Recognition Programs

Kent State University sponsors various programs and events annually to recognize the many contributions of its faculty and staff. Some programs are university-wide while others are sponsored by departments, divisions, and regional campuses within the university system. Listed below are several university-wide recognition programs sponsored by the Division of Human Resources.  

Milestone Years of Service

Staff employees are recognized when they reach a milestone year of continuous service with the university. Per university policy 3342-6-07.11, classified employees receive a service achievement award — in the form of a cash payment — at every five-year milestone. View more information on the service achievement awards. In January 2008, unclassified employees began receiving a certificate and a gift at every five-year milestone. Employees in this group will receive a catalog with a choice of gifts available and instructions for ordering the gift of their choice.  

Office Support Staff Recognition Luncheon

Each spring Kent State hosts a luncheon and program to recognize Kent State employees who provide office support in departments throughout the eight campuses. The program is held in April, in conjunction with the national observance of Administrative Professionals Day. This event is by invitation only. Click here to see photos from the 2019 event

President's Award of Distinction

A program to recognize Kent State University staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the strategic goals of the university during the previous fiscal year.  Click here for more information on the President's Award of Distinction.  

Twenty Year Club Service Awards Program

Honors classified and unclassified employees who have 20 years of continuous service at Kent State. The annual 20-Year Club program was established in 1966. The program celebrates these individuals on a fiscal year period and holds a special recognition ceremony after the close of the fiscal year (July 1 thru June 30).

Veterans Day Program

Each November Kent State hosts a Veterans Day Program to express appreciation for student, faculty, staff and community men and women who are veterans or current members of the U.S. military. Members of Kent State’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs, staff from the Center for Adult and Veterans Services and students from Undergraduate Student Government help plan and participate in the commemoration. Watch a video about Kent State University's Veterans Day Commemoration. The Veteran's Day Program will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the KIVA.

Employee Appreciation Day

KSU holds its annual Employee Appreciation Day every spring to recognize all full-time, first- second- and third-shift employees across all campuses. Workers enjoy music and prizes, as well as a host of fun-filled activities. The Employee Appreciation Day celebration will be held on Monday, April 13, 2020in the KSC Ballroom. Visit the Employee Appreciation Day web site for more information.