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Record Five Golden Flashes to Compete at Tokyo Olympics

Five Kent State University graduates will compete at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics over the coming weeks, breaking the school’s previous record of four Olympians at the Munich Games in 1972.

Laura Davis, Ph.D., attends a virtual May 4 workshop.
Educators Reflect on Powerful Experiences During May 4 Summer Workshop

Educators from across the country recently attended the weeklong, virtual 2021 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshop, “Making Meaning of May 4: The 1970 Kent State Shootings in U.S. History,” which has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kent State University at Trumbull
Program Offers Incarcerated Individuals a Chance to Reenter the Community With a Degree

Beginning this fall, Kent State University at Trumbull will offer Trumbull Correctional Institution incarcerated individuals a chance to complete a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS).

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Professor Receives NASA New Investigator Award

He Yin, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kent State University’s Department of Geography, recently received NASA’s New (Early Career) Investigator Award in Earth Science. Yin will lead evaluation and research of the devastating effects that the Syrian civil war has had on croplands throughout the eastern Mediterranean region.

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Kent State’s Center for Adult and Veteran Services Racks Up Another Award

Kent State University has landed a spot on the list of top schools for military-connected students according to the 2021 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges. 

Fans of the Kent State Golden Flashes cheer at Dix Stadium.
Kent State Announces Full Attendance for 2021 Fall Sports Season

Kent State University Athletics has announced all sports facilities, including Dix Stadium, the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) and Murphy-Mellis Field, will be at full capacity for the fall 2021 sport season.

Recycling bins outside the Kent State University Library
Kent State Wins Two Awards in Campus Race to Zero Waste Contest

The National Wildlife Federation recently awarded Kent State University first place in two categories from the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste competition: Zero Waste and Electronics Recycling – Total Pounds Recycled. 

Kent Blossom Music Festival Announces Return of In-Person Concerts for 2021

Kent Blossom Music Festival returns July 14 in a blended format with four live, in-person concerts as well as virtual educational programming for a select group of invited young artists.

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Kent State Receives National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant

Kent State University is one of 61 organizations nationwide – and one of four organizations in Ohio – to be awarded a 2021-2022 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant. The university’s $20,000 grant will support the Big Read Northeast Ohio, a community reading program and related events focusing on “An American Sunrise” by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo from October 2021 through May 2022.

Deborah F. Spake, dean of Kent State University's College of Business Administration
Dean of Kent State’s College of Business Administration Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean of Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, has been named a 2021 recipient of the American Marketing Association (AMA) Marketing for Higher Education Special Interest Group (Higher Ed SIG) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Members of the Integrated Greek Council participate in community services.
Fraternities and Sororities Shine in the Face of Pandemic

The philosophy of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Kent State University is that each strives to be the best community in the country by encompassing a nurturing and inclusive environment for everyone to call home. You can add doing great things for the community to the list.

Grace Irvin-Dillard created Touched By Grace (TBG) Body Care as an entrepreneurship student at Kent State University. (Photo provided by Grace Irvin-Dillard)
Kent State Graduate Grows Successful Business She Founded as a Student

Grace Irvin-Dillard of Bedford, Ohio, who graduated from Kent State University in May 2021 with a degree in entrepreneurship, has already built a successful business from the ground up while still a student.

Dolores Noll, Ph.D., Kent State University Professor Emeritus of English and pioneer for LGBTQ rights and people, accepts the university’s inaugural Diversity Trailblazer Award in 2010.
How Dolores Noll Helped Kent State Come Out of the Closet

Born five decades ago as the Kent Gay Liberation Front at Kent State University, PRIDE! Kent is the country’s oldest continuously operating LGBTQ student organizations. This campus organization owes its existence in large part to the boldness and courage of one person, Dolores Noll, Ph.D.

Kent State University unveiled bronze markers in honor of nine students who were wounded when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting students on May 4, 1970.
Kent State Installs Bronze Markers to Honor Nine Students and Identify Where They Were Wounded on May 4, 1970

New bronze markers identify the locations where nine students were wounded when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on May 4, 1970, during an anti-war demonstration.

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Kent State Trustees Approve Addition to College of Aeronautics and Engineering Building

The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved an addition to the Aeronautics and Engineering Building, home of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering that opened in spring 2015, during the Board’s regular quarterly meeting held Wednesday, June 23.