dragon
8 “Mamma Mia!”
12 Soul Street Dance
21 Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

3 Natalie MacMaster, Christmas in Cape Breton

13 Craig Karges Presents Experience the Extraordinary
19 Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
31 Romeo and Juliet Ballet

10 Freedom Bound
11 John Caparulo
14 John Tesh: Big Band Live!
17 The Blanks
21 “Proof”

2 Wynonna
6 The Official Blues Brothers Revue
16 “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”
17 The Complete World of Sports (abridged)
24 Ballroom with a Twist

4, 5 Riverdance
20 Rainforest Reptile Shows
21 Cocktails with Larry Miller
26 “The Pirates of Penzance”

13 “In the Heights”

Copyright 2011 Some rights reserved

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News Headline: Reading program winners selected | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Reed Memorial Library
in Ravenna
just concluded
its 2011 Summer Reading
Program. All patrons,
from children
to adults, were able to
participate by reading
books and attending
reading programs
from June 13 to July
23. Every participant
was eligible for weekly
and grand prizes. Antoinette
Brown, above,
was one of two winners
of the candy contest.
Grace Klein, at right,
was the young adult
grand prize winner, and
siblings Matt and Cece
Dudley, below, were two
of the young adult final
contest prize winners.
Reed Memorial Library
would like to thank the
Friends of the Library,
all of the patrons, the
staff and the following
businesses for their donations
to the Summer
Reading Program: Akron
Aeros, Akron Symphony
Orchestra, Arctic
Squirrel in Acorn Alley,
Cleveland Browns,
Cleveland Cavaliers,
Cleveland MetroParks
Zoo, Home Savings
Bank, Kent State University
Fashion Museum,
Lake Erie Monsters,
Mahoning Valley Scrappers,
Middlefield Bank,
Ohio Caverns, Portage
Community Bank, Porthouse
Theatre, Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame
and Museum,Subway,
and Target.

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News Headline: Put It There, Partner | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
Outlet Full Name: Forbes
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Rebecca O. Bagley
Making It Work

Last week my organization spent a day with a high level state official getting him up to speed on our FlexMatters ™ cluster initiative, which is focused on growing the flexible electronics industry in Northeast Ohio. It was a fascinating day that highlighted many different aspects of cluster development mentioned in my previous blogs.

The one aspect that really struck me is that the opportunity in flexible electronics was created by synergistic university based research and technology transfer that is unique to Northeast Ohio. The start of the FlexMatters cluster was the world-renowned Liquid Crystal Institute ® at Kent State University. With the addition of the polymers expertise at the The University of Akron, Northeast Ohio has a strong research base for liquid crystals and flexible electronics that are printed on polymers through a roll-to-roll manufacturing process. To get the idea, think of a large newspaper printing press.

The relationship with the universities has been the driving force that has kept a focus on the development of these technologies and the creation of many of the companies. Dr. Lester Lefton, president of Kent State University, explains the relationship well: “Kent State University's liquid crystal research is an economic driver that aids the region's economy by incubating new businesses; attracts companies to Ohio because of its research pioneers and educated workforce; and leads to developing high-paying career paths for our graduates.”

Created in 1965, Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute is the most comprehensive research and educational center in the field of liquid crystals. The applications of breakthrough findings at the institute have had an impact on the world, from liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions to computer monitors to new electronic devices, like the iPad.

Universities that participate in cluster initiatives also find that they can build their research capacity and hire an even higher caliber of professors because of the synergies through that alignment. According to Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president of The University of Akron, “Success in today's economy belongs to those regions that build upon existing strengths by investing in the people who create new knowledge and technologies and who quickly translate innovations into marketable products and services.” Dr. Proenza credits this success through focused research programs with ties to local industrial and business sectors and strategic alliances with regional and international partners.

The private side of the FlexMatters cluster is made up from spin outs from both universities and some other entrepreneurial companies. We have also been able to engage some of the larger companies and anchor institutions in the region to open up market and promotion opportunities. Between the two universities, innovative start-up companies that have been spun out include, Akron Polymer Systems, AlphaMicron Inc., Crystal Diagnostics, Kent Displays Inc., and MemPro Ceramics Corporation.

The multiple areas of synergy between universities and clusters help to grow robust regional economies. Universities can provide workforce development, technology and research and are truly anchored in the region as they are unlikely to ever move. In turn, the cluster can provide industry relationships and an increased focus. By having an active cluster when grant proposals come up for research-related endeavors, the partnerships are easy to form.

Watch for a future blog in which I will talk more about partnering with universities and community colleges on workforce development.

Let's hear some partnership success stories or barriers that you have faced!

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News Headline: Student partners, last-minute guest contribute to special evening with Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
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News OCR Text: Next to holiday shows, pops concerts and appearances by big-name soloists, the Cleveland Orchestra's annual collaboration with the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra often falls through the Blossom Festival cracks.

But that's a shame. As Saturday's edition proved once again, whatever the event lacks in flash it makes up in musical sincerity, as young artists savor the opportunity to perform alongside their professional counterparts.

Yet the sight of young and established players sharing a stage wasn't the only hook Saturday. On a nearly perfect evening, a sizable crowd also witnessed a stunning instance of one of classical music's great wild cards, the last-minute substitution.

Presiding over most of the affair was guest conductor David Zinman, music director of Switzerland's Tonhalle Orchestra, whose mostly Russian program culminated in a combined performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

A definitive account it wasn't. On the contrary, one had the feeling of tempos mellowed to be accommodating. Best served by the combined forces were scenes such as "Bydlo" and the "Catacombs," in which weight and breadth are defining traits.

