Report Overview:
Total Clips (19)
Alumni Association (5)
American Association University Professors (AAUP); Biology; Board of Trustees; Office of the President; University Administration (1)
American Association University Professors (AAUP); Board of Trustees (4)
American Association University Professors (AAUP); Board of Trustees; Office of the Provost (1)
Institutional Advancement; KSU Foundation (1)
KSU at Tuscarawas (1)
Liquid Crystal Institute (1)
Liquid Crystal Institute; Research; Third Frontier (1)
Mathematics (1)
Office of the University Architect; Town-Gown (1)
Safety; Students (1)
Theatre and Dance (1)


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Alumni Association (5)
Alumni Board 08/09/2012 Solon Patch Text Attachment Email

Alumni from Solon, Avon Lake, Cleveland Heights named to board The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. announces the following new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors: John Garofalo, of Sagamore...

Patch Residents Named to Kent State National Alumni Board 08/09/2012 Solon Patch Text Attachment Email

Alumni from Solon, Avon Lake, Cleveland Heights named to board http://clevelandheights.patch.com/articles/patch-residents-named-to-kent-state-national-alumni-board/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344506185 The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. announces...

Alumni Association 08/09/2012 Avon-Avon Lake Patch Text Attachment Email

Resident named vice president. The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake...

Brian Marino 08/09/2012 Avon-Avon Lake Patch Text Attachment Email

Resident named vice president. The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake...

Skylight Financial 08/09/2012 Avon-Avon Lake Patch Text Attachment Email

Resident named vice president. The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake...


American Association University Professors (AAUP); Biology; Board of Trustees; Office of the President; University Administration (1)
Kent State ratifies 3-year pact with faculty union 08/09/2012 Record-Courier - Online Text Attachment Email

Jobs Autos MarketplaceOhio DiscountGuru Record-Courier Staff Report Kent State University formally approved a new contract Wednesday that provides 2 percent, across the board raises to tenure-track faculty for each...


American Association University Professors (AAUP); Board of Trustees (4)
FACULTY CONTRACT (Lefton) 08/09/2012 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Email

Kent State trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining pact with the faculty union. "We enter a new academic...

ANN Wednesday Afternoon Update 08/09/2012 AkronNewsNow.com Text Attachment Email

...Shorb Avenue NW and Wilson Place NW around midnight for reports of a shooting.... in Local UA Increases Percentage Of College Ready Students The University of Akron has seen an increase in the "college-readiness" of its incoming freshmen this year. That's the message delivered to the University's...

Kent State trustees approve new faculty contract (Mansfield) 08/09/2012 WKSU-FM - Online Text Attachment Email

Three-year contract increases pay, but also hikes health insurance premiums by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA In The Region: Kent State's full-time faculty has a new contract Wednesday after almost a year of negotiations. The three-year deal was approved by the Board...

KSU Tenure-Track Faculty Ratify Contract (Mintz) 08/09/2012 Youngstown Business Journal Text Attachment Email

KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University and the full-time, tenure-track faculty unit of the American Association of University Professors-Kent State Chapter have...


American Association University Professors (AAUP); Board of Trustees; Office of the Provost (1)
Kent State Trustees Ratify Faculty Contract (Mintz, Diacon) 08/10/2012 Twinsburg Patch Text Attachment Email

3-year agreement includes 2 percent raises each contract year Kent State's trustees approved a new three-year faculty contract on Aug. 8, 2012. Kent State University http://kent.patch.com/articles/kent-state-trustees-ratify-faculty-contract/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344533421...


Institutional Advancement; KSU Foundation (1)
No Work Stoppage at New Kent State Hotel Downtown (Finn) 08/09/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

University officials deny rumors that construction has stopped on the five-story building The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Work has slowed at the site recently but it is expected to get busy...


KSU at Tuscarawas (1)
LeAnn Rimes concert rescheduled at Kent State Tuscarawas Arts Center 08/09/2012 Daily Jeffersonian - Online, The Text Attachment Email

LeAnn Rimes concert rescheduled at Kent State Tuscarawas Arts Center Published: August 9, 2012 1:00PM NEW PHILADELPHIA --The LeAnn Rimes Acoustic concert, originally scheduled...


Liquid Crystal Institute (1)
US Patent Issued to Kent State University on Aug. 7 for "Polarization Independent Liquid Crystal-Based Etalon and Devices Using Same" (Ohio,... 08/10/2012 Federal News Service Text Email

US Patent Issued to Kent State University on Aug. 7 for "Polarization Independent Liquid Crystal-Based Etalon and Devices Using Same" (Ohio, California Inventors) ...


Liquid Crystal Institute; Research; Third Frontier (1)
kent state university receives $3 million for nanoscale engineering project (Yokoyama) 08/10/2012 hiVelocity Text Attachment Email


Mathematics (1)
Shaping the future of math curriculum through adaptive technology (Tonge) 08/09/2012 University Business - Online Text Attachment Email

Student-centered ALEKS system helps drive improvement in Kent State's remedial math programs Many institutions across the country are struggling with student preparedness and retention rates within their...


