Sunday - August 18

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for FLASHperks

Time
Event
Location

8:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center, Manchester Field, and by Dunbar Hall. 

Various Locations

All day

Information Technology Presents TechHelp

Visit the Information Technology tents to learn about all the services IT offers to help you be successful in school!

Various Locations

8:00am - 7:00pm

Residence Hall Move-In (R)

Follow your assigned move-in times from Residence Services mailing.

Letters A-D: 8:00am – 10:00am
 
Letters E-K: 11:00am – 1:00pm 
 
Letters L-Q:  2:00pm – 4:00pm 
 
Letters R-Z:  5:00pm – 7:00pm

Residence Halls

10:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Check-In (R)

Bring your cell phone to download your KSU Kickoff schedule and work with the Welcome Crew to learn about all the events for KSU Kickoff 2019.

Ballroom, Kent Student Center

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Honor's College Meet and Greet (R)

If you're in the Honor's College, come to the Rec Center to meet your peers.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sundae funday welcome party

You know you love ice cream. Join Hillel for a "Welcome Party" including an ice cream sundae bar, outdoor games, and more! FREE! *kosher-style, dairy.

Hillel at Kent State

9:45pm - 11:30pm

Kent State Shuffle

So you think you can dance? Show off your moves or just stop by to meet other KSU students.

Student Green, outside the Kent Student Center

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Residence Hall Floor Meetings (R)

Residence hall staff members will cover important hall and safety information as well as introduce you to resources available to assist you in building relationships with others while enjoying a safe and fun living environment. This floor meeting is mandatory. Please see your Resident Assistant for more information.

Your Residence Hall

Monday - August 19

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for FLASHperks

Time
Event
Location

All day

Information Technology Presents Tech Help

Visit the Information Technology tents to learn about all the services IT offers to help you be successful in school!

Various locations

7:00am - 8:00am

Commuter Student Check-in

Bring your cell phone to download your KSU Kickoff schedule and work with the Welcome Crew to learn about all the events for KSU Kickoff 2019.

Second floor, Kent student center

8:00am - 9:00am

Commuter Student Welcome

Join the staff of the Center for Student Involvement for information on resources and ways to get involved with the Commuter and Off-Campus Student Organization (COSO) and around campus.

Ballroom, kent student center

8:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

If you missed check-in or have questions, stop by and ask KSU Kickoff staff for help.

Various Locations

9:30am - 10:00am

Dean's Welcome (R)

Come and meet the Dean of your College, as well as other staff and students from your college.

 

College of Aeronautics & Engineering: 306ABC – Kent Student Center 

College of Architecture and Environmental Design: 177 Schwartz Center Auditorium 

College of Arts: Stump Theater- Center for the Performing Arts  

College of Arts and Sciences: Ballroom- Ballroom -Kent Student Center 

College of Business: 100 & 200 Business Administration 

College of Communication and Information: 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall 

College of Education, Health & Human Services: Cartwright Hall Auditorium 

College of Nursing: KIVA 

College of Public Health: 143 Lowry Hall 

University College: 133 & 137 Bowman Hall 

Various Locations

10:30am - 11:30am

Convocation (R)

Convocation introduces incoming first-year students to the administration of the university and serves as their first academic ceremony.

MACC

11:45am - 12:45pm

Lunch with FYE Classmates (R)

Grab some lunch and chat with your classmates.
Note: a $7.00 fee will be charged to each student’s dining plan and not to the bursar account as indicated by postcard and email communication.

Kent student center

1:00pm - 2:00pm

First Year Experience Course Meeting (R)

Meet your classmates and get connected with a Student Success Leader. This session will help you to make some new friends and get ready for classes this week.

Find Your Location 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Transfer student common reading experience

Transfer students engage in meaningful discussion with other First Year students about this year’s Common Reading books, This We Know and Thirteen Seconds.  Bring your books and your assignment.

 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Common Reading Experience (R)

Engage in meaningful discussion with other First Year students about this year’s Common Reading books, This We Know and Thirteen Seconds.  Bring your books and your assignment. 

Same room as your FYE course meeting

3:00pm - 4:30pm

College of EHHS Ice Cream Social and Welcome

Faculty, staff, and students from the College of Education, Health and Human Services will welcome our first-year students during an ice-cream social. Students will also have an opportunity to connect with other EHHS students with similar interests! 

White hall

3:00pm-4:00pm

Cookies at the CUE with University College

Open to all Exploratory students; University College would like to welcome our first-year students to the college and to Kent State with an informal meet and greet. Come meet Deans, advisors, First-Year Experience faculty and staff. 

