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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.

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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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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.

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LaunchNET Kent State Extends Entrepreneurial Reach With Renewed Funding From Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Thanks to the renewal of its key funding grant, LaunchNET Kent State will continue to inspire the entrepreneur mindset and support innovative thinkers across the Kent State University community.

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Preston Superstore Donation Jumpstarts Kent State Geauga's Renovation Fundraising Campaign

As Kent State Geauga embarks upon two facility improvements for the Geauga Campus in Burton, the leadership is pleased to announce an initial gift to the project from Preston Superstore and the Preston Family. The campus improvements will include constructing a new nursing lab and instructional space and a new student learning commons, helping Kent State Geauga meet existing and future students' needs while growing programs.

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Faculty Premiere Film at 2021 Cleveland International Film Festival

Turning Blue, a short film by Kent State's School of Media and Journalism faculty filmmakers Dana White and Christopher Knoblock, will be featured at the prestigious 45th annual Cleveland International Film Festival.

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Finance Student Cashes in on Kent State Experience

As president of his fraternity and chief risk officer of the Golden Flash Asset Management Group (GFAM), senior finance major Cameran Cunningham has made the most out of his experience at Kent State and is already set to begin his career in finance.

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Kent State Ranks in Top 20 in the Nation for Library and Information Studies Program in U.S. News 2022 Best Graduate Schools Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State University in the top 20 Best Library and Information Studies Programs in the country in its 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Overall, Kent State is recognized in 12 new national rankings in the 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools, including three specialty rankings.

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Kent State Geauga Recognized for Virtual Learning Initiative

Kent State University at Geauga doubled its video conferencing rooms, also known as “Zoom Rooms,” before the fall semester due to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Zoom Rooms are designed to serve various purposes and room configurations for faculty and students, and they were recently featured in an article by EdTech.

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Fire in the Heartland Screening, Virtual Panel Highlight Upcoming May 4 Commemoration

Movie's screening to be followed by a virtual panel discussion about the impact and lessons of May 4, 1970.

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School of Theatre and Dance Ranked in Top 50 of Best Theatre Bachelor's Degrees by

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance is ranked #50 on's list of Best Theatre Bachelor's Degree programs in the United States. In addition to this national ranking, the School of Theatre and Dance is one of only two theatre programs from the state of Ohio on the list. In its rankings, assesses hundreds of universities across the country and selected Kent State University based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more. 

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Kent State College of Business Administration Presents Daymond John as the Keynote of the Better Business Bureau of Akron’s 101 Year Anniversary Summit

Daymond John, founder/CEO of FUBU, presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group, will speak at the Better Business Bureau of Akron’s 101 Year Anniversary celebration, BBB Anniversary Summit, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in collaboration with the Kent State College of Business Administration’s Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

Andrew Snyder, research program coordinator for Kent State University’s College of Public Health, is leading the first comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ specific Community Needs Assessment.
Kent State Leads First Comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ Specific Community Needs Assessment

Kent State University has partnered with Greater Akron community organizations to conduct the first comprehensive and specific LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Efforts of this assessment focus on producing a better-informed public health system and improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community members.

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Kent State Faculty and Staff Surprise First-Year Students With Calls

At Kent State , Golden Flashes are known to take care of other Golden Flashes. With the pandemic looming over the school year, more than 100 Kent State faculty, staff and administrators checked in on first-year students over the phone last November to talk about their well-being and pathways for success during their first semester.

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Shot in the Arm: Community, University Members Receive Vaccine at Field House Event

More than 2,000 area residents, including some Kent State University employees, received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine March 23, during a mass vaccination event at the Kent State Field House. 

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A True Test: Training Future Nurses During a Pandemic

You may have heard it said, “when hard times come, notice those who remain, and the ones who disappear.” Nursing instructors are in a position to see this scenario playing out in the lives of their students at Kent State University at Geauga and the Twinsburg Academic Center.