Spotlight on Student Photography

Renovations Completed in Franklin Hall's Wallace J. Hagedorn Gallery

The Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) has completed renovations to the Wallace J. Hagedorn Gallery on the third floor of Franklin Hall. The new renovations help the School showcase student work that has been produced, thanks to the Hagedorn Photojournalism Scholarship.

David Foster, JMC assistant professor, who serves on the committee that manages the scholarship money, took leadership in renovating the Hagedorn Gallery, located just outside of FirstEnergy Auditorium (Franklin Hall, Room 340). It now includes lettering on the walls and improved lighting to showcase student work.

“We turned what the university considers a hallway into a legitimate gallery,” said Foster. “I hope we create a trend.”

The current display features student photography focused on the 2016 presidential election.

“Our students have been really active in photographing these events,” said Foster, noting their work in covering campaign stops for both candidates and the Republican National Convention, which took place in Cleveland this past July.

Previously, student photos from a study abroad short course to Costa Rica were featured. The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photojournalism, in addition to supporting tuition scholarships, funds student trips in the U.S. and abroad to help students develop dynamicportfolios.

Throughout each semester, the photos in the newly renovated gallery will rotate to showcase student work.

“We want that space to have an impact,” Foster said.

Photojournalism major Aaron Self, ’17, spent summer 2016 traveling with conservation organizations throughout Africa to photograph wildlife. Self’s work from that internship is being considered for the next rotation of photos in the Hagedorn Gallery.

“I got to go to my dream destination, doing my dream job for two months, and that was because of Hagedorn,” said Self.

More than 30 students, including Self, have been impacted this year because of the support. In 2016, photojournalism students worked internationally in Cyprus, Costa Rica, Dublin, Cambodia and Africa.

“The beauty is that it’s not limited,” said Foster, describing the use of funds.

The Hagedorn Photojournalism Scholarship, established in 2014, is Kent State’s largest scholarship fund. After taking one class at Kent State in 1941, Wallace J. Hagedorn was so impressed that he decided to give a legacy gift of $4.2 million dollars to the photojournalism program. The funds can help students in two ways: for tuition scholarships and for student experience assistance.

Next semester, funds from the scholarship will be used to support student travel to Florence, Ghana and more.

POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:25pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 2:58pm
Arkayla Tenney-Howard, '19