The Kent State University Athletic Department received a

Cecil Giltz Published:

The Kent State University Athletic Department received a true piece of KSU memorabilia when alumna Betty Jo Szuch of Ravenna graciously donated a 60-year-old KSU sweatshirt to the athletic department. The sweatshirt was given to her uncle, John Starrett, by his staff when he left KSU as an assistant baseball coach in 1941 to join the American Red Cross at the beginning of World War II. Upon his death, the sweatshirt was found packed away and in pristine condition. It still has the vivid gold letters with white highlights against a deep black background. Betty Jo told her friend, Lori Cantor, interim manager of KSU student media, about the find and Lori suggested donating the sweatshirt to the athletic department. Betty Jo presented the sweatshirt to Laing Kennedy, director of KSU athletics, and Gary Harwood of KSU photo services was there to record the event for posterity. Christopher Reeve, actor and advocate for people with disabilities, is scheduled to visit KSU April 15 when he will speak about overcoming obstacles. The main sponsor for Reeves visit is Undergraduate Student Senate. Watch for upcoming coverage in the Record-Courier for time and place. Although paralyzed in an equestrian competition in 1995, Reeve has worked tirelessly to put a human face on spinal cord injury and motivate neuroscientists around the world to conquer the most complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system. The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Web site is http://www.apacure.com/. Nawal Ammar, associate professor of justice studies, will be the keynote speaker for the Womens Resource Center Scholarship Dinner and Silent Auction to be held March 4. Her talk is entitled, In the Company of the Nile: Women and Ecological Justice in Contemporary Egypt. I had the pleasure of hearing Ammar speak at the Ohio Division Convention of the American Association of University Women a few years ago. Her speech, informative and thought-provoking, was very well-received by the delegates attending. Were fortunate to have her speak at KSU. The auction begins at 4:30 p.m. with a wine reception and preview bidding of silent auction items, followed by dinner and Ammars keynote speech. The auction and dinner will be held in the Student Center Ballroom. I note with sadness the death of John Weiser, emeritus professor of telecommunications at KSU. He was always known as Dr. Weiser to the legions of broadcasting students who had him for classes or who worked at WKSU in the 1950s and 1960s. We owe a great deal to Dr. Weiser who was professor, mentor and friend to many. Dr. Weiser had an infinite supply of patience with us students as we made our debut on the air at WKSU (in its pre-NPR days). No matter that we sounded unsure or tripped over our words those first few broadcasts, he always had a word or two of encouragement to boost our confidence. I remember his infinite patience when we student reporters pushed the envelope in news coverage during the days of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations that occurred on campus. During the late 1960s, KSU was making its mark as a newsmaker that attracted news media well beyond that of campus media. No doubt many student broadcasting reporters sensed the seriousness of the news stories we aired and Dr. Weiser was among the journalism faculty who encouraged those voices to be heard. Have a suggestion for a column item about Kent State University or local Kent organizations? Contact Margaret Garmon at (330) 678-1450 or e-mail her at mgarmon@kent.edu. Laing Kennedy, director of athletics at Kent State University, happily accepts a vintage sweatshirt from KSU alumna Betty Jo Szuch of Ravenna.

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