Success Stories

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:43am
A model showcases one of last year’s lines in front of a packed Kent Student Center Ballroom for Rock the Runway. (Photo credit: Thomas Farmer Photography)

Kent State University’s 11th annual Rock the Runway student fashion competition, hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, will take place on Saturday, March 7, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event gives amateur designers, not just fashion design or merchandising majors, a chance to display their creative talents on stage during a fun and energetic evening. 

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 10:35am
Kent State Student Introduces New Method of Circadian Research

Kent State University chemistry senior Caitlin Crosier combined creativity and science for her yearlong project on circadian rhythms and will present those findings at the university’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 11.

“The main goal of my research is to validate this method as a way to look at the circadian rhythm structure of an entire population because most current human circadian research is conducted on very small populations and controlled environments,” Crosier said.

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 9:20am
Kent State students Abby Myers (left) and Andy Lovrak (right) pose for a photo with cancer survivors Jacob Sypert, age 11, and Adelyn Smith, age 6, in the playroom of the Reinberger Center at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Andy Lovrak does not take “no” for an answer. The Kent State University senior advertising major in the College of Communication and Information was told that making a video to benefit children battling cancer might be too difficult. But with full support from Akron Children’s Hospital, Lovrak and his team got to work to overcome obstacles.

Their nearly four-minute-long dance video is on its way to going viral.

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 9:26am
Co-owners Nichole Catalano-Miller (left) and Amanda Edwards (right) sit in their new Centerpiece Yoga and Wellness Center in Kent, Ohio. Catalano-Miller is a Kent State student majoring in exercise physiology.

Dangle from the ceiling upside down draped in a silk hammock. Find inner peace though massage. Balance your body with therapeutic yoga ropes.

These unique offerings are just a small sample of the holistic approach to wellness at the newly opened Centerpeace Yoga and Wellness Center in Kent, Ohio.

What is even more unique is who created and opened the studio this past January: a homegrown staff made up of Kent State University students, graduates and residents.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 1:23pm
Mark Bracher is a professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research focuses on how literary studies can promote social justice and psychological development.

Scholar of the Month
Mark Bracher
Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:34am
Kent State student Ryan Schoeneman poses with a nearly complete guitar in his workshop.

Kent State University graduate student Ryan Schoeneman of Parma, Ohio, fell in love with guitars when he was a child. He wasn’t just obsessed with their sound, but more so their look.

“I started designing them long before I ever learned to play,” said Schoeneman with a big smile on his face. “It’s a skill I picked up in shop class in high school.”

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:55am

Kent State University held its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Julian Bond, a leader of the civil rights movement, served as keynote speaker at the event.



Monday, January 12, 2015 - 9:56am
Katie Kimble, a member of the Kent State Marching Golden Flashes Colorguard, strikes a pose with the 6-foot-long flag she and her teammates work with at Kent State sporting and musical events.


Cover your right eye and put a blinder on the outside of your left eye – that’s how Kent State University sophomore Katie Kimble, from Rocky River, Ohio, sees the world after nine eye surgeries. 

“I’m not cool with it, but I accept it,” Kimble said. “I’m thankful for the vision I have.”

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:19am

Scholar of the Month
Rui Liu
Assistant Professor
College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Rui Liu is an assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. His research primarily focuses on resilient infrastructure, especially in the areas of innovative construction materials, intelligent design, inspection, rating, maintenance and repair of infrastructure for sustainable development.

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 9:22am

Kent State University student Andrew Wyatt’s research evolved from flipping through pages of scholarly writing in Kent, Ohio, to viewing the walls of historic museums and libraries in Trieste, Italy. 

With the help of his participation in Kent State’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Wyatt, a senior English major and Italian minor, was given the chance to enhance his research on author Italo Svevo with a study abroad experience in Italy. Svevo was an Italian modernist author whose works take place and involved the city of Trieste.