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“Ask Me” Buttons Welcome Students and Parents

Posted Aug. 20, 2012

Kent State University students, faculty and staff show their "Ask Me" buttons.

Kent State kicks off the campaign again as the fall semester begins

In 2010, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton saw a clear need on the horizon as students began to arrive on campus. Because new students have many more questions than answers, Lefton enlisted the campus community to welcome its newest members with the “Ask Me” button, an on-the-spot information campaign. He knew that the students of today, while accustomed to the benefits of ever-present technology, could still benefit from a human connection as they began their college journey.

The “Ask Me” button campaign has been tremendous success since it began in 2010. Both incoming freshmen and their parents were impressed with the warm and welcoming environment that the buttons promoted. One student remarked that she was nervous to approach staff members, but after seeing the “Ask Me” button, felt that these were people committed to helping her. Another parent commented that after seeing the high level of customer service present at Kent State, she felt confident and comfortable that her child would be in good hands. This is the spirit of excellence in action!

During Welcome Weekend and beyond, faculty, staff and student leaders will proudly wear or display the “Ask Me” button to let new and other returning students know that they are valued members of the Kent State community, and that no question is insignificant when it comes to navigating the collegiate experience. The campus community continues to stand ready to help.

The entire Kent State team, faculty, staff and students hold a commitment to excellence and a willingness to share that commitment. Whether it is giving a lost student directions to the Kent Student Center or helping someone find a classroom, the “Ask Me” button campaign is designed to support the successful launch of the new semester.

Please wear or display your “Ask Me” buttons to help welcome new students to campus and get the semester off to a great start. As we begin another year, everyone is a stakeholder in ensuring the continued success of Kent State and the students and families it serves.

If you have questions about the “Ask Me” button campaign or need a button, contact the office of your vice president.