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Alumni Homecoming Auction

Live Auction

Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Kent Student Center, 2nd floor, The Nest (formerly known as the Music Listening Center) -  See the newly renovated space and the mural designed by Chuck and Tom
Information: Bid on items live, enjoy complimentary light refreshments and meet Tom and Chuck

IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Golden Flashbacks</span><br> Parents Jeff and Pam Murdoch visit campus to catch up with daughter Mindy and bring their own memories of undergraduate moments, which coincide with Tom Batiuk's days (c.1968-69) as a collector of fine vinyl with Jeff (left) and Chuck Ayers' enjoyment of the role of DKS cartoonist along with Pam, c. 1970 (right). Meanwhile, Les Moore signs his new book -- published by the KSU Press -- for some appreciative students.<br><br> This panel has a highly retrospective flavor, from parental flashbacks to the title of Les' book – golden years made even more so by time and distance. The two self-portraits of the artist/writers add to the significance of this panel. which draws on characters from both strips.
Title: Golden Flashbacks
Parents Jeff and Pam Murdoch visit campus to catch up with daughter Mindy and bring their own memories of undergraduate moments, which coincide with Tom Batiuk's days (c.1968-69) as a collector of fine vinyl with Jeff (left) and Chuck Ayers' enjoyment of the role of DKS cartoonist along with Pam, c. 1970 (right). Meanwhile, Les Moore signs his new book -- published by the KSU Press -- for some appreciative students.

This panel has a highly retrospective flavor, from parental flashbacks to the title of Les' book – golden years made even more so by time and distance. The two self-portraits of the artist/writers add to the significance of this panel. which draws on characters from both strips.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Homecoming Parade</span><br> A black squirrel's-eye view of an annual tradition for homecoming weekend, particularly enjoyed by enthusiastic alumni who return to re-live the best of their undergraduate memories with lots of festivity, headed by the mascot of the Flashes at right. Cayla and Les Moore appear just below the squirrels and wave to enthroned Queen Keisha (Cayla's daughter) and attendant Summer (standing at front of float) (all characters are from Funky Winkerbean).<br><br> Batiuk and Ayers put everything into perspective by highlighting the squirrels at left, who might notice the special events but mostly go on with their usual thing.
Title: Homecoming Parade
A black squirrel's-eye view of an annual tradition for homecoming weekend, particularly enjoyed by enthusiastic alumni who return to re-live the best of their undergraduate memories with lots of festivity, headed by the mascot of the Flashes at right. Cayla and Les Moore appear just below the squirrels and wave to enthroned Queen Keisha (Cayla's daughter) and attendant Summer (standing at front of float) (all characters are from Funky Winkerbean).

Batiuk and Ayers put everything into perspective by highlighting the squirrels at left, who might notice the special events but mostly go on with their usual thing.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Pre-Game</span><br> Band, cheerleaders, coach and football players rev up the pre-game excitement at the football field.<br><br> The importance of coaches (Bull Bushka at left), and band directors (Harry L. Dinkle , at right) as teachers is emphasized by the artists in their prominence in this panel, ironically contrasted with the hulking but attentive football player and the well-ordered band members doing their own thing. The energy of the cheer squad, led by Rana at centre, is underscored by their diagonal movements, and we know things have gone well recently because KSU has possession of the contested wagon-wheel. These characters all come from Funky Winkerbean.
Title: Pre-Game
Band, cheerleaders, coach and football players rev up the pre-game excitement at the football field.

The importance of coaches (Bull Bushka at left), and band directors (Harry L. Dinkle , at right) as teachers is emphasized by the artists in their prominence in this panel, ironically contrasted with the hulking but attentive football player and the well-ordered band members doing their own thing. The energy of the cheer squad, led by Rana at centre, is underscored by their diagonal movements, and we know things have gone well recently because KSU has possession of the contested wagon-wheel. These characters all come from Funky Winkerbean.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: End Zone</span><br> The fans cheer and wave flags as the band marches onto the field, led by trombone and trumpet, traditional instruments of battle victory.<br><br> The artists keep this scene interesting by presenting the target end zone in diagonal composition and open, the lonely goal of the game proudly emblazoned with the school's name. The space opens up to the beholders and we participate in this scene as spectators, either in the band or in the stands.
Title: End Zone
The fans cheer and wave flags as the band marches onto the field, led by trombone and trumpet, traditional instruments of battle victory.

