News Archive

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Recording the History of the Liquid Crystal Institute With Ohio History Fund Grant

The development of liquid crystal technology in Northeast Ohio - and specifically at Kent State University - is an important part of the region’s and university’s legacies and ongoing global impact.

The federal Juneteenth Holiday is observed Monday, June 20
University Community Reflects on Juneteenth Federal Holiday at KSU

In advance of Monday’s observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday, we asked members of the Kent State University community to reflect on the federal holiday and share their thoughts on what they hope it means for the university.

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Kent State Receives Positive Bond Ratings With Stable Outlooks

Kent State University administrators are good stewards with university money based in part on a strong financial profile and solid managers, according to two new credit ratings.

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Governor Names Christian Palich to Kent State Board of Trustees

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Christian Palich of Plain City, Ohio, to the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Palich will serve through May 16, 2031. Palich earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2009 from Kent State.

Metin Eren from Kent State University's Department of Anthropology
Kent State President Todd Diacon Announces Annual Faculty, Staff Award Recipients

They have gone above and beyond to keep Kent State University moving forward during the pandemic, and now they are being honored for their dedication and hard work. Kent State President Todd Diacon recently notified nine faculty members and 14 staff members that they have received special awards for their work and service.

Gina and George Jenkins
George and Gina Jenkins Establish Student-Athlete Scholarship With $1 Million Planned Gift

George L. Jenkins, a 1963 graduate of Kent State University, and his wife, Gina, of Scottsdale, Arizona, have pledged $1 million to create the Gina and George Jenkins Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund that will support student-athletes in any varsity athletics program or team sponsored by Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. 

Members of the Kent State Air Force ROTC program salute as the American flag is raised during the university’s annual Veterans Day observance.
Kent State University Receives New Collegiate Purple Star Designation

The designation recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

Flash, Kent State University’s mascot, celebrates Kent State’s 112th birthday and the university’s first-ever Day of Giving with a thank you to donors.
Kent State Raises $65,000 in Scholarship Support to Celebrate 112th Birthday and First Day of Giving

The first-ever Day of Giving raised needed funds from more than 350 alumni, friends and partners in just 24 hours. The blue and gold community came together in support of a variety of scholarships as part of the university’s Forever Brighter comprehensive campaign.

Kent State University employees smile during the employee appreciation cookout held before the start of the 2021 Fall Semester.
Kent State Is Only University in Ohio to Rank Among Nation’s Top Employers for Diversity

Kent State University has the distinction of being the only Ohio public or private college or university that ranks among the top 500 companies nationwide in Forbes’ recently released list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2022.

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Kent State Board of Trustees Approves Establishing University Operations in Rwanda, Africa

The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the establishment and registration of a Community Benefit Company in Rwanda, Africa, during the Board’s regular quarterly meeting held May 25. Kent State has realized an immediate need to establish a private limited company, designated as a not-for-profit Community Benefit Company, that can serve as a strategic starting point for engaging in the African continent’s expanding higher education market.

Kent State University President Todd Diacon and Rob Risman
William B. Risman Family Receives Prestigious University Medallion During Kent State’s Spring Commencement Ceremony

Most people who have spent time on Kent State University’s campus in Kent, Ohio, recognize the name Risman. It is connected to the popular Risman Plaza and Risman Drive, but they may not realize that for the Risman family, educating and supporting students has been a family affair for almost 40 years.

Recent Graduate Chazzlyn Jackson Honed her Passion for Social Justice Activism at Kent State 

When recent Undergraduate Student Government (USG) President Chazzlyn Jackson started her journey at Kent State University in 2018, she had planned to major in fashion until a mentor with Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) cultural orientation program helped her tap into her leadership abilities and passion for social justice issues. The advice played a pivotal role for Jackson, who stepped into leadership roles and anti-racism advocacy and has not looked back.

Spring graduates Benjamin Wales-McGrath and Jameson Payne
Best Friends Graduate From Kent State University at the Age of 18

During Kent State’s spring 2022 commencement on May 14, Jameson Payne will earn his bachelor’s degree in integrative studies with concentrations in physics and political science. Benjamin Wales-McGrath will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at the age of 18.

Finally Janes Reinart will become a Kent State Golden Flash at the spring commencement on May 14, 2022
Finally James Reinart Is a Member of the Club: After 21 Years He’s a Golden Flash Alumnus

After a 21-year absence, Chagrin Falls resident James Reinart will be crossing the stage at Kent State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2022, to become a Golden Flash alumnus.

Amber Titus
Biology Graduate Joins Exclusive Group by Earning Doctorate at 25

When she receives her doctorate degree in cellular biology on May 14, Amber Rose Titus will enter an exclusive group: She will become one of just seven Kent State University graduates to earn her doctorate at the age of 25 or younger.

Daffodils sticking out of grass on Daffodil Hill
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Maintaining the Living Memorial of Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill became a part of the May 4 Memorial that brought both sides together, but groundskeepers struggle to keep it thriving now. 

Kent Stater Issue with headline "Kent State Forces Rally to Defeat Proposal"
Kent State’s ‘Other May 4’: The Turbulent Events Surrounding May 4, 1933

People familiar with Kent State history know well the tragedy of May 4, 1970, on the Kent Campus. However, not all who are familiar with university history are aware of the significance of May 4, 1933, at Kent State and how it echoed through the Kent community years later in the aftermath of May 4, 1970.

President Todd Diacon meets with visiting architecture students from Lebanese American University
Kent State Hosts Lebanese Students for Study in Architecture

The horrific images of the massive explosion that rocked Beirut, Lebanon, in August 2020, motivated Kent State University officials to reach out to help. Their thoughts immediately turned to Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut and its School of Architecture and Design, with which Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design has been cultivating a relationship for the past several years.

Graduate student Lydia Lisowsky is collecting medical supplies for Ukraine.
Kent State Community Assists Graduate Student Lydia Lisowsky in Donating and Packing Medical Supplies For Ukraine

Although Kent State alumna and current graduate student Lydia Lisowsky has never visited Ukraine, she feels a deep sense of obligation and responsibility to help those who have been injured in the war. The Kent State community helped Lisowsky pack and donate medical supplies on the Kent Campus and in the larger Kent community to send to Ukraine.