Kent State President Lester A. Lefton delivered remarks at the event, in addition to comments from three student representatives: Undergraduate Student Government Director of Programming Elizabeth Holton; Kent Interhall Council President Andy Sokolich; and Undergraduate Student Government Executive Director Evan Gildenblatt. In addition, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Greg Jarvie invited participants to share in the ribbon-cutting event. The program also included musical entertainment and refreshments.
The Student Green project with the expanded lawn area creates an attractive, student-centered space at a major â€œfront doorâ€ to campus. The new Student Green extends from the recently renovated Risman Plaza to the lawn area south, creating a contiguous green space from the current student center plaza to Summit Street. It includes a performance stage that is intended to support student use. The stage projects back into the main campus with the new Student Green area and student center plaza serving as a backdrop.
Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to attend this ceremony to see the continual growth and progress of making Kent Stateâ€™s campus an institution of the 21st century.