SMC Wall of Fame

The Student Multicultural Center (SMC) Wall of Fame celebrates student leaders who are highly involved in the SMC.

The SMC enjoys rewarding students for their involvement and recognizing them for their hard work and dedication to the SMC. The SMC Wall of Fame highlights six students each year with their own plaque. This plaque includes a headshot photo and signature for each student who wins, and the plaque is mounted on the Wall of Fame for years to come. The Wall of Fame highlights students in 3 categories: The Connect, The Trendsetter, and The Presence. 

“The Connect” is awarded to a student who is actively involved in the SMC. Students can participate in MEN, Sister Circle, Academic S.T.A.R.S, Kupita/Transiciones, or general SMC sponsored programs and events. In the SMC, we want our students to experience meaningful leadership positions to develop them in preparation for their futures. 

Apply or nominate someone for “The Connect”

“The Trendsetter” is awarded to a student who refers the highest number of people to the SMC. The SMC looks forward to seeing new faces every day. We want students to feel this is a safe space for them to enter where they can be themselves. The SMC has had countless positive impacts on students and their college experience, and we wish to continue those positive impacts. 

Apply or nominate someone for “The Trendsetter”

“The Presence” is awarded to a student who has the highest attendance rate to the SMC. The SMC focuses on community building within our space. We want to see students as much as possible, whether it be for an event, eating lunch, doing homework, or connecting with other students. 

Apply or nominate someone for “The Presence”

The mission of the Student Multicultural Center is to cultivate a sense of belonging and cultural affirmation for our students. The SMC values the growth of the individual student and strives to connect communities that encourage and support an appreciation for difference. To support students, we collaborate with on-and off-campus stakeholders, which allows us to operate as a community, a family, and a village. 

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The SMC Wall of Fame was created by SMC student staff member, Kristyn Hibbett. Kristyn served on the SMC staff as a summer intern, student media specialist, and hospitality liaison. Kristyn also was involved in SMC programs as a member of the 2019 Academic S.T.A.R.S cohort and a mentor for Kupita/Transiciones. The idea for the SMC Wall of Fame originated when Kristyn, along with other students, wanted to enhance the aesthetics of the SMC Lounge with new photos representing more recent students. After Kristyn realized students wanted to be recognized for their dedication to the SMC, she saw a great opportunity for this recognition program. With support from the SMC staff, Kristyn created the SMC Wall of Fame. 





Fall 2022 SMC Wall of Fame Recipients

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Penelope Cervantes: Cervantes was given The Connect award because of her student involvement with the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center, as well as Kent State University. Cervantes participated in Kupita/Transiciones in 2020 as a mentee and as a mentor in 2021 and 2022. Not only has she been a mentor, but she is also an active member of Sister Circle and Spanish and Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.). Cervantes has been very intentional about being involved and having an impact on the students around her 

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Jade Northover: Northover was given The Presence award because of her ability to make her presence known within the community. Whenever Northover is in the SMC Lounge, she finds a way to be a light within the community and welcome people in. Northover was nominated by two of her peers for helping them feel like family within the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center. Northover has always seen the SMC as a safe place and wants others to feel the same. 

Spring 2023 SMC Wall of Fame Recipients

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Zae Simon, junior, fashion merchandising major, was selected for The Connect award. Simon was given this award because of his involvement in the E. Timothy Moore Student Multicultural Center. He began his journey in the center in the summer of 2018 as an Academic STAR before moving into the fall semester through Kupita/Transiciones as a mentee. In 2018, Simon joined the Male Empowerment Network (MEN), worked as an SMC Student Assistant, and was part of the SMC Street Team. In 2022, Simon became a STARS Mentor and a KT Mentor. Simon is dedicated to making an impact on every peer or mentee he comes into contact with.

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Shane Reese, sophomore, finance major, was selected for The Trendsetter. Reese was given this award because of his dedication to bringing more and more students into the SMC’s space and events. His efforts center around the Male Empowerment Network (MEN) and Kupita/Transiciones, as he serves in his positions as the Director of Civic and Community Engagement and as a K/T Mentor. As a member of both programs, Reese not only attends MEN and KT’s events, but also encourages those around him to attend and apply as well. Reese is passionate about bringing folks into the SMC’s community, to provide them a home where they need it most.

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Yasir Pope, sophomore, theatre design, technology, and production major, was selected for The Presence. Pope was given this award because of his ability to brighten the room and make everyone who visits the SMC feel welcome. Whenever he is in the SMC, he greets everyone who happens to be in there at the time, regardless of if he has met them before or not. Pope also utilizes the SMC Lounge and the Tri-Towers Satellite Space in several ways, whether to make friends, attend SMC events, or plan events for the Kent Caribbean Student Organization (CSO). Pope considers the SMC the place to be, and is dedicated to helping others feel the same way.