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Students in the Chinese Course Play a Chinese Board Game
Kent State Research Review 2019: Growing Global Citizens

Kent State hosts STARTALK Foreign Language Academy, where 20 accepted high school students in Northeast Ohio are immersed into either Russian or Chinese language and culture. The Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies received federal funding for the 12th year to host this academy on campus.

David Ward, professor of Plant Biology
Kent State Research Review: Shrub Encroachers Friend or Foe?

Ecosystems in today's world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. David Ward, Ph.D., the Art and Margaret Herrick endowed professor of Plant Biology in Kent State’s Department of Biological Sciences, and international colleagues and graduate students want to know what happens when these changes interact?

Ashley Rutkoski and Michelle Bebber at Kent State's Eren Lab
Kent State Research Review: Cutting Edge Archaeology

The Eren Lab at Kent State University’s Department of Anthropology is among the university’s busiest and most prolific. Because of the lab and guidance from Metin Eren, Ph.D., two students have achieved great accomplishments in archaeology.

Kent State Florence
How a Florentine Palace Changed Studying Abroad

What’s a must have for U.S. universities overseas? A Florentine palace, according to a recent Times Higher Education article. Fortunately, Kent State has one, and students have noticed.

Record-Breaking Attendance at the 2019 Ohio Latino Education Summit
Record-Breaking Latino Education Summit Hosted at Kent State

The 2019 Ohio Latino Education Summit broke the record for registration numbers when Kent State University hosted it for the first time in November. The Ohio Latino Education Summit is an annual event that brings students, educators and congressional leaders together to discuss issues that impact the education of Latinos in Ohio.

Stuart Chen-Hayes, ‘94, and Lance Chen-Hayes at the LGBTQ+ Center with Luncheon Guests
Kent State Was ‘Critical in the Formation of This Family’

A clear intention to pursue social justice led Stuart Chen-Hayes, Ph.D. ’94, NCC, LCPC, to Kent State in 1990 to pursue a doctoral degree in counselor education. What he learned at the university – and what inspired him – significantly changed the course of his life, professionally and personally.

The cast and crew of "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" smile for a group photo.
Kent State Faculty and Students Reflect on Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, different countries, cities and communities around the world – including the Kent State University community –  have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. As Kent State’s population of Hispanic and Latino students continues to grow each year, students, faculty, organizations and departments are taking the time to acknowledge the month through a series of discussion, events, dancing and even theatrical plays.

A computer rendering of the Liberty of Poetry statue (shown here) was used by Kent State University to create the 3D-printed reproduction of the statue.
Kent State University Partners With Opera di Santa Croce to Present ‘Sisters in Liberty’ Exhibition at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Kent State University and the Opera di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy, will celebrate a collaborative partnership around the creation of “Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy, to New York, New York,” an exhibition opening on Oct. 17, 2019, and running through April 26, 2020, at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island in New York. 

High school students from Portage County and surrounding areas hold Chinese hand fans during a past STARTALK Summer Foreign Language Camp at Kent State.
Model Kent State Language Academy Continues With 12th Year of Federal Funding

While the daily news is full of tumultuous conversations about Russia and China, Kent State University has been helping some area high school students learn to converse in Russian and Chinese to facilitate greater global understanding and a less contentious tomorrow.

A bonobo stares back at the camera while another walks away
NSF Award Helps Kent State Anthropologists Expand International Partnership

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Kent State a three-year, $298,000 International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant that will allow graduate students to travel to Kyoto University in Japan to study primates and human evolution at the world-renowned Primate Research Institute.

Neil Cooper, Ph.D, director of Kent State's School of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Kent State Magazine: New Approaches to Peace

In April 2019, Kent State University welcomed Neil Cooper, Ph.D, as the new inaugural director of Kent State's School of Peace and Conflict Studies. The School of Peace and Conflict Studies was originally called the Center for Peaceful Change when it was founded in 1971 as the university's first ‘living memorial’ for the events that occurred on May 4th, 1970.

Shannon Gardiner is one of 400 volunteers from 40 nations who staff the Africa Mercy in Guinea, West Africa.
Alumna Reconnects to Passion of Nursing While Volunteering in Africa

Kent State alumna Shannon Gardiner, BSN ’09, RN, CCRN, always knew she wanted to help people, but also longed for a career that would provide flexibility along the way. After a few years working in Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric Intensive Care Unit, followed by some time as a traveling nurse, a Google search for volunteer opportunities led her to Mercy Ships, who own and operate the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.

Students in Lebanon
Between Metropolis and Interior: Lobbies and Thresholds

Working in cooperation with the Lebanese American University (LAU), 20 interior design students – 10 from Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design and 10 from LAU in Beirut – spent nine days in New York City, the design capital of North America, for a workshop.

Kent State Stark students discuss their trip to Rwanda with the community at Global Gateway Day.
'All the Way to Africa': Students Discuss Trip to Rwanda

Kent State Stark students discuss their trip to Rwanda with the community at Global Gateway Day.

Photographs of refugees span across the Lefton Esplanade for the "We the People" exhibit.
Sharing Stories of Inspiration: Kent State’s “We the People” Exhibit

The exhibit spanned the Lefton Esplanade throughout the spring showcasing large photographs of individuals who fled their home countries and now live in Northeast Ohio. The refugees featured in the display fled their home countries to avoid war, oppression and danger.


Kent State Florence is the location of the symposium being held June 21-23, 2019.
The Future of Education Is the Symposium Topic at Kent State Florence June 21-23

Educators from across the globe will convene at Kent State University’s Florence campus June 21-23 for an international symposium where participants will use design innovation principles to create a framework for the future of education.

Photo of the "K" atop of Prentice Gate
Kent State Researchers Win Diplomatic Grant to Help Develop Palestinian Students’ English

Many students in the Middle East learn basic English, but applying their language skills to professional life can be challenging. A grant from the U.S. Department of State will allow some Palestinian students to take their English to the next level with the help of Kent State University professors.

Globe of Western Hemisphere, The Americas
From Comfort Zone to Rain Forest: Studying Ecology in Costa Rica

Emmaleigh Given recently spent three summers and two winters in a remote biological reserve in the middle of the rainforest in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, where she has and will spend several months conducting research on community ecology, and she has one more trip planned. Being hunted by unseen predators isn’t the way most researchers conduct their work. But for some, it’s just part of the day.

An interdisciplinary team of Kent State University faculty seeks to improve educational opportunities in Nigeria thanks to a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant.
Kent State and Partners Receive $13.3 Million USAID Grant for Education Initiative in Nigeria

An interdisciplinary team of Kent State University faculty will participate in a $13.3 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve educational outcomes for Nigerian children.

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British Ambassador to the U.S., Sir Kim Darroch, Will Speak at Kent State

On Wednesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the Moulton Hall Ballroom, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Sir Kim Darroch, will speak to students and faculty at Kent State University, moderated by Mark Arehart of WKSU.