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Kent State soars with new freshman class, largest Honors College in history

Katie Null September 13, 2019

Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Parker began her presentation at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting by changing the narrative on declining enrollment rates across Kent State University. “The...

From left: Frank Rose, Jr. (chairman of the district board of trustees); Sally O’Donnell (secretary and fiscal officer of the district board of trustees); Kent State University President Todd Diacon; Board of Trustees chair Ralph Della Ratta. 

Board of Trustees approves balanced university budget

Molly Heideman September 12, 2019

Kent State Board of Trustees approved the balanced university budget for Fiscal Year 2020 at its board meeting Wednesday. According to a press release, the $659.5 million budget was approved, which included...

Diacon announces hiring freeze due to $12 million budget gap

Molly Heideman September 9, 2019

During the Faculty Senate meeting Monday, President Todd Diacon announced the implementation of a hiring freeze for the university.Diacon said because of the university’s challenges of decreasing enrollment...

Your voice matters – End of semester surveys go digital

Katie Null September 8, 2019

Starting this semester, course evaluations for all Kent State classes will be taken online. Department chairs and individual faculty look at each survey response to see what can be changed in their programs...

Debby Thrasher Smith, 66, steps into her Ravenna home on Sunday. Her son, Joe, died here Oct. 29, 2014, of a heroin overdose — his third. He battled with substance abuse in the several years before his death.

A mother reveals what it’s like to live with a son addicted to heroin

Valerie Royzman April 30, 2018

I’m standing on Debby Thrasher Smith’s front porch in Ravenna, tightening my trench coat around my waist. The four wind chimes behind me are knocking delicately against each other, and their tinkling...

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