Office of the University Architect; Town-Gown (1)
Work begins to connect Kent and university (Bruder) 08/10/2012 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email


Safety; Students (1)
Felony charges dropped against KSU student (Lefton) 08/09/2012 Post Newspapers - Online, The Text Attachment Email

...telecommunications harassment Koberna Brunswick Post editor The 19-year-old Brunswick man accused of threatening the campus and president of Kent State University via Twitter will not face felony charges, a Portage County grand jury ruled last week. Instead of the charges of inducing...


Theatre and Dance (1)
'Music' ends season on a high note (Kent) 08/09/2012 Twinsburg Bulletin - Online Text Attachment Email

...W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Single tickets range from $25 to $33 for adults and seniors and $17 to $20 for students. The box office is in Kent State's Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Drive in Kent. Tickets also are available by calling 330-672-3884...


News Headline: Alumni Board | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Solon Patch
Contact Name: Kent State University
News OCR Text: Alumni from Solon, Avon Lake, Cleveland Heights named to board

The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. announces the following new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors: John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, continues his role as president of Kent State University's Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Garofalo is vice president of community investment for the Akron Community Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in community health education in 1987 and a Master of Education in health education in 1993 from Kent State. Maria Schneider, of Copley, Ohio, continues her role as president-elect. Schneider is managing consultant at Premier Segment, Institutional Relationships at TIAA-CREF in Westlake, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in …

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News Headline: Patch Residents Named to Kent State National Alumni Board | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Solon Patch
Contact Name: Kent State University
News OCR Text: Alumni from Solon, Avon Lake, Cleveland Heights named to board

http://clevelandheights.patch.com/articles/patch-residents-named-to-kent-state-national-alumni-board/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344506185

The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. announces the following new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors:

John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills, Ohio, continues his role as president of Kent State University's Alumni Association National Board of Directors. Garofalo is vice president of community investment for the Akron Community Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in community health education in 1987 and a Master of Education in health education in 1993 from Kent State.

Maria Schneider, of Copley, Ohio, continues her role as president-elect. Schneider is managing consultant at Premier Segment, Institutional Relationships at TIAA-CREF in Westlake, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 1986 from Kent State.

Brian Marino, of Avon Lake, Ohio, has been appointed vice president. Marino is financial advisor and special care planner with Skylight Financial Group/Michael Carter Group in Cleveland. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management in 2001 from Kent State.

H. Scott Westover, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been appointed secretary. Westover is curator for the Progressive Art Collection in Mayfield Village. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1997 from Kent State.

James Bailey, of Hudson, Ohio, has been appointed treasurer. Bailey is vice president of PNC Bank in Akron, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 2003 and a Master of Science in financial engineering in 2004 from Kent State.

In addition, the following new members, all alumni of Kent State, have been appointed to serve a three-year term ending in 2015:

Joshua Jenkins, of Solon, Ohio, is partner, Assurance Services with Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting in 1996 from Kent State.

Lori Stevic-Rust, of Chesterland, Ohio, is a board-certified clinical health psychologist for Stevic-Rust & Assoc. LLC Healthcare Consultants in Willoughby, Ohio. Stevic-Rust earned a Master of Education in community counseling in 1986 and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1990 from Kent State.

For more information about the Kent State University Alumni Association, visit www.ksualumni.org.

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News Headline: Alumni Association | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Avon-Avon Lake Patch
Contact Name: Brian Marino
News OCR Text: Resident named vice president.

The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake resident. Brian Marino, of Avon Lake has been appointed vice president. Marino is financial advisor and special care planner with Skylight Financial Group / Michael Carter Group in Cleveland. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management in 2001 from Kent State. John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills continues his role as president of Kent State University's Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Maria Schneider, of Copley, continues her role as president-elect.

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News Headline: Brian Marino | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Avon-Avon Lake Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Resident named vice president.

The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake resident. Brian Marino, of Avon Lake has been appointed vice president. Marino is financial advisor and special care planner with Skylight Financial Group / Michael Carter Group in Cleveland. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management in 2001 from Kent State. John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills continues his role as president of Kent State University's Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Maria Schneider, of Copley, continues her role as president-elect.

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News Headline: Skylight Financial | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Avon-Avon Lake Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Resident named vice president.

The Kent State University Alumni Association Inc. has announced several new members for its National Alumni Board of Directors including an Avon Lake resident. Brian Marino, of Avon Lake has been appointed vice president. Marino is financial advisor and special care planner with Skylight Financial Group / Michael Carter Group in Cleveland. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management in 2001 from Kent State. John Garofalo, of Sagamore Hills continues his role as president of Kent State University's Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Maria Schneider, of Copley, continues her role as president-elect.

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News Headline: Kent State ratifies 3-year pact with faculty union | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Jobs

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Record-Courier Staff Report

Kent State University formally approved a new contract Wednesday that provides 2 percent, across the board raises to tenure-track faculty for each of the next three school years.

KSU's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the agreement, which also retroactively grants a 2 percent raise to tenure-track faculty members for the 2011-12 school year.

