Awards and Honors

Photo of Stephanie HaughStephanie Haugh of Kent State University’s women’s soccer team has been named the female recipient of the 2015 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives. The announcement was made by the league office today.

Photo of Doug Steidl with studentsFor a fifth time, university employees give Kent State high marks 

Photo of N.J. AkbarKent State University’s N.J. Akbar, director of diversity outreach and development in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Brian Peters, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, have been named “30 for the Future” award recipients by the Greater Akron Chamber.

Photo of Kent State students volunteering at ballparkKent State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. 

WKSU is changing its Saturday and Sunday program schedules starting on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.

The station is adding The Moth Radio Hour and moving Snap Judgment to Saturdays, creating a “storytelling block” with This American Life beginning at noon.

Radiolab moves to 3 p.m. An hour dedicated to limited run specials (like last year’s Invisibilia) and hourlong documentaries will air weekly on Saturdays before All Things Considered.

Photo of Kent State students touring downtown KentKent State University and the city of Kent, Ohio, were awarded the inaugural Catalytic Partnership Award for their collaboration to revitalize downtown Kent and improve the connectivity of the campus and the city.

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with nine Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 5 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The station won four first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff received for the second year in a row. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2015 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

Photo of Linda ZuccaLinda Zucca, Ph.D., CPA, chair of the Department of Accounting in Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, received the Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator award from the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) for her continued efforts to advance student learning.   

Kent State University's Gianna Commito, an associate professor who teaches painting in its School of Art, has been named the recipient of a 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize. Commito will be presented with one of two Emerging Artist Awards at this year’s ceremony, to be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The award carries a cash prize of $10,000.

Photo of Anshul SharmaAnshul Sharma, a graduate student in Kent State University’s Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the Silver Graduate Student Award at the Materials Research Society’s 2015 Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. She was recognized for her presentation on “Visualizing Gold Nanoparticle Chirality via Nematic Liquid Crystals.”

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