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...

Glassblowing process, flame being held to glass bubble on blowpipe Navigating the pandemic restrictions in all of the School of Art studio art classes this semester has been challenging to both faculty and students. A large part of the adaptation is the requirement for everyone across campus to maintain six feet of physical distance when possible and wear face coverings at all...

AllCollegeRentals.com Screenshots When Curtis Cofojohn, BA '17, returned to Kent State after serving in the Army, he faced an issue many college students do: where was he going to live? His choices were 1) an apartment where in a newer building with more amenities at a higher cost or 2) a house without the restrictions of an apartment, fewer amenities but with lower rent. The issue...

Brittany Sustar Last spring, a COVID-19 outbreak overwhelmed a local nursing home in Geauga County, with cases among patients and healthcare staff jumping from seven to 31 overnight. Suddenly, the facility was in crisis mode… understaffed, under-equipped, and under duress. Ohman Family Living at Briar had thought they would be providing healthcare support to...

Geauga Campus The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday life for everyone. For some, it’s minor. For others, it’s catastrophic. At the Kent State University at Geauga Campus, economic hardships caused by the pandemic have threatened to derail many students’ academic plans and their hopes for a better future. Consider just a few examples: One student (a...

East Liverpool custodians Oct. 2 is National Custodian Day, but the staffs on the East Liverpool and Salem campuses deserve more than one day to recognize their efforts in recent months.  “These folks have been critical to our success and I can’t thank them enough,” noted Dr. David Dees, dean and CAO. “They, along with our...

A Kent State University faculty member conducts a meeting online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities across the United States transitioned from face-to-face classes to remote learning, closed campuses and sent students home this past spring. Such changes, coupled with social distancing guidelines, have altered social interactions and limited our access to fitness facilities, parks and gymnasiums....