College of Arts & Sciences

Angela Neal-Barnett, Ph.D. (right), is pictured at the Doula and Community Expo hosted by Birthing Beautiful Communities in April 2024. (Photo provided by Angela Neal-Barnett)

Kent State University’s Angela Neal-Barnett has been working diligently to build up the Spirit of Motherhood program with the goal of reducing trauma and stress symptoms experienced by its pregnant Black mother participants. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation recently awarded the program another $300,000 to continue its work over the next three years.

Incoming PBS Western Reserve CEO and Kent alumna Natalie Pillsbury

Natalie Pillsbury, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in 2007 and a Master of Public Administration in 2023 from Kent State University, will begin her new role on March 20.

Chris Wick (left) and David Hassler (right) stand in front of the Wick Poetry Center’s Poets for Science exhibition at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ 2023 Conference and Bookfair.

The Wick family has a long history of philanthropy at Kent State University that began in 1984 when brothers Bob and Walt Wick first established scholarships to support undergraduate poets at the university. This most recent gift of $1 million brings the family’s total lifetime commitment to the university to more than $3.5 million.

Close up of Sydney Weber taking a photo.

Kent State senior Sydney Weber sees extraordinary images through her lens and an exciting career in her future. 

Delia Brennan participating in a demonstration

Graduating senior Delia Brennan applies she learns in the classroom to help survivors of trauma and promote activism in her community.

What's the Big Idea?

Hop on board as Kent State President Todd Diacon engages with Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, associate professor of history with Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, as she conducts research on the impact of the Urban League.

A close-up shot of a bee on a flower in the Beyer-Murin Gardens on the Kent Campus. Photo by Robert Christy

Over half of the described species in the world are insects. Although many people think of insects as pests, they play vital roles and have a big impact on our invaluable ecosystems, as pollinators, helping break down wastes, and as an essential food source for many other organisms.

Environmental Science and Design Research Institute
Wharton State Forest coastline

Saying "yes" to everything landed Kathryn Burns in the middle of New Jersey's coastal wetlands


Felix Kumah-Abiwu photographed by Melissa Olson

The Nkafu Policy Institute recently appointed Ghana native Felix Kumah-Abiwu, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Kent State University, one of its Non-Resident Fellows in Governance & Democracy.

Jake Mansfield (BA '21) Taking An Exam at New River Gorge

Remote learning means students can study and take their exams virtually -- make that literally -- anywhere.