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KENT, Ohio, Feb.28 -- Kent State University issued the following news release: Donna Karan, one of the most famous American fashion designers, will be at Kent State...

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School Notes 02/29/2012 Aurora Advocate Text Attachment Email

Merger of KSU, podiatric school nears finalization Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine plan to come together into one single, academic entity, as early as this summer....

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Playing better with connection (Barkley) 02/28/2012 Hawk Eye - Online, The Text Attachment Email

...AKRON, Ohio - The child who never gets the ball tossed to him on the playground could be more likely to pass on any type of exercise. A study led by a Kent State University researcher has found children who were ostracized during a virtual ball-toss computer game were subsequently less physically...

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'Smart bike' to help those with Parkinson's (Ridgel, Gunstad) 02/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

KSU Museum (1)
Museum highlights beachwear popular in the late 1800s, early 1900s (Hume) 02/29/2012 Aurora Advocate Text Attachment Email

...Editor "They wore THAT to the beach?" That is a common reaction from people who come to see "A Day at the Beach: Seaside Fashion, 1860-1915," at the Kent State University Museum, said Sara Hume, curator. The exhibit takes a look at beachware for women and children, from an 1860s dress to two...

Music (2)
Hyunsoon Whang to play Sunday at KSU music series 02/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Guest conductor leads band 02/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies (TLCS) (2)
Rachael Schlossin Completes Student Teaching Requirement Overseas 02/28/2012 Northfield Patch Text Attachment Email

...that provides opportunities for its students to have quality student teaching experiences in overseas settings. The director of COST, Ken Cushner from Kent State, works closely with university and school representatives from the United States and around the world to promote global understanding,...

Risk Factor (Kist) 02/29/2012 Cleveland Magazine Text Attachment Email

WKSU (1)
Folk Alliance says goodbye to Memphis with a rich, crazy week of music 02/29/2012 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

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Honoring Mothers, Mentors and Muses 02/29/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Honoring Mothers, Mentors and Muses The Women's Center at Kent State University will host the annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses Scholarship Fundraiser reception Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student...


News Date: 02/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: Federal News Service
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News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio, Feb.28 -- Kent State University issued the following news release:

Donna Karan, one of the most famous American fashion designers, will be at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, on Monday, March 5.Karan will serve as the keynote speaker for the Kent State College of Nursing's annual Driving the Future conference series.This year's conference explores an integrative approach to incorporating self-care and mindfulness in a balanced personal and professional life.Conference attendees will examine the impact of mindfulness on features of health care workplace environments, attitudes of the individuals working in them, and benefits to the patients who experiences congruence of those factors.

The designer's Urban Zen Foundation has collaborated with Kent State's College of Nursing for the past two years on the "Care of the Caregiver" program that focuses on self-care of nurses and its professional value of caring for the self in their education.The partnership with Kent State is Urban Zen's first collaboration with a university nursing program in the country.The program is an innovative solution to the growing nursing shortage and more importantly, provides caregivers with the skills to care for themselves so they can better care for others.

Karan is the founder and leader of the Urban Zen Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the preservation of culture (past), wellbeing (present) and empowering children (future).The hallmark of the Urban Zen wellbeing initiative is the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program, which integrates eastern healing modalities with western science to care for patients, their loved ones and caregivers as well as the medical community within hospitals, outpatient facilities, patient support groups and home care.

While batting lung cancer, a last wish of Karan's husband, Stephan Weiss, was that Karan "take care of his nurses." As a result, the UZIT Program has turned its attention to the nation's caregivers by modifying its core UZIT Program to focus on self-care for nursing students and nurses currently in the profession.

The collaboration between Kent State and Karan's Urban Zen started in September 2010.Approximately 30 students in Kent State's accelerated nursing program participate in the "Care for the Caregiver" program each semester.The goal is to address issues such as nursing burnout and job-related stress.The program includes training in yoga, essential oil therapy, Reiki, nutrition and contemplative care giving.

"The 'Care for the Caregiver' program investigates, develops and socializes students to develop and use critical self-care skills," said Laura Dzurec, dean of Kent State's College of Nursing."It will help to create a legacy of sustainable, high-quality health care for generations to come."

"Because we are faced with a nursing shortage that is growing daily, this program is critical," said Lisa Sunshine, director of development and communications with the UZIT Program."It's a powerful solution because it begins within each nurse.As they learn to care for themselves, they connect more with the caregiving passion that they have.These skills will allow this passion to keep burning and not burn out."

