Homecoming 2013

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Homecoming 2013

Don't miss the 2013 Homecoming festivities as the Kent State Golden Flashes take on the Northern Illinois Huskies. There will be many exciting activities throughout the week including the Homecoming parade, the hospitality tent at the Williamson Alumni Center and more!


Friday, September 27
Office Decorating Contest
Offices around Campus

Offices around campus are invited to participate in an Office Decoration Contest. Offices should be decorated to show off KSU pride for Homecoming Week. Please register by Sept. 20, 2013 and offices should have their decorations up by Sept. 27, 2013. Judging will occur on Oct. 2, 2013. Register your office online at www.ksualumni.org/officecontest. For more information, contact Alicia Monday at 989-331-1116 or at amonday1@kent.edu.

Monday, September 30
"This is the End" movie
9 p.m. at KSC Ballroom
Movie description: While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the Apocalypse. For more information, contact Jennifer Gunnoe at 330-672-8175 or jgunnoe@kent.edu.

Tuesday, October 1
Adult Literacy Resource Library Open House
4 - 6 p.m. at the Research One Building--1100 Summit St.
The Ohio Literacy Resource Center is the new home of the Adult Literacy Resource Library, a collection of over 12,000 items for adult basic and secondary education, GED preparation, post secondary and workplace transitions, citizenship preparations, EL/Civics and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Come check us out! For more information, contact Carrie White at 330-672-4641 or cwhite@literacy.kent.edu.

Wednesday, October 2
Bowman Breakfast
7:30 a.m. at Kent Student Center Ballroom
Featured speaker: Dr. Marcello Fantoni, Associate Provost, Office of Global Education at Kent State University; Speech title: The International City of Kent. Please RSVP by September 26, 2013. Cost is $10 per person. For additional information or to reserve a seat, please contact Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or at mmandala@kent.edu.

Bounce Madness
7-10 p.m. at the KSC Ballroom
Join us for a jumping jamboree. Attractions include the following: a Titanic slide, obstacle course and bull riding. Free cotton candy! For more information, please contact Jennifer Gunnoe at 330-672-8175 or jgunnoe@kent.edu.

Thursday, October 3
Homecoming Spirit Walk
Noon at the Risman Plaza
Join students in a walk around campus, chanting and cheering their KSU pride in preparation for the football game and parade that occur in the following days. The Spirit Walk is followed by a Pep Rally with the band, football players and Flash! For more information, please contact Sariya Winters at 330-421-3236 or

Homecoming Pep Rally
12:30 p.m. at the Student Green
Following the Homecoming Spirit Walk, the Homecoming Pep Rally gathers students from around campus to celebrate their golden flash spirit. The Pep Rally will feature appearances by the 2013 homecoming court, the KSU band, football players, cheerleaders and of course the Kent State mascot, Flash. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sariya Winters at 330-421-3236 or

Mr. Flash Pageant
8 p.m. at the KSC Kiva
Male KSU students will compete in a pageant against other student organizations to be crowned Mr. Flash. For more information, please contact Jennifer Gunnoe at 330-672-8175 or jgunnoe@kent.edu.

Friday, October 4
Varsity "K" FLASHBACK All Sports Reunion 
Join Kent State Athletics October 4-6 to reconnect and reminisce with all former Golden Flash athletes during the 2nd Annual Varsity "K" FLASHBACK All Sports Reunion. Athletes, trainers and band members from all years are invited - enjoy the chance to not only meet up with former teammates, but also your friends from other sports.
Click here for more details.

Open House Exhibit: The Daily Kent Stater Digital Archive Celebration
10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the 1st Floor Quiet Study Area, University Library
Join us in celebrating an OPEN HOUSE! Peruse printed images included in the Digital version of the Kent Stater/Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper, dating from fall 1959 through fall 1969 issues. Additional issues will be added to this digital archive in the future. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Mary Lovin at 330-672-4483, mlovin@kent.edu or go to www.library.kent.edu/dks.

Art Exhibit: Rooms of Relief
11 a.m. at the School of Art Gallery, Art Building, Kent Campus
Print show organized by Curly Holton, featuring Veronica CeCe and Francine Affourtit. School of Art Gallery hours are Tues-Fri, 11-5. Call 330-672-1379 for more information.