The artists keep this scene interesting by presenting the target end zone in diagonal composition and open, the lonely goal of the game proudly emblazoned with the school's name. The space opens up to the beholders and we participate in this scene as spectators, either in the band or in the stands.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Girls at Play (Basketball Game)</span><br> Eager fans cheer as Keisha Williams and Summer Moore lead the KSU women's team in scoring a basket, continuing in college their high school athletic successes. Fans of Funky Winkerbean will recognize Ann Fairgood and Coach Bull Bushka at left.<br><br> The artists work lots of figures into a restricted space, behind the ferocious Golden Flash logo. The figure of Keisha shooting the basket has some of the grace that we find in the game, while at the top of the bleachers the excitement of a fan is conveyed in an expressive silhouette.
Title: Girls at Play (Basketball Game)
Eager fans cheer as Keisha Williams and Summer Moore lead the KSU women's team in scoring a basket, continuing in college their high school athletic successes. Fans of Funky Winkerbean will recognize Ann Fairgood and Coach Bull Bushka at left.

The artists work lots of figures into a restricted space, behind the ferocious Golden Flash logo. The figure of Keisha shooting the basket has some of the grace that we find in the game, while at the top of the bleachers the excitement of a fan is conveyed in an expressive silhouette.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Front Campus - Graduation Day</span><br> Keisha Williams and Summer Moore proudly display their diplomas before the front campus gate while Les and Cayla record the moment and shed a few tears of parental joy (relief?). The artists show, in smaller scale and pushed further to the background, so almost as a flashback, the presentation of those diplomas at right, Les recording that moment, too. Keisha has mastered the “shake hands with right, grab diploma with left” move, while Summer awaits her turn.<br><br> With these characters from Funky Winkerbean, Ayers and Batiuk draw to a close the campus cycle with which they have decorated the Nest in the KSU Student Center.
Title: Front Campus - Graduation Day
Keisha Williams and Summer Moore proudly display their diplomas before the front campus gate while Les and Cayla record the moment and shed a few tears of parental joy (relief?). The artists show, in smaller scale and pushed further to the background, so almost as a flashback, the presentation of those diplomas at right, Les recording that moment, too. Keisha has mastered the “shake hands with right, grab diploma with left” move, while Summer awaits her turn.

With these characters from Funky Winkerbean, Ayers and Batiuk draw to a close the campus cycle with which they have decorated the Nest in the KSU Student Center.

Silent Auction

Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Kent Student Center, 2nd floor, The Nest (formerly known as the Music Listening Center) -  See the newly renovated space and the mural designed by Chuck and Tom
Information: Bid on items live, enjoy complimentary light refreshments and meet Tom and Chuck

IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Parental Assist</span><br> The 'rents puzzle over a campus map while their more confident kid gets on with the business of settling in and establishing supply lines. New opportunities pull students off in other directions, leaving mom and dad feeling a little useless in the midst of it all.<br><br> Funky Winkerbean (owner of Montoni's and hero of the comic strip), the pizza guy, is introduced here delivering the staff of (student) life. Lunch? Dinner? Fourth meal? All good.
Title: Parental Assist
The 'rents puzzle over a campus map while their more confident kid gets on with the business of settling in and establishing supply lines. New opportunities pull students off in other directions, leaving mom and dad feeling a little useless in the midst of it all.

Funky Winkerbean (owner of Montoni's and hero of the comic strip), the pizza guy, is introduced here delivering the staff of (student) life. Lunch? Dinner? Fourth meal? All good.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Roomies</span><br> Once moved in, new roommates Maddie, Jinx (both from Funky Winkerbean), and Mindy Murdoch (from Crankshaft) want to get out to where the action is. The Daily Kent Stater -- where artist Chuck Ayers got his start as a staff cartoonist in the late 1960's – has been the main source of campus information, conversation, and opinion since 1926.<br><br> Through the dorm window, one of two campus water towers rises above the treetops, while on a branch at left, one of our celebrated black squirrels watches yet another class of new students enter into the life of the university.
Title: Roomies
Once moved in, new roommates Maddie, Jinx (both from Funky Winkerbean), and Mindy Murdoch (from Crankshaft) want to get out to where the action is. The Daily Kent Stater -- where artist Chuck Ayers got his start as a staff cartoonist in the late 1960's – has been the main source of campus information, conversation, and opinion since 1926.

