Student Success

The Kent State's men's basketball student-athletes select fans of all races to stand with them in solidarity during the national anthem.

Kent State University journalism major Jimmy Miller recently spent 10 weeks traveling the country examining the political views of white, working-class Americans, a group now credited as a difference maker in the successful campaign of President-elect Donald Trump.

The project was part of News21, a national Carnegie-Knight initiative. Each year, the program invites top student journalists from across the country to Arizona State University to report on and investigate a topic.

During International Education Week, which runs from Nov. 14-18, Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will showcase the creative projects of seniors Zach Barber, Ben Brannan and several others who studied abroad in Florence, Italy, during the past spring semester. The special weeklong exhibit is located in the second floor gallery of the new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, and a special gallery opening will be held Nov. 14 beginning at 5:30 pm.

Sarah Burns, a second-year master’s student in the Nutrition and Dietetics program at Kent State University, shows off a tomato that she and others in the program helped to grow over the last few months. Under the direction of Nutrition and Dietetics faculty member Natalie Caine-Bish, Ph.D., Burns and other volunteers oversee the Mighty Pack Program, which provides Portage County children meals during times they are not receiving food provided through the National School Lunch Program.

Kent State University global communication studies graduate student Daniel Socha’s research on a non-profit organization’s efforts to support youth education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently caught the attention of National Public Radio (NPR). In May, Socha traveled to the DRC to study and report on Project Kirotshe, a non-profit that provides funding for youth in the village of Kirotshe and surrounding areas to attend school.

Socha’s travel was funded through a fellowship by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He was one of only 31 students nationwide to receive a fellowship to complete an international reporting assignment; the center provides funding for students to report on international issues as part of the center’s Campus Consortium educational initiative. One of the stories Socha developed for his reporting assignment was published on NPR’s website.

“It was awesome to see my article on NPR’s website,” Socha said. “To see my words and to know that I did that – I wrote that – was amazing.”

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Group created by students with autism spectrum disorder to highlight diversity, not disability

Kent State University is once again starting a new fall semester with an abundance of enthusiastic students, but one thing is strikingly different: Kent State has a new student organization on campus that joins the few of its type in the nation. Autism Connections Kent has been created by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their allies with the focus that autism spectrum disorder is a diversity issue and not a disability.

Kent State University is once again starting a new fall semester with an abundance of enthusiastic students, but one thing is strikingly different: Kent State has a new student organization on campus that joins the few of its type in the nation. Autism Connections Kent has been created by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their allies with the focus that autism spectrum disorder is a diversity issue and not a disability.

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Kent State University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2015-16 school year. It is the program’s third Cartwright Award honor in the last seven years, the most of any program in the MAC.

Saying goodbye was more difficult than Riley Jernejcic could have ever imagined. Crouched down on the cobblestone street with her arms stretched out from one end to the other, Jernejcic cried out, “Adios. Abrazo,” which means goodbye and hug in Spanish. About 50 feet away, a little boy, known as Wilder, came running up the hill.

“He jumped into my arms, and we both started to cry,” Jernejcic said. “I’ll never forget him. He made such an impact on my life.”

Welcome Weekend, Kent State University’s four-day new student orientation, took place on Aug. 25-28. Students were able to select from approximately 50 different events held from Thursday to Sunday. The weekend event helped students transition into the university community and learn about academic and social opportunities at Kent State.

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