Parents And Families Appreciation Week Returns To Campus

After a year away from live events due to the pandemic, Parents and Families Appreciation Weekend resumes in-person the weekend of October 8 and 9 with plenty in store.

Assistant Dean of Students Shana Lee, who has led a committee to help prepare a fun slate of events for parents and families, said she is looking forward to being back in person for this important weekend.

“Although we hosted a successful virtual week in 2020, it is just not the same experience as being in person, which allows opportunities for parents and families to connect socially with one another, receive information about the university, and build their capacity to support their student’s success,” she said. “[Most of all], it allows them to create lasting memories with their students.”

In addition to the in-person portion, a series of virtual events will be taking place throughout the week for parents and families.


Monday – Friday, Oct. 4 – 9

  • Parents and Families Scavenger Hunt: Download the form and hunt for useful resources for your students on campus! Send completed forms to  with the subject line “P&F Scavenger Hunt 2021” and you’ll be entered into a giveaway for Kent State Prize Bags! Send completed forms by October 9.
  • Golden Hour Mixer, a conversation with Dr. Lamar Hylton, Senior VP of Student Affairs and Dr. Talea Drummer-Ferrell, Dean of Students, Hosted on Zoom at 6 p.m. EST.
  • Thankful Thursday – On October 7, visit the Parents and Families Engagement Facebook page to see tributes and notes from students to their parents and families.


Friday, Oct. 8 

  • May 4th Museum | 147 Taylor Hall | 300 Midway Drive | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Kent State University Museum | 515 Hilltop Drive | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Parents & Families Weekend Check-In | Kent Student Center Kiva | 2 – 5 p.m. 
  • Recreation and Wellness Center | 1550 Ted Boyd Drive| 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Parent and Families Weekend Kickoff Event | Manchester Field | 6 – 7 p.m.  
  • Free concert featuring City of Invention | Hometown Bank Plaza | 142 N Water St | 6 - 9 p.m. 
  • Blue & Gold Paint and Sip | Kent Student Center Dining Room 218 | 7 - 9 p.m. 
  • Family Movie Night featuring Disney’s Cruella | Kent Student Center Kiva | 7 - 10 p.m. 
  • Rainbow Run | Risman Plaza | 7 p.m.  

Saturday, Oct. 9 

  • Parents and Families Weekend Tailgate | The Field House at Dix Stadium | 4:30 p.m.  
  • KSU vs. University of Buffalo | Dix Stadium | 7 p.m. kick-off 
  • Recreation and Wellness Center | 1550 Ted Boyd Drive| 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

Lee said she is looking forward to the energy and excitement that comes with welcoming parents and families to campus.

“My committee has been working hard for months to plan a week’s worth of events that parents and families will find both engaging and fun,” she said. “The city of Kent has also partnered with us and is offering some cool ways to explore downtown; I hope our guests leave Kent State knowing that they are part of the Flashes family and are appreciated.”

Listen to October’s DSA Podcast previewing Parents and Families Appreciation Week.

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POSTED: Monday, October 4, 2021 10:09 PM
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 11:03 AM
Matt Lupica