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

Update: The Global Vaccine Poem project is finding success with more than 1,900 submissions so far from more than 100 countries. The project is a collaboration between the Wick Poetry Center and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. 

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Kent State Announces One-of-a-Kind Flashes Go Further Scholarship Program Covering More Costs to Help Students Graduate

Kent State University President Todd Diacon announced a massive, first-of-its-kind new student aid program that focuses on getting even more Kent State Golden Flashes to graduation, and beyond.

The Student Multicultural Center Hosts Juneteenth Jubilee
Kent State Community Will Celebrate Juneteenth With a Jubilee of Fun Activities, History and Networking 

Juneteenth Jubilee will include vendors, a live DJ, dancing and mingling with those in the Kent community.

Kent State President Todd Diacon Speaks On The Centennial Court Green
What I Learned From Avocados

Guacamole and chips are frequently on the menu of social gatherings for many Kent State students, staff and faculty. However, President Todd Diacon says that the delicious creamy dip also holds a life lesson about expanding our worldview.

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Kent State Alumna and Journalist Finds Additional Success on Social Media

Kent State alumna Jeannette Reyes, ’12, uses TikTok for fun outside of her television anchor responsibilities at FOX 5 Washington, D.C. Last October, Reyes posted a video with her husband using their “anchor talk” voices to decide on choices for dinner. She never expected her video to gain so much momentum.

Benjamin Mudrak
Four Years Ahead: An 18-Year-Old Kent Student Will Graduate From Kent State This Spring

While most 18-year-olds are finishing up their high school requirements for graduation and making plans to attend college or applying for jobs, a few exceptional students like Benjamin Mudrak are simply way ahead of their peers in their academic pursuits.

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Kent State Students Gain Valuable Experience Via the NFL Draft

While all eyes were on the stage to meet the NFL stars of the future, scores of current and former Kent State students were nearby during the league’s recent draft, which was held in Cleveland on April 29-May 1, 2021.

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.

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Down and Out And Back Up: Kent State Ashtabula Student Nick Pizzi Turns His Life Around

In March 2015, Nick Pizzi hit rock bottom. After receiving his third DUI, he decided to stop drinking. But unfortunately, it was too late. Four months later, before his daughter’s eighth birthday, Pizzi was sentenced to one year in the Ashtabula County jail, where his life would change forever for the positive. On May 14, 2021, he will pick up his bachelor's degree diploma during the 72nd Commencement Ceremony at Kent State University at Ashtabula.

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.

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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 Kent State graduate student is covered in confetti during the university’s Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony.
Kent State Celebrates 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.

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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.  

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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.


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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.