"Northeast Ohio is a center for both health care delivery and health care research," said Kent State President Lester A.Lefton."Health care is one of the driving economic forces for growth in the region, and we all have experienced the impact that well-educated and prepared nurses have on the quality, safety and cost of health care.As leaders in nursing education, Kent State's College of Nursing wants our graduates to enter the health care field with all of the skills they need to lead health care into its sustainable future.We are delighted to have found a great partner in Donna Karan and her Urban Zen Foundation.Our collaboration will have an impact on the lives of our students and on nursing."

The "Care for the Caregiver" program is also part of a research project between three colleges of nursing.Faculty active in the Nursing Self-Care Consortium comprising Kent State, Cleveland State University and Ursuline College are engaged in research to study the influence of mindfulness on students' wellbeing.

"Through the consortium, we are able to better measure the impact of this training on perceived stress, mindfulness and self-care," said Michelle Bozeman, coordinator for Urban Zen/Kent State's "Care for the Caregiver" program."One of the outcomes of the study we are conducting is to refine the self-care program so that it can be replicated in any nursing program across the country."

For Urban Zen, the organization is thankful to have a partner in Kent State."This is our first partnership in the field of health care education," Sunshine said."It's been great.The feedback we hear from students is gratifying.They are embracing it in their daily lives, and it deepens their desire to be caregivers.It has been completely supported, and it's been a beautiful relationship with Kent State."

For Kent State students like Sue Crossen, a 47-year-old nursing major, the "Care for the Caregiver" program has been life-changing.Crossen decided to make a career change and go back to school."For 25 years, I abused myself, working long hours, eating the wrong foods and taking care of everyone else," she said."I can't take care of others if I'm not emotionally and physically ready.Who knew I would be so lucky that this program was here? This program allows me to do what I love, which is to help others."

On March 5 at the Driving the Future event at Kent State, other experts who are speaking include Dr.Cynda Hylton Rushton, a professor of nursing and pediatrics and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee, well-known yoga experts and co-directors of the UZIT Program.Information about the Driving the Future series is available at

With the largest program in the state, Kent State graduates more than 450 nursing students each year.More than 40 percent of nurses in Northeast Ohio are graduates of Kent State's College of Nursing.For more information about Kent State's College of Nursing, visit

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News Headline: School Notes | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Aurora Advocate
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News OCR Text: Merger of KSU, podiatric school nears finalization

Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine plan to come together into one single, academic entity, as early as this summer.

The podiatric school in Independence, established in 1916, is one of the largest podiatric medical education institutions in the country and the only accredited podiatry school in Ohio.

The move to join KSU is part of the strategic plan of the podiatric school to expand the college's teaching and research. The podiatric college also will offer strategic research and teaching collaborations with the university's health and science departments.

The partnership will offer expanded academic options for podiatric students, including the ability to obtain a dual degree, such as a master's degree of business administration or public health, or a Ph.D. in a variety of science programs.

The boards of trustees of both institutions will have separate meetings in March where progress made in the acquisition will be discussed.

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News Headline: Playing better with connection (Barkley) | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: Hawk Eye - Online, The
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News OCR Text: Playing better with connection

Feeling left out could lead children to opt out of physical activity.

AKRON, Ohio - The child who never gets the ball tossed to him on the playground could be more likely to pass on any type of exercise.

A study led by a Kent State University researcher has found children who were ostracized during a virtual ball-toss computer game were subsequently less physically active.

The findings - published recently in the American Academy of Pediatrics' professional journal Pediatrics - could help shed light on contributing factors and potential solutions for the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

"Ostracism appears to cause a reduction in physical activity," said study co-author Jacob Barkley, an assistant professor in exercise science at Kent State. "It could create a scenario where if you're an overweight or obese child, that ostracism could reduce your physical activity. As you get more ostracized, you get heavier, you get more ostracized because you got heavier and things get worse and worse."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of children and adolescents are overweight.

Barkley got the idea for the study while watching his three sons, ages 3 to 7, playing in their backyard.

"I noticed when friends came over, the intensity of their activity increased dramatically," he said. "After seeing that, I went and looked at the literature in terms of peer influence and physical activity behavior."

Barkley found other studies showing a link between ostracism or bullying and a decline in physical activity. But previous research didn't show a clear cause and effect.

