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After a year of renovations, Taylor Hall will reopen for classes on Monday, Aug. 28. The Schools of Communication Studies (COMM) and Visual Communication Design (VCD) share the space in the modernized, four-floor building. The May 4 Visitors Center also calls Taylor Hall home and will reopen with normal hours on Sept. 5.

School of Communication Studies assistant professor, Suzy D’Enbeau and graduate student, Daniel Socha will be recognized with Top Paper awards from the National Communication Association (NCA). The award recipients will be awarded at the NCA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bill Kelvin, a third-year Ph.D. student within the College of Communication and Information recently participated in the 31st annual Kent State University Graduate Student Symposium and received Most Outstanding Presentation in the Human Behavior Panel. Kelvin presented his research: Quiet champions or energy wasting nags? Interpersonal advocacy of pro-environment behavior in the workplace.

This is Kelvin’s second year in a row receiving the most outstanding presentation honor.

The School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Graduate Student Recognition Reception on April 8 at the Patton House in Kent. The accomplishments of the graduate students were recognized with a presentation of awards for scholarship, teaching and achievement.

“This event is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduate students,” Jeff Child, interim director, said. “These students contribute so much to the school so we enjoy recognizing all of their hard work.”

The School of Communication Studies will host its fall Colloquium Series beginning Friday, Sept. 4. Each semester, the school hosts the series which consists of three to four lectures presented by faculty and graduate students from the school, the university and around the country.

The series provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to foster intellectual and collaborative discussions, and to stay informed about current research efforts. All faculty and graduate students are invited to attend at no cost.

Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services welcomes its second class of the Summer Experience for Emerging Diverse Scholars (SEEDS) program on June 17.

Update: The Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design program prepares its students to take on all kinds of challenges -- even screaming fans at the San Diego Comic-Con International!

Graduate students from Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the combined home of the urban design graduate program and the public service activities of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, won the Excellence in Student Planning Award from the American Planning Association of Ohio (APA-Ohio) on Sept. 27.

The Department of Psychological Sciences  has once again placed all 13 of its Clinical Psychology graduate students who applied for internships at APA-accredited sites this summer.  According to Psychology Department Chair Maria Zaragoza, Ph.D., nationally, the match rate to all internship sites was 80%, and the match rate to American Psychological Association-Accredited internships sites was only 62%.   

"In the clinical psychology field this is the equivalent of medical students being "matched" to a residency," Zaragoza said.  "Needless to say, we are very proud!"