Before the fall semester starts on Aug. 25, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that runs Aug. 21-24 and helps familiarize students with the Kent State University community. The events during the weekend serve 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 takes place on Thursday, Aug. 21. A host of volunteers will welcome students and parents, and will assist with heavy lifting. The Kent State president’s Cabinet also has volunteered to help this year.
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.
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.
Scholar of the Month: Wendy UmbergerProfessorCollege of Nursing2002-present
Wendy Umberger is a professor in the College of Nursing. Her program of research centers on the treatment and care of people experiencing chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), psychological factors related to the pain experience, neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms in pain and inflammation, and the use of complementary therapies in pain management.
Kent State University’s student-athletes continued their run of success in the classroom during the spring of 2014 by posting the third highest term grade point average (GPA) in recorded history.
The athletic department finished with a 3.085 spring GPA, a number that ranks behind only a 3.11 in the spring of 2013 and a 3.10 in the spring of 2012.
The department’s current cumulative GPA of 3.139 remains the highest in recorded history.
Beverly Warren, Kent State University’s new president, wants to learn what makes the university so exceptional and how we can share our unique story with the world. On July 1, her first day as the university’s leader, Warren began this quest by embarking on a listening tour.
Kent State University held its 44th annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events that took place May 3 and 4. The annual commemoration, hosted by the May 4 Task Force, provided an opportunity for the university community to gather and remember those who were lost and injured during the tragedy and also reflect on what May 4 means today.
Kent State University faculty, staff and students will notice a new building on the Kent Campus this fall when the university welcomes the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology to the Science Mall. A midpoint construction event, themed “Science Springs Forward,” took place Wednesday, April 23, on the Science Mall in front of Henderson Hall and the construction site of the new building.
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