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Alumni (1)
Art, School of (1)
Athletics (3)
Institutional Advancement (1)
KSU at Ashtabula (1)
KSU at Geauga; Regional Academic Center (1)
KSU at Stark (1)
Town-Gown (8)
WKSU (1)

Headline Date Outlet

Alumni (1)
Photo App Created by Kent State Alum Goes Global (Video) 08/29/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Art, School of (1)
'In Her Closet' opens today at KSU gallery 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Athletics (3)
Tested by life, Kent State offensive lineman Pat McShane finds a home (George) 08/29/2012 Plain Dealer Text Attachment Email

Kent State football Q&A with head coach Darrell Hazell (Hazell) 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Terry Pluto: Reasons why Kent, Akron football are worth watching 08/29/2012 WKSU-FM Text Attachment Email

Institutional Advancement (1)
Sheryl Crow Show Biggest Ever at Kent State's Dix Stadium (Vargo) 08/29/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

KSU at Ashtabula (1)
NUMBERS UP (Kiel) 08/28/2012 Text Attachment Email

Rain moved the refreshments inside Monday during the first day of fall semester classes at Kent State University-Ashtabula Campus. "We had to move the cook-out inside," said Jerry Kiel, director of enrollment and student service. Kiel...

KSU at Geauga; Regional Academic Center (1)
Kent State makes bigger venture into Summit County (Mohan) 08/28/2012 Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The Text Attachment Email

Students seem to be giving a thumbs-up to Kent State's new Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. Only three days into the start of fall semester, enrollment there has grown about 16 percent,...

KSU at Stark (1)
Kent Stark Presents Panel Discussion on Best Practices in the Workplace 08/28/2012 North Canton Patch Text Attachment Email

The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark is presenting a panel discussion to address best practices in the workplace. The program, Critical Thinking in the...

Town-Gown (8)
Much downtown work still to do 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

KSU hotel, conference center ready by spring 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

New, unique businesses are blossoming 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Ties to Kent's past, eyes on city's future 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

'There's so much going on downtown' 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Park your car or catch a bus at the Central Gateway 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Years of planning invested in downtown 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Fireworks to celebrate development 08/29/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

WKSU (1)
WKSU Covers the National Political Conventions 08/28/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

...stories, at WKSU's coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions is made possible through support from Kent State University and State & Federal Communications. WKSU broadcasts NPR & Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State...

News Headline: Photo App Created by Kent State Alum Goes Global (Video) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
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News OCR Text: Cuyahoga Falls business owner Sean Bammer has created a hot new app that can slow videos down to 64 frames per second to capture those evasive photo ops.

Kent State University alumnus Sean Bammer recently dusted off an idea once dreamt up while snowboarding with friends in the winter of 2008.

At the time, the Strongsville native wanted to catch crisp, high resolution shots of his pals as they sped down the slopes, but he lacked the photo and editing equipment to do so.

Instead, Bammer thought what if an app could enable a smart phone to break videos down into hundreds or thousands of frames in order to capture and save the perfect shot.

Earlier this year, Bammer convinced his friend, Manoj Das, a Cleveland firefighter, to join the venture. They cobbled together $23,000 and approached a Canadian-based company called Bawtree Software to develop the iPhone/iPad application, known as Perfect Pic.

Since its release on July 18, 11,000 people in over 90 countries have downloaded the app. It recently hit number 31 in Apple's "What's Hot" section and has received dozens of positive reviews.

“We knew we had something when our developer from Bawtree, Shane McCallum, recognized the app's potential and asked to be cut in as a partner. We immediately brought him in on it,” said Bammer, a Kent State graduate and owner of Metropolis Popcorn in Cuyahoga Falls.

“It can be used to capture lightning strikes during a storm, those hard-to-get baby or pet photos, action sports shots and so on. We're just happy it's doing well and relieved that we got to this idea first.”

Check out the Perfect Pic demo by clicking the Youtube video above.

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News Headline: 'In Her Closet' opens today at KSU gallery | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
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Kent State University's
School of Art Galleries presents
“In Her Closet,” works
by mixed media artist and
KSU alumna Clare Murray
Adams, from today to Sept.
29 at the Downtown Gallery,
141 E. Main St. An opening
reception will take place
from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday,
and is free and open to the

The title “In Her Closet”
references the way in which
individuals often keep hidden
certain aspects of their
personalities. The exhibit
features manipulated digital
prints on cotton with
stitching and embellishment,
as well as dresses made of
silk organza with stitching
and found object embellishments.
This exhibit challenges
the viewer to interpret the
dresses, shadows and the
deeper meanings that clothing
can suggest.

“Ideas of family, feminist
concerns, elements of time
and universal emotional issues
are continual themes
for exploration,” said Murray
Adams on her website.
“Earlier work was strongly
rooted in quilt making and
surface design. More recent
work relies on the processes
involved in making 3-D constructions,
in collage and in
encaustic painting or working
with wax. My long interest
and attraction to fibers
is still evident in my work, if
not in process, then certainly
in concept.”

Murray Adams currently
serves as a professor of art
and is former chair of the visual
art department at Malone
University. She received
her Bachelor of Fine Art in
1993 from KSU, and a Master
of Fine Art with a concentration
on fibers and mixed media
from Vermont College of
Norwich University in 2001.
Her artwork has been exhibited
regionally and nationally
in fiber and mixed media
exhibits where she has
often taken home honors or
awards. During the past two
years, she has had five oneperson
exhibits in Ohio, Indiana,
New York and California.

“This body of work challenged
me structurally and
conceptually as I interpreted
emotional qualities of identity
metaphorically in the
physical architecture of the
clothes I created,” Murray
Adams said.

Gallery hours are 12 p.m.
to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday
and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday. Free parking is
available behind the gallery.

For additional information,
visit or
contact the Downtown Gallery
at 330-676-1549.

