Alumni Success

Kent State Alumni posing for a photo
Influenced by artists like René Magritte and Piet Mondrian, Kent State University alumnus Jermaine Jackson Jr. believes the best way to get the point across in a photo is by keeping it simple.
Kelsi McCafferty, ’16, was laid off from her full-time job at FOUNT Leather Goods in December 2020 because of the pandemic, but that didn’t stop her from doing what she loved. Using her talents, Kelsi wanted to help the community and began making masks at home. Inspired by her in...
Kent State alumna Jeannette Reyes, ’12, uses TikTok for fun outside of her television anchor responsibilities at FOX 5 Washington, D.C. Last October, Reyes posted a video with her husband using their “anchor talk” voices to decide on choices for dinner. She never expected her vid...
Sarah Shendy, ’06, has been appointment as the first Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. Had it not been for Kent State University, she may have never gone into law enforcement.
Lou Holtz, ’59, one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, proudly received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in December.  Holtz is the only coach in the history of collegiate football who took six different teams to a bowl game,...
Kindness means something different to everyone, but to Stephanie Sweany, ’05, it means making a stranger’s day a little better by simply smiling at them. Stephanie started the Canton Kindness Coalition to “make kindness contagious” in November 2018.
Claudia Kovach, ’03, M.A. ’09, has been part of her family business, City Machine Technologies, Inc since 2006. Her time and dedication to the company has proven successful, as Claudia was recently named the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Champion of O...
Leslie Srodek-Johnson, ’01, a Kent State University journalism graduate, mother of two and lead decorator and baker at Stan’s Northfield Bakery, received the call of a lifetime in December 2018. It was from the Food Network asking her to be a part of the “Christmas Cookie Challen...
Jacqueline Marino, professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, dropped her papers when the door to her Feature Writing class opened. It was colleagues with cameras and balloons congratulating her on winning the Distinguished Teaching Award.
A small class assignment in college led to an off-Broadway debut for Kent State University musical theatre alumnus Scott Miesse, ’15, who will be premiering his self-written play titled “Abnormal” in January 2020.

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