Kent State University Stark Campus Grads Pledge to Consider Socially Responsible...
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Kent State University Stark Campus Grads Pledge to Consider Socially Responsible Jobs NORTH CANTON, Ohio, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prospective employers will see green when looking at the 2008 graduating class of Kent State University Stark Campus. The soon-to-be alumni aren't aspiring to secure just any job; many are electing to pursue employment in companies that promote social justice, environmental health and economic growth. Nearly 200 graduates will participate in the Stark Campus commencement exercises, scheduled to take place in the Kent State Stark Professional Education and Conference Center on Friday, May 9, 2008. A dedicated environmentalist for much of her life, Stark Campus Dean Betsy V. Boze is challenging the grads to conscientiously go the extra mile in their job searches. She is asking them to join the Graduation Pledge Alliance and continue demonstrating the campus' values of "respect for and protection of green space and our region's ecological environment" throughout their careers and lives. Each Kent State Stark graduate who commits to the Graduation Pledge Alliance will sign a card stating, I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work. During the commencement exercises, those graduates will wear a green cord with their regalia. This is the pilot year for the project. "We will refine it next year, with more student participation, incorporating it into the first-year experience and the campus' Student Leadership Academy," says Boze. Many Stark Campus students have had the opportunity to develop leadership in the areas of social, economic and environmental responsibility through various campus activities and projects. Graduating with the highest honor of summa cum laude, Brandi Adamski applauded the pledge initiative. "I think it's great," she says. As a defender of the environment herself, she respects Boze's push to help protect the world through the graduation pledge. "As a community, Canton is behind the times when it comes to thinking green," says Adamski. "Kent State Stark is in a unique position to help this effort." While pursuing her major in conservations studies, she was instrumental in starting the campus' recycling program. After working extensively with campus administrators, the project became a reality and has had a positive effect on the campus community. Since Boze was named dean in 2005, Kent State Stark has been taking steps toward becoming a greener campus. Adamski feels that it is important for students to be made aware of environmental initiatives as they are adopted by the campus. "The college has to be a role model," she says. She recognizes that institutional change is not easy and respects the dean for continuously researching ways to improve the environment through campus practices. "As Kent State Stark makes environmental changes, the campus can say to the students, 'this is what we're doing to be more environmentally conscious, what can you do to help?'" Graduates are encouraged to determine for themselves what they consider to be socially and environmentally responsible. Since the program's inception in at Humboldt State University 1987, support of the pledge has grown dramatically. In 2007, more than 70 colleges reported students volunteering for the Graduation Pledge Alliance. Over the years, more than 125,000 students from 10 countries on four continents have taken the pledge. More information on the Graduation Pledge Alliance can be found at http://www.graduationpledge.org. About Kent State University Stark Campus: Kent State Stark is the largest regional campus of Kent State University and serves 10,000 students each year, comprised of 5,300 enrolled in academic coursework and 4,700 enrolled in professional development courses. Kent State Stark offers 11 bachelor's degrees and two master's degrees, in addition to associate degrees. The campus is located in Jackson Township and consists of seven major buildings. The Professional Education and Conference Center, which houses the Office of Corporate and Community Services and the Small Business Development Center, is accredited under the stringent guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers. Always striving to enhance education through technological advancement, Kent State Stark features indoor and outdoor, campus-wide wireless Internet. Combining the best of a major university and a liberal arts college, Kent State University Stark Campus serves our region as a key intellectual resource providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning. To learn more about Kent State Stark, visit http://www.stark.kent.edu. SOURCE Kent State University Stark Campus Cynthia Williams, public relations coordinator, Kent State University Stark Campus, +1-330-244-3262, firstname.lastname@example.org
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