SMARTS announces new adult program

SMARTS announces new adult program


Becky Keck, president of Students Motivated by the Arts, SMARTS, is announcing a new adult program, “SMARTS Stories” that will connect storytellers with live audiences while enjoying a pint of locally-brewed craft beer. The private event will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Modern Methods Brewery, 125 David Grohl Alley, and will be the second Wednesday of each month. Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit SMARTS.

All material must be from the person’s own experience and without notes. No memorized scenes from plays or prose fiction is permitted. Subject matter should not be intended to denigrate any group and performers are to avoid profanity. Names of willing performers will be drawn from a hat and storytellers will be limited to five minutes. All participants must be over age 18.

For information, contact Laura Makara at 330-574-2787 or at

New YSU faculty reunited half a world away from home


New YSU faculty members, Hoda Atef Yetka and Nazanin Naderi, studied industrial engineering together more than a decade ago at the Tehran Polytechnic Institute in Iran. Both began as faculty members at YSU this year, but neither knew about the other until they were reunited at YSU’s orientation for new faculty last month. Surprised and excited to reconnect, the two realized they had both regularly attended INFORMS, the conference hosted by the leading international association for Operations Research & Analytics professionals, yet their paths had never crossed until now. Atef Yetka has joined the faculty in the Management Department, and Naderi is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Though based out of separate academic departments and colleges, Atef Yetka described their work as related to their shared engineering roots.

Placement tests take place Nov. 17


Ursuline High School will administer its placement and scholarship test from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17. All students enrolled in a Catholic school will take the placement test at their respective elementary schools.

Schools forward the results to Ursuline High School. There is no charge for the test. Students must bring two No.2 pencils, a calculator and a bottle of water. To register for the test, visit and select Nov. 17.

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