Nuts About Coffee
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Williamson Alumni Center (outside under the large tent)
Kick off Homecoming weekend by helping us pick who has the best coffee in town. Participants will sample free coffee from Kent coffee shops and rank each coffee on aroma, taste and freshness. The coffee shop with the best score receives the "Best Coffee in Kent" award. Coffee shops will also have free pastries and treats for participants.

11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. at The Student Green, and Department Buildings

The College of Arts & Sciences will be hosting a reunion for departments celebrating their Centennial Anniversary, including English, Geography, History, Mathematics, and Political Science. The Department of Biological Sciences, as well as the Center for Applied Conflict Management, will also be a part of the celebration with reunions in conjunction with these departments. Alumni will enjoy a post-registration lunch under the tent on the Student Green, attend ceremonies & presentations at their respective department buildings, and end the day with a reception back at the Student Green. For more information, contact Kim Meloy at 330-672-2867, 330-697-4869 or kmeloy3@kent.edu.

Professional Advisory Board Bi-Annual Meeting
Noon -4 p.m. at Franklin Hall
PAB members will receive an update on school projects from faculty and student media representatives. They will discuss ways JMC can improve education to ready students for the media industries. They will discuss fund development opportunities for improving scholarship support. Please RSVP by September 27, 2013 to Jennifer Kramer at 330-672-1960 or

Dedication of the Esplanade
3:30 p.m. at the Arch on the Esplanade Extension
This dedication of the Esplanade Extension celebrates the collaboration and ongoing partnership of Kent State University and the City of Kent.  The event includes brief speeches from University and Kent officials, a tree planting, display of a town/gown float and light snacks. For more information, contact Gabrielle Mingrone at 330-672-8509 or gmingron@kent.edu.

Taylor Alumni Award Reception and Presentation
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Franklin Hall First Energy lobby and Auditorium-Third Floor
The school will honor its Taylor Award Winner and other special award recipients at this annual reception. The Taylor Award is reserved for the most distinguished alumni of the school. Other awards to be given include the Fast Track Alumni Awards, and the Friends of JMC Award.
Please RSVP by September 27, 2013 to Jennifer Kramer at 330-672-1960 or

Centennial Awards Celebration
5 p.m. at the Moulton Hall Ballroom
At this annual event the School of Communication Studies presents awards to three distinguished alumni. This year the School will also award an annual scholarship. Please RSVP by October 1, 2013. For more information click here or contact Anne Dudley or Margaret Garmon at 330-672-2659, adudley@kent.edu, or mgarmon@kent.edu.

Shabbat with Hillel at Kent State
5:30-8 p.m. at The Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E Summit St.
Join Hillel for Friday night Shabbat services and dinner during Kent State's Homecoming weekend! Shabbat evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Cohn Jewish Student Center. The event is free to students, with a suggested donation of $18 per person. RSVP at www.kenthillel.org. For more information, contact Jacob Rosen at 330-678-0397 or jrosen6@kent.edu.

College of Education, Health and Human Services Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet
6:30 p.m. at the KSU Ballroom
The College of Education, Health and Human Services Hall of Fame recognizes those alumni of our programs whose careers and accomplishments have brought distinction to Kent State University. The Hall of Fame Banquet is a celebration of the lives and careers of our alumni and consists of a cocktail hour, formal dinner, and the presentation of our alumni awards. Please RSVP by 9/27/13, contact Peter Schiraldi at 330-672-2202 or at

Marching Alumni Band Chapter @ Homecoming
7:00 p.m. Music Rehearsal @ Center for the Performing Arts (MSP room E112) and Dix Stadium (Saturday)
On behalf of the Kent State University Marching Golden Flashes, the Kent State University Alumni Association, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, and the Kent State University Department of Athletics, you are invited to participate in the following Homecoming festivities as a member of the KSUMGF Alumni Band:

