Superintendent David James to deliver State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 28

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Tangier in Akron. There will be the opportunity for questions following his address.

Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 and the program will follow.

As superintendent, James is responsible for more than 21,000 students and 3,000 employees. The district includes 45 schools and community learning centers.

Akron Public Schools, in partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation, opened the I Promise school in the past year. The school is for students at risk of falling behind. It is based on the foundation’s existing I Promise Network programs, which have helped more than 1,300 Akron-area grade school students the past seven years.

The transformation to College & Career Academies has made significant progress in the past year. All APS ninth-graders are enrolled in Freshman Academy, where students can make informed decisions about selecting an academy for their sophomore through senior years. More than 160 business and community partners have agreed to work with individual academies and pathways at APS high schools. The district is on track to launch academies in every school in the 2019-20 school year.

            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.

            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 superintendent in August 2008.

Program: State of Akron Schools by Superintendent David James.

Time: Doors open at 11 a.m., buffet luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. Program follows.          

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

Cost: $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. 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, Monday, Feb. 25.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Apply for scholarships

Applications for nine scholarships in journalism and public relations are being accepted for the 2019-20 school year.

Five John S. Knight scholarships, each worth $5,000, will be awarded to college students pursuing degrees in journalism or public relations. 

One $5,000 Ludel Sauvageot scholarship will be awarded to a public relations major. The Russ Pry scholarship, also for $5,000, will be awarded by the Akron Press Club. The Press Club will award two additional $5,000 scholarships through the generosity of Dr. Aileen Thong.

To be eligible, students must be from the area or attend college in Summit, Portage, Stark, Medina or Wayne counties. Current high school students headed to college in the fall are not eligible.

Applications must be postmarked by March 4.

The scholarships sponsored by the Akron Press Club and the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund were created in memory of John S. Knight, the longtime editor and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal and founder of Knight Newspapers, and in memory of Ludel Sauvageot, a pioneer in public relations, and Russ Pry, the Summit County executive who died in office in 2016.

Forms are available at www.ohio.com/jskscholarship.

Send applications to: Mark Turner, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640.

For information, email mturner@thebeaconjournal.com or call 330-996-3514.  

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Norman J. Ornstein to speak at Akron Press Club January 25

Political scientist Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute will deliver a speech entitled “Is the 25th Amendment Enough? Challenges in Presidential Succession” at the Akron Press Club Friday, January 25. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

This event is co-sponsored by University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the University of Akron School of Law. The lunch-time event will be held at Quaker Station on the campus of the University of Akron. The space is being donated by the University of Akron.

Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He studies politics, elections and the U.S. Congress. He is a co-host of AEI’s Election Watch series. He also is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, and a BBC News election analyst. 

Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann co-authored “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”

The Press Club appearance by Ornstein is part of a symposium at the University of Akron that will examine the history and relevance of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment and its provision for the vice president and cabinet to remove a president from office because of disability.

Speaker: Norman J. Ornstein.

Date:  Friday, January 25, 2019.

Time: Buffet luncheon starting at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon.

Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway, University of Akron campus.

Cost: $20 for Akron Press Club Members; $25 Non-Members.

Reservations requested: Click here for easy online reservations. 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, Monday, January 21, 2019.

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. Visit www.akronpressclub.org for membership information.

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Akron arts panel discussion at Akron Press Club December 3

Join the Akron Press Club for a panel discussion on the state of Akron’s arts community Monday, December 3, at the Tangier in Akron. There will the opportunity for questions from the audience.
The arts have been a vital part of Akron throughout the city’s history. The diverse and vibrant arts community continues to evolve as the Akron community changes.
The panelists for the discussion represent a cross section of Akron’s arts community:
• Kamelia Fisher, executive director of Summit Artspace.
• Mark Masuoka, John S. Knight director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum.
• Nicole Mullet, ArtsNow executive director.
The panel will be moderated by Shane Wynn, a local photographer who serves on the Press Club board. She also is on the board of ArtsNow.
Doors open at noon and the lunch beings at 12:15 p.m.

Panel discussion: The state of Akron arts.
Date: Monday, December 3, 2018
Time: Doors open at noon and the buffet lunch begins at 12:15 p.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. 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, Nov. 29, 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 Press Club Book Sale Nov. 10, 2018

The annual Akron Press Club book sale will be Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road at South
Portage Path, Akron.
The sale provides a wonderful opportunity to buy new and gently used books, audio books, music and movies. 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 to the sale or has a question may contact Ron Syroid at rlsyroid@gmail.com or 330-607-6811, or Julia Gammon julia.gammon@gmail.com or 330-592-5284. Books may also be dropped off from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Stone Mansion. Encyclopedias or Reader’s Digest Condensed books will not be accepted.

Details:
Event: Akron Press Club Annual Book Sale.
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday Nov. 10, 2018.
Place: Summit County Historical Society, Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road in Akron.

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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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to speak at Akron Press Club October 9

Jim Renacci, a Republican member of Congress who is running for the U.S. Senate in November, will speak at the Akron Press Club, Tuesday, October 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.
Renacci was elected to Congress in 2010 and is serving his fourth term representing the 16th district of Ohio, which includes Wayne County and parts of Medina, Summit, Stark, Portage and Cuyahoga counties. He is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Budget Committee.
He is a native of western Pennsylvania who moved to Wadsworth in 1983. There he founded a company that owned, operated and managed nursing facilities throughout the region. Renacci also founded a CPA firm in 1989, along with other businesses.
Also in Wadsworth, he was a volunteer firefighter, served on the city’s Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and was elected city council president twice. In 2004, Renacci was elected mayor of Wadsworth
Renacci holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Indiana University in Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant. He and his wife, Tina, have raised one daughter and two sons.

Speaker: U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.
Date: Tuesday, October 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, Friday, Oct. 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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Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro to deliver State of the County Speech August 30

Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro will deliver the annual State of the County speech at the John S. Knight Center on Thursday, August 30. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and the program will begin at noon.

There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.

Ilene Shapiro was appointed county executive in 2016. She was elected to the office the following November, becoming Summit County’s first elected woman county executive. She is a former county council president who served on the council for more than nine years.

She manages a budget of nearly $500 million that includes nine departments. She serves on the University of Akron Research Foundation Board and is a member of the GreaterAkron Area ATHENA PowerLink governing body.

Shapiro is co-founder of the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and has served as past president of the Women’s Network.

She is a former senior vice president of sales with FirstMerit Corp. and director of strategic alliances at the Summa Foundation. She also started a beauty supply business and owned a consulting business.

Proceeds from this speech and other Press Club events fund scholarships for students of journalism and public relations.

Please note our new reservation system!

All elected officials must register through Julie Tortora at the Summit County Executive’s Office at jtortora@summitoh.net or 330-643-2609.

All other registrations register through Lianne Fowler at the Akron Press ClubRSVP here.

Program: State of the County 2018

Date: Thursday, August 30

Time: Doors open 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at noon

Place: John S. Knight Center

Cost: $35 Individual Tickets, members and non-members

          $350 per table of 10

 Reservations required

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.
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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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