Community & Society

Volunteers Dave and Terri Cardy pack and weigh produce to hand out at the Campus Kitchen in Beall Hall. The food is mostly donated by Trader Joe’s locations in the Cleveland area. The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University, a student-run organization that reclaims food to feed the needy in the Kent area, has had to swiftly switch gears from operating a hot food kitchen to an expanded food pantry. Normally, the Campus Kitchen would have about 20 visitors during its weekly pantry distributions. Over the past few months,...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative, tries on a face shield produced by the Kent State team. Members of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative are forging creative collaborations with local and regional organizations and funders as they work toward the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The university’s Design...

Cleveland Police Patrolman Kevin Jones is captured shedding a tear by Kent State photography student Sylvia Lorson. A Kent State University student is gaining recognition for a photo she took that captures an African American Cleveland police officer shedding a tear as he came face to face with demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis Police custody. Floyd’s death has sparked protest marches across the country. ...

Photo depicts business and commerce In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the United States would benefit from a public banking system, says Mark K. Cassell, Kent State University professor of political science. Cassell recently penned a guest column for www.Cleveland.com, in which he writes how in a challenged economy, having public banks as U.S....

10 Questions about Contact Tracing App With Gokarna Sharma Apple and Google partnered in early April to create a new smartphone app that uses Bluetooth to track coronavirus cases. Using a technology called contact tracing, the app alerts a user when they come in contact with someone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19. Apple and Google focus on a promise of privacy and data security, however,...

Dining Services handing over keys to Fork In The Road to Justin Crews, 
District Manager for Aramark K-12 Kent State’s famous food truck, known for its mouth-watering pulled pork sandwiches and fresh-cut french fries, is now becoming known for giving back to its community. Kent State is loaning its campus food truck to Aramark to provide meals to students from Kent, Elyria and Lorain City School Districts who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic....

Kent State Starsphere and Sign The COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home order remind Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies Department Doris Simonis of her previous experiences with social distancing. Inside her current home at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community Simonis shared personal stories from her childhood where being...

Jamie L. McCartney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, ASL/ English Interpreting Program  Program Coordinator During Governor Mike DeWine’s daily press conferences on coronavirus updates to the state of Ohio, he’s usually shown with the Director of Health for the Ohio Department of Health Amy Acton, MD, MPH, and Marla Berkowits, a senior lecturer at Ohio State University in the American Sign Language (ASL) program. According to an interview Berkowits...

Aviation Art Contest Flyer Ohio is no stranger to aviation. The first-in-flight Wright brothers hail from our home state. The Kent State University Airport’s history is just as unique. A century ago in 1920, The Ohio Flying School and Transport Company officially incorporated and opened Stow Field, now known as Kent State University Airport, Andrew Paton Field. To...

Herb Page Former Kent State golf coach Herb Page enjoys retirement while recalling some of his fondest memories at the university. Page, who served 41 years as coach and 47 with the golf program, told the Akron Beacon Journal about his decision to return to Ohio - despite warnings about the COVID-19 pandemic - to support his staff at Windmill Lakes, a golf...