School officials named

to many posts, panels

Gerald Kohanski and Pam Mehallis were re-elected president and vice president, respectively, at the Aurora Board of Education's organizational meeting Jan. 9.

Other duties to be handled this year by Board members or administrators are:

Ohio School Boards Association legislative liaison and student achievement liaison -- Beverly Kuch; rep to city tax incentive review council -- Kohanski; Aurora Schools Foundation liaison -- John Sloe.

Privacy / asbestos management official, HIPPA security officer, public records training designee -- treasurer Bill Volosin; HIPPA security administrator - Superintendent Russ Bennett; civil rights coordinator, compliance and grievance officer -- Assistant Superintendent Pat Ciccantelli.

Common Core is topic

The next Harmon School parents communication forum will be Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. in the media center. Guest speaker will be Assistant Superintendent/Academic Director Pat Ciccantelli, who will discuss "What Does the Common Core Curriculum Mean for Your Child."

Animal lovers gather;

top lensmen selected

Harmon School's animal lovers club will meet Jan. 22 from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 110. Members who were scheduled to bring their pets in on Jan. 8 should bring them in on Jan. 22.

Recent sixth grade students of the week are Lauren Lubin, Natsuhiko Ozawa, Charlie Pilarczyk and Sabine Pohmer, while athletes of the week are Colin McNamara and Nate Smierciak.

Harmon students who won the Washington, D.C. photo contest are: Sammi Friedler, on the bus, best portrait and best candid; Grace Tomasko, at the dance; Lauren Sapochetti, best landscape and best closeup; Becky Skidmore, best monument; Tyler Liston, funniest; Andrew Sobodash, best night photo; and Jenn Hood, best overall.

Administrator at VCU

to head Kent State U.

Kent State University's trustees picked Beverly J. Warren, currently provost and senior vice president at Virginia Commonwealth University, as its next university president on Jan. 8.

Warren will begin serving as KSU's 12th president July 1, 2014, succeeding retiring President Lester A. Lefton.

"Warren is the right choice to continue Kent State's remarkable, positive momentum and will continue to build the growing sense of pride in our university," said Jane Murphy Timken, chairwoman of the trustees.

"She's ideally suited to build upon the great platform that Lefton has established over the past eight years. Dr. Warren brings an incredible level of experience and accomplishment, and she quickly stood out within a highly competitive field. She has been called 'a leader of leaders,' and speaking for the board, there is unanimous agreement to this insightful accolade."

Warren was introduced to the university community and shared her enthusiasm at the meeting. She has more than 25 years in higher education leadership.

Seton open house set

Seton Catholic School in Hudson will host an open house Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants can meet the faculty, visit classrooms and tour the building.

Seton offers classes for kindergartners (all day) to eighth-graders and is located on Stow Road. It is a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Admissions information, applications and registration for all grades for 2014-15 will be available. For details or to schedule a personal tour, call Pat Fritz at 330-342-4200 ext. 226, email fritzp@setoncatholicschoolorg or visit

Team is going to state

Slightly Different, one of the local First Lego League teams from Harmon School, competed Jan. 11 in a district competition at Austintown MIddle School against nine other teams which advanced from various regional competitions.

It was one of three teams selected to go to the state competition Feb. 8-9 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, and it was the second time it has represented Aurora there.

The team also was awarded the Ambassador Award and will continue to promote First Lego League in the region for the next 12 months.

Members are Ethan Ellis, Colin Weil, Kameron Fry, Kiran Illindala, Emily Kerensky and Alex Willingham.

First Lego League introduces younger students to real world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a thema-tic playing surface.

Teams discover exciting career possibilities and learn to make positive contributions to society.

KSU hosts MLK event
Kent State University will sponsor its 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is themed “Honor the Dream.” It will feature a variety of activities, including presentation of the 2014 Diversity Trailblazer Award, a special “Honor the Dream” segment and student-led film debut.