OHECC 2014: Embracing the Cloud

Location for OHECC 2014 Conference

This is an exciting time for us to host the OHECC conference, as there has been a lot of activity in both downtown Kent and at the University! While the downtown area has undergone a massive revitalization, the relationship between the city and the University has grown stronger than ever. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share some of it with you.

Conference Facilities

Conference activities will occur in three locations. Large gatherings will be held in the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center located downtown. A short walk down the University Esplanade will take you to Franklin and Rockwell Halls. Various sessions will take place in Franklin, while most meals will be served in Rockwell.

Interesting Information About the Conference Facilities

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Located in the heart of Kent, Ohio, and within walking distance to the Kent State campus, the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center opened in 2013 in the midst of a major downtown renaissance. The hotel boasts 94 boutique-style guest rooms and suites, an on-site restaurant and lounge, an indoor pool and workout facility, a 24-hour business center and 5,000 square feet of event space with a 10-seat executive boardroom. More information on the conference Lodging page.

Downtown Kent

Planning that began nearly a decade ago has become a reality. A $110 million redevelopment of downtown – a combination of rehabilitation and new development spanning three city blocks – has created of more than 250,000 square feet of new, mixed-use space. The result is 50 new businesses and 700-800 new jobs. The project included an extension of the University Esplanade, which provides residents and students safe passage between the University and downtown area. A new Kent State University arch acts as a gateway to the University from downtown. Discover more at www.mainstreetkent.org/.

Franklin Hall

Many conference sessions will take place in Franklin Hall, located on the historic section of the Kent Campus. The buildings outlining Hilltop Drive on Kent State’s tranquil Front Campus made up the original campus. Renovation of these historic buildings began in the mid-1990s and came to completion with Franklin Hall in 2007. Originally constructed in 1926, Franklin Hall reopened as a cutting edge facility for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Discover more at www.kent.edu/jmc/about/learning-environment.cfm.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

In its 76th year, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University is a leading accredited journalism school with cutting-edge curriculum and facilities. The school’s mission is focused on understanding the media marketplace and media-related careers while providing professional undergraduate and master’s programs within the liberal arts tradition. JMC teaches its students to gather information, to present it clearly and to think critically within a legal and ethical framework. It serves as a resource for professional practitioners, for media consumers and for Kent State University. Discover more at www.kent.edu/jmc/.

Rockwell Hall

Some of the conference’s social events will take place in the Rockwell Hall Atrium. Originally constructed in 1927, Rockwell Hall served as the University’s library. After an extensive renovation, the building reopened in 1985 as the home of the Kent State University Museum with an addition housing the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The museum and school are attached by a glass-enclosed atrium and the Beaux Arts design elements of the original Rockwell Hall were retained.

Kent State University Museum

In January, 1982, Kent State University received the largest and most valuable gift offered since its founding in 1910: the collection of fashion, historic costume, paintings and decorative arts amassed by Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, partners in Jerry Silverman, Inc., a manufacturer of better dresses on Seventh Avenue in New York City. The original Silverman/Rodgers gift included 4,000 costumes and accessories, nearly 1,000 pieces of decorative art and a 5,000 volume reference library. In 1983, Akron antique collectors Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller donated their extensive collection of American glass. The collection now numbers over 20,000 objects - enriched by major gifts from many other generous donors. A teaching collection and cultural gateway to the University, the Museum is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving fashion and decorative arts. Discover more at www.kent.edu/museum/.

The Fashion School

Recently named a Center of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents, and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the Fashion School is recognized as one of the top fashion schools in the United States. They aspire to be the best American fashion school, by providing a comprehensive American university experience, a forward looking and rigorous curriculum in fashion, an aggressive approach to the use of digital technologies, and access to a broad range of international and study away experiences, including satellite campuses in New York City and Florence, Italy, and partnerships in Paris, London, and Hong Kong. The undergraduate program graduates approximately 200 students a year in fashion merchandising and design, with a placement rate in the industry that is still over 90%. Discover more at www.kent.edu/artscollege/fashion/.