College of Arts and Sciences Celebrates 75 Years

The College of Arts and Sciences, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has long served as the foundation for a Kent State degree. Over the course of its history, the college has touched every Kent State student and graduate. Liberal arts courses form the core of many degrees. Typically, first-year students take more than 50 percent of their coursework from the College of Arts and Sciences, regardless of their
Terrence O'Donnell will speak on "Kent State: Opening Doors to Success" as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the College of Arts and Sciences on Sept. 8.
intended field of study.

The College of Arts and Sciences will kick off its 75th anniversary celebration with a special presentation by The Honorable Terrence O’Donnell, Ohio Supreme Court justice and a 1968 graduate of Kent State’s Department of Political Science, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. in the University Auditorium. O’Donnell will speak on “Kent State: Opening Doors to Success.” His presentation is free and open to the entire community.

"I feel very privileged to participate in the 75th anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State University, and I look forward to returning to the Kent Campus. I know that I share the sentiments of many Kent State faculty, students and thousands of graduates who recognize the great strides made by the university under the leadership of President Carol A. Cartwright," said O’Donnell.

Justice Terrence O’Donnell became a member of the Ohio Supreme Court in May 2003. His distinguished judicial background includes both service on the Common Pleas Court and the Ohio Court of Appeals.

In assuming his duties on the state Supreme Court, Justice O'Donnell brings not only his judicial service, but also a wide array of related service to the legal profession, particularly with regard to legal education. As an appellate judge, he served as chairman of the Cleveland Bar Association Law Related Education Committee. For his work with this committee, he has been the recipient of the bar association's President's Award 10 times.

Justice O'Donnell's community concerns have led him to a variety of leadership roles, including chairmanship of the Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission, which oversees the protection and advocacy of mentally retarded and mentally ill persons statewide. He currently serves as an officer of Our Lady of the Wayside, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those who are mentally and physically challenged.

“The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to have Justice O’Donnell return to campus and celebrate with us as we begin this year’s recognition of the college’s 75th anniversary. Through his service as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court and his other community involvements, he is an excellent example of the important roles our graduates play in the life of our state,” said Darrell Turnidge, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Advance reservations are not necessary. For more information, contact Ruth Smith at 330-672-8985 or .

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