"I'm grateful to everyone involved for the dedication they demonstrated throughout the negotiating process," KSU President Lester Lefton said in a statement. "I am pleased that after the good faith effort from everyone on both sides of the table we can now move forward."

The board's decision on the contract followed the ratification of the agreement by KSU's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which voted 414-31 in favor of the contract.

Negotiations between the union and KSU's administration had been going on for about a year prior to the two sides coming to an agreement. At one point, faculty members had floated the idea of asking for a possible "no confidence" vote on Lefton's leadership.

Eric Mintz, KSU biology professor and chief negotiator for the AAUP, released a statement that the union is "pleased that a new collective bargaining agreement is now in place," adding that union members looked forward to getting back to the business of education.

The contract also calls for the creation of pools for merit-based raises in all three years of the agreement.

Faculty members will also pay more for health care under the deal after the upcoming school year. An employee with a median salary will contribute 16 percent of their health care premiums in 2013 and 17 percent in 2014-15, as opposed to the current 14 percent rate.

The contract also requires Lefton to create a panel to recommend a new policy on paid parental leave.

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News Headline: FACULTY CONTRACT (Lefton) | Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal, The
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent State trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining pact with the faculty union.

"We enter a new academic year in spirit of cooperation and commitment to academic excellence and student success," KSU President Lester Lefton said in a media release.

Faculty will get a 2 percent across-the-board raise applied retroactively to 2011-2012, and 2 percent raises for each of the next three years. KSU also will distribute a merit pool of 1.4 percent for 2012-2013 and 1.3 percent for the next two years.

Medical premiums will rise from 14 percent for an employee at the median KSU salary to 17 percent by the end of the contract.

Lefton will convene a commission to develop a paid parental leave policy. Faculty can use three weeks of sick leave as paid parental leave in the meantime.

The tenure-track unit of the American Association of University Professors approved the agreement 414 to 31.

The AAUP unit covers KSU faculty with tenure or who are on track to get tenure, which means virtually lifetime employment.

Copyright © 2012 Akron Beacon Journal

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News Headline: ANN Wednesday Afternoon Update | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: AkronNewsNow.com
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Top Story

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News Headline: Kent State trustees approve new faculty contract (Mansfield) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: WKSU-FM - Online
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Three-year contract increases pay, but also hikes health insurance premiums
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
In The Region:

Kent State's full-time faculty has a new contract Wednesday after almost a year of negotiations.

The three-year deal was approved by the Board of Trustees, who held a special meeting today at Kent's new College of Podiatric Medicine.

The contract gives faculty a 2 percent salary increase retroactive to last fall, followed by 2 percent hikes each of the next three years. But it also requires them to pick up a greater share of their health insurance premiums. Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield says the raises won't impact tuition.

"These are things that we have been budgeting for. So the tuition increase that was most recently approved back in March, has more to do with funding that was cut to Kent State University by the state of Ohio, than it does on an increase for payroll for tenure faculty or any other employees of the university."

The Board of trustees unanimously approved the contract, which was ratified by ninety-three percent of faculty last month. Kent State President Lester Lefton said such lengthy negotiations are common place.

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News Headline: KSU Tenure-Track Faculty Ratify Contract (Mintz) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Youngstown Business Journal
Contact Name: Tyler Clark Consulting.
News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio -- Kent State University and the full-time, tenure-track faculty unit of the American Association of University Professors-Kent State Chapter have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

The contract, which provides a 2% across-the-board salary increase for the 2011-2012 academic year, was approved unanimously by the university board of trustees.

“We're glad we have reached an agreement that was approved unanimously by the board and with very strong support of the faculty,” said Jacqueline F. Woods, chairwoman of Kent State's board of trustees. “The administration and faculty share many common goals and a strong commitment to our students."

“With the fall semester upon us, the faculty members are looking forward to working with the administration to provide the best possible education for our students and enhancing the visibility of Kent State as an internationally recognized research university,” added Eric Mintz, associate professor of biological sciences and chief negotiator for AAUP-KSU.

The successor collective bargaining agreement with the tenure-track/tenured faculty unit takes effect Aug. 23 and expires Aug. 23, 2015.

Among the provisions of the new contract:

For academic year 2011-2012, a 2% across-the-board pay increase retroactive to to the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year.

For academic year 2012-2013, a 2% across-the-board increase, plus a 1.4% pool for faculty excellence or awards. Merit reviews at the department level will be conducted the fall semester and salary increases applied by March, retroactive to the start of academic 2012-13. For academic 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, a 2% across-the-board increase, plus a 1.3% merit pool each year.

The percent of total medical costs paid through premiums will increase from the current 14% for an employee at the median university salary to 16% in calendar 2013 and 17% for calendar 2014 and 2015. In terms of net cost to salary, the negotiators estimate this represents 0.5% of salary for the average faculty member. There are no changes in deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums or coverage.

Regarding parental leave, the president will appoint a commission to examine best practices and make a recommendation on a paid parental leave policy. In the interim, faculty may use three weeks of sick leave as paid parental leave.

