Renée DeLuca Dolan, founder and president of Contempo Communications, publisher of Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) Magazine and alumna of Kent State University, is the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Women in Business Award. Each year, the Spirit of Women in Business Award honors a Kent State business alumna who excels in her profession, paving the way for women in business. 

Communication Career Spotlight

Aaron Hanlin

Graduation year(s):

2010, B.A., Communication Studies, Applied Communication Concentration

2012, M.Ed., Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel

Current job title: Honors Coordinator II, Coordinator of Admissions & Scholarships

Current place of employment: Kent State University

Graduates from the School of Communication Studies will now have an easier way to stay connected to the school thanks to the launch of the COMMunicator, an electronic newsletter. The e-newsletter will provide readers with school news, alumni and student success stories, updates on faculty research and news relating to the field of communication studies. The e-newsletter will be delivered to inboxes quarterly.

Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance is saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.

Ken Howard graduated from Kent State University in 1999 with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting as the School of Theatre and Dance's first returning professional.

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies will host the sixth Centennial Award Celebration on Friday, Oct. 2, to honor two alumni and one professor emeritus. The annual event is an opportunity for the school’s alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to celebrate and recognize the achievements of communication studies professionals.

The following individuals will be honored:

Kent, OH – School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell made his Broadway debut June 1 in "Chicago" at New York's Ambassador Theatre. Ratell, a 2014 graduate of Kent State's musical theatre program, portrayed Mary Sunshine in the national tour of the production this spring. Following his Broadway debut, Ratell joined the production's international tour in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Ratell began his performance career at Kent State when he played Mary Sunshine in Porthouse Theatre's production of "Chicago" in 2011.


Author and illustrator Cece Bell received a Newbery Honor for her most recent publication and first graphic novel, El Deafo, where she shares her experiences with hearing loss at a young age. El Deafo is only the second graphic novel to receive a Newbery Honor.