Ashtabula Campus Goes to the State House for Kent State DayPosted Mar. 28, 2011
Highlighting the Excellence in Action that occurs every day on its eight campuses, the university hosted Kent State Day at the Ohio Statehouse on March 16. A delegation of about 130 people, including Kent State President Lester A. Lefton, university trustees, students, alumni, faculty, campus and college deans, and community partners, traveled to Columbus for the all-day event.
Dean Stocker, Kelly Anthony, Carol Drennen, John Yesso and other employees and students represented the Ashtabula campus.
The day began with the interactive and engaging "Impact and Innovations Exhibit," which showcased the many exciting discoveries coming from Kent State, all of which contribute to talent development and job creation. The exhibit was on display much of the day in the Museum Area of the statehouse and focused on four main themes: Research, Innovation and Technology; Talent Development; Community Engagement and Economic Development; and Academic Success.
The Ashtabula exhibit featured the METI Man, a human-patient simulator, and bottles of wine from Ashtabula County wineries to showcase the new Viticulture and Enology degrees being offered in the fall. Members of the Ohio Legislature joined Lefton, the trustees and members of the delegation for coffee and conversation as they explored the exhibit.
Around mid-morning, the delegation broke into groups to meet with individual legislators and state leadership officials. Dean Stocker and a group of university administrators met with state legislators Capri Cafaro and Casey Kozlowski. After lunch, the university was recognized at both the Senate and House sessions.