Community & Society

Kent State University Dining Services Manager Andy Herrera saved the life of a university employee dining at the Eastway Fresh Food Company. Andy was working his shift at the Eastway Fresh Food Company dining hall when he heard a noise that was recently familiar to him. “About a week earlier, my child was choking...

Downtown Discovery Days Flyer In partnership with Kent State University, Main Street Kent invites Kent State students wearing their masks to visit downtown Kent businesses for a chance to win great prizes. Prizes include a $500 book scholarship, $500 in gift cards to downtown businesses, and twenty bundles of Kent State swag valued at over $50 each. The goal is to thank and...

And She Could Be Next Flyer To celebrate Constitution Day, Kent State University Libraries is offering a virtual screening of the documentary "And She Could Be Next" on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include the filmmakers, Grace Lee, Marjan Safinia and Jyoti Sarda, as well as Kent State...

Still shot of WKBN-TV story featuring cardboard cutout of Carmen Roberts, Sr. Carmen Roberts III, a senior budget analyst for the University Budget Office, told WKBN how his family memorialized their late grandfather, a longtime Cleveland Indians fan. Cleveland baseball fans are unable to attend Indians games this season due to COVID-19; however, that did not stop the Indians from giving fans a way to be "in the ballpark"...

Akron head coach John Groce and Kent State head men Two archrival men's basketball teams worked together to produce a powerful video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging everyone to register to vote in the 2020 election. The Kent State Golden Flashes and the Akron Zips joined forces to produce a video that reminded fans that while the rivalry is stronger than ever, some things...

Three Kent State University students work together in a study group. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Kent State University a $2.6 million, five-year TRIO Student Support Services program grant. The program serves students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds and students with diverse learning and physical abilities. Kent State’s Student Support Services (SSS) program, housed in University...

image of a volunteer organizing donated food Among the festivities marking the beginning of this unconventional semester, one Kent State University office is partnering with Portage County social service agencies to host a contactless food drive to collect items that will support members of campus and local communities.   The Flashes Fighting Hunger Contactless Food Drive, organized by Kent...

A student uses a computer. We all know the world has changed, perhaps forever. The overall lesson of the COVID- 19 pandemic is that we need a public health workforce, prepared at all levels, to monitor the world for emerging infectious diseases, to prevent the spread of highly contagious diseases, to develop new treatments and vaccines, and to invent novel approaches never...

Melanie Knowles, Kent State University’s manager of sustainability, stands in front of her favorite building on campus, The John Elliott for Architecture and Environmental Design. Melanie Knowles is the manager of sustainability at Kent State University. In this role, she works with people all over campus to make cost-effective, better practices for the environment. Learn more about Knowles as she answers these 10 questions. Q: What do you want the people of Kent State to know about you and your position as the manager of...

A person working at a computer taking down information. When the Ohio Department of Health sought help this summer for work on the COVID-19 pandemic response, more than 110 students from Kent State University’s College of Public Health raised their hands to volunteer. Five faculty members also volunteered to be part of the Public Health Assist Teams create by the state health department to aid local...