Center for Student Involvement

The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to introduce Dr. Felix Kumah-Abiwu and Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali and Dr. D. Amy Rose Forbes-Erickson, the newest faculty to join the department.

Group created by students with autism spectrum disorder to highlight diversity, not disability

Kent State University is once again starting a new fall semester with an abundance of enthusiastic students, but one thing is strikingly different: Kent State has a new student organization on campus that joins the few of its type in the nation. Autism Connections Kent has been created by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their allies with the focus that autism spectrum disorder is a diversity issue and not a disability.

Kent State University is once again starting a new fall semester with an abundance of enthusiastic students, but one thing is strikingly different: Kent State has a new student organization on campus that joins the few of its type in the nation. Autism Connections Kent has been created by students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their allies with the focus that autism spectrum disorder is a diversity issue and not a disability.

The Center for Student Involvement and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are welcoming back the Kent State University community in a big way. To kick off the academic year, students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy a week packed full of food, giveaways and some Kent State pride!

From Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, Kent State students are encouraged to stop by Risman Plaza between classes to meet new people and to take part in the excitement of the first week of classes.

Kent State University students will celebrate the start of a new school year at the university’s annual back-to-school celebration that occurs the day before fall classes begin. Blastoff will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 6-9:30 p.m. on the Student Green and Manchester Field on the Kent Campus.

Blastoff serves as the culminating event of Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that helps new students transition into the university environment.

Kent State University officially registered 402 student organizations on campus this spring semester, a record-breaking number for the university, according to the Center for Student Involvement.

“Reaching this high number of student organizations on campus reflects the kind of students that are enrolling at Kent State: an engaged student who is ready for new opportunities,” said Katie Goldring, assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement at Kent State.

Kent State University’s Center for Student Involvement authorized 50 new student organizations in fall 2015, bringing the total to nearly 400 different organizations, according to Katie Goldring, assistant director of the Center for Student Involvement.

“As the number of student organizations continues to increase at Kent State, it truly expands the opportunities for our students, as there is a group to fit every interest,” Goldring said.

The Kent State University community will be treated to a week of welcome-back festivities to kick off the spring semester.

Kent State University’s Fraternity and Sorority Life recently hosted Songfest, its largest annual philanthropic event. After totaling ticket sales, fundraising efforts and some last-minute donations, the Greek community was able to raise $56,500 for the King Kennedy Community Center.   

This breaks the record previously set in 2013 when Kent State’s Greek community raised $49,027 for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).   

The total number of students involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations has reached more than 2,000 for the first time in Kent State University history. Fraternity and Sorority Life oversees opportunities for involvement in these student groups and works closely with the Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and the Integrated Greek Council.

A total of 2,228 students are involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life at Kent State, which is up from last spring’s total of 1,950 members. 

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