Akron Press Club fall speakers

The Akron Press Club luncheon series speaker lineup for September and October includes a political panel, the president and CEO of National Public Radio and the lead anchor for WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland.

Political panel

The Press Club begins is 2012 fall programming begins September 13 with a panel discussion on politics. Members of the panel are:
· Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
· Gerald Austin, longtime Democratic political consultant.
· Mark Weaver, longtime Republican political consultant.
This program is co-sponsored with the University of Akron’s Ray A. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. September 13 at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. The program follows.

NPR president

Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of National Public Radio, will speak on September 27. Knell joined NPR in 2011 and is responsible for all its operations, including partnerships with the member stations.
This program is co-sponsored with WSKU/89.7 FM. Note that this lunch will be held at the Kent State University Student Center Ballroom balcony. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and the program follows.

Channel 3 anchor

Russ Mitchell, lead anchor for WKYC Channel 3 will speak to the Press Club on October 11. Mitchell joined WKYC in January 2012 as managing editor for evening news and lead anchor. Previously he anchored CBS Evening News weekend editions and was a national correspondent for the network. Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. The program follows.

Please join us for these programs. The cost is $15 for Press Club members and $20 for non-members. To make reservations call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

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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Soap Box Derby president to speak June 7

All-American Soap Box Derby President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Mazur will talk about the gravity race’s 75th anniversary at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Thursday, June 7, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
Mazur became the Derby’s top officer in March 2011. “There is a strong future for this organization,” Mazur said when he took the job.
Mazur worked at Thistledown Racetrack (where his father trained horses), becoming assistant controller. He joined SMG, a Pennsylvania-based company that manages sports facilities and arenas, in 1996 as director of finance for the Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. He moved to operations management in 2000 as the general manager of the Wolstein Center and was named senior general manager in 2006 and regional vice president of SMG in 2007.
Mazur, who lives in Richfield with his wife, Debbie, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University.

Details:
Speaker: Joe Mazur, All-American Soap Box Derby president and CEO.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 7. 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: Online at www.cmoresearch.com/apc Call 330-564-4211 E-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com
Reservation deadline: Noon, Tuesday, June 5.

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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Terry Bowden luncheon canceled

We regret to announce that the May 10 Press Club luncheon with University of Akron head football coach Terry Bowden has been canceled.

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John S. Knight, Press Club scholarship winners

Six area college students have been selected for scholarships in memory of longtime Akron Beacon Journal editor John S. Knight and public relations professional Ludel Sauvageot. A seventh student has received a scholarship from the Akron Press Club.
This year’s Knight scholars are Jessica Contrera of Indiana University and Kathryn Coduto, Lydia Coutre, Emily Inverso and Daniel Moore of Kent State University. Each receives a $3,000 scholarship.
The Sauvageot scholar, who also receives $3,000, is Samantha Martin of Baldwin-Wallace College.
Christine Morgan of Kent State University has been selected by the Press Club for a $3,000 scholarship.
The Knight scholarships are awarded by the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund and the Sauvageot scholarship is awarded by the Akron Press Club.
The scholars will be recognized at a noon luncheon April 27 at the Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, at the University of Akron.
James N. Crutchfield, Knight Foundation trustee and former publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal, will be the speaker.
The lunch, sponsored by the Akron Press Club, is $20. For reservations, contact Mary Lou Woodcock at 330-996-3291.

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NPR executive to speak at Roundtable

Eric Nuzum, vice president for programming at National Public Radio, will speak at the Akron Roundtable on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at noon at the Quaker Station on the campus of The University of Akron.

Nuzum’s speech topic is “Dare to Listen.” He will discuss how NPR and member stations are approaching a variety of topics, including the changing media landscape and the unique place that NPR stations maintain in the lives of listeners, NPR’s efforts to look and sound more like America, ways that NPR and stations are innovating with new programming and how NPR is handling coverage of the 2012 elections.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20.00. To purchase tickets and for additional information go to akronroundtable.org.

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Connie Schultz to speak March 17

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz will be the keynote speaker at a League of Women Voters of the Akron Area brunch for women in journalism on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairlawn Country Club in Akron.
The Akron Press Club is a co-sponsor of this event.
Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for her work at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She also was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She is a graduate of Kent State University and is married to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. Schultz left the Plain Dealer in September 2011. She is a columnist for Creators Syndicate and essayist for Parade magazine.
Reservations are required by March 7. Press Club members are entitled to the member discount price of $25.

