Flash Forward

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Rising Together

Rising Together Graph

Together, we made a big difference. Kent State had record-setting fundraising during fiscal year 2018. The university received support from more than 20,000 alumni and friends for scholarships, programs and capital projects that totaled a record of $44.9 million in philanthropic gifts.

Supporters helped us prioritize student success as we offer ways to help students stay on track to graduation, propelling them into their future as engaged world citizens. Life-changing scholarships were funded with $4.27 million in generous private support last year.

And for the second year in a row, philanthropic momentum continues to build in Kent State’s Giving Tuesday campaign. In November, giving again surpassed 2017’s record million-dollar mark and exceeded last year’s grand total—setting an inspiring trend of broad and growing community support.

The month-long campaign featured more than 40 giving options across the Kent State system, each with a matching gift in place, in addition to the KSU Foundation’s boosts and matches. Nearly $300,000 was available in matching funds for gifts made throughout the month of November. Plus students, faculty, staff and supporters created individual peer-to-peer fundraising pages for the cause of their choice.

How can you make an impact for fellow Golden Flashes? Visit www.Kent.edu/GiveNow to support a Kent State cause that means the most to you!

  • 2018 Record Fundraising (Fiscal Year):
  • Support from 20,000 plus alumni and friends
  • 4.27 Million Dollars in life-Changing scholarships
  • $44.9 Million in gifts
  • 2017 Giving Tuesday - 40 plus Giving Options
  • 250% More Donors
  • More Than $1 Million raised in 28 days.



Three cheers for some of the anniversaries Kent State celebrated in 2018!

Year Celebrant Events Then/Now

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Happy Hour on the Terrace, with complementary appetizers and drink specials

Then: opened doors June 14, 2013

Now: 100,000+ reservations, nearly 146,000 guests, 2,000+ events, 89 weddings booked


Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS)

Expanded Green Dot movement, continued Kent State Stands Up awareness campaign, started emergency fund for survivors

Now: Became an official center—the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services—as of July 1, 2018


Student Multicultural Center (SMC)

Cultural Cook-Off, African drumming/dance, history of SMC game night, discussion on SMC’s next 50 years, commemorative quilt, raising money for student emergency fund

Office of Minority Affairs (1968)
Office of Cultural Diversity (1991)
Student Multicultural Center (1998)


Black United Students (BUS)

“BUS at 50 Reloaded” photo exhibit at the Uumbaji Gallery from 10/5/18 to 11/14/18; commemorative display of photos and video in partnership with Student Multicultural Center

Then: Formed in April 1968 to advocate for black students
Now: Creating platform for black students to excel and thrive


Kent State at Tuscarawas

Alumni reunions, formal dinner, community open house, talk by NPR host Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me, campus history presentation, dramatic performance, recognition at Ohio Statehouse

Then: 1 building; 200 students
Now: 4 buildings; 2200 students


Kent State at Ashtabula

Music, food, games and information booths on first day of fall semester, campus timeline, Deans’ Retrospective

Ashtabula Center of KSU (1958)
Then: 3 faculty, 253 students
Now: 100 faculty, 2,000+ students

Golden Wave!

Kent State University football game crowd photo

The Kent State community clamors to catch some free T-shirts that were tossed to the crowd during the 2018 Homecoming game between the Golden Flashes and the Ohio University Bobcats. Other events during the 100 Years of Homecoming celebration included the Bowman Cup 5K Race, parade, Welcome Home Party, Kiss on the K, Flash Nation Tailgate and so much more. The sunny 80-degree day could not have been more perfect as Kent State alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends brought their blue and gold pride home to participate in the fun activities.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2018 03:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 04:38 PM