Board of Trustees

Submitted by tprieste on September 1, 2014 - 11:35pm
Who We Are

The Board of Trustees of Kent State University is composed of 11 members who are appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio, with the advice and consent of the State Senate. Trustees, with the exception of student and national trustees, are appointed to nine-year terms of office. The two student trustees are appointed to a two-year term as nonvoting members of the Board.

Scholar Blends Art and Technology in Textiles and Fashion

September Scholar of the Month Margarita Benitez (second from right) analyzes a garment with her students in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, in Rockwell Hall.

Scholar of the Month: Margarita Benitez
Assistant Professor, College of the Arts

Margarita Benitez is an assistant professor of fashion design in the Fashion School of the College of the Arts. Her interdisciplinary focus on interactivity in textiles and fashion blends art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies.

33rd Annual Black Squirrel Festival

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

A Kent State tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 5, from 12-6 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming (KSCP), attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. The event includes live music, inflatables, rock climbing wall, photo booth, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items. 

The first 2000 people to event will receive a Black Squirrel Festival t-shirt. Other official event freebies include sunglasses, mason jar mugs and chapstick. 

“This is the event of the year in terms of free stuff,” said senior public communications major, Alyssa Mazey. “My friends and I will for sure be out there again this year.” 

The Kent State food truck, Fork in the Road, will be on site from 12-3 p.m. serving up some festival favorites. Dining plans are valid at the food truck. Local bands and DJs will perform throughout the event, each playing an hour set. Festival goers will enjoy musical genres ranging from rap to folk and some jazzy-blues in between. 

12-1 P.M.

Beach Boyz Entertainment 

1-2 P.M.

Ace 500 

2-3 P.M.

The Gage Brothers 

3-4 P.M.

The Trunks 

4-5 P.M.

Mount Ratz 

5-6 P.M.

The Ohio Weather Band 

The Black Squirrel Festival also offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing, jewelry and of course more free stuff. Many of the 300+ student organizations will be set up at the event to recruit new members and encourage students to get involved. 

Lindsay Wheeler, assistant manager for Kent Student Center Programming, said the Black Squirrel Festival is an excellent opportunity for students to revisit with student organizations, or catch up with some that they didn’t have a chance to talk with during the back to school Blastoff event. 

“Blastoff was only two hours,” Wheeler said. “Black Squirrel Festival is all day and gives students the opportunity to visit more of the tables.” 

Kent Student Center Programming’s popular late night movie program, Real Late Reels, will be showing Disney’s “Maleficent” at 9 p.m. The movie will be projected drive-in-movie-style on the Student Green. Watch the trailer. 

If it rains during the day, the festival will move indoors to the ballroom on the second floor of the Kent Student Center, and the movie will still be shown at 9 p.m., but it will be in the Kiva. 

Software Clinics: Personalized Walk-In Support

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
Start Date:  9/8/2014  Start Time:  1:00 PM
End Date:  9/8/2014  End Time:  7:00 PM

Kent Campus - Library
Room: 152

Information Services is providing one-on-one assistance with installing any software package on personal devices. Located in Library 152 from 1-7 p.m., the clinics provide personalized guidance and hands-on troubleshooting specifically targeting SAS, Microsoft Office, and other software installs.

Breakfast Briefing

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 8:00am
Start Date:  9/11/2014  Start Time:  8:00 AM
End Date:  9/11/2014  End Time:  8:30 AM

Off Campus

Looking for Training programs for your businesses?

The Center for Corporate and Professional Development invites you to join us for a complimentary Breakfast Briefing on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree in Independence, Ohio.

  • Hear from peers who have implemented annual training plans
  • Meet our facilitators
  • Learn about our training offerings
  • Review certificates and training program content
  • Receive discounts on programs
  • Ask questions


Anthropology Student Organization Meeting

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:30pm
Start Date:  9/10/2014  Start Time:  5:30 PM
End Date:  9/10/2014  End Time:  6:30 PM

Kent Campus - Lowry Hall

Come join ASO in room 224 for the first meeting of the semester! We will be providing free food and beverages! We will also be discussing upcoming business for the semester along with planning fun activities and field trips!