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50th Anniversary Celebration

anniversary bannerWelcome to Stark State’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Website!

For half a century, Stark State College has served the higher education needs of Stark County and surrounding counties. We’re celebrating a milestone during the 2010-11 academic year.

50TH Anniversary Commemorative Publication
This unique publication chronicles the historical timelines and events from 1960 – 2010. Five name changes, incredible growth and business/community partnerships have taken Stark State College to new levels with each growth spurt. From our humble beginnings in downtown Canton to our sprawling campus on Frank Road and a multitude of satellite centers to accommodate burgeoning enrollment, we hope you’ll enjoy this trip through history with us. VIEW COMMEMORATIVE PUBLICATION>>

Celebration Video - "Choices"
A celebration video titled "Choices" created by Stark State Interactive Media Instructor Maria Bleahu and her students as part of the College's 50th Anniversary.



Held at the McKinley Grand Hotel in downtown Canton on June 10, the College concluded the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with good food, good friends and lots of reminiscing. During the dinner, the audience enjoyed a historical overview of the College - past, present and the future of the institution.


Check out this video for a nostalgic look at Stark State's 50 years of success. This slideshow of images was displayed during the Grand Finale Dinner.


More than 250 guests with connections to the College attended the alumni and retiree reunion on Sunday, April 10, which included displays by the decades, refreshments, tours and plenty of reminiscing and recollecting. Read more about the event>>


Anniversary CakeIn life there’s no such thing as too much cake … even when it’s faux cake!

Stark State’s 50th anniversary cake, a can’t-miss 40 inches tall and a whopping 60 pounds, is made up of three layers – 32 inches, 24 inches and 16 inches. The cake topper is 10 inches in diameter and sports the College’s classy 50th anniversary logo.

The eye-catching centerpiece was crafted locally by Jo Lash, using a recipe of foams, epoxies, silicone, rubbers, salt dough, resins, paints and caulking. Stark State’s cake was the largest item she’s produced, she said. For more info about the fake food biz, visit

The cake, when not making an appearance as the centerpiece of other 50th anniversary events, is being displayed in the first floor foyer of the Health Sciences Building.

Stark State College kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration this week with festivities in the sunny courtyard on two days in September.

Thousands of students, staff and faculty came together to toss corn hole beanbags, sign up for the chance to win cool merchandise, savor some burgers and ‘dogs at great prices and enjoy music both mellow and funky as they chowed down on delicious birthday cake and gold (chocolate) coins. Student groups took advantage of the opportunity to spread the word about their organizations.

Anniversary Kick Off Image

The Stark State College Happy 50th hot air balloon was the largest balloon in the 2010 Canton Chamber Balloon Classic … and also a huge hit with everyone. People couldn’t stop talking about “the cake.”

See below for a wonderful video featuring our balloon ride winners and their comments. Congratulations to our ride contest winners who enjoyed the experience of a lifetime: Martha Doerr, Contract Training; Janet Duncan, Business Office; David Harris, IT adjunct, and Cathy Mueller, financial aid

The video also shows some of the dedicated volunteers who helped give away more than 12,000 stress balls with the 50th anniversary imprint at the Jackson-Belden Food Fest. It was a fun weekend and we certainly got the word out about the many exciting things happening at Stark State College!

Watch for Stark State's anniversary cake hot air balloon at the 2011 Balloon Classic.