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Students holding a bag of groceries in front of Flashes Fighting Hunger truck

Kent State is always engaged in giving back to the community. In light of the giving season, check out some of the incredible initiatives around campus that help those in need and find out how you can get involved.  CEL Stuff the Truck  The “Stuff the Truck” Food Drive, sponsored by Community Engaged Learning (CEL), demonstrates Kent State’s commitment to fighting hunger. Volunteers and caring community members came together to fill a truck with non-perishable food and toiletry items to be donated to a pantry run by Kent State’s Flashes Fighting Hunger. To learn more about thi...

People inside of, and outside of a food truck.

If it's lunchtime on a Wednesday, Risman Plaza is the place to be! Every Wednesday, through Oct. 12, the Food Truck Series will welcome different community food trucks to Risman Plaza from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.   ...

"Claw'd" the Crab Balloon with other hot air balloons at the Balloon A-Fair at SUNBEAU Valley Farm in Ravenna, Ohio.

People looking to the skies this weekend in Kent may have seen several hot air balloons floating by. Eighteen balloons, including one crab-shaped balloon (“Claw’d the Crazy Crab”) participated in the Balloon A-Fair Festival in Ravenna Ohio, from September 15-17 at SUNBEAU Valley Farm.   The festival celebrated its 43rd year with the theme “Carried Up and Away with Community Spirit.”   VIDEO: Time-lapse video of balloon inflation and launch.    Festival events included a children’s parade, a community breakfast, a grand parade and new for this year, a ...

Visitors to Kent, Ohio, enjoy outdoor dining. (Photo credit: Kent Area Chamber of Commerce)

Members of the Kent State University community can take great pride in their university’s hometown.  The city of Kent has been selected by Ohio Magazine as a 2022-2023 Best Hometown. The Best Hometown honor recognizes Kent as a great place to live, work and visit. The magazine’s editors chose Kent for its vibrant downtown, strong campus-community connection and focus on supporting residents and students alike. “We know that when students are considering where to go for college, they look at the campus environment and its location,” said Todd Diacon, president of Kent State and a ...

Back in March when Kent State University, like many other higher ed institutions, shifted to remote learning, Kent State of Wellness student ambassadors who had been involved in promoting health and wellness initiatives on campus, stepped up to continue making an impact in their communities. Several months ago when there was a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), Kent State of Wellness Student Ambassador Jenna Fisher, a senior majoring in community health education, knew that she had to do something to help. With no prior sewing skills, she looked up the CDC guidelines for mask ...