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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

We realize that wellness is a personal journey and embraces a holistic approach that often is very individualized not fitting into any one category, such as social wellness, financial, spiritual, occupational, and more. Kent State aspires to support its community members in discovering what wellness means to them.

Explore the resources below, including our additional employee wellness offerings. Our wellness calendar links employees to opportunities to experience wellness your way and is a dynamic resource to support you in your wellness journey.

Counseling

The Counseling and Human Development Center offers individual, group, family, couple and child counseling to KSU students, faculty, staff, family and community. The counseling is provided by masters, and doctoral level students preparing for licensure. These students are supervised by a professional licensed counselor.  

Contact: Dr. Jason Miller

Address: 325 White Hall

Phone:  330-672-2208

Website:  https://www.kent.edu/ehhs/centers/chdc

Eligible:  KSU students, employees and their family and community members

Cost:  Free to KSU students, faculty, staff and family; minimal charge (from $5 - $25 based on income) to community members.

Additional Information:  Call to make an appointment 330-672-2208, or visit the office at 325 White Hall. Counseling provides help for a variety of concerns; alcohol and/or drug concerns, anxiety, anger management, career issues, childhood and/or adolescent issues, depression, gender issues, grief, school problems, self-esteem issues, stress, thoughts of suicide and time management.

Employee Wellness (visit Calendar of Wellness Offerings)

On these pages you will find information about upcoming wellness events, contact for Move Communities, Wellness in the Community, Wellness Challenges, our Wellness Partners and Ambassadors and Smoking Cessation assistance.

Contact:  University Wellness at 330-672-7505 or wellness@kent.edu

Website:  https://www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/wellness

Eligible:  KSU Employees

 

English Language Proficiency

The English Language Proficiency Clinic (ELPC) is a special clinic for non-native speakers of English that focuses on individual problems with oral English communication. Each client is given a complete speech and language evaluation to determine a starting level. After this, ELPC clients meet with their tutors twice a week for 45-60 minute sessions during the KSU semester.

Services are available at the high-beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Those interested in receiving services need only a desire to improve their English; no TOEFL scores or prerequisites are required.

Contact:  Anna Schmidt

Phone:  330-672-2673

Email:  aschmidt@kent.edu

Website:  www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/spa

Eligible:  KSU employees and their dependents, KSU students and the community.

Cost:  Free to KSU students, minimal charge to KSU employees and the community.

Additional Information: N/A 

Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness for You

Financial wellness refers to the state of financial well-being.  This includes a strong financial foundation of little or no debt, an emergency savings fund, and living below our means.  Like any other form of wellness, this does not happen without knowledge, skills, commitment and planning. 

Let our financial wellness team help you to reach your financial well-being goals.  Below you will find a series of workshops centered around various aspects of financial well-being.  We encourage you to take advantage of these complimentary workshops for Kent State University employees.  

Tuesday
Oct. 9, 2018

12 -1 p.m. 

Heer Hall, Rm. 107 

Financial Wellness Seminar: Retirement Strategies for Women*

This seminar will address the unique challenges women face when saving for retirement and how you can plan to overcome these obstacles. Women face unique challenges in that they tend to live longer than men,have lower average earnings, lower social security benefits and spend less overall time in the workforce. This seminar stresses the need to save for retirement and strategies that can be used to overcome these challenges and get your retirement on track.
(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC) 

A light lunch will be served

Register to attend - Retirement Strategies for Women

Tuesday
Nov. 13, 2018

12 - 1 p.m. 

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Estate Planning

This seminar will provide practical information on components of estate planning, including incapacity planning, probate, estate taxes, wills and trusts.
(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)

A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Sept. 4, 2018.
Register to attend - Estate Planning

Tuesday
Dec. 11, 2018

12 - 1 p.m.

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Investment Planning 

This seminar will explain basic and advanced investing topics to achieve specific financial goals. In this seminar, we will go through the basics of investing and cover topics such as:

  • The difference between saving and investing;
  • The importance of compound interest;
  • The different type of investments available (Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Annuities);
  • How to build an investment portfolio that is appropriate for you.  

(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)
 
A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Oct. 1, 2018.
Register to attend - Investment Planning

Wednesday
Jan. 9, 2019

12 - 1 p.m.

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Life Insurance 

This seminar provides an in-depth look at the different types and uses of life insurance.  Employees will learn how to calculate the amount of life insurance that is appropriate for their needs as well as receive guidance on how to determine which type of policies they should consider.  

(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)
 
A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Nov. 1, 2018.
Register to attend - Life Insurance

Tuesday
Feb. 19, 2019 

12 - p.m.

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Tax Planning 

This seminar will help attendees gain a basic understanding of types of taxes and tax planning strategies.  The seminar will cover the different types of tax that we face in our daily lives and provide strategies that can be used to save on the amount of taxes we pay.  Finally, we will discuss tax-favored investments and how you can utilize them to increase your after tax return.  

(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)
 
A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Dec. 3, 2018.
Register to attend - Tax Planning

Tuesday
Mar. 12, 2019

12 - 1 p.m. 

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Long-Term Care 

this seminar provides an in-depth look at the challenges of providing ongoing care to family members who become unable to care for themselves. 

(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)
 
A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Jan. 1, 2019.
Register to attend - Long-Term Care

Tuesday
April 16, 2019

12 - 1 p.m.

Heer Hall, Rm. 107

Financial Wellness Seminar: Social Security and Your Retirement

This seminar will discuss the role of Social Security in retirement planning and the effect of the Windfall Elimination and Government Offset Provision as it relates to OPERS/STRS. The seminar will cover the costs associated with retirement and will help attendees calculate the amount of income they will need and how social security fits in to their overall retirement income plan.  

(Presenter: Sean Deasy-VALIC)
 
A light lunch will be provided 

Registration for this session opens on Feb. 1, 2019.
Register to attend - Social Security and Your Retirement

*Financial Wellness Workshops through October 15 are worth 10 (ten) Tier 2 wellness points. (limit 30 wellness points in this category)
Lactation Rooms

There are several designated lactation rooms on the Kent Campus and one room at each Regional Campus and the Twinsburg Academic Center. Each room has a table and chair and some locations also have a small refrigerator.

Contact:  Women’s Center at   330-672-9230, or wc@kent.edu

Contact: Human Resources at 330-672-2100, or hrweb@kent.edu

Website:  http://www.kent.edu/hr/lactation-rooms

Eligible: KSU students, employees, visitors

Cost:  N/A

Additional Information: It is recommended to call the location contact in advance for availability. 

Massages-Recreational Services

The SRWC offers a variety of massages including relaxation, therapeutic, sports, prenatal and deep tissue massages. Massage therapy ranges from hour-long deep tissue massage at the SRWC to onsite mini-chair massage, where your entire staff can enjoy a soothing massage right at your work site. Massage therapy is a great way to unwind after a long stressful workday.

Contact:  Ben Cope

Phone:  330.672.0485

Email:  bcope1@kent.edu

Website: http://www.kent.edu/recservices/massage

Eligible:  KSU employees, spouse, community

Cost:  Costs are dependent on type and length of massage.

Additional Information: Follow-up sessions can be conducted over phone or email.