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Kent Student Center Installs Four Charging Stations

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

New amenity is free and provides peace of mind when on the go 

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The Kent Student Center now has four
charging stations to power up mobile
devices, such as iPhones, iPads,
Androids, Kindles and more. 

Cell phone and mobile device usage is at an all-time high, and the need to keep those devices charged and connected is a challenge for many. Thanks to a new building amenity, the thousands of people who visit the Kent Student Center on a daily basis will no longer have to worry about having a low battery. In efforts to further enhance the overall visitor experience and provide excellent customer service, the Kent Student Center now offers four charging stations conveniently located throughout the building. 

Each charging station has 10 easy-to-use lockers, which simply require a unique 4-digit PIN from the user to activate. With that PIN, users have the freedom to lock up their mobile device or tablet, walk away and come back to it charged and ready to go. Compatible devices include everything from iPhones and iPads to Androids, Kindles and Bluetooth earpieces. 

Each charging station is equipped with the following connection cords:

  • Apply Lightning Connection
  • Apple 30 Pin Dock Connection
  • Micro USB Connection

Hallie D’Agostino, a senior accounting major, thinks the charging stations are really useful and convenient. 

“My battery was getting low, and I started to get anxious because I still had a few hours before I could get to my charger,” says D’Agostino. “The thought crossed my mind about driving home before my next class, just to get my charger. Luckily, the charging station saved me the trip, and I got a full charge while eating lunch.” 

The first floor of the Kent Student Center will have a charging station in the Hub. Additional kiosks will be located in the Cyber Café (lower level), outside The Nest (2nd floor) and outside the Schwebel Room (3rd floor).

The charging stations, which are free to use, are just the beginning of a larger, multiphase plan to update the Kent Student Center. The Kent State community —  students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests— will soon enjoy digital signage throughout the building, which will run university messaging as well as cable TV. In addition, many of the hallways, meeting rooms and lounges will be redesigned with new furniture and artwork to tell the story of Kent State.   

“The Kent Student Center has a responsibility to meet the needs of our students and guests,” says Timeka Rashid, Ph.D., associate dean of students, and director of the Kent Student Center and Center for Student Involvement. “Today’s students rely heavily on technology, and because of that, charging stations were a necessity. This is just another step in our efforts to ensure the Kent Student Center is meeting the technological needs and providing an atmosphere for students to thrive.”

The Kent Student Center is a 300,000+ square foot facility located on the Kent Campus, which serves as the community center for the university. Featuring 12 dining options, four lounges and a variety of services, the Kent Student Center is a destination to study, eat, get involved or simply hang out. Some of the many services offered include a U.S. Post Office, campus tour center, computer lab, Signum Design studio and University Bookstore. 

For more information about the Kent Student Center, visit www.kent.edu/kentstudentcenter.