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Flashes of Success

2019-2020 Student Support

 

Flashes of Success

Welcome to the home of University College’s Flashes of Success. Below, you will find demonstrations of how we have successfully supported Kent State students during Fall 2019 through to Fall 2020.

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As a result of helping students make the shift to accessing academic success resources remotely during the pandemic, Amanda Shah, Rachel Cordy, Samantha Spitak, and DeAnn Zalom published a manuscript, “Leading through change: Four perspectives, one team,” in TLAR’s special September edition Rising to the Challenge: Navigating COVID-19 in Higher Education Learning Centers.

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Kent State University International students can benefit from the expertise of Career Advisor Krittika Grau, who has recently published a book review of International Encounters: Higher Education and the International Student Experience.

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When Krittika Grau is not guiding our Flashes to career success, she spends her time serving on the American College Personnel Association Commission for Career Services Directorate Board, committed to the future success of college students.

National Leader

Students have lots of questions about interview questions. Julie Paskiet is helping them and as a result published “How to Answer Common Interview Questions” in the 2020 American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) Job Search Handbook.

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In order to serve students at a higher level, Julie Paskiet serves on the Pennsylvania Education Regional Consortium Regional Board and served as the 2019 Job Fair Coordinator for the American Association of Employment in Education.

Membership, National Leader

Kent State’s Academic Success Center helps students achieve academically under the leadership of Director Amanda Shah, who was recently named as a member of The Learning Assistance Review’s editorial board, the scholarly journal of The National College Learning Center Association.

Membership, National Leader

Kent Campus is not the only place Assistant Dean Liz Piatt excels in her work. Liz has recently published with Dr. Akbar (former UC Assistant Dean), a chapter titled, Learning and Coping: The (Mis)Education of Lip Gallagher in the book, Shameless Sociology: Critical Perspectives on a Popular Television Series as well as publishing “The Segregated Gun: Racism and Representations of the Gun in Film.” Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (formerly Palgrave Communications)” with two other additional authors.

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First-Generation, Low-Income, and Underrepresented Students have on-campus advocates through Dr. Liz Piatt and Dr. Eboni Pringle. The duo published The Role of Science Identity Salience in Graduate School Enrollment for First-Generation, Low-income, Underrepresented Students in the Journal of Negro Education with two additional authors.

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KSU’s commitment to make civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education was recognized as Kent State was designated as a NASPA LEAD Institution. The efforts to achieve this title were led by Assistant Director of CEL, Craig Berger.

National Leader

Kent State’s institutional efforts to help students overcome barriers to participating in the political process were recognized as KSU was designated a Voter Friendly Campus, thanks to Craig Berger.

National Leader

Kent State students benefit from Community Engaged Learning work on civic learning and democracy led by Craig Berger. Berger is dedicated to students’ democratic engagement, recently co-authoring an article published in the eJournal of Public Affairs, “Tools for Living Democracy: Putting the CLDE Theory of Change into Practice” and a publication in a NASPA issue of the Leadership Exchange Magazine entitled “Infusing CLDE Theory of Change into Student Affairs: New Thinking about Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement”.

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Students can enjoy Community Engaged Learning coordinated by Imani Reynolds, who co-authored and published an article entitled: “How do North American child and youth workers view cultural diversity?” in the CYC Advocate.

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Dedication to academic success and racial equity for students at Kent Campus and beyond. Dr. N.J. Akbar, former Assistant Dean, recently had three book chapters accepted for publication. His chapter, Discussing Student Achievement and the Family in V. Seeburg’s Black American Students’ Achievement in the Suburbs: Academic Success through Family Engagement is expected to be published in December 2021. In May/April 2021, his two chapters of A Race-Conscious Pedagogy Future: Essays that Forge a New Path for Equitable Schools will be published, titled Fixing the System, Not the Student or Family: Dismantling Racism and Institutionalizing Equity by Leveraging Your Board’s Leadership and Underresourced, Underfunded, and COVID: Schools seeking Racial Equity during a Pandemic.

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LGBTQ+ students at Kent State are being advocated for on and off campus by Dr. N.J. Akbar, who became Advocate Magazine’s Champion of Pride of 2020 because of his dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

National Leader

Students benefit from the career advice of career advisor Felicia Johnson, who was elected President of the Ohio Career Development Association for the 2020-2021 year.

National Leader, Membership

Students in the Exploratory Program at Kent State University find academic success under the leadership of Director Nicole Kotlan, who is currently serving on the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Undecided & Exploratory Students Advising Community Steering Committee.