A copy of the new agreement can be viewed here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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News Headline: Kent State Trustees Ratify Faculty Contract (Mintz, Diacon) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/10/2012
Outlet Full Name: Twinsburg Patch
Contact Name: Matt Fredmonsky
News OCR Text: 3-year agreement includes 2 percent raises each contract year

Kent State's trustees approved a new three-year faculty contract on Aug. 8, 2012. Kent State University

http://kent.patch.com/articles/kent-state-trustees-ratify-faculty-contract/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344533421

Full-time, tenure track faculty at Kent State University have a new contract today following more than a year of negotiations with university administrators.

The Kent State Board of Trustees held a special meeting this morning at the new College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence, OH, to approve the new contract, which members of the American Association of University Professors Kent State chapter ratified in July.

The three-year contract starts Aug. 23 and expires in August 2015.

Under the terms, faculty will get an across the board 2 percent increase applied retroactively to the start of the 2011-2012 academic year. Faculty are guaranteed a 2 percent raise each remaining year of the contract.

The trustees voted unanimously to approve the contract following a closed-door meeting that lasted about 20 minutes this morning.

Jacqueline Woods, chair of the trustees board, said she didn't want people to think the brief meeting was indicative of the board's attention to the overall negotiations.

"This group of trustees has been involved with this contract since May 2011," Woods said.

The contract negotiations proved tense at times. In May, faculty members started to circulate a petition that would have led to a no confidence vote in Kent State President Lester Lefton. The petitions calling for the no-confidence vote were never actually presented to the university's faculty senate for action.

Members of Kent State's AAUP chapter voted 414-31 to approve this new three-year contract on July 19 — that's 93 percent of its members.

One university official said that margin of approval indicates only a small minority were frustrated with the lengthy negotiations process.

Eric Mintz, an associate professor of biological sciences and the chief negotiatior for the faculty union, said the AAUP members were pleased to have the contract in place.

"With the fall semester upon us, the faculty members are looking forward to working with the administration to provide the best possible education for our students and enhancing the visibility of Kent State as an internationally recognized research university," Mintz said in a statement released by the university.

At this morning's meeting, Lefton also briefly addressed the lengthy negotiations by saying such a time period is common place.

"It takes some times a year, a year and-a-half to do these things," he said.

The contract also includes annual merit increases for faculty members to be determined via reviews at the department level. The agreement calls for a 1.4 percent poll for merit awards in the first year and a 1.3 percent merit pool in the last two years.

Other highlights of the contract changes include:

Medical premiums will increase from 14 percent to 16 percent in 2013 for employees at the median university salary. Premiums will rise to 17 percent for 2014 and 2015.

Lefon's office will convene a commission to make a recommendation on a paid parental leave policy. Faculty will be allowed to use three weeks of sick leave as paid parental leave in the interim.

A new university-level handbook will be created by a committee with broad representation, including faculty.

Todd Diacon, Kent State's new provost, said he enjoyed working through the contract negotiation process with faculty.

"To me it's a fair and positive recognition of our faculty," he said of the new contract.

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News Headline: No Work Stoppage at New Kent State Hotel Downtown (Finn) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Matt Fredmonsky
News OCR Text: University officials deny rumors that construction has stopped on the five-story building

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Work has slowed at the site recently but it is expected to get busy in coming weeks.

http://kent.patch.com/articles/no-work-stoppage-at-new-kent-state-hotel-downtown/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344528910

Work on the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center has not stopped, a university official said Wednesday.

Rumors are swirling around town that construction on the five story, 76,000 square foot building has come to a halt.

Gene Finn, executive director of the Kent State Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement, said work has simply become less visible on the more than $15 million project.

"There is absolutely no work stoppage at the hotel," Finn said.

The new hotel and conference center is being built by Downtown Kent Hotel LLC, which is formally a partnership of the Kent State Foundation and Columbus-based The Pizzuti Companies, which is led by Kent native Ron Pizzuti.

Shannon Hamons, director of special projects at Pizzuti Cos., countered the prominent rumor that the project encountered financing problems.

"The project is fully funded by the foundation," he said. "The funding has never been an issue."

The foundation is a legally separate, not-for-profit organization that receives private gifts on behalf of Kent State University and then manages and invests those funds. It is managed by a separate board of directors and administrative staff.

The university foundation board voted in June to partner with Pizzuti and invest in the hotel.

Hamons said there has been a lull at the construction site in recent weeks for three reasons. Pace of construction slowed as some contractors finished their work and and prepared to leave while others got ready to start; minor modifications were being made to some of the hotel's interior design elements; and there was a discrepancy with some fire proofing materials that needed to be worked out with the Kent Fire Department.

Pizzuti consults the university foundation as changes are made, Hamons said.

"Those probably were the three major things that kind of slowed" the pace of construction, he said.

The site has been conspicuously devoid of construction workers in recent weeks as other surrounding downtown redevelopment sites have buzzed with activity.

But both Finn and Hamons said activity at the hotel site should pick up in the coming weeks.

Finn said the project's contractor is scheduled to start putting the roof on the building next week.

"All construction is on schedule," he said.

