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Squirrel City Jewelers is located in Downtown Kent.

Alumnus-owned business employs local artists despite economic uncertainty for small businesses

Lindsey Vlasic Reporter May 11, 2021

Downtown Kent has a wide array of shops, bars and restaurants that are locally owned and operated. Squirrel City Jewelers is owned by Kent State alumnus Michael Faehnel. He received his B.F.A in jewelry,...

David Hassler is the director of the Wick Poetry Center.

Wick Poetry collaborates with professors, Center for Earth Ethics for Earth Stanzas project

Kaitlyn Finchler Reporter May 2, 2021

The university launched numerous projects and efforts for Earth Month to get the community involved. David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, collaborated with the Center for Earth Ethics at...

Photo courtesy of the Wick Poetry Center.

Wick Poetry Center debuts Global Vaccine Poem Project

Morgan McGrath Feature Writer May 2, 2021

“I like to think the global vaccine poem is spreading faster than the variants of the virus,” said David Hassler, director of Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center.Hassler collaborated with the University...

Portage County Health Commissioner Joe Diorio helps facilitate vaccines at the Kent State Field House on March 30. Diorio said that patients can choose to receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, but once they reach 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine it will be for patients ages 16 and 17 only.

A look into the Kent State Field House vaccine center

KentWired Staff March 30, 2021

The Kent State Field House functions as a mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic every Tuesday. This past week was the first Tuesday in which everyone 16 and over in Ohio was eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in...

National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Inauguration poet Amanda Gorman sparks inspiration at Kent State

Hannah Lawrence Reporter January 28, 2021

Amanda Gorman’s poem at the presidential inauguration opened the eyes of Americans to the world of poetry.Gorman, 22, took the title of youngest inaugural poet in history. She is also set to release...

David Hassler, director of Wick Poetry Center and author of the May 4th Voices play. 

‘May 4th Voices’ play brings Tina Fey, others to be a part of virtual commemoration

As the 50th Commemoration of May 4 transitions completely online, one event already fits the bill. The one-hour radio special, based on the “May 4th Voices: Kent State 1970” play scripted by David...

Pictured are the four Kent State University students who were killed on May 4, 1970. From left to right are Allison Krause, William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer and Jeffrey Miller.

May 4 50th Commemoration will be held completely online

Sara Crawford Assigning Editor April 17, 2020

As schools and businesses close down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kent State has announced through an email to students, faculty and staff that the May 4 50th commemoration will be entirely virtual. In...

Junior English major Dorisha Hendrix, A Wick Poetry Center employee, and senior integrated language arts major Faith Payton work and talk in the May Prentice House on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. 

Wick Poetry Center collaborates on exhibit to be shown at Ellis Island this fall

“Traveling Stanzas,” the ever-changing poetry project through Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, will journey to the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island this fall as part of the “Sisters...

Graduate Wick Fellow Carrie George gives a tour to Moira Ledinsky a former Kent State student during homecoming on Sept. 21, 2019. Ledinsky entered a line in the Traveling Stanza poem.

Wick Poetry Center open house welcomes poetry community, releases Global Peace Poem

The Wick Poetry Center held an open house during Homecoming weekend and showcased the Global Peace Poem.The Global Peace Poem, released Sept. 15, is a poem anyone can add to and is in memory of the May...

David Hassler, the director of Wick Poetry Center, and Jane Hirshfield, a famous poet, converse at the 2019 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Portland, Oregon, Thursday, March 28, 2019. 

Wick partners with Academy of American Poets to introduce ‘Emerge’ on

Alexandra Sobczak March 22, 2019

The Wick Poetry Center is partnering with the Academy of American Poets to launch a web-based version of their program, “Emerge,” on, according to a press release.Emerge is a digital tool...

Nicole Robinson

Wick Poetry Center assistant director departs, leaves legacy of passion and outreach

Isabel Kiefer June 26, 2017

Sitting on a grey exercise ball, Wick Poetry Center Assistant Director Nicole Robinson rocks back and forth, recalling her past eight years at the center.Robinson originally started at the center as the...

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