Join Akron Press Club on May 16 for State of the Indians

Cleveland Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio will give a State of the Indians update at the Akron Press Club on Tuesday, May 16, at The Duck Club in downtown Akron.
Attendees can come early to watch the 10:35 a.m. Akron RubberDucks baseball game from the Duck Club patio. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Jim Pfander, General Manager and COO of the Akron RubberDucks, will welcome attendees with opening comments. DiBiasio will talk about the Indians 2016 World Series run and what to expect this season.
DiBiasio is entering his 37th season with the Indians. He started in 1979 as assistant public relations director. He became public relations director in 1980, and named vice president of public relations in 1988. He was promoted to his current position in 2011. His lone season way from the Tribe was 1987, when he served as public relations director for the Atlanta Braves.
He serves as the president of Cleveland Indians Charities, is an honorary member of the executive board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, and the board of the Cleveland Baseball Federation.
Attendees will be entered in a raffle to win a prize following the talk, and everyone who registers for the luncheon will receive two ticket vouchers for any 2017 Akron RubberDucks game.

Details:
Program: Bob DiBiasio presents State of the Indians
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: Optional baseball game viewing from The Duck Club patio at 10:35 a.m. Buffet luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m.
Place: The Duck Club, located at Canal Park Stadium, 300 S. Main Street, Akron
Cost: $30, members and non-members. Two vouchers for any 2017 RubberDucks game included with every ticket purchase.
Reservations requested: Click here for easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, May 12.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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National Press Club President Jeff Ballou to speak March 29

Jeff Ballou, the president of the National Press Club, will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, March 29. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
The event is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network, was elected in December and took office in January. He is the first African-American male to be president in the club’s 109-year-old history. Ballou has been a National Press Club member since 1992. He previously was vice president and first was elected to the board of governors in 2012.
“Our profession is under attack,” Ballou said at the time of election. “The work, voice, safe harbor and fellowship of the National Press Club are needed now, more than ever. We are seeing some of the finest journalism of our time covering the biggest stories of our time. But faith in journalism is shaken in part by those pretending to be us and lying while doing it.”
The National Press Club was founded in 1908. It serves its members through activities that bolster their skills, through services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and through social activities that build a vital media community in Washington and across the world. Visit their website at www.press.org.

Details:
Program: Jeff Ballou, National Press Club President.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, March 29. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, March 24 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online reservations or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, March 24.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming at the Press Club:
· Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College, will speak April 19.
· State of Summit County speech by Executive Ilene Shapiro, fall 2017

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Press Club names scholarship for Russ Pry, adds two scholarships

The Akron Press Club has named a scholarship to honor the memory of Summit County Executive Russ Pry, who died in office in 2016.
Also, two additional scholarships will be awarded by the Press Club through the generosity of Dr. Aileen Thong of Akron.
A total of nine scholarships will be given this year by the Press Club and the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund. Each scholarship is worth $5,000. The scholarships are administered by the Press Club and Knight Fund trustees.
Five Knight scholarships are given each year in the memory of John S. Knight, the longtime editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and founder of Knight Newspapers.
In addition to the Russ Pry and Thong scholarships, the Press Club awards a scholarship in the memory of Ludel Sauvageot, a pioneer in public relations.
Pry, who served for nine years as county executive, passed away in 2016 at age 58 following a battle with cancer. He supported the Press Club through his annual State of the County speech.
“Over the years Russ’s speech drew a significant audience, which allowed us to award more scholarships and increase the amount,” said Bruce Winges, Press Club president and editor of the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com. “It is only fitting that we name a scholarship in his honor.”
Aileen Thong is a retired U.S. Army physician. Her father, Louis Gitsin Thong, was an Exxon Mobile executive in Malaysia and rubber plantation owner. He passed away at age 94 in 2015.
Aileen Thong said that her father encouraged education for his children. This donation reflects a desire for academic excellence in journalism by his daughter on his behalf.
“The Press Club – and, more importantly, the students who will receive the scholarships – appreciate the generosity of Dr. Thong,” Winges said. “These scholarships will help fill the need for journalists and public relations professionals.”
To be eligible, students must be from the area or attend college in Summit, Portage, Stark, Medina or Wayne counties. Applications must be postmarked by March 6. Current high school students headed for college in the fall are not eligible. The scholarships are awarded in April.
Forms are available here.
Send applications to: Mark Turner, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Para Jones to speak at Akron Press Club April 19

Stark State College President Dr. Para Jones will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, April 19. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Jones became Stark State College’s fourth president in 2012. Under her leadership Stark State opened an Akron branch to serve students in Summit County.
Prior to becoming president of Stark State, Jones was president of Spartanburg Community College in South Carolina. There she led an effort to open a new campus in downtown Spartanburg. Jones also worked with students to charter the college’s Beta Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa national honorary for two-year colleges.
Jones spent 22 years at Stark State before going to Spartanburg. She served for several years as vice president overseeing donor relations, marketing and communications, grants administration and student services.
She received the 2013 Greater Stark County ATHENA Leadership Award for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women and men in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Jones holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, MBA from Ashland University and bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Mount Union.
She and her husband, Greg, live in Canton.

Details:
Program: Stark State College President Dr. Para Jones.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 19. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, April 14 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online reservations or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, April 14.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming events:
· State of Summit County speech by Executive Ilene Shapiro, fall 2017.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 15

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 15. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
As superintendent, James is responsible for more than 20,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district covers 62 square miles and includes more than 50 schools and community learning centers.
Akron Public Schools offers dual degree programs where students can earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time. Akron Early College allows for dual degrees from Akron schools and the University of Akron upon high school graduation
The district is working on a plan to close Kenmore High School, a decision that has sparked a spirited debate in the community.
David James is a graduate of Cleveland John Adams High School and Cleveland State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He joined the Akron school district in 1992, became executive director for business affairs in 2002 and was named superintendent in August 2008.

