BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
September 15, 2014 - 5:00pm
Got 15? Encourages students to complete their degree on time. The benefits of successfully completing at least 15 hours per semester saves time, money, and increases post graduation options (graduate school & earning potential). Most degrees at Kent State University require at least 120 credits to complete, so if students want to finish their associate degree in two years or bachelor’s degree in four years, they need to take a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
Kent State is embarking on a campaign called “Formula to Finish” to motivate and assist students toward timely graduation.
BY FOLUKE OMOSUN
September 15, 2014 - 8:00am
Kent State University is embarking on a campaign to motivate and assist students toward timely graduation. The university’s “Formula to Finish” initiative encourages students to register for and pass at least 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate in two years to get their associate degree or four years for a bachelor’s degree, and save time and money in the process. Kent State’s Undergraduate Studies oversees the “Formula to Finish” initiative for all students at Kent State’s eight campuses.
Kent State President Beverly Warren joins U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan for a discussion about transportation issues and funding in the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority’s Kent Central Gateway multimodal transit center.
BY ERIC MANSFIELD
September 11, 2014 - 4:22pm
Kent State University President Beverly Warren recently joined U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan in a meeting with regional leaders about the state of Ohio’s infrastructure and the need for increased funding to improve deficiencies.  The group met Sept. 5 in Kent at the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority’s Kent Central Gateway multimodal transit center. Ryan discussed a report that awarded the United States an overall D+ grade in infrastructure and suggested that the nation needs to invest trillions of dollars in future transportation.
Kent State freshman students make their way down the Lefton Esplanade during a new student orientation visit to downtown Kent during Welcome Weekend.
BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
September 10, 2014 - 1:04pm
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. 
A group from Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance pose for a photo on stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Pictured (left to right) are Taylor Bryan, Anna Bradley, ’13, Grant Jackowski, Chris Tuck, Assistant Professor Amy Fritsche, Dan Ebert and Devin Gallo.
BY JONI KONEVAL
September 8, 2014 - 3:23am
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.
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.
A Kent State student does chin-ups at the Black Squirrel Festival held on the Student Green and Risman Plaza.
BY CENTER FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT
September 1, 2014 - 12:42pm
A Kent State tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival took 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 included 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.
Wendy Umberger, a professor in the College of Nursing, teaches a class in Henderson Hall. Umberger has been selected as Kent State’s Scholar of the Month.
BY DIVISION OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAMS
August 4, 2014 - 4:12pm
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. 
The Fork in the Road food truck serves students at FlashFest held on Risman Plaza and the Student Green.
BY KELLI FITZPATRICK
July 28, 2014 - 10:34am
Kent State University’s Dining Services is now serving burgers, tacos, salads and more from its first food truck this summer.
Members of the Kent State women’s soccer team line up for a photo at Zoeller Field.
BY KENT STATE ATHLETICS
July 21, 2014 - 12:46pm
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.
Kent State President Beverly Warren greets Kent State alumni at the Lakehouse Inn located in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, during the first day of the Presidential Listening tour. It also was Warren’s first day as university president.
BY EMILY VINCENT
July 7, 2014 - 9:49am
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. 
A relative of Allison Krause looks to the sky while standing in silent vigil on the location in the Taylor Hall parking lot on the Kent State campus where Krauss and three others were killed during the May 4, 1970, shootings by Ohio National Guardsmen.
BY WEZLEY GARLICK
April 28, 2014 - 12:10pm
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.
 
A crowd gathered under a tent listens to a few words by Robert Sines, interim dean of Kent State's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.
BY MORGAN JUPINA
April 23, 2014 - 10:56am
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.
Artem Zvavitch, an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, teaches graduate students in the Mathematics and Computer Science Building. Zvavith has been selected as the university’s Scholar of the Month.
BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
April 7, 2014 - 9:22am
Scholar of the MonthArtem ZvavitchAssociate Professor of Mathematical SciencesCollege of Arts and Sciences2004-present Artem Zvavitch is an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on the novel interface of Functional and Harmonic Analysis, Convex Geometry and Probability Theory.
Undergraduate Students Research Objectification of Women on TV
BY SHANNEN LAUR
February 19, 2014 - 11:32am
Previous research says female members of Generation Y are likely to have low self-esteem, resulting in negative behavior because of how women are portrayed in the media, but on the contrary, three undergraduate students from Kent State University have found this is not always true.
A Kent State student smiles after receiving her diploma during a Commencement ceremony held in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
December 17, 2013 - 3:23am
Kent State University congratulates its new graduates. The university held its fall 2013 Commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 1,984 degrees, including 1,544 bachelor’s degrees, 390 master’s degrees, 47 doctoral degrees and three educational specialist degrees.
Kent State Police Officer Anne Spahr poses on Front Campus with Coco, Kent State’s new police dog. Together, they form Kent State Police Services’ first K-9 unit.
BY BRYAN WEBB AND AMANDA LANG
December 4, 2013 - 10:31am
A new four-legged friend has come to the Kent Campus as Kent State University’s Police Services welcomed Coco, a 2-year-old German Shepherd who, together with her partner Officer Anne Spahr, form Kent State Police Services’ first K-9 unit. Coco is trained in evidence search and recovery, area searches and tracking, but is mainly trained for explosives detection and can recognize more than a dozen related odors.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Comes to Kent State for Presidential Speaker Series
BY UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
August 30, 2013 - 2:23am
UPDATE: All general admission and student tickets for the Kent Student Center Ballroom as well as all general admission tickets for the Kiva simulcast have been taken. We'll see you in September!
Christopher P. Banks has been selected as Kent State University’s Scholar of the Month. Banks is an associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State.
BY EMILY VINCENT
April 29, 2013 - 10:32am
Christopher Banks' scholarship focuses on law, justice and the courts. He is a frequent guest on local and national news programs following Supreme Court decisions. His most recent book is titled The U.S. Supreme Court and New Federalism. Christopher P. Banks Associate Professor of Political Science College of Arts and Sciences 2006-present
Incoming freshmen at Kent State enjoy a back-to-school gathering on the all-weather track behind DeWeese Health Center.
BY EMILY VINCENT
October 5, 2012 - 11:38am
Kent State University has increased enrollment, surpassing last year’s record and reaching a new all-time high with the release of the university’s official 15th day census data. For the eight-campus system, Kent State reports a strong enrollment of 42,513 students for the Fall 2012 semester. In Fall 2011, overall enrollment was 42,185 students. The unduplicated (or preponderant) headcount at the Kent Campus increased by 2.85 percent to 27,706 students with the number of full-time equivalent students, or FTEs, up 3.16 percent, so students are taking more hours.