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Alumni Spotlight

Tom Fulton

Career and Technical Education graduate 

On an average day, Tom Fulton, a Career and Technical Education graduate, spends nearly 12 hours working with talented students at the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy.

"I'm exhausted, but it's great. These kids are serious about what they want to do," said Fulton. 

Using His Kent State Degree

As an administrator, Fulton uses his Kent State knowledge to motivate his classrooms, manage a grading system and follow state laws and guidelines. 

Uniquely, the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy accepts students on the autism scale. Fulton learned about accessibility options in the classroom from EHHS courses, which help him make accommodations for these students. 

Advice

Fulton encourages students to have a lot of fun while in college. As a passionate administrator, Fulton credits his love for his work as his greatest asset. 

“Study what you love,” Fulton said. “If you go to work with something you care about deeply, it’s not work.”  


Caroline James 

Gerontology & Nursing Home Administration graduate

Caroline James volunteers as the team captain for the Stark County Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers. 

James earned her bachelor's degree in Gerontology/Nursing Home Administration and currently oversees social services for memory care residents at Chapel Hill Community. She helped create the program, Comfort Matters, which provides people living with dementia the resources to live as comfortably and happily as possible. 

Accomplishments

When NBC Columbus aired a special about Alzheimer’s, United Church Homes was one of three sponsors for the special. They selected James to represent them. 

Advice

Throughout her time at Kent State, James made sure to show everyone that she is positive and professional at all times. 

“Never burn any bridges,” James said, “You never know when you’re going to work with someone again.”


Anthony Shreffler

Evaluation and Measurement graduate

Anthony Shreffler received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kent State. He worked in Cleveland briefly, but soon found himself back at Kent State, working in EHHS’ Research and Evaluation Bureau.

In this job, he conducts comprehensive evaluations for external projects and provides research consultation to faculty and students within EHHS. 

Returning to Kent

After his undergraduate degree, he returned to Kent for the Evaluation and Measurement degreewhich is designed for teachers and administrators seeking applied measurement, research and evaluation skills.  

“I am very grateful to remain a part of the community now as a staff member,” Shreffler said, “I love the university environment; it has life to it, where things are always happening, moving and growing.”