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Kent State Police Services is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its first K-9 unit, which features 7-year-old German Shepherd Coco and her handler, Officer Anne Spahr. Kent State University Police Services is celebrating the five-year anniversary – or the 35 dog-year anniversary – of its first K-9 unit, which features 7-year-old German Shepherd Coco and her handler, Officer Anne Spahr. “She is very high spirited, very high energy and very smart,” Officer Spahr said....

A graduate student proudly displays her diploma during Kent State’s advanced degree Commencement ceremony. The Kent State University alumni family grew by nearly 3,000 new graduates as the university held its Fall Commencement ceremonies. For the Kent Campus, Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). About fall commencement Across the university’s...

Katie, an English cream golden retriever, enjoys the company of Kent State students as she smiles for the camera during the Stress-Free Zone in the library. Kent State University Libraries will host its sixth-annual fall semester Stress-Free Zone on Monday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 11. The event will be open to all Kent State students, faculty and staff from 3-5 p.m. in the Garden Room on the first floor of the University Library. Stress-Free Zone kicks off finals week as a way to get students to...

Mackenzie Bailey standing in front of a blue and gold wall Like most students, Mackenzie Bailey faced the typical challenges during the start of her academic career, including choosing a major and getting good grades. But that all paled in comparison to the devastating news she received her freshman year: her father had terminal cancer. “When I was home for winter break, he ended up passing away,” Ms....

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan displays the Congressional Award Silver Medal, presented to Kent State University nursing student Austin Croft in Henderson Hall, home of the College of Nursing. It’s not every day that a college student is awarded a medal or receives a special visit from a congressman. But that’s exactly what happened to a Kent State University student when he was honored for his initiative, achievement and service. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan presented Kent State nursing major Austin Croft...

After all she has overcome, Diamond Lauderdale credits Kent State with helping her reach her dreams. For Diamond Lauderdale, Kent State University is not only her chosen college, it is her new home. While growing up in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Lauderdale’s home life was challenging. She lived with her disabled father and worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Ms. Lauderdale’s father has been unable to walk for many years, and as she got older, her...

Kent State President Beverly J. Warren delivers the 2018 State of the University Address in the Kent Student Center Kiva. Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren challenged the university community to embrace transformation at the annual State of the University Address. “Serious transformation is never easy,” she said. “It challenges us to let go of predictable ways and embrace something new and unfamiliar.” President Warren says the campus...

Student Elijah Kirkland-Boyce stands on the Kent State Ice Rink During his first year at Kent State University, Elijah Kirkland-Boyce realized that the road to the Dean’s List was a bumpy one, filled with twists and turns he never could have anticipated. Despite his best efforts, he received a D in a psychology course during his first semester. Instead of giving up, Mr. Kirkland-Boyce reached out. He started...

Kent State President Beverly Warren delivers the 2017 State of the University Address in the Kent Student Center Kiva. Kent State University President Beverly J. Warren has built a legacy of excellence, respect, kindness and purpose in all that she has done during her time as Kent State’s 12th president. That legacy includes recently welcoming the university’s largest and most accomplished freshman class and a record number of baccalaureate degrees conferred...

A student walkout in 1968 contributed to the launch of Black United Students (BUS), which is commemorating 50 years at Kent State. (Photo from the collection of E. Timothy Moore) Set against the backdrop of five decades of dynamic social change, the powerful “BUS at 50 Reloaded” photography exhibit in Ritchie Hall’s Uumbaji Gallery highlights the impact and influence of the Black United Students (BUS) organization at Kent State University since its founding in 1968. The show runs through Nov. 14.  Curated by...