KSU Political Science Professor Plays Central Role in Redistricting Bill
KSU Political Science Professor and Former Ohio State Representative Vernon Sykes and Former State Representative Matt Huffman join Secretary of State, Jon Husted as he signed Issue 1, the constitutional amendment that changes the way we draw legislative districts in Ohio.
Issue 1 will change Ohio's hyper-partisan process for drawing legislative districts, in which the majority party gerrymanders the lines for its own benefit. The current process produces district maps that maximize non-competitive and minimize competitive districts that result in a state legislature that does not reflect the political preferences of Ohio voters. With the passing of Issue 1, there will be a more by-partisan process to draw fairer districts that will be more aligned with the preferences of Ohio voters.
Former state Representatives Matt Huffman, a Republican from Lima, and Vernon Sykes also a Professor of Political Science at Kent State, served as co-chair of Issue 1’s successful campaign, winning the statewide election with 71% of the vote.
At the signing, Professor Sykes was also joined by his entire class. Secretary Jon Husted made a presentation to the class, and the students had an opportunity to ask him questions.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted recently issued a joint proclamation recognizing the impact that employee-owned companies have on Ohio’s economy as well as the work of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) based at Kent State University, which requested the proclamation. The OEOC has served as a nonprofit outreach center providing support, resources and assistance to businesses since 1987.
Kent State University's Division of Graduate Studies recently announced a number of awards, scholarships, and fellowships to outstanding graduate students. This year, 17 students from the College of Arts & Sciences were recognized with these awards. Congratulations to the students and their advisors! Thank you to those who've nominated students and supported them in their academic and research pursuits!
Arts & Sciences graduate students that received awards for the 2022-2023 academic year included:
Congratulations to Political Science Professor Mark K. Cassell, Ph.D., who recently published an article and was interviewed by Mitteilungen, a publication focused on Germany’s banking system. The article discusses the central role of the publicly-held savings banks during economic and social crises including the refugee crisis in 2015 and the current Covid pandemic among other topics.