Profiles

Videographer Jon Jivan during 2017 solar eclipse

It’s a bit hard to explain to someone who hasn’t witnessed it before. With a total solar eclipse coming to our backyards on April 8, I’ve been surprised by the reaction of many who will be in or near the path. “What’s the big deal,” they sometimes say. “Overhyped” is a word I often read in the comments of local eclipse news stories.I get i...

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Flash Friday Sally Maltempi

Welcome to Flash Friday! In this series, we introduce you to fascinating student Flashes from all walks of life.Meet Sally Maltempi, a senior chemistry major with a focus in biochemistry and a music minor at Kent State University from Rootstown, Ohio. Maltempi currently tests foodborne diseases at the Crystal Diagnostics microbiology lab b...

Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Chukwukere

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Kent State University College of Nursing senior Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Chukwukere relocated to Cleveland, OH, when he was eight years old. Growing up he was inspired to go into the healthcare field by his parents who are licensed practical nurses.

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Alumna McKenzie Morgan, fashion influencer

Kent State University alumna McKenzie Morgan has been there, done that, and has seen it all from fashion to travel.  Morgan began her fashion blog in high school, writing about trends and other aspects of the fashion world. She originally considered fashion journalism as a career, but when she was at home during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

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Maria McDonald in Massillon Museum’s Studio M

Since childhood, Maria McDonald loved painting. But it wasn’t until she got to college that she saw how painting could be a career.  McDonald came to Kent State University as an art education major. But one class made a difference in her education and then her career. After taking a painting class, McDonald switched her major, and in ...

Senior Hannah Fender is preparing to defend her honor's thesis.

Kent State Today is following a group of Golden Flashes for the 2023-'24 academic year chronicling their efforts and successes during the fall and spring semesters. The group includes students, faculty and administrators who are at different places on their Kent State University journeys.Hannah Fender is entering the home stretch.&nbs...

Leah Benson

Leah Benson's childhood dreams were filled with visions of flight. If you asked what creature she'd choose to be, she'd promptly reply, "A bird!" Her parents always encouraged her to pursue her passions, and now she's doing just that as a senior aerospace engineering student at Kent State's College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE). For...

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Flash Friday Shane Reese

Welcome to Flash Friday! In this series, we introduce you to fascinating student Flashes from all walks of life. Today, we are shining the spotlight on Shane Reese, a junior finance major from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a story of resilience and leadership.In his freshman year, Reese faced the loss of his mother, a moment in time ...

Marcellus Byrd

“Kent State’s ABSN program was more desirable than other programs I had considered because I could complete it in 15 months, much quicker than most schools,” said Byrd. “Many of the nurses on my floor raved about Kent State’s nursing program, too. When I spoke with an advisor, they were also very helpful in decerning which program would su...

Brunner walking the runway with a model

Meet Frances Brunner, a senior fashion design student with a distinct focus on environmental fashion and a finalist for the prestigious 2023 Redress Design Award. When it comes to the fashion industry's future, Brunner is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with.  Brunner originally wanted to be a stockbroker because of her innate...