Awards and Honors

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) named Kent State University the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Chapter award at its National Conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13.

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration was recently recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a 2014 Top University for Professional Sales Education.

Ellen Daniels, faculty member of the College of Business Administration at Kent State, said this is quite an accomplishment. 

WKSU, a public radio station and service of Kent State University, was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with 12 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held June 6 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. The station won three first-place and two best-in-show awards, including Best Website in Ohio – a category that drew from the best of radio, TV, newspaper and magazine websites – and Best Newscast. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

Kent State University graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe, Ohio, and Matt Dureiko of Stow, Ohio, both enrolled in the architecture and urban design program, placed second in an international design competition. The DawnTown 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, asked designers to create a central hub where routes people take to move around downtown could meet. The proposal would boost Miami’s transportation network.

The Telly Awards has named a fundraising video created for the new Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University as a bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. The Kent State video submission was one of nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. 

Kent State University is being recognized again as one of the nation’s best. Kent State has been selected as one of this year’s “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the nation’s number one source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based on a survey of more than 43,516 employees at 278 colleges and universities, The Chronicle’s 2014 “Great Colleges to Work For” program recognizes small, medium and large institutions for specific best practices and policies. 

The Kent State University Alumni Association has announced the five recipients of the 2014 Alumni Awards. The awards recognize and honor alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at Kent State.

The following alumni have been selected for 2014:

Andy Baskin, ’90, Distinguished Citizen Award. Baskin resides in Northeast Ohio and serves as sports director for WEWS NewsChannel5 in Cleveland.

Iris E. Harvey, Kent State University’s vice president for university relations, is among the 2014 Women of Note and was recognized on July 24 at LaCentre of Westlake, Ohio. She is one of 15 women selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business for its 2014 class, honoring the women whose passion, dedication and strength led to success, not only for themselves, but their organization and colleagues as well.

A civil rights exhibit created by Kent State University Professor Ann Schierhorn and featuring photography by Kent State Lecturer David LaBelle has won a national Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has named Allison Moats, a recent graduate of the Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, as a Portz Scholar for 2014. Allison is a native of Ravenna, Ohio, and received her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Anthropology. Each year, the Portz Prize recognizes outstanding undergraduate honors theses submitted by honors college students from across the country.

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