Flash Forward

Winter 2018

Campus Quote

Photo by Paul Silla

“Our aim is to inculcate in Kent State graduates a kind of design intelligence that will lead to lifelong leadership. . . . When asked to build parking decks for Kent State in 2018, design intelligence asks, ‘Will we need them in 2030 and, if not, what else could they then become?’ ”

Mark Mistur, AIA, dean of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, speaking on “Design and Innovation at Kent State,” Fall 2017 Bowman Breakfast, Oct. 4, 2017


First-Tier Ranking: Kent State moved up 12 spots in the Best National Universities category in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Ranked 176, Kent State is again the only public university in Northeast Ohio to make the top-tier list, which includes public and private universities nationwide. 

Green Building: The Center for the Visual Arts received LEED Silver certification for design and construction from the United States Green Building Council — bringing to 12 the number of Kent State University buildings to be certified in five years. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.

Creative Spaces: Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative received the 2017 Great Places Award in the Place Planning category from the Environmental Design Research Association. It was recognized for its Making Our Own Space initiative, focused on empowering middle and high school students in Cleveland and Shaker Heights with design and construction skills to transform their neighborhood public spaces.

Best Business Schools: In addition to being named to the Best Business School 2018 list by The Princeton Review, Kent State’s College of Business Administration was also recognized as one of the 52 best business schools in the Midwest in The Princeton Review’s 2018 rankings.

Operation: Restoration
Christopher Blackwood, professor of biological sciences, is working to restore a native forest in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Cool Course
Music, Movements and Media: Rolling Stone @ 50 taught by Stephanie Danes Smith, BA '79, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), College of Communication and Information (CCI)

Writing Across Borders
Through a major grant from the Knight Foundation, The Wick Poetry Center has begun hosting poetry workshops with refugee and immigrant populations both locally and abroad.

Fifty Years On
Renovations to Taylor Hall, and an expanded profile on its namesake, William D. Taylor.

Fulfilling His Promise
Doug Kirchner Jr. received his degree in applied conflict management in December 2017.

High Performance Recovery Center
Go inside the new $3.1 million Kent State Athletic and Convocation Center Annex. 

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POSTED: Friday, February 9, 2018 02:28 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM