Kent State to Celebrate Employees

Employee appreciation events on Sept. 11 will accommodate all employee shifts  

On Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Student Green at Risman Plaza will turn into a fun-filled employee appreciation event. To accommodate the schedules of the university’s second- and third-shift employees, the Kent Student Center Ballroom will become the venue for an evening employee appreciation event from 10:30 – 11:45 p.m.

Activities and details are quickly coming together for both events. Employees will enjoy a complimentary lunch, entertainment, games, interactive demos provided by staff of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, giveaways and more. Additional details for both events also will be posted on the Employee Appreciation Event Web page as they become available.  

Faculty, staff, supervisors and university leadership are all encouraged to attend. Employees are not required to use designated sick or vacation leave to attend; however, the time for participation in this event should be coordinated with guidance from the employee’s supervisor or manager.  

Daytime Employee Appreciation Event

For the daytime event, activities will take place throughout the three-hour period, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., so that departments may schedule release time for staff. Employees will have a similar experience no matter what time they attend.

Evening Employee Appreciation Event

The evening employee appreciation event will take place to accommodate second- and third-shift employees on this very special day of recognition. The evening appreciation event also will take place on Sept. 11 at the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 10:30 – 11:45 p.m. Second- and third-shift employees can expect more of the same, which will include:  

  • Complimentary meal
  • Music
  • Games
  • Prizes, giveaways, and more!

Registration Information

Note:  Second- and third-shift employees who prefer to attend the daytime event are welcome to do so. Each event has a separate registration link and can be found on the Employee Appreciation Event website. Employees should only register for one event; either the daytime or evening appreciation event.

For meal-planning purposes, kindly RSVP your attendance at the Employee Appreciation Event Web page. Once you arrive at the Employee Appreciation Web page, simply click on the appropriate link to register for the daytime or evening appreciation event. Employees who plan to attend the daytime event and register by Sept. 4 will be automatically entered into prize drawings. Employees attending the evening event will have until Sept. 8 to register and also will be entered into prize drawings.  

Kent State’s Division of Human Resources, the Employee Appreciation Event committee and the university administration look forward to bringing this event to all full- and part-time faculty and staff at all Kent State campuses for all that they do to make the university a great place to work!

If you have questions, contact the Employee Engagement and Outreach Office at 330-672-8075 or

We’ll see you all on Sept. 11!