May 1, 2017 •

‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ Finds Success with First Recipient

Kayleigh Crumb has been an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.’ This scholarship is given to a graduate of Howland High School who is entering Kent State University […]

BartzCrumbKayleigh Crumb has been an excellent choice as the first student to receive the recently endowed ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.’ This scholarship is given to a graduate of Howland High School who is entering Kent State University at Trumbull Campus as a freshman.

Kayleigh received the 2016 scholarship award last fall, after graduating from high school, and enrolling at the KSU Trumbull campus. After her first semester at the university, she was named to the Dean’s List by achieving a 4.0 grade-point average. She also received a KSU Trumbull Freshman Scholarship for her efforts.

EBandKCElizabeth Z. Bartz, who provided $30,000 to Kent State University at Trumbull to endow the ongoing scholarship program, said, “I am delighted that Kayleigh was the first student from Howland High School to receive this scholarship. She has already done so well and has a bright future ahead of her. I endowed this scholarship last year in honor of my 40-year graduation anniversary from Howland High School because I wanted to give back and help graduating seniors from Howland High School attend the local area KSU Trumbull Campus, just like I did. Meeting Kayleigh has showed me I made the right decision to help promising students pay their early college costs.”

Kayleigh added, “I want to be a news anchor or work in the broadcasting field with my journalism major. Even while at Howland High School, I was able to take classes offered by Kent State and was able to obtain nine college course credits. This scholarship, generously provided by Ms. Bartz, helped me a lot so I could attend Kent State University at Trumbull, where I am getting the same education as the main campus in an affordable, safe and convenient location.”

Starting in the fall of 2017, Kayleigh will attend the main campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, for her second year of classes. She is also being inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success later this month, the nation’s largest leadership honor society.

For upcoming seniors at Howland High School who will graduate and then attend Kent State University at Trumbull this Fall, they can learn more about the ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ and apply starting May 1, 2017, at this KSU website: http://www.kent.edu/trumbull/campus-scholarships

EBatScholarshipplaqueElizabeth, who graduated from Kent State University having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1980 and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1982, credits the KSU Trumbull Campus and its professors as the place and people who supported her at the beginning of her university journey. Her endowment now ensures a scholarship is awarded each year to a Howland High School graduate, in a program managed by KSU.

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May 25, 2016 •

Elizabeth Bartz Endows New KSU Scholarship

Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, has provided a $30,000 endowment to Kent State University at Trumbull, in Warren, Ohio, to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Howland High School. Ms. Bartz graduated from Howland […]

Elizabeth Bartz scholarshipElizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communications, has provided a $30,000 endowment to Kent State University at Trumbull, in Warren, Ohio, to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Howland High School.

Ms. Bartz graduated from Howland High School in Warren 40 years ago, and enrolled at the KSU Trumbull Campus that fall, where she attended for two years before completing her Journalism studies at the Kent State University main campus in Kent, Ohio in 1980.

She explains why she endowed this scholarship… “In honor of my 40-year graduation anniversary from Howland High School, I wanted to give something back. I’ve heard about students today having issues with college debt and felt it would be great to help graduating seniors from Howland High School attend the local area KSU Trumbull Campus just like I did. I feel blessed to be able to help the students, today and in the future. This is very exciting for me and I hope it helps bring others to the table to help students pay their college costs.”

Starting fall semester 2016, Kent State University at Trumbull will award its first $1,000 scholarship from the new endowment ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers.’

The annual scholarship winner, selected by Howland High School, will be a graduating student who will attend Kent State University at Trumbull on a full-time basis. This endowment is funded to continue a scholarship every year going forward, and will be managed by Kent State University.

The formal signing of the endowment was held at a ceremony on May 5, 2016 at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus. In attendance were Ms. Bartz and school officials from Kent State University at Trumbull and the Howland Local Schools.

