Donor Stories

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Pictured at left are Dr. Geneva M. Damron and Dr. O. Rex Damron

Dr. Geneva M. Damron and Dr. O. Rex Damron’s generosity helps give students’ dreams a fair chance to come true. Some family traditions have to do with holidays or seasons. Some have to do with annual vacations or birthdays. But for the Damron family, one significant family tradition began at Kent State University in 1968 – becoming a Go...

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Institutional Advancement launches Foundations of Excellence website, providing viewers with live web cam coverage and many details about the changing face of Kent State University. Kent State University’s Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future (FoE) program involves the construction of new buildings, facility ...

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Student and Donor

In 2013 shortly before his death, Cordell Glaus ‘51, endowed a study abroad scholarship in honor of a professor. A year later, his wife, Henrietta, met the first recipient of the scholarship endowed by her late husband, and heard first-hand what a profound impact it had on this student’s life. Cordell Glaus had many passions, inclu...

Students during TAG Day

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward Students, faculty, staff and other members of the Kent State University community show their gratitude to the university’s generous supporters in many ways. Always seeking new ways to make that gratitude more visible, the departme...

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Joseph Rich

When your father is your hero, you want to honor him in any way you can. Joseph Rich found the perfect way to honor his. "I studied Engineering in college because I wanted to be like him," said Joseph Rich about his father, Gary Rich. "While I was never near the engineer my father is, I am fortunate to have found my calling by building ...

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Mary Brown and Katie Toscano

"You may be only one person in this world, but to one person at one time, you are the world." – Anonymous Right now, Mary Brown, '53,'66, is the world to Kent State University junior conservation major and honors student, Katie Tuscano. Because of the Mary and Reed Brown Founders Scholarship in Biology, which Mary and ...

Program Staff

During the spring semester, Kent State University's Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education, part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS),hosted 16 visiting scholars as part of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). This program, which is sponsored by the Bu...

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Aaron White

Aaron White joined the Saint Augustine Children’s Choir in the fourth grade, and he never stopped singing. Born July 27, 1971 to Jim and Mary White in Barberton, Ohio, Aaron was never the strongest in academics or athletics, but he found his place in the arts. “When it came to music,” said Mary White, “he was 120% there.” He loved ...

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Ann Wagnitz

Being a full-time student, wife and mother to a two-year-old is challenging. But Kent State University student, Jessica Pugliese, still anticipates graduating in Spring 2015. Jessica's hard work and dedication to her future are two reasons her goal is in sight. But another tremendous factor of her success is the scholarships she has rec...

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Lellan “Mac” McFarland, Carol McFarland and Lauren Marcelonis

Lellan "Mac" McFarland '80 EMBA, and his wife of 52 years, Carol, have greatly enjoyed the relationship they have with their student scholarship recipient, Lauren Marcelonis, a senior in managerial marketing. The McFarlands created their gift in 2003 for students enrolled in the College of Business. The renewable scholarship has enabled...