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Mary and Tom Southards are paying it forward with a planned gift that will benefit first-generation college students at Kent State University. Mary and Tom Southards grew up in different states but shared similar goals. Both dreamed big in their small towns. Accomplishing those dreams meant they would be among the first in their families to go to college. For Mrs. Southards, earning a college degree in the 1970s led to a career outside of the home; for Mr. Southards, it entailed a...

Andrew Curtis, professor of geography, joined other fans as they watched England play in the World Cup while he was attending a conference at Oxford University. From Michigan to Florida, Paris to Rome and more, Kent State University employees captured memories of some of the most interesting places, people and things from their local and international trips. Watch out for more photos in the next issue.   Heidi Covan, academic support assistant at the College of Podiatric...

The Chautauqua Institution will feature the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas exhibit in its new Poetry Makerspace this summer. This summer, visitors to the beautiful Chautauqua Lake area of New York can experience Traveling Stanzas and engage with Kent State University students as the university’s Wick Poetry Center extends its reach and further establishes its mission of creating shared creative experiences through poetry and community outreach.   Kent State’s Wick...

Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren presented 13 Kent State faculty members with the 2018 President’s Faculty Excellence Award. Their remarkable work takes place in studios, classrooms, laboratories and outdoors. They have been published in prestigious journals, authored books and received significant research grants. Now, they add a new honor to their list of notable achievements. Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren recently presented 13 Kent State faculty...

Kent State University at Tuscarawas receives recognition from the Ohio Statehouse for the 50th anniversary of the campus. Brad Bielski, dean of the campus, receives proclamations for the milestone. Fifty cheers for 50 years. Kent State University at Tuscarawas received recognition at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to honor its upcoming 50th anniversary. A weeklong celebration will be held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the campus, beginning on Monday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 16. Highlights from the past 50 years will be...

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is lit up at night, welcoming visitors to downtown Kent. The hotel marked its fifth anniversary this past June. More than 100,000 rooms reserved, nearly 146,000 guests served, more than 2,000 events hosted and 89 weddings booked. Those are some of the achievements of the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center since it opened its doors on June 14, 2013, in downtown Kent. The hotel, which marked its fifth anniversary this past June, features 94...

Pictured are Julie Owen, associate professor at George Mason University; Christian Hightower, assistant director, Student Leadership Development; Lamar Hylton, dean of students; Dan Oswald, USG president; and Shay Little, vice president, student affairs. Preparing the next generation of change agents to positively impact their communities involves investing in and empowering them to become effective leaders.  In light of this, Kent State University has established a Leadership Center to develop the next generation of ethical, purposeful change agents and thought leaders committed to creating...

George R. Newkome, Ph.D., a two-time Kent State University alumnus, smiles with Kent State President Beverly J. Warren. George R. Newkome, Ph.D., and his wife, Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D., have pledged $1 million to fund a first-ever professorship in materials science in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Newkome is a two-time Kent State alumnus. “George and Mary Jane both have a passion and desire to advance scientific discovery,” says...

Kent State University at Trumbull student Sarah Heavner will play the role of a costumed character during her internship at Disney World this fall. Ms. Heavner is a communication studies major and minoring in theatre. Anything your heart desires will come to you, especially if you put in the work. Just ask Sarah Heavner of Kent State University at Trumbull. Ms. Heavner, who is majoring in communication studies and minoring in theatre, recently earned an internship with Walt Disney World for this coming fall. While there, she will dress and play the role of a...

Kent State University employees and mascot Flash participate in a spin bike workout session at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center during the On the Move kickoff event. Kent State University is movin’ on up – one move at a time! Kent State employees are incorporating fitness into their workday, engaging more in physical activities and other aspects of well-being, and taking charge of their health. After three years of competing in the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) National On the Move Workplace...