Impact

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Dr. James L. Raper, ’79 “Giving back to others is an essential part of a successful career, as well as the creation of a meaningful legacy,” said Dr. James L. Raper, ’79. Jim chose to attend Kent State as it was close to home and offered the nursing program he was seeking. He is giving back as an alumnus because he realizes the important role his Kent State...

Michele M. Stoffan, ’72, MAT ’75, Ph.D. ’81 Being an educator has always been a passion for Michele M. Stoffan, ’72, MAT ’75, Ph.D. ’81, and her roots in education run deep. “My grandmother taught in a one-room schoolhouse and although that was long before I was born, that seemed to be a part of who I was,” Dr. Stoffan said. “My sister and I frequently played ‘school’ in our...

Michele M. Stoffan, ’72, MAT ’75, Ph.D. ’81 Thank You for a Great Flashes Give Back Week! From volunteerism to philanthropy, Flashes Take Care of Flashes. Whether you participated in a virtual volunteer opportunity, gave back to student scholarships, thanked a generous donor or volunteer, or “found Flash,” we appreciate your enthusiasm and support of the Kent State community. ...

Michele M. Stoffan, ’72, MAT ’75, Ph.D. ’81 David and Janet Dix, ’71, MEd, ’76, PhD, ’92, have been longtime supporters of Kent State University and have each served on various university boards. An alumnus of Oberlin College, David holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University, and a law degree from the University of Akron; Janet...

Andrew Snyder, research program coordinator for Kent State University’s College of Public Health, is leading the first comprehensive Greater Akron LGBTQ+ specific Community Needs Assessment. Kent State University has partnered with Greater Akron community organizations to conduct the first comprehensive and specific LGBTQ+ Community Needs Assessment (CNA). Efforts of this assessment focus on producing a better-informed public health system and improving the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community members.  Thanks to the leading...

Bob Archer serves as the guest speaker at Kent State University’s Fall 2017 Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. Kent State University has resumed focus on the new College of Business Administration building, a key component in the university’s master plan to transform the Kent Campus and improve facilities. The concept of the new, state-of-the-art collaborative building has motivated an alumnus to issue a challenge gift to inspire other alumni and friends...

Sarah Shendy, ’06, Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment In 2020, Sarah Shendy, ’06, became the first Director, Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. Sarah worked hard to achieve this prestigious position, but had it not been for Kent State University, she may have never gone into law enforcement. “After I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in justice studies, (now former) Kent State...

Photo from spring 2019 end-of-life simulation with the College of Nursing Faculty researchers from Kent State University’s College of Nursing were recently funded by the prestigious Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation with a yearlong President’s Grant award totaling $35,000. The goal of their study is to help ensure the competencies of new healthcare providers to facilitate vital family communication at the end of life.  ...

Alan Canfora A scholarship to honor Alan Canfora has been created to honor his life and legacy by supporting future Kent State students. Canfora, 71, died Dec. 20 following a short illness. Canfora, ’72, MLS ’80, was one of nine students wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers who opened fire on May 4, 1970 during a peaceful demonstration on the Kent...

Alan Canfora A scholarship to honor Alan Canfora has been created to honor his life and legacy by supporting future Kent State students. Canfora, 71, died Dec. 20 following a short illness. Canfora, ’72, MLS ’80, was one of nine students wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers who opened fire on May 4, 1970, during a...

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