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Kent State University students make their way across campus during the 2020 Fall Semester. They’re back!   Kent State University students have begun their fall 2020 classes, and official enrollment figures include many highlights.   Kent State’s increase in the retention of returning students is thanks in part to the university’s award-winning student support services designed to help students every step of the way – from their...

Three Kent State University students work together in a study group. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Kent State University a $2.6 million, five-year TRIO Student Support Services program grant. The program serves students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds and students with diverse learning and physical abilities. Kent State’s Student Support Services (SSS) program, housed in University...

Kent State students begin moving into residence halls on Aug. 19, 2020. Kent State University students began moving into residence halls on the Kent Campus on Aug. 19, as part of a phased-in process that will continue over five days. Move-in typically takes place over three days, but the university has extended the time this year to lower the density of people on campus due to safety concerns from the COVID-19...

A Kent State University graduate from the Spring Class of 2020 celebrates receiving her degree. (Photo credit: Twitter: @melissam303/Melissa McCarley) The Kent State University alumni family will grow by nearly 1,300 new graduates as the university holds its summer commencement. The accomplishments of the Summer Class of 2020 will be recognized with a virtual commencement recognition ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. EDT, in accordance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to prohibit mass...

Left image is a sketch for Robert Smithson The School of Art Collection and Galleries at Kent State University presents “Acquiring History: The 50-Year Legacy of Robert Smithson’s ‘Partially Buried Woodshed’ at Kent State University” from Aug. 4 through Sept. 26, 2020, at the Kent State Downtown Gallery. The exhibition includes video interviews from faculty, documentary...

BioBlack Team Poses with their bacteria-dyed tote bad and dress dyed with bacterium A team of Kent State students was recently honored for its efforts to create a sustainable black dye alternative.  The BioBlack team of Janda Van Dyk, Jordan Smith, Kirsten Thieman and Lizeth Ramirez received the Outstanding Science Award from the BioDesign Challenge Summit 2020.  The fashion industry currently uses synthetic dye to create the...

Kent State students walk to and from class. The nation watched in anger and shock as a white police officer in Minneapolis nonchalantly knelt on the neck of George Floyd, an African American man, who had been accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill until he uttered the words “I can’t breathe.” Floyd’s brief encounter with the police, which was recorded and subsequently...

Cleveland Police Patrolman Kevin Jones is captured shedding a tear by Kent State photography student Sylvia Lorson. A Kent State University student is gaining recognition for a photo she took that captures an African American Cleveland police officer shedding a tear as he came face to face with demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis Police custody. Floyd’s death has sparked protest marches across the country. ...

Eric van Baars performs the role of Harold Hill in the Porthouse Theatre Today’s Flashes of Inspiration comes from Eric van Baars, director of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, an associate professor, and executive producer for the Porthouse Theatre, who offers an inspirational pep talk to all of us confined at home.     Van Baars recalls legendary British actor of stage and screen Sir...

Kent State student Sean Fitzgerald co-hosting a sports radio show Kent State University student Sean Fitzgerald shares what it’s like being a resident assistant (RA), co-hosting a sports radio show and living on the autism spectrum. Sean Fitzgerald traces the beginning of his love of sports and talking about sports to car rides with his father in his hometown of Strongsville, Ohio. Together, they talked...