Center for Student Involvement

The annual Black Squirrel Festival offers Kent State students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. A Kent State University tradition for 37 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from noon-5 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by the Flash Activities Board, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community.  The...

Kent State University students practice their egaming skills prior to Kent State’s First Esports Tournament on May 5, 2018. If you enjoy playing video games – you are a hobbyist. If you enter competitions – you are a gamer. If you like to watch others play – you are a fan. Together, all three make up esports, one of the fastest growing industries in the world - playing games such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, Overwatch and HearthStone Heroes of Warcraft....

The annual Black Squirrel Festival offers Kent State students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. A Kent State University tradition for 36 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 8, from noon-5 p.m. on the Student Green and Risman Plaza. The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community. ...

Thousands of Kent State students work their way through Risman Plaza during Blastoff, the annual back-to-school celebration at Kent State. 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. 27, from 6-9:30 p.m. on the Student Green and Manchester Field on the Kent Campus. Blastoff serves as the culminating event of...

Thousands of Kent State students work their way through Risman Plaza during Blastoff, the annual back-to-school celebration at Kent State. Kent State University’s Center for Student Involvement recently received the Best Poster Award from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange for its poster on student retention through the FLASHperks program. The winning poster, designed by senior visual communications design major Nicholas Blanchard through the center’s Signum...

Kent State University students who are members of Autism Connections Kent, a new student organization on campus, pose for a photo in the Kent Student Center. 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...

Kent State University students who are members of Autism Connections Kent, a new student organization on campus, pose for a photo in the Kent Student Center. 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...

Students show their Kent State pride by wearing blue and gold. Members of the Kent State community are encouraged to wear something blue and gold each and every Friday. 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...

Thousands of Kent State students work their way through Risman Plaza during Blastoff, the annual back-to-school celebration at Kent State. 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...

Kent State students smile at an event on campus. Kent State student organizations sponsor more than 250 events on campus each year. 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...