Kent State Magazine

Perspective on a Pandemic

Tara C. Smith, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Kent State, says lessons learned from the influenza pandemic of 1918 are informing the response to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Becoming a Scholar and Storyteller

Aidan Taylor’s research on the role black students at Kent State played in social movements prior to and after May 4, 1970 informed a documentary and gave him a new direction.


The Funky WinkerBEAT

A collaboration between two alumni gives a classic comic strip a current update and highlights an innovative program that’s training middle school and high school students to become “backpack” journalists.


Readers Respond

Readers respond to magazine content or comment on KSU–related topics.

President's Perspective

President Diacon on "The Lessons of Kent State: 50 Years Later."

Kent State Bowl Champs

Flash Forward

Making College Count | Turning Dreams into Reality | Accessible for All | Bowled Over | Sisters in Liberty | Fake Versus Factual News | Pay It Flash Forward Emergency Fund | Giving Tuesday By the Numbers

Alumni Life

Kent State Men's Soccer Alumni Reunion Recap | First Place on the Food Network | Turning Trials into Triumph  | Lifelong Learner | Feeding Essential Healthcare Workers | Love Story and Legacy | Class Notes


On May 4, 1970, Howard Ruffner, BS '71, took photos of John Cleary, BArch '74, lying wounded on the ground—one of which made the cover of Life magazine. Fifty years later, the two meet for the first time.



Giving Voice

The poem "Legacy" by Megan Neville, BS '04, MEd '07, was the winner in the adult non-student category of Wick Poetry Center's national call for poems about peace.