During the ceremony, Ms. Bartz explained that she decided back in 1976 with her parents to “stay local” after graduating from Howland High School and to attend the KSU Trumbull Campus. She studied there for two years, where she also worked on the campus newspaper and became its editor. This journalism training certainly helped her toward obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from KSU in 1980, and go on to launch Akron-based State and Federal Communications, today regarded as the leader in providing government compliance information and consulting services.

Ms. Bartz is also still very active at Kent State University and serves on the KSU National Alumni Relations Board of Directors, as well at the KSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Board, and other committee leadership roles at the school.

During the ceremony kick-off presentation, Mr. Dave Smith, Director of Advancement, Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, said, “At our regional campus, we want to target more scholarships to help high school students within our local community. This new scholarship certainly helps that effort as we can assist students graduating from Howland High School. This will be a perpetual scholarship that will proudly be here forever, in her name.”

Mr. Kevin Spicher, Superintendent, Howland Local Schools, added that this gesture from Ms. Bartz “is philanthropy at its finest.” This was agreed with by Ms. Sandra E. Williams, Principal, Howland High School, who commented, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to help our kids. This scholarship gives them a head start to get to college. And this is a tribute for any student who wants to stay locally after graduating high school.”

Dr. Lance Grahn, Dean, Trumbull Campus, Kent State University, concluded comments, with, “This scholarship from Elizabeth acknowledges the success of our students from Kent State University at Trumbull… that this is a good place of quality education that prepares you for the adult world. One of the pillars of my vision for our university is to gain more involvement with our local schools to tie us together. This scholarship achieves that. I am also keen on energizing our regional campus to re-connect with our alumni. You can see the results now when that happens with a connection as represented by Elizabeth Bartz.”

In the photo above: Launching the new annual ‘Elizabeth Z. Bartz Scholarship for Howland Tigers’ at Kent State University at Trumbull, are (left to right) Ms. Elizabeth Z. Bartz, President and CEO of State and Federal Communication; Mr. Kevin Spicher, Superintendent, Howland Local Schools; Dr. Lance Grahn, Dean, KSU Trumbull Campus; Ms. Pam Anderson, KSU Institutional Advancement Representative; Mr. Dave Smith, Director of Advancement, KSU Trumbull Campus; Ms. Sandra E. Williams, Principal, Howland High School; and Ms. Sarah Helmick, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management & Student Services, KSU Trumbull Campus.

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December 14, 2015 •

Elizabeth Bartz and Her Extraordinary Commitment to Kent State University

My time as the public relations intern at State and Federal has come to an end. I am extremely grateful for Elizabeth Bartz giving me an opportunity to execute the knowledge and skills I have learned at Kent State University. […]

My time as the public relations intern at State and Federal has come to an end. I am extremely grateful for Elizabeth Bartz giving me an opportunity to execute the knowledge and skills I have learned at Kent State University. She is deeply committed to giving back to the students from her alma mater. I wanted to create a video to show my appreciation of her dedication. Enjoy.

 

 

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October 28, 2015 •

State and Federal Communications, Inc. Receives 2015 Community Service Award

AKRON­, Ohio— Project GRAD Akron honored Elizabeth Z. Bartz and State and Federal Communications, Inc., with 2015 Community Service Awards at the Ninth Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration on Oct. 1.  The award honors those who have shown exceptional service in the […]

Elizabeth Bartz, founder and CEO of State and Federal Communications with Dr. Beverly Warren, president of Kent State University
Elizabeth Bartz, founder and CEO of State and Federal Communications with Dr. Beverly Warren, president of Kent State University at Project GRAD Akron’s Achieving Dreams Celebration.

AKRON­, Ohio— Project GRAD Akron honored Elizabeth Z. Bartz and State and Federal Communications, Inc., with 2015 Community Service Awards at the Ninth Annual Achieving Dreams Celebration on Oct. 1.  The award honors those who have shown exceptional service in the community and a commitment to Project GRAD. Also receiving the award was Judi Hill, retired educator and administrator from the Akron Public Schools.

