A Kent State Family: Going To School With A Sibling

16 Sep

Meghan and Kayby Meghan Caprez

I’ve always gone to school with my sister Kay. We’re two years apart in age and grade, but no matter what, we’ve always ended up at the same school. After attending our combined elementary and middle school, she decided to go to high school with me. After attending high school, she decided to follow me to Kent State.

I love my sister. We share the same interests and hobbies, so we’re constantly chatting about the most recent Disney movie or the next Broadway musical that will be at Playhouse Square. But having a sibling with you on campus has definite advantages and disadvantages.


You have a built-in support system, especially if you’re homesick. Missing mom and dad? It’s okay! Your sibling can help you adjust to college life with the familiarity and comfort of home their presence brings.

A sibling can help you figure out what’s what on campus. Because I’d all ready been in college for two years, I Meghan and Kay Playhousewas able to show my sister some of the best places to eat and hang out and give her advice about dealing with different programs and advisers.

You’ll always have someone to go to campus events with. I have a lot of friends in the musical theatre program, and I love seeing the different productions on campus. Before my sister came to Kent, I’d find myself feeling awkward sitting by myself because none of my friends were really interested in that kind of thing. Now, I count on my sister to attend shows with me. If your sibling isn’t into the same things you are, you’ll probably still be able to guilt them into it.

You can meet new people and encounter new perspectives on campus. Before my sister came to college, I was really only concerned with the things I was learning in the public relations program. My sister is in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, so I’m able to learn a little bit about cutting-edge topics in her field on our drive home every day.


Transportation. My sister and I both commute from our parents’ house, and we only have one car. What does that mean? A lot of waiting around because our class schedules and work schedules don’t match. It’s tough, and there isn’t anything you can do about it; you just have to compromise.

Depending on how close you are with your sibling, you might fall into the trap of hanging out with him or her TOO much instead of making new friends. You have to make sure that you’re being your own person and making your own connections. Making new friends is one of the best parts of college, so live it up as an independent person!

Overall, the advantages really do outweigh the disadvantages. It’s great to have a sibling on campus!

Starting back to move forward: A journey from an older student

14 Aug

by Ernie Galgozy

It was 2008 and I remember being at an awards banquet inside the beautiful Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada when the presenter said, “For best newsletter editing for a circulation under 1,500, the award goes to Ernie Galgozy and Local 1375 from Warren, Ohio.” I was so excited. Here I was in Las Vegas surrounded by my peers and being given a top award. It was surreal.

I was a union newsletter editor from 2000 – 2012 until the great recession wiped out and closed steelmaking capacity from the plants I represented.  Armed with only an associate degree in business administration (from Kent, Trumbull I might add) I did pretty well in communications.  What I discovered was how much I truly enjoyed that experience now that it was gone. I wasted no time in getting back to school to learn more about what I loved: communicating.

Once I met my Kent State academic advisor, I was surprised to learn how many concentrations are offered in communication studies.  Since I had a pretty decent grip on organizational communication, I went with a public track.  I chose public communications because I believed it would be better to add another tool in my belt of communication skills.  As one professor described it to me, public communication is sort of the umbrella that all other communication falls under.

My first essay assignments made me nervous because I had never written upper-course level essays before. Now my work would be graded by scholars.  I was especially frantic because I was in class with a professor who was notorious for demanding good work.  My goal became to have this professor actually enjoy reading my papers.  After some bumpy starts with APA style of writing, I finally got the remarks I was hoping for.

As a student, I was presented with many internship opportunities.  At first I didn’t like the idea of participating in an internship because I thought those opportunities should be for younger students to gain experience.  Then I began to look at it as an occasion to discover how other organizations prepare their communication.  I liked my internship so much that I am now finishing my third one.  I would encourage all students to seek opportunities offered through an internship and make the most of them—if for no other reason than to network your skills.  You never know who you will come in contact with.

So here it is a week before I will hear my name called again, but this time it will be to receive my Kent State University School of Communication Studies degree.  The road here was unexpected and filled with many talented people along the way.  Kent might not have the glitz of Las Vegas, but Lady Luck sure has been with me here on this journey.  Viva Kent State!