Details:
Speaker: Connie Shultz, columnist.
Time: Brunch, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday , March 17.
Place: Fairlawn Country Club, 200 North Wheaton Road, Akron.
Cost: $25 for Press Club members, $35 for non-members.
Reservations required: Send this form Schultz flyer 02-12-2012 along with your check to: LWVAA 380 Mineola Ave. Akron, OH 44320.
Reservation deadline: March 7, 2012.

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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Josh Mandel accepts Press Club invitation

A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Ohio has accepted an invitation to address the Akron Press Club. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel will be the featured speaker at the Press Club’s luncheon on March 1 at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
This event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters for the Akron Area and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
Mandel, who initially declined an invitation to address the Press Club, is running for the seat held by incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. Brown spoke at the Press Club’s Jan. 6, 2012, luncheon.
Mandel was elected the 48th treasurer of Ohio in November 2010. Prior to gaining his first statewide office, Mandel served as a state representative from the 17th Ohio House District following the 2006 election. He also was elected to the Lyndhurst City Council in 2003.
Mandel was in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2000-08. He graduated from the Corps Intelligence School and served two tours in Iraq as an intelligence specialist. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for “superior performance of his duties.”
He holds a B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
“The Ohio senate race is expected to be one of the most closely watched in the nation, and we are delighted that he will take this opportunity to speak to and hear from an Akron audience,” said M.L. Schultze, president of the Akron Press Club and news director at WKSU public radio.
“We look forward to Josh Mandel’s appearance at the Press Club,” said Bruce Winges, past president of the Press Club and editor of the Akron Beacon Journal. “The Press Club is happy to provide this opportunity for Josh Mandel to reach out to the Akron community.”

Details:
Speaker: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate..
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, March 1. 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
Reservation deadline: Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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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State of the County address March 23

Summit County Executive Russ Pry will give his annual state of the County address Friday, March 23, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. There will be an opportunity for questions following the speech.
The Akron Press Club sponsors this annual speech.
Pry has been Summit County executive since July 2007, when he was selected to complete the term of retiring Executive James McCarthy. He was elected to the office in November 2008 with 60.8 percent of the vote.
Pry was instrumental in keeping Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. world headquarters and Bridgestone Firestone North America Tire in Summit County. His budget for 2012 cut spending by 7 percent, the fourth decline in four years.
Pry is a lifelong resident of Summit County. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Kent State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1984. Prior to becoming county executive, Russ chaired the Summit County Democratic Party for 10 years. He is a life member and past treasurer of the Mogadore Historical Society and was the chair of the Village of Mogadore Charter Review Commission in 1990.

Details:
Speaker: Russ Pry, Summit County executive.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 23. Program follows.
Place: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron.
Cost: $15 for Press Club members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations required by March 19: Call 330-564-4211 or e-mail RSVP@cmoresearch.com

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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Chinese New Year dinner Feb. 10

The Akron Press Club invites you to celebrate the “Year of the Dragon” with a scrumptious, bountiful feast for club members and guests.
This Press Club tradition continues at the China Gourmet Restaurant on West Market Street. Join us for cocktails and dinner on Feb. 10.

Chinese New Year Dinner Details:
Date: Friday, Feb. 10.
Time: Cocktails at 6 p.m. (cash bar), dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Place: China Gourmet Restaurant, 1971 W. Market Street (across from Ken Stewart’s Grill)
Cost: $20 per person (includes gratuity)
Reservations required: Call Ed Kalail at 330-929-3403 or ekalail1@neo.rr.com
RSVP deadline: Feb. 7

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State of Akron Schools speech Feb. 22

Superintendent David James will discuss the state of Akron Public Schools at the Akron Press Club’s luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the University of Akron’s Martin Center. There will be the opportunity for questions following the speech.
This will be James’ fourth state of schools speech before the Press Club.
The Akron Board of Education 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, a school building program and the opening of the STEM school specializing in science, technology, engineering and math.
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.

Details:
Speaker: David James, Akron Public Schools superintendent.
Time: Buffet luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. 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
Reservation deadline: Noon, Monday, Feb. 20.

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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