COVID-19 HUB

Lianna Fertig Applied Communication major’s EntICING Cakes food truck provides ‘Free Lunch Fridays’ to area children in need. As a young girl, the pink slip Lianna Fertig held tightly in her small hands guaranteed her a free lunch at school. Today, the pink truck she drives carries that same promise to kids in the inner-city neighborhood where she grew...

Nursing graduate Marissa Stelluto Even as a preschooler, Marissa Stelluto knew she wanted to be a nurse. When her teddy bears got the sniffles, and her Barbies suffered the occasional broken leg, Stelluto was there to fix them. Toy stethoscope in hand, she listened for abnormal rhythms or other signs of something more serious. Her brother and sister played along, and she learned...

Lester Sanders meets virtually with a Rising Scholars student. Imagine being in high school and having no plan for your future… Imagine being told that college is not an option for you because of finances… Imagine no one in your family ever attending college and being discouraged at the thought… Then, imagine hearing that Kent State University at Stark’s Rising Scholars Program could change your life....

Flashes in the Field: Finding the Silver Lining A woman wearing a face mask and gloves nervously enters Aladdin’s Eatery at The Strip in Belden Village to pick up her food. Clearly anxious, she expresses concern about touching anything to sign her receipt. She proceeds to wait outside of the restaurant for her server-turned-carryout hostess to deliver her order. A Target customer attempts to...

Students at the American Academy celebrate commencement. Last spring, American Academy student Maria Cecília Sucharski learned that COVID-19 would restrict students from attending in-person classes on the Brazilian campus. However, Sucharski was happy to learn first-hand that faculty for the dual enrollment program were equipped to deliver an optimal remote experience. “The professors actually seemed...

Nursing Students Check Students in at Fieldhouse Testing Event In the course Community Health Nursing, Taryn Burhanna’s students are required to complete 60 clinical hours and eight laboratory simulation hours. Burhanna, MSN, APRN, NP-C, community health nursing coordinator, wanted to ensure students in this course could get their hours and gain real-life experience by tapping into coronavirus relief efforts...

Coaches and Players Stand for the National Anthem As student-athletes at Kent State University, Eva Nikolai and Raphael Rodriguez are keenly aware of the daily protocols that the athletic department practices to keep them and their teammates safe from COVID-19. Rodriguez, junior aerospace engineering major, said he and his teammates on the wrestling team are tested for COVID-19 three times per...

A student wears a Kent State mask during the COVID-19 pandemic Two Kent State University professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free. Christopher J. Woolverton, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, and Richard E. Ferdig, Ph.D., the Summit Professor of...

Image of COVID 19 cells Jean Engohang-Ndong, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, has been closely following the development of vaccines for COVID-19. He credits advances in science for helping researchers to develop vaccines in a short period of time. “We can do things that we would not have been able to do 50 years ago,”...

Volunteers from Kent State, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the National Guard assisted more than 200 families during the snowy  drive-through food distribution event on Wednesday at Dix Stadium. Kent State University’s inaugural drive-thru food distribution event on Dec. 16 in partnership with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank served more than 200 households. The event was also an unofficial kickoff to an impactful partnership. The Campus Kitchen at Kent State teamed up with the food bank to host a contactless food distribution event...

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