VCD Hosts Third Annual “Inspire Creative Camp”

6 Aug

Last week, the School of Visual Communication Design hosted its third annual “Inspire Summer Creative Camp.” This camp is a week-long program for high school students who are interested in design, photography, illustration and creative thinking. The studInspireents work closely with each other, as well as Kent State University VCD faculty and current students to learn about design principles and put them into practice through several projects.  The students learned about guerrilla advertising, photography, branding and communication, among other facets of design. The camp was held in the VCD spaces in the Art Building and MACC Annex, allowing the students to get a real feel of what classes in Kent State’s VCD program would be like.unnamed (2) This year’s camp brought in about 20 students from across the country. One student, Lindsey Reynolds, came from San Antonio, Texas.She heard about the camp through her mother, who is an alumna of Kent State University. Other students, such as Alex Griffin of Toledo, Ohio chose to come to the camp because they will be an incoming freshman in the VCD program this fall and wanted to get a jumpstart in design. The students left camp with new knowledge of graphic design and an enhanced portfolio for college admissions.

For more information about the camp and to see additional photos, go to vcd.kent.edu/inspire or www.facebook.com/InspireCreativeCamp.

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Robert Hernandez Announced as Keynote Speaker at 2014 Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop

31 Jul

PoynterImgs_HernandezRobert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue.

He is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. (http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu)



The Workshop will be held in Franklin Hall on Septempber 18 and will address the topic of ethics and data mining. To learn more about the event, read about additional speakers or register to attend, go to http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu.

Five Classes Every College Student Should Take (No Matter What Your Major)

23 Jul

(From USA Today, June 26, 2014)


Sometimes in the midst of trying to complete all of our graduation and major requirements, we forget that there might be some breathing room for extracurricular courses. There are definitely some classes that should be required and that everyone should have under their belts as part of their college education.

Some of these classes are just interesting and should be taken for a different point of view or material base, but some teach useful life skills that everyone should know, but don’t always get a chance to learn.

1. Finance/Accounting/Business Management

These types of classes teach practical skills for managing businesses and finances (including paying taxes). These are skills that everyone should have, but people who are not majoring in these types of subjects or economics usually don’t think to sign up for these classes and therefore never learn important life skills.

2. Communication

In these kinds of classes, you learn how to better communicate your message and why people choose to communicate or advertise their messages in a certain way. Comm classes are interesting and relatable, especially if you plan to go into a job that requires constant interactions with others or even speaking to a large group.

3. History/Art History

History and art history are important topics because they explain how and why events happened in the past (duh) but they also help prevent certain events for the future. It is important to have a grasp on history because it is a constant topic of conversation, especially in current events and world news and can also give you an insight and understanding into cultures that are foreign to you. Art History is also useful because it lends a perspective into someone’s mind as well as the sociopolitical climate at the time an image was created, and therefore can be very informative.

4. Sociology

Learn about why people do certain things or behave in certain ways. Learn about the human mind and human interactions so that you are prepared and you understand certain mental disorders or behaviors as well as relationships between humans. It is not only an extremely captivating subject, it will help you understand the human mind as well as help you deal with problems that you may face yourself or when working with others.

5. Computer Science

This is one of the practical ones more than interest but it is definitely a good one to take in this day in age. This type of intro-level class will help you understand different types of computer technologies that will make you a skilled and valuable employee in your future. Understanding the ins and outs of the most recent technologies and applications on computers as well as learning simple web design will help you greatly as computers are such a large part of work in today’s society.


This article originally appeared on Surviving College, the ultimate source for all things college and entertainment, made for college students.

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Steve Sheinkin & Julie Cummins Headline Summer Symposium

18 Jul

Authors Steve Sheinkin and Julie Cummins are keynote speakers at this year’s Summer Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 5,in the Kent Student Center. The symposium is sponsored by the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS).

Educational sessions include Common Core Apps, Weeding Non-Fiction and eBooks, Research as Detective Work (presented by Steve Sheinkin), and Emerging Technologies. Updates on the latest children’s and young adult titles will also be featured.

Sheinkin and Cummins will sign copies of their latest books during the lunch break. (The Kent State University Bookstore will have books for sale.) In addition to the keynote authors, symposium participants will have a chance to meet award-winning author Angela Johnson. She will sign copies of her latest book, All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, and immediately following the symposium, guests are invited to a reception to celebrate the book’s release.

The symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, with concurrent sessions held in the Kent Student Center Governance Chambers. Cost to attend is $75. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Register at http://bit.ly/SummerSymposium2014 today!

Opening Keynote

Steve Sheinkin’s 2012 title Bomb: The Race To Build and Steal The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, received a Newbery Honor Award, the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Notorious Benedict Arnold won both the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His most recent titles are Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, a true-crime thriller, and El Iluminado, a graphic novel written with Ilan Stavans.



Morning Breakout Sessions

Children’s Literature Update
Presented by Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS, and Sue McCleaf Nespeca, KidLit Plus Consulting
An update on the latest and greatest K-6 literature that is available to school librarians.

Common Core Apps
Presented by Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
A brief talk about the Common Core and some helpful apps to support it. This session will include hands-on iPad activities. (iPads will be provided.)

Almost Everything Librarians Need to Know about INFOhio and Education in Ohio
Presented by Paula Deal, INFOhio
What do all types of librarians need to know about Ohio’s New Learning Standards and upcoming student assessments, early literacy and career and college readiness? INFOhio has the information and the resources.

Research as Detective Work
Presented by Steve Sheinkin
“Often during school visits, while I’m describing the labor intensive process of finding and researching stories for my books, a student will say, ‘So, you do homework for a living?’ I’ve learned to counter the charge by telling students that what I do is really more like detective work. In this workshop, I’ll go through the step-by-step process I use to research stories, and try to make the case that the process of researching a true story is very similar to that of following clues to solve a mystery.”

Lunch Break

Book signing with Steve Sheinkin, Julie Cummins and Angela Johnson

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Young Adult Literature Update
Presented by Christina Getrost, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, and Mary Anne Nichols, Kent State SLIS
An update on the latest and greatest young adult (grades 7-12) literature that is available to school librarians.

Weeding Non-Fiction and eBooks: Yes, You Can, and Yes, You SHOULD!
Presented by Belinda Boon, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
We all know weeding is necessary to maintain up-to-date and useful collections, but how much is “too much,” especially when budgets are tight (or non-existent)? And how does one even begin to weed e-materials? This session offers practical tips for weeding specific Dewey categories and highlights the issues involved with weeding e-books.

Common Core Apps
Presented by Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
A brief talk about the Common Core and some helpful apps to support it. This session will include hands-on iPad activities. (iPads will be provided.)

Closing Session

Emerging Technologies
Presented by Holly Klingler, Emerging Technologies Librarian, NEO-RLS
Looking for info on the latest techno-trends for teachers, schools, students, and patrons, but don’t want to be overwhelmed by too many techie details? Join Holly Klingler for a discussion and a friendly show and tell program where you can learn about what’s in and what’s out in the world of technology.

Closing Keynote

Julie Cummins is a published author of children’s books, including The Inside-outside Book of Libraries, Country Kid, City Kid, Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott, and more recently, Women Explorers and Flying Solo.


Celebrate the launch of Angela Johnson’s new book, All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, with cake and punch in the Marantz Picturebook Collection room in the School of Library and Information Science.

Visit http://bit.ly/SummerSymposium2014 for more information about the symposium and to register.

Student Media Followed President Warren on First Day

9 Jul


(from left to right) Vivian Feke (TV2 general manager), Matt Merchant (Stater editor), Abu Zhafar (TV2), President Warren, Alison Riley (TV2 news manager), Jacqueline DeMate (Stater managing editor), MaKayla Brown (Stater photographer), Emily Mills (Stater principle reporter)

July 1 marked the first day of Kent State University’s new president, Beverly Warren. President Warren’s day was packed full of activities which were covered by select members of Kent State Student Media. About 12 CCI students who work for Student Media were chosen to follow President Warren on her first day, recording interviews, posting to social media and taking photograhps. These students represented the Summer Kent Stater, TV2 and summer Print Beat courses.

These students began the day by meeting with President Warren to personally meet and interview her. They then followed her as she met with her Board of Trustees and walked down the Esplanade to the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, where she ate breakfast with the students and Trustees, as well as city government officials.

Pictured above are some of the students who got to meet President Warren on her first day.


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