Student Success

Kent State University congratulates its newest graduates. The university held its Fall 2015 Commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus on Dec. 18 and 19 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 2,154 degrees, including 1,565 bachelor’s degrees, 526 master’s degrees, 60 doctoral degrees and three educational specialist degrees.

Across the university’s eight-campus system, 2,489 students graduated from Kent State this fall, including those receiving associate degrees.

Photo of Kent State President Beverly Warren, Flash and studentsKent State University is one of 17 colleges and universities nationwide being honored by University Business magazine, a leading publication for senior managers at colleges and universities throughout the Unite

Senior Martha Arbogast of the School of Visual Communication Design spent her summer as an intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Kent State’s VCD program is wonderful at teaching the details,” Arbogast said. “This gave me an edge and honestly helped me to even impress my superiors. I was not overwhelmed by the amount of work coming my way either because the VCD program at Kent State is like that itself, which constantly teaches you how to manage your time and work efficiently.”

Kent State University’s Fraternity and Sorority Life recently hosted Songfest, its largest annual philanthropic event. After totaling ticket sales, fundraising efforts and some last-minute donations, the Greek community was able to raise $56,500 for the King Kennedy Community Center.   

This breaks the record previously set in 2013 when Kent State’s Greek community raised $49,027 for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).   

Kent State University football player Jordan Italiano, a senior safety from Canfield, Ohio, has been selected by the National Football Foundation as a 2015 National Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments. Italiano is the first Kent State player to earn the honor.

If you want an example of how to dive into your freshman year, meet new people and get involved on campus, look no further than Kent State University School of Communication Studies student Nicole Machovina.

Machovina’s freshman resume is so extensive, and her dedication to creating the ultimate residence hall environment so impressive, Machovina won two awards for it.

Vincent Ripepi, a junior at Kent State University, will be traveling around the world on the prestigious Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Team for Olympic-style sparring.

The Hudson Hub Times reports that Ripepi was placed on the team after competing last month in the AAU National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He will be competing in the 18-to-32 age bracket in the middleweight division.

The pain of moving from one home to the next, time and time again, for four years straight is helping Keri Richmond speak out for other foster children without a voice.

Richmond, a Kent State University junior majoring in public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, shared her story with members of Congress and child welfare advocates during a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill in late July.

Laura Manns-James, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Nursing at Kent State University, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the March of Dimes.

The scholarship was one of four awarded to exceptional graduate nursing students specializing in maternal-child nursing.

For her dissertation, Manns-James is studying the association between racial discrimination and obesity in young African-American women. She is also investigating whether a positive racial identity influences that association.

Photo of Theresa MedranoAnything is possible.

Theresa Medrano, a Kent State University senior from Westlake, Ohio, is living proof of this.

At age 17, like most high school seniors, Medrano should have been thinking about senior prom and graduation. But she became a victim of domestic violence and was forced to withdraw from high school.