Kent Student Center Programming

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. The Black Squirrel Festival offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing and jewelry and...

Kent Student Center Programming, part of the Center for Student Involvement, hosted the 13th annual Rock the Runway on March 4. The runway featured 21 collections by 24 designers, many from Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The Kent Student Center Ballroom was decked out in 1920’s style with an elevated runway to showcase the designs. The Kent State University Jazz Society Quartet, made up of Kent State students, performed themed music during the show, which was hosted by sophomore communication studies major Michael Gallagher II.   Three judges dec...

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. The Black Squirrel Festival offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing and jewelry and o...

The talents of 18 Kent State University students were on display at Kent Student Center Programming’s 12th annual Rock the Runway fashion show, which took place March 5. Fashion was king on a night that featured the sights and sounds of this year’s theme, The Jacksons. In front of a Kent Student Center Ballroom crowd of nearly 800 attendees, models showcased clothing designs which included elements inspired by The Jacksons’ music. Judging was based on line cohesiveness, craftsmanship, interpretation of the theme and general design. The panel of judges included Michael Bush, who served...

A Kent State University tradition for 34 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival will take place Friday, Sept. 11, from noon-6 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. The event includes music, a flight simulator, caricature artists, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items. The first 2,500 people to arrive at the event will receive a Black Squirrel Festival T-shirt. The T-shirt...

Kent State University’s 11th annual Rock the Runway student fashion competition, hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, will take place on Saturday, March 7, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event gives amateur designers, not just fashion design or merchandising majors, a chance to display their creative talents on stage during a fun and energetic evening.  Seventeen student design teams will submit a line consisting of three pieces inspired by the theme “Boy Bands and Girl Groups.” The band Decadia will cover that genre’s biggest hits while models “rock the runway” and sho...

A Kent State tradition for 33 years, the annual Black Squirrel Festival took place Friday, Sept. 5, from 12-6 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. The event included live music, inflatables, rock climbing wall, photo booth, food, local vendors, student organizations and thousands of giveaway items. Get Free Stuff The first 2,000 people to the event received a Black Squirrel Festival T-shirt. Other official ev...