Awards and Honors

Kent State University’s Center for Student Involvement hosted the 37th annual Student Leadership and Honors Awards on April 8 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event celebrates and recognizes student leaders, organizations and advisors for their contributions to the Kent State community during the current academic year.

Any student, faculty, or staff member at the university is able to submit an awards nomination for any of the categories. A selection committee reviews the nominations and determines the winners.

Kent State University has earned the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management for the seventh consecutive year. 

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Photo of Vivian Goodman“Quick Bites” recognized in radio show category

Creative teams across Kent State University were honored with one gold and five silver awards at the Akron chapter of the 2015 American Advertising Federation’s 2015 ADDY Awards ceremony. 

Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing team; IdeaBase, a student-run integrated marketing communications agency of the College of Communication and Information in downtown Kent; and Glyphix, a student-run design agency within the School of Visual Communication Design, took home awards.

Photo of Alfreda BrownThe National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) has elected Alfreda Brown, Kent State University’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, to serve a three-year term on its board of directors beginning March 17. 

Photo of Veronica Cook-EuellVeronica Cook-Euell, Kent State University’s supplier diversity program manager, was recently named Advocate of the Year by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council at its annual Awards Gala and Silent Auction.

Photo of Declan KeaneTwo Kent State University faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences have been named 2014 fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise.” Fellowship in the APS is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers and is limited to no more than one-half of 1 percent of APS membership for a given year.

Photo of Virginia AlbaneseVirginia C. Albanese to be honored at the Spirit of Women in Business Conference on March 4

Virginia C. Albanese, president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical and alumna of Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, is the 2015 recipient of Kent State’s Spirit of Women in Business Award.

Photo of Swathi Ravichandran

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has conferred its 2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award on Swathi Ravichandran, Ph.D., Kent State University associate professor of hospitality management. Ravichandran is receiving the award at the association’s annual meeting Jan. 11-14 in Chicago.

Photo of John Crawford

John R. Crawford, Ed.D., Kent State University’s dean of the College of the Arts, was recently inducted as the 19th president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) during the organization’s annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Crawford will serve a two-year term as its president.

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