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aroundKent Magazine Volume 20

Volume 20 Contents

Kent Social Services Feeding the Hungry

Christie Anderson, Community Outreach Manager

Imagine preparing 60 hot, complete lunches a day, six days a week, with a crew of rotating volunteers. Complicating the undertaking is the fact that the coordinator never knows ahead of time what food items will be available as most of the food items come from donations. Now try to imagine the challenge when the demand for meals doubles almost overnight and the number of regular volunteers are unable to work. This is the challenge faced by the Kent Social Services Program Manager Marquice Seward and Kitchen Coordinator Bill Bowen.

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Timing and a Good Cardiologist Are Everything

University Hospitals

Webster’s defines “time” as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues: duration.Some of us may experience irritation when we have to wait at another inconvenient red light, or in line at the grocery store behind someone writing a check because our time is so important. However, what if the time at hand could mean the difference between life and possibly death? How important is time now? Jim Knauf knows the answer

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More Travel Tips from the Road Less Traveled

Patrick O'Connor, Ed.D.

This edition of the Road Less Traveled features a summary of all subjects featured in aroundKent Magazine. 16 subjects have shared their Roads with me. It has been a pleasure and honor to learn from them and chronicle their success. They are indeed a rare alumni group. A summary of the first eight subjects was the basis of Travel Tips from the Road Less Traveled (Vol.11).

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Computational Thinking 8 - A World of 1’s and 0’s

Paul Wang, Ph.D.

We live in a world dominated by information technology (IT). IT is everywhere and enriches our lives in countless ways. At the very heart of IT is the digital computer. Digital computers use 1’s and 0’s, nothing else, to represent and store information. There are no exceptions–all data and all programming are coded in 1’s and 0’s.

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Meet University Hospital Portage Medical Center’s New Care Providers

University Hospitals Portage Medical Center

With 20 years of experience as a nurse midwife, Sharon recently returned home to Northeast Ohio from North Carolina where she’s found the people at UH Portage Medical Center to be warm and welcoming. She earned her Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery from Philadelphia University. She also earned a Master of Science, Health Service Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Visual Art Showcase

Mark Keffer, MFA

Visual art in Northeast Ohio is made up of a wide variety of approaches, subjects and materials, which is not unexpected, seeing that it reflects the state of art nationally, even globally. Unlike periods in the past, where there was a dominant movement, such as Abstract Expressionism or Pop Art, we’re currently in an era of ‘pluralism,’ where no overriding thematic direction seems to take precedent over another.

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To Dose or Not to Dose: Medical Marijuana in Ohio

Elliott Ingersoll, Ph.D.

I’m limping toward an office with a small sign reading, “Medical Marijuana Evaluation.” I never thought I’d see this surreal situation Ohio. I’ve no clue what to expect. I only know my medical records were electronically transferred; my greatest hits of CT and MRI scans. My brain, Jimmie, raises the obvious question: “Should we have checked the parking lot for narcs or DEA vehicles? Is this really legal?” The old paranoia that accompanies a drug buy rises in the back of my throat.

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Conversations with Mary Platz Hughes

Conversation with Anderson Turner

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about arts issues in my circle. I had some questions. I thought it'd be a good idea to have a conversation with Anderson Turner. He is the Director of Galleries at Kent State University, Art critic at The Akron Beacon Journal, and a Dad.

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Oh Deer

The Snarky Gardener, Don Abbott, M.Sc, M.A.

I’ve been thinking a lot about deer lately. Not because they are majestic creatures (which they are) or because the walls of my recently purchased home was once covered with deer heads (which it was), but because of their ability to devastate a garden in a matter of hours. I’ve dealt with groundhogs in years past, and though they too can take out your garden in no time, they don’t have the overwhelming numbers of a herd of deer.

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2020 Vision and Excitement

Portage Park District, Jennifer White, B.S., Environmental Studies and Biology

Happy new year and welcome to a new decade! I have been reflecting this past week on how grateful I am to be part of the Portage Park District as we enter this decade with enthusiasm and 2020 vision. The mission of the Portage Park District is to conserve Portage County’s natural heritage and provide opportunities for its appreciation and enjoyment.

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Extinction is Forever

Chuck Slonaker, B.A.

I had an idea of what extinction was, but I truly never understood what forever meant until my mom passed over a year ago. I questioned what I was doing and decided after years of painting landscapes and city scapes to concentrate my efforts into activism. What better purpose is there than to champion our fellow creatures who cannot defend themselves against the onslaught of our technology and greed.

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A Home for Lovelight

Lisbeth Justice, Ph.D.

In November of 1995, a small group of people with a wonderful vision created LoveLight, Inc., based in Kent, Ohio, to help people, especially those considered economically or otherwise disadvantaged, to move toward reaching their potential and to promote positive, healthful lifestyles.

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Around The World Music Series

David Badagnani, B.M., M.A

In this special program, world-renowned ethnomusicologist, musician, and NEA National Heritage Fellow Dr. Phong Nguyen will share his knowledge of Vietnam's wealth of Buddhist musical traditions, demonstrating numerous distinct styles of recitation, cantillation, hymn singing, and chant while accompanying himself with a variety of traditional percussion and string instruments.

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aroundKent Magazine Contributors

Paul Wang

A Ph.D. and faculty member from MIT, Paul Wang (王 士 弘) became a Computer Science professor (Kent State University) in 1981, and served as a Director at the Institute for Computational Mathematics at Kent from 1986 to 2011. He retired in 2012 and is now professor emeritus at Kent State University.

Mark Keffer

Mark Keffer

Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

Jennifer White

Andrea Metzler

Don Abbott

Don Abbott

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

Chuck Slonaker

Chuck Slonaker

Elliott Ingersoll

Elliott Ingersoll

Lisbeth Justice

Lisbeth Justice

aroundKent Magazine is an online publication covering Kent, Akron and Northeast Ohio. Our primary focus is art, music, and food and written by professionals in different fields. Articles include Visual Art Showcase, University Hospitals, including links to Coronavirus COVID-19 info and much more.