The logo features an italicized block 'K' surrounded by a streaking golden eagle head that flows into a curved lightning bolt. The words "Kent State" appear below the primary image in an all capitals italic type.
All logos that included only the word "Kent" were scrapped over the summer, when the university announced that it wanted to be referred to as "Kent State" instead of "Kent."
"The impetus for changing the logo came about from the decision to more accurately promote 'Kent State University' by our athletic teams and department, and it provided the opportunity to roll out a consistent branding message," said Golden Flashes director of athletics Laing Kennedy. "With the new logo, we also are able to move forward with a bold, aggressive image that gives us a family of logos that will be very attractive for our fans and students."
The new logo was designed by Artists, Inc., of Akron, with Mike Blanc serving as primary designer. The production crew also included three Kent State graduates _ graphic designers Jon Gertz and Geena Bisesl, and account manager Katherine Jackson.
LUNCH TIME ... The return of college football season also means the return of the Kent State Coaches Corner luncheons, featuring Flashes head coach Dean Pees.
This year's schedule will begin with a special Football Tailgate Preview party at the President's Loge in Dix Stadium Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. Fans that wish to attend should call 330-672-3408 or 672-4707 in advance.
The Coaches Corner luncheons will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 11. The three September events will be hosted by Damon's of Kent, while the October luncheons will take place at the Holiday Inn in Brimfield.
For more information, call 330-672-3408.
SHOOTOUT SLATE ... The San Juan Shootout men's basketball tournament schedule has been released.
The Flashes will take on Northwestern on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The winners and losers of that game will be paired with the winners and losers of the Iona-Nebraska first-round matchup in round two on Dec. 21.
Other first-round matchups pit Southern Methodist against the University of Puerto Rico and Virginia Commonwealth against Evansville.
The championship and consolation games are slated for Dec. 22.
KREINER COMES UP SHORT ... Kim Kreiner, a former star at Mogadore High School and Kent State who shocked the country by finishing second in the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials last July, failed to reach the Olympic qualifying standard during her recent trip to Europe. She improved her personal best by nearly one foot with a toss of 188-1, but needed a throw of 196-10 to qualify for the 2000 Olympics.
Kreiner, who will graduate from Kent State University in December, will continue to train in an effort to qualify for the next Summer Olympic Games.
PERSONNEL MOVES ... Kerri Ariens has been named assistant strength coach and assistant field house manager at Kent State.
Ariens served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Purdue University from 1998-2000. She was a four-year gymnast at Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she helped the squad earn Division III national championships in 1995 and '97.
"Kerri brings a great deal of practical hands-on experience to Kent State," said Flashes head strength coach Ryan Tedford. "She will be an excellent addition to the strength and conditioning staff."
A native of Milwaukee, Ariens earned a bachelor's degree from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1998 and a master's degree from Purdue in 2000.
Jennifer Kulics, a Canfield native who served as a graduate assistant for the Kent State women's basketball team from 1996-98, has returned to the school as an academic counselor.
Kulics will work mainly with the baseball, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, field hockey, soccer and men's and women's golf teams.
"Jennifer comes to us with an extensive athletic background, and brings a lot of new ideas to a very important position," said associate athletic director for academic and student services Cathy O'Donnell. "Her former experience at Kent State University certainly enhances her transition."
Kulics most recently served as the director of athletics, intramurals and recreation sports at Penn State University, Beaver. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bowling Green in 1996 and a master's degree in exercise physiology from Kent State in 1998.
Martha Ring has been named development associate for athletic advancement at Kent State, where she'll coordinate fundraising and alumni relations.
"Marty is a very organized individual with very strong people skills," said associate athletic director for athletic advancement Moses Lewis.
A native of Northfield, Ring earned a bachelor's degree in radio/television from Kent State in 1999.
Kent State has hired Michael Heichel as interim assistant athletic trainer. He will handle all athletic training duties for the women's basketball program, and also oversee women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, gymnastics and men's and women's track and field.
Heichel has served as a graduate assistant in athletic training at Kent State for he past two years after working as a student assistant athletic trainer at Bowling Green for three years.
"Having been a graduate assistant in our department, Michael will make a very smooth transition to the position of assistant athletic trainer," said Kent State head athletic trainer John Faulstick. "He is very knowledgeable of athletic training duties, and works well with our student-athletes."
A native of Mansfield, Heichel earned a bachelor's degree in health promotion from Bowling Green in 1998 and a master's degree in sports administration from Kent State in 2000.
TRACK RECRUITS ... The Kent State track team has added a pair of additional signees to its 2000 recruiting class, multi-eventer Alicia Pauling and sprinter Tessa Sibley.
Pauling (Columbus/Upper Arlington H.S.) cleared a personal best 5-foot-6 in the high jump at the regional Junior Olympics this summer, and also has personal bests of 16-9 in the high jump and 15.0 in the 100 meter hurdles.
Sibley (Gallipolis, Gallia Academy) finished second in the 100 meters at the Ohio Division II state meet last spring. She has personal bests of 12.1 in the 100 meters and 58.05 in the 400 meters.