Akron Press Club, John S. Knight scholarships awarded

A total of nine students are receiving scholarships for $5,000 each from the Akron Press Club and the John S. Knight Journalism Fund.

Six area college students were selected for scholarships in memory of longtime Akron Beacon Journal editor John S. Knight and public relations professional Ludel Sauvageot.

A seventh student received the Russ Pry scholarship from the Akron Press Club, named in honor of the Summit County executive who died in 2016. He supported the Press Club through his annual State of the County speech.

Through the generosity of Aileen Thong, a retired U.S. Army physician, in tribute to her father, the late Louis Gitsin Thong, the Akron Press Club awarded two more scholarships.

This year’s Knight scholars are Cameron Gorman, Anna Huntsman and Emma Keating of Kent State University and Abigail Bashor and Allyson Smith of the University of Akron.

The Sauvageot scholar is Abigail Winternitz of Kent State.

The Russ Pry scholar is Ariel Stahler of Kent State

The Thong scholars are John Alfieri of the University of Akron and Henry Palatella of Kent State.

The scholars will be recognized at a noon luncheon April 27 at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St., in downtown Akron. M.L. Schultze, digital editor and reporter/producer at WKSU, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets for the lunch, sponsored by the Akron Press Club, are $20. For reservations, contact Kim Anderson of the Beacon Journal at 330-996-3461.

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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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to speak at Akron Press Club May 11

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat running for re-election in November, will speak at the Akron Press Club Friday, May 11, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Buffet lunch will start at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 11:45 a.m.

This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and The City Club of Cleveland.

Brown was elected to the United States Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. He holds the highest elected office of any Democrat in Ohio.

He is the ranking member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; the Finance Committee; and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Brown represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District from 1993 through January 2007. He served two terms as Ohio’s Secretary of State beginning in 1983. Before then he was a member of the Ohio House.

A native of Mansfield, Brown has degrees from The Ohio State University and Yale University. He lives in Cleveland with his wife Connie Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author.

 

Speaker: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

Date: Friday, May 11, 2018.

Note special time: Doors open at 11 a.m. Buffet luncheon starting at 11:15 a.m. Program begins at 11:45 a.m.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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, Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

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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Kathleen Clyde to speak at Akron Press Club April 9

Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Kathleen Clyde will speak at the Akron Press Club Monday, April 9, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the City Club of Cleveland.

Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House district, which covers portions of Portage County. She first was elected to the seat in 2010.

A native of Garrettsville who graduated from James A. Garfield High School, Clyde received a bachelor’s in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and her J.D. from The Ohio State University in 2008. While in law school, she was an editor of the law review, president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and a student researcher and analyst at OSU’s Election Law Center.

She was a law clerk for the Ohio Secretary of State and the Ohio Senate and had a fellowship at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University for the study of election law.

 

Speaker: Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Kathleen Clyde.

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

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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Frank LaRose to speak at Akron Press Club March 19

The Republican candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, will speak at the Akron Press Club Monday, March 19, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the City Club of Cleveland.

LaRose currently represents Ohio’s 27th Senate district, which includes portions of Summit and Stark counties as well as all of Wayne County.

LaRose grew up in Copley Township, where he graduated from Copley High School. LaRose joined the Army, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and later in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). He received a Bronze Star for his service as a sergeant first class in Iraq. Following his service, LaRose graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in consumer affairs and a business administration minor.

LaRose ran for the Ohio Senate in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.

LaRose is a board member of the Ohio Historical Society, junior vice commander of the Fairlawn Veterans of Foreign War; and a member of the executive board for the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.

 

Speaker: Republican candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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 16, 2018.

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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Keith Faber to speak at Akron Press Club February 20

The Republican candidate for Ohio Auditor of State, Keith Faber, will speak at the Akron Press Club Tuesday, February 20, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored with The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the City Club of Cleveland.

Faber currently represents Ohio’s 84th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. Faber previously served eight years in the Ohio Senate, where he was Senate president from 2013-2016.

Faber is the principal partner with Faber and Associates in Celina, a law firm specializing in civil litigation and mediation, helping courts and parties resolve matters without trial.

Faber earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University in 1991. He completed his undergraduate studies in public administration/policy with a minor in biology, graduating with honors from Oakland University in Michigan in 1988. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Toledo.

Faber belongs to several different Chambers of Commerce and Farm Bureaus, the Ohio Right to Life, and the National Rifle Association. He has served on the Mercer/Auglaize YMCA Board of Directors.

 

Speaker: Republican candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber.

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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, February 16, 2018.

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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Zack Space to speak at Akron Press Club March 6

Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space will speak at the Akron Press Club Tuesday, March 6, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the City Club of Cleveland.

            Space is a former member of the U.S. House, where he represented Ohio’s 18th District from 2007 to 2011. Upon leaving the House, he joined Vorys Advisors of Columbus. He also is a board member for a number of non-profits, including the Rural Community Assistance Partnership CoalBlue, the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus Foundation.

