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Sarah Matthews poses outside of Air Force One. She sometimes travels with the president in her role as Deputy Press Secretary. In the spring of 2017, Sarah Matthews had a tough choice to make when a job offer arrived prior to graduation. “I was told the office could not hold the position until my graduation date, and if I was interested I needed to move to D.C. as soon as possible,” Matthews said. “I jumped at the opportunity and moved to D.C. about a month before...

Kalin Bennett Every college basketball player remembers the first basket they scored in a real game. That’s also true for Kalin Bennett, but his first points came with an entire nation cheering him on. Now the Under Armour size XXL jersey Bennett wore that night in a 97-58 win over Hiram is displayed at the Naismith...

Kent State women’s basketball players and graduating seniors Ali Poole, Sydney Brinlee and Megan Carter smile with their caps and gowns. (Photo credit: Scott Galvin) Kent State University student-athletes conquered the unprecedented challenge of completing the final months of the spring term via remote classes by posting the highest term grade point average (3.563) in athletics department history. All 17 programs posted a term GPA of 3.1 or better with 14 setting a new term record. A record 75 student-athletes...

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...

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Female student in aeronautics lab Turning Dreams into Reality Just before her final semester at Kent State, Tyshaia Earnest, BS ’20 stood on a stage in New York City alongside seven other finalists at the Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala. That evening, she emerged as the top scholar out of nearly 650 applicants, taking home the $35,000 first-place scholarship prize. The Fashion...

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Female student in aeronautics lab Making College Count John McDermott, BBA ’20, an accounting major and scholarship recipient from Cleveland’s west side, is the first in his family to continue his education beyond middle school. Though his family did not emphasize schooling, he realized the value of an education because of positive childhood role models and high school...

Female student in aeronautics lab Sarah Greywitt, a PhD student in Cultural Foundations program, co-presented at the Jobs for the Future Postsecondary State Network Meeting on January 29, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. With Jonathan Iuzzini, Director of Teaching & Learning at Achieving the Dream, they presented Building a Culture of...

Female student in aeronautics lab Kent, OH — The Kent State University Orchestra continues its 2019-2020 subscription season with a concert on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the winners of the annual student Concerto Competition. This year’s winners include undergraduate saxophone student Eric Vasquez and graduate piano student Gréta Pásztor. Graduate violist...

Xuyue Qing, Graduate Voice Student On Sat., Oct. 19, 17 of our voice students traveled to the University of Toledo to compete in the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Auditions. Six School of Music students placed or received honorable mentions in their category. In addition to placing first in his category, Xuyue Qing (pictured) also received...

Scott Little (BM 19) Future music educator, composer and oboist Scott Little (BM ‘19) has led a varied college career while at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. During his time as a Music Education major, he has studied oboe with Prof. Danna Sundet as well as composition with both Dr. Adam Roberts and Dr. Frank Wiley. Scott’s also managed to squeeze in some...