News Archive

Kent State Student-Athlete Olympic Hopefuls
Kent State Student-Athletes Are Going for Gold

Student-athletes and alumni have achieved impressive results in their specialized sports, such as competing in the Olympics, breaking records and continuously raising the bar for their competitors. With the Summer Olympics drawing near, that means some current and past Golden Flashes are getting ready for the competition.

Photo of Kent State Campus Risman Plaza exterior on a sunny day
Governor Names Pamela E. Bobst to Kent State Board of Trustees

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed Pamela E. Bobst of Rocky River, Ohio, to the Kent State University Board of Trustees. She succeeds former Board Chair and Trustee Ralph M. Della Ratta, and she will serve through May 16, 2030.

KSU Starsphere
Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Selected as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., has accepted the position of vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Kent State University, effective May 1, 2021.

Students Conducting Research
Kent State’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Pivots Due to Pandemic

Last year, the Office of Student Research (OSR) successfully pivoted the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) to a virtual format due to the COVID pandemic. The 2020 SURE program funded 77 projects, with participants spanning 37 different majors. Ann Gosky, director of the OSR in the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, hopes to see more growth for the upcoming summer.

Alan Canfora (left), one of the nine Kent State University students wounded on May 4, 1970, gives a tour of the historic May 4 site. Thomas Grace (right), who also was a student wounded on May 4, looks on while Canfora talks.
Kent State to Mark 51st Commemoration of May 4, 1970, With Virtual Event, Honor Wounded Students

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 students and wounding nine other students.

Student films violinist
New Student Group Gives Young Female Filmmakers a Platform, Voice

Award-winning independent filmmaker and assistant professor, Dana White created the student group the Female Filmmaker's Initiative (FFI) to prepare female filmmakers for careers as directors, writers and cinematographers in an industry that’s dominated by men.

Image of a book and notebook laid out on a table in front of a bookcase.
Kent State Receives More Than $3 Million In Grants From National Science Foundation

Kent State University has recently received a flurry of grants totaling more than $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which will support research and innovation in a wide range of fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Professor Joe Murray flies a plane with a dog behind him
Kent State Ph.D.s Fly To The Rescue

Pilot and Ph.D., School of Media and Journalism Professor Joe Murray puts his flying skills to good use flying humanitarian — and caninitarian — uses.

Merchandising student and professor in classroom
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, 

Alan Canfora giving a tour on the May 4, 1970 shooting site
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.

Photo of a filled bookcase
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.

Kent State K
Kent State Welcomes Chris Dorsten as University Registrar

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

A blaze burns the prairie grass that grows behind the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center during a controlled burning by the Kent Fire Department.
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. 

Image of a rocket taking off
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.