Toastmasters three-time world champion of public speaking and Kent State University alumnus Rich Breiner, Ph.D., ’80, visited campus recently for the first time since graduation nearly 40 years ago.

School of Communication Studies (COMM) marketing assistant Mikala Lugen sat down with Breiner to talk about his college experience, his successful public speaking career and his tips for leading a happy and prosperous life.

B.F.A. Musical Theatre alumnus Scott Miesse is working to bring his play Abnormal Off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. The play made its New York City debut on October 6 in a staged reading at Shetler Studios Penthouse 1. Abnormal was originally performed as part of the School of Theatre and Dance’s Student Theatre Festival.

When new musical "Mean Girls" makes its debut at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31, it will include two Kent State University alumni amongst its company: composer Jeff Richmond and cast member Tee Boyich. Following its run in Washington, D.C., Mean Girls will open on Broadway in March 2018.

School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell, who graduated in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, is appearing on Season 7 of Sweden's reality television program "Allt För Sverige" (The Great Swedish Adventure).

Renée DeLuca Dolan, founder and president of Contempo Communications, publisher of Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) Magazine and alumna of Kent State University, is the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of Women in Business Award. Each year, the Spirit of Women in Business Award honors a Kent State business alumna who excels in her profession, paving the way for women in business. 

Communication Career Spotlight

Aaron Hanlin

Graduation year(s):

2010, B.A., Communication Studies, Applied Communication Concentration

2012, M.Ed., Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel

Current job title: Honors Coordinator II, Coordinator of Admissions & Scholarships

Current place of employment: Kent State University

Graduates from the School of Communication Studies will now have an easier way to stay connected to the school thanks to the launch of the COMMunicator, an electronic newsletter. The e-newsletter will provide readers with school news, alumni and student success stories, updates on faculty research and news relating to the field of communication studies. The e-newsletter will be delivered to inboxes quarterly.

Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance is saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.

Ken Howard graduated from Kent State University in 1999 with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting as the School of Theatre and Dance's first returning professional.