Kent State University’s efforts to help students succeed and graduate resulted in a big payoff for Northeast Ohio. The university accounted for the largest increase in the number of new graduates among colleges and universities in the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Summit and Portage Counties, Ohio, contributing largely to the region’s win of a $1 million prize from CEOs for Cities’ Talent Dividend Prize national competition.
Kent State University alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community celebrated Homecoming with the theme “Kent State Pride is Worldwide.”
Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).
The second public meeting for the Kent State University Airport Master Plan, a public open house, has been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, located at 3227 Graham Road in Stow, Ohio. The first public meeting was held last year to introduce the project to the community and seek input about the airport’s future.
Kent State University’s College of Nursing and College of Public Health are collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise. The “Point-of-Dispensing Exercise,” which involves a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site, will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
The largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships will transform the Photojournalism program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
A Cincinnati man who took a photojournalism class at Kent State in 1941 has left a $3 million bequest to the program. Wallace (Wally) Hagedorn, who passed away in 2013, was so impressed with the class he took while still in high school he became an amateur photographer.
A team of Kent State University students and faculty has been awarded a $15,000 grant as part of a sustainability design competition funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Last year, a group of faculty representing three disciplines — biology, geology and architecture/environmental design — submitted an application for the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant competition. The P3 competition encourages college students to design innovative projects outside of the classroom in order to support the sustainability of the planet.
When Stacy Jewell Lewis was just 19 years old, she thought she was getting a ride from an elderly grandpa. Instead, the man held her at gunpoint and delivered her to a pimp. Lewis spent two years in captivity as a victim of human trafficking.
On Nov. 12, Lewis will share her story at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 7-9 p.m.
On Nov. 15, members of Kent State University’s Greek community organized and participated in Songfest, an annual philanthropy event. Together, they raised $30,000 for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention.
Songfest, which is hosted by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, brings the entire Greek community together for a good cause through singing, dancing and acting. The skits are themed to showcase the event’s beneficiary in positive and entertaining way.