Welcome Home, Golden Flashes! You Belong Here!

Dear Golden Flashes,

It has been so exciting to see the vibrant energy of all our students on Kent State University’s campuses. On behalf of Kent State’s Division of Student Affairs, I am thrilled to welcome you home to our Golden Flashes community!

I mingled with you during four exhilarating days of our KSU Kickoff events, where you took part in fun and engaging activities to celebrate the start of the new academic year. During the festivities, first-year students attended the Dean’s Welcome, you heard President Todd Diacon speak at Convocation and you had fun fellowship at the First-Year Students Lunch. And first-year students, you also formed an awesome K for the Class of 2025 photo. I am certain you will look back on that photo as you approach graduation. Go Flashes!

At Blastoff, the culmination of KSU Kickoff, you had the opportunity to explore all the wonderful organizations that await your membership. Later in the semester, I look forward to seeing your faces at those very student organization events and activities. I can’t wait until I see you working out at the Warren Student Recreation and Wellness Center, cheering on our Golden Flashes at the athletic games and most importantly studying at the library.

We hope that the KSU Kickoff events familiarized you with the Kent State community, faculty and staff, helped you make new friends and provided a dynamic start to the 2021 Fall Semester.

As an enduring way to deepen your sense of belonging, we encourage you to participate in a returning tradition known as Blue and Gold Fridays – when faculty, staff, students and alumni deck themselves out in the university’s blue and gold colors to promote Kent State spirit and pride. Blue and Gold Fridays are becoming an exciting tradition as Golden Flashes unite as one big, happy university family.

Our sincere wish for you is that through the fun events that bring us together, as well as celebrate our uniqueness, you realize that Kent State is your home away from home. We will always welcome you with open arms. Along with your studies, you will learn that Kent State is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all that we do. We offer students exemplary resources at our Student Multicultural Center (SMC), LGBTQ+ Center and Women’s Center – all on the Kent Campus. Yes, Golden Flashes, you belong here!

We understand that as you navigate your transition to college life, there may be a time when you need to talk with someone. Please reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which is currently moving to Van Campen Hall from the DeWeese Health Center, at 330-672-2487. CAPS offers telepsychology appointments now, and in-person services are scheduled to begin there on Monday, Sept. 13. Our top priority is your health and safety, and we are always here for you.

After witnessing your immense enthusiasm during KSU Kickoff, I know I can count on each of you to play an important role in ensuring that Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Please be mindful to follow our Flashes Safe Eight safety principles to keep our community healthy.

I look forward to seeing you all around campus. Until then, have fun, stay safe, study hard and here’s wishing you an amazing academic year!


Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

POSTED: Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 13, 2021 - 9:59am
Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D. ​​​​​​​Senior Vice President for Student Affairs