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Kent State University interior design major Maggie Martin donated a kidney to her father a day after classes began this fall. Donating a kidney to her father was not how Maggie Martin expected to begin her sophomore year at Kent State University. But when the Cleveland Clinic cleared her and her father, James “Jamie” Martin, for the surgery, his health took priority over classes. Preparing for Surgery Ms. Martin, 19, started her school year Aug. 23 by explaining to...

Shown is a rendering of the new Berkshire Local School District buildings on the campus of Kent State University at Geauga. (Credit: TDA/Berkshire Local School District) An exciting new educational partnership between Kent State University and Geauga County’s Berkshire Local School District has moved a step closer to reality.   On Sept. 12, the Kent State Board of Trustees approved a long-term ground lease and shared services agreement with Berkshire schools for 30 acres of land located with Kent State’s...

The 2018 freshman class arrives as the largest for the Kent Campus in university history. From snow-capped mountains in Alaska to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the South Korean countryside and palatial modern architecture in Oman, a diverse collage of students from around the country and the world has descended on campus. Together, they make up Kent State University’s robust student body, comprising more than 38,000 students from...

Kent State University students fill Risman Plaza in front of the Kent Student Center at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Once again, Kent State ranks in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report. In a class by itself, Kent State University is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report.   Each year, students and their parents rely on the magazine’s annual Best Colleges rankings to help narrow their college choices and to validate...

Junior Darrick Edwards (third from left), a walk-on running back on the Kent State University football team, was awarded the Lt. Jack Rittichier Trophy for displaying characteristics of the hero for whom the trophy was named. On Aug. 22, as Kent State University's football team closed out its 2018 preseason camp, the team gathered inside the Dix Stadium team room for a special presentation. Junior Darrick Edwards, a walk-on running back, was awarded one of the most valued traditions within the Golden Flashes football program – the Lt. Jack Rittichier Trophy – for...

Over the summer, Kent State University at Stark freshmen served the community at Stark Parks, The Campus Kitchens Project at the Kent Campus and at Habitat for Humanity Restore in Canton. Evangeline Agum knows the face of hunger. In her home county of Uganda, Ms. Agum says “people need food the most” yet help is scarce. That’s why the 18-year-old didn’t hesitate when afforded the opportunity to volunteer at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank as part of First-Year Experience (FYE). Ms. Agum was one of 13 incoming Kent State...

Members of the Kent State community organized the 2018 Heart Climb event, which received funding from Kent State A hub for students with hidden disabilities. An initiative to end mental health stigma. CPR certification training. A food insecurity garden. Healthy eating workshops. Fitness programs. These are examples of projects Kent State University faculty, staff and students have launched within the past year to promote health and wellness within the...

Kent State University hospitality management senior Ashley Foster (right) spent a week working with Food Network celebrity chef Cat Cora (left). (Photo provided by Ashley Foster) Kent State University senior Ashley Foster has known since third grade that she wanted a career as a chef. The 20-year-old hospitality management major got a little closer to her dream over the summer when she spent a week training with celebrity chef Cat Cora at the chef’s headquarters in Santa Barbara,...

Todd Diacon, Kent State’s executive vice president and provost, congratulates Rudd (Ted) Bare II during Summer 2018 Commencement. Seventy-year-old Rudd (Ted) Bare II had the surprise of a lifetime planned for his children on Aug. 18, 2018.   On that day, Mr. Bare donned a cap and gown and walked across the stage at Kent State University’s Summer Commencement to accept his Bachelor of Science degree ­– something his children knew nothing about until it happened right in...

The National Collegiate Honors Council has named recent Kent State University graduate Megan Swoger a 2018 Portz Scholar. The National Collegiate Honors Council has named recent Kent State University graduate Megan Swoger a 2018 Portz Scholar. Ms. Swoger is the ninth Kent State student to receive the honor since the inception of the Portz Scholars competition in 1990. “We are very pleased for her and, of course, delighted that another Honors College student at Kent...