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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...

A team of students display the interactive dress they created at the Fashion/Tech Hackathon. What does an interactive dress capable of receiving text messages have in common with a zero emission vehicle and a phone case that dispenses birth control pills? Three interdisciplinary teams of Kent State students created the products using design thinking principles and collaborative strategies to provide solutions to complex problems, such as...

Kellie Miley standing among greenery and plants Kellie Miley is the first to admit, when she graduated from Rootstown High School in 2008, she was not ready for college. In high school, she barely cracked a book yet managed a 3.2 grade point average (GPA). Getting by with little effort changed when she started as a freshman at Kent State University. By the end of the year, Ms. Miley found...

Kent State University hospitality management senior Ashley Foster (right) spent a week working with Food Network celebrity chef Cat Cora (left). (Photo provided by Ashley Foster) Kent State University senior Ashley Foster has known since third grade that she wanted a career as a chef. The 20-year-old hospitality management major got a little closer to her dream over the summer when she spent a week training with celebrity chef Cat Cora at the chef’s headquarters in Santa Barbara,...

Kent State President Beverly J. Warren poses with 2018 Homecoming King Jordan Euell and Queen Jennifer Uren on the field at Dix Stadium. The Kent State University fight song blared down Main Street, the city of Kent was flooded with blue and gold, alumni and friends gathered and reminisced about their Kent State days, fans packed the stadium to cheer on their beloved Golden Flashes, and the entire campus boomed with Kent State pride.   Kent State celebrated 100 years of...

Celeste Dawson credits Kent State’s EXCEL program for making the Kent Campus feel like a second home. Celeste Dawson had made up her mind. She was not going to attend college and that was her final decision.  Her story could have ended there, but the support of her parents and a program at Kent State University opened up a new chapter in her life – one filled with opportunities she never imagined. Ms. Dawson’s journey began shortly after high...

Kent State University students fill Risman Plaza in front of the Kent Student Center at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Once again, Kent State ranks in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report. In a class by itself, Kent State University is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier of the Best National Universities list released by U.S. News & World Report. Each year, students and their parents rely on the magazine’s annual Best Colleges rankings to help narrow their college choices and to validate...