College of Arts and Sciences

Kent State University held its 45th annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events April 30-May 4. The annual commemoration, hosted by the May 4 Task Force, provided an opportunity for the university community to gather and remember those who were lost and injured during the tragedy and also reflect on what May 4 means today.

Kent State University professors Brian James Baer, Ph.D., and Theresa Minick of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies have been awarded two federal government STARTALK grants, totaling $225,000, to support the Regents Foreign Language Academy, a summer language immersion program for Ohio high school students and K-12 teachers. 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Student Leadership and Distinguished Teacher and Advisor Awards, which is sponsored annually by the College of Arts and Sciences. The student award recipients, who are nominated by their departments, have shown leadership in academics, university service, community service, and other special programs.

The award recipients were honored at a dinner and ceremony on April 23 in the Kent Student Center.

Photo of Herbert HochhauserKent State University’s Jewish Studies Program will host a gala, “Memories, Milestones, Momentum,” in honor of its 40th anniversary on May 17 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center located at 215 Depeyster St. in downtown Kent.

Three top researchers in literary studies, liquid crystals and post-traumatic stress received Kent State University’s 2015 Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards at a ceremony and reception held April 14 on the Kent Campus. The awards are sponsored by the University Research Council and Division of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Kent State University will host the inaugural “Run the World 5K”, a run/walk international-themed race, on Saturday, September 12 on the Kent Campus Esplanade. Registration proceeds will support study abroad scholarships so that Kent State University students can better afford the experience of short or long-term study abroad programs.

Kent State University freshman Javier Ojeda risked losing it all if surgery to stop bleeding in his brain did not go as planned. Ojeda faced losing the use of his arms, going into a coma, or even dying.

But the night before Easter, Ojeda amazingly walked out of the hospital.

On March 27 and 28, Kent State University hosted the Spring 2015 Meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society (OSAPS), a regional unit of the APS that serves Ohio and adjacent states, especially Michigan and Indiana.Mansoureh Shasti discusses her poster "Spectral analysis of dynamic scattering mode in nematic liquid crystals"

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host poet Rita Dove as part of the Fourth Annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading. The event is part of the 2014-2015 reading series and will take place on Thursday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.

What do sleep quality, post-traumatic stress disorder and smoking have in common?

That’s the question on which Celeste Weise, a Kent State University senior psychology and sociology major, presented her research at the university’s second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held March 11.

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