Kent State University will hold the 49th commemoration of the historic events of May 4, 1970, where protesting students, observers and soldiers gathered on that fateful day when the Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students and wounded nine others on the Kent Campus. 

Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath are best friends who went through the nursing program together and graduated one year apart with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from Kent State University at Geauga. Now they are both intensive care nurses. But they also happen to be mother and daughter.

From New York to Brazil, alumni across the globe joined together to make a difference in their communities on Saturday, April 27. This year, 860 participants logged 2,383 volunteer hours at 45 different service sites, making it the largest in the event's 11-year history.

This favorite tradition provides opportunities for Kent State alumni, friends and family to give back by participating in local volunteer projects while strengthening ties with fellow Flashes.  

The Southern California Alumni Chapter engages over 2,000 alumni in Southern California. From participating in Alumni Day of Service to watching the Anaheim Angels vs. the Cleveland Indians each summer, there is always something going on to connect alumni. 

We caught up with the Southern California Chapter President, Valerie Patton George, ’06, to hear about the amazing things the chapter is doing. 

Thanks to Tim Novotny’s, ’14, master’s degree in public relations, which he earned online, he is now the Communications Manager for the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. The commission’s mission is to enhance the Dungeness crab industry’s image and offer profitable opportunities through promotions, education and research.  Tim manages its social media platforms, creates a newsletter, oversees the website and works on marketing campaigns. 

From April 22 to Aug. 1, Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center will honor Bill Schroeder’s life with an exhibition titled “Bill: An All-American Boy.” Mr. Schroeder’s sister, Nancy Tuttle, and nephew, David Tuttle, helped create the exhibition by loaning some of his personal items to the May 4 Visitors Center. 

Ali Salih ’05, IT consultant at Blue Chip Consulting Group.


Under the age of 35 and looking to re-engage with your alma mater and fellow Flashes? Then some of the new events and programs developed specifically for Kent State young alumni may be for you. 

The National Capital Alumni Chapter hosts events and programs that engage almost 3,000 alumni living in the greater Washington D.C. area. From private tours at museums to participating in Alumni Day of Service, there is always something going on in the D.C. area to connect alumni and students. 

We caught up with the National Capital Alumni Chapter Vice President, Matt Dermody, ’10, to hear about the amazing things the chapter is doing.  

The Greater Cleveland Alumni Chapter hosts networking and alumni events for more than 25,000 Kent State alumni living in the Cleveland area. From fun gatherings at Cleveland hot spots to participating in Alumni Day of Service, there is always something going on in Cleveland to connect you to fellow Flashes and Kent State University.