Division of Student Affairs

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...

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...

Rapper Wiz Khalifa entertains Kent State students in the MAC Center during FlashFest 2016. Kent State University’s 22nd annual FlashFest hosted an array of music genres, including rapper Wiz Khalifa, country artists Chase Rice, Jon Langston and Lacy Cavalier, and electronic music duo 3OH!3. This annual celebration that occurs at the end of the spring semester is organized and presented by Kent State’s Undergraduate Student...

Two Kent State friends grab a bite to eat at Eastway Center. Kent State University recently earned the top spot on College Rank’s list of the 50 Best College Dining Experiences. Judging criteria included versatility of menu options, support for nutrition and wellness, sustainability efforts and accessibility for those with special dietary needs. College Rank is an independent organization that aims to...

Kent State student Hart Main displays ManCans, masculine-scented candles he created. Part of the proceeds from each candle is donated to soup kitchens, and the candles themselves are made by individuals with development disabilities.   “Don’t put any idea off as a joke,” said Richard “Hart” Main, a Kent State University sophomore economics major from New Philadelphia, Ohio. “I almost did that and missed an opportunity.” The 18-year-old entrepreneur, from Kent State's College of Business Administration, is referring to ManCans, his company that makes and sells...