IN A FLASH: STEM for K-9 Salem

Representing the Kent State STEM Trumbull County Committee, Mialie Szymanski had the delight of meeting Sgt. Anne Spahr and K-9 trainee, Salem, of Kent State University Police Services. Szymanski is an author, illustrator, journalist/photo journalist and advocate for animals who also is an administrative assistant to the dean of Kent State at Trumbull.

The campus recently hosted its annual STEM Trumbull County Conference, an event that offers high school students in Trumbull and surrounding counties the opportunity to explore exciting career pathways in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, while also interacting with local, successful professionals in high-impact STEM careers.

In honor of Women’s History Month and in gratitude to STEM Trumbull County Conference 2023 keynote speaker Peggy Shadduck, Ph.D., vice president for regional campuses and dean of Kent State's College of Applied and Technical Studies, the committee raised $400 to contribute to Kent State University Police Services' K-9 Program. Those interested in assisting the K-9s can learn more at

Sgt, Ann Spahr, K-9 Salem and Mialie Szymanski

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POSTED: Monday, June 5, 2023 10:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 02:18 PM
Phil B. Soencksen