Student Life

Katie, an English cream golden retriever, enjoys the company of Kent State students as she smiles for the camera during the Stress-Free Zone in the library. Kent State University Libraries will host its sixth-annual fall semester Stress-Free Zone on Monday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 11. The event will be open to all Kent State students, faculty and staff from 3-5 p.m. in the Garden Room on the first floor of the University Library. Stress-Free Zone kicks off finals week as a way to get students to...

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan displays the Congressional Award Silver Medal, presented to Kent State University nursing student Austin Croft in Henderson Hall, home of the College of Nursing. It’s not every day that a college student is awarded a medal or receives a special visit from a congressman. But that’s exactly what happened to a Kent State University student when he was honored for his initiative, achievement and service. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan presented Kent State nursing major Austin Croft...

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan displays the Congressional Award Silver Medal, presented to Kent State University nursing student Austin Croft in Henderson Hall, home of the College of Nursing. It’s not every day that a college student is awarded a medal or receives a special visit from a congressman. But that’s exactly what happened to a Kent State University student when he was honored for his initiative, achievement and service. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan presented Kent State nursing major Austin Croft...

Dreamers and Doers: Lainey Ward Heart of gold. Life was just beginning for Lainey Ward when doctors worked on her heart to keep it beating. A 4-month-old baby, Ms. Ward was in the fight of her life before she knew what living really meant. Her whole world was mom and dad and the mobile dancing over her crib. Open-heart surgery and operations to fix three birth defects kept Ms....

Coming from a difficult home life, Diamond Lauderdale had many challenges ahead of her in obtaining a college education. But through Kent State For Diamond Lauderdale, Kent State University is not only her chosen college, it is her home. While growing up in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Lauderdale’s home life was challenging. She lived with her disabled father and worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Ms. Lauderdale’s father had been unable to walk for many years, and as she got older, her...

Southern Comfort Kitchen Founder and CEO Will Matthews Cooks Two Kent State entrepreneurship students have turned their passion for Louisiana cuisine into a new pop-up restaurant, the Southern Comfort Kitchen. They hope the project eventually will fund their purchase of a food truck, which is their ultimate goal.   Water Street Tavern hosted Southern Comfort’s first pop-up restaurant on Oct. 25, where...

Daisy Smith discovered her purpose at Kent State University.Hear how Kent State University student Daisy Smith discovered her purpose at Kent State. Learn more at www.kent.edu/discoveringpurpose.              

The Kent State University women’s rugby team took matters into their own hands when they encountered a tree blocking the road on their way to a match. (Photo credit: Tina Miller) The Kent State University women’s rugby team found themselves facing a literal bump in the road on their way to a rugby match on Oct. 7. The drive to the match stopped short when the players came upon a large tree that had fallen into the middle of Summit Road. Clyde Gesaman of Ravenna Township stood outside,...

The Academic Success Center in Kent State When Kellie Miley graduated from Rootstown High School in 2008, she is the first to admit she was not ready for college. In high school, she barely cracked a book yet managed a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Getting by with little effort changed when she started as a freshman at Kent State University. By the end of the year, Ms. Miley found herself...

More than 100 students, staff, faculty and community members gathered Oct. 29 for a candlelight vigil. Their hugs were tight, and their words were often soft and tearful.   Still, those who gathered on a windy night on Kent State University’s Risman Plaza on Oct. 29 came together to not only reflect on the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh but to also lift one another up during a time that has shaken many while taking a deep, emotional toll. Many said...