First Football Game of 2014 Season Kicks Off Saturday

Kent State football players sing the fight song following their 2013 opening game victory over Liberty University.

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 President, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Athletic Director Joel Nelson, President Beverly Warren and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes take the “Ice Bucket challenge” on the field at Dix Stadium to help raise money to find a cure for ALS.

Kent State University President Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes spent a cold Tuesday afternoon at Dix Stadium after taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a national campaign aimed at increasing awareness and contributions for ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Warren accepted the challenge that was tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director whose father-in-law has been battling ALS for more than a year.

ADVISORY: Kent State University President, Athletic Director, and Football Coach to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 19

Dr. Beverly Warren, Athletic Director Joel Nielsen, and Head Football Coach Paul Haynes will take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 4:15 p.m. in the south end zone of Dix Stadium at 2213 Summit Road in Kent. 

The event comes in response to a challenge tweeted Aug. 13 by Rebecca Windover, an assistant residence hall director, who has a family member fighting ALS. 

Golden Flashes Continue Success in the Classroom

Members of the Kent State women’s soccer team line up for a photo at Zoeller Field.

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.

Groundbreaking for Kent State’s Field House Locker Room Project

The Field House locker room will provide a new facility for soccer, softball, field hockey, men’s and women’s track and cross country. In this facility, there will be a locker room, lounge area and satellite training space for athletes.

“This project will have a transformational effect on the Dix Complex and the programs it will serve,” said Matthew Geis, Kent State’s senior associate athletic director. “With student-athlete welfare at the forefront of our minds, this locker room project will greatly enrich the student-athlete experience.”

Groundbreaking for Kent State’s Field House Locker Room Project

Kent State’s new Field House locker room will provide a new facility for soccer, softball, field hockey, men’s and women’s track and cross country. In this facility, there will be a locker room, lounge area and satellite training space for athletes. (Provided by Design Build Team of Regency Construction Services and The Collaborative Inc.)

The Field House locker room will provide a new facility for soccer, softball, field hockey, men’s and women’s track and cross country. In this facility, there will be a locker room, lounge area and satellite training space for athletes.

“This project will have a transformational effect on the Dix Complex and the programs it will serve,” said Matthew Geis, Kent State’s senior associate athletic director. “With student-athlete welfare at the forefront of our minds, this locker room project will greatly enrich the student-athlete experience.”

Kent State Recognizes Judy Devine With 2014 Diversity Trailblazer Award

Judy Devine, a long-time member of Kent State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been awarded the university’s 2014 Diversity Trailblazer Award. The annual Diversity Trailblazer Award recognizes diversity pioneers associated with Kent State. It is given to those individuals who have displayed exemplary contributions in the area of diversity to the university community. Devine was presented with the award during the university’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held Jan. 23 in the Kent State University Ballroom.

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