Alumni Life

Fall 2017

Photo by Melissa OlsonJon Jivan, BS '08

Jon Jivan, BS ’08, Munroe Falls, Ohio, a video producer at Kent State, tracked the first 100 words of his son, Elliot, from birth to age 20 months, on a Google Sheets spreadsheet, created a data visualization in Tableau and posted it on Reddit in early March (see chart at It’s been picked up by 19 news sites so far, including and, and shared on social media.

“All words recorded were said in context (not simply a parroting of sounds) and were witnessed by both myself and my wife (Lindsay Jivan, BS ’09, MS ’11) for confirmation,” wrote Jivan. “The first ten words [uh oh, dada, mama, kitty, no, car, toot, ball, baby, papa] were recorded based on a combination of memory and video evidence. The remaining 90 words [including Yahtzee, moon, house, mouse, and buckle] are accurate to the day they were first spoken. I’ll continue to track up to his second birthday.” The couple’s second son, Gideon, was born in May, and Jivan says he will track his language acquisition, too. 

Connecting Alumni Worldwide

Challenging educational experiences, unforgettable memories, long-lasting friendships and a network of connections are all reasons why Golden Flashes still support their university today. Whether it’s cheering for your favorite team, attending an area event or volunteering for your alma mater, alumni have many opportunities to join others who share a love for Kent State. (See for more information.) Here’s how Kent State connects with alumni worldwide: 

67 Alumni Association Student Scholarships

250,000+ Social Media Followers

239,000 Alumni across the globe

36 Alumni chapter & area reps
4 new alumni groups: Cleveland, Charleston, Arizona & San Francisco

3,364 Alumni volunteer hours

110,000+ Video views

267 Alumni Association events held in 2016
That's 5 events every week!

Alumni Association Premier Event
41,175 alumni & friends attended Homecoming in 2016!

Celebrating 50 Years of Distinguished Teaching

Recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award gathered at a luncheon on Friday, April 21, to celebrate 50 years of this prestigious award and the profound impact award winners have had on students’ lives. Since 1967, the Kent State Alumni Association has recognized nearly 150 faculty for excellence in classroom teaching.

“It is an honor to recognize distinguished teachers any time of the year,” says President Beverly Warren, who spoke at the luncheon, “but recognizing 50 extraordinary years of quality teaching is a treat for us and a special occasion.” 

50 years of Distinguished Teaching

Row 1 (left to right): Dr. Deborah Barnbaum, Rudolph Bachna, Dr. Jerry Lewis, Dr. Ben Newberry, Dr. Lovejoy Das, Dr. Rebecca Chism, Dr. John Hubbell, Dr. Robert Stadulis, Dr. Sanford Marovitz, Dr. Thomas Pynadath, Dr. Alexander Seed

Row 2 (left to right) Dr. Catherine Amoroso Leslie, Dr. Lowell P. Orr, Dr. Susan Stocker, Dr. Deborah Bice, Dr. Clare Culleton, Dr. John Jewell, Dr. Susan Taft, Dr. Averil McClelland, Dr. Thomas Emmons, Dr. Rhonda Richardson, Dr. Edwin Gibson, Dr. Cynthia Barb, Jan Leach

Row 3 (left to right) Dr. Gustav Medicus, Dr. David Hacker, Dr. G. Dennis Cooke, Scott Layman, Dr. Don-John Dugas, Dr. Patricia Koontz, Dr. Walter Davis, Dr. Douglas Kline, Carol Bersani, Dr. Norman Duffy, Dr. Stanley Christensen,
Dr. B. Eddy Patuwo, Dr. Wilbert Hubin

Row 4 (left to right) Dr. Donald Gerbig, Dr. Ann Abraham, Dr. Wayne Gorder, Dr. John Johnson, E. Timothy Moore, Barbara Hipsman Springer, Dr. Cynthia Wolford Symons, Dr. Murali Shanker, Gary Hanson

Homecoming 2017Be Part of the Tradition!

Homecoming 2017: October 14 

Kent State’s Homecoming is just around the corner! Homecoming weekend offers a variety of events and entertainment for all Golden Flashes. Come back to campus to catch up with classmates, enjoy the parade, be a part of the fun at the welcome home party, tailgate at the stadium and much more.

For information about Homecoming, visit If you have any questions, please call the alumni association at 1-888-320-KENT (5368). 

Send Us Your Class Note

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To share your news, complete the form at (you may include an image in JPEG, GIF or PNG format) or write Kent State University Alumni Association, Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242.

Limit your notes to 100 words or less and include your class year, city, state and degree(s). Notes may be edited for length or clarity and published as space allows.

Deadlines for submissions:
Fall: March 31
Winter: July 31
Spring: November 30

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 02:52 PM
Updated: Friday, February 9, 2018 02:02 PM