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Roseann “Chic” Canfora, Professional-in-Residence
10 Questions With Roseann ‘Chic’ Canfora, Professional-in-Residence, May 4 Survivor

Roseann “Chic” Canfora, Ph.D., is a Professional-in-Residence at Kent State University in the School of Media and Journalism, part of the College of Communication and Information. Prior to teaching at Kent State, Canfora served as the chief communications officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and taught high school journalism and speech. Canfora was also a student at Kent State, starting in 1968, and is a survivor of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. She graduated with her master’s in journalism and public relations and bachelor’s in English/speech. She is heavily involved in activism as well.

Gretchen Hoak teaches students in the newsroom
Professor Publishes Research About Stress, Newsroom Support During COVID-19

“You can’t expect journalists to do this type of hurdling long-term without holistic support that includes logistical elements," claims Assistant Professor and TV2 advisor Gretchen Hoak, "but also mental and emotional support."

Kent State Alum Emilie O'Leary on rooftop with solar panels
From Fashion to Solar, How Kent State Alumna Became the CEO of a Solar Company

Fashion Merchandising alumna Emilie Oxel O'Leary is the CEO of Sunshine Solar, a mechanical installation company that provides solar power to major brands such as Target, L'Oreal and Amazon. Sunshine Solar’s first solar project was installing a solar carport for the Atlanta Falcon’s stadium. Since then, the company has installed solar panels to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Verizon and FedEx whether it be with carport tops, rooftops or solar fields.

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Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County and Kent State’s College of Public Health Receive Federal Grant to Improve and Support Mental Health in Portage County Schools and Community

Through a five-year, $625,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County will partner with Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health in the College of Public Health to improve and support mental health in Portage County. 

The Heavy Flavor Tracker at the center of the STAR detector. BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY/FLICKR
Department of Energy Selects Kent State Nuclear Physics Doctoral Student for Prestigious Research Program

Edwin Duckworth, a physics doctoral student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, is among 65 students from 29 states recently selected for funding by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The program aspires to “address societal challenges at national and international scale.”

NEA Big Read Northeast Ohio Celebrate Joy Harjo
Kent State Hosts National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Northeast Ohio

“An American Sunrise” by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate of the United States, will be the focal point as Kent State kicks off the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Northeast Ohio community reading program. The kickoff event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. in the Kiva. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated.

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Annual Rainbow Run Helps Support LGBTQ Students In Crisis

The Rainbow Run is one of most important fundraising events of the year for the university's LGBTQ+ Emergency Fund, available to assist any LGBTQ+ identifying Kent State student in financial crisis. The sixth annual Rainbow Run “fun run” will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. on Risman Plaza. Find out more about why Ken Ditlevson, director of the Kent State’s LGBTQ+ Center, describes the fund as a vital safety net and a lifeline for students who are struggling financially. 

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Kent State Welcomes New Record-Breaking Class

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, students have decided to come back to campus and in-person learning, a trend that is evident in the newest class of Golden Flashes, up 4% from last year’s incoming class. As incoming freshmen fill the campus, fellow Flashes can get to know their new classmates.

Kent State students collaborate inside of a makerspace in the Design Innovation Hub
Newsweek Names Kent State One of the Best Maker Schools in the World

Kent State University has been recognized in Newsweek's 2021 list of the Best Maker Schools in Higher Education.

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Kent State New Music Ensemble to Present Concert Focused on the Music of Protest

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Kent State University Glauser School of Music New Music Ensemble will present “Voices of Protest.” Composer, drummer and activist Mark Lomax II, D.M.A., will also be featured performing as part of the Ogún Meji Duo with saxophonist Edwin Bayard. 

A new Kent State University graduate smiles during his commencement ceremony.
Kent State Announces Forever Brighter, a $350 Million Fundraising Campaign

Kent State University publicly launched a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign Saturday, Oct. 2. During a special halftime announcement at the Homecoming football game, campaign co-chairs Sandra C. and Lawrence R. Armstrong joined Kent State President Todd Diacon to publicly unveil Forever Brighter to thousands of alumni, donors and friends. 

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Student Mental Health and Supportive Help: College of Public Health Receives Second SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant

The back-to-school season is in full swing, and students, faculty and staff are preparing to take on the increased workload once again. While the process is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, often the fast-paced lifestyle leaves little time for much else. However, Kim Laurene, Ph.D. and Deric Kenne, Ph.D., professors in the College of Public Health, and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., are committed to prioritizing mental health upkeep by supporting and expanding pre-existing services and programs offered at Kent State. 

A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton has allowed Kent State University to advance the groundbreaking timeline for the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building.
Kent State to Build Expansion to Its Aeronautics and Engineering Building

A $1.5 million gift from The Timken Foundation of Canton has allowed Kent State University to advance the groundbreaking timeline for the expansion of the Aeronautics and Engineering Building.

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Los Angeles-Based Production Company The Red Door Films and Kent State Announce Student Design Challenge Competition

Kent State University and The Red Door Films of Los Angeles announce “Play with a Purpose,” a sponsor challenge as part of the SkyHack 3.0 competition at Kent State to be held Nov. 5-7. Teams of students will create an interactive toy universe based on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II and their training base, Avenger Field.

A model wears a design by a School of Fashion student in a New York photoshoot.
Kent State Ranks High on 2021 Lists

Kent State University’s School of Fashion once again ranks as one of the best fashion programs in the United States according to 

Kent State students at 2021 Convocation
Kent State Again Ranks Highest Among Northern Ohio Public Universities on Top Public Schools List in U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges Rankings

Once again, Kent State University shines in the new U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges rankings. U.S. News has again named Kent State among the Top Public Schools in the nation in the newly released rankings.

Members of the Class of 2020 lead the way down Main Street, serving as the 2021 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals.
Kent State Celebrates the Return of Homecoming to Campus

It’s reunion time for the Kent State University Golden Flashes family. Kent State celebrated Homecoming 2021 with a week of activities and events leading up to the Oct. 2 Homecoming Parade and Homecoming football game.

Tim Tusick
Kent State Student Wins Cancer Battle And Raises Almost $1 Million For Others Fighting Cancer

At the start of his freshman year at Kent State University in 2018, Tim Tusick was the epitome of health. At the end of that year, Tusick was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He remained strong throughout the treatments, but did not want to stay silent. When the Leukemia Lymphoma Society reached out to Tusick, he quickly agreed to help. And help, he did.

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Kent State Announces 2021 Alumni Awards Recipients

Each year, hundreds of nominations are submitted to Kent State University, showcasing some of the best and brightest alumni and students who excel in their fields and communities. This year, seven alumni and one student will be honored as 2021 Alumni Awards recipients.

Summer 2021 TEFL Students
Department of English Students Spend Summer Teaching Across the Globe

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the fastest growing global education fields, and Kent State students in the 2021 TEFL program taught international students via Zoom over the summer. The students created unique lesson plans and executed them entirely on their own and made lasting memories.