Kent State Magazine: Spring/Summer 2018


Photo by Melissa Olson

Empowered by Education: The pursuit of education helped Rwandan genocide survivor Pacifique Niyonzima find family and focus in America. Now, this Kent State grad student's purpose is to empower young people through higher education. Read more.

Photo: Melissa Olson


Transforming Kent StateTransforming Kent State

by Susan Menassa

A new facilities master plan shows how the Kent Campus will transform over the next decade, including new and renovated buildings, more green space—and a signature entrance that will extend the iconic Front Campus along Main Street.

Kent Blossom Celebrates 50Kent Blossom Celebrates 50

For half a century Kent State has provided professional training for promising students in music, art and theatre through its partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Photo by Melissa OlsonPathway to Peace

by Pacifique Niyonzima, as told to Jan Senn

Twenty-four years after the Rwandan genocide, survivor Pacifique Niyonzima returns to Rwanda this summer to intern with the vice chancellor of the University of Rwanda as part of his graduate studies in higher education administration—and to start giving back to his native country. 

Photo by Brianna Steigerwald ’18Beyond Business As Usual

by April McClellan-Copeland 

With plans in the works for a dynamic new home for the College of Business Administration, we highlight some of the innovative programs that will benefit from a new facility and contemporary focus. 

Illustration by Mikey Burton, BS & MA ’08Age of Anxiety

by Lisa Abraham 

More college students are seeking treatment for mental health issues than ever before. We look at what’s behind this increase and how Kent State is helping its students heal and find hope. 

Photo by Ilenia Pezzaniti BA ’14Rock Stars

by Chris Horne 

Through lessons learned from indoor rock climbing, alumni Nathan and Liz Yokum have turned their hobby into a business that helps connect their community. 

2014 Homecoming Court100 Years of Homecoming

October 2018 will mark a milestone for one of Kent State’s longest running traditions. Here are some highlights from decades of Homecomings.


Feedback Spring/Summer 2018Feedback

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Spring/Summer 2018 Presidential PerspectivesPresidential Perspectives

President Beverly J. Warren on the road ahead.

Photo by Jana life, BS ’18Flash Forward

Economic Engine | List Girl | New College and Career Academies | Sandy's Scrapbook

Conferring Blue, Julian Stanczak, Serigraph, 25" x 25" 1981KSU Collections

Selections from the Kent State School of Art collection  


Photo courtesy World Marathon Challenge

Alumni Life

Going the Distance 5 Things to Know About Alumni Chapters | A Golden Legacy | Class Notes | In Memory

Courtesy Special Collections and Archives, Kent State University LibrariesFlashback

BUS Turns 50: A 1968 photo from the beginnings of one of the oldest student organizations at Kent State

Illustration by Zuzana Kubišová ’17

Giving Voice

This issue's poem—from a Wick Poetry Center project with teachers in Florence, Italy—was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous flood of the Arno River in 1966.