Celebration 2016 to Honor Alumni, Friends, Students

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University will honor its top alumni, distinguished friends, outstanding students and recent graduates at its annual Celebration of Alumni and Student Success receptions in Kent and Columbus.

The events will take place on Monday, March 28, in Columbus, at the SLIS site in the State Library of Ohio, for alumni, students and friends in southern/central Ohio, and on Wednesday, April 13, in Kent, at SLIS on the Kent Campus, for those in northern/northeast Ohio.

Among the alumni to be honored are LIS Alumnus of the Year William C. Barrow, M.L.S. '98; IAKM Alumnus of the Year Edwin K. Morris, M.S. '12; and SLIS Friend of the Year Thomas J. Froehlich, Ph.D., IAKM founder and SLIS emeritus professor. The complete list of alumni award winners and student scholarship recipients appears below. 

Events in both locations start at 6 p.m. and are open to all; there is no charge to attend, but a reservation is requested. (Please RSVP below under the appropriate date for the event you wish to attend.)

Event Details


  • Hors d'oeuvres reception, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Program at 6:45 p.m.
  • State Library of Ohio, 274 E. First Ave., Columbus 43201
  • RSVP (Columbus) by March 22
  • Directions
  • Parking is free in the State Library parking lots.


  • Hors d'oeuvres reception, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Program at 6:45 p.m.
  • SLIS, Kent State University, 3rd Floor University Library
  • RSVP (Kent) by April 8
  • Directions to Student Center parking lot (adjacent to the library)
  • During this event, guests may also tour the Reinberger Children's Library Center, Marantz Picturebook Collection and MuseLab.
POSTED: Sunday, March 06, 2016 09:59 AM
UPDATED: Saturday, December 03, 2022 01:02 AM

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