7pm Music Rehearsal

8:00 am – Continuity Rehearsal (Dix Stadium)
10:00 – Homecoming Parade Call Time (MGF Practice Field)
11:00 – Homecoming Parade
1:30 – Team Walk (West side of Dix Stadium)
3:00 – Pregame
3:30 – Kickoff – Kent State vs. Northern Illinois
This year, the Alumni Band will participate in the Homecoming Parade, as well as Pregame and Halftime with the current edition of the Marching Golden Flashes.  To participate, you will need to register at https://docs.google.com/a/kent.edu/forms/d/1by5VZDtqXCCxMZy2EnZ0mbJxql_eJpDtq2d4GhnpEY8/viewform
no later than Monday, September 30.
Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer
8 p.m. at the Wright Curtis Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Dr.
Please call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-ARTS (2787) for ticket information. The show will run during the entire Homecoming weekend, Oct. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 5
Blue and Gold Showcase Activity
Campus & Downtown Kent
There's so much that's new – on campus and around town! The Blue and Gold Showcase invites Kent State homecoming visitors to revisit old favorites and explore new ones over the weekend and collect initials at three or more of more than 20 participating events on campus and designated downtown businesses on the Blue and Gold showcase flyer.  Once you've visited three or more participating locations, you can turn in the completed flyer at one of four designated locations to be entered in a drawing for a prize basket of items from a selection of Kent State University departments and downtown Kent businesses. Get a copy of the Blue and Gold Showcase flyer at participating events and businesses or download it here: blue_and_gold_showcase_activity.pdf. For more information, contact Phil Soencksen at 330-672-8590.

13th Annual Bowman Cup 5k Race
8 a.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Students, alumni, faculty/staff and community members are invited to join us for the 13th Annual Bowman Cup 5k Race.
Registration includes chip timing, gender-cut performance T-shirts for the first 600 runners, a delicious free breakfast buffet, dozens of door prizes and reserved seating for the Homecoming parade. The cost is $20 per person. Register online at http://bowmancup2013.eventbrite.com/.
For more information, contact Abby Millsaps at 330-672-0465 or

Alpha Epsilon Pi Homecoming
9 a.m. at Alpha Epsilon Pi, 323 East College Ave.
Alumni, Students, Parents--come join the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi as we welcome back our alumni and celebrate Kent State Homecoming! For more information, contact Aaron Price at 419-989-5418 or

Zeta Zeta 25 year/60 year Anniversary
9 a.m. at 227 E. Main St Chapter House and Buffalo Wild Wings, 176 E Main St, Kent
Come celebrate 60 years since we were founded at Kent State in 1953, and 25 years since we re-chartered in 1988. We will have our annual alumni meetings from 9 a.m. -11a.m. in the chapter house. After the parade, please join us at the new Buffalo Wild Wings in Kent. For more information, contact Jeff Blanc at 216-249-2049 or

Hospitality Tent
10 a.m. at the hill outside of the Williamson Alumni Center
Come enjoy breakfast with other alumni, KSU staff & faculty, and enjoy the first class viewing spot for the parade. Families welcome! This year's hospitality tent this year will feature a Kids’ Corner, where we will provide lots of laughs and fun! Kids (and young-at-heart adults, too) can color, take a picture with Flash, have Flower the clown make them a CRAZY balloon sculpture and much more. Come out and enjoy the fun! For more information, contact Shilpi Tiwari at 330-672-6296 or

Book Signing: Meet Me at Ray's: A Celebration of Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Meet Grand Marshal Charlie Thomas, owner of Ray's Place in Kent and Patrick O'Connor, author of Meet Me at Ray's: A Celebration of Ray's Place in Kent, Ohio and cover artist, Patrick O'Connor, Jr. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author and Charlie Thomas at the Homecoming Hospitality Tent, on the lawn of the Williamson Alumni Center. Books are $18. Alumni Association members will receive a 10% discount with their membership card. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Meet Me at Ray's supports the Ray's Place Entrepreneurial Scholarship at KSU.

Art Exhibit: Ben Basham, Charles Basham, Doug Unger
10 a.m. at The Downtown Art Gallery, 141 E Main St, downtown Kent
The gallery is open Wed-Fri from 12-5 p.m. and Sat. from 10-4 p.m. Call 330-676-1549 for more information.

May 4th Visitors Center Open House
10 a.m.-11 a.m. & noon -3  p.m. at 101 Taylor Hall
The Visitors Center will be open to the public during the times listed here.

CCI Parade Hospitality Tent
10:30 a.m. to Noon at the corner of Lincoln and Main Streets
The College of Communication and Information will welcome parade attendees with hot coffee, cider, danishes and donuts as we watch the annual Homecoming parade march down Main Street. All are welcome! For more information, contact Jennifer Kramer at 330-672-1960 or

Homecoming Parade
11 a.m.- Noon at Main Street (59)
Come join us for the 2013 Homecoming Parade. Enjoy entries from campus, organizations, and the community! For more information, contact Pete Mahoney at 330-672-2480 or

College of Education, Health and Human Services Open House
11 a.m. at White Hall, 150 Terrace Drive
Enjoy food, carnival games, face painting, and balloon animals while watching the parade. After the parade, Food 4 Thought will provide complimentary food. Meet the deans and visit with friends. For more information, contact Peter Schiraldi at 330-672-2202 or ehhsalumni@kent.edu.