For example, one study determined children who felt teased verbally or physically were less likely to be active and more likely to be overweight, Barkley said. "But does this peer victimization cause them to be less active, or (does) the fact that they're less active cause victimization?"

In his study, Barkley and his colleagues observed 19 boys and girls ages 8 to 12 who completed two experimental sessions at Kent State.

During one session, children playing a ball-toss computer game received the ball one-third of the time. During the other, the computer was programmed to exclude the children from receiving the ball most of the time.

After playing the computer games, the participants were taken to a gym, where they were allowed to choose sedentary or physical activities.

When they were excluded by the computer game, the study participants spent 41 percent more time with sedentary activities, such as reading books, coloring or playing matching games, the study found. When the children were included in the computer game, their physical activity level in the gym was 22 percent higher.

"I think it's really important that children have positive peer interaction in their life," Barkley said.

Barkley is conducting follow-up research exploring whether positive peer interaction encourages physical activity.

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News Headline: 'Smart bike' to help those with Parkinson's (Ridgel, Gunstad) | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Dr. Angela Ridgel,
an assistant professor
of exercise science/
physiology at
Kent State University,
is leading two new
research projects to
help individuals with
Parkinson's disease
improve cognitive and
motor function.
Ridgel has been studying Parkinson's
disease for five years, and the two
new research projects are bringing her
closer to developing exercise therapy
that can delay the progression of Parkinson's
and lower Parkinson's medications
“Parkinson's is a progressive disease,
and over time, individuals are required
to take more and more medication —
sometimes with negative side effects
— in order to manage symptoms such
as decreased motor and cognitive function,”
Ridgel said.
“The goal is to develop widely applicable
exercise therapy to delay the
progression of symptoms and reduce
the need for medication.
“Nearly 1.5 million Americans have
Parkinson's disease, and the longer
people live, the more likely they are to
develop progressive neurological disorders.
I believe, and my research is proving,
that we can use exercise therapy
to promote improvements in the way
the nervous system works and improve
the lives of these individuals.”
Research Study No. 1: The Parkinson's
Disease Cognitive Intervention
Ridgel, with support from KSU's
Dr. John Gunstad, associate professor
of psychology, and Dr. Ellen Glickman,
professor of exercise physiology,
is currently studying the impact of upper-
and lower-extremity exercise on
cognition, motor function and cerebral
blood flow, as well as cardiovascular fitness
and muscle strength in individuals
with Parkinson's disease.
The goal is to add additional exercise
therapy besides cycling for Parkinson's
patients. Ridgel's past research
has proven cycling improves motor
and cognitive function.
Initial findings presented at the Society
for Neuroscience Meeting in November
2011 reveal that individuals
with Parkinson's experience improvements
in cognitive function, mobility
and oxygen saturation in the brain after
participating in the program's comprehensive
exercise intervention.
This exercise protocol developed
by KSU researchers can improve fitness,
motor and cognitive function in
a short, eight-week period.
Additionally, through extensive
psychological evaluations measuring
memory, attention, problem-solving
and language, the researchers are
examining which underlying brain responses
and neurological functions
are associated with cognitive improvements.
These findings may lead to additional
methods for Parkinson's rehabilitation,
according to Gunstad.
“With a greater understanding of
how exercise impacts neurological
function, we can gauge which areas of
the brain are key to repairing cognitive
function,” Gunstad said.
“This could eventually lead us to
look for methods of brain stimulation
that may produce the same cognitive
benefits for Parkinson's.”
Ridgel will present the results of
the study at the American College of
Sports Medicine conference in May.
Research Study No. 2: Smart Bike
“While the work we are doing with
exercise therapy has been successful,
there is quite a bit of variability in the
data,” Ridgel said.
“Individuals with Parkinson's each
have different symptoms and capabilities,
making it challenging to develop
a single, applicable rehabilitation program
ideal for all patients.
“Our goal is to build a ‘smart bike'
that would allow us to create a database
of symptoms and responses. Using
this database, we could then design
a cycling program tailored to an
individual's unique capabilities and
On Jan. 7, Ridgel received a twoyear,
$390,000 grant from the National
Institutes of Health to develop the
smart bike in collaboration with Dr.
Kenneth Loparo of Case Western Reserve
University and Dr. Fred Discenzo
of Rockwell Automation.
Starting in June, she will use the
“smart bike” to assess individual effort,
performance, skill level and therapeutic
The ultimate goal is to devise a computer-
driven system that alters resistance,
speed and time to benefit each
Using an established baseline, the
bike will output a customized exercise
program to benefit individuals
with Parkinson's.
If successful, the team can apply for
a second grant to develop a solution
for widespread use in therapist and
doctor's offices.
Ridgel received her undergraduate
degree in biology from the College
of William and Mary in Virginia, a
master's degree in biology at Villanova
University in Pennsylvania and her
doctoral degree in biomedical sciences
from Marshall University in West
Ridgel completed her postdoctoral
training at Case Western Reserve University
and Cleveland Clinic.
Her early work used animal models
to examine the neurobiology of
movement and the effects of aging on
Most recently, she has been interested
in how aging and neurological disorders
limit exercise and movement
in humans.
For more information on KSU's exercise
physiology program, visit http://

