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Doctors told her that she would never be able to walk again, she wouldn’t finish high school and would never make it to college. But this soon-to-be college graduate and upcoming Kent State University Master’s student has proven those expectations wrong.

Kent State University at Tuscarawas engineering technology students collaborated on their capstone project during the spring semester and unveiled a search and rescue robot on finals night in early May.

As if graduating with your Ph.D., starting a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellowship, getting married in Nepal and organizing an international research seminar wasn’t already a full plate for Kent State University doctoral student Greta Babakhanova, how about a little dessert?

Eight Kent State University students received scholarships from the Akron Press Club and John S. Knight Memorial Scholarship Fund in April, totaling $40,000 in awards. College of Communication and Information students won eight of the nine awards given by the Akron Press Club this year.

Bethany Westphal is a very busy person. Like most seniors, Ms. Westphal spends her time doing school work and preparing for graduation in May. But, at the same time, she also runs the full-time business she started herself.

Nathaniel Bailey has been interested in photography for as long as he can remember. After years of study and practice, Mr. Bailey’s passion has paid off. In March 2019, Mr. Bailey won the Chuck Scott Student Photographer of the Year award from the Ohio News Photographers Association (ONPA), and he was awarded the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship.


Ronda McCaskey and Caitlyn Horvath are best friends who went through the nursing program together and graduated one year apart with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from Kent State University at Geauga. Now they are both intensive care nurses. But they also happen to be mother and daughter.

Freshman and sophomore construction management students from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) attended the University of Cincinnati (UC) New Builders Competition and took first place for the second year in a row. 

Imagine being a 17-year-old high school student, and in your first semester of a geology research internship, your professor asks you to identify an extinct 300-million-year-old, tiny and unknown crustacean specimen. Megan Schinker, then an ambitious Stow-Munroe Falls High School junior, jumped right in. Now a senior in high school, Ms. Schinker, chose Kent State as her undergraduate school where she will pursue a double major in geology and chemistry starting fall 2019.

Everyone’s favorite event is back. Kent State University Libraries will host its seventh annual Stress-Free Zone on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7. The event is open to students, staff and faculty from 3-5 p.m. in the Garden Room on the first floor of University Library.