WHAT: ‘In Her Closet' works
by KSU alumna Clare Murray
WHERE: Downtown Gallery,
141 E. Main St., KEnt
WHEN: An opening reception
will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday. The exhibit runs
through Sept. 29.

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News Headline: Tested by life, Kent State offensive lineman Pat McShane finds a home (George) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio — The perspiration from two hot practice sessions blended with the chlorine from a dip in the Oberlin College swimming pool. Then there were those barbecue ribs to end the day.

Due to the overall soreness Pat McShane felt, one never would have expected the wide smile that covered his face. But after a rough 18 months, McShane was back playing football again, now for Kent State, and happy to be doing so.

"Awesome," said the 6-4, 301-pound junior offensive lineman. "Being with the guys all day. And this was a nice surprise. I wasn't ready for this. It's nice to have the change."

KSU coach Darrell Hazell had taken this day to break up the regular two-a-day practice routine on the Kent campus with a 90-minute drive west to Oberlin. The practices were held on cool grass instead of hot artificial turf, with a swim and some ribs at the end of the day.

For McShane, from Stow, it felt like where he was supposed to be, it felt like home. He had gone through a difficult year and a half, and after leaving Indiana -- where he was quite happy playing for the Hoosiers -- he finally was back on the football field.

"We're happy to have him, but more than that, he's happy to be playing football again," said KSU defensive line coach Brian George. "I think that's huge for him."

A football legacy

Pat McShane is part of a prototypical Ohio football family. Practically everybody plays the game, and everybody goes to the games. Tim McShane played at Walsh Jesuit, followed by son Pat, and now his youngest son, Matt McShane, suits up there.

In 1980, Tim initially accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Kent State. But he later turned it down to walk on at Ohio State, but he never made the team.

"I went down there and started having too much fun, and wasn't ready to do all it took to play," Tim McShane said.

Now, Pat is a starting guard at Kent State, a walk-on looking to earn back a scholarship. His journey to KSU is heartbreaking and uplifting.

McShane was recruited and signed to play at Indiana. After a redshirt freshman year in 2009, he played in all 12 games for the Hoosiers in 2010. One year of Big Ten football and he was already ranked No. 39 in the country at his position by

"He loved it there, really loved playing for Indiana," his father said.

But after that 2010 season, things began to unravel. First, there was a coaching change. Then his uncle, the Rev. Pat McShane Jr., passed away in January 2011.

And on April 30 that year, his grandfather, Pat McShane Sr., passed away.

Days later, a close female friend from high school died in a car accident. Then another schoolmate passed away unexpectedly. And yet another close friend was found to be battling cancer.

McShane needed time for the winds to calm and the heart to mend. Thankfully, his father knew that intuitively.

"Come June 5 -- I remember the day very well -- Pat began loading his truck up to go back to Indiana," Tim McShane said. "But he kept hanging around, hanging around, hanging around.

"He was supposed to leave around 10 a.m. and here it was about 2 o'clock. I said, 'Pat, I've got a feeling there's something going on.' I just started talking, and had no idea where I was going with [the conversation]. But I told him, 'Don't do this football for me or anybody else. You do for yourself. Just get an education, and everything else will work itself out.'

"He got in his truck and started heading to Bloomington. About two hours later, I get a phone call."

Pat McShane had pulled his truck to the side of the road near Columbus. He called home and talked to his mom and dad for two hours. He said, "Dad, I think I need to be home."

Taking time

McShane worked construction during summer 2011 for one of his former prep football coaches. Then, last fall, he began working construction with his father and made the decision to go back to school.

He wasn't planning to go to Kent State, but was seemingly drawn there.

"A week before classes started at Kent, I applied to school," McShane said. "I got in, and went to school at night for criminal justice. Now, my dad graduated from Akron. My cousins went to Akron. I was planning on going to Akron. But I just felt more at home at Kent. This wasn't a football-based decision at all."

""By Christmas 2011, McShane was starting to think about football again. Then his grandmother died in January this year.

Again, McShane wanted no part of football, until an early spring trip in March back to Indiana to see some friends lit a spark.

"They asked me where I was going to school," McShane said. "I said, 'Kent State.' They told me coach [Brian] George was at Kent State. I was like, 'Really. Small world.'"

George was the defensive line coach at Indiana and had dinner with the McShanes on their initial recruiting trip there. At Indiana, he had developed a relationship with McShane even though he was not his position coach.

Just as McShane had no idea George was now at KSU, George had no idea McShane was back in Ohio, much less taking classes at Kent State.

"Then, at the beginning of June, I got a phone call from him," George said. "Told me he was interested in playing football again."

There was a lot of soul searching going on for McShane between March and June, and a lot of reality thrown at him by his mother, Mary, and his father before he decided to play again.

"I wanted to make sure he was doing it because he wanted to do it," Tim McShane said. "I threw every negative at him I could think of. This was not going to be easy. He was going to the [Mid-American Conference], not another Big Ten school. He wasn't going to be playing in the big stadiums, and he is not going to be on scholarship. You better love what you are about to do.

"At that point, I was against it, my wife and I both. This was over about a month. He didn't go to spring ball, none of that, which was probably smart, because he was trying to decide. Then he went in to talk to Brian."

Now convinced his son was serious about football again, dad was ready for a trip to Kent to talk to the coaches about a scholarship. But Pat McShane said no.

"What he told me, and what he told them, is he's going to prove he's worth a scholarship," Tim McShane said. "I thought that was huge."

About as huge as the smile on Pat's face, glistening despite the aches and pains of another season about to begin, the sweat, the chlorine and the barbecue sauce.

"""He's told me he's enjoying it, loving every minute of it," coach George said.

"I think it has been a blessing for him to have this second chance, and in his hometown. His family can be close to it, and they are as excited as they can be. He went through that rough patch, and I think they were hoping he would come out the other end stronger, but [still] the same guy before that all happened.