National Leader, Membership

Students can transfer to Kent State University in a flash thanks to Assistant Director Barbara Miller-Harris. Barbara has also been elected to serve as the Secretary of the Executive Board of the Ohio Transfer Council (OTC), an organization committed to sharing information between institutions to better serve students.

National Leader, Membership

Helping others help students. With his experience helping our Kent State students, Student Support Services Director Adam Cinderich, who currently serves as President of the Ohio TRIO Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) Board of Directors was selected as a mentor for the TRIO Works SSS Directors Group continuing a commitment to provide access to higher education.

National Leader, Membership

Outside of his work guiding Kent State students to success within Student Support Services, Jim Piascik serves as Treasurer of Ohio TRIO, currently serving his second term after being re-elected to the position. Ohio TRIO is a professional organization of TRIO professionals from across the state of Ohio.

National Leader, Membership

As a result of her contributions to Kent State students’ career exploration, Kristin Williams received the 2020 Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Bob Windle Leadership Award. This award is presented at the annual Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Conference in recognition of a true leader in a career field.

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Helping students goes one step further. Peter Jeffy recently received the James B. Hamilton and Thomas G. Mortenson TRIO/EOP Professional Research Award. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a TRIO/EOP professional for research consistent with the goals and purpose of Educational Opportunity Association.

Funding, National Leader

Students at Kent State are given the resources to achieve success academically through the Academic Success Center, which recently earned a three-year certification from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Kent State University is one of 41 certified programs across the United States. The ASC also earned a renewed Level I certification and new Level II International Tutor Training Program Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association, allowing students to benefit from our vast network of tutors.

National Leader

Kent State students have access to knowledgeable and nationally trained tutors to help them succeed academically. Program Coordinator Samantha Spitak has renewed her Level I certification and implemented continued training to acquire Level II certification through the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) through 2022 for ASC’s Tutoring Program, enabling our tutoring program to contribute to student success.

National Leader

The Student Support Services Tutoring Program has been fully revamped by Brittany Capp and recently received a 5-year Level I recertification through the College Reading & Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC). The application reflects a single, comprehensive tutoring program spanning all disciplines, a significant change to our operation since 2015.

National Leader

Over 80% of this Fall’s Exploratory students were able to connect with Major Action Plan (MAP) resources at the MAP: Start to Finish program held virtually by the Exploratory Program. One step closer to confidently declaring their major!

Student Event

KSU Students were engaged politically during the Don’t Hate-Debate (AND VOTE)! virtual teach-in event sponsored by the College of Information, School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Division of Student Affairs, and the Division of Academic Affairs. Dr. Liz Piatt, Amanda Woodyard, and Craig Berger gave sessions at the event.

Student Event

Pamela Jones, Academic Program Coordinator for Academic Diversity Outreach maintains her commitment to college students beyond Academic Diversity Outreach, serving on the Training and Best Practices committee for the Consortium of Coaching in Higher Education

Membership, National Leader

814 Kent State students attended a successful synchronous, virtual fall career fair held by the Career Exploration and Development team to prepare themselves for future success.

Student Event

Students now have the opportunity to volunteer in-person together for 1.5 hours on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons through Community Engaged Learning’s new Service in a Flash program. Activities have included upcycling t-shirts to make tote bags for food pantries and cutting fabric to make face masks for all students in Kent local schools.

Community Impact

Students can now attend educational, volunteer, and activism events through a new series called Weeks of Change organized by Community Engaged Learning where one week every month will be dedicated to a particular social issue.

Community Impact

50 Student volunteers engaged in Community Engaged Learning’s annual Make a Difference Day, planned by Imani Reynolds, Coordinator of Community Engaged Learning, and Maggie Allphin, Graduate Assistant.

Community Impact, Student Event

Student Support Services and McNair staff are committed to assisting students beyond Kent State, recently contributing to the Educational Opportunity Association Conference. Jim Piascik presented “Expanding budgets in the time of COVID” with over 100 attendees and Siobhán Hicks, along with Dr. Kelly Cichy, presented “Addressing the mental health needs of TRIO-eligible students” with over 250 attendees.

National Leader

The Exploratory academic advisors at Kent State help guide students through career, major and personal exploration. As a result of their hard work and dedication to our students, the team has just been selected as the recipient of the NACADA’s Region 5 Innovation in Advising Award for the Major Action Plan (MAP): Start to Finish program.