Details:
Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
• $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
• Advance payment required for tables of eight.
• $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Feb. 10 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Feb. 10.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming at the Press Club:
• Dr. Para Jones, president of Stark State College, will speak April 19.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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University of Akron President Matthew Wilson to speak Jan. 18

University of Akron President Matthew Wilson will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Lunch will be at 11:45 a.m., and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Wilson became the university’s 17th president in October 2016 after serving on an interim basis following the resignation of Scott Scarborough. Wilson previously served as the dean of the UA School of Law since 2014.
He came to Akron from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he was associate dean of student affairs, associate dean of academic affairs and a law professor from 2009 to 2014.
Prior to joining the University of Wyoming, Wilson was senior associate dean and general counsel for Temple University’s Japan campus in Tokyo.
Wilson is fluent speaking and writing in Japanese. He has more than 25 years of international experience in practicing and teaching business law, intellectual property law, Japanese law and dispute resolution. He has worked as an attorney in Florida, New Jersey, and Japan.
He earned bachelor degrees in political science and Asian studies from the University of Utah in 1995, and a Juris Doctor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1999.
He lives in Hudson with his wife and two youngest sons.

Details:
Program: University of Akron President Matthew Wilson.
Time: Buffet luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, January 13, 2017 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, January 13, 2017.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Save The Date
Feb. 15, 2017: State of the Schools with Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James. Registration information coming in January.

April 19, 2017: Akron Press Club welcomes Dr. Para Jones, President of Stark State College. Registration information coming in spring 2017.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Panel to discuss the Your Vote Ohio media project Nov. 16

Ohio media collaborated in an unprecedented project during an unprecedented political year to give voters a voice in how the presidential elections were covered.
The “Your Vote Ohio” media project will be the subject of a panel discussion at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, Nov. 16. There will be the opportunity for questions.
The Your Vote Ohio project included newspapers and broadcast outlets from throughout Ohio. In addition, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $174,990 to the nonpartisan civic engagement organization Jefferson Center and the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron toward the project. The Akron Community Foundation also contributed.
The goal of the project was to engage voters in coverage of the campaign by raising issues and questions that the voters themselves saw as important. The panel will discuss what they learned about the ways audiences engage with journalism and what it will take to ensure a thriving and sustainable local media ecosystem into the future.
The panelists are:
§ Doug Oplinger – Akron Beacon Journal managing editor
§ M.L. Schultze – WKSU digital editor and reporter.
§ Andrew Rockway – Jefferson Center program director.
The panel will be moderated by Michelle Henry, principal and co-founder of the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research.

Details:
Program: The Your Vote Ohio project.
Time: Buffet luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Nov. 11 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Nov. 11.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Akron Press Club Book Sale December 10

The annual Akron Press Club book sale will be Saturday, December 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road in Bath. The sale provides a wonderful opportunity to buy new and gently used books, audio books, music CDs and movie DVDs. Most items are priced at $5 or less.
Proceeds from the annual book sale fund scholarships for local journalism, public relations and communications students. More than $300,000 in scholarships has been awarded through the years.
Donations for the book sale are welcome. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact Ron Syroid at RLSYROID@gmail.com or 330-607-6811. Books may also be dropped off from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at the Wellness Center. (We do not accept encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest Condensed books because they do not sell.)
Details

Event: Annual book sale.
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday December 10, 2016.
Place: Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road in Bath.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Democratic and Republican Summit County executive candidates will debate October 19

The Democratic and Republican candidates facing off in the November election for Summit County executive will participate in a debate to be presented by the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station.
The debate is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
The two candidates – Republican Bill Roemer and Democrat Ilene Shapiro – have agreed to the debate format.
Each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer questions posed by a panel of journalists selected by the Akron Press Club. The other candidates will have 45 seconds each for rebuttal. The order of the questions will be determined by a coin toss. Each candidate will be asked the same number of questions.
Roemer, 58, of Richfield is a retired Ameritech sales director and certified public accountant. He also has served a four-year term on the County Council.
Shapiro, 69, of Akron was appointed to fill the term of County Executive Russ Pry, who passed away in July. She was County Council president and is the first female county executive in the county’s history. Before entering politics, Shapiro held positions with FirstMerit Corp. and the Summa Foundation.

No campaigning will be allowed in the debate room, including but not limited to buttons, stickers, T-shirts or other printed material. The Press Club reserves the right to refuse anyone displaying such material admission to the debate room.

Details:
Program: Summit County executive debate.
Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 19. The program will begin at 11:55 a.m.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
$25 for all reservations made after Friday, October 14 (members and non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online registration or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, October 14.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events.

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Author to discuss Ohio’s place in the presidential elections Sept. 14

Kyle Kondik, author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President, will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. This event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Ohio voters have failed to vote for the winning candidate in the general election only twice since 1896. Kondik will talk about Ohio’s remarkable history and share his thoughts for what that means for 2016.
Kondik is an Ohio native and is managing editor of the nonpartisan Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. He has analyzed American politics on CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News and MSNBC, and has given speeches to groups at the State Department, National Governors Association, Congressional Summer Intern Lecture Series and Princeton University.
Before joining the Center for Politics in 2011, Kondik served as director of policy and research for former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, and as a reporter, editorial page editor, and political columnist at newspapers in Ohio. He is a 2006 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Details:
Program: Will Ohio Pick a President in 2016?
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Ballroom B, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
Cost:
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, Sept. 9 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online registration. Or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or akronpressclub@gmail.com. Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, Sept. 9.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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