by Taylor Meade ‘17
Two students represented the College of Communication and Information in this year’s Homecoming Court: senior communication studies majors Corey Patterson and Reggie Jones.
Both Patterson and Jones agreed that seeing how much fun their friends had on past Homecoming Courts was enough to encourage them to apply. The two were happy to represent Kent State and give back to a community that they felt has given them so much.
“I feel like it was a great way to bring the close to my journey here at Kent State,” Jones said.
Patterson was nominated to the Court by the Black Squirrel Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary and Jones was nominated by Student Success Programs.
Patterson and Jones have been incredibly active in student organizations over the past few years. Patterson has served as a resident assistant and held several positions within the Department of Residence Services. Because of his involvement, he has been able to work with the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Corporate Office hosted at Kent State and has represented Kent State at the Central Atlantic Affiliate of NACURH. He also held many positions with Student Success Programs, worked as a Kent State Student Ambassador and served on Flash-a-Thon’s executive board.
Like Patterson, Jones has been involved in Student Success Programs and has served as a Resident Assistant. He also held a position in The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, served as the Senator for CCI in Undergraduate Student Government and volunteered as a CCI Ambassador.
Patterson and Jones found they had been selected for the Homecoming Court over the summer. Once the school year began, Patterson and Jones were seen building campus excitement about Homecoming at events like The Black Squirrel Festival and painting the K.
Patterson said what he was looking forward to most about Homecoming was experiencing the game with the rest of the Court and his family. He said two of his cousins had been on Kent State’s Homecoming Court in years past, making it a family tradition. At the football game against the University of Akron, Patterson was named Homecoming King.
“It is a huge honor and privilege to represent Kent State and the student body as Homecoming King,” Patterson said. “Being on the Homecoming Court was always something I wanted to do since my freshman year. Getting to live that dream with the other incredible members of the Court was, in and of itself, an amazing experience. Add on top of that, winning King, was a roller coaster of emotions, all of which stemmed from pride and joy.”
Kent, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses all participated in Homecoming activities. To see highlights and learn more about the Homecoming courts, visit http://www.ksualumni.org.