Greek Philanthropy

Delta Zeta, Kappa Sigma and Phi Kappa Tau perform their skit “Candyland” at the annual Greek Songfest event. Songfest brings the entire Greek community together for a good cause through singing, dancing and acting.

On Nov. 15, members of Kent State University’s Greek community organized and participated in Songfest, an annual philanthropy event. Together, they raised $30,000 for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), a national organization dedicated to suicide prevention.  

Songfest, which is hosted by the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, brings the entire Greek community together for a good cause through singing, dancing and acting. The skits are themed to showcase the event’s beneficiary in positive and entertaining way.

Trained Heroes

Kent State students Essien Cobham, a senior mathematics and computer science major, and Samantha Phillips, a junior athletic training major, worked together to save the life of a visiting high school student outside of the second floor cafeteria in the Kent Student Center. The two performed CPR on the high school student.

Kent State University students Samantha Phillips, a junior athletic training major from Euclid, Ohio, and Essien Cobham, a senior mathematics and computer science major from Kent, Ohio, were at the right place at the right time to save a life, but it almost didn’t happen. 

On Nov. 4, Phillips had planned to walk outside to enjoy the sunny and unusually warm fall day, but at the last minute, she decided to cut through the Kent Student Center. She is glad she did.

Education Abroad

Kent State economics major and Chinese minor Garmai Matthew is excited to climb the Great Wall of China during her education-abroad trip this past summer.

An education-abroad trip to China this past summer got Kent State University student Garmai Matthew started on the path to actualizing her dream of promoting sustainable fashion. Matthew, an economics major with an international business and Chinese minor, along with five other Kent State students collaborated on research projects with students from Hebei Normal University in the Shijiazhuang Province of China during a three-week, field-experience trip.

Student Success at Kent State Yields Big Regional Benefits

Kent State University’s efforts to help students succeed and graduate resulted in a big payoff for Northeast Ohio. The university accounted for the largest increase in the number of new graduates among colleges and universities in the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Summit and Portage Counties, Ohio, contributing largely to the region’s win of a $1 million prize from CEOs for Cities’ Talent Dividend Prize national competition.

Student Success at Kent State Yields Big Regional Benefits

Presidents of the five higher education institutions that serve Summit and Portage counties gather for the Talent Dividend Prize announcement in Washington, D.C. Pictured (left to right) are Jay Gershen of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Para Jones of Stark State College, Beverly Warren of Kent State University, Lori Varlotta of Hiram College and Scott Scarborough of the University of Akron.

Kent State University’s efforts to help students succeed and graduate resulted in a big payoff for Northeast Ohio. The university accounted for the largest increase in the number of new graduates among colleges and universities in the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of Summit and Portage Counties, Ohio, contributing largely to the region’s win of a $1 million prize from CEOs for Cities’ Talent Dividend Prize national competition.

Student Robin Bonatesta Becomes First University Innovation Fellow for Kent State

Kent State University student Robin Bonatesta, a junior computer science and fashion merchandising major from Branchburg, N.J., has been named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). 

Kent State’s “Formula to Finish” Timely Graduation Initiative Saves Students Time and Money

Kent State is embarking on a campaign called “Formula to Finish” to motivate and assist students toward timely graduation.

Kent State University is embarking on a campaign to motivate and assist students toward timely graduation. The university’s “Formula to Finish” initiative encourages students to register for and pass at least 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate in two years to get their associate degree or four years for a bachelor’s degree, and save time and money in the process. Kent State’s Undergraduate Studies oversees the “Formula to Finish” initiative for all students at Kent State’s eight campuses.

Students Connect With Kent State Community During Welcome Weekend

Kent State freshman students make their way down the Lefton Esplanade during a new student orientation visit to downtown Kent during Welcome Weekend.

Before the fall semester starts on Aug. 25, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that ran Aug. 21-24 and helped students familiarize themselves with the Kent State University community. The events during the weekend served as an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about the academic and social opportunities that exist at Kent State.

Congratulations, Graduates

Kent State University President Beverly Warren takes a selfie with an ROTC Cadet backstage after commencement

Kent State University held its summer Commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 1,636 degrees, including 851 bachelor’s degrees, 462 master’s degrees, 74 doctoral degrees, 227 associate degrees and 22 educational specialist degrees.

Celebrating Spring Commencement

A new Kent State graduate poses in front of the fountain in Risman Plaza after his commencement ceremony held May 10.

Kent State University congratulates its new graduates. The university held its Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus on May 9 and May 10 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). This spring, Kent State conferred 3,820 degrees, including 2,811 bachelor’s degrees, 860 master's degrees, 144 doctoral degrees and five educational specialist degrees. 

Across the university's eight-campus system, 4,551 students graduated from Kent State this spring, including those receiving associate degrees.

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