Student Involvement Newsletter

November 2021 Issue

Happy Thanksgiving Month!

We hope your classes are going well as we come to the end of week 11! There are only five weeks left in the semester with finals. Keep up the hard work, we're almost finished!

Thanksgiving Break is just over a week away! As a reminder, there will be no classes held from Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26. University campuses and offices will remain open on Wednesday, but will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Enjoy the well-deserved break and relax while spending time with family and friends!

Student Organization Highlights

Comm Club Inter-Org Collaborations

CommClub is a student organization that focuses on communication! Be it written, spoken, intercultural or cross cultural, we cover it all! CommClub makes it a goal to do collaborations with other organizations which could be non-university places like YStark or other Kent State student clubs. Recently we did a collaboration with the multicultural and international student clubs where we talked about facts vs opinions and how these tie in to cross cultural communication and stereotypes. We are also planning on collaborating with other student clubs in the spring semester such as the English Club and the Creative Writing Club. Communicating with others and getting to know people is our passion!

We meet once a week and always welcome new faces of any major!

Creative Writing Club

The Kent State Stark Creative Writing Club has enjoyed a full semester. At the October Literary Costume Party, participants came dressed as famous voices from the past such as Edgar Alan Poe (and his Raven), Virginia Woolf, Baudelaire, and Alexander the Great. Professor Bob King starred as the protagonist from JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, and Professor Jessica Jones appeared as Queen Elizabeth, with her contemporary courtly kitten, Contigo Tortuga. The students' dramatic readings were spooktacular!

During November, the Club hosted special guest, Montana Poet Laureate, Mark Gibbons via Zoom, and attendees were treated to a reading from his new book, In The Weeds. There were 36 guests in attendance who were entered into a raffle for autographed copies of the book.

The Creative Writing Club is always looking for new members and has an exciting lineup for spring! For more information, contact Professor Jessica Jones,, or student club leader Jeremiah Harbor, We would love to hear from you!

EnviroKents Garden Clean Up + Next Meeting Details

At the end of October, EnviroKents members met up with Dr. Chris Post at Flash's Food Garden to clear the garden beds of the crops from the summer growing season until next spring.

Over the last few years, the produce grown in Flash's Food Garden has been donated to various locations and organizations including Flash's Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels, StarkFresh, and Akron Food Not Bombs.

EnviroKents will also hold a Holiday Happy Hour through Teams on December 8th @ 4:00 PM to wrap up the semester and talk about ideas for spring! Everyone grab your favorite winter drink and let's chat! Contact Jordan Troutman ( for the Teams link.

Upcoming Events

Thankful Grams Station

Give thanks and spread kindness this month!

Undergraduate Student Government will be hosting a station in Main Hall this coming week Monday through Thursday (November 15 - 18) where students, faculty, and staff will be able to stop by and decorate a Thankful Gram to show their thanks this year.

Feel free to visit, fill out a card for someone you are thankful for, and deliver it to them!

Student Organization Game Night Social Hour

Come and join USG on Tuesday, November 16 at 4:30 PM at the Campus Center Fireplace Lounge to connect with other student organization leaders, advisors, and members to have some fun!

Games include Giant Jenga, UNO, Taboo, Pictionary, and more! Hot beverages and light snacks will be provided.

We hope to see you there!

Flashgiving Bags

Undergraduate Student Government is hoping to provide Thanksgiving Meal Bags, or Flashgiving Bags, to several households in the campus community who are in need this year.

Items we are accepting include cornbread, cranberry sauce, cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup, various dessert items, dinner rolls, flour, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, sweet potatoes, marshmallows, yams, gravy, green beans, onion crisps, egg noodles, mashed potatoes, rice, stuffing and canned pumpkin as well as disposable plates, cutlery, and napkins.

Please bring donations to Flash's Food Pantry by Thursday, November 18.

For more information, feel free to visit Flash's Food Pantry or contact USG President, Evangeline, at

To sign up for a bag, click the link below or stop by Flash's Food Pantry.

Turkey Trot 5K

The annual Turkey Trot 5K will take place on Saturday, November 20 at Kent State University at Stark at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

Registration requires a fee of $25 and a pet item for animals at the Stark County Humane Society.

The registration deadline is November 18. Click here to register for the race and help support the Stark County Humane Society. Click this link to view the SCHS item wish list.

Race day registration begins at 7:45 AM and ends at 8:45 AM. The race begins at 9 AM.

Cash or check only, if paying in person. Checks can be made payable to Kent State University at Stark.

Codex Brewing Food Drive for Flash's Food Pantry

Codex Brewing is working with Canton Bike Party on Cranksgiving 2021, a food drive on wheels. Flash's Food Pantry will be a recipient for donations collected as part of this event.

Non perishable food items may be dropped off to Codex Brewing on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

All donations will be shared with Flash’s Food Pantry on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Codex Brewing

6305 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Canvas Painting in the Campus Center

Inspired by Bob Ross, join us for a relaxing hour as we learn about happy trees and the art of panting. Leave with your very own creation!

This event will be held on Monday, November 29 at 11 AM and 12 PM. To sign up and reserve a canvas, click here.

For accessibility accommodations, please email Ashley Brightbill ( by November 22, 2021.

Student Job Fair

The Student Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, December 1 in the lobby of Main Hall from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 3 PM to 5 PM. Students can learn about the on-campus job opportunities available to all Kent State Stark Students.

MSO'S Potluck Bash

The Multicultural Student Organization is planning to host a Potluck Bash for the end of the semester. This event will happen on December 7th at 5 PM in Room 128 of Science and Nursing. Everyone is welcome to join! Bring a dish if you would like.

There will be some games, delicious traditional cuisines made by their MSO leaders, and festive music too! If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to Evangeline at or Dr. Bathi

Family Friendly Study Hours

Students are invited to study and get extra assistance from faculty in various subject areas on Thursday, December 2 and Thursday, December 9 from 5 PM to 7 PM in the lower level of Main Hall. Childcare will be provided for children ages two and up

To register and participate, click here.

USG Updates

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Tour

Last Friday, November 5, the students of Undergraduate Student Government at Kent Stark had the opportunity to tour the Stark County Campus of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank in Downtown Canton.

During the tour, the members of USG were able to see the entirety of the facility, including community rooms and designated meeting space, a demonstration kitchen with a common area, the stockroom, and the Keith D. Monda Family Food Pantry.

This new facility was developed with the purpose of providing the community with consistent access to healthy, nutritious food while simultaneously connecting the community to local resources and each other. Further, the new site of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank allows many of their community partners, including Flash's Food Pantry, easier and closer access to the resources they provide.

Stark and Trumbull USG Collaboration

The students of Undergraduate Student Government at Kent Stark and Kent Trumbull held a virtual meeting recently in order to get to know one another, exchange ideas, and come up with a few ways to collaborate on upcoming initiatives. The Stark USG team welcomed USG Trumbull to the Stark campus on November 12 for an interactive tour and a collaborative meeting.
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A Note From Undergraduate Student Government

We would like to show some appreciation for our wonderful community at Kent State University at Stark. This semester has certainly presented a unique set of challenges for our campus community as we gradually return to in-person classes, activities, and events. Thank you for your continued effort in ensuring a safe and inclusive space for all. Flashes Take Care of Flashes!

To all of our students as well as the incredible faculty and staff of the Kent Stark campus - Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you!

Undergraduate Student Government

The members of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) commit to serving the diverse needs of the student body and supporting the student organizations of Kent State University at Stark.

If there is anything we can do for you, we are more than happy to help. Our office is located in Flash's Food Pantry in the lower level of the Campus Center.

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