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Maria McDonald in Massillon Museum’s Studio M

Since childhood, Maria McDonald loved painting. But it wasn’t until she got to college that she saw how painting could be a career.  McDonald came to Kent State University as an art education major. But one class made a difference in her education and then her career. After taking a painting class, McDonald switched her major, and in ...

Senior Hannah Fender is preparing to defend her honor's thesis.

Kent State Today is following a group of Golden Flashes for the 2023-'24 academic year chronicling their efforts and successes during the fall and spring semesters. The group includes students, faculty and administrators who are at different places on their Kent State University journeys.Hannah Fender is entering the home stretch.&nbs...

Black Squirrel Silhouette with AI words

Professional development is an important part of being a successful member of the professional workforce. Learning new skills is key for students, faculty and staff. University Libraries has developed the Digital Scholarship Series, a collection of professional development virtual and in-person opportunities focused on the digital landscap...

TV2 covering Pres. Biden visit.

 When U.S. President Joe Biden visited East Palestine, Ohio, Feb. 16, a year after the train derailment and chemical spill, two student reporters from Kent State were there to capture the story.  Alexandria Manthey, a senior journalism major and reporter for Kent State's TV2, and Kayla Gleason, sophomore journalism major and...

Student Multimedia 3d Printer in action printing hearts

If you frequent the Kent State University Library for Starbucks and studying, you may not have noticed you were within feet of one of the most important resources for students on campus. The Student Multimedia Studio (SMS) on the first floor provides a space for academic and creative play for students, faculty and staff.{"preview_thumbnail...

Protest images

Kent State University has a strong history of student activism. The university wants to ensure students can exercise their right to protest, demonstrate and march about issues that matter to them. And to do it safely.The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is responsible for all student organizations on campus and provides numerous traini...

LaunchNET's February Pitch and Ponder event.

 Pitch and Ponder is a regular event, presented several times each semester by LaunchNET Kent State. The student entrepreneurial organization describes Pitch and Ponder as "a stress-free, low stakes open mic night for founders and creatives to share their ideas, practice their personal or business pitches, and connect with other ...

Julian Grimes, president of Black United Students, tours the May 4 Visitors Center.

While Julian Grimes was growing up in Akron, Ohio, his great-aunt, Lois Foster, long-time vice president for United Way of Summit County, Ohio, saw his leadership potential.Foster, who died in 2020, was a mentor to Grimes,  now a Kent State University junior, and he is doing his best to live up to her expectations.Grimes is the curren...

Virginia Doherty Flash Friday collage

Welcome to Flash Friday! In this series, we introduce you to fascinating student Flashes from all walks of life.Meet Virginia Doherty, a junior triple major of history, art history and economics with minors in marketing and ancient, medieval and renaissance studies. Doherty is from Pittsburgh, but she also has dual citizenship in the U.S. ...

Sophomore Fashion Design major Timothy Green is pictured next to Culinary Services Cook DeVante D. Williams with Timothy’s submission of Brown Sugar Fried Chicken

In a celebration of Black History Month, Kent State University Culinary Services has transformed the month’s menu into a melting pot of different dishes. Led by Executive Chef Edward Shawn Hardin Sr., Culinary Services is offering a unique menu built upon students’ family recipes, highlighting the diversity of Black history. Sarah Kor...