"Now they see he's that kid again."

Pat McShane file
Age: 22.

Hometown: Stow.

College: Kent State.

Position: Offensive line.

Size: 6-4, 301 pounds.

Background: At Walsh Jesuit High in Cuyahoga Falls, McShane was a team captain who did not allow a sack his senior season. A three-year starter, he was named second-team All-Ohio. Was recruited by Ohio State, West Virginia and Indiana before signing with IU.

Did you know? After leaving Indiana, McShane lost 30 pounds. He weighed 280 when he joined Kent State's football team in June.

-- Elton Alexander

Scouting the Golden Flashes
Coach: Darrell Hazell (second year, 5-7, 4-4 Mid-American Conference).

Last season: 5-7, 4-4 MAC.

Offense: With its most seasoned WR, Tyshon Goode, sidelined (hamstring) and the remaining receivers unproven, if senior QB Spencer Keith (1,682 yds, 11 TDs) throws the ball more than 20-25 times in a game, it won't be a good sign. Look for robust (6-1, 247) tailback Trayion Durham (630 yds, 4 TDs) to see his workload markedly increase; speedster Dri Archer (4.39 40-yard dash) will offer a change of pace.

Defense: Nine returning starters are led by DT Roosevelt Nix (39 tackles, 4.5 sacks) and LB C.J. Malaulu (83 tackles, 3.5 sacks). Depth makes this one of the MAC's top units.

Special teams: Kicker Freddie Cortez (18-for-23 PAT, 13-for-17 FGs) needs to be consistent.

Overview: With this defense, Kent should not have to outscore many opponents, just hold them to 24 points or less. A quirky schedule gives Kent nine, 11 and 10 days off between its first four games.

Schedule: Thursday, Towson, 7 p.m.; Sept. 8 at Kentucky, 7:30; Sept. 19 at Buffalo, 7; Sept. 29 Ball State, noon; Oct. 6 at E. Michigan, 1; Oct. 13 at Army, noon; Oct. 20 W. Michigan (Homecoming), 3:30; Oct. 27 at Rutgers, 3:30; Nov. 3 Akron, 2; Nov. 10 at Miami (Ohio), 1; Nov. 17 at Bowling Green, noon; Nov. 23 Ohio, TBA; Nov. 30 MAC Championship in Detroit, 7.

-- Elton Alexander

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News Headline: Kent State football Q&A with head coach Darrell Hazell (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
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News OCR Text: Darrell Hazell enters his second season as head coach at Kent State when the Golden Flashes open 2012 by hosting Towson on Thursday night at Dix Stadium.

The potential of playmakers like Dri Archer and Trayion Durham on offense combined with a loaded defense that includes a healthy Roosevelt Nix have Hazell believing the Flashes could be on the brink of something special.

It's been 40 years since KSU last celebrated a Mid-American Conference football championship or appeared in a bowl game. Ending that drought would qualify as more than just special.

I sat down with Hazell this week to talk about the possibilities in the upcoming season. Here is a look at what he had to say:

R-C: You talked during preseason camp about having high expectations heading into your second season at Kent State. What excites you the most about this team as you head into the new season?

HAZELL: Two things. Maturity of preparation and how they've handled (preseason camp). And the talent level. Those are the two things that really excite me.

R-C: Conversely, if you have a concern or two, what do you still need to see before you know this team is ready to turn the corner?

HAZELL: I still want to see us play with extreme confidence no matter what the situation is. That will be a thing you don't know until you get into a game situation. And then there are maybe two or three positions where you have to be concerned about depth. Linebacker a little bit. Offensive line.

R-C: You were concerned about depth on the offensive line last year. Even after you fixed some of the issues up front in the second half of the season, you said you were only about six or maybe seven deep. How deep can you go this season? Do you have a swing tackle who can come in or any other back ups you are comfortable playing?

HAZELL: I think we have a swing tackle who is pretty good in Terrell (Johnson). I think we'll have a pretty good swing guard with either (Robert) Kearney or (Pat) McShane after Kearney gets back (from injury). I think (Kearney) has to compete for that position. I think both can play that guard shot. Kearney brings athleticism and McShane brings and older presence that you like.

R-C: There has been quite a bit of talk about your quarterback position during the off-season. You named (senior) Spencer Keith the starter after a tight competition, and you've talked about how confident you would be if you either (junior-college transfer) David Fisher or (true freshman) Colin Reardon were to play. That's a luxury of depth at quarterback that KSU hasn't enjoyed in a very long time. What does that say about how far you've come as a program just since last year when you were comfortable with only one quarterback?

HAZELL: Most good programs have guys you could go to and not have to stress out about it. And at that position, the premier position on the football team, there is nothing like having a couple of security blankets. It'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds throughout 12 games, and then if we are fortunate enough to play a 13th or a 14th game.

R-C: I was on a radio show with (KSU baseball coach) Scott Stricklin this week, and he talked about looking forward to watching this football team and that he was specifically looking forward to seeing Spencer Keith be a senior. Sometimes just being a senior can make a difference. Do you agree with that, and what are you expecting from him this season?

HAZELL: I think once Spencer was given that title of being a starter, you could see a big relief. I think that will help him. Now that he is the guy and doesn't have to worry about every single little thing that he does, I think that will help him be a little more free. And then, you know, he has been on the field a lot. He has a lot of experience, and I hope that transcends through the rest of the offense.

R-C: Is he different than he was as a leader than he was last season?

HAZELL: Yes. He is more vocal right now. Before, he never said much of anything, and it somewhat fabricated when he did. Now it seems more genuine.

R-C: You were so excited about Dri Archer last season before he was ruled ineligible. How excited about having his speed as a weapon this year now that he is back, and now that he is playing multiple roles as both a running back and a slot receiver?

