Out with the old and in with the new! Kent State University ushers in the new year with a brand new website, which launched on Jan. 8.Kent State University ushers in the new year with a brand new website, which launched on Jan. 8.

Last spring, the Kent State University community was asked to complete a survey to identify strengths and barriers related to being a welcoming, engaging place that nurtures a culture of inclusiveness and respect. Now it’s time to hear the findings.

The first phase of the Summit Street: Building a Better Way Improvement Project is complete, with the opening of Ted Boyd Drive. The roadway alongside the Student Recreation and Wellness Center reopened last week, making the roundabout at Ted Boyd and Johnston drives fully operational.

The new roundabout incorporates pedestrian crossings and bike lanes. A video is available to explain how to navigate a roundabout, whether you are in a car, on a bike or walking. Watch the video.

The Kent Student Center now features a meditation room, which is intended to serve as both an interfaith and nonreligious space. Located on the second floor across from the Governance Chambers, the meditation room provides a tranquil refuge for all students, faculty, staff and community members.

The space was designed to meet the increased demand for quiet space to practice a myriad of faith traditions and also to provide a sense of place and convenience for our growing segment of international students.

Kent State University will launch a new interview-format radio show on WKSU on Jan. 21. The program, titled Elevations, will include interviews with Kent State faculty, staff, students and alumni, bringing new perspective to the university’s distinctions in science, technology, education and the arts.Elevations Radio Show Launches on WKSU

WKSU has been chosen to participate in the Knight News Match, a challenge-grant program administered by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that acknowledges the station’s value as a trusted news source. The foundation will match all individual donations in amounts up to $1,000 made to WKSU now through Jan. 19