SAGE Recognition & Celebration

The SAGE Recognition & Celebration gets its name out of the meaning of sage. In the Native American culture sage is used for healing and bringing someone’s life back into balance by cleansing the body and mind of negativity. Additionally sage means wisdom, renewal, harmony and growth. In this spirit, we are seeking to use The SAGE Recognition & Celebration to highlight students who have found balance, growth and/or renewal through their collegiate path and to inspire this in others.


Watch the videos below to hear how this year's honorees used creativity, leadership and innovation to achieve personal success.

2022 Honorees 

Cam Catalfu headshot
Cam Catalfu

Master's student
Higher Education major

"I could probably dedicate a book to all that makes up Cam Catalfu… instead of letting struggle make them bitter, Cam is passionate about showing love and support, as well as providing awareness, to all underrepresented students...(they are) everything that the SAGE recognition stand for, a humble, ambitious, passionate world changer" - nominator Tracy Montgomery


Kacie Krontz
Kacie Krontz

Psychology major

"Kacie has overcome many mental health and personal life challenges while balancing her academics at Kent State…She has shown that through personal growth and a commitment to her mental health...and now she is in a program where she feels she fits and is passionate about her future." - nominator Amy Calapa

Miles Davis
Miles Matthews

Master's student 
Sociology major

"Miles demonstrates leadership, innovation, creativity, and risk-taking in their personal and academic life by always taking charge… lead(ing) youth into an even brighter future, show(ing) them that they can do and be whoever they want to be… and fight(ing) hard each and every day to show up and take care of others...(T)hey are my biggest inspiration." - nominator Tyrone Berry 


Naudia Harris
Naudia Harris

Journalism and Mass Communication major

"Naudia has faced adversity…(and) has used these moments in her life as a catapult... and truly has changed her experience here at Kent from being a student to being a student who has overcome challenges and can now help lead and inspire others with her story." - nominator Tyrone Berry 

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Corina Weems-Porter
Corina Weems-Porter

Exploratory major

"Corina has identified mentors and peers who are able to help her navigate the various challenges she has faced… She faces (her) fear daily and persists despite her concerns. With these strategies as her foundation, she academically excelled during her first term." - nominator Eboni Pringle

Diana Semilia
Diana Semilia

Aeronautics major

"Diana has been brave and has been a leader in sharing her personal experiences, with the hope her research will make change regarding mental illness stigma within the aviation domain." - nominator Jeanne Semilia 


Miranda Evans
Miranda Evans

Art Education major, Dance minor

"(Miranda) was a consistent presence at her assigned school even through the ins and outs of COVID and the trials that faced so many of our students...she demonstrated persistence and the understanding that her students needed her to be there for them." - nominator Juliann B. Dorff 


History of SAGE Recognition & Celebration

The Sage Project began with an inaugural class of 10 students in the Spring of 2015 as a way to celebrate and recognize students who had overcome adversity to achieve success at Kent State. During the past six years, the Women's Center has honored over 50 students who have persevered through challenges and served as an inspiration to others to continue their Kent State journey. Knowing what a powerful and inspirational experience this is for the students being honored and those inspired by them, the initiative expanded from the Women's Center to include the entire Equity, Identity, and Success pillar in the Division of Student Affairs.

The Equity, Identity, and Success pillar consists of: Center for Adult and Veteran Services, LGBTQ+ Center, Office of International Student Affairs, Student Accessibility Services, Student Multicultural Center, and Women’s Center.

Previous Honorees:

Class of 2020
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015

Eligibility Criteria

  • Student enrolled at Kent State University as a full-time student during the award period 
  • In good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA Undergraduate and 3.0 cumulative GPA Graduate) 
  • Graduating on or after May 2022

Nomination Process

Check back for 2023 SAGE nomination information!