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

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...

Timothy Mikes, graduate student in Kent State University’s College of Public Health Timothy Mikes is a graduate student in Kent State University’s College of Public Health with a specialty in epidemiology. He’s also on the autism spectrum and using his perspective to enhance the university experience for other students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When Timothy Mikes relates the story of how he went from studying...

Andrew Meyer in his home office/studio Due to the disruptions the coronavirus pandemic has caused across the state of Ohio, working remotely has increased as a means of practicing social distancing. Kent State University was one of the first Ohio colleges to move all classes online, causing surrounding businesses to do the same, like WKSU. “WKSU began planning for potential...

1960s Bus Before May 4, 1970, students at Kent State were just regular students enjoying time together, performing, volunteering, and advocating for issues they believed in. Thanks to digital archives of the Daily Kent Stater and the department of Special Collections and Archives, here is a look into the life of Kent State students in the late 1960s and the...

Silhouette of person meditating Meditative practices are bringing the Kent State community together, even from the comfort of their own home. Kent State of Wellness has moved its Meditation Across Campus sessions online, in an effort to continue the sessions despite the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Meditation Across Campus sessions were introduced by Kent State of Wellness in...

David Hassler, Director of the Wick Poetry Center David Hassler is the director of the Wick Poetry Center, where he oversees the local and national Wick projects, works with students and collaborates with other programs across campus. After growing up in Kent, Hassler decided to return as an adult after attending college, and he’s been here ever since. In his role as the director of the Wick...