One other change in the project is its time table. When officials broke ground on the hotel in September they anticipated its opening in the spring of 2013.

Hamons said they determined about two months ago that the hotel won't be open until June of next year.

"We will be working through winter and we'll be open next June," he said.

The new hotel at 215 S. DePeyster St. will add close to 100 rooms and a 300-seat banquet center to downtown.

Here's the numerical rundown on the Kent State hotel, which will not be tied to a national chain.

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News Headline: LeAnn Rimes concert rescheduled at Kent State Tuscarawas Arts Center | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Daily Jeffersonian - Online, The
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News OCR Text: LeAnn Rimes concert rescheduled at Kent State Tuscarawas Arts Center

Published: August 9, 2012 1:00PM

NEW PHILADELPHIA --The LeAnn Rimes Acoustic concert, originally scheduled for July 26, has been rescheduled for Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Rimes had cancelled...

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News Headline: US Patent Issued to Kent State University on Aug. 7 for "Polarization Independent Liquid Crystal-Based Etalon and Devices Using Same" (Ohio,... | Email

News Date: 08/10/2012
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News OCR Text: US Patent Issued to Kent State University on Aug. 7 for "Polarization Independent Liquid Crystal-Based Etalon and Devices Using Same" (Ohio, California Inventors)

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug.10 -- United States Patent no.8,237,910, issued on Aug.7, was assigned to Kent State University (Kent, Ohio).

"Polarization Independent Liquid Crystal-Based Etalon and Devices Using Same" was invented by Enkh-Amgalan Dorjgotov (Kent, Ohio), Philip J.Bos (Hudson, Ohio) and Achintya K.Bhowmik (Milpitas, Calif.).

According to the abstract released by the U.S.Patent & Trademark Office: "A liquid crystal etalon includes a chiral nematic material contained in a liquid crystal cell having alignment surfaces configured to bias the chiral nematic material toward a twisted liquid crystal configuration with a twist less than 360deg.Electrodes are arranged to apply an operative electrical bias to the liquid crystal cell.

Mirrors disposed about the chiral nematic material define a resonant optical cavity.At a first electrical bias the etalon is transmissive for light of a first wavelength via a selected liquid crystal twist angle and cavity thickness at which different non-equal eigenmodes reach resonance conditions simultaneously.In a projector embodiment, a projection system with a field sequential image projection light source is coupled with the liquid crystal etalon, the etalon electrodes are patterned into pixels defining a display area, and the projector is operated in a field sequential illumination mode."

The patent was filed on April 30, 2008, under Application No.12/112,219.

For further information please visit: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8237910&OS=8237910&RS=8237910

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News Headline: kent state university receives $3 million for nanoscale engineering project (Yokoyama) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/10/2012
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News OCR Text: Kent State University (KSU) is attempting to go where no project has gone before. In collaboration with AlphaMicron Inc. (AMI), Akron Polymer Systems (APS), Crystal Diagnostics (CDx), the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) and Kent Displays Inc. (KDI), KSU was awarded $3 million for its “New Concept Devices Based on Nanoscale Engineering of Polymer-Liquid Crystal Interface” project.

If it is successful, the research project could have very wide-ranging consumer benefit. “The project ultimately aims to develop consumer electronic products that make the life of ordinary people better, just like the liquid crystal TVs have positively changed our lives in a manner completely unimaginable 40 years ago," explains the Director of LCI, Hiroshi Yokoyama. He lists a slew of new inventions that could be generated by the end of the three-year project, including new electronic tablet capabilities.

“The $3 million grant was awarded under the Innovation Platform Program, one of the support programs run by the Ohio Department of Development under the umbrella of the Ohio Third Frontier,” adds Yokoyama. The grant will be used to hire research staff to form a dedicated team in each partner and to purchase necessary supplies.

Each of the project partners has a different goal. “In close collaboration with Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute, KDI will develop and commercialize the next generation Boogie Board [zero-power electronic notepad using liquid crystals] with narrower line and select erase capability," says Yokoyama.

AMI's goal will be to perfect the optical clarity of the Special Warfare Electronic Eyewear program to meet the stringent specifications required by Navy SEALs in battlefield.

For CDx, Yokoyama explains they will “advance their strength in pathogen detection systems by developing a robust design of liquid crystal interface that allows them to manufacture the device by roll-to-roll process.”

Meanwhile, APS will develop specialty polymers tailored for the target products of KDI, AMI and CDx with mass manufacturing compatible synthetic routes. “The LCI will work together with all of them to analyze their technical issues and develop solutions.”

Yet overall, the project aims to advance technology that may soon find its way into consumers' hands while also benefiting the environment. “We are looking into lighter, energy efficient, human and environment friendly electronics products, taking full advantage of liquid crystals and polymers.”

