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Parents and Families Association Launches for Families of Kent State Students

Posted Jul. 21, 2014
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Kent State University students and their family members
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Launched in June, Kent State University’s Parents and Families Association allows parents and family members of Kent State students to be aware of happenings on campus and opportunities available to help enhance the experiences of their student both inside and outside the classroom.

“We launched the Parents and Families Association in an effort to make being a family member of a Kent State student as easy, painless and fun as possible,” says Nichole Baker, director of advancement in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “We want to be their one-stop resource for all their questions and concerns, and to offer them updates on campus happenings so they can follow along in their student’s journey.”

The Parents and Families Association provides opportunities to engage with the university on campus from time to time, such as on Parents and Families Day, which will take place this year on Sept. 6. The association also provides benefits and perks, such as exclusive e-newsletters, a freshman parent newsletter, a 15-percent discount on Kent State apparel in the University Bookstore and a 15-percent discount from participating merchants in the Kent community.

“The college experience can sometimes be confusing and stressful for family members of students, and that is why we have created this association,” says Shay Little, associate vice president for the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “We are here to ensure you have the information, support and access you need to feel secure in the knowledge that your student is on the road to success at Kent State. The Parents and Families Association is a great way for you to stay connected to your student and to learn about the many academic and extracurricular opportunities at Kent State.”

All faculty and staff members who have students attending Kent State are eligible to be part of the Association and take advantage of the benefits and discounts. To learn more, visit To sign up, visit