FYE Success Series | Kent State University

FYE Success Series

The FYE Success Series is a sequence of workshops to help first year students succeed.

  • Attendance at two (2) Success Series sessions is required for UC 10097: Destination Kent State FYE classes.
  • Students who participated in a 2017 FYE Summer Service Project will receive one credit toward their Success Series attendance requirement for their UC 10097 class.
  • Registration is not required. Attendance is taken at each session.

Spring 2018 Success Series Sessions

Think About It - Online Program

Kent State is committed to continually using new and innovative ways to improve security on campus. College is a time to think about new ideas, new relationships and new opportunities. We want you to have the information you need to make healthy choices. As a community, we take issues of sexual assault and intimate partner violence very seriously and have a variety of support systems in place both before and after students attend classes. Please refer to your Kent State email for your invitation to participate in this program. If you are unable to locate it, you may also go to www.kent.edu/thinkaboutit and click on the login button. 

  • Complete on your own time  •  Available Jan. 16 through Feb. 16

Student Involvement: Getting Involved Right from the Start
Learn what Student Involvement is all about! Don’t miss the chance to join a student organization, help plan campus events and have fun.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30  •  2 - 2:30 p.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

Choosing a Major: Where Should I Begin? Can I Still Change Mine?
Topics will include tips and tricks for exploring a possible major, researching career opportunities related to a specific major, using the Kent Core requirements to your advantage and identifying resources that will assist you in making a decision.  

  • Tuesday, Feb. 6   •  5 - 5:45 p.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

Student Resource Fair
Attend this fair to get to know Kent State Stark’s student organizations. Sponsored by Student Involvement. Choose one date:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 7  •  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  •  Campus Center
  • Thursday, Feb. 8  •  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  •  Campus Center

How to Search for Scholarships
The Stark Campus awards a variety of scholarships each year and we want you to apply! Learn how to search for scholarships, when to apply and how to write your essays.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14  •  3 - 3:30 p.m.  •  218 Science & Nursing

Study Abroad Opportunities Information Session
Choose from over 30 locations around the world to spend your summer studying abroad! Gain valuable international experience, take courses toward your degree and make memories of a lifetime. Learn about locations, classes and cost.

  • Monday, Feb. 12  •  12 - 12:30 p.m. •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

Dish with the Dean
Join campus dean, Dr. Seachrist, for a casual conversation. Bring your lunch, ideas, concerns and suggestions. Choose one date:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13  • 12 - 1 p.m. •  Campus Center
  • Thursday, March 1  • 12 - 1 p.m. •  Campus Center

Study Abroad: Florence Information Session
What are your summer plans? You could spend your summer living and studying in one of the most beautiful and historic cities on earth, walking the same stone streets Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante walked. Learn about applying, classes and cost at the Florence Summer Institute Information Session.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 13  •  1:30 - 2 p.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

Managing Stress
Stress gets a pretty bad rap when, in reality, it has a lot of benefits! This session will teach you a new perspective on stress, and how to make sure you are making your stress work FOR you, not against you.

  • Thursday, Feb. 15  •  5 - 5:30 p.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

Delivering an Effective Presentation
This session will provide an overview on how to plan, construct, and deliver an effective presentation to an audience. Emphasis will be placed on objective, audience composition, structure of content, rehearsal, and verbal indicators.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 20  •  5 - 5:45 p.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

What if I Want to be a Social Worker, Counselor or Psychologist?
This workshop will present majors, courses and campus/community activities that will help you fulfill your career goals. Choose one date:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21  •  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  •  Main Hall Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 1  •  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  •  Main Hall Auditorium

Featured Speaker Anthony Ervin - Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian
Anthony Ervin is a four-time Olympic swimming medalist, claiming gold and the title of fastest person on the planet in 2000 in the 50m freestyle and again 16 years later at age 35 in the same race at the Rio 2016 Games. After winning his first Olympic gold, two World Championships and seven NCAA titles, Ervin retired at age 22 in 2003. He then spent several years traveling the world and spearheading tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia. His vision is to use his experiences and his platform as a chance to give back and inspire people of all ages to live the life they love. Ervin’s return to swimming in 2011 led to him being selected for the 2012 London Olympic Games for the 50m freestyle. His memoir, “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian,” was released in 2016. Ervin’s story is especially unique in that his family tree represents a broad demographic of Jewish and African-American descent, truly embodying the diversity of our modern world. Tickets are required for admittance. Pick up a maximum of two tickets per person beginning Monday, Jan. 29 at the Main Hall Information Desk. Visit www.kent.edu/stark/featured-speakers-series for ticket information.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27  •  7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  •  Conference Center

Mental Health Screenings
Free confidential screening for depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD and disordered eating with an opportunity to discuss results with a mental health professional. Counseling Services also offers a confidential online screening, available 24 hours a day throughout the year. Go to http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/kent. Complete your screening and stop in the Counseling Center for FYE credit.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28  •  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  •  Counseling Center

Time Management 
Learn how to improve your time management skills to balance work, school and life. Sponsored by Connect2Complete.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 28  •  1 - 1:30 p.m.  •  101 Science & Nursing

Know Your Wellness Number
Learn how to fill out a health history questionnaire for your physician and what the numbers really mean for you!

  • Friday, March 2  •  11 - 11:30 a.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

    Repaying Your Loans & Minding Your Credit
    Why should I know my credit score and how can information about repaying my loans help me? This session will help you become financially savvy.

    • Monday, March 5  •  10 - 11 a.m.  •  Main Hall Conference Room 1

    Study Skills
    Learn how to improve your study skills to ace that upcoming test. Sponsored by Connect2Complete.

    • Tuesday, March 6  •  1:30 - 2 p.m.  •  111 Science & Nursing

    Additional Success Series Activity

    Library Consultation
    This consultation session will give a brief description of the library services offered for students. Schedule your consultation through the website 
    libguides.stark.kent.edu/askus/consult or just drop in. Benefits of going to a consultation:

    • Free printing - Students that meet with a librarian for a FYE consultation will get rewarded with $5.00 worth of printing. This will be loaded onto the student’s FLASHcard.