The impact of giving was felt deeply at Kent State University on April 24, 2015 as the university hosted the grand opening for the new Aeronautics and Technology Building, made possible by generous donors. The event celebrated the opening of the 55,000-square-foot building and the move of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology from Van Deusen Hall to the Science Corridor. Construction on the building began in summer 2013.
As a first-generation college student who grew up near campus, Angela Ehrich, psychology, ’17, and her family always viewed Kent State as her best chance to earn a valuable degree without taking on too much student debt. “I started visiting campus on field trips when I was in eighth grade, and I always loved it here,” Angela says.
Gerald (Jerry) Payto’s father taught him an important lesson early on in life. “He used to say, ‘You really don’t receive until you give,’” Jerry said. “That has stuck in my mind my whole life."
Dr. Geneva M. Damron and Dr. O. Rex Damron’s generosity helps give students’ dreams a fair chance to come true.
In 2013 shortly before his death, Cordell Glaus ‘51, endowed a study-abroad scholarship in honor of a professor.
Charlie Thomas’ (’74 Marketing) mother graduated from high school and his dad finished eighth grade, so when Charlie was the second in his family to graduate from college (his older brother was the first), it was a personal accomplishment for him.