Division of Finance and Administration

The protected prairie surrounding Kent State University’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center will be burned on Friday, April 26, at approximately 9 a.m. to allow for new growth during the summer season. This is a rescheduled date. The previously planned prairie burn for April 26 was canceled due to rain.

The city of Kent Fire Department will conduct the controlled burning of the prairie, which has been a yearly practice since 2004. The prairie burn on May 6 is dependent on the weather and the Kent Fire Department not being called to an emergency.

Kent State University has once again received recognition from Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, for its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is now the 11th consecutive year that Kent State has been awarded this honor. The university will celebrate the designation along with its annual Arbor Day events on April 25.

Ohio is conducting a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 20, at 9:50 a.m. All Kent State University campuses will be participating in this test. We will broadcast a pre-recorded tornado education message through speaker systems and university IP (Internet Protocol) phones throughout buildings on all Kent State campuses.

This is only a test of the mass notification systems, and no shelter-in-place activities are required.

Kent State University Police Services is celebrating the five-year anniversary – or the 35 dog-year anniversary – of its first K-9 unit, which features 7-year-old German Shepherd Coco and herhandler, Officer Anne Spahr.

Coco was the first police dog at Kent State. She is now one of two police dogs at the university.

The City Engineer's Office is monitoring the traffic signals on Summit Street to alleviate traffic back-ups during peak times. 

The Summit Street Improvement Project is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 15, weather permitting. 

Morris Road/Janik Drive will be closed Summit Street beginning Tuesday, July 24. 

Summit Street, from West Campus Center Dr. to Fraternity Circle, will be closed to eastbound traffic for approximately two weeks.

The installation of brick crosswalks on Summit Street will continue during the month of July. 

Beginning June 25, there will be one-way, eastbound traffic on Summit Street from Lincoln St. to Morris Rd.