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News Headline: Shaping the future of math curriculum through adaptive technology (Tonge) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
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News OCR Text: Student-centered ALEKS system helps drive improvement in Kent State's remedial math programs

Many institutions across the country are struggling with student preparedness and retention rates within their math departments. A large portion of these schools are looking to redesign their curriculum to address these issues. Research has shown that subjective methods of math placement often result in over- or under-placement of incoming students, resulting in high failure and drop rates. Kent State University has taken a fresh approach to placement and teaching mathematics. In this web seminar,originally presented on May 8, 2012, Andrew Tonge, Department Chair of Mathematics at Kent State, discussed the institution's decision to redesign its placement and math curriculum using a program called ALEKS and how the change has yielded great improvements in student placement and retention.

Andrew Tonge

Chairman, Department of Mathematics

Kent State University

Many of you have heard of the “math wars.” I prefer to talk about the math “woes.” There is a major disconnect between the output from K-12 and the beginning math courses in higher education. Many freshmen arrive badly under-prepared for college-level classes. This is a phenomenon that cuts across all states and institutions.

Part of the problem is the way in which we place students. Students usually go through ACT, SAT or COMPASS. But we find that the correlation between these test scores and success in college courses is actually very poor. In fact, GPA turns out to be a much better predictor of student performance, perhaps because a high GPA shows the student is more engaged in what he or she is doing.

Success rates in beginning math courses are very low—often below 50 percent. They are very important for a variety of reasons: everyone needs to know some basic math, but also non-completion in math tends to be strongly correlated to non-completion at the university level. More than any other program, mathematics predicts graduation.

In Ohio, the scale of the math problem is dramatic.

40 percent of first-year college students need math remediation.

Only about 1 in six of these students will graduate within six years.

At Kent State, almost 75 percent of first-year students need remediation.

There are a variety of reasons to tackle this problem and a number of pressures from academic to financial—to move students more successfully through the math curriculum.

The traditional method of teaching math in a semester-long course with a teacher lecturing in front of the classroom is part of the problem. We see high rates of student absenteeism, student inattention, and the problem of a semester-long program actually reaching the areas where individual students have problems. Although modularization—breaking the full semester course into smaller segments (half-semester at Kent State)—resulted in some improvement, the results were still unacceptable.

We decided to implement the Math Emporium concept developed at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. The basic idea is to abandon the traditional classroom. Instead of a teacher driving the information, the learning is driven by software. One of the big differences is that students are spending most of their time actively learning mathematics. The instructor becomes a “guide on the side” rather than “a sage on the stage.”

Our Emporium has 247 computers that take up one floor of the library, which was a major financial commitment. But there were also financial benefits: For each student you retain, the tuition and subsidy benefit is about $10,000 per year. We also saved about $200,000 per year on instruction.

This approach is student-centered and firmly places responsibility in the hands of the students. This is important because beginning students generally need to develop a better attitude toward learning. We began the project in November 2010 and opened it in August 2011.

The Emporium required the right software to be successful and we embarked on a massive search and evaluation process. After a lengthy review, meetings, demonstrations, and testing, we decided on ALEKS.

Our choice narrowed down to MyLabsPlus and ALEKS, both of which are excellent products. But we chose ALEKS because it is fundamentally student-

centered. It also has a very strong artificial intelligence engine that allows the student to focus precisely on what he or she needs to learn. Its individualized guidance program is excellent.

Students can choose their own pathways, built by an artificial intelligence engine that continually adapts to a student's individual knowledge and learning history, to work through the curriculum.

ALEKS has been used in a variety of implementations including Emporium, online, hybrid, and traditional course settings. Placement and course structure are two main ways we implemented ALEKS.

The ALEKS placement tool is adaptive and provides students with a learning module where they can work for six weeks to fill in the holes in their knowledge and then can reassess afterwards. ALEKS provides a detailed overview of what the student knows, but placement is based on a single score.

At any given time, we have up to 240 students in the Emporium. We have four remedial courses: Basic Alegbra I, II, III, IV. We allow students in any of those courses to be present in the emporium at one time, with a single instructor and up to seven assistants who can be either instructors, graduate students, or peer tutors.

Students are assigned to the Emporium for 200 minutes per week in four 50-minute periods. Students can also use the Emporium during other open lab periods and can also connect to ALEKS remotely.

At the beginning of each course, the students take an initial assessment. That produces a detailed overview of the student's knowledge in the form of a “pie” with slides representing a selection of new topics. Students make their own selections. They learn by reading ALEKS explanations. They can collaborate with each other, they can ask for help from an instructor or assistant. Progress is gauged through assessments they take roughly every five hours. The progress assessment then redraws their pie to reflect new confirmed knowledge.

Grades are determined only by the percentage of topics they master on a comprehensive final assessment—not the progress assessment. The only thing that counts is the percentage of topics they can display mastery of.

Our results are preliminary, but they are very encouraging.

Clear distinctions as placement scores increased.

Strong correlation between placement scores and final assessment scores. Placement was proven to be a high predictor of performance.

Success rates for students placed properly based on ALEKS placement recommendations.

Comparison of results in Basic Algebra 1 from traditional programs in Fall 2010 to the Emporium ALEKS program in Fall 2011 show significant improvement. The percentage of students getting an A doubled from 17.1 percent to 34.8 percent. The percentage of students achieving an A,B or C rose from 62.5 percent to 71.1 percent.