Still, there were magical moments aplenty, in the sheer sonic expanse of the "Great Gates," the doubly frolicsome air of the "Tuileries," and in the knowledge of what the experience must have meant to the young musicians.

Zinman also conducted the Cleveland Orchestra alone in a pair of shorter works: the Overture to Borodin's "Prince Igor" and Stravinsky's "Scherzo a la russe." Both emerged in crisp definition, the former sounding seamlessly melodic, the latter lively and assertive.

An even bolder impression was made by violinist Viviane Hagner, who more than ably stood in for Christian Tetzlaff -- held up by travel complications -- in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

Where many soloists might have been content under such conditions to simply read through the score, Hagner delivered an honest-to-goodness interpretation, and a gutsy one at that, a perfect storm of passion, power, and technical wizardry.

If anything, Hagner had a tendency to rush. But that was a peccadillo next to her unusually sweet high register and powerfully spellbinding Canzonetta. Given her performance under pressure, it may be time to move Hagner from B-list to A-list.

As per tradition, the evening began with a short pre-concert concert by the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, a 40-piece ensemble composed of students from a summer chamber music program at Kent State University. Leading the group was Sasha Mäkilä, an assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra.

In partial keeping with the night's Russian theme, the orchestra presented Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony" and Sibelius's Suite from "Kuolema."

Both could have used more vigor and greater dynamic range. But just as the Kent/Blossom partnership itself is more rewarding than meets the eye, the performances excelled in terms of shaping and emotion.

Especially strong was the Finale of the Prokofiev, treated by the young players to a reading not only proficient but distinctly zestful. It was an act of honest, all-out playing, and something special to behold.

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News Headline: Cellphones make landline phones in college residence halls obsolete (Edmiston) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/02/2011
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News OCR Text: Telephones in college residence halls used to be lifelines for homesick freshmen, smitten students and those appealing for more cash from mom and dad.

Now, in the age of cellphones, landlines in dorms are almost obsolete.

Requests for phone service have dropped so dramatically that many universities have disconnected landlines, saving tens of thousands of dollars. Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University "cut the cord" this year, following the lead of Ohio State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, John Carroll University and many others across the state.

It cost CWRU $18 per phone line per month, so discontinuing service saves roughly $280,000 a year, said Alma Sealine, director of housing.

In recent years, she said, less than three percent of the 3,800 students in residence halls activated a voice mail account for the landline phone service.

"The cellphone has become their primary phone connection to everything, from contacting friends to ordering pizza," she said.

Decades ago, college students lined up in halls or common areas to use house phones connected to the university phone system. Or they used pay phones in booths. When the modern telephone jack was introduced in 1970, residence halls were wired for telephone service and phones were installed in rooms.

In recent years, phones were removed from dorm rooms at most Ohio campuses and students had to provide their own if they wanted service.

At Kent, the university paid about $14 a month for roughly 3,500 lines in dorms, but only 214 were used in the fall of 2009 compared to 1,260 in 2006, said George Edmiston, a business analyst with residence services.

So officials decided to redirect money that would have been spent on telephone lines toward completing a wireless Internet network in all residence halls, he said.

"The usage [of phones] was just so minimal it was like we were wasting money," Edmiston said. "We figured out we could use those same funds and increase a service to the students."

Senior Kevin Papp said most students didn't even know there was a phone jack in their room but are thrilled that the dorms will be wireless.

"I think it's a good tradeoff," said Papp, 21, executive director of undergraduate student government. "I don't know anyone without a cellphone. If I did, they wouldn't be in college."

When he lived in a residence hall, he said, he plugged in one of his parents' old phones.

"I maybe used it once, when I either couldn't find my cellphone or the battery was dead," he said.

Papp said students have access to courtesy phones across campus. At Kent and CWRU, as well as other campuses, telephones are available in common areas in dorms. Students also can request a phone in their room, but may have to pay.

Kent students will be charged a $65 activation fee and $60 per semester. Miami University students pay $18 a month for phone service.

Telephone lines were installed in the new Euclid Commons housing complex at Cleveland State University. But no student has requested a phone, said Bill Wilson, chief information officer.

Fewer than 100 of 3,200 on-campus residents requested phone service at the University of Akron last year, which recently changed its policy and does not provide the service unless it's requested.

Oberlin College offers phone service in each room and provides a phone if a student requests one, said Molly Tyson, director of residential education. Last fall, 136 students checked out phones, she said.

"Not all of our students have cellphones, and they don't always work in residence halls," she said. "Our students come from all over the country and have lots of different wireless service providers. Some don't get good service in this area."

This may be the last year Kenyon College, which has a phone in every dorm room, will offer phone service to students unless they request it, said Matt Troutman, interim director of student life.

Two phone companies have put up towers in hilly Gambier, in Knox County, in recent years so students switch to those plans to get service he said.

"The phones in rooms are really not used very much," he said.

Ohio State University saved more than $600,000 a year when it decided in 2009 not to purchase phone service for all dorm rooms, said Thyrone Henderson, associate director of university residences.

It installed telephones in hallways of residence halls, he said.

"Actually in a couple of instances we found some of the old [telephone] infrastructure," he said, referring to a time when a hall phone was the only one available to a student.

New phones were placed in those locations.

This is the third year Baldwin-Wallace will not provide phone service to students, said spokesman George Richard. It no longer pays for 960 phone lines and saves about $38,000 a year.

"People can request them and there is no charge," he said. "We had one person call late in the school year asking for his phone to be activated because his cellphone service had been shut off."

Perhaps his first call on the landline was to ask mom and dad for more money.

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