alumni-success

Alumna Leslie Srodek-Johnson Wins Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” Leslie Srodek-Johnson, ’01, a Kent State University journalism graduate, mother of two and lead decorator and baker at Stan’s Northfield Bakery, received the call of a lifetime in December 2018. It was from the Food Network asking her to be a part of the “Christmas Cookie Challenge.” “My Mom answered the phone, and I heard her say...

Alumna Leslie Srodek-Johnson Wins Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” Claudia Kovach, ’03, M.A. ’09, has been part of her family business, City Machine Technologies, Inc since 2006. Her time and dedication to the company has proven successful, as Claudia was recently named the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Champion of Ohio. The Small Business Champion...

Alumna Leslie Srodek-Johnson Wins Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” Article updated on Dec. 18 Congratulations to Leslie Srodek-Johnson, ’01, of Stan’s Northfield Bakery for bringing home the big win and $10,000. Leslie won the judges over with her cute Santa beard on a stick cookies. After the episode that aired on Monday, December 16, Leslie showed her appreciation to fans for all the congratulatory...

Abnormal Student Theatre Production 2015 A small class assignment in college led to an off-Broadway debut for Kent State University musical theatre alumnus Scott Miesse, ’15, who will be premiering his self-written play titled “Abnormal” in January 2020. “During my senior year at Kent State, I started writing a scene of a little boy talking to his imaginary friend in class,”...

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Kent State University’s architecture and interior design graduates build such impressive skills during their studies in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design that in a national survey, hiring professionals rank them among the most-hired. As part of the national survey, recently conducted by DesignIntelligence, Kent...

Celebration! Dan Armelli is doused with champagne during the Washington Nationals Oct. 15 celebration of winning the National League pennant. As the champagne flowed Oct. 15 in the clubhouse of the National League Champion Washington Nationals, there was a Kent State University connection in the middle of the frenzy that capped the team’s first trip to the World Series. “It’s just an unbelievable time, and I’m so grateful I’m here,” said Dan Armelli less than 24 hours after...

Jerry 10 For people of a certain age, there has never not been Wi-Fi. That amazing, ubiquitous, wireless technology that makes our laptops portable and our movies streamable has only been in existence since 1999 thanks, in part, to an alumnus of Kent State University named Jerry Pohmurski, '88.   A self-proclaimed “radio...

Shannon G   Mission of Mercy After Shannon Gardiner, BSN ’09, Tampa, Fla., went on a two-week mission trip to Uganda several years ago, she realized she was ready to make a longer-term impact. A Google search led her to Mercy Ships, an international charity with the world’s largest private hospital ship, which docks at different ports around the...

Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath together 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. For mom Ms. McCaskey, nursing was a life...