National Leader

Over 4,000 incoming Kent State students attended a Virtual Destination Kent State Orientation over Summer 2020. Maghan Larkins, Assistant Director of Student Success Programs, received the honor of the 2020 President’s Award of Distinction for her crucial role in transitioning the event from in-person to virtual orientation.

Student Event, Measurable Student Impact

Our Student Success Program Coordinators are dedicated to education and leadership both on and off Kent campuses. Cody Holland and Tyler Verma presented at the virtual National Leadership Educator’s Institute and shared the great work they are doing within the Peer Leadership Training Course put on by ACPA, NASPA, OCPA, and NCLP.

National Leader

Many of our Flashes volunteer for Kent State’s Campus Kitchen, run by Community Engaged Learning, which raised over $25,000 in donations to fund a mobile food pantry, making operations more effective and impactful.

Community Impact

The I AM FIRST Celebration honored first generation students, staff, and faculty with a week of university-wide events. Attendees from all parts of the Kent State community enjoyed the week’s in-person and virtual events.

Student Event, Community Impact

242 students (42% first-generation, 26% under-represented, and 47% Pell-eligible), were offered more than $250,000 in support this year by Career Exploration and Development. The average award for students is $940 per term.

Funding, Measurable Student Impact

Completing a Flashternship through Career Exploration and Development gives KSU Students the opportunity to increase their networking connections by up to 300% and their earning potential by over 250%. Students who complete a Flashternship are retained at a higher rate compared to off-campus employment opportunities and provide a clear path to future careers.

Measurable Student Impact

174 KSU job candidates attended Education Employment Week organized by Career Exploration & Development, where 55 employers from 16 different states offered employment opportunities. 143 positions were offered to candidates.

Measurable Student Impact

Over 800 Kent State students attended Career Exploration & Development’s Virtual Career Week where 130 employers offered job opportunities.

Student Event

100% of McNair Scholars admitted to graduate programs received full funding totaling $250,000 in awards.

Measurable Student Impact, Funding

More than 320 new students positioned themselves well, engaging in the “Start Strong to Finish” program by taking a reassessment of their placement tests with Judy Huber.

Student Aid

Destination Kent State welcomed 4,088 Incoming students into the Kent State community through the DKSmobile app and website between May and August 2020. The Destination Kent State New Student Orientation program helped our new Flashes find their home at Kent State, prepared them to excel academically, and introduced them to student organizations.

Student Event

Kent State welcomed 824 new transfer students over 19 orientation dates through the Transfer Kent State Orientation Program.

Student Event

Seventy-nine students were welcomed to the Provost's Leadership Academy and will spend the year working with university leadership to identify projects that will positively impact the student experience at Kent State.

Student Event

More than 600 students enrolled in the Peer Leader Training course this academic year (57% were first year students, 30% underrepresented students, and 35% first generation students).

Student Event

Helping those in need, Kent State’s Campus Kitchen provided 4,500 hours of service, 81,321 lbs. of food, and 28,294 lbs. of food pantry distribution to community members in need.

Community Impact

Our Flashes have continued providing community service virtually through the Kent State Together program provided by Community Engaged Learning. Over 700 student volunteers wrote 1,400 welcome notes to incoming KSU students and provided 500 United Way Literacy Kits for a local elementary school.

Community Impact

1,278 Kent State students have contributed 9,080 hours of community service and raised $246,976 through Kent Community Services provided by Community Engaged Learning. 26% of these program participants were underrepresented students: nearly twice the percentage of underrepresented students in the entire student body.

Community Impact

214 students received more than $114,000 in tuition, book, course supply, and other aid from Academic Diversity Outreach.

Student Aid, Funding

URS Students are predicted to have a 6-yr graduation rate of 54.5% in the Key Connections program from Academic Diversity Outreach.

Student Aid, Measurable Student Impact

Our volunteers at Campus Kitchen have raised over $10K for their Giving Tuesday campaign, $20K for Campus Kitchen Renovations, and received $2K from the Portage Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund Grant.

Community Impact

Undergraduate student research is now supported by the McNair Scholars Program, which raised $10K during the Inaugural Regional McNair Research Conference.

Student Aid, Funding

Kent State students receive $2.63 million in support in the core areas of academic success, personal and professional development, and advocacy and support from a 5-year federal grant award awarded to Student Support Services.

Student Aid, Funding

Students are now eligible to receive $10,000 from the Randi E. and Thomas L. McKenzie Gift through Academic Diversity Outreach at Kent State.

Student Aid, Funding

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