Celebration of the Opening of the Child Development Center Outdoor Learning Laboratory
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Child Development Center, 775 Loop Road

Join the KSU Child Development Center from 12:30pm-2:00pm to celebrate the opening the Outdoor Learning Laboratory to the public in celebration of Homecoming. Cider and doughnuts will be served, but please feel free to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds. For more information, contact Monica Miller Marsh at 330-672-2559 or mmillerm@kent.edu.

3rd Annual Latino Networking Caucus Alumni Award Luncheon
1-2:30 p.m. at Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 250
Cost is $10 per person. Please RSVP here by Oct. 1, 2013. Also, nominate a favorite Latino alumnus/a for the 2013 award that will be presented at the luncheon. Complete this form to make a nomination. For more information, please contact Sara Morato (smorato@kent.edu, 330-672-2310) or Dave Garcia (tgarcia5@kent.edu, 330-672-4050).

Kiss on the K
Noon -1 p.m. at the "K" Risman Plaza
KSU couples will meet on the "K" in Risman Plaza and kiss at 12:30 p.m.
Activities and giveaways leading up to the kiss!
For more information, please contact Carrie Circosta at 330-672-5368 or

LIVE MUSIC: Flash in the Pan
Noon- KSU Student Green Right outside the Student Center on Summit Road
Come listen to LIVE MUSIC from 12-2 p.m. on the Student Green featuring Kent State's own Flash in the Pan! Flash in the Pan is a steel drum band that blends tradition and technology into a unique island sound. This event is free to attend!
For more information, please contact Joy Foreman at 330-672-5368 or

Lolly the Trolley City of Kent Tour
Noon at the Williamson Alumni Center
Join the Kent State
University Alumni Association for a tour of Downtown Kent aboard Lolly the Trolley!  See all of the new attractions in comfort! Stop by the Williamson Alumni Center to sign up for your seat! Tours will take place following the parade. Please call the Alumni Association at 888-320-5368 for more information.

Geology Open House & Fossil Day
Noon-3 p.m. at 221 McGilvrey Hall
View our gem and fossil displays, and try out our Em-River simulator and Groundwater models labs. Bring your rocks, minerals, and fossils to be identified by professional geologists. Kids can go on a scavenger hunt and make their own "fossil." Unique gifts at our rock and mineral table support scholarships! For more information, contact Carrie Schweitzer at
cschweit@kent.edu or 330-244-3303.

Homecoming Luncheon-JMC
Noon at Franklin Hall
Join the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for fellowship, food and fun immediately following the parade for a light lunch and auction to benefit the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. Please RSVP by September 27, 2013 to Jennifer Kramer at 330-672-1960 or

Faculty Lecture - "Discover Your Place in the Place that Changed America: Kent State & May 4, 1970"
Registration is closed for this event. For more information, please contact the alumni association at 888-320-5368.
12:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall Room 202
Join us for the Inaugural Alumni Faculty Lecture Series. For more details about this event, please
click here. For more information, please contact Kellie Mayle at kmayle5@kent.edu or 330-672-8048.

"The Fashion Walk" on the new KSU Esplanade Extension
12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Rockwell Hall, KSU Museum and Fashion School Store (downtown Kent)
Come join J.R. Campbell, the director of the KSU Fashion School, and fellow KSU alumni for the first ever "Fashion Walk" on the new KSU Esplanade extension!  The Fashion School's Rockwell Hall will be open to everyone from 12:30-3:30pm on Saturday, October 5th.  We will start in the Atrium of Rockwell Hall, where you can participate in the grand opening reception for the new TechStyleLAB and 3rd floor renovation project.  Demonstrations of the TechStyleLAB technologies (3D body scanning, pattern digitizing, fabric laser-cutting, digital textile printing and more) will take place from 1pm-2:15pm.  At 2:30pm we will FASHIONABLY walk from Rockwell Hall along the new section of the KSU Esplanade that leads directly to the Fashion School Store located in Acorn Alley II.  All Kent State University Alumni who join the walk will be given a coupon for a 10% discount on products at the Fashion School Store; Fashion School alumni will receive a 30% discount! KSU Alumni will also have free admission to the KSU Museum.
For more information, contact J.R. Campbell at 330-672-3010 or jrcamp@kent.edu.