HAZELL: The first person I think about as a comparison when I think about Dri is the guys who are at Oregon right now. They had LaMichael James. Then they brought in this freshman last year (De'Anthony Thomas) who has just blazing speed, and you are scared to death as a defense any time he has the ball in his hands, because he can go the distance. He has to touch it for us quite a few times. I'll be shocked if Dri doesn't break one in the first 10-to-15 carries for a big one. ... I'm mandating he has to touch it from the backfield at least 12-to-15 times.

R-C: Archer's speed can obviously be such a nice complement to the power of (250-pound sophomore) Trayion Durham. Where is Durham now that he is in year two, and how do you plan to use him with Archer?

HAZELL: With Trayion, we'd like to get him 25-to-30 carries in the first game to get him worked up a little bit. It's a different world for him. You could tell (as a freshman) he was feeling his way out through everything. Right now, he is seeing things great. He is much more physical with the ball in his hands. I thought at the beginning of the season he was a big body who could be more physical. But the thing that really impresses me about him is he never makes a mistake in pass protection, which is unheard of for a young back.

R-C: Playmakers like Archer and Durham can become the face of the offense. You already have a guy who has becoming the face of the team on defense in Roosevelt Nix. He played hurt last year with the turf toe and still was almost as productive as he was when he was MAC Defensive Player of the Year his freshman year. What more can you expect from him now that he is healthy as a junior?

HAZELL: You heard it here first. If he can get out of the gates like I think he can, is he a Heisman candidate? It's hard for that position to win it, but he can dominate a game in Heisman fashion.

R-C: So do you really get a Heisman campaign going for him?

HAZELL: You do. You do after the third game. You look at what he is doing in the first three games and if he is doing the things you think he is going to do, you push it. For the first time, he came to me and looked me in the eye and said coach, I'm going to dominate. I'm going to get off this year. Before I think he was a guy who had so much success early, he didn't know how to handle it. He didn't want to be the guy everyone was looking at because that's not him. But right now he is feeling his oats a little bit. He can line up in four or five different spots and not get blocked. How that disrupts an offense, you can't begin to tell people.

R-C: You've said during camp that you feel this team is on the verge of something special. Can you take any sense of satisfaction already just from how far you believe this team has come between year one and the start of year two as a head coach?

HAZELL: Not yet. I don't feel that yet. I feel like we have to do something first, and then I'll feel like, you know what, this was a good move by both parties.

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News Headline: Terry Pluto: Reasons why Kent, Akron football are worth watching | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: WKSU-FM
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News OCR Text: As Kent State and the Univeristy of Akron open their seasons Thursday, Terry Pluto talks about why we should be paying attention this year

Kent State and Akron open their football seasons this week with a lot to prove. They are two teams that have struggled to post wins and attract fans in recent years.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about why this year might be a game-changer.

Please click on link for audio:

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News Headline: Sheryl Crow Show Biggest Ever at Kent State's Dix Stadium (Vargo) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
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News OCR Text: Centennial Campaign celebration concert kicks off "Campaign for Change" to support student scholarships

The Centennial Campaign Concert set for Kent State University's Dix Stadium on Sept. 8 is shaping up to be the biggest ever live performance at the 43-year-old venue.

With headlining artist Sheryl Crow and openers Los Lonely Boys and O.A.R. the football stadium will play host to the biggest live acts it's ever scene.

Valoree Vargo, director of donor services for Kent State, said it's been more than 20 years since the stadium hosted a live concert.

The concert is being held to celebrate the end of the successful Centennial Campaign, a fundraising effort for the university that ended this past summer and raised $265 million for scholarships, capital improvements and other projects.

"It was important for us to use Dix Stadium because we really wanted to include faculty, staff, donors, students (and) the community," Vargo said. "We wanted them all to be part of this Centennial Campaign celebration thanking everyone for the $265 million that was raised."

Kent State has played host to many live concerts from big names, but more often than not the shows are held inside the MACC. But the MACC has a capacity of about 6,000 compared with the potentially 28,000 seats at Dix Stadium.

Vargo said due to the stage arrangement tickets are only being sold for the west side of the stadium with chairs on the field. Between 12,000 and 15,000 seats are available with the stage on the 50 yard line.

"With a band like Sheryl Crow, O.A.R. and Los Lonely Boys, we thought Dix Stadium would be a great venue," she said. "It's going to be a very intimate show."

The concert celebrates the end of the Centennial Campaign, but it marks the start of the Campaign for Change, which is a peer-to-peer student scholarship program. A portion of the ticket sales will support the scholarship program.

Tickets are available for the general public ($35 and $50) at Kent State student tickets ($20 and $30) can be purchased at the Kent State Ticket Office in the MAC Center with a valid Kent State student ID.

A two-for-one ticket deal is available through Sept. 4 for Kent State students.

Prior to the show, tailgating on stadium grounds will be allowed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Los Lonely Boys are scheduled to take the stage shortly thereafter.

Full concessions will be available at the stadium, including alcohol. Sponsors for the event include Main Street Kent and RLB Phoenix Properties, which paid $25,000 towards the concert. Other sponsors include Huntington Bank, Miller Lite and Cleveland Magazine.

Vargo said the success of the Centennial Campaign Concert will play a part in determining if more big-act live shows come to Dix Stadium in the future.

"We want to bring people on to campus and utilize Dix Stadium, which is a great facility," she said. "We'll evaluate it on many different factors, not just ticket sales alone.

"I hope that if this is successful that we will do this again," Vargo said. "I think it's great to have these kinds of events on campus. If we can bring the community and the students and all these folks together for other special events at Dix Stadium I think it's terrific."

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News Headline: NUMBERS UP (Kiel) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/28/2012
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News OCR Text: Rain moved the refreshments inside Monday during the first day of fall semester classes at Kent State University-Ashtabula Campus.

"We had to move the cook-out inside," said Jerry Kiel, director of enrollment and student service.

Kiel said he spent the morning roaming the halls making sure students were able to find their classes and make sure everything was going well.

