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Kent State University recognizes and honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the Kent State University Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards are highly prestigious honors, given to just six alumni and one student each year. 

The nomination period is open! Nominate yourself or another Golden Flash by March, 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

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You can also check out award criteria and past recipients below. 

Alumni Award Descriptions Student Award Description

2020 Alumni Award Recipients

Kent State is proud to recognize these esteemed recipients, who exude excellence and represent the best of Kent State and their communities in all they do. 

Distinguished Alumni Award

Judge Annalisa Stubbs Williams, ’77

Judge Annalisa Stubbs Williams, ’77

Akron Municipal Court Judge


Distinguished Citizen Award

Nicholas E. Phillips, ’70

Nicholas E. Phillips, ’70

Attorney and Colonel USAF/JAG (Ret.)


Professional Achievement Award

Dr. Timothy F. Feltes, ’77

Timothy F. Feltes, MD, ’77

Former Pediatric Professor and Senior Vice Chair, The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Professional Achievement Award

Terese Volk Tuohey, Ph.D., ’93

Terese Volk Tuohey, Ph.D. ’93

Associate Professor Emerita, Music Education, Wayne State University


Kent State Advocacy Award

Stephanie Sweany, ’05

Stephanie Sweany, ’05

Assistant Director, Stark County Hunger Task Force


Outstanding New Professional Award

Justin Rudy Gleason, ’16, MBA ’18, M.Arch ’18

Justin Rudy Gleason, ’16, MBA ’18, M.Arch ’18

Director of Operations, DS Architecture


Golden Flash Award

Kayla Marker, ’21, MPH ’22

Kayla Marker, ’21, MPH ’22

Bachelor in Criminology & Justice Studies and Psychology
Minor in Forensic Anthropology 
MPH in Health Policy and Management

 


View past Alumni Award recipients