Donor Stories

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

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 them to...

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Marilyn and Rollie Walk An interesting thing happened when Rolland “Rollie” Walk met Erika Hoot – they discovered that their goals in business were very similar, even though they were many years apart in age. Rolland graduated from Kent State in 1955 with a degree in management science. Erika will graduate in 2014 with a major in entrepreneurship and minors in...

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Charles and Joanne Compton Charles and Joanne Compton have included a generous gift to Porthouse Theatre in their trust plans. In these days of video-on-demand and other forms of instant, portable entertainment, finding live theatre performances is like finding rare jewels in the sand. Porthouse Theatre is one of those jewels in Northeast Ohio's own backyard. Charles and...

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Drs. Richard and Nancy Bredemeier Retired after 30 years of service to Kent State University, Drs. Richard and Nancy Bredemeier are creating a lasting legacy. When they came to Kent State in the fall of 1969, Richard and Nancy Bredemeier only expected to stay a few years. More than four decades later, they're still in the area, enjoying an active retirement on their horse farm in...

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Gus Markanton Gus Markanton Knew the Value of Both If you were a student at Kent State University's East Liverpool campus in the last 40 years, then you may have known Gus Markanton pretty well. Markanton owned Gus's Party Center, and his famous deli sandwiches were legendary to several generations of students. Tom Snow, '70, says, "I practically lived on Gus's...

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Professors G. Dennis Cooke and Barbara Andreas. Find your passion and pay it forward. On 86 acres in a place called Hocking Hills, just south and east of Columbus, two distinguished emeriti professors of biology at Kent State are chopping wood, growing vegetables and enjoying a retirement so active that most people would get tired just thinking about it. Professors G. Dennis Cooke and...

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Kimberly Todd-White According to her husband, Scott, Kimberly Todd-White was a classic over-achiever. President of the National Honor Society in high school, and an alumna of Kent State where she received her B.A. and Master's degrees in English. She stayed at Kent, and followed her passion for teaching for 20 years, guiding students through Honors English and...

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Michalene Hughley When she was just a little girl, Michalene Hughley learned the value of hard work and persistence. Raised by a single mother who had minimal parenting skills and was on welfare, Michalene took care of herself, her four brothers and their home in Warren during the turbulent 1960's. By the time she was 16, Hughley had two children of her own, and...