It was.

Students stood in lines seeking to pay for books and university clothing at the newly opened bookstore in the old technology building, but the lines moved quickly.

The nicely lit bookstore is much bigger than the former store and allows students a better flow of the merchandise available for purchase.

Rachel Blumberg of Ashtabula and Casey Tagle of Conneaut tried to stay dry while walking to the library.

Tagle said he was excited on his first day of class as a freshman.

Monica Todd got out of her math class early because of a computer issue and dropped by the bookstore to pick up a few items before heading on to a general psychology class.

Student enrollment appears to be up, Kiel said.

"We are close to 2,600 students right now," Kiel said. He said the enrollment numbers don't become official until 15 days into the semester, but KSUA is on pace to potentially beat the campus student enrollment record set two years ago.

Kiel said the staff has worked hard to increase numbers after a slight decrease last year. He said the economy makes it hard for many students to enroll but also may encourage some students to stay close to home.

"Cost has been so much in the public's concern and the regional campuses are such a bargain," he said.

Kiel said the university urges students to plan wisely for the funding of their education.

"College debt and debt in general is changing the fabric of American society," he said.

"We try to work with the students, and families, to finance their education responsibly," Kiel said.

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News Headline: Kent State makes bigger venture into Summit County (Mohan) | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal - Online, The
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News OCR Text: Students seem to be giving a thumbs-up to Kent State's new Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg.

Only three days into the start of fall semester, enrollment there has grown about 16 percent, to 900 students, over the same time last year.

These are early days, as students come and go at the start of the semester. Enrollment won't stabilize for a week or so.

Nonetheless, Dean David Mohan of Kent State's Geauga campus predicts the new center, near Interstate 480, will be a big hit.

This is an "express" campus for busy adults, he said.

"Fifty-five percent of our students are nontraditional, so they have families and jobs," Mohan said. "They say, Give me my class and let me get out of here.' This is a stripped-down version [of a university]."

The 44,000-square-foot, wireless center is an extension of KSU's Geauga County branch in Burton.

It is a bigger and more sophisticated version of the satellite KSU center that started in 1991 at the Daimler Chrysler Stamping Plant in Twinsburg and later moved to a former school the city of Twinsburg owned.

The new center has 16 general- purpose classrooms, four computer classrooms, an outdoor patio, two executive suites with high-end furniture for corporate rental, student services such as financial aid, and shower facilities for students who ride bikes.

The center is focusing on general education courses for beginning students at any level of preparedness - perhaps even those who have been turned away at other tax-supported universities.

For example, the University of Akron, the only other tax-supported university in Summit County, now requires students to have ACT scores of 17 or higher on the standardized test scale of 0 to 36. Cleveland State requires students to have ACTs of 16 or higher.

So it might not be surprising that more than 90 percent of the classes at the Twinsburg Center are at the freshmen or sophomore level. Students can complete the first two years of most baccalaureate programs there. All classes are small - no more than 24 students.

"We're getting people set up to pursue four-year degrees elsewhere," Mohan said. "If it's Kent, that's great."

The university turned to the Summit County Development Finance Authority (formerly the Port Authority) and the owner of the property, Fairmount Properties of Cleveland, for help in funding the project.

Fairmount agreed to build the facility and assign the lease to the Finance Authority. The Akron agency agreed to issue $13.7 million in tax-exempt bonds to fund construction of the center on 15 acres. KSU can buy the property at years 10, 15 or 20 of the agreement.

Total payback over the full life of the lease would be $26 million.

For students, the cost is relatively economical. Tuition and fees are the same as those of Kent State's seven branches, which are 40 percent lower than the main campus in Kent.

Students' biggest problem might be a common one on any campus: finding a place to park.

The center has 330 parking spaces, more than double the 140 it had at its previous leased location. At one point Monday, 300 spaces were filled.

"I thought we would be years ahead in parking, but maybe not," Mohan said.

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News Headline: Kent Stark Presents Panel Discussion on Best Practices in the Workplace | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: North Canton Patch
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: The Corporate University, Kent State University at Stark is presenting a panel discussion to address best practices in the workplace. The program, Critical Thinking in the Workplace, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at The University Center, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.

Critical Thinking in the Workplace:

Critical thinking skills are on the wish list for many employers. In the current business environment, an employee who makes decisions, thinks outside the box and creates innovative solutions to problems adds to their value in the workplace. Join our panel of innovative thinkers to learn how they use critical thinking in their day-to-day tasks to give their organizations a competitive edge.

Panelists include John Geib, Ph.D., dean of the Logos Institute; Dwight Jellison, director of the Global Services Delivery Team at Diebold, Incorporated; and Tim Miller, plant scheduler at Ohio Packaging Corrugated.

Registration for the panel discussion is $25 per person. To register or for additional information, call 330-244-3508, e-mail or visit

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News Headline: Much downtown work still to do | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent's redevelopment projects
are completed or nearing
completion, the city
will still see millions of dollars
of work in the coming

Ametek and Davey Tree
Expert Co. employees are already
adjusting to their new
downtown offices in the Fairmount
Properties block, and
retail and restaurant owners
are putting the finishing
touches on their storefronts
in the development. Most of
the new businesses in the
buildings, bounded by De-
Peyster Street, Erie Street,
Haymaker Parkway and Water
Street, should open this

Fairmount Properties
plans to begin construction
on a third building, which
will include 50 apartments,
pizza and pasta restaurant
Bricco and on-site parking,
this October.

That building, which
should open next summer,
will be located across the
street from the Kent State
University Hotel and Conference
Center, a $16 million
project currently under construction.
KSU officials expect
the 95-room KSU Hotel
to open in the spring of

Adam Branscomb, project
manager for Fairmount
Properties, said he thinks the
relationship between the hotel
and his company's projects
should be mutually beneficial.

