Members of the Kent State University community welcome new and returning students to campus for the start of the 2014 Fall Semester. Students, faculty and staff members highlight various aspects of the university.
Kent State University mourns the loss of student-athlete Jason Bitsko, who died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m. Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.
Kent State University President Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes spent a cold Tuesday afternoon at Dix Stadium after taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness and contributions for ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Warren accepted the challenge that was tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director whose father-in-law has been battling ALS for more than a year.
Before the fall semester starts on Aug. 25, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that ran Aug. 21-24 and helped students familiarize themselves with the Kent State University community. The events during the weekend served as an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about the academic and social opportunities that exist at Kent State.
Each August during freshman move-in day, Kent State University faculty, staff and students volunteer to assist incoming freshmen get settled into their new university accommodations. To make the experience more fun and welcoming, the Kent InterHall Council sponsors the Movers and Groovers program.
Freshman move-in day took place on Thursday, Aug. 21. A host of volunteers welcomed students and parents, and assisted with heavy lifting. The Kent State president’s Cabinet also volunteered to help this year.
Dr. Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes will take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 4:15 p.m. in the south end zone of Dix Stadium at 2213 Summit Road in Kent.
The event comes in response to a challenge tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director, who has a family member fighting ALS.
A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation – flexible, electrically conductive transparent films – that can be used in electronic devices, including smart phones and touchscreens, and in windows that switch from transparent to opaque to block light.
Brian Peters, assistant professor in Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, was selected by ARCHITECT magazine for one of its prestigious 2014 R+D Awards. ARCHITECT magazine is the leading magazine for architecture in the U.S., and the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Kent State University held its summer Commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 1,636 degrees, including 851 bachelor’s degrees, 462 master’s degrees, 74 doctoral degrees, 227 associate degrees and 22 educational specialist degrees.
The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University has received a $33,472 grant from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation. The grant project, titled “Encouraging New Voices,” is a collaborative initiative between the Wick Poetry Center and Akron Public Schools designed to increase literacy among students in grades 3-12. The project will run from October 2014 to October 2015.
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