Arts & Culture

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of Textiles, recently was awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in Craft, which includes $50,000 in unrestricted funds. United States Artists, a Chicago-based organization, awards “up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all...

Small Town, Big Music Book Cover Jason Prufer, '03, a lifelong resident of Kent and Kent State University alumnus, has compiled “Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll,” a book that covers the college town’s impressive – and previously unappreciated – rock history. Mr. Prufer, a senior library associate who has worked...

Artwork: Ibrahima Dieye (b. 1988, Dakar) Horror District, 2018 Combining his passions of art history and African studies, Joseph Underwood, Ph.D, assistant professor in the School of Art, wanted to bring something to Kent State that could speak to different audiences, ranging from the international to the local, from Senegal to Northeast Ohio. Dr. Underwood is the curator of The View From Here: Contemporary...

Writing Across Borders Exhibit at Taylor Hall Kent State University’s Taylor Hall is currently housing the Wick Poetry Center’s Writing Across Borders, a poetry exhibit featuring the work of immigrants and refugees living in Akron that was recently featured on Cleveland.com. The poems are combined with the graphic design work of Kent State students to create a vibrant and...

Kent State University alumna Jade Novah appears with YouTuber Terrell. Kent State University alumna Jade Novah, formerly known as Lindsay Fields, appeared in a 24-minute interview with YouTuber Terrell. Ms. Novah told Terrell about her time at Kent State before getting into the entertainment industry and eventually becoming a backup singer for Beyoncé. The YouTube video currently has more than 300,000 views and more...

Erin Shelley (left) with Chicago Med star Colin Donnell (middle) and RN technical expert Sophia Meneses (right) Wanting a career that would allow her to be independent and work from anywhere, Erin Shelley, Ed.D., MA, BSN ‘91, RN, was drawn to the nursing profession. These days, however, she practices nursing as “art imitating life” through her role as a technical expert on the hit NBC television show, Chicago Med. “My primary role is an operating...

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek poses for a photo with Kent State University alumna Carrie Blazina. Who is Carrie Blazina? That’s the correct response to the clue, “This Kent State alumna will appear on the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ on Dec. 20.” Ms. Blazina, who graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in news, had her knowledge of geography, religion, literature and other topics tested on the popular game show earlier this year....

Joanna Wilson and Alyssa Hertz A Kent State University fashion student used her passion for design to turn an Akron woman’s collection of 1,500 Netflix envelopes into a dress masterpiece. Akron resident Joanna Wilson had collected the iconic red Netflix DVD sleeves for 13 years and wanted to transform her collection into a dress. “I imagine...

the business world Mark Whitmore Ph.D., an assistant professor of management and information systems at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, shared his expertise on how the public comprehends fake news in today’s society with the investment research firm Morningstar. Fake news is often associated with social media, causing users to find news...

More Than A Body - Board Members The #metoo movement has propelled the world into discussing issues around sexual assault and abuse, but what happens when survivors come together and turn these shared negative experiences into a positive source of healing?  Megan Taylor, junior Studio Art, Textiles major at Kent State University, is doing just...