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OBUG Accommodations, Parking and Directions

Ohio Banner Users Group (OBUG) Annual Conference 2014


The Ohio Banner Users Group annual 2014 conference will be hosted by  Kent State University on the Kent Campus.  The Kent Student Center address is 1075 Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242. The Kent Student Center is located on the north and west sides of Risman Plaza.     Join us at the Kent Student Center for a great event that includes a full day of workshops, vendor one-on-one time, and networking. 


From State Route 43:

  • Driving on State Route 43 (Water Street), turn east onto E. Summit Street.
  • Turn left onto Risman Drive
  • Enter the public parking lot on the right. 
  • Risman Plaza is on the left.

From State Route 261:

  • Driving on State Route 261, turn north on Campus Center Drive.
  • Turn left at the stop sign, still on Campus Center Drive. 
  • Turn left on E. Summit Street.
  • Turn right on Risman Drive
  • Parking is on the right.
  • Risman Plaza is on the left.
The Kent State University map also offers interactive directions to campus.


 ► Please note: the traffic direction on Risman Drive in front of Risman Plaza has recently changed.





  • Attendees should park in the public paid lot in front of Risman Plaza. Parking vouchers will be validated at lunchtime.

  • As you walk towards Risman Plaza, the Kiva will be on your left.

  • Handicap Parking is located in the metered section of the new lot.  Individuals requiring handicap parking should contact the University Conference Bureau (330) 672-3161 for special instructions. 

  • Overflow Parking:  if the visitor lot is full, participants should go to the lot across Summit Street.  Stop at the booth and tell the attendant on duty they are with OBUG. The attendant will issue a permit and direct them to a parking space in that area.

  • Passenger Drop off:  drivers should use the "metered lane" and continue to the stop sign. Do not turn into the metered lot.  At the stop sign, turn left, and then left again. Regretfully, the location directly in front of the Student Center is a bus lane and cannot be used for passenger pick up/drop off. If you want to drop off passengers, the driver should drive past the bus stop and enter the drop off location on the right (just past the bus stop). 





Lodging in and around Kent is available in a range of rates.



Updated April 22, 2014.


 Conference Features

Our OBUG conferences include:

  • Valuable roundtable sessions with your functional peers
  • Meaningful sessions addressing specific Banner issues and accomplishments
  • A cost effective alternative for opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of Banner


Become a part of OBUG by filling out the OBUG Membership Request.If you have problems using that form, simply e-mail your name, title, institution, and contact information to Deborah Davis




There are 26 institutions running Banner Unified Digital Campus in Ohio. The Ohio Banner Users Group provides institutions opportunities for:

  • Networking and developing support groups with fellow Banner users
  • Building a framework of support in the Ohio area
  • Seeking solutions to common business issues
  • Participating in positive discussions to enhance Banner use
  • Collaborating on common software enhancements
  • Presenting a significant presence to SunGard Higher Education in support of software enhancements
  • Sharing functional and technical expertise