Flashes of Success
 

Flashes of Success

Welcome to the home of University College’s Flashes of Success. Below, you will find demonstrations of how we are successfully supporting Kent State students.

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Students in Flash Connections Program

Underserved students, including first-generation students and students from limited-income backgrounds who will enroll in Fall Semester 2022, will continue to receive support through student success initiatives through the Key Connections program due to a new gift of $200,000 from the KeyBank Foundation. This gift has been awarded to Kent State University to continue KeyBank Foundation’s support for the successful Key Connections Program offered by University College at Kent State.

During the next four years, students will receive support in professional development, including internships and conference participation, research support and other student success initiatives for students from the direct funding of this gift.

Read more about this donation here

Students in Flash Connections Program

Exploratory Program students are given amazing opportunities via the Flash Connections Program which has been recognized as a NASPA Excellence Award - Gold recipient.

Students participating in Flash Connections have the opportunity to create a sense of belonging and purposeful learning around career exploration, community engagement, and personal development.

Students are able to attend an exclusive out-of-class and overnight experience either before the start of the semester or during the semester. The trips are themed-based (e.g., Healthcare, Discovering Business, Great Outdoors, Helping Professions, Celebrating African American Experiences) and give space for intentional thinking in these areas. 

Support for Flash Connections is provided by college and campus partners including Community Engagement Learning, Career Exploration and Development, Student Success Programs, University College Dean’s Office, the Department of Recreation Services and more! 

 

Students in Flash Connections ProgramFlash Connections are enhanced sections of the Exploratory First Year Experience course that include an exclusive out-of-class and overnight experience either before the start of the semester or during the semester.

The trips are themed-based (e.g., Healthcare, Discovering Business, Great Outdoors, Helping Professions, Celebrating African American Experiences) and focus on the sense of belonging, purposeful learning, career exploration, community engagement, personal development, and more.

Students are supported by a collaboration of the college and campus partners including Community Engagement Learning, Career Exploration and Development, Student Success Programs, University College Dean’s Office, the Department of Recreation Services and more! The Flash Connections program has been recognized for the second year in a row and awarded NACADA Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award.

 

Community Impact - Flashes of Success

Williams to share KSU internship successes with regional employment leadership

Kristin Williams, the Executive Director of Career Exploration and Development, will be sharing these developmental student internship experiences with regional employment leaders at the SIM Cleveland panel discussion on November 8th. 


March Food Distribution Event

Kent State's Football team and other Kent State students volunteered at Campus Kitchen's March food distribution in collaboration with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Wednesday, March 17, at Dix Stadium.

This volunteer opportunity will continue on the third Wednesday of every month through June, thanks to a food bank grant from Feeding America. Additionally, Campus Kitchen student volunteers hold food pantries in Tri-Towers three times per week as well and support the food pantry within the Office of the Dean of Students. 


Students to be supported with immersive opportunities centered on service and career-related experiences. 

CommUNITY Lab is a new four-year cohort program coordinated through Community Engaged Learning that offers scholars a network of care and resources while removing financial, academic, and personal barriers to success. Participants reside in a Living-Learning Community located in Lake Hall on the Kent Campus where they learn through specially selected courses, plug into campus resources and co-create individualized achievement plans with their support networks.


National Leader - Flashes of Success

Academic Success Center SI Leaders participate in UMKC webinar

Students at Kent State are provided amazing Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders in various courses. Our SI Leaders Mark Abunda, Torrance Gaskins, and Ben Rininger from the Academic Success Center recently led a Fresh Perspectives Webinar Series Session entitled "Using SI Techniques to Develop Fellow SI Leaders", hosted by the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. At the session, facilitated collaborative discussion and activities across institutions to develop SI Leaders' and SI Mentors' skills.


National Recognition: The Campus Kitchen

Students have endless volunteer opportunities with University College's Campus Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen, in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, won the 2021 Campus Race to Zero Waste case study competition in the “Summary of Waste Reduction Efforts” category.


Celebrating Success: Exploratory Program & NASPA Region IV-East Innovative Program Award

Kent State Exploratory students experience award-winning advising with the Major Action Plan (MAP): Start to Finish Program. This program, which recently received the NASPA Region IV-East Innovative Program Award, uses innovative advising strategies to assist students in declaring their major.


The Ohio Transfer Council presented the Vandermeulen Award

Transfer students find their home at Kent State, feel supported and graduate as Golden Flashes with the help of Barb Miller-Harris who has been awarded the Tom Vandermeulen Award. Her contributions have enhanced relationships among people of diverse cultures, ethnic groups, first-generation students and students with special needs.


Exploratory Program selected as the 2021 Outstanding Advising Program by NACADA

Assisting Exploratory students with confidently declaring their major by connecting with intentional action items is the goal of MAP. The MAP has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award. The NACADA Outstanding Advising Program Award recognizes advising programs that are innovative and/or exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising services. The Outstanding Advising Program Award application was judged on the following criteria: innovative quality, creativity, currency, institutional commitment, impact evident by assessment and transferability.


Young professionals benefit from personal and professional development through Engage! Cleveland. 

Katie Kimble assists in this endeavor as a member of the leadership council for Engage! Cleveland. 


Exploratory Program's Major Action Plan receives 2021 NASPA Excellence Award- Bronze Award recipient

Assisting Exploratory students with confidently declaring their major is the goal of the Exploratory Program's Major Action Program (MAP).

The MAP has just been selected as the recipient of the 2021 NASPA Excellence Bronze Award in the Academic Advising, Careers, Graduate Professional Category. The program connects students with intentional action items based on their career readiness, thus informing how, what, where, and why they may explore majors that align with their strengths and career interests.

The Excellence Award recognizes and highlights innovative initiatives that relate to the programs, policies, procedures, best practices or services. The Excellence Award application was judged on the following criteria: impact on student learning, relevance to our mission, successfully addressing students' needs and program concerns and issues (e.g. retention), collaboration with campus partners, use of innovative and creative methods/technology, application to the theoretical framework and evidence of program assessment. The award will be shared publicly during the 2021 NASPA Virtual Conference. 


2021 ACPA Distinguished Commission Award

Students at Kent State get expert career insight from our Senior Career Advisor Krittika Grau, who is a member of the ACPA Commission and has just been awarded the Distinguished Commission Award for 2021.

Her commission was recognized for working with the resources it had at its disposal and demonstrating distinguished leadership by providing balanced, innovative and sustainable products, projects and services within or across the commissions and to ACPA.  


Student Event - Flashes of Success

Another Suit Up Success

Over 325 students pre-registered for a Suit-Up event hosted by Career Exploration and Development in partnership with JCPenney.

Discounts were available to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Jody Patterson and Aryanna Sciranka planned the virtual shopping event and hundreds took advantage, resulting in thousands of dollars in savings on professional attire.


Funding - Flashes of Success

PNC Foundation awards $75,000 in support of student success 

Students to be supported with immersive opportunities centered on service and career-related experiences. CommUNITY Lab is a new four-year cohort program coordinated through Community Engaged Learning that offers scholars a network of care and resources while removing financial, academic, and personal barriers to success. Participants reside in a Living-Learning Community located in Lake Hall on the Kent Campus where they learn through specially selected courses, plug into campus resources and co-create individualized achievement plans with their support networks.


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Flashes of Success last year alone!