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Save the Date for the Inauguration of Kent State University President Beverly Warren

Weeklong activities and events culminate with May 1 installation of Kent State’s 12th president

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Beverly Warren will be formally installed
as Kent State University’s 12th president
on Friday, May 1.
Beverly Warren will be formally installed as Kent State University’s 12th president on Friday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center on the Kent Campus. The inauguration is free and open to the public. Students, employees, alumni, community members and friends of Kent State are encouraged to attend.

A series of activities and events will occur throughout the week, culminating with the May 1 inaugural ceremonies. Beginning Friday, April 24, Inauguration Week events include a community service project, a panel discussion with former Kent State presidents and the grand opening of the new Center for Undergraduate Excellence at Olson Hall.

“We have a dynamic, energetic new leader in Dr. Beverly Warren who is building upon the great momentum of our university with exciting new plans that will transform Kent State into a world-recognized intellectual and personal destination,” says Dennis Eckart, chair of Kent State’s Board of Trustees. “We invite everyone to be a part of our Inauguration Week activities and the formal installation of our 12th president, Dr. Beverly Warren.”

Additional details about Inauguration Week will be shared and updated throughout the spring semester at www.kent.edu/president/inauguration.

For more information about Warren and the Office of the President, visit www.kent.edu/president.
Posted Feb. 23, 2015 | Emily Vincent

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Report Icy Locations on the Kent Campus

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A member of the Kent State grounds
crew plows snow from walkways on
the Kent Campus.
day. 

University Facilities Management is hard at work keeping the university in acceptable condition this winter. As weather conditions become increasingly challenging, it is difficult to keep sidewalks, roads and pathways clear of snow and ice. Extremely cold temperatures limit the effectiveness of rock salt, leaving the grounds crew to chip away ice by hand in some places. So they are asking for your help.

To help keep the university safe for travelers, Kent State University’s grounds crew asks for you to report icy sidewalks and pathways that need attention.

Please report any specific inclement weather locations to 330-672-2345, and those calls will be directed to University Facilities Management grounds staff.

Posted Feb. 23, 2015 | Jake Crissman

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Kent State University Airport Receives Sustainability Plan Grant

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The Kent State University Airport has received a Federal
Aviation Administration grant for a master plan to make the
airport a more environmentally and financially efficient
organization. 

The Kent State University Airport received a $102,600 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create and execute a master plan to make the airport a more environmentally and financially efficient organization.

This grant is a part of the $6.4 million FAA Airport Improvement Program to make airports in America the safest and most sustainable in the world.

According to an FAA press release, the airports can use the grants to reduce their noise and water usage, improve air quality and minimize impacts to surrounding communities. Airport management can study, plan and develop sustainability initiatives to be incorporated into existing and future airport projects.

“The FAA just recently launched a program for sustainable master planning,” says David Poluga, the operations coordinator for the airport. “A master plan for an airport is a 20-year plan for how the facilities will be developed, in terms of how it will grow, in terms of operations and in how we’re going to plan to minimize environmental impact. This is why we got the grant.”

Poluga says there are three components to every airport master plan: social, financial and environmental.

“There is a social impact in the sense that we have to be compatible with our neighbors, as well as the financial component, which means we can’t compromise with the other aspects of our organization,” he says.  “We have to be self-sufficient and profitable as an organization. Then there is also an environmental component, including the carbon footprint and pollutions that we’re generating as an industrial operation.”

One of the building blocks of the sustainability plan in the Airport Master Plan is the Airport Waste Audit.

The Kent State University Office of Sustainability partnered with the airport to conduct a waste stream assessment to find out what materials were being thrown away or recycled by tenants of the airport.

“We wanted to do a waste audit, and it was done with a consulting firm, C&S Engineers Inc.,” says Leah Graham, Kent State’s outreach recycling coordinator. “The audit was an assessment that we can use to find out what’s in our trash that’s recyclable.”

During the waste audit, all of the trash and recycling at the airport was saved for a week. As the team went through the trash with protective equipment, they sorted the contents into 15 categories.

“We sorted the trash into categories such as metal, office paper, newspaper/magazines and wet waste,” Graham says. “Then, we weighed each category and assessed how full the bins were.”

By weight, the top three recyclable items that the airport generates in its recycling stream are paper, recyclable plastics #1-#7 and newspapers/magazines.

Occasionally, trash accidently gets into the recycling bin. Recyclers can handle a maximum of 10 percent trash contamination in the recyclables. More than that will cause the process of sorting recyclables to become less efficient.

“The tenants are doing a good job at placing only recyclables in the recycle bin, so we’re still below a 10 percent contamination rate,” says Melanie Knowles, Kent State’s sustainability manager. 

Knowles says that 55 percent of the trash stream at the airport can be recycled instead of thrown away.

“We want to take that 55 percent out the trash stream into the recyclable stream,” she says. “So we need to know the barrier preventing people from getting those recyclables into the recycling bin. That’s the next part of the process, to create an effective program to increase recycling.”

For more information about the master plan, visit www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=15134.

For more information about the Kent State University Airport, visit http://www2.kent.edu/airport/index.cfm.

Posted Feb. 23, 2015 | Ashlyne Wilson

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Kent State University Libraries Releases 1970s Daily Kent Stater Online

Kent State University’s Special Collections and Archives department announces the launch of the digital edition of the 1970s Daily Kent Stater. This online, full-­text searchable collection is the result of months of collaborative efforts, and will enable University Libraries to provide exciting new research opportunities to users all over the world. The Digital Daily Kent Stater archive, available at www.library.kent.edu/dks, now includes all issues from the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s.

Researchers and the curious alike will no longer have to come in-person to view print versions of this legacy-­defining decade at Kent State. The university that existed in December 1969 and the one that emerged in January 1980 were worlds apart. Now users everywhere can see this transition for themselves in almost 17,000 pages of campus history. Each page of the Daily Kent Stater was scanned at high resolution and made available for anyone with an Internet connection. Users have the option to browse by date, search the entire run of the 1970s for names and keywords or simply read through the paper day by day. 

Another new resource available within the Digital Daily Kent Stater site is crowd-­sourced text correction. The optical character-recognition process that most text-­based digital projects employ is not perfect in correctly identifying each and every character on a scanned page of text. Now users can help clean up any full-­text errors they encounter by participating in this crowd­‚Äźsourced correction process. User account set up is easy and any corrections made will help future users access more accurate information and execute more successful searches. 

This release of the 1970s Daily Kent Stater underscores University Libraries’ continuing commitment to provide first-class materials and research opportunities both in-­person and online. In the coming year, Daily Kent Stater issues from the 1950s and 1980s also will be available as University Libraries works toward the goal of providing digital access to the entire run of the campus newspaper.  

Posted Feb. 23, 2015

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