<p>Kent State President Lester A. Lefton (far right) joins Evan Gildenblatt (center holding the ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors), executive director of Kent State's Undergraduate Student Government, and members of the Homecoming Court in celebrating the university's new Student Green at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.</p>

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton (far right) joins Evan Gildenblatt (center holding the ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors), executive director of Kent State's Undergraduate Student Government, and members of the Homecoming Court in celebrating the university's new Student Green at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the dedication of the new Student Green, which is located at the heart of the campus in front of the Risman Plaza and the Kent Student Center.
Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the dedication of the new Student Green, which is located at the heart of the campus in front of the Risman Plaza and the Kent Student Center.
Evan Gildenblatt, executive director of Kent State’s Undergraduate Student Government, speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
Evan Gildenblatt, executive director of Kent State’s Undergraduate Student Government, speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
A crowd watches as Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
A crowd watches as Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
Pictured is the Student Green, as seen one week prior to its dedication from the roof of the Kent Student Center. Located at the heart of the campus, the new Student Green is a place for students to relax, study and enjoy. It also provides outdoor programming space to student organizations on campus and offers a performance stage that is intended to support student use.
Pictured is the Student Green, as seen one week prior to its dedication from the roof of the Kent Student Center. Located at the heart of the campus, the new Student Green is a place for students to relax, study and enjoy. It also provides outdoor programming space to student organizations on campus and offers a performance stage that is intended to support student use.
  • <p>Kent State President Lester A. Lefton (far right) joins Evan Gildenblatt (center holding the ceremonial ribbon-cutting scissors), executive director of Kent State's Undergraduate Student Government, and members of the Homecoming Court in celebrating the university's new Student Green at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.</p>
  • Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the dedication of the new Student Green, which is located at the heart of the campus in front of the Risman Plaza and the Kent Student Center.
  • Evan Gildenblatt, executive director of Kent State’s Undergraduate Student Government, speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
  • A crowd watches as Kent State President Lester A. Lefton speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green.
  • Pictured is the Student Green, as seen one week prior to its dedication from the roof of the Kent Student Center. Located at the heart of the campus, the new Student Green is a place for students to relax, study and enjoy. It also provides outdoor programming space to student organizations on campus and offers a performance stage that is intended to support student use.
Katie Goldring | 10/19/2012

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Student Green at Kent State University was held Oct. 18. The event celebrated Kent State’s commitment to provide outdoor programming space to student organizations on campus. The event, which was free and open to the public, took place at the new space in the Kent Student Center area, located at the heart of the campus.

Kent State President Lester A. Lefton delivered remarks at the event, in addition to comments from three student representatives: Undergraduate Student Government Director of Programming Elizabeth Holton; Kent Interhall Council President Andy Sokolich; and Undergraduate Student Government Executive Director Evan Gildenblatt. In addition, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Greg Jarvie invited participants to share in the ribbon-cutting event. The program also included musical entertainment and refreshments.

The Student Green project with the expanded lawn area creates an attractive, student-centered space at a major “front door” to campus. The new Student Green extends from the recently renovated Risman Plaza to the lawn area south, creating a contiguous green space from the current student center plaza to Summit Street. It includes a performance stage that is intended to support student use. The stage projects back into the main campus with the new Student Green area and student center plaza serving as a backdrop.

Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to attend this ceremony to see the continual growth and progress of making Kent State’s campus an institution of the 21st century. 

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