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Kent State Named One of Nation’s Best for Fashion Merchandising

Kent State University’s School of Fashion has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s best programs in fashion merchandising according to the educational online learning platform, 

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May 4 Activist Alan Canfora’s Memory and Legacy Will Live Long at Kent State University

For 50 years, Alan Canfora was a tireless advocate for the four students killed and nine wounded on May 4, 1970.

2021 USG Elected Officials are sworn in by Dr. Hylton.
2021 USG Elections In The Books

After months of campaigning, students casting their votes and new members officially being sworn in at the Leadership Awards on April 19 by Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar Hylton, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections are officially in the books despite the challenges of the pandemic.

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Chemistry Professor Continues ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ Streak

There are just a handful of chemists worldwide with h-indices above 200. The h-indices of chemists awarded the Nobel Prize during the last five years range from about 30 to 160. Mietek Jaroniec, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an h-index of 125, which places him among the top chemists worldwide.

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Kent State Welcomes Chris Dorsten as University Registrar

Kent State University is pleased to announce Chris Dorsten as the new university registrar.

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Kent Fire Department to Perform Annual Prairie Burn

The protected prairie surrounding Kent State University’s Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center will be burned on Wednesday, April 28, starting around 9 a.m. to allow for new growth during the summer season.

Senior mechatronics major Saroj Dahal working with the FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot
Kent State Engineering Students and Robots Help with Vaccine Production

Kent State University students in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering are learning to assist with mass COVID-19 vaccination production by becoming certified in programming and operating FANUC LR Mate 200iD robots, a certificate only offered at select locations in the nation.

Pictured is Kent State University's Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center, home of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Kent State Formally Introduces New Director of Athletics Randale L. Richmond

Kent State University President Todd Diacon and Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton formally introduced Randale L. Richmond as the university’s new director of athletics at a morning virtual press conference held Thursday, April 15. Richmond currently serves as senior associate athletic director at Old Dominion University.

Kent State University Selects Randale L. Richmond as Director of Athletics

Following a national search, Randale L. Richmond has been selected as Kent State's next director of athletics. 

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Houston, We Have Liftoff: Professor Receives STEM Funding From NASA

To infinity and beyond seems to be the goal for a dedicated faculty member committed to providing the next generation of STEM students with the resources and knowledge to lay the foundation for their future accomplishments within the field. Joanne Caniglia, professor in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, recently received funding from the NASA Glenn Research Center, an institute located in Cleveland, to provide K-12 students with an immersive and educational experience focused on critical thinking, observation and innovation within the field of science and engineering. 

A Kent State University exploratory student and her mentor meet in the learning community dedicated to exploratory students in February 2020.
Kent State’s Exploratory Program Receives National Recognition

Kent State University’s Exploratory Program in University College has been awarded two prestigious national awards for its work with exploratory students.

Ken E. Nwadike, Jr is a documentary filmmaker, motivational speaker, and peace activist popularly known as the "Free Hugs Guy."
Despite Pandemic, Leadership Institute a Smashing Success

The Student Leadership Institute's philosophy is to aspire to create critical learners, innovators and adaptive problem solvers whose leadership exemplifies distinction. Not even the coronavirus pandemic could get in the way of that this year. This year's event featured a theme of “Flashes Take Care of Flashes: Building Community." Despite the virtual circumstances, it was still a success, with more than 450 students attending sessions via Zoom.

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Kent State School of Fashion to Induct Kenneth Cole Into Hall of Fame

The visionary global fashion designer and activist Kenneth Cole is named as the Kent State University School of Fashion’s 2021 Hall of Fame Inductee. In its 32nd year, the prestigious award celebrates the outstanding contribution to fashion made by an individual. The accolade honors the unique qualities of their leadership.

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Biological Sciences receive NIH Funding to Study Cancer Drug Resistance

For students going into the medical research field, having a chance to learn, succeed, fail and be inspired under the supervision of an accomplished researcher during their education is a priceless experience. This experiential learning would not be possible without outside funding, and now, students in Manabu Kurokawa’s lab can elevate their efforts thanks to a grant awarded to the group. 

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Kent State Alumna Provides COVID-19 Vaccine Tips to Pittsburgh

COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available across the country, but many are still struggling to obtain a vaccine or are unsure about getting the vaccine. One Golden Flash has made it her mission to get Pittsburgh vaccinated. And with more than 40,000 members of her Facebook group, she’s on her way. Kent State alumna Leighann Bacher created a Facebook group to share COVID-19 vaccine information and tips with Pittsburgh citizens after attempting to secure vaccines for her family members.

A Kent State University student conducts research in a lab during spring 2018.
Kent State Awarded $3.5 Million Choose Ohio First Grants

The state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Higher Education announced that Kent State University has been awarded Choose Ohio First grants totaling $3.5 million to support students in the critical fields of science (including health professions), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Kent State Retirees Association Gives Back to the Community

Similar to graduating students who become alumni, retired Kent State University faculty and staff wish to stay connected to the university. These employees care about the institution and the Kent State community, and they want to see it thrive. One way retired Kent State community members stay informed is through the Kent State University Retirees Association (KSURA), an organization of more than 800 retired Kent State faculty and staff committed to improving university life.

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Kent State Names Manfred van Dulmen as University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies

Kent State University Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., announced the selection of Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D., to serve as the university’s associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies, effective April 16.

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Art and Hope Intersect: Kent State and University of Arizona Launch Global Vaccine Poem Project

The Global Vaccine Poem project is a collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. It offers an inclusive and participatory opportunity during the universal vaccination experience, inviting all to share their voices and promote COVID-19 vaccination through the imaginative language of poetry.

American Academy Students Show Off the Winning T-Shirt Design
Creating Global Community Through T-Shirts

What do friendship, academics and T-shirts have in common? For the students at the American Academy, Kent State University and the PUCPR’s undergraduate program in Brazil, a student-led T-shirt design contest created that missing piece of camaraderie during the pandemic between students and their two schools.