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Downtown Kent Businesses Helped Support University Employees During Pandemic
Kent State University, City Businesses Show Appreciation to Employees For Dedication During Pandemic

Kent State University initiated the Blue, Gold and Grateful program with Main Street Kent to show appreciation to faculty and staff and support participating downtown businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don Nicholas
CPM Alumnus and American Vet Reflects on Service in Vietnam and Afghanistan Ahead of Withdrawal Plan

In the darkness, memories of fighting in both Vietnam and Afghanistan blur into a single dream in the restless mind of Don Nicholas, DPM. Nicholas, who was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal, is a Class of 1986 graduate of the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM), and a rarity in the U.S. military.

Ornate burrowing frog, Platyplectrum ornatum, photo by Stephen Mahony
Biological Sciences Professor Explores Genome Size Differences Within and Across Species

Finding himself in what he describes as “a great time to be in the field” of evolutionary biology, Sangeet Lamichhaney, Ph.D., could not be more excited about what he hopes to accomplish in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

A new Kent State University graduate smiles during the university’s spring 2019 commencement ceremony.
Kent State to Celebrate Its Spring 2021 Graduates With In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

Students wearing graduation caps and gowns will once again grace the campus as Kent State University celebrates its newest graduates and marks the return of in-person commencement ceremonies for the first time since December 2019.

Kent State track and field alum Samory Fraga
Kent State Alumnus Samory Fraga Qualifies for Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Kent State track and field alum Samory Fraga jumped 8.23 meters to win the long jump at the Torneio Cidade de Braganca Paulista meet this past Saturday. The mark is the sixth best in the world in 2021 and the best by a Brazilian long jumper. More importantly, though, the mark was good enough to meet the entry standard for the long jump at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

New Digital Content is Added for May 4 Augmented Reality Experience
Augmented Reality Experience Integrates New May 4 Markers

New digital content for the May 4 augmented virtual reality experience is set to premiere to coincide with this year's commemoration.

The 51st Commemoration of May 4, 1970, takes place May 4, 2021.
May 4 Commemoration Offers Many Virtual Events for Participation

Members of the Kent State University community and people around the world will gather virtually for the 51st Commemoration of May 4, 1970, the day the Ohio National Guard fired on Kent State students during an anti-war protest, killing four and wounding nine others.

Candles glow at Allison Krause's marker on the May 4 site at Kent State University.
Virtual Events Promote Peace, Anti-Racism as Kent State Marks the Annual Commemoration of May 4, 1970

To honor and remember the events that occurred on May 4, 1970, virtual events and exhibits hosted by Kent State University students, faculty and staff are scheduled from April 30 through May 4. The virtual events include several powerful speakers and events that promote peace and anti-racism and educate future students about the legacy of May 4, 1970.  

A student enjoys her online class.
Kent State Online MBA Ranks No. 35 in the Nation in Fortune’s Best Online MBA Programs 2021 Ranking

The Kent State University College of Business Administration’s Online MBA ranks No. 35 in the nation in Fortune’s Best Online MBA Programs 2021 ranking released this week.

Kent State University's new graduate minor degree in Race, Gender & Social Justice (RGSJ)
Race, Gender and Social Justice Graduate Minor Degree to Launch in Fall 2021

Starting in Fall Semester 2021, the Department of Pan-African Studies will offer all Kent State University graduate students the option of taking three courses leading to a new graduate minor degree in Race, Gender and Social Justice at the Kent Campus. Pending approval by the Kent State University Board of Trustees, the department will also change its name to the Department of Africana Studies.


Alan Canfora Scholarship Winner
Kent State Names Inaugural Alan Canfora Activism Scholarship Recipients

Kent State University has awarded the inaugural Alan Canfora Activism Scholarship to social justice activists and incoming Kent State students Kaedynce Kasiewicz, from McKinley High School in Niles, Ohio, and Chloe McCrone, from Memorial High School in Campbell, Ohio.

Kent State Student-Athlete Olympic Hopefuls
Kent State Student-Athletes Are Going for Gold

Student-athletes and alumni have achieved impressive results in their specialized sports, such as competing in the Olympics, breaking records and continuously raising the bar for their competitors. With the Summer Olympics drawing near, that means some current and past Golden Flashes are getting ready for the competition.

Photo of Kent State Campus Risman Plaza exterior on a sunny day
Governor Names Pamela E. Bobst to Kent State Board of Trustees

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Pamela E. Bobst of Rocky River, Ohio, to the Kent State University Board of Trustees. She succeeds former Board Chair and Trustee Ralph M. Della Ratta, and she will serve through May 16, 2030.

KSU Starsphere
Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Selected as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., has accepted the position of vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Kent State University, effective May 1, 2021.

Students Conducting Research
Kent State’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Pivots Due to Pandemic

Last year, the Office of Student Research (OSR) successfully pivoted the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) to a virtual format due to the COVID pandemic. The 2020 SURE program funded 77 projects, with participants spanning 37 different majors. Ann Gosky, director of the OSR in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, hopes to see more growth for the upcoming summer.

Alan Canfora (left), one of the nine Kent State University students wounded on May 4, 1970, gives a tour of the historic May 4 site. Thomas Grace (right), who also was a student wounded on May 4, looks on while Canfora talks.
Kent State to Mark 51st Commemoration of May 4, 1970, With Virtual Event, Honor Wounded Students

Members of the Kent State University community and people around the world will gather virtually for the 51st Commemoration of May 4, 1970, the day the Ohio National Guard fired on Kent State students during an anti-war protest, killing four students and wounding nine other students.

Student films violinist
New Student Group Gives Young Female Filmmakers a Platform, Voice

As they prepare for careers as directors, writers and cinematographers in an industry that’s dominated by men, female filmmakers at Kent State University empower and support one another through the Female Filmmaker's Initiative (FFI). Award-winning independent filmmaker and assistant professor, Dana White created the student group because throughout her career, she has seen the importance of creating female-driven content and leadership opportunities in film.

Image of a book and notebook laid out on a table in front of a bookcase.
Kent State Receives More Than $3 Million In Grants From National Science Foundation

Kent State University has recently received a flurry of grants totaling more than $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will support research and innovation in a wide range of fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Professor Joe Murray flies a plane with a dog behind him
Kent State Ph.D.s Fly To The Rescue

Pilot and Ph.D., School of Media and Journalism Professor Joe Murray puts his flying skills to good use flying humanitarian — and caninitarian — uses.