Student Involvement Newsletter
February 2021 Issue
It is good to be back in classes even though it still looks different from the norm. However, Student Involvement is coming at you with full speed. We are so ready to get this semester started and we look forward to interacting more with you all as the semester. Here are a couple of updates from our office as well as our different student organizations. Enjoy!
Student Organization Updates
Despite the challenges that Wildlife Club has faced by starting a new club in the middle of a global pandemic, they are trying their best to make the most of it and keep everybody involved during this time.
One of the things they have been excited for is to be able to read and talk about the books. Their request for funding was approved and Student Involvement provided them with the funds to purchase this book for all their members.
As featured in the picture in the right, you can see that Wildlife Club Secretary- Sean Dick, Treasurer- Martin Walschburger Hurtado and President- Stephanie Rafferty are very happy with their books!
In their future meetings they plan to talk about goals they have as a club, volunteering opportunities available to them through Stark Parks, their plans for this year's Earth Day, and a local trip they plan to take at the end of the Spring semester!
They also have fun social activities planned like a movie night through "Netflix Party", a virtual visit with the author of the book they have been reading, and a trip to the Akron Zoo!
Before the school closed from COVID in March, members of EnviroKents were the first to try out the Geography Department’s new Augmented Reality Sandbox, a fun tool that helps students understand topographic maps, landform development, and how water moves through environmental systems.
Members also worked in Flash’s Food Garden over the summer. Five student volunteers ensured the garden provided for families in need by donating over 40 pounds to a local pre-school and food banks.
Possible future meetings will include a guest speaker who will discuss landfills and their environmental impact, a variety of service projects, and some outdoor fun including hiking and kayaking.
EnviroKents members early last year manipulating sand to make different terrains in “sandbox”.
EnviroKents member tending the garden.
Tomatoes looking good!
With the hit of the covid-19 pandemic and the switch to remote learning, Comm Club had to transition to remote meetings as well.
Last semester, they brought in guest speakers to talk to club members (or any student interested) about their educational history, experience in the communication field, and advice for students pursuing that kind of career. These speakers were from different areas of communication such as marketing, crisis communication, and PR/ advertising. This allowed students to get an idea of the different routes available to them with their degree.
In October of 2020 some of the students from the club, including Taylor Vanderveen- Comm Club President and Dr. Erin Hollenbaugh, their advisor, attended the 2020 Virtual Ohio Communication Association Conference which was a big success too!
This semester, they would like to get the club involved in some sort of community service and offer students a chance to give back to our local area, especially after the last year we have all endured.
Spring Resource Fair Shoutouts!
Grateful Grams Initiative <3
We are having students fill out an information sheet detailed with who they want to send their Gram to, their contact and the message. The deadline to fill out the form will be the 11th of February. We will then use an e-card service to deliver them by email. Please encourage your clubs to be a part of this! You can fill the form our here https://forms.gle/VBNavSpxLGLRnaha6
Student Leadership Academy
Leadership Session Opportunity
The keynote speaker this year is Ken Nwadike Jr., better known as the "free hugs guy." Ken started a free hugs campaign shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing to spread love and community. He truly embodies our "Flashes take care of Flashes" mentality and it is sure to be a fun and inspiring session. You can register for the session here https://www.kent.edu/csi/student-leadership-institute
Dialogue with the Dean Series Sign- Ups
This semester, we are continuing with the Dialogue with the Dean series which was a big success from last semester.
The purpose of this series is to stablish open communication between the Dean and her administrative team and to ensure that voices and ideas can be heard from all students, including students of color.
It has also served as an opportunity for student organizations to speak directly with Dean Seachrist about a topic or area that is important to the organization or a topic the organization wants to learn more about.
Please use the Sign- Up link below to let us know what month your organization would like to participate.
Student Involvement Updates
We Want to Connect With You
It is mandatory to attend at least one of these sessions. In addition to that, at least 2 members from the leadership of your organizations should be in attendance. If none of these times work for you, please feel free to email us and we can set something up for you.
Below are the available sessions for that week and the links to join the meetings for each.
- Mon 8th, 1pm- 1:30pm Click here to join the meeting
- Tue 9th, 10-10:30am Click here to join the meeting
- Tue 9th, 2-2:30pm Click here to join the meeting
- Wed 10th, 4-4:30pm Click here to join the meeting
- Wed 10th, 6-6:30pm Click here to join the meeting
- Thur 11th, 10-10:30am Click here to join the meeting
If your organization has questions or you're looking to find out what's happening, we would love to meet with you!
- Please remember to send us the monthly rosters of your meetings by the 1st of every month detailing the students in attendance, their Kent email address and the structure of your meeting/ activity.
Students participating in organizations must be enrolled in and passing at least three (3) semester hours of coursework on the Stark campus and be in good academic standing. Students who are officers/contact persons of an organization must meet the same standards in addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0+ (Good Academic Standing) on a 4.00 scale.
- Since most of what we do is virtual now and it is hard to keep track of what every organization is up to, feel free to send us pictures or summaries of what your organizations have been involved in. Thank you to everyone who has been sending me materials for this, we would love to feature the rest of the organizations in the next issues.
- We are still accepting any allocation requests for the organizations activities or virtual events so feel free to contact Ashley Brightbill about it at email@example.com or Evangeline Agum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to Know Us!
In case I haven’t gotten the chance to introduce myself, my name is Taylor Weaver and I am a member of Undergraduate Student Government here at Kent Stark. I am a senior double majoring in Psychology and Criminology and Justice Studies. I am involved in several campus organizations including the Honor’s Program, Revive and EnviroKents.
I absolutely love to travel and have studied abroad in Italy and Rwanda. I am super excited for this semester and I can’t wait to connect with our awesome campus community. Have a great semester!