Faculty help Kent downtown economic development efforts
CCI faculty members have brought their entrepreneurial skills to Acorn Alley II, a new hot spot for small business owners. Evan Bailey, operations manager of IdeaBase and an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the co-owner of Tree City Coffee & Pastry. Along with his partners, Mike Beder and Brian Bower, they created a unique, high-quality coffee shop with the mission of featuring organic and direct trade products. Husband and wife design team Jason Turnidge and Kathryn Strand, both faculty members from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, designed the interior.
For the 10th time, Kent State University is being recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” according to the latest survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program. The program recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Kent State University a nearly $1.2 million, five-year TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers program grant. The program is designed to provide support services to qualified adults, including veterans, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.
Kent State University Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., announced the selection of Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D., to serve as the university’s associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, effective April 16.