Dr. A. Bathi KasturiarachiA. Bathi Kasturiarachi, Ph.D., has been named Kent State University at Stark’s new assistant dean of academic affairs. Serving as interim assistant dean since August 2013, Kasturiarachi accepted the permanent position on February 27, 2015.

Kent State University at Stark is proud to host the Gallery 6000 exhibit, entitled Six at 6000. The exhibit, which is open to the public, is on display through March 27 in the Conference Center Dining Room, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. Viewing hours (weekdays only) may vary depending upon other events scheduled in the Dining Room. Visitors to the exhibit should call 330-244-3300 in advance to confirm available viewing time.

The Research Center for Educational Technology was recently awarded a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation to support RCET’s project, Developing Computational Thinkers in Northeast Ohio Schools.

The 2014-15 school year kicks-off in the AT&T Classroom with two classes from Kent City Schools.

From Walls Elementary, third grade teacher Kristin Blake and her students will be in the AT&T Classroom each morning using a variety of digital tools to focus on science and language arts.

Headbands of Hope: How One College Student Refused to Wait to Make a Difference

During the summer of her junior year, Jess Ekstrom worked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. As she interacted with children facing life-threatening illnesses, she discovered that young girls loved to wear headbands instead of wigs after losing their hair to chemotherapy. Armed with inspiration to do good beyond her internships, she soon after founded Headbands of Hope.

HOH creates fun, fashionable headbands, and for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to childhood cancer research. Since launching the organization in 2012, HOH has been featured on The Today Show, Seventeen Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur.com and more. Most importantly, thousands of headbands have been donated to girls coast-to-coast fighting cancer.

So many college students want to make a difference, and plan to do it someday. Jess is living proof that a college student with an amazing idea and a willingness to act on it need not wait. College students can build companies, affect change, and solve problems before graduation, if they have the commitment.

In her campus keynote, Jess shares her journey creating Headbands of Hope, encouraging audience members to change awareness of issues into action. Awareness is only skimming the surface of change, she said. When we focus on action instead of just awareness, things really change.]]>

Earth Day: Soil & Water Conservation

Join the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District as it presents "Local Heroes, Your Hardworking Pollinators." Learn about how you can help Trumbull County's pollinators and what issues may be negatively impacting their populations. Participants will receive free materials so they can be a conservation "super hero" for their own backyard pollinators. This event will be held in the Kent Trumbull Library.