December 11 to December 16, 2017



Registration for the College of Communication and Information Career Expo ’18 is now open!

Exclusively for CCI sophomores through graduate students, you will meet potential employers at Career Expo ’18 on Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Kent State University’s Student Center Ballroom.

Careers are built on connections so reserve your spot today at:

Event Schedule
The Expo will consist of a job fair in the morning with the possibility of a personal interview in the afternoon (depending on the company).

10 a.m. to noon: Job Fair

1 to 3 p.m.: Possible Interviews

Prepare Yourself
Plan to attend the Career Expo Prep Session from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Rm. 340 Franklin Hall. Communication professionals will offer insight on proper attire, planning your elevator pitch and ways to make a positive impression.



The Kent State University School of Communication Studies hosted its first-ever Hyde Park Forum Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 1, 2017, in Taylor Hall. The qualifying competition pits Introduction to Human Communication students against one another using persuasive public discourse with clear calls to action. 

The new qualifying tournament will be held in both fall and spring, featuring 12 to 24 students with the best overall persuasive speeches delivered in the Introduction to Human Communication course. Interim Basic Course Director Aaron Bacue and Assistant Basic Course Director Carrie Winters selected the speaker lineup after watching videos submitted by course instructors. Thirteen students delivered presentations about a variety of topics, all with the goals of convincing audience members to support their cause, take action or change a behavior. Six of the 13 advanced to the final round with the top three earning small scholarships. Finalists, in ranked order, included:

Students in first, second and third place from the fall competition will join the top three students from the spring qualifying contest to compete at the final 2018 Hyde Park Forum in April. 

Besides the final six, the other students competing in the Fall 2017 speech contest included:

  • Gina Butkovich –  Voting: You Can be the Change (Instructor Sharon Storch);
  • Sydney Csizmadia – Voting in All Elections (Instructor Sharon Storch);
  • Nina DelGreco – The Problem with Captivity (Instructor Dave McClellan);
  • Jade Johnson – Why We Should Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide (Instructor Jake Kucek);
  • Ashley Slivinske – Nuclear Power Plants (Instructor Sharon Storch);
  • Rick Szalay – Lead Exposure and Gun Sports (Instructor Sharon Storch); and
  • Annie Thiese – Joining or Donating to Charity (Instructor Lisa Henderson).

(Watch the top six ranked speeches by clicking the links above.)


December 2017
Dec. 12 to 16: 
Final Exam Schedule - Fall Semester 2017
Dec. 15: Kent Campus graduate degrees Commencement,
Dec. 16: Kent Campus bachelor's degree Commencements
Dec. 12 to Dec. 20: Hanukkah
Dec. 25: Christmas Day
Dec. 26: Kwanzaa (through Jan. 1.)

January 2018
Jan. 1: 
New Year's Day
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (university closed)
Jan. 16: Spring Semester 2018 classes begin