The Kent State University Board of Trustees will hold its next regular business meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Board will convene at 2 p.m. in the George Urban Board of Trustees Conference Room, which is located on the second floor of the Kent Campus Library.
Trustees will meet as a Committee of the Whole from 8-10 a.m. This will be followed by Board standing committee meetings as follows:
Kent State University continues to set records and reach its enrollment goals. The university released its official 15th day census data for the 2014 Fall Semester, reporting the highest retention rate for the Kent Campus in the university’s 104-year history. Retention of Kent Campus freshmen has increased to 81.7 percent, up from last year’s record retention level of 77.6 percent. This represents the percentage of freshmen who continue their studies at the university for their sophomore year.
Data breaches that compromise accounts and invade privacy occur almost daily. Universities are in a unique position to educate their students, faculty and staff about the importance of securing their own data and online identities. On Sept. 15-18, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will host Big Data and Privacy (BDP) Week to raise campus awareness of and engagement with concepts of big data, privacy and what those concepts mean individually and globally. This is the first commemorative week of its kind at Kent State.
Once again, Kent State University has earned a coveted spot in the first-tier list in the Best National Universities category with its inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Kent State ranks 194 on the prestigious list, improving from last year’s ranking of 201.
Kent State is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to make the first tier. This is the fourth time in five years that Kent State has appeared on the first tier of the Best National Universities rankings.
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m., Kent State University’s Department of Public Safety will test the emergency notification system on the Kent Campus.
The purpose of this annual exercise is to familiarize students and employees with building evacuations and precautions to be taken in event of a fire or any other type of emergency.
Kent State University’s Center for Student Involvement is introducing a new initiative this fall through its Leadership Development team. The Leadership Speaker Series features five speakers: Jerome Love, Kym Whitley, Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Lilly Ledbetter and Nikki Giovanni. The Center for Student Involvement is no stranger to bringing motivational speakers to the Kent Campus, but this is the first time that the speakers are being offered in a series.
Transforum Theatre, a student organization in Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, performed last month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dedicated to helping students pursue their passions and explore their creativity through art, Transforum Theatre was invited by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to perform an original work, “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” at the Greenside @ Nicholson Square venue Aug. 18–23.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics (IAL), in the College of Arts and Sciences, a $166,000 grant to host a three-week summer institute on literature in translation as a means of enhancing cross-cultural understanding for 30 college and university teachers from across the U.S.
The 2014 Kent State University Aviation Heritage Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Event and Parking are FREE!
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A $952,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at Kent State University will result in a mobile device application to help visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park learn more about the park’s history and ecology and become “citizen scientists” by sharing their findings with others.
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