Success Stories Archive

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. 

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