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News Headline: Museum highlights beachwear popular in the late 1800s, early 1900s (Hume) | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Aurora Advocate
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Special Products Editor

"They wore THAT to the beach?"

That is a common reaction from people who come to see "A Day at the Beach: Seaside Fashion, 1860-1915," at the Kent State University Museum, said Sara Hume, curator.

The exhibit takes a look at beachware for women and children, from an 1860s dress to two 1915 bathing suits.

Visitors expecting to see actual bathing wear could be in for a shock: "beachware" usually were lighter-colored versions of the traditional fashions was worn on seaside vacations, made with lighter materials such as cotton. One example is a white dress from the 1880s, which is made of cotton and eyelet.

"Most dresses from that era were very heavy, made with heavy materials such as brocade," she said.

The notion of a day at the beach was different than today's version of swimming and sunbathing.

"They didn't go to the beach so much to get a sun tan, but for fresh air," Hume said. But women would bring gloves and parasols to keep from getting too much sun.

"A Day at the Beach" can be seen through Oct. 7.

The museum is at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets, in Kent. The museum is open to the public 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. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID, free to the public on Sundays and offers free parking.

For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit>


Phone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3153

RPC Photo / April K. Helms

This white cotton dress is from around the late 1880s, and is an example of a typical dress that would have been worn on a seaside vacation. While this might seem like a very formal -- and very elaborate -- dress for beachware by today's standards, this dress would have been considered lightweight.

RPC Photo / April K. Helms

These two dresses would have been worn in the early 1900s, and this boy's outfit would have been worn in the late 19th century.

RPC Photo / April K. Helms

The bathing suit, pictured right, was made sometime between 1910 and 1919, and was made of wool. The outfit included a tunic and bloomers. The white sailor suit, which would have been made for a boy from the early 20th century, is made of cotton.

RPC Photo / April K. Helms

These three children's dresses would have been typical wear for the beach during the late 1800s.

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News Headline: Hyunsoon Whang to play Sunday at KSU music series | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: The Hugh
A. Glauser
School of
Music at
Kent State
will continue
the 2011-
12 Ke n t
Series at 5 p.m. March 5
with a guest artist performance
by pianist Hyunsoon
Born in Korea, Hyunsoon
Whang has performed more
than 500 concerts across the
United States, Europe, Canada,
the Cayman Islands, Japan
and Korea. Having studied
at the North Carolina
School of the Arts, St. Louis
Conservatory of Music, The
Juilliard School and Indiana
University, she is now on the
faculty at Cameron University
in Lawton, Okla.
Whang is scheduled
to play works by Clara
Schumann, Ravel, Chopin
and Brahms. She will be
joined on stage by guest
clarinetist Daniel Gilbert
and KSU cello faculty and
artist-in-residence Keith
General seating tickets
are $10 (cash or check) per
person at the door, but free
for Kent State students, faculty
and staff. For more information,
call the Concert
Hotline at 330-672-3609 or
Ludwig Recital Hall is
located in the Music and
Speech Center at 1325 Theatre
Drive on the campus
of Kent State University
in Kent.

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News Headline: Guest conductor leads band | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Scott Curfman from the Kent State University
School of Music recently rehearsed the
Southeast High School Symphonic Band.
He spent the time working on technical and musical
details of the band's contest pieces in preparation
for the District VI Large Group Adjudicated
Event, being held March 9 and 10.

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News Headline: Rachael Schlossin Completes Student Teaching Requirement Overseas | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: Northfield Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Rachael Schlossin, of Northfield, MN, was one of nine students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls successfully completed fall semester 2011 student teaching overseas through the Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program.

