Student Life

Students living on the closed Kent State campus resident in the Stopher-Johnson residence hall complex. When Kent State University closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, not all students living on the Kent Campus were able to leave.  In a typical semester, about 6,200 students live in the residence halls. By March 20, just 52 students remained.  COVID-19 concerns forced the university to close all campuses on March 13. The university...

BioBlack Team Poses with their bacteria-dyed tote bad and dress dyed with bacterium A team of Kent State students was recently honored for its efforts to create a sustainable black dye alternative.  The BioBlack team of Janda Van Dyk, Jordan Smith, Kirsten Thieman and Lizeth Ramirez received the Outstanding Science Award from the Biodesign Challenge Summit 2020.  The fashion industry currently uses synthetic dye to create the...

Kent State Golden Flashes Women Today’s Flashes of Inspiration comes from Lisa Strom, Kent State University’s head women’s golf coach, who offers a pep talk to all in the university community struggling under the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Strom talks about finding ways to stick to a healthy routine, even as social distancing continues for months.    The...

College of Communication & Information

Groupwork Students in the class Communication in a Global Society worked in teams throughout the Spring 2020 semester to educate audiences about one specific aspect of globalization and ecology: fast fashion.  The goal, according to Associate Professor Stephanie Danes Smith, was “to look at whether Kent State students can present information about highly...

Female student in aeronautics lab Using Kent State University’s exceptional student support and career resources, senior aerospace engineering major Sydney Bihn followed her instincts to her true career calling.   Since high school, Sydney Bihn’s plan was to become a teacher, specifically in middle childhood education. When it came time to choose a university, she wanted to...

Aviation Art Contest Flyer Ohio is no stranger to aviation. The first-in-flight Wright brothers hail from our home state. The Kent State University Airport’s history is just as unique. A century ago in 1920, The Ohio Flying School and Transport Company officially incorporated and opened Stow Field, now known as Kent State University Airport, Andrew Paton Field. To...

Risman Plaza When students decide what college or university to attend, one of the biggest decisions that follows is whether to live on campus or commute to campus from home or an apartment. While living on campus is an integral part of the college experience for some students, each of these options has its perks and...

Autism Research is represented by an image of the brain April’s observance as Autism Awareness Month is coming to a close, but research into the whys and hows of autism is always ongoing at Kent State University. Michael N. Lehman, Ph.D., director of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State, said the university supports autism research that focuses on basic discoveries within the brain, as...

Mikey Indriolo While locked down in their apartments or family homes, students in the Kent State course Journalism and Documentary are telling a story that future generations and historians will one day discuss: What was college life like when the coronavirus pandemic changed the world?  At the beginning of the semester, students were given an assignment to...

Student Parents Completing Their Journey A basic tool kit includes things such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails and more. The Family Friendly Campus Toolkit offers so much more, and Kent State's Center for Adults and Veterans Services (CAVS) took full advantage of it to help adult and parenting students.   The Family Friendly Campus Toolkit, created by Endicott College, is a free-to-use...