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Become Your Best Self

Let us help you connect the dots to becoming your best self. There are so many opportunities for personal growth for on campus it can be overwhelming. Here are a few we felt would be beneficial and taking place on the Kent campus. There are two reasons to participate in the Become Your Best Self FLASHperks program. First, building self-awareness and developing as an individual is not only beneficial personally, but also professionally. Secondly, each event selected is also a FLASHperks event, so you'll get FLASHperks points for attending. But there's more! By attending one event from each category and one additional event from the category of your choice you will complete the Become Your Best Self program earning an additional 1,000 FLASHperks points. In addition to your FLASHperks points, you will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two $200 Barnes and Noble gift cards! Have questions? Connect Sydney Jordan at sjordan3@kent.edu.

Categories

Service

Being aware of your physical, mental, and emotional health

Spring 2018

  • MLK Day of Service | 300 Points

    Harnessing the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite all within the Kent community and beyond to take the time to better our world. Instead of a "day off," let's get together as a community and share a "day on," serving the needs of others and modeling what Dr. King stood for on Jan. 15, 2018. Registration opens online one month in advance of the event. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact us at experiential@kent.edu.

Fall 2017

  • Make a Difference Day | 300 Points

    Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world. Contribute to the movement here at Kent and make the difference for others on Oct. 28, 2017. Registration opens online one month in advance of the event. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact us at experiential@kent.edu
     
  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Service Day | 300 Points

    More information to come. Contribute to the movement here at Kent and make the difference for others on Nov. 18, 2017. Registration opens online one month in advance of the event. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact us at experiential@kent.edu.

     
Wellness

The wellness category closely aligns with the key areas focused on by Kent State of Wellness.

Spring 2018

  • National Eating Disorders Screening Day | 300 Points

    HEALTHY IS NOT A SIZE. Healthy is the perfect fit for every body. If size is a constant worry for you, know you are not alone. Help is available. Stop by to complete the screening form and talk with one of the mental health professionals from University Health Services-Psychological Services for an interpretation of your screening score. The entire screening process takes approximately 30 minutes. Located in the Kent Student Center Ballroom from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2018.
     
  • Relaxation Station | 300 Points

    Leaders need to take time out to take care of themselves. Join us for massages, meditation, gratitude journals and more! Make a mindfulness jar or stress ball while enjoying healthy snacks! Located in room 306 ABC in the Kent Student Center from 1 - 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2018.
     
  • National Alcohol Screening Day | 300 Points

    Stop by to complete the AUDIT screening form and talk with one of the health professionals for an interpretation of your screening score. The entire screening process takes approximately 30 minutes. FREE food, refreshments, and give-a-way bags (while supplies last). Located on the Kent Student Center 2nd floor mezzanien from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2018.
  • Black Squirrel | 300 Points

    Points Join the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for the 8th Annual Black Squirrel 5K Race on Saturday, April 14, 2018. This race incorporates both on-road and some off-road paths through the Kent State University campus and Portage Bike & Hike Trail. The race will begin at approximately 8 a.m. near the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

Fall 2017

  • National Depression Screening Day | 300 Points

    You’re not alone. Depression and anxiety don’t need to be masked. Join us for National Depression Screening Day. Complete a free, confidential mental health screening and discuss the results with a health professional. Approximate time to complete the screening is 20 minutes. Located on the Kent Student Center 2nd floor Mezzanine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.
  • Round Table Discussion: World Aids Day | 300 points

    Join us for a round table discuss on World Aids Day. Located on the Lower Level of the Kent Student Center in room 024 from 2 - 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2017.
Diversity and Culture

Participate in transformational experiences that will help you grow in appreciation of our differences and similarities as people.

    Spring 2018

  • 16th Annual MLK Celebration | 300 Points

    The keynote speaker for the event is Bertice Berry, Ph.D., an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, comedienne and Kent State Alum. Her vision is to enable, empower and uplift others to live an intentional life of purpose and joy. Berry's mission is to inspire change and transformation through life-long learning, diversity, values, and excellence. The keynote address is free, however, a ticket is required. Located in the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 3:30 - 5 p.m on Jan. 25, 2018. To learn more about Kent State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration visit www.kent.edu/diversity/MLK or call 330-672-2442.
  • Film Friday | 300 Points

    Come to the LGBTQ Student Center to watch a movie in honor of Black History Month. Located at the LGBTQ Student Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2018.
  • Feminist Friday: The Power of Your Story | 300 Points

    One Friday a month, Kent State University's Women’s Center dives into feminism - acknowledging the multiple ways in which people experience, live and understand feminism. The goal is not to only create meaningful dialogue, but to create a space to develop a call to action and action steps. This Feminist Friday will be a collaboration with the Wick Poetry Center. We will be doing creative writing exercises as a form of empowerment and to contribute to the Women's Center's community poem. Located at the Williamson House from noon to 1 p.m. on Mar. 16, 2018.
  • Fall 2017

  • Soup and Substance 2.0: Power of Images - Chief Wahoo | 300 Points

    Soup and Substance 2.0 is an educational series aimed at engaging the university in discussions that foster understanding and appreciation for diversity. A light lunch is provided to "feed the body" and presenters provide the substance that "feeds the mind." Located in Student Multicultural Center, room 204 of the Kent Student Center, from 3 - 5 p.m on Nov. 1, 2017.
     
  • International Cook-Off | 300 Points

    Six teams will prepare two recipes and compete for first place to win the International Cook-Off. The winner will be chosen by three judges and the Crowd Favorite will be chosen by the electronic votes cast via text by the audience, who will be sampling the dishes. Located in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Nov. 16, 2017, from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • 16th Annual MLK Celebration | 300 Points

    University-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Located in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Jan. 25, 2018 from 3:30 - 5 p.m.
  • World Music Ensembles | 300 Points

    Experience music from around the world with the Thai Ensemble, African Ensemble and Steel Band. This concert is free and open to the public. Located in the Center for Performing Arts in Ludwig Recital Hall on Apr. 27, 2018 from 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Leadership

Focused on self and gaining awareness of how you affect the world around you, the Leadership category is full of opportunities to develop as an individual.

Spring 2018

  • Leadership Vision Board Creation | 300 Points

    This event will be held on Jan. 30, 2018. More information to come.
     
  • Student Leadership Conference | 300 Points

    This event will be held on Feb. 23, 2018. More information to come.
  • Begin Within: Constructing Your Personal Leadership Philosophy | 300

    Successful leaders act with a sense of purpose and clearly defined values. Come take time to reflect on your passions and values, develop a PLP that will empower you to become the leader you have always envisioned and enjoy some light appetizers. Located in room 316 of the Kent Student Center on Oct. 26, 2017, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
     
  • Conflict Management 101 | 300 Points

    Conflict naturally emerges within groups, and how it is managed determines whether it will be constructive or unproductive. Each individual and group navigates conflict differently, therefore developing an understanding of the various tools and techniques to transform conflict into a leadership and learning opportunities is essential. Come participate in an assessment to identify your conflict style, and learn strategies for effective conflict management and resolution. Located in room 318 of the Kent Student Center on Nov. 7, 2017, from 6 - 7 p.m.
     
  • 5 Exemplary Practices of Leadership with Dr. Danals | 300 Points

    This event will be held on Nov. 30, 2017, and start at 6 p.m. More information to come.