Constructing Facilities, Framing Futures
Recognizing that students need first-class classrooms, laboratories, stages and other facilities to successfully compete for jobs, internships and advanced education, Kent State has developed a culture of philanthropy and fundraising that supports the university's already strong commitment to capital improvements that enhance teaching and learning. Recent facilities improvements include the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance made possible by the generosity of alumna Roe Green. The $6.5 million project gives students in theatre, dance and music a Broadway-caliber black box theatre, dance studios, lighting laboratory and costume shop.
A $22 million renovation transformed historic Franklin Hall into one of the nation's leading training grounds for aspiring reporters, editors, producers, photographers, videographers and designers where they gain unprecedented opportunities for collaborating and mastering the practice of "backpack journalism," in which news content is layered across a variety of media to reach multiple audiences.
To meet growing regional needs, Kent State University at Ashtabula constructed the Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building with strong campus and community support. The cutting-edge facility offers 21st-century education in nursing and a range of high-demand, allied-health fields.
A nearly $11 million renovation of Ritchie Hall, home of the Department of Pan-African Studies, supports a rich range of educational and cultural programming for students and the larger community.
The new, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas also gives students in the performing arts unprecedented opportunities for professional experience in many of the "hottest" fields in the arts, entertainment and related technologies, while greatly expanding cultural-enrichment for area residents.
The university facilitated the location of Kent State Hillel on the Kent Campus. The Cohn Jewish Student Center offers a warm, home away from home for all students.
Because the library system constitutes the heart of a world-class learning environment, Kent State undertook a major, multifaceted renovation of the University Library, including user-friendly upgrades to the lobby and circulation desk, as well as the addition of a Math Emporium, a large computer lab staffed with instructors who will provide students individualized help.