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Registration Open for the Spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast, April 16

Posted Mar. 18, 2013

The spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, April 16. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Roger Di Paolo, editor of The Record-Courier. Di Paolo will speak on the topic “Beyond Audacity: Celebrating 21st Century Kent.”

Photo of Roger Di PaoloThe cost to attend is $9 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.

Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, April 10. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or to cancel your reservation by April 10.

Di Paolo, a graduate of Kent State, has served as editor of The Record-Courier since 1991, and has been with the newspaper since 1977 when he was hired as a reporter while completing his journalism degree. He has been recognized by the United Press International and the Associated Press (AP) with awards for reporting and editorial writing, and was honored by the AP with a statewide first-place award for editorial writing in 2005.

Di Paolo’s interest in local history led to the publication of Rooted in Kent: 101 Tales From the Tree City, a collection of his “Portage Pathways” columns for The Record-Courier published by the Kent Historical Society Press in 2009. He also has edited “Yesteryears,” a weekly history feature, for nearly 32 years.

He has served as a board member and officer of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce. He also was a member and past president of the Stow-Munroe Falls Library Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Advisory Committee.

This is Di Paolo’s third appearance as a Bowman Breakfast speaker. He spoke to the 2010 breakfast as part of the Kent Chamber’s centennial celebration and also shared the 2012 Bowman Breakfast with Ron Burbick.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If an attendee needs a reasonable accommodation, please contact Amy Quillin, Student Accessibility Services, at 330-672-3391 or

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Media Note:
Members of the media are welcome to cover this event.

Media Contact:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595