Faces of Kent State

Larry and Sandy Armstrong

Larry Armstrong, ’79, ’80

Lawrence R. Armstrong, ’79, ’80, is the epitome of a devoted Kent State University alumni, particularly of our architecture program. Larry is a native Clevelander (Painesville, OH), an architecture graduate and a member of one of the early student cohorts to study abroad with Kent State in Florence in 1979. After graduation, Larry went on to serve as President and CEO, and now Chairman, of Ware Malcomb – an international architecture, interior, civil engineering and branding firm.

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Sarah Shendy, ’06

Sarah Shendy, ’06

Sarah Shendy, ’06, found the passion that fueled her career in law enforcement during her time at Kent State University. Sarah is a police officer and proud Kent State alumna—and in June 2020, she became the first Director of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, a newly established office in the state legislature. While studying criminal justice, one of Sarah’s professors recommended she attend the Kent State University Police Academy.

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John Pippin, ’04

John Pippin, ’04

John Pippin, ’04, is a visionary entrepreneur with an affinity for his alma mater—and a knack for pairing craft beers with donuts. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business, John entered corporate America. Ten years later, he and his wife Shelley decided to take a risk for love—the love of donuts, craft beer and Cleveland, that is. They opened Brewnuts in 2013, the first donut bar in the country serving craft beer-based donuts.

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Samory Uiki Fraga, ’19

Samory Uiki Fraga, ’19

Samory Uiki Fraga, ’19, began track at eight years old and has been on the run ever since. Samory came to Kent State University as an international track and field student-athlete in 2015, where he quickly established himself as a serious scholar and competitor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a double minor in international business and political science. A three-time MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, Samory still holds the KSU records for both the indoor and outdoor long jump.

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