Kent State Magazine Cover for Spring/Summer 2023

Kent State Magazine

Spring/Summer 2023

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Kent State Works

Training and retaining Ohio's workforce is vital to the success of the state of Ohio and beyond. See the Kent State Works special section.


Kent State Works

While Kent State graduates leave the university well-prepared to work in their fields nationally and internationally, their impact across the Northeast Ohio region—and the entire state—cannot be understated.

  • More than 2,300 Kent State University graduates call Cleveland Clinic their workplace. The internationally renowned healthcare system, with sprawling facilities across Northeast Ohio and beyond, employs Kent State alumni from a large array of academic disciplines. 

  • More than 700 Kent State graduates work at Progressive Insurance, based in Mayfield, Ohio. The company has diverse hiring needs and it has found strong matches while recruiting at career fairs on the Kent Campus.

  • Kent State hosted the inaugural Innovation Day 2023, a collaborative effort of the Northeast Ohio Public University Research Alliance. The event served as a venue for innovators, faculty members and students from different disciplines and institutions to advance research and Ohio's position at the forefront of innovation.

  • LaunchNET Kent State, an entrepreneurship resource for Kent State University students, faculty, staff and alumni, received a $40,000 grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to create a 2023 microgrants program for student- and alumni-owned businesses.

  • With help from a LaunchNET microgrant, Justine Gallo, BA '22, a graduate of Kent State's School of Fashion, has launched a new sustainable business in downtown Kent.

  •  In response to a request from Intel®, Kent State University is leading a network that includes 13 partner higher education institutions throughout Northeast Ohio who are poised to prepare a workforce for 21st-century careers.

KSU + City of Kent Partnerships


  • Two Kent State alumnae are giving back to their Ohio communities
    as government representatives at the federal and state level.

  • From foreign exchange student to international business success, John Karakadas, BBA ’82, has tried to be fearless when attacking problems and finding solutions. Now he’s helping prepare business students with the skills to succeed in an ever-changing world.


  • James Heddens
  • For nearly 15 years, alumni and friends have come together to uplift their local communities and those in our Golden Flash family during a day of service. Kent State has since transformed that one-day tradition into a weeklong initiative called Flashes Give Back Week.

  • "Some Days" This collaborative poem was created by Kent State University’s College of Nursing faculty, students, and alumnae during Healing Stanzas writing workshops, conducted in 2017 by the Wick Poetry Center.