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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.

As spring break quickly approaches, a growing number of Kent State University students are choosing alternative ways to spend their time off.

Suzy D’Enbeau, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), and 12 Kent State students will travel to Columbus Feb. 24 – 26 with the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) to participate in the ‘Human Trafficking Educational Immersion’ program. COMM student Delaney Cordova is also attending.

The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University is celebrating its fifth anniversary and has launched a new program this summer as part of activities marking its fifth year. The Campus Kitchen’s new pop-up market offers healthy produce and pantry items to children and families at no cost.

Saying goodbye was more difficult than Riley Jernejcic could have ever imagined. Crouched down on the cobblestone street with her arms stretched out from one end to the other, Jernejcic cried out, “Adios. Abrazo,” which means goodbye and hug in Spanish. About 50 feet away, a little boy, known as Wilder, came running up the hill.

“He jumped into my arms, and we both started to cry,” Jernejcic said. “I’ll never forget him. He made such an impact on my life.”

A School of Communication Studies student interns with the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) at Kent State University.

Amanda Bevington, a senior interpersonal communication major, is a student intern for the OEECE this spring. During her internship so far, Bevington has been working on various projects, such as recruitment for alternative spring break trips and Super Service Saturdays, developing the first ever global service trip to Nicaragua, and OEECE’s social media.

Kent State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Photo of Kent State students volunteering at ballparkKent State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Earlier this year, the state of Ohio designated the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.” The purpose of the day, which falls on April 14 this year, is to raise awareness of the value of internship and co-op opportunities in this state and promote the establishment of internship and co-op programs at businesses and nonprofit agencies in Ohio.

What do sleep quality, post-traumatic stress disorder and smoking have in common?

That’s the question on which Celeste Weise, a Kent State University senior psychology and sociology major, presented her research at the university’s second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held March 11.

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