Student Life

Kent State Trumbull eSports Team Thunderbirds The Thunderbirds kicked off their eSports season this month. The team wants you to know the sport is just like any other collegiate sport.   Coach Mike Pozega told WKBN if you are against video games, you should see the social skills the students learn while preparing for their matches. “If you really watch the way they develop as a group to...

ASM undergrad fellow Gerbig and Dr. Smith test for Staphylococcus in the lab City rats are unlikely to be on anyone's list of favorite animals, but researching exactly how they are problematic for public health provided a unique opportunity this past summer for Gracen Gerbig, Kent State junior majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Gerbig's summer research was supported by an Undergraduate Research Fellowship award...

Pacifique Niyonzima Pacifique Niyonzima lost most of his family during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Now he is earning a graduate degree in higher education administration at Kent State so he can give back to his native country. This pursuit of education helped Rwandan genocide survivor Niyonzima find family and focus in America. Now, this Kent State grad student's...

Game Jam Students (2).jpg Nearly 40 students from Kent State University's Tuscarawas, Stark and Kent campuses recently participated in Kent State’s first site for the Global Game Jam (GGJ). GGJ is a worldwide game-making event where creators gather at 800-plus sites around the world over a weekend to make games based on a single theme over a 48-hour period. Kent State’s...

Dylan Elson (center) poses with Dr. Little (left), and Lorinda Craver (right) Quick-thinking, experience and a kind heart describe a Kent State student who took immediate action to help an employee during an apparent medical emergency. Dylan Elson, freshman exploratory major, was honored in a surprise ceremony by the Division of Student Affairs on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in the Kent Student Center Alumni Suite, where he was...

Kent State graduates, students and crew adjust lights for the principle shot of the new Kent State commercial. Three Kent State University students gained valuable video production experience by working on a new television commercial produced by the university as part of the new spring campaign.   When University Communications and Marketing (UCM) created the 30-second commercial to highlight the achievements and impact of Kent State, its producers turned...

Kent State Senior Journalism Major Christiana Ford travels to China with the National Association of Black Journalists Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication senior Christiana Ford was one of five students nationwide selected to participate in the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) all-expenses paid reporting trip to China in November 2018. Ms. Ford, who aspires to report on politics after graduation, has sought out...

Students help prepare food at the Campus Kitchen at Kent State University. The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University is celebrating eight years of making an impact across campus and in the Kent community, annually turning 60,000 pounds of leftover food into 18,000 meals. Amanda Woodyard, director of the university’s Community Engaged Learning, began advising the Campus Kitchen about three years ago and has witnessed...

Kent State Robotics Team Places Receives Third Place Award in NASA Robotics Mining Competition Being a finalist in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition is a remarkable accomplishment in itself. Placing third in the entire nation was a surprise and a joy to the Kent State Robotics Team. “We were very surprised to place third!” said Madison Spreitzer, president of the organization from 2017-2018. “This year was the best we have ever done...

Kent State graduate Garrett Holubeck overcame cancer to earn his degree. Garrett Holubeck's diagnosis with stage 4 cancer led to him being placed on life support just to keep his heart and lungs working. Beating the odds, the Pittsburgh native completed his long journey of recovery when he crossed the stage Dec. 15 to earn a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology. Mr. Holubeck and his family shared their...