To view this web seminar in its entirety, please go to www.universitybusiness.com/ws050812

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News Headline: Work begins to connect Kent and university (Bruder) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/10/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The
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News OCR Text: By Paula Schleis
Beacon Journal staff writer
Published: August 9, 2012 - 10:59 PM | Updated: August 10, 2012 - 07:16 AM

(PHOTO) David Gregory, of Butcher & Son Excavating, monitors the demolition of a house on South Willow Street on Thursday to make way for an esplanade project connecting Kent State University with downtown Kent. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
KENT: Kent State University and city officials have talked about connecting downtown to the campus for at least 20 years.

That dream is finally being realized, as work got under way this week on the Esplanade, a wide pedestrian walk meant to draw students and faculty to dozens of shops and restaurants that are part of downtown's $100 million makeover.

Crews are removing homes and relocating utilities to prepare the land for the brick and concrete walk.

Meanwhile, other phases of downtown's rebirth — three entire blocks are being remade — are winding down.

Monday is moving day for the Davey Resource Group, the consulting arm of the Davey Tree Expert Co., which is taking over the top of a new three-story building at Haymaker and South Water Street. A handful of corporate personnel will also move from Davey's headquarters on North Mantua Street.

“Everyone's very excited about the move,” spokeswoman Jennifer Lennox said as she walked through the empty offices, filled with work spaces shaped like honeycombs. “We have more space, and we have room to grow.”

The Esplanade

The Esplanade is cutting through a residential neighborhood, where KSU has been purchasing property for a couple of years.

A home on Lincoln Street was removed this week, another on Willow is targeted for demolition, and a third historic home that is being saved will be moved out of the way on Saturday.

Once the route is clear, a large pile of soil stockpiled off Haymaker will be used to create an “attractive and comfortable grade for pedestrians,” said Michael Bruder, KSU's director for design and construction.

That dirt came from the excavation of the new transportation center being built by the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA).

“PARTA had a lot of soil they needed to lose off the site, and we needed a lot to make some of the grades work, so we both saved money,” Bruder said.

The campus has been separated from downtown since the Haymaker bypass (state Route 59) was built decades ago, and rejoining the two areas will only strengthen the city, he said.

“There are things that make a great college town, and one is engaging students with the town, not just the university,” Bruder said. The Esplanade “will engage the students and bring them to restaurants and shops, and it will do the same for faculty and staff.”

The Esplanade is expected to be open to foot traffic in March.

Davey Tree

Davey Tree, an iconic Kent business for more than 100 years, is keeping its headquarters and 200 employees in the northern end of town, Lennox said.

“There's a lot of confusion because people think we're leaving our headquarters,” Lennox said.

What's moving downtown is the company's army of consultants, currently housed in a leased building in Stow, and a handful of corporate personnel — 90 employees, altogether. They will share a 13,000-square-foot office.

Vice President Joe Paul called the move “historic” because it returns part of Davey to downtown, where it was founded before growing into a $646 million company with 7,000 employees around the world.

“Furthermore, it speaks to Davey Tree's commitment to the city of Kent,” he said.

The new third-floor office at Haymaker and South Water Street has a bird's-eye view of the city center and features a conference room named “Aquarium” because two walls of windows give an open view of the busy intersection below.

A second three-story building will greet another corporate anchor, Ametek Lamb Electric Co., after Labor Day.

Workers are still busy finishing the lower floors of both buildings, which will become home to several businesses that are all new to Kent.

Expected to open in September and October are the restaurants Panini's Bar and Grill, El Fresco Mexican Grill, Bricco, Dave's Cosmic Subs, Newdle Bar, Yogurt Vi, Georgio's Pizza and Bar 142. Retailers include Palmieri Salon, UniversiTees, Shop 42 and the gift shops Gracy Lane and the Market Path.

The rest

Kent Economic Development Director Dan Smith provided an update on the rest of the downtown development:

• Acorn Alley II, with about a dozen restaurants and retailers, is nearly complete. More than half of the tenants have already moved in.

• Erie Street, with new pavement and sidewalks, will reopen to traffic next week. Depeyster Street, undergoing similar renovations, will be finished in the fall.

• Facade work on the former Franklin Hotel, which has been rechristened Acorn Corner, is nearly complete, and attention is now focused on the interior. The first floor and mezzanine should be completed by the end of the year and will be occupied by Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3), which is moving from its Franklin Street location.

When finished, a financial institution and the local business chamber will move onto the third floor, the Kent Cycle bike shop will move into the basement, and the upper three floors will be turned into luxury apartments.

• The new Kent Municipal Court will go before the Planning Commission for final approval this month. By October or November, the former Jimmy John's on the property will be demolished and construction of the $9 million courthouse will get under way. Jimmy John's has moved to East Main Street.

• Crews are working on the third and fourth stories of the new PARTA transportation center. It is expected to be complete in March.

• Work on the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center continues, with hopes for a spring opening.

Paula Schleis can be reached at 330-996-3741 or pschleis@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/paulaschleis.

