40th Anniversary Banquet

The Akron Press Club will hold a 40th anniversary banquet on Nov. 12, 2011, at the Martin Center. It will be an excellent opportunity for past and present members to connect (or reconnect) and celebrate 40 years of the Akron Press Club.

Although final plans are not completed, the event will include a cash bar, dinner a chance to see photos and other items from the Press Club archives. We also are lining up some speakers who will share some of their Press Club experiences.

Watch our web site for additional information.

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Summer Recess

The May 5 appearance by Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna concludes the Akron Press Club speaker series for this season.

We will break for summer and pick up again in the fall for what promises to be a busy political season with an Akron mayoral race and the beginnings of the U.S. Senate campaign. We will share details of our fall schedule here and through email to members once that lineup is set.

Because of your support the Akron Press Club was able to fund an additional scholarship this spring for a young journalist. This would not be possible without your support of Press Club events such the speaker luncheon and annual book sale.

 

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Jay Gershen to speak April 19

Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy President Dr. Jay Gershen will speak at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, April 19, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Gershen was named to the NEOUCOM sixth president last fall and took office in January 2011. He replaced Dr. Lois Margaret Nora. Gershen is a dentist who previously was vice president of external relations at the University of Colorado-Denver.

One of his goals is to launch a scholarship program that would leave students debt-free upon graduation. In exchange for getting all their tuition covered from undergraduate studies through medical school, the new doctors would pledge to work in primary-care jobs in underserved urban or rural areas of Northeast Ohio

Gershen received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo; a dental degree from the University of Maryland; and doctorate in education from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Future Press Club speakers include Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna on May 5. Check the Press Club’s web page, www.akronpressclub.org, for updates.

Details:

Speaker: Jay Gershen, NEOUCOM president.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 19. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

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State of the county address

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual state of the County address Friday, Feb. 18 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. There will be an opportunity for questions following the speech.

This annual speech is sponsored by the Akron Press Club. Reservations must be made before Feb. 14.

Details:

Speaker: Russ Pry, Summit County executive.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, Feb. 18. Program follows.

Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron. Parking available in Convention Center deck, $3.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations required by Feb. 14: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

 

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David James to speak Feb. 3

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

This will be James’ third state of schools speech before the Press Club.

The Akron School Board named James to succeed Sylvester Small in February 2008. James officially to took the helm of Ohio’s fifth-largest school district in August 2008. During his time as superintendent, James has led the district through budget cutbacks and layoffs, the school building program and the opening of the STEM school.

James joined the Akron schools in 1992. He is a 1980 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland. James received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Cleveland State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in public administration from CSU in 1997.

In 2007 he received the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Education. James is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Akron program. He lives in Akron with his wife. His two children attend Akron Public Schools.

Future Press Club speakers include Summit County Executive Russ Pry on Feb. 18 and Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna in the spring. Check the Press Club’s web page, www.akronpressclub.org, for updates.

Details:

Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

 

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Sheldon Ocker to speak Jan. 13

Join us for a chance to talk a little baseball during Akron’s January chill.

Akron Beacon Journal sports writer Sheldon Ocker will speak at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 13, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Ocker has seen a lot of baseball since he began covering the Indians full time for the Beacon Journal in February 1981. That includes two World Series appearances by the Tribe in the 1990s and the opening of Jacobs Field in 1994.

In his own words:

“Baseball season never really ends. The long schedule bleeds into the buying and selling phase over the winter, which segues into spring training, when the cycle starts again.
“This isn’t news, just a reminder that the Indians are not a static organization. They are either a work in progress or a work in regression. The trick for people outside the organization (and sometimes inside) is to figure out which.”

Ocker is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and has served as the association’s national chair. His popular “The Write Stuff” Sunday column – where readers get to ask questions directly to Ocker and he answers just as directly – predates the Internet.

He joined the Beacon Journal in 1967 after graduating from Buchtel High School and The Ohio State University. He has covered high school sports, the University of Akron and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also served as an assistant sports editor. He covers Ohio State football games after the baseball season.

Future Press Club speakers include Akron schools Superintendent David James in February, Summit County Executive Russ Pry and Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matthew McKenna in the spring. Check the Press Club’s web page, www.akronpressclub.org, for updates.

Details:

Speaker: Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal sports writer.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 13. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

 

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Stan Austin to speak Dec. 17

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Stan Austin will speak at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Friday, Dec. 17, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Austin, 52, became the fourth superintendent of the 33,000-acre federal park between Akron and Cleveland on August 22. He is in charge of 180 park staffers and oversees an operating budget of $10 million.

He previously worked as superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument in northern Arizona and southern Utah. He also served for six months this year as acting deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park in California.

Austin, a New Jersey native, started his career with the National Park Service in 1978 at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey. He worked in interpretation, resource management and law enforcement. In 1984, he joined the EPA, working in water protection in Washington. He rejoined the park service in 2003 and was assigned to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado as deputy superintendent. In June 2008, Austin became superintendent of Glen Canyon.

Future Press Club speakers include a January appearance by long-time Akron Beacon Journal sports writer Sheldon Ocker, an update of the state of Akron schools from Superintendent David James in February and County Executive Russ Pry’s annual state of Summit County speech in March. Check the Press Club’s web page, ww.akronpressclub.org, for updates.

Details:

Speaker: Stan Austin, Cuyahoga Valley National Park superintendent.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

 

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Panel to discuss arts in Akron Nov. 16

A panel will discuss arts in the Akron community at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions from the audience during the discussion.

The panelists will be:

  • Mitchell Kahan, director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum. Kahan has led the Akron Art Museum since 1986. He oversaw a major capital campaign to build the John S. and James L. Knight building, which more than tripled the museum’s size. Kahan is a founding officer of the Akron Arts Alliance.
  • Dr. Frank Jacobs, artistic director of the Summit Choral Society. Jacobs founded the Society in 1990. He holds degrees from Occidental College, DePauw University and the University of Illinois.  Jacobs has taught elementary, junior high and high school music in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and California. He served as director of choral activities for five years each at DePauw University and at the University of Akron.
  • James Slowiak, co-artistic director, New World Performance Laboratory. The Laboratory is a theater company in residence at the University of Akron. Slowiak is professor of theater arts at UA, where he teaches acting directing, voice movement and contemporary theatre styles.

The panel will be moderated by Bob Burford, Kent State University marketing and external relations coordinator and WKSU announcer. Burford is past president of the Akron Area Arts Alliance and the Akron Press Club.

Details:

Speakers: Mitchell Kahan of the Akron Art Museum, Frank Jacobs of the Summit Choral Society and James Slowiak of the New World Performance Laboratory.

Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16. Program follows.

Place: Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Go to akronpressclub.org, call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

Future Press Club events include:

  • A Dec. 17 speech Stan Austin, the new superintendent for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  • A January appearance by long-time Akron Beacon Journal sports writer Sheldon Ocker.
  • An update of the state of Akron schools from Superintendent David James in February.
  • County Executive Russ Pry’s annual state of Summit County speech in March.

Check the Press Club’s web page, www.akronpressclub.org, for updates.

 

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