Distinctive Kent State

Sun shining through the Star Sphere 2010 sculpture

"Star Sphere 2010" by Susan Ewing stands near Franklin Hall along the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade. It is part of the Kent State Art Walk along the Sculpture Mile. Photos by Bob Christy, senior photography coordinator, University Communications and Marketing Want to see one of YOUR photos in “IN A FLASH?” Submit your Kent State-rel...

quark gluon plasma

Many of us at some point in our lives have pondered that rather esoteric question of what the world must have been like at the very beginning of existence. Michael Strickland, Ph.D., professor and chair of Kent State University’s Department of Physics, actually knows. In March, Strickland received a continuation grant of $230,000 from t...

David Hassler, director of Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center, performs at the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit.

"Poetry and science are not opposites, they’re actually allies," said David Hassler, director of Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center.  Hassler paraphrases American poet Jane Hirshfield, who, in 2017, contacted him to collaborate on a Poets for Science project, which is now an interactive exhibit and writing invitation housed...

Kent State student filmmaker Aileen Joven

Thursday was “KSU at CIFF night” and a group of Kent State faculty and students attended a screening of “Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities” at Cleveland’s historic Allen Theatre on Playhouse Square. Among those attending were Kent State President Todd Diacon and Dana White, associate professor in the Kent State’s School of Media ...

Pages from the 1983 Chestnut Burr showing the Valentine's Cabaret

This spread in the 1983 Chestnut Burr yearbook provides a glimpse of how Kent State students celebrated Valentine's Day 40 years ago. Some sweethearts attended the "Valentine's Cabaret." The caption on these pages reads: "Touch dancing is not dead at KSU. It was alive and well at the Valentine's Cabaret held at the Student Center B...

The Kent Opera Theatre

The Kent State Opera Theatre’s annual fall production, "Sceneworks: A Sampling From 400 Years of Opera" will have performances Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. The producers promise "From Monteverdi to Mozart mixed with Gretel (and Hansel) to Gondoliers, there will be something for everyone!"  For more...

Kent State hosted the GLSEN Northeast Ohio's Annual Fall Conference for the seventh consecutive year

On November 2, students and faculty from 20 area high schools came to Kent State for Gay Lesbian Straight Education Networks (GLSEN) Northeast Ohio’s 15th Annual Fall Conference. It’s the seventh consecutive time that Kent State has hosted the conference.   This year’s theme was “LGBTQ+ Trailblazers” and sessions during the...

Kent State Today
Sunlight and fall colors surround the home of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Bright sunshine, blue skies and explosions of fall colors frame the John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, home of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) on the Kent Campus.  ...

A drone's eye view of a foggy morning on campus

From high in the sky, a drone captured this image of early morning fog that makes the Kent Campus look very much like a town on the coast, perhaps somewhere in New England or the Pacific Northwest.   ...

A shadowy figure walks the hall on the second floor of the Kiva.

An internet search for “Kent State ghost stories” does not disappoint. A website called “Trip 101” lists Kent State University as one of its Top 10 most haunted places in Ohio.  There are tales of ghostly encounters all over campus with reported paranormal activity in locations including McGilvrey Hall, Van Campen Hall, Joh...