“Someone who's leaving
the hotel lobby will be
able to walk right across the
street to Bricco,” Branscomb

Ametek Vice President
Matt French said his company
plans to use the hotel
to host conferences in downtown

Along with the hotel and
conference center, two other
major parts of the redevelopment
are scheduled to
open in the spring.

The KSU Esplanade walkway
extension, which will
run between the northwest
edge on campus and the
KSU Hotel and Conference
center, should be completed
at roughly the same time as
the hotel.

The large, park-like walkway
will replace a section of
Erie Street bounded by Haymaker
Parkway and Willow
Street. A new crosswalk will
be constructed at the walkway
and Haymaker Parkway
to allow students and others
to walk across S.R. 59 to
the downtown redevelopment

The Portage Area Regional
Transportation Authority's
parking deck, located
adjacent to the KSU Hotel
and Conference Center on
DePeyster Street, will also
open in the spring. The transit
center, known as the Kent
Central Gateway, will include
321 parking spaces as well as
retail space.

The project, largely funded
by a U.S. Department
of Transportation TIGER
Grant, will cost approximately
$26 million.

Developer Ron Burbick is
hoping his renovation of the
old Kent Hotel, now known
as Acorn Corner, will be operational
even sooner than the
KSU and PARTA projects.
The Acorn Alley developer
has said he hopes the longvacant
hotel will re-open
this winter, with Buffalo Wild
Wings as its first and second
floor tenant. The building
will also feature some office
and apartment space, as well
as the bicycle repair and sale
shop Kent Cycle in the structure's

■ Fairmount Properties: The
film will begin work on a third
buildings in October. It will
contain 50 apartments, the
restaurant Bricco and on-site
Kent State University Esplanade:
The University is
completing an extension of
the walkway will which will
link campus with downtown
■ Kent Central Gateway: The
Portage Area Regional Transportation
Authority's transit
center and parking deck is expected
to open in the spring.
■ Acorn Corner: The longvacant
Kent Hotel is being
renovated into a building containing
retail, restaurants, offices
and apartments. The anchor
tenant is Buffalo Wild

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News Headline: KSU hotel, conference center ready by spring | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Along with making downtown
Kent an appealing area
for developers due to the
city's large student population,
Kent State University
has also contributed to
the downtown redevlopment
project with its own building,
the KSU Hotel and Conference

The 95-room hotel and
conference center with a capacity
of 300 people is scheduled
to open in the spring
of 2013.

The project, currently under
construction at the corner
of Haymaker Parkway
and DePeyster Street, is a
joint venture by the Kent
State University Foundation
and Columbus-based Pizzuti

The Kent State University
Foundation, led by Gene
Finn, KSU's vice president
for institutional advancement,
is a non-profit entity
that receives and manages
financial gifts for the university.
The Pizzuti Companies
is a private firm operated by
Kent native and KSU alumnus
Ron Pizzuti.

Finn has said that although
the KSU Foundation is overseeing
the hotel project, the
idea of a KSU hotel in downtown
Kent is a result of the
vision of KSU President Lester

Finn said the Lefton and
the foundation's board want
the hotel to operate more
like a “boutique” than an average

The hotel will be run by
a national hotel management
chain, but it will not
be linked to a national hotel
chain due to the school's desire
to keep Kent State University
in the name of the
hotel for branding and marketing

KSU officials originally
hoped the project would
be completed this fall, but
the hotel's schedule was
altered due to the delayed
start of the Portage Area
Regional Transportation
Authority's transit center.
Many of the hotel's future
guests are expected to park
at the PARTA site, which
will feature a parking deck,
as well as a bus depot and
retail space.

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News Headline: New, unique businesses are blossoming | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: While several storefronts
and restaurants are preparing
for their near-future
grand openings, many new
and unique businesses have
already hit the ground running
in Kent's downtown development.

Many of downtown's eateries
each offer a distinctive

Popped!, a gourmet popcorn
shop in Acorn Alley II,
has kept its owner Gwen
Rosenberg busy as customers
line up for rocky road,
firehouse, vegan and other
special popcorn flavors.

If you're craving a cup of
Joe and something sweet,
Tree City Coffee & Pastry in
Acorn Alley II offers a several
special premium blends and
in-house pastries, as well as
gourmet peanut butter and
jelly sandwiches. Bent Tree
Coffee Roasters on North
Water Street has also made
a name for itself within one
year of opening due to its
wholesale and by-the-pound
organic fair trade coffee.

Laziza, located at Erie and
DePeyster streets, is Kent's
newest fine dining establishment,
offering up numerous
Mediterranean dishes.

Michelle Sahr, president
of Main Street Kent, a nonprofit
organization focused
on the revitalization of downtown
Kent, said Kent's eateries
are complemented well
by the unique shops in the
business district.

“If you're looking for a
special occasion and something
fun to do, going to
Kent and finding unique
shops has plenty of appeal
and entertainment value,”
she said, adding that the
money also stays in the

Sahr, who owns Off the
Wagon, a toy and fun gift
shop, said many businesses
are already thriving, even
before the development is
finished, but many are looking
forward to the new jobs
and the customers they'll

“I know for myself and a lot
of business people, we're excited,”
she said. “Having office
workers every day is going
to be huge.”

Sahr said she foresees
Kent becoming a weekend
destination once the Kent
State University Hotel and
Conference Center is up and
running downtown.

“You could spend a whole
weekend kayaking on the river,
walking around the shops
and eating,” she said. “I think
Kent is one of the coolest
places you can live.”

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News Headline: Ties to Kent's past, eyes on city's future | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:

When the city of Kent
needed companies to open
offices downtown to spur fu-
ture development, it looked
to two firms with storied
pasts in the city.

The Davey Tree Expert
Co. and Ametek are the an-
chor tenants of Cleveland-
based Fairmount Proper-
ties' mixed-use buildings in
the heart of the downtown
redevelopment district.