Schlossin student taught elementary education in Costa Rica.

COST participants must complete the first half of their student teaching in the United States. Those accepted need to demonstrate above average ability, good character, flexibility, and strong motivation.

COST is a collaboration of 15 colleges and universities in the United States that provides opportunities for its students to have quality student teaching experiences in overseas settings. The director of COST, Ken Cushner from Kent State, works closely with university and school representatives from the United States and around the world to promote global understanding, intercultural communication, and a meaningful educational experience.

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News Headline: Risk Factor (Kist) | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Cleveland Magazine
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Grades, standardized tests and college acceptance make it difficult to encourage risk-taking in the classroom. But the 21st-century skill is finding new advocates in area schools.

It's just before 2 p.m. on a sunny winter Friday, and many of high school senior Jordan Doll's friends are in a classroom, sitting behind a desk, listening to a teacher at the front of the room.

But Jordan is in the crowded upstairs living room of an old mansion in Cleveland's University Circle, watching a video of a crime show. When the woman on the screen admits to murdering her husband with poison, the entire room erupts in laughter and applause.

This is Jordan's classroom — no lined-up desks or lecturing teachers to be found. Instead, the entire four grades are sitting on the floor, watching the mock-CSI video that some of Jordan's classmates produced to demonstrate what they learned about forensic science during a two-week intensive study program.

Enrolling as a freshman in Cleveland's Montessori High School the first year it opened was a big risk for Jordan, who had only experienced the traditional classroom setting at Roxboro elementary and middle schools in Cleveland Heights.

But after two years, Jordan wondered if she was missing something by not going to a traditional school and enrolled in Cleveland Heights High School.

After just one academic quarter at Heights High, Jordan returned to Montessori High School, where she will graduate in May.

And for a little while she questioned if she was a quitter — or a risk-taker.

"A lot of times people define risk as being flaky, especially in teenagers," she says.

But when she returned to Montessori, staff and classmates welcomed her back without questions.

"Most high schools would tell you that you did something wrong," she says. "But one good thing about this school is that it's really not judgmental."

Jordan says the school creates a level of comfort that allows for risk-taking inside and outside the classroom.

After the applause for the video dies down, Jordan heads to an internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art, even though many of the students have another afternoon class.

In today's competitive academic environment, many students become afraid to try anything out of the norm that might get them off track from landing in the best colleges. Take a risk, and you could fail.

But that's beginning to change.

The recognition of risk-taking and risking failure as a learning process is changing how students are being taught today, even in schools with a traditional curriculum.

That's why risk-taking is being recognized as a 21st-century skill that will be linked with a new rigorous college- and career-ready curriculum when it is integrated into all Ohio schools by 2014. Other key skills include digital-age literacy, inventive thinking that includes creativity and self-direction, effective communication (including collaboration) and high productivity.

"The classroom that sets up failure as an expected result and a result that you get early in the learning process is a healthy classroom," says Larry Goodman, head of The Ratner School in Pepper Pike.

The Ratner School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, uses the Montessori philosophy in its preschool and components of the philosophy in lower grades while slowly moving toward a more traditional classroom environment.

The Montessori philosophy builds on the idea of intrinsic motivation to learn.

"Risk-taking and failure look different when you're intrinsically motivated," says Goodman. "Failure is not a reflection on you. • You keep working at it. A risk that has gone bad actually acts as encouragement to keep going."

Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School, points to the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck as a key resource for understanding how risk-taking impacts student success.

In her book Mindset, Dweck talks about growth and fixed mindsets. In a growth mindset, people believe they develop through hard work and that their brains and talent are just a starting point. In a fixed mindset, people believe their talent and intellect is a fixed trait that can't be further developed.

"Failure is good for those who have a growth mindset and think that failures are great because they show you what you still need to learn," explains Damour. "They're not good for students or families who have a fixed mindset and think that failure is really humiliating and shows what your kid can't do."

The best teachers or schools bring that growth mindset into a classroom and set up a safe environment that allows for making mistakes.

Marissa Covelli, a seventh-grade English teacher at Avon Middle School, uses fun and humor to get students comfortable with their own creativity and risk-taking.

"Putting yourself out there is what my class is all about," says Covelli. "My kids love to come to class because they don't know what's going to happen next. We don't sit and do worksheets all day. I always have something up my sleeve."

