An exciting new educational partnership between Kent State University and Geauga County’s Berkshire Local School District has moved a step closer to reality.
On Sept. 12, the Kent State Board of Trustees approved a long-term ground lease and shared services agreement with Berkshire schools for 30 acres of land co-located with Kent State’s Geauga Campus where Berkshire schools will build a new PreK-12 building, including athletic and vocational facilities.
Shown is a rendering of the new Berkshire school. (Credit: TDA/Berkshire Local School District)
If you enjoy playing video games – you are a hobbyist.
If you enter competitions – you are a gamer.
If you like to watch others play – you are a fan.
Together, all three make up esports, one of the fastest growing industries in the world - playing games such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, Overwatch and HearthStone Heroes of Warcraft. Universities are catching on to the subculture - offering students varsity esports programs with practice facilities, tournaments and even scholarships.
Kent State University students practice their egaming skills prior to Kent State’s First Esports Tournament on May 5, on the Kent Campus in the Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center (MAC Center) at noon.
Kent State University President Beverly Warren is launching a new series of town hall meetings to update the university community on the Strategic Visioning Initiatives and the One University Commission.
Kent State University’s seven Regional Campuses will begin automatically awarding associate degrees to bachelor’s degree-seeking students who have completed all requirements for either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree.
“They earned it, so we’re awarding the degree,” said Wanda Thomas, associate provost and dean of the Regional College. “Awarding an associate degree as soon as it is earned ensures that a Kent State regional student will have a college degree, even if something happens and they are unable to complete their bachelor’s degree program.”