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

3:15pm - 4:30Pm

Oscar Ritchie Scholars Welcome Reception

For all incoming recipients of the Oscar Ritchie Scholarship only. Come out and enjoy refreshments while learning about Oscar Ritchie, holding on to your scholarship and connecting with your college representatives.

306ABC, Kent Student Center 

3:30pm - 4:30Pm

Sociology/ Criminology and Justice Studies Scavenger Hunt and Pizza Party

Join the Department of Sociology for a KSU Kickoff pizza party! Start off by completing a short scavenger hunt to meet faculty, staff, and advisors in the department. We will finish off the afternoon with pizza and refreshments with your fellow Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology majors.

Merrill Hall Brain Plaza 

5:30pm-8:00pm

Freshman food tour

Calling all Jewish Freshmen! Join First Year Students of Hillel (FYSH) for the oFYSHal food tour of Kent. We'll start at Hillel at 5:30 pm for some light refreshments before heading to Fresco for chips and salsa followed by appetizers at Buffalo Wild Wings. Then we'll snack on some popcorn at Popped! and finally satisfy your sweet tooth with a donut at Peace, Love, & Little Donuts. FREE! *kosher-style, dairy. 

Hillel at kent state

6:00pm - 8:00pm

VIP welcome Event

Get 1-on-1 help with textbooks, mingle with new friends, enjoy a sweet treat, prizes, and more at the Kent State University Bookstore!  Follow us on Facebook for updates on this exclusive event: facebook.com/kentstateubookstore

Bookstore, Kent student center

8:00pm - 12:00am

Late Night at the Library

Kick-off the school year at the Library’s biggest party of the year! Hit the dance floor with our live DJ or stop by for free pizza, games and more!

university library, 1st floor

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Back to School Bingo*

Join the Flash Activities Board (FAB) for a night to remember. Not your grandma’s bingo! Win cool prizes like high-performance headphones, iPad Air, 65 inch TV, and much more. With a chance to win our two grand prizes MacBook Air Laptops! Limited to the first 600 participants. Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter or @FAB_KSU on Instagram for more information.

Ballroom, kent student center

9:00pm - 10:00pm

Residence Hall Floor Meetings (R)

Residence hall staff members will cover important hall and safety information as well as introduce you to resources available to assist you in building relationships with others while enjoying a safe and fun living environment. This floor meeting is mandatory. Please see your Resident Assistant for more information.

Your Residence Hall

10:30pm - 12:00am

Late Night College Skate

The Ice Arena is a cool place to meet new friends! Free skate rental is available.

KSU Ice Arena

 

 

Tuesday - August 20

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for FLASHperks

 

Time
Event
Location

8:00am - 
9:00am

Army ROTC Welcome Breakfast

Army ROTC welcome and orientation for incoming Freshmen. Both registered and interested students are welcome to attend.

Terrace Hall

9:00am-
4:30pm

Air Force ROTC New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)

Air Force ROTC new cadet orientation is for registered cadets only.

Terrace Hall

10:00am - 
3:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables 

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center and out on Manchester Field. 

Various Locations

10:30AM - 11:30AM

This Is Kent State! (R)

Put on your Kent State T-Shirt, and join Kent State Athletics to show some school spirit. Learn everything you need to know about becoming a MACC Maniac!

MACC

11:00Am - 3:00pm

Fraternity/Sorority Life Festival

Come join members of Fraternity and Sorority Life as they welcome you to campus! 

Student Green, Outside the kent student center

11:30 am - 1:30pm

Discover Downtown*

The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Kent, and College Town Kent invite you to come downtown and see up close and personal everything that is right here in your own backyard: great, unique places to eat and shop and bring friends and family when they come to visit. In addition, organizations/businesses located outside of the downtown area will be set up in Hometown Bank Plaza, along with KSU Athletics. Main Street Kent will host a Scavenger Hunt with prizes! Come downtown and check out all your new home away from home has to offer.

Downtown Kent

1:00pm - 3:00pm

we've got your back

Come and receive an explanation of GI Bill, VA benefits and a panel discussion with KSU service members/veterans.

310, Kent student center

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Provost's Leadership Academy Ice Cream Social

For all admitted members of the Provost’s Leadership Academy only. Enjoy ice cream while socializing with Provost Tankersley, key Kent State staff members, other PLA members, and your PLA Mentors during our kick-off event for the year.

Schwebel room, Kent student center

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Meijer back to college event

Join the Flash Activities Board (FAB) and Meijer to buy those last-minute items for your residence hall room! Want to win free prizes? Then this event is for you! Meijer (brand new mega-store with groceries) welcomes new students with a fun-filled afternoon of shopping, games, music, free food, tons of prizes, and more! We provide continuous shuttle service throughout the event from the Ice Arena. Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter or @FAB_KSU on Instagram for more information.

pick up in front of ice arena

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Learning Community Meet and Greet (R)

Meet and Greets are only for the students in the Living Learning Communities listed below.

