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Pittsburgh Penguins and Kent State Partnership Scores Unique Opportunities for Golden Flashes

Kent State has partnered with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins since 2018, allowing this nationally recognized hockey team to work closely with the university and providing professional and recreational aid to the Kent State community. The partnership includes multiple facets that focus on future Golden Flashes, current students and alumni alike. 

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First-Year Middle School Teachers Offer Insight on the COVID Classroom

Four new middle school teachers started the school year with high hopes and big dreams, ready to establish their classrooms, teach dynamically and build community with their young students through daily, face-to-face interaction. Instead, they have encountered empty classrooms and computer icons rather than students’ faces. Recent graduates from Kent State Geauga’s Middle Childhood Education (MCED) program share their stories of first-year teaching from the COVID classroom.

Members of MEN pose for a picture with President Diacon
New Docuseries Helps to Celebrate 10 years of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN)

A new six-part short film docuseries is being released aimed at raising awareness of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN) at Kent State, along with commemorating 10 years. An initiative through the Student Multicultural Center, the Male Empowerment Network supports men of color on campus both academically and through personal development. Advisor of MEN and Director of the Student Multicultural Center Mike Daniels says this has led to some great things.

Members of Sisters in Sisterhood.
Sisters in Sisterhood Creates a Unique Bond

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and racial unjust, one student involved with the Women’s Center seized the opportunity to bring others together. The Sisters in Sisterhood initiative is a student-led group whose mission statement is to use their unique backgrounds to advocate and promote all women to reach their full potential.

Kent State University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 fall semester.
LGBTQA Living-Learning Community Continues to Thrive Virtually

Kent State University’s LGBTQA Living-Learning Community (LLC) has gone virtual this semester. “The mission behind the virtual Living-Learning Communities is to try and keep these communities active and whole even though they are virtual,” said Ken Ditlevson, director of the LGBTQ+ Center. “We want to make sure that the students are connected as best as possible.”

"The Unbought Collection" by Jordan Bigelow. She was awarded the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship in partnership with FSF.
Fashion Seniors Announced as 2021 FSF Scholarship Recipients

Two seniors from the Kent State University School of Fashion were announced as Fashion Scholarship Fund 2021 scholarship recipients. Fashion design seniors Jordan Bigelow and Mattney Yates used their creativity and knowledge to develop case studies focused on current world issues.

Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center
10 Questions with Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center

Michael Daniels is the director of the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) where he has the opportunity to make a difference on campus and continue the legacy of those who came before him. Daniels was recently awarded the President’s Award of Distinction for his success with the programs and initiatives offered by the SMC during a global pandemic. Learn more about Daniels as he answers these 10 questions.

The College of Public Health in Moulton Hall
Public Health Students Continue COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

As part of the university’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, the College of Public Health at Kent State University partnered with the Kent City and Portage County Health Departments to conduct contact tracing for students and faculty on Kent Campus. Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, reached out to students within the college to ask for volunteers for the testing events. The health departments then ask the students to assist with contact tracing across the university.

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Kent State Ashtabula Reunites Friends and Inspires Kidney Transplant

A reunion between two friends at Kent State University at Ashtabula resulted in a life-saving kidney transplant. A recent story by WEWS News 5 Cleveland recounted the story between two childhood acquaintances who met again by chance at Kent State in 2019. 

ADN student Addison Guildoo checks the temperature of an East Liverpool City School employee waiting to receive the COVID vaccine.
Students Participate in COVID Vaccine Clinics throughout Columbiana County

While the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine is finally being administered around the world, folks in Columbiana County are also receiving their immunizations at the local level with the help of nursing students from the Kent State East Liverpool and Salem campuses.

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Kent State Receives Prestigious Military Friendly School Honor for 12th Consecutive Year

Kent State University is once again at the top tier when it comes to exhibiting leading practices and supporting post-military students, receiving the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation for its Kent Campus. This is the 12th year in a row that the Kent Campus has received the Military Friendly School honor.

Newman Civic Fellow Makayla Sejat
Kent State Names University’s First Newman Civic Fellow

From a young age, Makayla Sejat has had a passion for serving others. Her life has been full of service, from helping out in community kitchens as a child to now devoting her time in various college leadership roles. Now, she will take her efforts to the next level as Kent State University’s first Newman Civic Fellow.

Students at the American Academy celebrate commencement.
Meeting the Moment: How The American Academy Kept Students on Track in Brazil During COVID-19

Behind the scenes last spring, American Academy faculty and staff worked swiftly and efficiently to convert the program to remote learning.  

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Journalism Students Tap Into American Issues of Diversity

Kent State University students of the School of Media and Journalism are not afraid to use their platforms to document current issues of diversity at the university and beyond - and their work is gaining attention.

Nursing Students Check Students in at Fieldhouse Testing Event
Nursing Students Gain Experience Through COVID-19 Testing

In the course Community Health Nursing, Taryn Burhanna’s students are required to complete 60 clinical hours and eight laboratory simulation hours. Burhanna, community health nursing coordinator, wanted to ensure students in this course could get their hours and gain real-life experience by tapping into coronavirus relief efforts on campus.

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Kent State Fashion Alumnus Brings Custom Designs to Toledo

Kent State alumnus Nicholas Harper is using his fashion education to create custom pieces like wedding dresses, masks and suits from his own store in Toledo, Ohio. Recently featured on WTVG 13ABC, Harper, a fashion design alumnus, can alter anything from formal gowns to dress shirts.

Student pose for a picture at Lavender Graduation.
LGBTQ+ Center Marks 10-Year Milestone

In a month synonymous with cupid, hearts and chocolates, it seems fitting that Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center is set to celebrate 10 years of love beginning on Valentine’s Day and extending through the end of the year.

Brandon Lewis, Journalism Major. Image from OOD Works Podcast
Kent State Student Featured on Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Podcast

Kent State senior Brandon Lewis has big plans to become a sports journalist, he told OOD Works, a podcast by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities that interviews students with disabilities looking to be more independent. And with the assistance of Jessica Vass, a College2Careers rehabilitation counselor at the university, his career options are vast.

Kent State students performing in Thai Ensemble
Kent State University Thai Ensemble Continues Making Music Through COVID-19

Kent State University's Thai Ensemble, one of only three in the United States academic system, has continued to learn and practice Thai classical music through the COVID-19 pandemic. Housed in Kent State's Glauser School of Music and led by Assistant Professor Priwan Nanongkham, Ph.D., the ensemble was recently featured in a piece by VOA (Voice of America) News, which serves an estimated 280 million people weekly.

Veterinary Technology Students at the Trumbull Campus
Kent State Veterinary Technology Students at the Trumbull Campus Achieve Ohio's Highest Passage Rate

Veterinary technology students at Kent State Trumbull recently earned the highest three-year average passage rate in Ohio on the Veterinary Technician National Exam administered by the American Association Of Veterinary State Boards.