We are 50 Years Strong

Throughout 2017, Kent State University College of Nursing has been celebrating 50 years of nursing education, research and community outreach.

Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2017

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to take part in multiple Homecoming events in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary:

Show your pride as you march in the Kent State University Homecoming parade alongside current nursing students and fellow alumni. Special 50th-anniversary t-shirts will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

After the parade, stop by Henderson Hall for the Nursing 50 Years Strong Reception. Enjoy tasty treats, a 50-year retrospective, and photo by the decades! The event will also feature guest speakers, Dr. Davina Gosnell, Dean of the College of Nursing, 1989–2004; Nursing Faculty, 1978–2004, and Mary Kutchin, Lecturer, College of Nursing.  

Get pumped-up for the Homecoming game with the Flash Nation Tailgate, an exclusive pre-game party featuring food, fun, and other festivities. The tailgate will take place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Tent Outside Adam S. Hamilton West Entrance at Dix Stadium. Deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 29, 2017. Ticket options include $20/tailgate and general admission or $10/tailgate only.

Round out a fun Homecoming celebration by cheering on the Kent State Golden Flashes as they take on the Miami Redhawks in Dix Stadium. The big game begins at 3:30 p.m. 

College of Nursing Night Out: Wicked

The College of Nursing is excited to invite alumni and friends to experience Wicked at Playhouse Square on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. In honor of our 50th anniversary, join us for our first ever College of Nursing Night Out! Exclusive early discounted tickets are available while supplies last. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, October 2, 2017.


Ongoing Event

50th-anniversary Dri-fit Shirts

Kent State University has been encouraging its students, faculty, and staff to get up and move. To reinforce this initiative, in January the College of Nursing began giving-away 50th-anniversary dri-fit shirts to students, faculty, staff and alumni as a way to promote healthy choices. Many individuals have worn their shirts while participating in races, health walks, and other activities this year. If you would like to receive your own 50th-anniversary dri-fit shirt while supplies last, please stop in office 113 in Henderson Hall on the Kent campus, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Previous Events

Birthday Party

The celebration began in January when the college hosted a birthday party for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Kent State University President Beverly Warren and College of Nursing Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, each addressed the packed hallway. Guests also enjoyed cupcakes while listening to a special performance by the KSU Men’s Chorus.

Pink-out Basketball Game  

On February 18, the celebration moved to the basketball court. Students, faculty, staff and their families were invited to cheer on the Kent State Women’s basketball team, which included senior nursing student and basketball star, Larissa Lurken, onto victory over Ohio University from the special nursing section. More than 200 pink College of Nursing t-shirts were given to fans to wear during the game to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

Healing Stanzas Poetry Workshops

The Wick Poetry Center also began hosting “Healing Stanzas” workshops in the college in February. During those workshop, students, faculty, and alumni were asked to write their own personal poetry to share their reflections and experiences of the nursing profession. More than 400 poems were edited and woven together by David Hassler, Wick Poetry Center director. The poem was then interpreted by Each + Every, a design firm comprised of Kent State Visual Communication Design graduates. The final piece has been installed in Henderson Hall. An official unveiling and dedication will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, as part of the Nursing 50 Years Strong Reception during Kent State University’s Homecoming. The reception will be held at Henderson Hall on the Kent campus from noon – 2 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 9:36am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:49am
Mariah Gibbons