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
2010-present

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.

Recent Honors College Graduate Becomes Seventh Portz Scholar from Kent State University

Allison Moats was named the 7th Portz Scholar from Kent State University as a result of her undergraduate Senior Honors Thesis/Project. Photo by Wesley Moats.

Recent Kent State University graduate Allison Moats has been named one of four 2014 Portz Scholars by the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Moats graduated summa cum laude in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in biology. She earned University Honors from the Honors College with distinction in anthropology. Moats is also a member of the Kent State University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Scholar Offers Relief With Pain Management Knowledge

Wendy Umberger, a professor in the College of Nursing, teaches a class in Henderson Hall. Umberger has been selected as Kent State’s Scholar of the Month.

Scholar of the Month: Wendy Umberger
Professor
College of Nursing
2002-present

Wendy Umberger is a professor in the College of Nursing. Her program of research centers on the treatment and care of people experiencing chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), psychological factors related to the pain experience, neuroendocrine and immune mechanisms in pain and inflammation, and the use of complementary therapies in pain management. 

Scholar Supplies Global Technology Knowledge to Students

Pratim Datta (right) is pictured with students in the Vaughn-Hoover Executive Classroom in the Business Administration Building. An associate professor of management and information systems and director of the Ph.D. program at the College of Business Administration, Datta has been selected as Kent State’s Scholar of the Month.

Scholar of the Month: Pratim Datta
Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and Director of the Ph.D. Program
College of Business Administration
2007-present

Pratim Datta is an associate professor in the Department of Management and Information Systems and director of the Ph.D. Program at the College of Business Administration. His research examines global technology and supply chain management in the areas of user experience, design, security and deployment.

Scholar Scores All-Star Status for Her Sports Research

Kimberly Schimmel (third from the left), an associate professor in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, meets with some of her students in Bowman Hall. Schimmel has been selected as the university’s Scholar of the Month.

Scholar of the Month: Kimberly S. Schimmel
Associate Professor of the Sociology of Sport
College of Education, Health and Human Services
1995-present

Kim Schimmel is an associate professor in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration of the College of Education, Health and Human Services. Her research focuses on the sociology of sport, especially political economic theory, urban redevelopment and security at large-scale sporting events in local and global contexts.

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