Globally Engaged

As part of its commitment to building global scholars and citizens, CCI sent the largest cohort in the college’s history to Chengdu, China, this July to participate in the prestigious Sichuan University Summer Immersion Program (UIP). CCI’s Sichuan Scholars took classes with a cohort of students from select programs around the world, taught by faculty from top universities across the globe. Twenty-three CCI students, four students from the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and three students from Kent State Trumbull were selected to be CCI’s 2017 Sichuan Scholars.

Today, communities around the globe are celebrating World Press Freedom Day. It is a day for recognizing what fundamental freedom of the press means for global democracy. World Press Freedom Day was officially announced by the U.N. General Assembly in December of 1993, and has been celebrated on May 3 every year since. Today, we not only commemorate a free press, but we also reflect on the state of press freedoms throughout the world, and we pay tribute to those journalists who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Danielle Sarver Coombs, Ph.D., the interim associate dean of the College of Communication and Information, spoke at the International Scientific Conference on the Digital Communication in the Age of Social Transformations at Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, April 16.

A unique poetry partnership is helping to spread the “word” about migration, literally. Powerful and inspiring words are ringing throughout 11 cities in the United States.

I  had no idea what human trafficking was until I came to Kent. My freshman year, I was shown the documentary “Nefarious” that completely broke my heart for the people who have fallen into the shadows of society as victims of human trafficking. I found my passion in life and began getting involved on campus to learn more about this topic.

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is sponsoring a visiting scholar from China to research scientific collaboration and academic information behavior at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).

Weiwei Yan, Ph.D., comes from Wuhan University’s School of Information Management, where he has served as a lecturer at the school’s Department of Information System & Electronic Commerce. Yan will work with SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., who also graduated from Wuhan University.

Starting in Fall 2017, College of Communication and Information (CCI) students can spend a semester studying in a truly international environment for what they would spend on the Kent Campus – while taking journalism courses that will apply to their degree programs and other relevant electives that are important for all communication majors.

The iSchool at Kent State University will be represented at the iConference at Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, from March 22 to 25, by Drs. Marcia Lei Zeng and Marianne Martens, along with School director Dr. Kendra Albright. A poster co-created by SLIS Professor Dr. Yin Zhang will be presented by Jiming Hu of Wuhan University.

Note: Drs. Zeng and Zhang received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Wuhan School of Library and Information Science.