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FLASHES OF BRILLIANCE
Regional Campus System celebrates 1,700 graduates with Spring Commencement Ceremonies
Student speakers shared a common theme during Kent State University’s Regional Campus commencement ceremonies this spring: Support. The Ashtabula, Columbiana County (East Liverpool and Salem), Geauga (along with Twinsburg Academic Center), Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses held commencement ceremonies earlier this month for close to 1,700 graduates.
Brad Baranowski Named 2023 Roger T. Beitler Distinguished Former Student Award Recipient
While a student at Pymatuning Valley High School in 2005, Brad Baranowski, Ph.D., J.D., enrolled in classes at Kent State Ashtabula through the College Credit Plus program starting an educational journey that has led him through law school and now to the highest court in the land as a Supreme Court Fellow.
The Andover native and 2022-2023 Supreme Court Fellow is the 2023 Roger T. Beitler Distinguished Former Student Award recipient.
Dr. John Patterson Receives 2023 Community Service Award
Former state legislature and retired classroom teacher John R. Patterson, Jr., Ph.D., is the 2023 Ashtabula Area College Committee, Inc. Community Service Award recipient honoring a career spanning over 40 years dedicated to improving education in local communities.
He was presented the award at a community reception event in the Blue & Gold Room prior to the May 11, 2023 commencement ceremony at Kent State University at Ashtabula.
Respiratory Therapy Students Present Research at Undergrad Symposium
Respiratory Therapy students Katlynn Brown and Maria Miller presented research and a poster last month at the Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors examining the perceived effectiveness of teaching, supervising and evaluating students in a clinical setting.
Gamma Sigma Chapter Inducts new Alpha Delta Nu Members
With Focus on Rural Social Work, New Bachelor’s Program Aims to Meet Growing Need
More than 60% of rural Americans live in areas the National Institute of Health deems to be underserved by mental health professionals and only about 20% of social workers nationwide are employed in rural areas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These stats, coupled with the high demand for licensed social workers — especially in areas like those surrounding Kent State University’s Regional Campuses — produce significant disparities and gaps in care for people needing social services.
Filling in those gaps is the primary aim of program director Matt Butler and the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program through Kent State’s College of Applied and Technical Studies (CATS), which will have an emphasis on rural social work.