Through the dorm window, one of two campus water towers rises above the treetops, while on a branch at left, one of our celebrated black squirrels watches yet another class of new students enter into the life of the university.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Autumn Day on Campus </span><br> An ordinary day at KSU is actually pretty exciting: Lots of people from everywhere fill the sidewalks between classes, catching up with friends, listening to music on MP3 players, and enjoying the beauties of campus, including recent painting on the Rock facing Main Street (Go Flashes!).<br><br> Alternating the measured pace of a stroll across campus with the intensity of what goes on in the classroom – silhouetted in the large windows – the artists depict a persistent ideal of university life.
Title: Autumn Day on Campus
An ordinary day at KSU is actually pretty exciting: Lots of people from everywhere fill the sidewalks between classes, catching up with friends, listening to music on MP3 players, and enjoying the beauties of campus, including recent painting on the Rock facing Main Street (Go Flashes!).

Alternating the measured pace of a stroll across campus with the intensity of what goes on in the classroom – silhouetted in the large windows – the artists depict a persistent ideal of university life.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Campus Bus</span><br> Our old friend Crankshaft (whose comic strip was spun off from Funky Winkerbean) reappears here driving a campus bus, again ominously numbered 13. While some of the passengers are distracted by flirting, others seem a little nonplussed by the driver and, with expressions of puzzlement or downright worry, check out details on their phones. With Crankshaft driving, you can't always count on ending up where you'd intended.<br><br> The artists use each window of the bus as a frame for a mini-scene, giving us a gallery of figures and moods as the campus bus plies its rounds.
Title: Campus Bus
Our old friend Crankshaft (whose comic strip was spun off from Funky Winkerbean) reappears here driving a campus bus, again ominously numbered 13. While some of the passengers are distracted by flirting, others seem a little nonplussed by the driver and, with expressions of puzzlement or downright worry, check out details on their phones. With Crankshaft driving, you can't always count on ending up where you'd intended.

The artists use each window of the bus as a frame for a mini-scene, giving us a gallery of figures and moods as the campus bus plies its rounds.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Campus Bus - Casualty</span><br> Crankshaft drives the campus bus in his characteristic manner and creates a typical casualty, crunching George Keesterman's mailbox.<br><br> The artists planned for this panel in real space, where it occurs around the corner from the bus and thus outside of Crankshaft's field of vision, hence the accident. In the wintry distance, two of the distinctive campus water towers are silhouetted against the sky, giving Ayers the opportunity to insert the KSU Golden Flashes logo again.
Title: Campus Bus - Casualty
Crankshaft drives the campus bus in his characteristic manner and creates a typical casualty, crunching George Keesterman's mailbox.

The artists planned for this panel in real space, where it occurs around the corner from the bus and thus outside of Crankshaft's field of vision, hence the accident. In the wintry distance, two of the distinctive campus water towers are silhouetted against the sky, giving Ayers the opportunity to insert the KSU Golden Flashes logo again.
IMAGE: <span class='auction-title'>Title: Bookin' It (Library)</span><br> A quiet moment in the stacks of the KSU library, where Summer Moore and another student lose themselves in that quaint old technology, the printed book.<br><br> Ayers and Batiuk capture an almost lost pleasure of study and research, the serendipity of discovering something you weren't necessarily looking for by browsing the stacks.
Title: Bookin' It (Library)
A quiet moment in the stacks of the KSU library, where Summer Moore and another student lose themselves in that quaint old technology, the printed book.

Ayers and Batiuk capture an almost lost pleasure of study and research, the serendipity of discovering something you weren't necessarily looking for by browsing the stacks.
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