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A graduating Kent State University student smiles in her cap and gown at Risman Plaza in spring 2020.
Kent State to Hold In-Person Commencement Ceremonies for Spring Class of 2021, Honors Promise to 2020 Graduates of In-Person Ceremony to Be Held During Homecoming Weekend

Kent State University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies in May for the Spring Class of 2021 and will welcome back all 2020 alumni for an in-person graduation ceremony during Homecoming Weekend this fall.

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LGBTQ+ Center Recipient of Grant for QUEST Mentorship Program

The Akron Community Foundation has awarded the QUEST Mentorship Program, an initiative within the LGBTQ+ Center that provides 1:1 mentor/mentee relationships for students to focus on career guidance and general support, a $2,000 micro-grant for the coming year.

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Kent State to Offer Master's in Artificial Intelligence

Amazon’s Alexa, iPhone’s Siri, the Roomba and many more innovations are examples of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is changing the world and simplifying life for everyone, resulting in a growing demand for AI professionals. Kent State University will start admitting students in the master's in Artificial Intelligence program starting fall 2021. The program will be offered within the Department of Computer Science.

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Kent State Women’s Center Celebrates Silver Anniversary

With the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, it seemed fitting that the Kent State Women’s Center would officially kick off its 25th anniversary, continuing throughout 2021.

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WKSU Reflects on Past Year

The year 2020 presented many challenges requiring major changes and adjustments for organizations everywhere. Instead of going the traditional route with an annual report for 2020, WKSU explored this past year with “2020: A Year in Review,” celebrating its 70th anniversary, highlighting its adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and covering major historical events.

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Kent State to Hold Virtual May 4 Commemoration, Honor Wounded Students

In keeping with the commitment to honor and remember the events of May 4, 1970, Kent State University will hold a virtual May 4 51st Commemoration this year. The virtual commemoration will feature a video premiering at noon on Tuesday, May 4, that focuses on the nine wounded students: Alan Canfora, John Cleary, Thomas Grace, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Donald Mackenzie, James Russell, Robert Stamps and Douglas Wrentmore.

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Undergraduate Research Program Grows Despite Pandemic

COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed the way people experience their education. Over the summer of 2020, Kent State University’s eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program transitioned to a completely remote environment, and the results were surprising. 

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The Show Will Go On at Porthouse in Summer 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Porthouse Theatre will hold a full season of live, professional theatre during the summer of 2021. 

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Remembering Edward Crosby: Leader, Advocate and Dedicated Professor

The Kent State community celebrates the life of Professor Emeritus Edward Crosby, Ph.D., known as the “father of Black History Month,” as his work in founding the Institute of African-American Affairs at Kent State and his contribution to the success of thousands of students inspired all who knew him.

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Kent State Tuscarawas Student Wins Prestigious Photography Award

Kent State University at Tuscarawas student Jason Keller is doing what he loves—telling stories through photographs. He was recently honored by the Ohio News Media Association with the Best Feature Photo award, capturing the image of a Navy veteran saluting the crowd while riding in a military jeep during a parade in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The photo was judged best out of all entries from weekly newspapers throughout the state for the Osman C. Hooper Weekly Newspaper contest.

Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine is one of nine accredited podiatry colleges in the United States, and is a four-year, graduate-level medical college, granting the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.
College of Podiatric Medicine Instructor Analyzes Remote Monitoring for Diabetic Patients

Windy Cole, adjunct instructor for the College of Podiatric Medicine at Kent State, penned an article for Podiatry Today called “Can Remote Patient Monitoring Have An Impact For Patients With Diabetes?” which covers the phenomenon of remote patient monitoring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daffodils bloom by a Kent State University sign.
Kent State Board of Trustees Establishes Two New Research Institutes

The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of two new institutes – the Anti-Racism and Equity Institute and the Environmental Science and Design Research Institute – during the Board’s regular quarterly meeting held March 10.

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Podcasts Reach New Audiences at Kent State

The future of storytelling is constantly changing, but Kent State University is connecting students to the university through new communication avenues. One platform rising in popularity and mass-consumption that colleges like Kent State are taking advantage of is podcasts.

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Kent State College of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Team Up to Offer Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certificate Program

Kent State University’s College of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are joining forces to offer an adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certificate program beginning this fall. This collaborative one-year program was created to address the regional and national shortage of SANE-certified registered nurses, especially in rural areas. 

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Auxiliary at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital gifts $25,000 to Nursing Program

The Auxiliary at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital recently donated $25,000 to Kent State University at Trumbull’s Nursing program. The gift will establish a new scholarship endowment that will provide support to nursing students from Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. The volunteer organization was established in 2017. It supports health and wellness initiatives within the local community. Proceeds from The Gift Shop at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital made the donation possible.

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Students Can Access Campus Computer Labs Remotely from Home

COVID-19 has come with its fair share of obstacles, especially for students. Luckily, for the Kent State community, access to computer software is not one of them. Students, faculty and staff can now access an on-campus computer lab remotely using the Kent State Virtual Private Network or VPN.

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Pittsburgh Penguins and Kent State Partnership Scores Unique Opportunities for Golden Flashes

Kent State has partnered with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins since 2018, allowing this nationally recognized hockey team to work closely with the university and providing professional and recreational aid to the Kent State community. The partnership includes multiple facets that focus on future Golden Flashes, current students and alumni alike. 

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First-Year Middle School Teachers Offer Insight on the COVID Classroom

Four new middle school teachers started the school year with high hopes and big dreams, ready to establish their classrooms, teach dynamically and build community with their young students through daily, face-to-face interaction. Instead, they have encountered empty classrooms and computer icons rather than students’ faces. Recent graduates from Kent State Geauga’s Middle Childhood Education (MCED) program share their stories of first-year teaching from the COVID classroom.

Participants at Kent State University's 2019 I Am First campaign
Kent State University Recognized Nationally for Programs to Assist Students First in Their Families to Attend College

Kent State University has been designated as a First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success for its commitment to improving the experiences and advancing outcomes of those who are first in their families to attend college.

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20-Year Research Project Published: The Work of Ping Chong

Over the span of 20 years, Yuko Kurahashi, professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, spent much of her time observing, researching and studying the life of Ping Chong. This research has been brought together in a book describing Ping Chong's contributions as an artist.