Success Stories

September Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez (second from right) analyzes a garment with her students in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, in Rockwell Hall.
by Division of Research and Sponsored Programs
September 1, 2014 - 6:43pm
Scholar of the Month: Margarita BenitezAssistant Professor, College of the Arts2010-present Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies.
Vendors and Kent State student organizations take over Risman Plaza and the Student Green for the annual Black Squirrel Festival.
by Center for Student Involvement
September 1, 2014 - 12:42pm
A Kent State tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 5, from 12-6 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. The event includes live music, inflatables, rock climbing wall, photo booth, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items.
Kent State students and employees display their Kent State pride by wearing blue and gold. All are encouraged to wear the university’s colors on Fridays for Blue and Gold Friday.
by Foluke Omosun
August 28, 2014 - 10:20am
Kent State University has established a new Kent State tradition called Blue and Gold Friday.
A group of students pose for a picture wearing their Kent State gear. Students are encouraged to stop by The Nest in the Kent Student Center between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day during the first week of classes to to enjoy a week of Kent State spirit (and free food) to start the academic year. (Photo credit: Thomas Farmer Photography)
by Kristan Dolan
August 25, 2014 - 8:28pm
The Kent Student Center and the Center for Student Involvement invite students, faculty and staff to enjoy a week of Kent State spirit (and free food) to start the academic year with Welcome Back Week, from Aug. 25-29. 
The Seminal Six – Jalessa Caples, Tajee Anderson, Dennis Meacham, Iniah Dunbar, Isaac Talley and Rachel Brown – pose for a photo in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on their first weekend in Italy. (Photo credit: Stephon Brown)
by Foluke Omosun
August 25, 2014 - 3:58pm
Six recent high school graduates who will be starting classes at Kent State University this fall got a head start on their college education by studying abroad at Kent State’s Florence Summer Institute in Florence, Italy.  
Kent State football players sing the fight song following their 2013 opening game victory over Liberty University.
by Aaron Chimenti
August 25, 2014 - 3:38pm
The Kent State University football team opens its 2014 season Saturday, Aug. 30, hosting Mid-American Conference East Division rival Ohio University at 6 p.m. inside Dix Stadium. The Kent State Golden Flashes won their final two games of the 2013 season, while the Bobcats earned a spot in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. Throughout the season, the Kent State football players will have the number 54 on one side of their helmets to honor Jason Bitsko, following their teammate’s unexpected death last week.
Kent State freshman students make their way down the Lefton Esplanade during a new student orientation visit to downtown Kent during Welcome Weekend.
by Emily Komorowski
August 18, 2014 - 10:14pm
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.
Student volunteers assist two incoming Kent State students who are making the move into the residence halls during freshman move-in day.
by Emily Komorowski
August 18, 2014 - 9:49pm
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.
Kent State University President Beverly Warren takes a selfie with an ROTC Cadet backstage after commencement
by Foluke Omosun
August 11, 2014 - 4:50pm
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.
Students from Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design presented 11 proposals reimagining Garrettsville following a fire that swept through the historic downtown commercial area.
by Bob Burford and Foluke Omosun
August 11, 2014 - 12:07pm
On March 22, 2014, a massive fire swept through historic Garrettsville, Ohio, destroying an entire commercial block and 13 businesses. Residents in the quaint Portage County village of just over 2,200 people immediately began pulling together, with efforts to relocate the local food bank, which was consumed in the blaze. Some business owners promised to rebuild, but it was clear that the tragedy dramatically changed the character of the village forever.