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President Lefton shakes hands of cadets at the Veteran's Recognition Event
Guests enjoying the Office Support Staff Luncheon
LaShonda Taylor and Lisa Galanis - Office Support Staff Recognition Luncheon Fashion Show
Support Staff from the College of Podiatric Medicine enjoy their first Office Support Staff Luncheon
ROTC Cadet Andrew Altizer - Veteran's Recognition 2013


Recognition Programs

Kent State University sponsors various programs and events annually to recognize the many contributions of its faculty and staff. Some programs are university-wide, while others are sponsored by departments, divisions, and regional campuses within the university system.

Listed below are several university-wide recognition programs sponsored by the Division of Human Resources.

Milestone Years of Service

Staff employees are recognized when they reach a milestone year of continuous service with the university.

Per university policy 3342-6-07.11, classified employees receive a service achievement award — in the form of a cash payment — at every five-year milestone. View more information on the service achievement awards.

In January, 2008, unclassified employees began receiving a certificate and a gift at every five-year milestone. Employees in this group will receive a catalog with a choice of gifts available and instructions for ordering the gift of their choice.

Office Support Staff Recognition Program

Each spring Kent State hosts a luncheon and program to recognize Kent State employees who provide office support in departments throughout the eight campuses. The program is held in April, in conjunction with the national observance of Administrative Professionals Day. This event is by invitation only.

The 2014 Office Support Staff Recognition Program will be held on Wednesday, April 23 2014.

President's Excellence Award

A program to recognize Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the goals of the university's Excellence agenda during the previous fiscal year. The nomination period for 2013 was August 12 - September 13, 2013.  Recipients will be announced in December.  Click here for more information.

Twenty Year Club Service Awards Program

Honors classified and unclassified employees who have 20 years of continuous service at Kent State. The dinner program was established in 1966 and is held every year in the spring.

The 2014 Twenty Year Club Service Award Program will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014View the Twenty Year Club Web site

Veterans Day Program

Each November Kent State hosts a Veterans Day Program to express appreciation for student, faculty, staff and community men and women who are veterans or current members of the U.S. military. Members of Kent State’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs, staff from the Center for Adult and Veterans Services and students from Undergraduate Student Government help plan and participate in the commemoration. Watch a video about Kent State University's Veterans Day Commemoration.

The Veteran's Day Program was held on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. on the Student Green at Risman Plaza.