After earning a B.A. from Kenyon College and a J.D. at The Ohio State University, Space returned to his native Dover in Tuscarawas County where he managed a consumer-oriented law practice. He also served as a public defender and as Dover’s law director.

 

Speaker: Democratic candidate for Ohio Auditor of State Zack Space.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place:  The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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 2, 2018.

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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Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 13

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 13. 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 includes more than 50 schools and community learning centers.

In the past year the district partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation to create a school for students at risk of falling behind. The school is based on the foundation’s existing I Promise Network programs, which have helped more than 1,100 Akron-area grade school students the past six years. The new school offers more learning time for students.

Akron Public Schools have been named a Ford Next Generation Learning Community. Under this framework schools can offer a more focused learning setting and students can select a college and career path similar to picking a major in college.

The district also offers dual degree programs where students can earn a high school diploma and a two-year college degree upon graduation from high school.

In addition to his superintendent duties, James is president of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. The GAR Foundation awarded James its 2017 Glass Half Full Award.

He 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 superintendent in August 2008.

 

Details:

Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13. Program follows.

Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost:

  • $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members, $160 for tables of eight.
  • Advance payment required for tables of eight.
  • $25 for all reservations made after Thursday, Feb. 8 (members & non-members).

Reservations requested: Click here for 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, Thursday, Feb. 8.

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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Civic Commons discussion at Richard Howe House January 17

Join the Akron Press Club for a discussion on the Reimagining Civic Commons initiative with Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, and Kyle Kutuchief, Akron program director of the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation.

This engaging conversation will be held at the Richard Howe House on West Exchange Street at 5:30 p.m. on January 17, 2018.

This event is exclusively for members of the Akron Press Club and those who wish to join. Refreshments will be served.

Akron’s Civic Commons focuses on how to make three areas of the city into a new model for civic engagement. The three areas are called The Civic Gateway (downtown), Park East (the neighborhood south of downtown) and Summit Lake Park (Summit Lake). They are connected by the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail.

The Knight Foundation is funding the initiative.

The Richard Howe House dates to Akron’s canal days. In 2008 the house was moved from its original location across from the Akron Beacon Journal to several blocks west on Exchange Street. The house has been restored and now serves as a visitor information center for the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, a place for meetings and as offices for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

 

Details: Reimagining Akron’s Civic Commons discussion

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Time: Event begins at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Place:  Richard Howe House, 47 West Exchange Street, Akron.

Cost: Current Akron Press Club Members: $10; Non-members: $50, which includes a 2018 Akron Press Club membership.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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 the event.

Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, January 12, 2018.

 

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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Ray C. Bliss book authors to speak at Akron Press Club January 24

Dr. John C. Green and William L. Hershey will discuss their book, “Mr. Chairman: The Life And Times Of Ray C. Bliss,” at the Akron Press Club Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

“Mr. Chairman” tells the story of how Ray C. Bliss was a force in the Republican Party for more than three decades, starting in Ohio and eventually on the national stage. He was among the first to use polling and television in campaigns.

He became national chair of the party in 1965, following Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater’s landside defeat. Bliss rebuilt the party. His ability to unite liberal, moderate and conservative Republicans helped put Richard M. Nixon in the White House in 1968.

John C. Green is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, a post he has held since 1988. He has done extensive research on American religion and politics, political parties and Ohio politics. He is often quoted in the news media.

William L. Hershey spent more than 40 years reporting on Ohio government and politics at the local, state, and national levels before retiring from the Dayton Daily News in 2012. He was Washington correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal and Columbus bureau chief for the Beacon Journal and the Dayton Daily News. He covered nine national political conventions and eight Ohio presidential campaigns.

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

 

Speakers: Co-authors of the book, “Mr. Chairman: The Life and Times of Ray C. Bliss.”

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place:  The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.

Reservations requested: Click here for 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, January 19, 2018.

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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Akron planning director Jason Segedy to speak at Akron Press Club December

Jason Segedy, Akron’s director of planning and urban development, will speak at the Akron Press Club Monday, December 4, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Segedy describes himself as an urban planner, writer, music geek, cynical idealist and tireless advocate for Akron. He has 20 years of experience in transportation and urban planning. He became an assistant to the mayor for planning and urban development in 2016.
He formerly was director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, called AMATS, where he oversaw the allocation of federal transportation funds. Segedy also chaired the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium, a $4.5 million planning effort spanning 12 Northeast Ohio counties.
Segedy holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in geography and urban planning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Speaker: Jason Segedy, Akron director of planning and urban development.
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017.
Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at noon.
Place: The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron * NOTE NEW LOCATION.
Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members; $160 for a table of 8.
Reservations requested: Click here for 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, Wednesday, November 29.
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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