For example, in a lesson she gave on persuasion, Covelli had students create commercials about objects she brought in, such as doggie breath mints or an empty bottle of Gas-X.

When the class read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, she brought in a fake fireplace and hot chocolate. The students sat on the floor to read it out loud.

When they read The Giver, Covelli wore an old person's mask so they could re-enact the "ceremony of 12" from the book. And when they studied the book Running Out of Time, in which a girl thinks she's living in the 1840s but discovers it's really 1996, they played the game Taboo to learn what it's like to describe something when you have a limited vocabulary.

Covelli, a first-year teacher, was a student of William Kist at Kent State University. He says she's an innovative teacher, but thinks that's a rarity in most schools today.

The idea of "teaching to the test" puts restrictions on teachers, says Kist, an associate professor in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. Lack of innovation in a teacher leads to lack of innovation in a student.

"Kids are sitting in rows in desks, listening to the teacher talk, and then on Friday, they take a test, which is often set up to be a memorization test of facts," says Kist. "I don't think teachers are encouraged to try new things, and that trickles down to students, who increasingly see school as just a ticket to the next station."

Kist says the best teachers build choice into the curriculum by, for instance, giving students several project choices or different ways to approach a project, rather than hemming them into to a single, right way.

The rote and routine learning follows students into Kist's college classroom.

"When I pass out my syllabus at Kent State, students go through it to see what are the assignments they need to get an A, instead of asking, •What am I going to learn in this course?' or •How am I going to grow?' or •How am I going to take risks?' " he says. "They've grown up in a system where the whole point of school is to get good grades and go to college."

First-year teacher Katie Christo experienced the same thing this year when she began teaching eighth grade at Massillon Middle School.

"It was really shocking because anything I'd give them, they'd ask, •Is this being graded?' " Christo says. "The focus has always been on the grade, and that's been a challenge, trying to change their way of thinking to realize that doing it is the important part, and it shouldn't really matter if that specific assignment is graded."

Mike Waski, a math teacher at Montessori High School, sees the focus on grades from students who come from traditional educational backgrounds.

"I'll give a lesson and say, •Here's three options,' and they'll say, •Which one is right?' " Waski says.

Montessori High School does give grades because students end up with an International Baccalaureate diploma, but teachers don't grade every paper or project.

While it's tough to get completely away from grades — after all, colleges demand them — some teachers are using them less as an assessment tool.

Jon Barker, a math teacher at St. Ignatius High School, has cut back on testing.

"We still have the tests because they have to show me they've learned from this experience, but I don't do it as much because I feel like the days when I would have tested can be spent practicing in groups," he says.

The biggest change he's made in his classroom is to go to tables so the boys can work on problems together and help each other. Besides learning math, the boys are learning teamwork and collaboration, both 21st-century skills.

"It bred an atmosphere where you tried to help each other," says George Bashour, a St. Ignatius senior and student council president, who took Barker's calculus class last year.

Bashour also appreciated Barker's style, which taught higher level thinking skills, a big change from the usual math teacher routine of standing at the board doing problems for the students.

"He's not teaching you the formula, but he's teaching you the concept behind it," Bashour says.

Teamwork contributes not only to student learning but also to a cohesiveness in a school that gives students a safe atmosphere in which they feel comfortable taking risks. Carol Lockhart, principal of Cleveland Early College High School at John Hay, says bringing her teachers together in teams has radically improved her school and helped the students.

In fact, Early College High School has 100 percent graduation and college admission rates — unheard of for a school that has all its students on free or reduced lunch. Within Cuyahoga County, it ranks third on the Performance Index on the Ohio Graduation Test, behind Solon and Rocky River.

Resources are minimal for Early College High School, part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, but Lockhart believes best practices don't require funding.

Instead, she has built a foundation of collaboration among the teachers that trickles down to the students.

"We remind teachers that we are not educating students the way they were taught," Lockhart says. "We can't do that. Our students are in the 21st century. So if I get the teachers engaged in their own learning, they can get the students engaged in their learning. It's a win-win."

At Early College High School, Lockhart gives affirmations to students and teachers whenever she gets a chance. One of her favorites is: "A mind that is challenged by something new never returns to its old dimension." She stresses that life and education are a journey.

