The statistics proving that poverty exists in Columbiana County are alarming and staggering. Still, for many who live above the poverty level, it is difficult to understand the emotional, social and economic impact poverty has on those who live in it every day. The issue became quite real recently for about 40 nursing students and staff members from Kent State University at Salem who participated in a poverty simulation, an interactive exercise aimed at helping the community understand poverty.
Before the fall semester went into full swing on Aug. 26, new students were invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that ran Aug. 22-25 and helped acclimate students to the Kent State University community. The event served as an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about the academic and social opportunities that exist at Kent State.
Kent State students of Japanese got a crash course in cultural immersion earlier this year, thanks to the efforts of Kent State Professor of Japanese Translation, Judy Wakabayashi, who escorted two different groups to Japan in December 2012 and May 2013.
Students in the Master of Fine Arts program in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University earned Student Notable Honoree status, placing them in the top six of all national entries, in the Core77 2013 Design Awards for their Healthcare Visuals Kibera project.