Aeronautics: Koonce Hall Sky Lounge
Business Learning Community: BSA 200
College of Arts and Sciences: Wright Hall 106
College of Communication and Information Commons: Franklin Hall 340
Computer Science: Wright Sky Lounge 
Education, Health and Human Services: Manchester Hall Glass Lounge (1st Floor)
EXCEL Community: Lounge of Lake Hall
Global Village: Clark Hall Lounge
LGBTQA Living-Learning Community: Korb Hall Lounge
Living in the Arts: Verder Art Studio

various Locations

5:00pm - 8:00pm

New Student Reception and Cookout

The 46th annual new student reception and cookout will be held on the green behind Oscar Ritchie Hall. There will be plenty of food, dancing, and music (featuring DJ LoKey). Designed with new students in mind, there are opportunities to meet and greet DPAS faculty and staff, and engage with student organizations.

Oscar Ritchie Hall Commons

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Back Cookout

Calling all Jewish students! Welcome back to campus! Come to Hillel for hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, desserts, a DJ, outdoor games, and so much more. This program is completely FREE for students! 

Hillel at Kent State

10:00pm - 11:00pm

Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony

Hypnotist, Michael C. Anthony uses volunteers from the audience to give an outstanding fun-filled performance! Please arrive early as this event fills up quickly. Find out more about this event and others by following @KentStateSSP on Instagram and Twitter. 

Ballroom, kent student center

10:00pm - 12:00am

Outdoor movie: Aladdin (2019)

Join the Flash Activities Board (FAB) for a viewing of Aladdin (2019)! Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter or @FAB_KSU on Instagram for more information.

Student Green, outside the kent student center

Wednesday - August 21

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for FLASHperks  

Time
Event
Location

9:15am - 1:00pm

Freshman Day of Service: Ambassadors in Action

Engage with your community through meaningful service projects. Connect with other first-year and upper-class student leaders who share your interests while serving a local non-profit organization. Text “FDS” to 797979 to get notified the moment the FDS registration link goes live!

Ballroom, kent student center

9:00am - 1:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center to answer any of your questions! 

Various Locations

9:00am-
11:30am

Air Force ROTC New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)

Air Force ROTC new cadet orientation is for registered cadets only.

Terrace Hall

10:00am - 3:00pm

Find Your Class

Guess what? Classes start tomorrow. Take this time to stop by and meet our KSU Kickoff staff who can assist you with any final questions or classroom locations.

First Floor, kent student center

12:00pm -
1:00pm

Department of English lunch

The Department of English is hosting a lunch to welcome our new English majors. Join English faculty and student leaders for food, fun, and information.

112 Satterfield hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Freshman Advisory Council

Freshman Advisory Council Meeting
If you want to become a part of a great group of first-year student leaders, come checkout what the Freshman Advisory Council is all about at this informational meeting.

Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Transfer Advisory Council

Transfer Advisory Council Meeting
If you want to become a part of a great group of transfer student leaders, come checkout what the Transfer Advisory Council is all about at this informational meeting.

Key Bank Student Success Lounge, CUE

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Transfer Student Welcome Reception

New KSU transfer students are invited to mingle with other new students, meet continuing students, and get some KSU swag while enjoying some Handel’s Ice Cream and other refreshments!

Key Bank Student Success Lounge, CUE

2:00pm - 4:00pm

LGBTQ+ Fall Kickoff

Drop by the Student Center Ballroom to hear about the student organizations and community agents that support LGBTQ+ students. In addition to finding out about upcoming events & opportunities to get involved, there will be food, games, and drawings for door prizes and giveaways. So come make some new friends, have some fun, and welcome to your new home! Hosted by the LGBTQ Student Center.

Ballroom, Kent Student Center

5:30pm - 8:30pm

Blastoff! (R)

Join the Center for Student Involvement and learn about everything our Kent State Student Organizations have to offer. Over 300 student groups participate in Blastoff each year! Stop by and join an organization! This is one of the best traditions at Kent State! Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter for more information.  

Student Green, outside the Kent Student Center

8:30pm - 9:30pm

Undergraduate student government Blastoff After Party

Don't leave Blastoff too soon or you'll miss the live DJ and laser light show! Attendees have a chance to win flat-screen TVs, GoPros, Beats and Beats Pills! Stick around for the USG Programming Board to announce their Fall show!

Risman Plaza student green