Summer 2016

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Mark Mothersbaugh, © Steven Miller 2015,

Eye-Opener: An enlightening look at the career of alumnus and Akron native Mark Mothersbaugh, as a retrospective of his work, Myopia, is on exhibit in Northeast Ohio this summer. Read more about Mark Mothersbaugh.

Photo: ©Steven Miller 2015,


Use Your HeadUse Your Head

by Erin Peterson, illustrations by Mikey Burton '08 

A roundup of Kent State brain research to help you harness your brain’s potential and power.

Under One Roof photographed by Dan MorganUnder One Roof

The Kent State community celebrated the opening of the new Center for the Visual Arts in May, as students, faculty and staff in the School of Art started settling in to make the space their own.

Branching Out at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens photographed by Melissa OlsonBranching Out

Who doesn’t love a tree house? Give your inner child permission to play in structures created by Kent State graduates—on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this summer. 

Artwork of Mark Mothersbaugh at The Akron Art MuseumEvolution of an Artist

by Melissa Olson

Gain insight into the 40-year career of alumnus Mark Mothersbaugh, cofounder of the New Wave band Devo, as he returns to his Northeast Ohio roots with a retrospective exhibit of his visual art and music.


M.R. Rangaswami photographed by Bob Christy ’95

Lessons Learned 

Edited by Jan Senn 

He’s invested in 40 tech start-ups. Now software business expert and angel investor M.R. Rangaswami, M.B.A. ’78, shares his tips for getting an education, building wealth and giving back.


Tessa Reeves with the employees of Neighbors Apparel photographed by Melissa OlsonGood Neighbor 

by Lauren Rathmell '17 

Tessa Reeves, B.S. ’13, founded a social enterprise that’s creating jobs for refugee women in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.


Eric Lauer photographed by David DermerAlong the Esplanade

Learning with LEGO | Hear Again | Ride On | Triple Digits | A Hero's Legacy | Global Exposure | Mound Presence | Step by Step


Mwatabu Okantah photographed by Melissa OlsonTraveling Stanzas

Kent State Magazine in partnership with The Wick Poetry Center

Meet Mwatabu Okantah, B.A. '76, associate professor and poet-in-residence for Pan-African studies and director of the Center of Pan-African Culture, and read his poem "driving while black." 


Class of 1968, Don Burrier

Alumni Life

Survey Says! | Class Notes | In Memory

image courtesy Special Collections & Archives Flashback: Wheel of Fortune

A classic rivalry between Kent State University and The University of Akron returns this year for homecoming: The Battle for the Wagon Wheel.

Photo by Bob Christy '95The (Paint) Bucket List

Julie (Naughton) Parton, B.B.A. ’94, Stow, Ohio, and her family painted the rock in 2014, just as she had with her Chi Omega pledge class back in 1989.