The Kent Campus has undergone some exciting changes over the summer. The Center for Visual Arts, which will now hold just about all of the College of the Arts students under one roof, is just about completed and some serious progress is being made on the new Foundations building, Where Staff members dedicated to securing the funds for scholarships, maintenance, and growth for the University will be located. Along with those buildings and others, The Kent Student Center has undergone some changes of its own. The PepsiCo. Dream Machine, an interactive kiosks that makes recycling easy and convenient while also rewarding those who recycle, made it’s debut on the first floor beside the Kent Market in July. It is a significant effort towards a more sustainable University and student center. In efforts to progress positively, Management of The University Bookstore, located on the first floor ,was taken over by the well known brand, Barnes and Nobel in May. With only a few physical changes, the bookstore still provides many of the textbooks needed for some classes, along with other affordable class material options, better online shopping and renting for textbooks, and a community for Kent State Faculty to communicate with other educators about the most effective textbooks for their curriculum.
We bid our farewell to the beloved Huntington Bank this past June as well. But no need for tears, as we Welcome the great PNC Bank as the new Kent State University on-campus bank. PNC offers a wide variety of services that cater to the college student. I mean what other bank lets you set alerts to notify your parents of when your funds are low? PNC Bank has made it very clear that they understand the struggles of a college student. If you haven’t already, check them out on the first floor of the student center between the HUB and the FLASHcard Office.
Speaking of the Hub, the most exciting changes, in my personal opinion, have happened in this here dining area. WOW BAO, serving bao and other authentic Asian dishes with a modern flair, replaces Arthur's Teacher/Nathan’s Famous, while ____ take up shop in what used to be JUMP! Asian. Although I will personally miss my fix of greasy fried food and loaded french fries, ….