Celebration of Black Studies Programs
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at 214 ORH-225 Terrace Drive

Silas Ashley, PhD '74 has organized this event on behalf of KSU Alumni to celebrate the achievements of the Pan African Studies program and the cultural center. We will hold a dedication ceremony of photographs taken previously. For more information, contact Silas Ashley, PhD at 736-302-4239 or at silasashley@cs.com.

Homecoming Brunch with Hillel
1-3 p.m. at The Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E Summit St.

Come join Hillel for its annual Homecoming Shabbat brunch on Saturday, October 5. Nosh on free bagels and lox, while reminiscing with other Hillel friends! Encourage your friends to stop by after the parade! There is no cost for the event, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Jacob Rosen at 330-678-0397 or at jrosen6@kent.edu.

Flash N' DUck Run
1:30-3:30 p.m., Front Campus to Dix Stadium

Alumni members of the Delta Upsilon will continue the tradition of running the game ball into Dix Stadium. The members run the ball from the "Rock" on Front Campus into the stadium to raise money for the Delta Upsilon Dylan Fitzgerald Carlton Endowed Scholarship.

Homecoming Flash Fan Zone @ Alumni Tailgate
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Alumni Association Tent
Join the Kent State University Alumni Association at Homecoming, Oct. 5, 2013 for an alumni association special event - "Flash Fan Zone!" Tailgate in the KSU Alumni Association tent and then head into Dix Stadium to watch the game. Alumni association members who attend will receive a free gift. For more information and to register, please go to www.ksualumni.org/events.

30th Anniversary Celebration of Kent Student Ambassadors
3 p.m.-end of football game at South party platform, Dix Stadium
Reminisce about the days of blazers and assignments with fellow KSA alumni and enjoy the Homecoming football game. Attendees receive a 30th anniversary gift and recognized during the game. Game ticket and meal: $25, Meal only: $16. Please RSVP by Oct. 2, 2013. For more information and to register, please go to www.ksualumni.org/events.

Homecoming Football Game
3:30 p.m. at Dix Stadium
Cost: $20 per person
Watch the Kent State Golden Flashes take on the Northern Illinois Huskies! Bring your KSU Pride and cheer on the Flashes! Gates will open 90 minutes prior to kick-off and will host Happy Hour for the first 60 minutes with select concession items just $1! The south side of Dix Stadium will have a Family Fun Zone with inflatables, caricature artists and more. For tickets, please call 330-672-2244.

Black United Students Annual Homecoming Comedy Show
7 p.m. at the Kent State University Ballroom
This is a free, exciting event that has gone on for several years under Black United Students. This year's performers are Mike McDaniel and Deon Cole. We hold this event to entertain students, staff and the Kent community during our Homecoming weekend at Kent State University. It's one of our organization's most anticipated events of the semester. For more information, contact Dairia Harvin at 443-845-1755 or

New Music Ensemble Concert
8 p.m. at the Kent Center for the Performing Arts Ludwig Recital Hall
This concert features compositions and performers from the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and other guest artists. For more information, contact Ricardo Sepulveda at 330-672-0397 or

KSU Black Alumni Chapter-Homecoming Alumni After Party
10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 176 East Main St
After you have spent the day enjoying the Homecoming festivities on campus, join the Kent State University Black Alumni Chapter for an “old school” Alumni After Party at the newly relocated and remodeled Buffalo Wild Wings or as we know it, B-Dub’s! No fee required. Drinks and food available for purchase. See you there! For more information and to register, please go to www.ksualumni.org/events.

Sunday, October 6
Orchestra Subscription Series I
3:30 p.m. at Cartwright Hall University Auditorium
The new Orchestra Director for the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music makes his debut Sunday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Cartwright Hall. For ticket information or reservations please contact The Performing Arts Box Office (PABO) at 330-672-2787.  FREE for ALL KSU FULL TIME STUDENTS, $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Non-KSU Students, $5 children.


Contact Information
Primary Contact
Joy Foreman
Date & Location
Date: 9/30/2013 to 10/6/2013

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