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Profiles of Excellence in Action | 

February 2012

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, presents the emotionally-charged musical, Ragtime, based on the novel written by E. L. Doctorow in 1975. Directed by Eric van Baars, the show will run from Feb. 17-26, at the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Dr.

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Welcome to Profiles of Excellence in Action, a monthly e-newsletter showcasing news and events from Kent State University. In this month's issue, read about Kent State’s retention strategies delivering results, a Kent State student named top finalist in a national awards program, a professor’s passion that inspires students, and Kent State School of Theatre and Dance’s Ragtime production. Also, watch the video about the redevelopment of downtown Kent, Ohio.

Retention Strategies Deliver Results; Record-High Spring Enrollment Achieved

Kent State's official 15th-day census data showed that retention strategies are having an impact on student success.

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Downtown Redevelopment in Kent, Ohio

With more than $100 million in new construction, downtown Kent, Ohio, is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment.

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Kent State Student Named Top Finalist in National Awards Program

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation awarded a Kent State University broadcast journalism student the top television finalist award, along with a $2,600 scholarship.

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Professor’s Passion Inspires Students

Associate Professor Susan Taft’s first memory of teaching was as a doctoral graduate student standing in front of a class of students, trying to keep her knees from knocking and her hands from shaking. Now, after enthusiastically teaching at Kent State University for more than two decades, Taft has earned one of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Awards, which is awarded to full-time tenure track faculty who demonstrate extraordinary teaching.

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