If you were to look up the word “happy” in the dictionary, there’s a fair chance you could spot Maureen Ater’s photo. The vice president of marketing and fund development at Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland is an outgoing and energetic mom of three daughters and a hometown girl who grew up on the same street as her husband, Patrick, an educator at Canton Country Day School.
The controversy over race and admissions at elite educational institutions is heating up. Harvard University is under pressure to stop discriminating against Asian-Americans, who make up a smaller percentage of its student body (22.2 percent) than their grades and test scores would warrant.
For two weeks this summer, hundreds of thousands of people will celebrate some of the greatest players in the history of football. The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival begins July 22 and runs through August 6, with 17 major events scheduled throughout Stark County.
Mental-health problems among college students have been climbing since the 1990s, according to the American Psychological Association. And with services increasingly stretched at campus health centers, students have been taking action themselves through peer-run mental-health clubs and organizations.
Tina L. Biasella is the director of external affairs and community relations at Kent State University at Stark, where she oversees marketing, public relations, The Corporate University, special events and other nonacademic campus outreach functions through a team of administrative, professional and support staff.
When we think about “the arts,” often we go huge: the Louvre, Broadway, Swan Lake, Picasso. Perhaps without even realizing it, though, many parents instinctively know the value of the arts and incorporate them into our children’s lives in much smaller ways. Otherwise, why would we give our toddlers that first pack of crayons?
I loved school, and if time travel existed, I would go back to those childhood years. And not even for any do-overs, although a few would be nice. Mostly just to relive the freedom of being a kid. Pick a grade, any grade, and there are fond memories. Safety Patrol in elementary school. Junior high basketball.
Crossing the campus at the university where I teach, I often pass groups of bored-looking high school students taking a tour with their over-interested parents. My school has outstanding student tour guides, but I find it unnerving that many of those visiting high school seniors and juniors will choose a school based only on a carefully designed tour of the campus’ high points.