Donor Stories

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.

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.

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.

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 nearby Atwater. They're also ensuring a bright future for undergraduate students in science and mathematics by funding scholarships through a bequest from their estate.

Gus Markanton Knew the Value of Both

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.

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.

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.

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