Davey Tree, founded in
Kent in 1880 by tree sur-
gery pioneer John Davey,
has moved 90 employees
to "Building A" of the Fair-
mount Properties block, lo-
cated at the corner of Hay-
maker Parkway and South
Water Street.

Davey Tree spokeswom-
an Jennifer Lennox said the
company wanted to make
a statement by taking part
in the downtown redevel-

"This was a choice to
come downtown to say, "We
support the city of Kent,"
Lennox said. "This was not
by accident.”

The employees, who will be
located on the third floor of
the building, come from Davey
Resource Group, the company's
consulting division,
as well the company's corporate
offices. Davey Tree's
headquarters, which have
been located on North Mantua
Street since 1985, will remain

Adam Branscomb, project
manager for Fairmount
Properties, said the entire
second floor of the Davey
Tree building will be multitenant
office space.

Ametek, which has had a
presence in the Kent community
for more than 70
years, expects to finish moving
85 employees to “Building
B” by Sept. 4. Ametek
will occupy the top two floors
of the building, which is located
at the corner of South
Water Street and East Erie

The company's research
labs and development will
be located on the third floor,
while accounting, sales and
other employees will be located
on the second floor.

Matt French, Ametek vice
president and general manager,
said the company always
wanted to keep offices
in Kent, but company officials
considered moving its
workforce out of its Lake
Street offices to Connecticut,
North Carolina or Pennsylvania.

The city of Kent sealed the
deal to keep Ametek in Kent
by purchasing the company's
Lake Street property,
with the intention of using
grant funding to remediate
any environmental issues on
the nearly century-old manufacturing
site, and later lease
it to new tenants.

“(That deal) made the
downtown project by far
the best deal economically,”
French said.

The ground floor levels
of both buildings will contain
new restaurants such as
Bar 145 and Panini's Bar and
Grill, along with retail and
service businesses like Dino
Palmieri Salon and Spa, Gracy
Lane, UniversiTees and
the Market Path.

French said the return of
office and restaurant space
to downtown Kent will “significantly
change...the whole
look and feel of downtown.”

Branscomb said Fairmount
Properties also hopes to begin
construction work on
a third building with retail,
restaurant and apartment
space in October. The building
will be located behind the
Ametek building, and will
front on East Erie and South
DePeyster streets.

French said officials at Ametek
appreciated the teamwork
displayed by Kent,
Kent State University, county
and state officials and local
businesses during the redevelopment

“With all you hear about
what's wrong in the state of
Ohio, to me it's a good example
of what can go right,”
French said.

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News Headline: 'There's so much going on downtown' | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:

This summer, Lori Wemhoff
looked at the detours,
the barricades and the closed
sidewalks in downtown Kent
and saw new stores and offices.

“There's so much going
on downtown if we can just
get people to see the positive,”
said Wemhoff, executive
director of the Kent Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber president J. Paul
Organ agrees.

“We are becoming a more
multi-dimensional downtown
— not just retail, not
just professionals, not just
any one thing — and that's
got to be healthier,” Organ

Organ owns Marathon Financial
Services and will be
moving into the old Kent Hotel
when it is refurbished as
Acorn Corner.

Many of the downtown
development projects are
in construction. Some, like
the Ametek and Davey Tree
buildings are near completion.
Others, like the PARTA
Central Gateway parking
deck and the Kent State
hotel and conference center,
are rising out of the ground,
giving definition to what was
empty ground just months

Wemhoff said the chamber
has done several ribbon
cuttings for new store openings
this year and more are

Organ said he's watched
the downtown revitalization
for the past three years.

“It's really been marvelous,”
he said. “My window
looks out over Main Street,
even though I can't see the
brand new stuff. In the last
three years the foot traffic
on Main Street has skyrocketed.”

Even with detours and
parking trouble during construction,
Organ said “there
is just a great attitude from
just about everybody downtown.”

Because parking is a concern
for shoppers, the chamber
is preparing a postcard
map for downtown businesses
to distribute to customers
and visitors to Kent.

“There are 1,100 parking
spaces in downtown Kent
and will be nearly 1,500 when
it's all done,” Wemhoff said.

Wemhoff said downtown's
revitalization is already having
an impact. She said it is
definitely increasing Sunday
foot traffic.

“There is a very impressive
number of people downtown,
eating lunch, listening to live
music,” she said.

“Once people get used to
the changes, there are going
to be a lot more people
downtown and businesses
are going to experience
growth. It's a good problem
to have.”

Cass and Bob Mayfield,
owners of McKay Bricker
Framing & Gallery, were
among the very first affected
by Kent's changing downtown.

They had to relocate to
make way for the replacement
to the Crain Avenue
bridge. Since their move
downtown to Main Street
the Mayfields have had front
row seats to the changes.

They said they are extremely
happy with their
Main Street location.

I'm very excited about everything
happening. It's going
to be good for all of us,”
Cass Mayfield said.

She said she is particularly
looking forward to the new
hotel and conference center

Mayfield is watching the
restoration of the old Kent
hotel across the street. She
said as a teenager she worked
there as the “phone girl” taking
orders at Pisanello's Pizza
in the hotel.

Bob Mayfield said he is
thrilled with all of the changes.

“Change is always tough at
times. But I think the problems
are manageable and
for the very short term,” he

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News Headline: Park your car or catch a bus at the Central Gateway | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent's Central Gateway
transit center is looking bigger
every day.

Construction on the combination
transit center, parking
deck and retail center is
on schedule and on budget
according to Portage Area
Regional Transportation Authority

“Our schedule is to have
publicly available parking
by March with a full open
in July,” said Bryan Smith,
PARTA planning director.

“Being able to be open for
parking in March is vital for a
lot of the other projects, and
we will start running transit
through it in July.”

The gateway is being built
at the corner of Erie and De-
Peyster streets, just across
from Acorn Alley and adjacent
to the new Kent State
University hotel and conference
center. It is a key component
of downtown redevelopment.

