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Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday raised more than $1.6 million to support student success, keeping Kent State students on track to their ultimate goal of obtaining their degree. Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2019 raised more than $1.6 million when it ended on Dec. 3 at 11:59 p.m., shattering the previous year’s record of $1.03 million. Supporters were able to choose from more than 40 featured giving options throughout the Kent State system, including student scholarships, educational programs, athletic teams...

Rachael Blasiman poses with her students after winning the Distinguished Teaching Award. “Small successes matter, even when students understand a complex idea, attend tutoring to improve their exam grade or make personal connections to learning,” said Rachael Blasiman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology for Kent State University at Salem. This positive teaching philosophy led her to winning the Distinguished...

COBA North Deck Added Benefits to Campus and Community Michael Bruder, executive director of facilities, planning and design at Kent State, said that in addition to the parking deck’s many benefits, most of the cars parked there will be covered and shielded from the sun, rain, snow and other inclement weather. He also said the deck’s location offers...

The rendering shows the location of the new parking deck and the realignment of Terrace Drive at Kent State University. Kent State University’s first major construction project to create a new signature gateway to the Kent Campus will begin in the summer of 2020. At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Kent State Board of Trustees approved the construction of the university’s first parking deck. The project is outlined in Phase One of the 10-year facilities master plan to...

President Khalil Looney (far right) and some fellow members of Kent State University’s Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) pose for a photo. The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation has pledged a $10,000 matching gift for Giving Tuesday to the M.E.N. Fund. With the launch of its 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign on Nov. 1, Kent State University has again transformed a one-day fundraising initiative into a monthlong giving campaign to support student scholarships, expanded programs, study away initiatives and modern facilities. Today, Kent State President Todd Diacon made a “groovy” announcement on...

Taléa Drummer-Ferrell Taléa Drummer-Ferrell is Kent State University’s interim dean of students, a position that serves as the university’s primary student advocate and assists the vice president for student affairs in the leadership of the division. Her appointment as interim dean of students began Oct. 1. In this role, Drummer-Ferrell manages departments that...

President Khalil Looney (far right) and some fellow members of Kent State University’s Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.) pose for a photo. The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation has pledged a $10,000 matching gift for Giving Tuesday to the M.E.N. Fund. With the launch of its 2019 Giving Tuesday campaign on Nov. 1, Kent State University has again transformed a one-day fundraising initiative into a monthlong giving campaign to support student scholarships, expanded programs, study away initiatives and modern facilities. Today, Kent State President Todd Diacon made a “groovy” announcement on...

Kent State is launching a new program to support area teens who have been placed in foster care as a result of the opioid crisis. A teen who ages out of the foster care system is eight times more likely to become homeless than to earn a bachelor’s degree. Think about that. In fact, it is rare to attend a college commencement and find many graduates who spent time in foster care as only 3% who age out of the foster care system will go on to earn a degree. Increasing the...

Columbiana Dean David Dees Congratulates Daniel Dankovich What do you call a faculty member who continues to be a resource for students long after they’ve left his classroom, a faculty member who oversees a food pantry for students with food insecurity, a faculty member who works across departments for the benefit of all students? This year, Daniel Dankovich, D.C., lecturer of biological sciences at...

The “Armed With Our Voices” exhibit provides a powerful form of cross-generational connection that engages users in the events of May 4, 1970, and the importance of peace, conflict resolution and student activism today. Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center is set to debut its “Armed With Our Voices” exhibit this week in Austin, Texas, as part of the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference.   Curated and designed in collaboration with Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center and the College of Arts and...