A passing student adds bright color to a snowy scene behind Henderson Hall, home to the nursing program, on the Kent Campus.
Ready or Not
I recently read “A Weighty Concern” in Kent State Magazine [fall 2017]. After graduating, I spent 27 years in the U.S. Air Force before entering the corporate world. Over 70 percent of high school seniors today are unfit for military service because of obesity issues, a lack of overall fitness, poor education and criminal records.
I belong to Mission: Readiness (one of five organizations that make up Council for a Strong America), which represents a bipartisan group of more than 700 retired generals and admirals who advocate for early childhood education, physical education, healthy school meals, etc. We are focused on ensuring that young Americans have the opportunity to develop into prepared and productive members of society.
Gary Dylewski, BA ’74
Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret)
Colorado Springs, CO
I was a resident in Korb Hall from 1964 until the end of the school year in 1965. Although the paragraph about Otto Korb and the KSU dorm named in his honor [“Live and Learn,” fall 2017], was interesting, it is incorrect regarding its first year of occupants. The new dorm housed all incoming women in 1964, and I think it was a mistake to put so many first-year, immature college women in one building. Maybe it was turned into a visitors guest house the following year.
The fall issue was well done. Even my husband, who has a textile engineering degree from another college, enjoyed the article about art professor Janice Lessman-Moss [“Continuing Threads”] and her Textile Arts program.
Bonnie Catley Oliveira, BA ’69
More than a Mention
I eagerly read the article on women in flight [“Taking Flight,” fall 2017], only to see that Ruth Sitler’s name was just briefly mentioned. Ruth, who died recently [see page 39], received all her degrees, including her PhD, from KSU, earned her pilot’s license, became an FAA inspector and then a flight instructor at KSU. Eventually she became the director of the Flight School. Her awards for flying are numerous, especially the Amelia Earhart Award for notable contributions by women pilots, and her name is listed on a plaque at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. If she has not been instrumental in women’s flight, then no one has!
Kathy Robinson, BS ’71
Oops! In the article “Building on Firsts” for the Flashback section of the fall 2017 issue, we made a typo in the sentence about room-and-board-costs in 1913-14. It read $400 per week—but that should have been $4.00 per week! Kudos to all the Flashes who wrote and called us to question it.
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