Student Involvement Newsletter
March 2021 Issue
Spring is Upon Us...AlMOST!
I think we can speak for everyone when we say that we cannot wait for the warm weather and sunny days. I hope this mid- semester point is going well for everyone and even though it doesn't feel like it, the semester will be coming to an end before we know it. Here are a few updates from our Student Organizations and USG and a few things we did this past month as well as fun things to look forward to for the month of March.
Student Organization Updates
NEW ORG!!! Creative Writing Club
During this kick-off event for the new Creative Writing Club, on March 9th from 7-9pm, visiting author, Robert Lee will spend two hours with our students. He will read from his published books for 30 minutes, then conduct a workshop on haikus in which participants get to write and share their poems. He will conclude with a question & answer session on the “writing life.” All Kent Stark students, faculty & Staff are welcome to join for this. If you would like to attend this event please RSVP by filling out the form here .
Professor Jones, the Org Advisor, and the visiting author aim to model the importance of community spirit and collegiate collaboration, as they have each edited each other’s books and both participate actively in the poetry communities in which they live. Students will be encouraged to engage in upcoming Creative Writing Club events, with this Author Event setting the stage for the club’s mission to create a safe and engaging atmosphere for creative literary expression.
Revive's Virtual Jubilee Conference
In most years, Revive has the exciting opportunity to attend the Jubilee conference in Pittsburgh together. That weekend in Pittsburgh is a highlight for our club as we enjoy building friendships, exploring the city, and attending the conference. Typically there are thousands of college students who come to hear the gospel told and hear how Jesus uses Christians to build his kingdom every day.
With the pandemic this year, attending a conference was maybe probably no longer wise. Fortunately, Revive was able to meet as a smaller group to watch the Jubilee livestream together. A local church opened its doors for us to use their facilities so that we could meet while maintaining safe distancing. We made fun memories together with cartwheel contests during the breaks, frequent meaningful conversations throughout the day, and a time of solitude and prayer away from distractions. A Saturday in Canton does not quite match a weekend in a new city, but our time together was enjoyable and we all felt a little closer after our day together.
Campus Ambassador's Mentoring Program
This organization is rolling out an amazing new Peer Mentoring program! As peer mentors, it would be their goal to help students who may be new on campus, or perhaps just want to seek some guidance or even just some community.
As a part of this program, they would meet with students at a mutually convenient time a couple times a month to check in with them. They would talk to students about things they want to know about, their tricks of the trade from their time as students here, and just simply become friends with them. That being said, really just think of the premise of peer mentoring like the good old song in Toy Story: “You got a friend in me”!
The process of getting your own peer mentor is as simple as this: fill out the form in the link attached, wait for an email back with your assigned mentor and determine your meeting times, and then let the fun start! They want to make this program personalized to you – what you want to discuss, learn, and simply just talk about. They can set meetings as often or as few as you want. More information can be found on our sign up form here.
On the other hand, if you would like more information about Campus Ambassadors or becoming a peer mentor, you can reach out to Sara Haidet at email@example.com.
Alpha Psi Omicron & English Club Updates
They are also currently holding a raffle fundraiser for Bright Star Books in Akron. This nonprofit works to increase book ownership to limited-resource children in Akron, as well as improve literacy in the area. Entries are $2 per entry and the prize is a $25 gift card to The Learned Owl Bookshop in Hudson! (Photo below)
English Club had two meetings (Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Victorian Literature) and anyone, including non-English majors, are welcome to join these informal meetings usually on Tuesday evenings to discuss literature!
Biology Club Fundraiser!
Our Dairy Queen Fundraiser is Wednesday, March 3rd from 5-8 pm at 4110 Hills and Dales Rd.
Canton, OH 44708.
We will gain profits from your purchases between these times so please show and support our Biology Club student organization and make some purchases. Gift cards are not included in this deal.
Student Involvement Events
Week of Kindness
Kent State Stark’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is encouraging everyone to get involved in this year's Week of Kindness celebrations– happening virtually in the first week of March.
Here’s how to participate:
- Send Grateful Heart Grams to faculty and staff members: https://forms.gle/Gi9yawyRx95YWY3p8
- Wear a shirt with a positive message on it and take a selfie!
- If you perform an act of kindness, or someone else is kind to you, create a social post. Share those acts of kindness!
Use #BeKindUSG and tag @kentstarkusg and @kentstatestark!
Org Social Hours!
Listed below are the dates for the next two we will be hosting, the Teams links will be emailed to you that week in a reminder email. We hope to see you then :).
Mar 26th 5-6pm
Apr 23rd 5-6pm
Dialogue With the Dean
Student Involvement Updates
Campus Feedback Needed!
As the Stark Campus prepares for the Fall 2021 semester, they want to hear from us.
Please take this brief survey to indicate your course delivery preferences for the fall semester at Kent State Stark. The survey will be active until Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Thank you!
Social Media Platforms Info
Email Listserv support available
If your organization is interested in a creating an email listserve (distribution group) or an email address for your organization, please reach out to us!
Meet Hailey Weaver :)
My name is Hailey Weaver and this is my second year with USG at Kent Stark. I am a senior double majoring in Global Studies and Geography with a concentration in Social Geography. Also, I am involved in our student orgs EnviroKents and Revive. I enjoy spending time with my siblings, tending to my plants at home as well as our campus garden, traveling to new places, reading, and all varieties of creative projects! I have been fortunate enough to study abroad in Italy and Rwanda and I look forward to having the opportunity to travel more in the future!
I am excited to continue this semester with you all and act as a resource for my fellow students!