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Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio’s No. 1 choice among public universities. With state support of the university providing less than 20 percent of its budget, the university relies on private support to ensure student success, enhance academic excellence and innovation, expand breakthrough research and provide contemporary, high-tech facilities for learning, study and research.

You can support a specific college or program, or you can choose to support an area of greatest need at Kent State. These areas include scholarships, our “Foundations of Excellence” building campaign, our Annual Fund, or the general Area of Greatest Need fund. No matter which area you choose to support, your gift will make an immediate and lasting impact on the people and potential of Kent State University. 

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On November 29, which Giving Tuesday 2016, the Kent State family truly showed their blue and gold spirit by donating a record-breaking $426,000!

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Why I’m leaving a legacy: Marilyn Seifert Flower, B.S. ’61, M.E. ‘8

Marilyn Flower and her late husband, Don, were passionate supporters of the men’s basketball and wrestling programs at Kent State, and Marilyn loves Porthouse Theater as well. Watch this video to see how the scholarships they endowed will help students compete on the court and entertain on stage for many years to come.



Dixon: A Lifetime Spent Blazing Trails for Minorities, Women and A Profession

Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, D.P.M., ’44, may not have originally set out to blaze new trails for African-American women in the medical field, but that’s exactly what she did.

(Pictured at left: Kent State University President, Beverly Warren, Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, and Dr. Allan Boike, dean of the KSUCPM. Dr. Dixon was presented with the Centennial Award during the Sept. 7, 2016 KSUCPM 100th Anniversary Celebration.The award was given in recognition of her many years of service to the field of podiatric medicine, and her incredible support of KSUCPM.)




Why we’re leaving a legacy: Andy, ’73, and Micheal, ’72 Sonderman

Andy and Micheal Sonderman have fond memories of their time as students at both the Trumbull and Kent campuses. That’s why they decided to make a planned gift that will benefit both. The video below explains why they hope their bequest will be an example to other alumni who are proud to be called Golden Flashes.

Stephen G. Sokany, M.B.A., '96, Vice President for Institutional AdvancementKent State University President Beverly Warren announced the appointment of Stephen G. Sokany, M.B.A., '96, an alumnus and longtime employee, to the position of vice president for institutional advancement. 




Young Alumnus Helps Ease the Load for Students Like Himself

Three generations of Flashes: Nicholas’ grandfather, Robert Giardina, M.Ed. ’67; Nicholas; and Nicholas’ father, Paul Giardina, ‘80. Nicholas Giardina, ’06, gives back to support those he identifies with most from his time as a student. Read more about Nicholas.




WHY I'm Leaving A Legacy: Patricia Grutzmacher, ’85

Patricia Grutzmacher, ’85, professor emerita of music education, remembers that as a student it was important for her to have time to study, reflect, philosophize and actually learn. Now, it’s important to Patricia to give back to help future students have those same opportunities. Watch the video below to hear Patricia explain how easy it was for her to give in support of Kent State music education students, in turn providing a legacy for the future of others.