Dr. Beverly Warren, president of Kent State University, and Honorary Chairperson for the event presented the awards. Bartz has served on the Achieving Dreams Steering Committees and chaired the Silent Auction Committee. The staff of State and Federal Communications also donated their time with administrative, technical and communications support for Project GRAD.

Project GRAD Akron is a non-profit organization that provides educational programming and support for students in Akron Public Schools. Proceeds raised from the Achieving Dreams Celebration are used to support Project GRAD Akron’s programs, services, and scholarship fund.

 

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October 13, 2015 •

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc., was invited to close out the last session for students in a five-week public affairs class at Kent State University. Bartz led a discussion of why it is so […]


Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, Inc., was invited to close out the last session for students in a five-week public affairs class at Kent State University. Bartz led a discussion of why it is so important to understand state and federal laws when assisting clients and how it may affect decision-making. She encouraged the students to stay true to themselves and remember to remain ethical during those tough decisions.

The class is for students in The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) who have an interest in government relations. JMC Director Thor Wasbotten also had a chance to stop by.

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November 3, 2014 •

Our November Photo Scrapbook

Attending the Akron Project Grad fundraising event, Elizabeth Z. Bartz and John P. Chames display a couple of the many items they donated for auction.
Attending the Akron Project Grad fundraising event, Elizabeth Z. Bartz and John P. Chames display a couple of the many items they donated for auction.
Eric Mansfield, Elizabeth Z. Bartz, and Mayor Don Plusquellic attending the Akron Roundtable luncheon with Dr. B. Warren, Kent State President, speaking.
Eric Mansfield, Elizabeth Z. Bartz, and Mayor Don Plusquellic attending the Akron Roundtable luncheon with Dr. B. Warren, Kent State President, speaking.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz with Leonard Downie,vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post attending the Ben Bradlee memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Z. Bartz with Leonard Downie, vice president at large and former executive editor of The Washington Post attending the Ben Bradlee memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
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October 16, 2014 •

Akron Roundtable Hosts KSU President Dr. Beverly Warren

The October Akron Roundtable luncheon featured Kent State University President Dr. Beverly Warren. Dr. Warren adjusted her scheduled presentation “Reflections from a New Northeast Ohioan” to address the dramatic events of the past 24 hours revolving around the Ebola crisis. […]

The October Akron Roundtable luncheon featured Kent State University President Dr. Beverly Warren. Dr. Warren adjusted her scheduled presentation “Reflections from a New Northeast Ohioan” to address the dramatic events of the past 24 hours revolving around the Ebola crisis. She discussed the university’s crucial role in providing health professionals who are on the front lines meeting the health needs of the community and offered her vision for the future of Kent State University.

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, is Vice President of the Kent State University Alumni Board of Directors and enjoyed a visit with Dr. Warren at Akron Roundtable.


Elizabeth Bartz with Kent State University President Dr. Beverly Warren.
Elizabeth Bartz with KSU President Dr. Beverly Warren.

Dr. Warren at the podium
Dr. Warren at the podium

Eric Mansfield, Elizabeth Bartz and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic
Eric Mansfield, Elizabeth Bartz, and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic

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October 3, 2014 •

Our October Photo Scrapbook

 

While attending the National Conference of State Legislators [NCSL] Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, MN, the State Government Affairs Council [SGAC] honored Elizabeth Z. Bartz for earning Phase I of the Advanced Certificate Award and James Warner, Esq., for completing his Professional Certificate Award. Congratulations!
While attending the National Conference of State Legislators [NCSL] Legislative Summit in Minneapolis, MN, the State Government Affairs Council [SGAC] honored Elizabeth Z. Bartz for earning Phase I of the Advanced Certificate Award and James Warner, Esq., for completing his Professional Certificate Award. Congratulations!
While enjoying an evening with friends at the NCSL Legislative Summit, we found ourselves surrounded by showgirls. [Pictured front row - Beth Loudy, SGAC; Elizabeth Z. Bartz, State and Federal Communications, Inc.; and Katrina Iserman, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.  Back row - showgirl, Ron Burns, Dan Felton, Phillips; Jean Cantrell, Phillips; Joe Gregorich, Apollo; and showgirl.]
While enjoying an evening with friends at the NCSL Legislative Summit, we found ourselves surrounded by showgirls. [Pictured with the showgirls: front row – Beth Loudy, SGAC; Elizabeth Z. Bartz, State and Federal Communications, Inc.; and Katrina Iserman, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. Back row – Ron Burns, Dan Felton, Phillips; Jean Cantrell, Phillips; Joe Gregorich, Apollo.]

