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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.

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New Docuseries Helps to Celebrate 10 years of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN)

A new six-part short film docuseries is being released aimed at raising awareness of the Male Empowerment Network (MEN) at Kent State, along with commemorating 10 years. An initiative through the Student Multicultural Center, the Male Empowerment Network supports men of color on campus both academically and through personal development. Advisor of MEN and Director of the Student Multicultural Center Mike Daniels says this has led to some great things.

Joshua DeDeaux
University Dining Services Chef Joshua DeDeaux Showcases His Louisiana Heritage for Kent State Community

When University Dining Services Chef Joshua DeDeaux was a little boy growing up in New Orleans, he would bring a brown wooden step stool into his mother’s kitchen to help her cook some of the family’s favorite meals. As DeDeaux’s love of cuisine grew, his grandfather, who was French Creole, and his grandmother, who was British and Native American, also proved to be inspirational to his decision to become a chef.

Members of Sisters in Sisterhood.
Sisters in Sisterhood Creates a Unique Bond

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice, one student involved with the Women’s Center seized the opportunity to bring others together. The Sisters in Sisterhood initiative is a student-led group whose mission statement is to use their unique backgrounds to advocate and promote all women to reach their full potential.

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Recognizing Trailblazers in the Kent State Community

During this year's Black History Month, Kent State University is highlighting Black trailblazers who were advocates for underrepresented students, faculty and staff as well as the first to make beneficial changes to Kent State.

Kent State University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 fall semester.
LGBTQA Living-Learning Community Continues to Thrive Virtually

Kent State University’s LGBTQA Living-Learning Community (LLC) has gone virtual this semester. “The mission behind the virtual Living-Learning Communities is to try and keep these communities active and whole even though they are virtual,” said Ken Ditlevson, director of the LGBTQ+ Center. “We want to make sure that the students are connected as best as possible.”

"The Unbought Collection" by Jordan Bigelow. She was awarded the Virgil Abloh™️ “Post-Modern” Scholarship in partnership with FSF.
Fashion Seniors Announced as 2021 FSF Scholarship Recipients

Two seniors from the Kent State University School of Fashion were announced as Fashion Scholarship Fund 2021 scholarship recipients. Fashion design seniors Jordan Bigelow and Mattney Yates used their creativity and knowledge to develop case studies focused on current world issues.

Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center
10 Questions with Michael Daniels, Director of the Student Multicultural Center

Michael Daniels is the director of the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) where he has the opportunity to make a difference on campus and continue the legacy of those who came before him. Daniels was recently awarded the President’s Award of Distinction for his success with the programs and initiatives offered by the SMC during a global pandemic. Learn more about Daniels as he answers these 10 questions.

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Public Health Students Continue COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

As part of the university’s strategy to stop the spread of COVID-19, the College of Public Health at Kent State University partnered with the Kent City and Portage County Health Departments to conduct contact tracing for students and faculty on Kent Campus. Melissa Zullo, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, reached out to students within the college to ask for volunteers for the testing events. The health departments then ask the students to assist with contact tracing across the university.

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Kent State Ashtabula Reunites Friends and Inspires Kidney Transplant

A reunion between two friends at Kent State University at Ashtabula resulted in a life-saving kidney transplant. A recent story by WEWS News 5 Cleveland recounted the story between two childhood acquaintances who met again by chance at Kent State in 2019. 

ADN student Addison Guildoo checks the temperature of an East Liverpool City School employee waiting to receive the COVID vaccine.
Students Participate in COVID Vaccine Clinics throughout Columbiana County

While the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine is finally being administered around the world, folks in Columbiana County are also receiving their immunizations at the local level with the help of nursing students from the Kent State East Liverpool and Salem campuses.

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Kent State Men’s Basketball Holds Second Annual Autism Awareness Game

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions and changes to people’s lives. The Kent State University men’s basketball team has been affected, too, with schedule changes, games played in nearly empty arenas and extra safety protocols in place. However, one of the things that has not changed is the team’s steadfast commitment to autism awareness.

Sarah Shendy, ’06, Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment
Alumna Sarah Shendy Named First Director of Ohio Office of Law Enforcement and Recruitment

In 2020, alumna Sarah Shendy became the first Director of the newly created Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. Shendy worked hard to achieve this prestigious position, but had it not been for Kent State University, she may have never gone into law enforcement.

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Political Science Professor Tackles Current Issues of Fact vs. Fiction in Politics

Julie M. Mazzei is an associate professor of political science and faculty affiliate with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University. When it comes to taking a political stance, she wants Americans to understand how to get the right facts to make informed decisions. 

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Kent State Receives Prestigious Military Friendly School Honor for 12th Consecutive Year

Kent State University is once again at the top tier when it comes to exhibiting leading practices and supporting post-military students, receiving the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation for its Kent Campus. This is the 12th year in a row that the Kent Campus has received the Military Friendly School honor.

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