Walsh Announces First of its Kind Institute to Strengthen International Ties with Stark County On Feb. 29, Walsh University announced the establishment of the Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community at its main campus in North Canton, OH. Through a partnership with the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), this institute will bring world thought leaders such as premiers, mayors, and city managers to North Canton to discuss how their communities were transformed by using broadband and technology to connect their communities together and to the world-at-large. The Intelligent Community Forum, co-founded by Walsh alum Louis Zacharilla ’78, is an international think tank based in New York which attempts to re-energize cities and communities worldwide by sharing best practices from the world’s most “Intelligent Communities.” Intelligent Communities are those which adapt to the demands of the “Broadband Economy” and society’s quest for transparency and the promotion of access for all.

The first-of-its-kind on a university campus in the world, the Institute for the Study of Intelligent Community at Walsh will: 1) Investigate new models of teacher training to best advance learning for the knowledge economy, 2) Support and teach the principles of the ICF movement to communities interested in reinventing themselves using broadband technology, and 3) Create relationships with communities around the world that are part of the Intelligent Community movement in support of Walsh University’s commitment to global literacy and experiences for its students. “This Institute is an excellent complement to our already established global education initiatives,” Walsh President Richard Jusseaume noted. “We look forward to this partnership, further enhancing Walsh’s mission of servant leadership, both here and abroad.” The first gathering of the Institute’s International advisors is being planned for June 2012. The first global seminar will be at Walsh in the fall of 2012. To learn more about the Institute, click on this Walsh University press release.

Stark State College Dedicates $9.6 Million Business and Entrepreneurial Center Stark State College officially dedicated a $9.6 million Business and Entrepreneurial Center this past week. The center will house study for more than 30 degrees, options and certificates in accounting, business management, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, marketing management and other programs, along with a business incubator program. The new 47,700 sq. ft. facility features an 86-seat lecture hall; atrium seating for more than 300; financial, marketing and captioning labs; two classrooms and three computer labs; a testing center; and faculty offices. The facility includes a business incubator to provide office space and services for 14 entrepreneurs and/or small businesses, with the goal of helping Stark County businesses begin and thrive. The Center provides all the office resources a small start-up needs, with the added value of Stark State faculty and students to assist with developing business plans, market research, Websites, and other business support services. The New Center, designed by Harris Day Architects, is silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, which means both the site and building meet energy efficiency standards. To learn more about the dedication ceremony and the Business and Entrepreneurial Center, click on this Stark State College press release.

Stark State College President Appointed to Board of Regents’ Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force Stark State College President Para M. Jones recently was selected by the Ohio Board of Regents to serve on the newly formed Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force. She is one of just two community college presidents appointed to the task force. The group is charged with developing a statewide commercialization ecosystem that creates jobs in Ohio by moving higher education to commercialized application. “The opportunity to work with universities and companies on a plan to accelerate commercialization in Ohio is exciting and aligned with Stark State’s economic development mission because commercialization means jobs,” said Dr. Jones. The task force is made up of higher education and business leaders, including university presidents, corporate CEOs, financial investors, industry advocates and entrepreneurial intermediaries. Dr. Jones was nominated by Vinny Gupta, chairman of the Technology Transfer and Commercialization Task Force, during the regent’s recent visit to Stark State. To learn more about Stark State, click here.

Science, Engineering and Related Fields Dominate Stark’s Bachelor’s Degrees Over 52,000 Stark Countians, age 25 and older, now hold an estimated 56,509 Bachelor’s Degrees; more than 39% are in science, engineering and related fields. These figures come from the U.S. Census 2010 American Community Survey’s Field of Bachelor’s Degrees Reported. These numbers are likely to increase as 40% of the 3,279 Stark high school students taking the ACT test in 2011 say they plan to major in science, engineering and related disciplines in college. To learn the fields of study for the 56,509 bachelor degrees, click on this Stark Education Partnership newsletter.


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