Foundations of Excellence Initiative Brings Exciting Transformations to Kent State

One of the most all-encompassing transformations in university history is taking place right now at Kent State University. The Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative includes the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. These projects support academic success, while demonstrating Kent State’s leadership in campus safety, accessibility and sustainability and serving as a powerful magnet for top students, employees and partners.

Kent State Theatre Students Perform in Scotland

A group from Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance pose for a photo on stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Pictured (left to right) are Taylor Bryan, Anna Bradley, ’13, Grant Jackowski, Chris Tuck, Assistant Professor Amy Fritsche, Dan Ebert and Devin Gallo.

Transforum Theatre, a student organization in Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, performed last month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dedicated to helping students pursue their passions and explore their creativity through art, Transforum Theatre was invited by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to perform an original work, “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” at the Greenside @ Nicholson Square venue Aug. 18–23.

Scholar Blends Art and Technology in Textiles and Fashion

September Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez (second from right) analyzes a garment with her students in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, in Rockwell Hall.

Scholar of the Month: Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor, College of the Arts

Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies.

Kent State Fashion School Shines at Top Textiles and Clothing Conference

Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising (the Fashion School) took home a total of seven design awards at the 2013 conference of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA). Three faculty members and three students picked up awards at the conference, which took place in New Orleans from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18.