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.

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. 

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


Have Curiosity, Will Travel

Kent State Graduate and Expat Turns Love of Travel into Consulting Business

In the spring of 1968, what had been a resistance movement of Black students at Kent State University officially became a registered university student organization.That organization was named Black United Students, affectionately referred to as “BUS.” It’s still standing and active at Kent State and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.  

Tee Boyich, ’13, has vivid memories of her 8-year-old self, sitting with her father and watching musicals. She remembers this feeling inside of her yearning to be on that stage, singing and dancing. Before long, that dream of performing on the Broadway stage had fully taken hold of young Ms. Boyich. 

So she put in the time. The work. The training. The sweat. And this spring her dream is coming true as she earned a role in the production of Mean Girls. She had participated in table reads and recordings of the show in hopes of getting the opportunity to audition. 

Networking events are critical for professionals to keep in touch, stay on track or even get ahead. But these events can also be awkward. 

When Chantel Owens, ’17, first stepped foot on Kent State’s campus she was only 16 years old. 

“I didn’t even know at the time that I was the only 16-year-old on campus when I first came here in 2014,” Owens says. “The Chesnut Burr actually called me to feature me in a story because of it.” 

Owens, who is now only 19, graduated with her bachelor’s degree in public health and proudly received her degree on May 13. She is one of the youngest Kent State students to graduate in three years.