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Kent State's Welcome Weekend Invites New Students to Get Familiar With Campus

Posted Aug. 12, 2013
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Welcome Weekend is organized for new Kent State
students to transition into the university environment and
learn about the academic and social opportunities that exist
at Kent State.

Before the fall semester gets into full swing on Aug. 26, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that will run from Aug. 22-25 and help acclimate students to the Kent State community. The event is an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about the academic and social opportunities that exist at Kent State University.

“Welcome Weekend is a great way for our first-year, residential and commuter students to transition into Kent State’s academic and campus life. Our hope is that the weekend provides an array of opportunities for students to not only immerse themselves into the Kent State community, but to also get to know each other through fun activities before the classes begin,” says Josh Perkins, assistant director of Student Success Programs, who coordinates the program. “Ultimately, Welcome Weekend helps facilitate an environment of connection between students, faculty and staff as we all move into the fall semester.”

Move-in for students begins Thursday with the rest of the events continuing through Sunday.

The four-day program is a requirement for first-year students, and features a slew of activities including a comedy show, movie screening of Star Trek: Into Darkness, Convocation, Discover Downtown, Blastoff and many other events sponsored by various campus departments.

The activities also include a discussion on Friday, Aug. 23, of the 2013 common reading book, Who Owns the Ice House.

While Welcome Weekend is required for all first-year students, Perkins says students will have an opportunity to pick and choose some of the events. All students are required to attend Welcome Weekend check-in to pick up information and supplies; attend all events scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23; and Saturday, Aug. 24, between 10 a.m. and noon. The required events are highlighted on the Welcome Weekend schedule.

A complete listing of events and the schedule can be found online at

During Welcome Weekend, “We Can Help” booths will be located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center and at various locations on campus if students need assistance.

For more information about the 2013 common reading book, visit