Student Life

Jasmine Long and Sharon Ware grew up in different neighborhoods, but their connection transcends residential blocks. Broken barriers now build the dreams to change their communities for the better.

With nearly 400 student organizations, Kent State University has plenty of options for students to find a club that fits their interests. But if students can’t find one that piques their interest, they can always create their own. That’s what Kent State freshmen Tara Wade and Ryan Leflar did. The pair did not hesitate to turn their passion for choreography into a student organization.

Kent State University’s Mock Trial Team recently competed in the Regional Mock Trial Association Competition held at the Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus. Kent State’s team is made up of students from the Kent Campus, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, who are majoring in a variety of programs such as marketing, paralegal studies, criminology and justice.

When most people think of varsity or club-level sports programs on college campuses, names like Overwatch, Hearthstone, League of Legends and Rocket League are not normally mentioned. But at Kent State University, these popular game titles are the new electronic landscape for a varsity sports program that launched in fall 2018 at Kent State.

When business administration major Deneen Penn started her college career at Kent State University at Trumbull, she had no plans to become Miss Ohio USA 2018 or to launch her own honey business. By her senior year, however, she had accomplished both. 

Kent State University’s Community Engaged Learning Initiative selected the Walls Community Garden for its Outstanding New Service Initiative award. The garden was selected for the award for understanding the needs of the community and making a positive impact on Kent State University, Walls Elementary School, where the garden is located, and the city of Kent.

Jacob Thompson, a Kent State University sophomore aeronautics and engineering major, was braving the harsh February winds during his regular commute back to the Kent Campus from his Coast Guard drill training in Port Clinton, Ohio, when tragedy struck a semi and Mr. Thompson sprang into action.

Each semester, PNC recognizes two outstanding Kent State University students as PNC Achievers. These students exemplify excellence in the classroom, in the community, and in student leadership and development.

Kristen Brett, a fourth year student in Kent State University's College of Podiatric Medicine, has been elected president of the American Podiatric Medical Students' Association (APMSA).

Kent State University nursing major Christina Hansen grew up just outside of Cleveland in Mentor, Ohio, so the idea of remaining in northeast Ohio after graduation has always appealed to her.