Kent State University will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Through a grant facilitated by Dr. Christopher Post, associate professor of geography, the Dominion Foundation awarded Kent State Stark $28,000 for a vertical wind turbine. Wind Turbines of Ohio, located in Alliance, installed the turbine on the southeast side of the campus’s new Science & Nursing Building.

While the turbine will partially power the building, its primary purpose is education and research.

Pictured above (left to right) is Award of Distinction recipient Douglas Henry, Assistant Dean A. Bathi Kasturiarachi, Distinguished Teaching Award recipient Paul Andaloro, Interim Dean Denise Seachrist and Distinguished Teaching Award finalists Robert Miltner and Keith Lloyd.

Three outstanding concerts are headlining the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center’s Summer Series.  Motown stars The Four Tops kick off the series on June 13, followed by Larry Gatlin on July 18 and Michael Stanley & the Resonators on August 29. All three concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

College for Kids returns to Kent State University at Tuscarawas for the 25th year for the week of June 22 - 26. This year’s session offers 10 fun and interesting youth enrichment classes for students who were in first through sixth grades during the 2014-15 school year. The five-day session offers courses from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. 

Dr. Leslie Heaphy received the Ohio College History Teacher of the Year award.The positive impact that a quality professor has on students, fellow faculty, staff and the community is immeasurable. According to a nomination for the Ohio Academy of History’s 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State University at Stark’s Associate Professor Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D., is “the total package in the classroom.”

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is announcing that Michael Taylor Insurance & Financial, Inc., the local Allstate agency, will be the first designated season sponsor for the Performing Arts Center. “We are so honored to have had Michael Taylor Insurance & Financial, Inc. approach us to support the center through this sponsorship,” said Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “They will actually be sponsoring both our 2015 Summer Series and the 2015-2016 season.

While most high school seniors are thinking about prom, final exams and graduation parties, some are preparing for their academic future by attending Kent State University at Stark’s First Step program. Though they still have a month of high school to complete, Michaela Morris, Shelby Secrest, Anna Genovese and Devin Giovannelli are officially Kent State Stark freshmen, having already completed the advising and registration program.

Kent State University at Tuscarawas is announcing the establishment of a new scholarship fund, the Tuscarawas Trust, which was created with contributions from the Helen Brach Foundation and the Tuscarawas County University Foundation.