State and Federal Communications, Inc. went to a Twins vs. Indians baseball game on August 19 while attending the NCSL Legislative Summit.
State and Federal Communications, Inc. went to a Twins vs. Indians baseball game on August 19 while attending the NCSL Legislative Summit.

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Elizabeth Bartz [front row, third from the right] serves on the Kent State University [KSU] National Alumni Board.
 

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May 19, 2014 •

Words of Encouragement at KSU Trumbull Commencement

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was the guest speaker at the 2014 Kent State University Trumbull Campus commencement. Her message was highlighted by three points: “Listen. Learn. Live.” Enjoy this short video from the event: […]

Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, was the guest speaker at the 2014 Kent State University Trumbull Campus commencement. Her message was highlighted by three points: “Listen. Learn. Live.” Enjoy this short video from the event:

 

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April 29, 2014 •

Elizabeth Bartz Guest Speaker at Commencement Ceremony

  We have an exciting announcement. Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, will be the guest speaker at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus 2014 spring commencement ceremony. The event will take place on Friday, May […]

 

Elizabeth Bartz at TrumbullWe have an exciting announcement. Elizabeth Bartz, president and CEO of State and Federal Communications, will be the guest speaker at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus 2014 spring commencement ceremony. The event will take place on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Bartz is featured in a news release on the KSU Trumbull news page. According to the release, “Bartz, a former Trumbull County resident, is a Howland High School graduate, and attended classes at Kent State Trumbull (1976-78) before receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism (‘80) and a master’s degree in political science (‘82) from Kent State University. Bartz currently serves on Kent State’s National Alumni Association Board; the Community Advisory Council for the university’s National Public Radio affiliate, WKSU; and serves on the Journalism Professional Advisory Board.”

Congratulations, Elizabeth!

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May 7, 2013 •

Washington Program in National Issues Celebrates 40 Years

Kent State University internship program commemorates the occasion with a reception at the National Press Club.

Connie Schultz at WPNIOn Thursday, April 25, Kent State University’s Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI) celebrated its 40th year in existence. Current students and alumni of both the university and the program gathered at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. to reminisce about their time living in Washington D.C. and their experiences in the program throughout the years. State and Federal Communications currently employs three proud alumni of WPNI, including President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz. Elizabeth, marketing manager Melissa Coultas and compliance assistant Jonathan Spontarelli were all in Washington D.C. to attend the anniversary celebration.

WPNI is a semester long academic, internship program that allows students the opportunity to witness the political process firsthand and engage in national and international policy discussions. Each year a group of juniors and seniors from Kent State University are selected to spend the spring semester living and working in Washington D.C. Per the website, the programs three primary objectives are:

  1. Facilitate learning about the U.S. political system and its policy issues.
  2. Develop an understanding of the interrelationship of public issues and structures of government.
  3. Encourage individual initiative and provide for experiences in internship and research.

During the reception, participants from each of the four decades delivered remarks about their time in WPNI, their internship and briefings, and the ways the program has forever changed their lives. Pulitzer Prize winner, Connie Schultz, introduced by her husband U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, delivered a compelling keynote address about her experiences before, during and after the program. She spoke at length on the importance WPNI played in her own life and the opportunities it provided to a small-town girl from a working-class family from Ashtabula, Ohio.

State and Federal Communications would like to send a special thanks to the Kent State University National Capital Alumni Chapter and program Director Dr. Richard Robyn for organizing the celebration. We look forward to seeing you all 40 years from now.

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