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Kent State University President Todd Diacon issued the following statement: “At this moment in our nation’s history, now more than ever I call on Americans to embrace and practice our university’s core value of kindness and respect in all that we do. Democracy is both a mighty force and a fragile vessel that relies on a universally shared...

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Kent State University will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, to celebrate King’s life and legacy. Serving as this year’s keynote speaker is CNN political analyst and former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers. The virtual program is free and open to the public. Sellers made history in 2006...

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration After more than a decade of service, Joel Nielsen, Kent State University’s director of athletics, plans to seek new challenges when his contract with the university ends later this year. “Recently, I informed President Diacon that I am not seeking a renewal of my contract and that I will be transitioning out...

A student wears a Kent State mask during the COVID-19 pandemic Two Kent State University professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free. Christopher J. Woolverton, Ph.D., professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, and Richard E. Ferdig, the Summit Professor of Learning...

Image of COVID 19 cells Jean Engohang-Ndong, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, has been closely following the development of vaccines for COVID-19. He credits advances in science for helping researchers to develop vaccines in a short period of time. “We can do things that we would not have been able to do 50 years ago,”...

Alan Canfora A scholarship to honor Alan Canfora has been created to honor his life and legacy by supporting future Kent State students. Canfora, 71, died Dec. 20 following a short illness.  Canfora, ’72, MLS ’80, was one of nine students wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers who opened fire on May 4, 1970 during a peaceful demonstration on the Kent...

Alan Canfora A scholarship to honor Alan Canfora has been created to honor his life and legacy by supporting future Kent State students. Canfora, 71, died Dec. 20 following a short illness. Canfora, ’72, MLS ’80, was one of nine students wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers who opened fire on May 4, 1970, during a...

Alan Canfora giving a tour on the May 4, 1970 shooting site Alan Canfora, one of nine Kent State University students wounded when Ohio National Guard soldiers opened fire on May 4, 1970, has died. He was 71. Canfora's sist er, Roseann "Chic" Canfora, shared the news Dec. 27 on Facebook. "It is with immense sadness that I share news of the passing of my beloved brother, Alan...

Alan Canfora giving a tour on the May 4, 1970 shooting site Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff, As previously noted by Kent State’s Office of Security and Access Management during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, there has been an increase in fraudulent scams and attempts by cybercriminals to access private data nationwide. Protecting your data is a top priority. The...

2018 Firestone Immersive Summer Camp Kent State University and Akron-area foundations have partnered to support students in the Greater Akron community in a time of dire need through a collaboration that prioritizes positive regional impact and improving lives through education.  Six Akron-area foundations provided support in an effort to assist Kent State students from the Greater...