"Failure is part of the journey," Lockhart says. "But if you repeat the failure, you haven't learned anything from it. I don't want to see anyone fail, but I want to make sure that if they fail along the journey that the support is in place to help them become redeemed in some way."

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News Headline: Folk Alliance says goodbye to Memphis with a rich, crazy week of music | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer
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News OCR Text: MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The final year of the Folk Alliance annual conference to be held in Memphis went out in typical grand fashion, with a crazy week of music, music, music.

More than 1,000 performers from around the world flocked to the annual conference that ended Sunday. They were there to show off for concert and festival promoters, club owners, critics and DJs. The talent gathered in one hotel and performed in intimate concert halls and even more intimate hotel rooms almost 24 hours a day for five exhausting days.

There were fewer big names than usual this year. Melanie, Jonathan Edwards and Steve Forbert headed up that list. With so many acts, and many of them new, attendees relied on word of mouth for who to see next. The performers don't have a lot of time to impress people -- usually a half-hour. That time frame was often shorter, since many made up their minds after hearing just one song.

It's amazing how often the same names were repeated all week as the "must-see act": SHEL, Folk Uke, Bill Kirchen, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Elephant Revival and Akron's own Mo Mojo were on everyone's lips.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal covered the event with words and video.

Jim Blum and the crew from WKSU FM/89.7 in Kent pulled up in a fancy new black bus and were all over the conference. Visit their site at for interviews and live performances.

Folk Uke is two very pretty young girls with voices sweet as honey. But much of their subject matter can't be reprinted in a newspaper. One song that can be identified is the old standard, “Tonight You Belong to Me,” which was sweet as sugar.

Bill Kirchen showed why he's called “The Titan of the Telecaster” with his amazing electric guitar. Best known as the guitarist on the Commander Cody remake of “Hot Rod Lincoln,” Kirchen filled the room with new and old fans.

This guy is the real thing.

His newest album “Word to the Wise,” is a series of duets with people like Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Squeeze's Paul Carrack, Commander Cody and others.

SHEL, or as they were known last weekend, “the girls with the funny hats,” are four sisters, ages 18 to 22, from Fort Collins, Colo. They have beautiful voices, amazing harmonies, but their self-composed songs are wonderfully weird and impossible to describe.

The classically trained sisters play violin, guitar, mandolin and keyboards. The youngest, Liza, does an incredible job with a west African drum called a dejembe that pulled the sound together.

The band name is an acronym for Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza.

The biggest surprise of the show was a version of Led Zeppelin's “The Battle of Evermore.”

John Fullbright looks like he's carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, but when the twentysomething singer performed his original songs, the audience was spellbound. Hailing from Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Okla., Fullbright is a songwriter's songwriter.

His surprise hit of the night was a new tune about a corrupt politician called “The Fat Man,” which sounded like a cross between Leon Russell and Randy Newman.

Elephant Revival is a motley crew of young people dressed in mountain thrift store clothes playing catchy tunes on guitar, washboard, stand-up bass and banjo. But when Bonnie Paine sang in her throaty whisper, there wasn't another sound in the room.

Danny Schmidt is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, who might have gotten lost among the dozens of other singer-songwriters if not for his special gift. He held the audience in his hands with a chilling song about a 90-year-old man who finished the stained-glass window for his son when the young man died. His creation was as beautiful as it was fear-inspiring, and so was the song.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra from Vancouver play gypsy rock, folk funk music and create a “Wall of Sound” that would make Phil Spector proud. The song, “XO Tango,” with an incredible violin solo, brought the house down.

The festival ended as it did last year, with hundreds of people gathered in a concert hall singing Beatles songs into the morning light, until they fell asleep in their chairs.

Now that's a festival.

Next year, the 25th annual Folk Alliance gathering will be held in Toronto. In 2014, the annual event shifts to Kansas City for the foreseeable future.

For more information on how to become a member of the Folk Alliance, get invited to the conference or volunteer to work there (and get in free) visit

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News Headline: Honoring Mothers, Mentors and Muses | Attachment Email

News Date: 02/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
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News OCR Text: Honoring Mothers, Mentors and Muses

The Women's Center at Kent State University will host the annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses Scholarship Fundraiser reception Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Previously, more than 90 Kent State women have been nominated and honored. This year, 2011 honoree Randi Schneider, Ph.D., will speak at the event. The registration deadline to attend the event is Feb. 29. For more information, visit

Cost: $25

Contact: Heather Adams, 330-672-8394,

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