Alumni Success

Kent State Alumni posing for a photo
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.
Kent State University’s architecture and interior design graduates build such impressive skills during their studies in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design that in a national survey, hiring professionals rank them among the most-hired.
As the champagne flowed Oct. 15 in the clubhouse of the National League Champion Washington Nationals, there was a Kent State University connection in the middle of the frenzy that capped the team’s first trip to the World Series.
“We never, ever thought that the technology would ever be in such wide use as it is today. It just never occurred to us." - Jerry Pohmurski
After Shannon Gardiner, BSN ’09, Tampa, Fla., went on a two-week mission trip to Uganda several years ago, she realized she was ready to make a longer-term impact. 
Thanks to Tim Novotny’s, ’14, master’s degree in public relations, which he earned online, he is now the Communications Manager for the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. The commission’s mission is to enhance the Dungeness crab industry’s image and offer profitable opportunities...

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