Division of Student Affairs

Kent State parents pose with their son near Manchester Hall during the beginning of the 2016 Fall Semester. Join Kent State University as it hosts this year’s Parents and Families Weekend, which will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17. Share the Kent State experience as you spend time connecting with your student, interacting with faculty and staff, and experiencing what makes being a Golden Flash so special. Questions about Parents and...

A food service employee mixes a smoothie for a student in the exclusively gluten free Prentice Hall Café. University to hold Sept. 7 event to celebrate achievement At the start of the 2016 academic year, Kent State University becomes the first university in the country to feature an entirely gluten-free dining hall on campus. Kent State restructured Prentice Café after administrators noticed that the number of students arriving on campus with gluten...

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. A Kent State University tradition for 35 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 9, from 12-5 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. ...

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...

Volunteers called Movers and Groovers help new Kent State students and their families move items into the residence halls. Kent State University faculty, staff and students volunteered to help incoming freshmen move into the university’s residence halls at the beginning of each school year. This year, freshman move-in day was Thursday, Aug. 25, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last year, the Movers and Groovers program garnered 921 volunteers. Jill Church, director of...

Volunteers called Movers and Groovers help new Kent State students and their families move items into the residence halls. As Kent State University welcomes new and returning students, the Opening of School Master Schedule of University Services is a useful tool for departments, parents and students alike. This schedule lists the days and hours various university service areas are open from the week before school starts through the first week of classes, Sunday, Aug....

Kent State students paddle their way down the Cuyahoga River near downtown Kent. Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services runs Crooked River Adventures, offering kayak, canoe, paddleboard and tubing trips during the summer months. “We’re going to go over a basic forward stroke,” a voice called out from the sun-soaked banks of the Cuyahoga River in Tannery Park. With a paddle in hand, Erin McNamara demonstrates how to steer a kayak through flowing river waters. McNamara is a senior at Kent State University and a guide for the university’s Crooked River Adventures, a...

Members of Kent State’s Division of Student Affairs and Department of Public Safety pose for a photo with Kent State student Josh Paulin and his mother (fourth and fifth from left) during the presentation of the Public Safety Citizen’s Award. Kent State University freshman Josh Paulin is not only a good student, but an exemplary citizen. On March 13, 2016, Paulin saved a man’s life, and now Kent State’s Department of Public Safety is honoring Paulin for his heroic acts.     It all started while he was waiting at a bus stop near the Kent Student Center Kiva. Paulin saw a man...

Members of Kent State’s Division of Student Affairs and Department of Public Safety pose for a photo with Kent State student Josh Paulin and his mother (fourth and fifth from left) during the presentation of the Public Safety Citizen’s Award. Following a national search, Kent State University has selected Shay Davis Little, Ph.D., to serve as vice president for student affairs. Little has served as interim vice president for student affairs since Aug. 1, 2015. She will begin serving as the permanent vice president for student affairs on May 14. Little will lead Kent State’s Division...