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Academic Adviser - Faculty member or staff person who provides students with information concerning courses, programs of study, degree requirements, academic support services, policies and procedures defining academic progress, and other aspects of academic life.

IMAGE: Squirrel
Black squirrels (The unofficial university mascot)
- Ten rare black squirrels were imported from Canada in February 1961 by Larry Woodell, superintendent of grounds, and M. W. Staples, a retired executive of the Davey Tree Expert Company. When first released, the large, black-spiked squirrels were frequently mistaken for skunks. Today they own the campus, and they can sometimes be aggressive, so be careful! The Black Squirrel Festival started in 1981 as a day-long event held on the Student Center Plaza to introduce new students to campus and community organizations. Now it features barbeques, live bands and local artisans.

Bursar's Office - The office you hand your money over to in order to be a KSU student! The office is responsible for the billing and collection of student fees as well as the disbursement of financial aid refunds. Located in room 131 Schwartz Center.

Campus Loop - To help students and visitors navigate the Kent campus and surrounding communities, Kent State works with the area Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA). PARTA provides transit services on campus and in the local community. One of those services is a bus route that provides pick-up/drop-off service to students at stops that loop around campus. The campus loop route runs approximately every 5-7 minutes Monday through Friday, for the majority of the day, during the academic year. The campus loop helps to virtually eliminate all through traffic within the campus. The heavily used service is available at no charge to Kent State students.

Capstone classes - Classes, typically taken in a student's junior or senior year, that integrate an academic major's fundamental components into a unified and comprehensive whole.

CSI (The Center for Student Involvement) - This office houses over 250 student organizations, many of which are responsible for planning and implementing some of the major programming that goes on on campus, oversees the Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities, as well as student government, and also conducts student leadership programs. Located in room 226 Kent Student Center.

Destination Kent State - An umbrella term used to describe a number of programs/services aimed at orienting and welcoming incoming students to the university.

  • Advising & Registration: A day-and-a-half-long program in which incoming students -- and their families -- are informed about the various offices/departments on campus, students meet with an academic advisor to schedule their fall classes, and students also are able to enjoy a number of fun/social activities that are typical of the college experience.
  • Welcome Weekend: Beginning the Thursday before the first day of fall classes, this weekend is intended to welcome the student to the university through both fun and educational activities.
  • First Year Experience class: A required 1-credit course for all new first-year students (and transfers with less than 25 credits). The course serves an essential role in advising students concerning course selection and focusing on academic, personal and social issues relevant to college life.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - This is the application for federal and state grants, federal loans, and federal work-study.

IMAGE: Flash
Flash - The Official Kent State University mascot.

FLASHcard - The FLASHcard is a student's Kent State University Campus ID; there is no need to have any other ID anywhere on the campus. The FLASHcard serves as their ID, meal ticket, and a debit card (through Huntington Bank).

Flash Fest - An annual program hosted by the All Campus Programming Board in April. Past Flash Fest events have included performers, basketball tournaments, "Pie your Professor", battle of the bands, video game tournaments, prizes and more!

GPS (Graduation Planning System) - An advising system that provides a "roadmap" for students to plan, schedule, and track their academic progress from their first semester through graduation.

Kent Core Guidelines-The Kent Core is the foundation of the university's mission to prepare students to live in today's complex, global society. It broadens intellectual perspectives, fosters ethical and humanitarian values and prepares students for responsible citizenship and productive careers. Through this learning experience, students develop the intellectual flexibility they need to adapt to an ever-changing world.

May 4th - Four Kent State University students were killed and nine wounded on May 4, 1970, during a demonstration protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. The Center for Peaceful Change, now the Center for Applied Conflict Management, was established one year later as a living memorial to these students. Permanent memorials are interspersed around campus, and in commemoration, a vigil and accompanying ceremonies are held yearly on this date.

Painting the Rock - The infamous rock in front campus is painted by a myriad of individuals and/or student groups, most often the various fraternities and sororities. The rock is sometimes painted several times in a 24-hour period.

Provost - Second only to the university's President, the Provost is the chief academic officer and is responsible for the university's academic strength and robustness, and also oversees programs that enhance students' academic success. Located in the Executive Offices, 2nd floor Library.

Registrar's Office - This office is responsible for a host of university-related processes from determining in-state residency, to producing the master schedule of classes for each semester/year, to posting grades, to facilitating student's official name changes, etc. Located in 108 Schwartz Center.

Seven (7) Ideas - Physics 11030, otherwise known as Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe, is the most popular course at Kent State for satisfying a Liberal Education Requirement (Kent Core) in the Basic Sciences. Each year, more than 3,600 students take 7 Ideas on the Kent Campus. Indeed, in a campus-wide survey reported in the Daily Kent Stater a few years ago, the top three "most interesting courses" were Human Sexuality, 7 Ideas and another physics offering: Frontiers in Astronomy.

Student Ombuds - The "go-to" person that students can access if they have any issues (university-related) they are not able to resolve on their own. The Ombuds will work with a student to develop both informal and formal strategies that will assist in resolving university-related concerns. Located in room 250 Kent Student Center.

TA (Teaching Assistant) - A graduate student who assists a professor in teaching a class.

The Stater - The award-winning Daily Kent Stater is a student-run, independent voice on campus providing a dynamic, up-to-date package of news, information and advertising.


The Brain - A sculpture on campus, designed by Brinsely Tyrrell, emeritus professor of art, located outside of Merrill Hall, on Terrace Drive.

The Esplanade - The brick and concrete walkway that stretches from Terrace Drive (near Van Deusen) to the library; eventually, it will stretch the entire width of campus.

The Fountain - One fountain is located outside, in the Student Center Plaza. The second fountain is located just inside the first floor of the Kent Student Center, behind and underneath the central staircase. Both fountains serve as a meeting location when connecting with friends and class groups.

Front Campus - While the center of campus has shifted eastward, Front Campus is still appreciated for the stateliness of its buildings as well as the calm, shady atmosphere it provides KSU students. Front Campus buildings are also appreciated for their classic architectural features. These buildings include: Cartwright Hall [CWH], Franklin Hall [FRH], Kent Hall [KTH and KTA], Lowry Hall [LRH], McGilvrey Hall [MCG], Merrill Hall [MLH], Moulton Hall [MOU], Rockwell Hall [ROC].

The Hub - The Hub is located on the first floor of the Student Center, and offers a variety of dining options to Kent State students.

The MAC Center - (The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center) MAC Center was originally constructed in 1950, when it was known simply as Memorial Gym. The building underwent major renovation in 1992, when its name was modified. It was named in honor of the Americans who died in World War II. Kent State's Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) is home to the men's and women's basketball, women's gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling teams.

Manchester Field - An outdoor location—at the intersection of the Student Center, the library, and Eastway residence hall complex—where many on-campus and residence halls events are held.

Risman Plaza - At the center of KSU's campus is the large, modern Kent Student Center and the university's 12 story research library. A circular brick plaza featuring a large fountain and fragrant perennial gardens links the two buildings together and provides a welcoming outdoor space. The Plaza is a place where students, faculty, and staff gather to catch some sun, share a conversation or some lunch, and enjoy outdoor musical programs or events.

The Ratt (The Rathskeller) - Located on the lower level of the Kent Student Center, next to Jazzman's Café. This is the only on-campus, full-service bar. The Rathskeller is a place where anyone can find something to do every night of the week, including such events as Krazy Karaoke and WWE Wrestling telecasts. There are also multiple televisions to watch your favorite sporting events.

The Rec - The Student Recreation and Wellness Center provides a state of-the-art facility featuring a 35-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a sports arena, 1/7-mile indoor jogging/walking track, a modern fitness floor with cardiovascular and free-weight equipment, an indoor natatorium, four glass-enclosed racquetball courts and a multipurpose gymnasium catering to indoor soccer or floor hockey.

The Rock - Located on Front Campus (north/northwest part), this fairly large rock is very often painted by individuals and/or various student groups, most often the various fraternities and sororities. The rock is sometimes painted several times in a 24 hour period.

Rosie's - Located in Tri-Towers, off the Rotunda; Rosie's is the only 24-hour dining facility on campus. It offers convenience store items, as well as short-order food requests.

HOUSING SPECIFIC - Residence Halls

ARHD (Assistant Residence Hall Director) - The ARHD is a graduate student currently pursuing a degree while maintaining responsibility within the hall. The ARHD assists the RHD with daily operations of the hall and Hall Council Government. Assistant Residence Hall Directors are placed in larger halls.

The Desk - Each residential (e.g. residence halls) grouping of campus is divided into geographic areas utilizing an area desk. The desk's main function is to provide information, lock-out temporary keys (free of charge), etc. The Tri-Area Desk is open 24-hours.

KIC (Kent Interhall Council) - KIC is the residence hall association at Kent State University. KIC's constituency is comprised of all students living on the Kent State campus and their funding comes from an activity fee only for residence hall students. KIC provides a number of services to students such as programming, administration, advocacy, committees and great leadership opportunities. They have a number of traditional programs such as the Etiquette Dinner, Festival of Diversity, and Little Sibs Weekend. It also provide services such as a Food Committee in cooperation with University Dining Services and also an Advocacy Committee to be sure the students' voices are being heard. KIC offers unbelievable leadership opportunities for all students! Check them out!

Learning Communities - These are groups -- communities -- of students who specifically choose to live in certain residence hall buildings or floors, and who share similar academic or special interests.

RA (Resident Assistant) - The RA is a student-staff member, selected and trained on the basis of his/her experience, leadership, human relation skills and willingness to help. They assist all students in developing and accepting responsibility for their own decisions. They are prepared to assist you with all concerns (personal, social, academic and environmental). It is important that you become acquainted with the entire residence hall staff.

Rapid Track - The Rapid Track system is an on-line website where on-campus residents can go when they need to request a repair to their room.

RCR (Room condition report) - The RCR is a document your RA completes prior to your arrival on campus that explains in detail the condition of your room. Your RA will approach you within the first two weeks of the semester requesting that you review the document for accuracy, suggest any additions and sign it.

RHD (Residence Hall Director)
- The RHD is a full-time professional staff member, who lives on-site and is responsible for the educational development of students in his/her building and serves as the supervisor to the resident assistants in a hall.

Roommate Agreement - The Roommate Agreement is a document that presents an opportunity for residents to talk to their respective roommates about each others' habits, interests, needs and expectations. Making plans about living together and planning for change will help avoid conflict and will assist in residents becoming successful roommates. By completing the Roommate Agreement, residents may find that they are in agreement about many items, but may also discover that they are in conflict on others. The goal is to collaborate and work together in building an agreement that all roommates can live with. Students are members of a residence hall or apartment community and are expected to act responsibly and not interfere with the rights, comfort, or safety of their roommate(s) and other students. Many issues of importance are included in the agreement form. Residence hall staff encourage residents to: (1) take turns responding to each category on the form and make an agreement before moving on to the next one; (2) listen closely to your roommate(s) so you will understand the ideas or needs expressed; (3) summarize what you thought was said. This agreement represents residents' promise to their roommate(s) and their roommate(s)' promise to them. Residents may find that their interests, ideas and habits change as they settle into life in the residence hall. These changes may require some consideration for change in the roommate agreement. Hall staff strongly encourage residents to talk to their roommate(s) if they are interested in making a change; the RA would be interested in providing assistance.

Security - Most visibly identified by their bright yellow shirts/jackets, the student-staff who comprise the Security program offer escorts to/from buildings on campus, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., conduct rounds in the residence halls to ensure safety, and often assist with residence hall emergencies that arise.

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