Honors College Celebrates Grand Opening Oct. 14
The Honors College at Kent State will celebrate its grand opening of the Stopher-Johnson residence hall complex and new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon.
The event is open and free to the public, with refreshments and tours directly following the program.
Featured in the program will be remarks from President Lester A. Lefton, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Harold “Pete” Goldsmith and Honors College Dean Larry Andrews.
Plans to move the Honors College from its previous location on Loop Road began in 2001 when a residence hall inventory showed the need to restructure Stopher and Johnson, says Andrews. Once the building design was underway, a committee was formed to help plan the construction. Included in the committee was an architectural firm in Toledo, the architectural office at Kent State and Residence Services.
Stopher-Johnson residence halls house approximately 450 students participating in living/learning communities including Quest, First-Year Experience and Honors. Stopher features two classrooms to be used by residents, and Johnson and the Honors Center feature four classrooms, a library and lounge and advising offices.
Although there are many changes in the appearance and location of the Honors College, many features have stayed the same, says Kim Brown, coordinator of student life and alumni relations.
“A lot of the same opportunities are available to students such as the library and computer stations,” Brown says. “The main difference is that more students are utilizing them because of our new, centralized location, and more students are choosing to live in honors housing.”
The Honors College celebration will be one of many featured events during Homecoming 2006.
by Amanda Vasil