College of Communication and Information

Prolific playwright Tennessee Williams once said, “America has three great cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

These words served as inspiration to illustrator Christopher Darling as he completed one of many special projects he has worked on in the past year. Darling, assistant professor in the Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design, has recently been nationally recognized for the work he has done both inside and outside the classroom.

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.

The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation honored TeleProductions and producer Shane Roach with the President’s Award during its annual Impact Awards ceremony in November 2016. At the event, the foundation debuted new videos, created by TeleProductions, highlighting the impact of the organization's work on those it serves.

Florence Summer Institute


May 30 to June 30, 2018


Palazzo Vettori is a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via Cavour and Via Alfani, next to Piazza del Duomo. According to historian Guido Carocci, the fabric of the building started at the beginning of the 15th century. Its façade proclaims the new ideas of Renaissance architecture based on the use of rustication. Starting January 2016, Palazzo Vettori is the new home to the Kent State University Florence program.

School of Communication Studies associate professor Jeffrey Child, Ph.D., has accepted the opportunity to serve as 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. As editor, Child will select reviewers for journal article submissions, make decisions about reviewed manuscripts, encourage submissions to the journal from various interest groups and work with issue production processes for the journal.

Alexandra Bangor dreams of the day when she moves to a big city to open her cosmetic/fashion line. Bangor is just a few weeks away from taking the first steps to turn her dreams into reality. As an interpersonal communication major, with a minor in public communication in Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information, Bangor is getting ready to graduate in December. But, an unexpected family event almost pushed back her career goals.

Kent State University journalism major Jimmy Miller recently spent 10 weeks traveling the country examining the political views of white, working-class Americans, a group now credited as a difference maker in the successful campaign of President-elect Donald Trump.

The project was part of News21, a national Carnegie-Knight initiative. Each year, the program invites top student journalists from across the country to Arizona State University to report on and investigate a topic.