Student Life

Kent State has been awarded the Tree Campus USA recognition for the 12th consecutive year The trees on Kent State University’s campus bring something new to marvel at each season. In the summer, trees provide welcoming shade for students to lounge, fall brings vivid leaves that crunch under students’ feet on the way to classes, and winter pines provide an idyllic picture of fluffy snow. With nearly 4,000 trees on campus, Kent State...

The Golden Flash Asset Management (GFAM) Group The Golden Flash Asset Management (GFAM) Group is composed of Kent State students who are interested in finance. The team manages an investment fund of over $1 million in assets from the Kent State Foundation. The group currently has 26 active members. Daniel Volpe, senior finance student and president of Golden Flash Asset Management, said that...

Main Street Kent is hosting the first Kent Rainbow Weekend. While Kent State University prides itself on providing a diverse and inclusive community for students, faculty and staff, Main Street Kent is showing how the city of Kent also embraces the same sentiment. Main Street Kent, the non-profit organization that promotes the revitalization of downtown Kent, is hosting the first ever Kent Rainbow Weekend,...

Researchers Study Infection Risk Reduction Program A new infection control program was recently piloted at Kent State University. A recent study strategically placed hand sanitizers and a surface disinfectant spray throughout athletic training rooms in two high schools and two colleges in Northeast Ohio, including Kent State. According to a recent press release, student athletes are in close...

Members of Kent State “I can’t even find the words to express how thankful I am for the experiences I’ve had here,” said Rachel Pike-Lee. “In every degree that I’ve pursued here, this school has always been very accepting. That’s something that really sticks out to me-- how open-minded the entire university is.” The 32-year-old veteran of the United...

Kent State Kent State University’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services (CAVS) has been selected as the outstanding undergraduate program for adult learners by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), a leading professional association in student affairs.  In a Feb. 3, 2020, letter to President Todd Diacon, NASPA announced...

N.J. Akbar and his advisor at commencement It was a defining moment for 35-year-old N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., on the day the Detroit native turned Akron resident was publicly recognized for earning his doctoral degree. A moment that almost didn’t happen. “It was surreal, but it was also numbing,” Akbar told WKYC. He earned his doctorate in Cultural Foundations of Education from Kent State...

Faculty Perform During Kent State Positive energy filled the room on the night of Kent State University’s Piano Division Scholarship Gala Concert. The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music brought in around $2,500 in donations thus far with nearly 100 donors, alumni, faculty and students in attendance at the Piano Division’s performance on Jan. 26. “The stage was beautifully...

Joseph Napier Co-Founder of Youngstown Creative Collective Alumnus Joseph Napier co-founded a local non-profit organization called the Youngstown Creative Collective that helps raise awareness for small businesses in the inner city of Youngstown. Napier told WKBN that he realized how important it is to engage with the community while attending Kent State and being part of student organizations, and he...

Students Participate in a Candlelight Vigil During the First May 4 Commemoration The events of May 4, 1970, mark an important time for current students to reflect and connect to the ones who shaped history almost five decades ago. Today, the similarities between the lives of May 4 students and today’s students seem more pertinent than ever. “I’m a college student. They were college students. The only thing separating us...