Community Impact

Actors from Kent State's School of Theater and Dance perform in a teaching simulation for healthcare students..

This morning, nearly 300 students, about 130 junior nursing students from Kent State's College of Nursing and 160 second-year medical students from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), assembled in the Kent Student Center ballroom to experience an interdisciplinary teaching simulation about end-of-life care.  Dana M. Hansen, Ph.D, APRN, ACHPN, is an associate professor at Kent State and co-director of the university's Ph.D. program in the College of Nursing. She believes that learning about how to interact for patients and their families during a supremely difficult and emot...

Andrew Snyder, outreach program director and adjunct faculty member of Kent State University’s College of Public Health, is Principal Investigator for the Greater Cleveland LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment.

The Greater Cleveland LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment is a groundbreaking interorganizational initiative that aims to identify and address the most pressing needs of the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Cleveland.  The Greater Cleveland LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment is being led by Kent State University’s College of Public Health in partnership with over an estimated 100 community organizations, including stakeholders and local government officials in Greater Cleveland, engaging LGBTQ+ community members from Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Geauga counties. The mission of Kent State's C...

Mashika Gallo

“Healthcare is a human right,” graduate student Mashika Gallo said, explaining why she pursued a degree in the healthcare design master’s program at Kent State University. The results of this philosophy for Gallo include a clear focus and research that has won numerous scholarships. Gallo, a New Orleans native and interior designer by trade, became interested in senior living design after taking the course Developing Environments for Older Adults taught by adjunct professor Addie Abushousheh, Ph.D., EDAC. “Her course provided a guide for me,” Gallo said. “It opened my eyes and helped me ...

 Students take part in the Making Our Own Space program (MOOS), which introduces youth to opportunities in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

A program of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative that offers design and build experiences for middle and high school students is in the spotlight for its new effort to expand racial and ethnic diversity in the design fields.  The program, Making Our Own Space (MOOS), which introduces youth to opportunities in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, was featured on WEWS Channel 5 news, highlighting the national arts grant the program recently received.   Since 2015, MOOS has been helping educate youth on design fun...

Bernice King

“Emotion can be fuel. It was fuel for my father in the movement,” said Bernice King, daughter of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “Nonviolence really was a way to channel the anger, the hurt and the pain into something that could bring about a constructive outcome. That's one of the most important things my parents taught me.” Bernice King shared insights into racism in America today and her father’s legacy as keynote speaker of Kent State's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. King’s visit to campus also kicked off the university's programming for its celebrat...

Kent State nursing students read an oath at the university's first White Coat Ceremonies.

Sophomores in Kent State's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program took an oath and received white coats in a ritual that sets a standard for healthcare professionals. These ceremonies, taking place in January at Kent State's Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Kent campuses, were Kent State's first White Coat Ceremonies for BSN nursing ntudents.  Following the ceremonies, which also included a blessing of hands, the nursing students can begin their clinicals and work in the field.  Want to see one of YOUR photos in “IN A FLASH?” Submit your Kent State-related p...

Justine Gallo and Sun In Leo store

Kent State University academic programs help students explore their own values and encourage students to live them. Justine Gallo, a 2022 Kent State fashion design graduate, has taken her personal philosophy and combined it with her degree to launch a new store in downtown Kent. Sun in Leo is a new circularity marketplace located in Acorn Alley that reuses — and responsibly sources —  clothing, trinkets and accessories.  The name Sun in Leo is associated with astrology and has a personal connection for Gallo, whose zodiac sign is Leo, also known as the sun sign. The store takes...

Emma Lentz, the student behind the Flash Fuel coffee design

​ Emma Lentz Designer of Flash Fuel When you fill your cup of coffee every morning from the Kent State University dining halls or reach for a new bag of coffee grounds in Rosie’s, have you ever stopped to think about where the Flash Fuel design came from? Emma Lentz, senior visual communication design major and multimedia designer for the marketing department of University Housing and Culinary Services, is responsible for the design. The Flash Fuel coffee project started in 2021 as a collaboration between University Housing and Culinary Services and Rooted Grounds Coffee Co., an Oh...

Artificial Intelligence Graghic Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

ChatGPT is raising concerns on college campuses across the country. The free-to-use artificial intelligence (AI) writing software, backed by Microsoft, can produce written content in a matter of seconds with little human interaction. Several local news stations have been following the rise of the AI software, and have discussed its capabilities with Kent State University faculty, staff and students. Gretchen Hoak, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, along with senior journalism major Chris Abreu and junior public relations major Katie Masko, spoke with News 5 Cleveland about the in...

Growing Democracy Project

Members of the Kent and Kent State University communities weaved their way through the expressions of artists’ ideas of “community" that are on display across the walls of Uumbaji Gallery in Oscar Ritchie Hall until Feb. 10. The Growing Democracy Project features a collaborative effort that aims to "bring together diverse constituencies.” The group hosted an artists’ reception January 26 for the Photovoice Project on Race and Democracy in Northeast Ohio. The Photovoice Project is an art display that uses photography and storytelling to engage community members and encourage...