University College

Kent State University is the recipient of the 2015 Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The center is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students at critical junctures in the educational pipeline, and it seeks to promote intentional and integrative connections within and across institutions and educational sectors to enhance the student transition experience.

Before the fall semester begins on Aug. 31, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that will last from Aug. 27-30 and acclimate students to the Kent State University community. The event is an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about existing academic and social opportunities at Kent State.

Photo of N.J. AkbarN.J. Akbar, assistant dean of Academic Diversity Success in Kent State’s University College, tells the Akron Beacon Journal that he “understands what is means to be counted out.”

As an African-American from a low-income neighborhood, Akbar is the first in his family to go to college.

Kent State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. 

Destination Kent State is back! The June and July advising and registration program is a one-and-a-half-day experience that includes an overnight stay in a residence hall. New, first-year students are encouraged to invite family members to participate in the program.

Photo of Eboni PringleEboni Pringle, Ph.D., of Kent, Ohio, has been selected as the new dean of the University College (formerly Undergraduate Studies) at Kent State University after an internal search. Pringle has served as interim dean of the college since Oct. 1, 2012. She will begin serving as the permanent dean on July 1, 2015.

Earlier this year, the state of Ohio designated the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.” The purpose of the day, which falls on April 14 this year, is to raise awareness of the value of internship and co-op opportunities in this state and promote the establishment of internship and co-op programs at businesses and nonprofit agencies in Ohio.

What do sleep quality, post-traumatic stress disorder and smoking have in common?

That’s the question on which Celeste Weise, a Kent State University senior psychology and sociology major, presented her research at the university’s second annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held March 11.