Kent State University Stark Campus Grads Pledge to Consider Socially Responsible...

Thu May 8, 2008 6:34pm EDT

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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, cdwillia@kent.edu
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