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When Dr. Saroj Sutaria retired from the Kent State University College of Education faculty in 1992, she began to seek out new ways to become involved with the community at Kent State and, more broadly, in Northeast Ohio. It was then that she learned of the opportunities to become involved with the College of the Arts and, particularly, the School of Music. A long-time lover of Western classical music, she was thrilled to find a plethora of high-quality recitals and concerts in her own back yard. She’s been attending as many as she can ever since.

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 Golden Flash.

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.

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.

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward

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 a career in sales with my technical background as a foundation."

"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.

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).

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.”

[Aaron White] He loved music – any kind of music – and his mother played a role in that.

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.