Kent Student Center & Center for Student Involvement Host Welcome Back Week Activities

Kent State Spirit and Free Food

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The Kent Student Center (KSC) and the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) cordially invite students, faculty and staff to enjoy a week of Kent State spirit (and free food) to start the academic year.

KSC/CSI will host an event each day during the first week of classes to welcome back the KSU family and generate excitement for the start of the year. All events will take place in The Nest (2nd floor, Kent Student Center) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the final event of the week (Blue and Gold Friday) taking place across the entire campus.

Students are encouraged to drop in between classes to meet new people and learn how to make the most out of their college experience.

“We know at some point all students will find their way into the Kent Student Center that first week and we want to make sure they have a welcoming experience here at Kent State,” said Associate Director of the Center for Student Involvement, Jennifer Gunnoe.

The events are meant to be fun, interactive, informative and casual. Each day will feature a different activity and KSC/CSI staff will be on hand to talk with students about the many different ways to get involved on campus. Laugh and be amazed with comedian/illusionist Matt the Knife, take some pictures in the photo booth, pick up a free t-shirt or meet Kent State Alumni cartoonist Chuck Ayers and Tom Batiuk! There is something for everyone and lots of free food to go around.

“Events like these show students what campus has to offer,” said John Camargo a junior at Kent State. “These events are designed with college students in mind, so it’ll definitely be worth their time, plus who doesn’t love free stuff!”


Monday, Aug. 25
Comedian, hypnotist and illusionist Matt the Knife be entertained by the talents of Matt the Knife and enjoy the complimentary sundae bar.

Tuesday, Aug. 26
Photo Booth stop by with your friends to capture the excitement of your first week back to school, or for some, your first week of college! Take some free popcorn too.

Wednesday, Aug. 27
Free T-Shirts – no hooks, gimmicks or embarrassment required to get a free t-shirt. Come for the t-shirt, stay for the cookies and punch!

Thursday, Aug. 28
Reception honoring Cartoonists Chuck Ayers and Tom Batiuk – meet KSU Alumni and creators of the nationally-syndicated comics, Crankshaft and Funky Winkerbean.

Friday, Aug. 29 and every Friday
Blue and Gold Friday – it’s as simple as it sounds - wear something blue and gold each and every Friday. Challenge your friends, professors and colleagues to participate and make Kent State pride and school spirit “what you do.” Look for special discounts on blue and gold merchandise in the University Bookstore.

For more information on how to get involved, visit or stop by room 226, KSC to talk with our staff.