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First Passport Fund: For many people, a passport is a well-worn travel document. But for a student who has never left the country, a passport is the portal to a future that includes global learning, travel, adventure and personal transformation. In a very real sense, a first passport is the first step on a student's global journey. Unfortunately, the cost of a passport can be a stumbling block or stopping point for some students.

The Kent State University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has named Suzy D’Enbeau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, as the 2017 recipient of the Diversity Trailblazer Award. D’Enbeau was recognized during the university’s 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Callie Mo is no ordinary high school senior. In addition to her coursework, she is designing a website and interning at IdeaBase, Kent State University’s student-powered design agency specializing in graphic design, web design, usability, branding, video and advertising.

Mo attends Bio-Med, a new lottery-based science, technology, engineering, math and medical high school in Rootstown, Ohio. The school focuses on collaborative learning and offers a variety of experiential opportunities, including study abroad and internships, for its students.

Scholar of the Month
Jessica Barness
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design
College of Communication and Information

The word “communication” likely makes you think of language, but November’s Scholar of the Month has spent her entire career researching design as a language of its own.

Across various media, Jessica Barness, an assistant professor in Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design, creates her own design-based research model that merges the making of artifacts with critical inquiry.



Gaining relevant experience in students’ fields of study before graduation makes them more marketable to employers and gives them a leg up on the competition. While most students complete one or two internships in college, others go above and beyond.

Senior visual communication design (VCD) major Will Scharlott has completed three prestigious internships in his time at Kent State.

Kent State University will launch a new interview-format radio show on WKSU on Jan. 21. The program, titled “Elevations,” will include interviews with Kent State faculty, staff, students and alumni, bringing new perspective to the university’s distinctions in science, technology, education and the arts.

Twelve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) will travel to Florence, Italy, for Kent State University’s inaugural Photography in Florence program this spring semester.

School of Communication Studies associate professor Jeffrey T. Child, Ph.D., was recently named editor of the Journal of Family Communication. In this role, Child will manage submissions and publications for issues published from 2018 through 2020. He will begin his work mid-2017.

McNair Scholars in CCI

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

To become a McNair Scholar, a student must: