Special T-shirts Help Welcome Freshmen and Spotlight Centennial Celebration

When you see freshmen — members of the Class of 2010 — on all Kent State campuses, many will be wearing a specially designed T-shirt that graphically proclaims: Celebrate Centennial.

“The T-shirts are a fun way to welcome the students to the university and to help begin the countdown to centennial in 2010,” says Gail Beveridge, director of Donor Relations and Special Events.

Following the University Convocation on Aug. 24, freshmen students received T-shirts to celebrate the university's centennial in 2010.
Photo by Bob Christy

Following the University Convocation on Aug. 24, freshmen students received T-shirts to begin the countdown to centennial in 2010.
Freshmen students received a T-shirt following the University Convocation last Thursday. For those who didn’t get one at that time, T-shirts are available on the Kent Campus at the University Bookstore. The T-shirts are also being given to freshmen at all Regional Campuses, although the distribution varies by location, Beveridge says.

Several members of the Centennial Special Events Committee worked on the project. Brenda McKenzie, associate director of Campus Life, who plans the University Convocation, and Dr. Denise Seachrist, dean of Academic Student Services, Regional Campuses, were very involved in coordinating the order and giveaway. Gail Moseley, ticket manager, helped with the setup in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, and Barbara Reilman, a senior majoring in visual communications design who also works in University Communications and Marketing, developed the graphics for the packaging, T-shirt design and trivia questions.

In addition to the T-shirt giveaway, freshmen have the opportunity to enter the Kent State “Celebrate Centennial” Trivia Challenge, with a student at each campus winning a $100 gift certificate that can be used at his or her campus bookstore. The trivia challenge, Beveridge says, helps students become more familiar with the university’s past and present.

As the university approaches its 100 th anniversary in 2010, watch for centennial-related events and other information on the Kent State Web site and in issues of Kent State Magazine.

By Rob Jewell

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