Support Our College

Dear Alumni and Friends,

As dean of the college, I am privileged to be part of an exciting and talented team of faculty and staff who provide outstanding opportunities for students to learn through the generation of knowledge and service to the broader community. We celebrated our 85th Anniversary in 2015 and are building for our College Centennial in 2030. To stay on the cutting edge, we continuously develop and refine opportunities for research and education.

Our college provides the foundational coursework for students throughout the university, across a variety of disciplines. We attract many of Kent State’s best and brightest students — more than 9,000 of whom are currently majors in our college.

Among many highlights, our Clinical Psychology grad program is ranked number seven in research productivity, and the National Institutes of Health recently awarded a two-year grant to support research into Alzheimer’s disease.

We are grateful to you for your support of the 16 departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and look forward to the bright future you will help create for our students. Thank you.

Sincerely,
James L. Blank, Ph.D.
Dean 
College of Arts and Sciences

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In order to prepare our students for the 21st century with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become leaders and professionals in their chosen fields, the College of Arts and Sciences is focusing on these key priorities:

  • Integrated Sciences Building Completion – Support is needed to complete the Integrated Sciences Building lower level, which will include research and teaching spaces for physics labs, AMLCI and the Brain Health Research Institute. Support the Integrated Sciences Building Fund.
  • Merit-, Need- and Talent-Based Scholarships – There is ongoing need for students who have the talent and drive to succeed but who lack financial means. You can contribute to a scholarship that can change the course of a student’s college years and prepare them for life after graduation. Support Merit-, Need- and Talent-Based Scholarships.
  • Neuroscience Undergraduate Program and Brain Health Research Institute – The Brain Health Research Institute frames research themes in alignment with the view that brain health is a window into disease. This collaborative and innovative Institute presents opportunities to examine traditional issues related to brain health, such as protecting against memory loss as well as exploring novel topics like empathy or global citizenship. Support the Neuroscience Undergraduate Program Fund.
  • Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute (AMLCI) – The Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute’s mission is to expand research focus to that of advanced materials research and science. As the AMLCI takes liquid crystal research in a new direction, emphasis will be placed on the ways liquid crystals are applied in biological and medical sciences. Support the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute Avademic Development Fund.
  • School of Peace and Conflict Studies – The School of Peace and Conflict Studies helps students develop the critical and applied skills necessary to achieve their full potential, enabling them to bring about positive political and social change in their local, national and global communities. The new school hopes to increase scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students and establish internships. Support the School of Peace and Conflict Studies Fund.
  • Study Away/Study Abroad Scholarships – We recognize the value of global education and the implications such an experience can have on students as they embark on their professional journeys upon graduation. We offer 21 programs in 13 countries including our Summer Institute in Florence, Italy. Scholarships will help fund student study away experiences and enhance transferable skills desired by employers today. Support the O.H. Williams Study Abroad Scholarship.

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Select any of the links below to learn more about the most common options for giving to Kent State University:

Cash, Checks, Credit Card

The easiest way to donate; contributions can be sent via check to the Kent State Foundation office, or you can make a credit card donation online.

Securities

The Kent State Foundation accepts appreciated securities, which may offer a larger tax benefit than a cash gift.

Real Estate

Gifts of long-term, appreciated real estate usually offer an immediate tax benefit.

Gift Planning

Bequests present a way to leave a legacy after your lifetime. You may also establish a trust or annuity that can provide income to you or a loved one while benefiting the university. Our advisers can help you determine the best options.

Payroll Deduction

Employees of Kent State University can make their contributions through automatic deductions from their paychecks.

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