It will have a transit point
for up to 10 PARTA buses at
a time, a parking deck for 321
cars and retail space along
Erie Street.

Construction has gone
smoothly, Smith said, except
for the tragic accidental death
of construction worker Russell
Hirschfelt, who was crushed
between a piece of machinery
and concrete slabs.

A feature of the center will
be a veterans memorial in a
plaza at the front of the center,
where it faces Haymaker

The location is highly visible
from both Haymaker and
the KSU Esplanade extension
connecting the university
with downtown.

The project is budgeted at
$120,000 and is intended to
honor past, present and future
veterans. The memorial
should be finished by August,
2013, with a dedication
the following month.

Smith said th committee
had submissions by a dozen
designers. The advisory
selection committee picked
their top three and submitted
those names to the steering

“When we get the submissions
by the three artists,
we will have a public showcase,
for the public to come
and give us your opinions on
these three concepts,” Smith
said. The final design will be
picked by the steering committee.

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News Headline: Years of planning invested in downtown | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Buildings, jobs and storefronts
have popped up quickly
in Kent during the past
two years as development
pushes forward, but $100 million
in downtown investment
wouldn't have been possible
without years of planning
and the right people to
spur it on.

“The pat belongs on a lot
of people's backs,” Kent City
Manager Dave Ruller said,
discussing the partnerships
and decisions made to make
it all happen. “With the right
relationships in place, things
get done.”

Ruller said the city, Kent
State University, Portage
Area Regional Transportation,
Fairmount Properties,
Ametek, Davey Tree, Ron
Burbick's Phoenix Properties
and Kent City Council
all had to work as a collective
team in order to make the vision
of a new downtown become
a reality.

“What I think is unique to
what we're doing here is the
partnership become more
important than the individual
parties,” he said. “Once
people get involved to a certain
level, failure no longer
becomes an option.”

With council's approval,
the city bought the land
downtown to then market
to developers.

Economic Development
Director Dan Smith said securing
PARTA's parking facility
was one of the biggest

“Without the help of Congressman
Tim Ryan's office
to put us in a position to apply
for the TIGER grant,
none of this would be happening,”
Smith said.

After PARTA's project was
awarded $20 million in federal
stimulus funds, numerous
parties came together
to forge a plan to reshape
Kent's downtown, Smith

Letters of intent became
land agreements, financing
was established, leases were
signed and buildings began
to sprout.

“The construction took
place at an incredible pace,
but all the pieces of the project
were negotiated over five
years,” Smith said.

Thirty-two businesses have
opened their doors in downtown
Kent, bringing 700 jobs
since the effort to revitalize
it began, and another 20 are
expected to open and add
another 300 jobs by the time
construction dust clears in
spring 2013.

“We had an awful lot of vacant
space downtown two
years ago,” Smith said, adding
that once multiple news
outlets began reporting
about the city's efforts and
vision, it wasn't hard to attract

Smith said income tax
revenue has already increased
by 7 percent, about

Looking forward, Ruller
said he expects the city's investment
in downtown to
foster more growth expanding

“I'd like to think it's a real
game changer,” he said. “It's
hopefully creating that platform
for a lot more economic

The turnaround of interest
in downtown Kent is already
evident, even before
it's finished.

“The foot traffic is just incredible,”
Smith said. “It's
been wonderfully chaotic
over the past five years and
extremely rewarding to know
that we're setting the stage
for the next few decades.”

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News Headline: Fireworks to celebrate development | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/29/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: A celebration of Kent's
downtown development,
including a massive fireworks
display, is planned
at the Kent State University
football team's home
opener at Dix Stadium

Ametek, one of the
downtown development's
anchors, is scheduled to
move Sept. 4 from its Lake
Street location to its new
corporate office owned
by Fairmount Properties
at South Water and Erie
Streets. Davey Resource
Group, the anchor tenant
of the neighboring Fairmount
Properties building
at South Water Street and
Haymaker Parkway, completed
its move to downtown
Aug. 13.

The majority of the project's
restaurant and retail
tenants are expected to
be open by the end of September.

“It's time to sit back and
celebrate the milestone
of the downtown projects
transforming from construction
jobs to permanent
jobs,” Kent Economic
Development Director
Dan Smith said.

Total downtown reinvestment
is estimated to
top $106 million and will
create about 700 new

The game kicks off at
7 p.m., but festivities are
set to begin at 1 p.m. with
corporate tailgating, along
with state and local officials
in attendance with
special presentations.

A video presentation is
planned for halftime and
the fireworks show, sponsored
by Ametek and
Fairmount _roperties and
billed as the biggest in
Portage County history,
is planned to immediately
follow the game.

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News Headline: WKSU Covers the National Political Conventions | Attachment Email

News Date: 08/28/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Ann VerWiebe


Beginning on Aug. 27, WKSU News Director M.L. Schultze reports from Tampa, Fla., as she travels with Ohio delegates to the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are to be named the party's official nominees. Schultze will go beyond presidential politics as she covers all of the convention action from an Ohio perspective, focusing on issues like jobs, energy, healthcare and more with statewide voters in mind.

The following week, from Sept. 3 through 7, Senior Reporter Mark Urycki packs his bags for Charlotte, N.C., to bring Northeast Ohio stories from the floor of the Democratic National Convention. As Barack Obama and Joe Biden board the campaign train for a second time, Urycki examines the Ohio response to matters affecting voters back home.

Reports from the RNC and DNC will air during WKSU broadcasts of NPR's “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” as well as at midday in “Here & Now.” Schultze and Urycki will also post blogs and images online, along with archived audio and other election-centered stories, at

WKSU's coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions is made possible through support from Kent State University and State & Federal Communications.

WKSU broadcasts NPR & Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 in Norwalk and W239AZ 95.7 FM in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD Radio channels – adding WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel to the analog broadcast schedule. The WKSU website is

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