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Kent State Alumni Association Presents University President Lefton at Oct. 5 Cleveland Networking Luncheon

Posted Sep. 12, 2011

The Kent State University Alumni Association hosts its next Cleveland Networking Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at noon at the City Club of Cleveland with featured speaker Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. His talk is titled “Five Years of Realizing the Vision.” Lefton will provide a five-year progress report that reflects the major, institutional goals identified in the Kent State University Strategy Map.

LEFTON2012webLefton marks his fifth anniversary serving as Kent State’s president. Under his leadership, the university’s enrollment has grown 23 percent in the last five years, which ranks Kent State as the second largest public university in Ohio. Student success measures include the highest graduation and retention rates among public universities in Northeast Ohio. The university also has achieved record fundraising. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, private contributions to the public research university reached $42.1 million, breaking the institution’s fundraising record for the third year in a row and bringing the university’s Centennial Campaign total to $239.4 million, just more than $10 million away from its $250 million goal.

Lefton’s commitment to making Kent State a world-class university has led to new partnerships and initiatives that benefit students as well as the Kent State community, the city of Kent, the region and the state. With the tireless work of several public and private collaborators, the $100-million downtown Kent redevelopment project is becoming a reality. Key academic objectives have been realized, including program approvals and enrollments in the new College of Public Health, continued integration of the eight-campus system, expansion of distance learning offerings, and growth in international enrollments and partnerships.

Alumni, friends of Kent State and the general public are welcome to attend the Oct. 5 Cleveland Networking Luncheon. The cost is $15 for Kent State Alumni Association members and $20 for nonmembers. Limited seating is available. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 23. For reservations, call 1-800-320-5368 or respond online at www.ksualumni.org.

The City Club is located at 850 Euclid Ave. in downtown Cleveland. For more information on the City Club, including parking and directions, visit www.cityclub.org.

The Cleveland Networking Luncheon Series is a quarterly event presented by the Kent State Alumni Association. For the past two years, the luncheon has been held in the downtown Cleveland area as part of the new KSU in Cleveland initiative. With more than 25,000 alumni living or working in Cuyahoga County, the KSU in Cleveland initiative focuses its efforts on offering a variety of programming in the downtown area to cater to the variety of needs of Kent State alumni. The Cleveland Networking Luncheons are designed to engage alumni working downtown who are interested in networking with fellow alumni, attending speakers on various topics and remaining engaged with the university but who may have significant time restraints outside of the 9-5 business day.

To learn more about KSU in Cleveland and get involved by joining the KSU in Cleveland monthly listserv, email Brittney Braydich at brblack@kent.edu. For more information on the Kent State Alumni Association, visit www.ksualumni.org.

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Media Contacts:
Brittney Braydich, brblack@kent.edu, 330-672-5368
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595