iSchool GSAC Community Circles

GSAC is launching a new social initiative to connect students within the iSchool. We are in the early stages of piloting Community Circles, where iSchool students can come together to share ideas, advice, and experiences. 

Community Circles will be launched through private communities created in Google Currents and Google Meet. If you are interested in participating in one of our test groups this summer or recommending Circles for the future, please fill out this form (while logged into your KSU Gmail account). We look forward to helping you meet others within the program!

iSchool Virtual Yearbook – Spring 2021

GSAC would like to congratulate all students who completed the program this spring. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with the ALA Student Chapter to compile a Virtual Yearbook. To watch the video, please click here or below. PDF slides (with links to professional profiles) are also available.

Please join us in wishing all graduating students the very best in their next chapter. We can’t wait to see how you all shape the world of information! (Be sure to connect with other iSchool colleagues in the Alumni Network Facebook group.)

Flat Flash

In an effort to see more faces of the Kent State University iSchool family, GSAC is inviting all iSchool students, faculty and alumni to print out a “Flat Flash” and share a photo of it on social media using the hashtag #iSchoolFlashes. We’d love to see your smiling face at home, work or beyond!

If you’d prefer not to post the photo to your account, feel free to send it to GSAC VP of Communication Olivia Wood, and we’ll post it from the GSAC account. (Let us know if you’d like us to include your full name or first name).

Be sure to follow and tag @KentGSAC on Twitter or Instagram (students, alumni and faculty), or join our LinkedIn (students, faculty and alumni) or Facebook group (students only) to join the fun!

You can choose from two versions:

Ready to print OR Ready to color (add your own flair)

#iSchoolFlashes

Flash

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Artwork courtesy of the KSU Flashes Forever Hub

Introducing Your New GSAC Officers

The iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) held elections during our December meeting, and we are pleased to introduce several new officers and representatives.

GSAC serves as a bridge between iSchool students, administration, and faculty. Our mission is to enhance graduate student life through social events and professional development opportunities. All iSchool students are automatically members and welcome to attend any of our events. If you are interested in getting involved with GSAC, please reach out to GSAC President Lauren Zollinger at lzolling@kent.edu.

Olivia Wood

Olivia Wood, Vice President of Communications

My name is Olivia Wood and I am a second semester student focusing on archival and cultural heritage preservation studies. I currently reside in Mansfield, OH, although I hail from Lima, OH. I earned my BA in History with a minor in Education from Ohio State University in 2017. Currently, I am a member of the KSU ALA Student Chapter and the Ohio Library Council.

I am a full time MLIS student as of late and I intend to focus on cultivating meaningful relationships with my fellow peers. I was introduced to GSAC during my first semester and had the pleasure of meeting some amazing and talented people. While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted my life in many ways, I’m spending my time focusing on my studies while dedicating myself to bettering the educational experience for every student. When I’m not working on extracurriculars or schoolwork, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Emmy, and my cat, Baz; I also love to read, write, paint, bake, and cook. I try to make time for the little things as often as I can. I hope to serve the GSAC with your best interests in mind and I am thankful for this incredible experience!

EMAIL: owood2@kent.edu


Kathryn Taylor

Kathryn Taylor, Secretary

My name is Kathryn Taylor and I am beginning my third semester in the iSchool, pursuing the K-12 Library/Media Licensure. I went to Magnificat High School in Rocky River, graduated with my BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 2004, and completed my initial teaching coursework at the University of Toledo.

I live in Cleveland with my partner Moe and our Boston Terrier Larry. During the day, I am a Title I Math teacher at Westpark Community Middle School, a charter school managed by Constellation Schools. I also enjoyed living and working in Keystone, Colorado in the hospitality industry, both in lodging and food service. These days have me reminiscing on some favorite childhood experiences including being slimed at Nickelodeon Studios, going to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and being part of a sailing race team for Put-in-Bay Yacht Club. When the world opens back up I look forward to spending spare time with my many relatives, going to comedy shows, and traveling the world.

I am already grateful for the connections made through GSAC and look forward to serving as its secretary.

Email: ktaylo85@kent.edu


Jessica Black

Jessica Black, UXD Representative

My name is Jessica Black and I am in my third semester of the User Experience Design (UXD) program. I have a particular interest in how user experience principles can be applied to the health care field. I believe there is a need for UX professionals to focus on solving design problems that threaten the safety of patients and health care providers. I am very passionate about my UXD coursework and I am proud to represent the interests of UXD students within GSAC.

I have a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in digital advertising from Louisiana State University. I’m from Slidell, Louisiana, and live for crawfish season. When I have free time, you can find me meditating, journaling, listening to music, or spending time with friends and family.

EMAIL: jblack62@kent.edu

To see our full slate of officers, please go here.