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News Headline: Felony charges dropped against KSU student (Lefton) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Post Newspapers - Online, The
Contact Name: MELISSA MARTIN
News OCR Text: Brunswick man will instead face a misdemeanor charge of telecommunications harassment

Koberna

Brunswick Post editor

The 19-year-old Brunswick man accused of threatening the campus and president of Kent State University via Twitter will not face felony charges, a Portage County grand jury ruled last week.

Instead of the charges of inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony, and aggravating menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, William Koberna, 19, will instead face one charge of telecommunications harassment. If convicted, the charge, which is a first-degree misdemeanor, Koberna faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Had he been indicted on the original felony charge, Koberna could have been sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

Koberna, a sophomore at the university who is majoring in computer science, is accused of posting a profanity-laden tweet that discovered by university employees on July 25. The public posting not only mentioned Kent State University, but identified the university's president, Lester Lefton, by name and ended with "I'm shooting up your school ASAP."

The threat has since been removed from the site.

Koberna, who has no prior criminal record, was arrested July 29 at his parents' home in Brunswick after university officials contacted police regarding the tweet. Police did not find any weapons in the Koberna home and have said they do not believe the suspect had any access to weapons.

Koberna, who was released from jail July 31 after posting bond, was arraigned on the lesser charges Aug. 3 in Portage County Municipal Court.

As a condition of his bond, Koberna, who moved home to Brunswick for the summer, is required to wear a GPS tracking device. He has been ordered to stay away from the KSU campus and to have no contact with Lefton.

University officials met last week to determine whether the university was going to take further action against Koberna, which could include possible suspension or expulsion.

The board has since suspended Koberna with additional sanctions pending the outcome of the case.

"Any threat to our campus community is taken seriously and immediately investigated," Lefton said in a statement on the university's Web site posted to students and staff last week. "Our students, employees and all those who come to campus should know that their safety is our top priority."

Mansfield said officials do not ignore any threat to the school, especially after a recent shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., left 12 dead and 58 injured during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie.

"In light of what took place in Aurora, Colo., and with Columbine and Virginia Tech and even Chardon, we can't take any chances," he said.

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News Headline: 'Music' ends season on a high note (Kent) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/09/2012
Outlet Full Name: Twinsburg Bulletin - Online
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News OCR Text: Special Products Editor

Porthouse Theatre's production of "The Sound of Music" was 10 years in the making.

Terri Kent, artistic director at Porthouse, said she first brought up the idea of staging the well-known musical 10 years ago, with actress Kayce Cummings in the role of Maria. However, the theater only was able to secure rights to stage the show this year, she said.

Cummings (married name Kayce Green) said that the decade-long wait had a benefit.

"I don't think I would have done as well earlier, before getting married and having a baby," she said. "I don't think I'd be able to play the range of emotions as well. It's a beautiful story on the von Trapp family, a love story with a higher power."

Kent said she agreed, adding that she and the cast "talked extensively" about the von Trapp family.

"Families are not always bonded by blood, but by faith and love," Kent said. "I understand that as a stepmom, an adopted mom and a birth mom. It's such an honor to tell this story."

"The Sound of Music," which closes Porthouse's 2012 summer season, is loosely based on the lives of the von Trapp family singers. In the play, Maria is a postulant at the Nonnberg Abbey who finds the quiet life of a nun a challenge. She is sent by the Mother Abbess (played by Marla Berg) to the household of Capt. Georg von Trapp (played by Larry Nehring), whose seven children need a new governess. Maria brings music into the house again, but the family finds they must flee the country when the Nazi party-controlled Germany invades Austria.

The audience gave the opening night show July 27 a standing ovation.

"It was fabulous, absolutely fabulous," said Shawn Gordon of Kent. "It was superbly cast and we thought the music was exceptional."

Joanne Compton, a former Stow resident who now lives in Rhode Island, said she felt the "Edelweiss song was especially emotional."

Porthouse has assembled a top-notch cast, from the leads to the ensemble. The seven children -- including Lucy Anders as Liesl, Cameron Howel as Friedrich, Courtney Nelson as Louisa, Samuel Culver as Kurt, Cameron Nelson as Brigitta, Cassidy Nelson as Marta and Carly Nelson as Gretl -- are talented individually and as an ensemble, and are utterly charming.

Lisa Kuhnen plays the wealthy Elsa Schraeder, Georg's would-be fiance, and Eric van Baars plays the quick-witted, pragmatic Max Detweiler. Lenne Snively plays Sister Berthe, Lauren Culver plays Sister Sophia and Lissy Gulick plays Sister Margaretta. Kyle Kemph plays Rolph, a telegram delivery boy infatuated with Liesl.

TICKET AND SHOW INFORMATION

Evening performances and Aug. 7 through 11 at 8 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. matinee performances Aug. 5, 11 and 12.

Porthouse Theatre is at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Single tickets range from $25 to $33 for adults and seniors and $17 to $20 for students. The box office is in Kent State's Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Drive in Kent.

Tickets also are available by calling 330-672-3884 or 330-672-2497, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by visiting www.porthousetheatre.com to purchase online. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.

For more information, visit www.porthousetheatre.com.

E-mail: ahelms@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3153

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