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...

TuscHeroes web Several Kent State University at Tuscarawas alumni have recently been named TuscHeroes, as they are making a difference in the community by helping others adjust and cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a deep desire to help and support others, these TuscHeroes found ways to connect to community members, offer services and provide support...

Rick Thomas With the severe and growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic occurring around the world and in our own backyard, administrators, faculty, staff and students at Kent State University at Tuscarawas are doing what they can to help alleviate the need. Healthcare personnel rely on PPEs to protect themselves...

Wash Your Hands Frequently Kent State University is just seven weeks away from move in. To count down the return of students, faculty and staff for the start of the fall semester, the university will review one Flashes Safe Seven principle each week. Week 1: Wash Your Hands Frequently This week, watch Flash teach President Todd Diacon the proper way to wash his hands in...

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,...

Students living on the closed Kent State campus resident in the Stopher-Johnson residence hall complex. When Kent State University closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, not all students living on the Kent Campus were able to leave.  In a typical semester, about 6,200 students live in the residence halls. By March 20, just 52 students remained.  COVID-19 concerns forced the university to close all campuses on March 13. The university...

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...