Fall Move-in 2020: Staggered, Safe, and Successful
It goes without saying this was the most unconventional residence hall move-in process ever at Kent State University and one we will never forget. Between August 19 – 23, over 3,600 new and returning Flashes moved into their residence hall rooms. New this year were staggered and timed move-in slots to allow for move physical distancing and reduced crowd levels around buildings, in lobbies, and on elevators. While different than traditional move-in processes, many students and family members mentioned they enjoyed the ability to slowly move-in and to do so in a safe and efficient way.
Twin Community Strives to Educate and Engage Around Social Justice
Over the past several months the nation and world has seen injustices too many to name. Many times we are left speechless, angry, frustrated, or just sad. We can choose to see these injustices and ignore them, or we can find ways to learn more, to educate others, and to do our part to make the situation better in some small way. This is exactly what Charlotte Lee, one of our Social Justice Advocates for the Twin Community has done.
Mask Up!...and Build Community
In a semester unlike any other it can be challenging to build connections with new people, but it does not have to be that way. For the Resident Assistants in the Lake/Olson community, building community has taken place in a few creative ways. So far this semester, the RAs have planned events for their residents ranging from small group rock climbing, attending an on-campus Black Lives Matter protest, and pre-semester campus tours to ensure new residents knew their way around campus.
Residential Engagement Council Goes Virtual
Not allowing the restrictions on large campus gatherings to stop their progress, the Lake/Olson Residential Engagement Council has moved their weekly meeting to Instagram Live. Residential Engagement Councils are the governing body of each residence hall(s) and the main programming body for the hall(s). Lake/Olson has seen success this fall by leveraging Instagram Live to host their meetings. During general body meetings, residents can easily tune in on their phones and attendance is taken through emojis designated for each floor. Even students from other halls have tuned in.
Twin Community Teaches in More Ways Than One
During the month of October, the RAs in the Twin Community have been making very creative and eye-catching floor bulletin boards. Each board is designed to engage students, while also aligning with the Residential Curriculum Learning Domains that are in place for each hall each year. The boards this month are being used to engage, teach, and motivate residents about such topics as mental health, identity, campus resources, self-care, alcohol awareness and safety, and more. While some of the boards are passive, some of them are interactive!
Holiday Break Online Application
In order to receive a refund for the last four weeks of the fall semester, students must complete the Holiday Break Online Application prior to 11:59 pm on Saturday, November 21st. Please visit https://housing.kent.edu/HolidayBreak/to complete this step. This should be the last step when leaving campus for the semester, please do not complete the Holiday Break online application until then.
Winter Break Housing Applications
Kent State offers winter break housing for students who need to stay on campus after 5pm on Saturday, December 19, 2020 and before 9am on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Applications are required for winter break housing access. More information on winter break housing is available here.
Spring 2021 New Student Housing Application
The housing application for students not currently living on campus who wish to apply for on-campus housing for the spring 2021 term will be available on 10/15/20 at 8:00am EST. Please visit https://housing.res.kent.edu/to apply and select “Incoming Housing Application – New for Spring 2021”.
Safety Assistant Position
Residence Services is hiring for our new Safety Assistant student staff position! Safety Assistants will complete escorts during the day to and from the residence halls and other locations on campus, and will assist with other tasks. For more information and to submit an application, please visit this page.