On April 1st, the Japanese Cultural Exchange Circle, a Kent State student group, celebrated the long-standing friendship between Kent State and universities in Japan with a tree-planting ceremony. Japanese consul general, current and past members of Kent State's administration, and students attended the planting of two cherry blossom trees outside Satterfield Hall.
As Aaron Morgan, the Japanese Cultural Exchange Circle president stated "to us, this tree planting is a symbol of the friendship that has grown between not only students from Kent State and its partner universities, but between the United States and Japan." This partnership is dated back to 1984, when the first of nine partner universities in Japan was established.
Kent State University has hosted hundreds of Japanese students over the years and currently has about 40 students from Japan on campus.
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After holding a competition that drew the interest of internationally recognized architects, the architecture team that will design the new $40 million building for Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design has been determined.
"I have the great pleasure to announce the winning team is WEISS/MANFREDI, lead designer, and Richard L. Bowen & Associates, architect of record, with 'The Design Loft' submission," said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. "Given the distinguished reputation of our architecture programs, the college's building deserves a world-class design. The building will serve as a new icon as visitors approach the campus. In our selection of this team, we not only get professionals who will create a spectacular new home for our College of Architecture and Environmental Design but also partners who made us feel confident about a collaborative process that will consider the needs of this project's many stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel spoke at the second Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series on Thursday, April 11, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) on the Kent Campus. Wiesel addressed a sold-out crowd of 5,100 people. Many of the Kent State students in attendance were familiar with Wiesel's memoir "Night," in which he details the saga of his family being imprisoned and killed in concentration camps.
Wiesel's personal experience of the Holocaust led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to advocate for human rights and peace in the world. He has worked on behalf of oppressed people much of his adult life.
"Professor Elie Wiesel is a true humanitarian and peace advocate who has impacted our world for most of his life through his works, writings and commitment to the plights of the oppressed," said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. "Having a man of his caliber, who has achieved much for humanity, at Kent State is indeed an honor.
During his opening remarks, Lefton noted that it was 24 years ago to the day that Wiesel last visited Kent State on April 11, 1989.
For more information about Wiesel, visit www.kent.edu/president/speakers/wiesel/biography.cfm.
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