With the 50th May 4 Commemoration approaching, this year’s Common Reading Experience for all first-year Kent State University students created an opportunity to incorporate the books “This We Know” and “Thirteen Seconds: Confrontation at Kent State."
Ten Kent State University students were awarded $1,000 each for their creative use of videos, podcasts and Adobe Spark® pages to reflect on the events of May 4, 1970, as part of the university’s Design Innovation Common Reading Challenge. 


On the heels of being honored by the American Heart Association for its highest workplace wellness award, the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO) has awarded Kent State University the 2019 Healthy Worksite Gold Level Award for its healthy worksite practices.
Community & Society
On Friday, Jan. 24, members of the Kent State University community and the general public will gather to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The university’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will start at 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. This year’s keynote speaker is Melissa Harris-Perry, Ph.D., the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, television host, author and political commentator.
University News
The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s (FSF) 83rd annual gala was held Jan. 7 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan and revealed the next generation of young talent in the fashion industry. Tyshaia Earnest, a senior at Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, emerged as the standout of the evening and was awarded the first-place prize of a $35,000 scholarship.
Research & Science
Custodial grandparents and their grandchildren are a unique and little-understood population as are the physical and social health challenges they face. Gregory Smith, EdD, professor and director of the Human Development Center in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences in Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, has designed a program that could help assess the well-being of such families and provide resources to help them thrive.
Arts and Culture
Leslie Srodek-Johnson, ’01, a Kent State University journalism graduate, mother of two and lead decorator and baker at Stan’s Northfield Bakery, received the call of a lifetime in December 2018. It was from the Food Network asking her to be a part of the “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”

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