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Kent State President Todd Diacon (third from left) is joined by FedEx officials and members of the Kent State community to unveil the new FedEx Aeronautics and Academic Center. Kent State University’s new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center provides a world-class training ground to help aviation students and future pilots soar to even greater achievements. The sleek, modern learning center, made possible with gifts totaling $6.5 million from FedEx Corp., was unveiled during a grand-opening event Sept. 6. The celebration...

The Kent State University Alumni Association will honor seven alumni with its 2019 Alumni Awards. The Kent State University Alumni Association is proud to announce its 2019 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards are Kent State’s most prestigious honors given to...

The Kent State University Alumni Association will honor seven alumni with its 2019 Alumni Awards. Ya’el Courtney, ’19, always knew she wanted to go to college, but her life took an unexpected turn when she was 15 years old. Suddenly, she found herself in foster care, chaotically moving from place to place. At 17, she was living on her own and supporting herself as a fast food manager. That year, she also discovered a “burning passion for...

Dr. Chun-Che Tsai Dr. Chun-Che Tsai and his wife, Shu-Mei, began inspiring their children before their children were even born. Chun-Che and Shu-Mei met through a family friend and then married. In the 1960s, they emigrated from Taiwan to America to pursue higher education and research opportunities. “They were the first in their families to emigrate to...

Kent State at Ashtabula Recipients of the Phillip C. and Mary Lou Herbert Scholarship Phillip and Mary Lou Herbert, life-long residents of Ashtabula, made a significant bequest to Kent State University at Ashtabula, to create the Phillip C. and Mary Lou Herbert Scholarship. "Phil and Mary Lou lived a simple, quiet life, but valued education highly," says Stuart Cordell, the Herbert's estate planner and long-time friend "It was...

The new 17,800-square-foot building at the Kent State University Airport will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Construction is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 opening. FedEx Corp. has pledged $5 million, in addition to $1.5 million already given, in support of an aeronautics academic center that will be located at the Kent State University Airport. The new 17,800-square-foot building will be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Construction is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 opening. ...

John and Fonda Elliot At a ceremony held April 11, 2019, nearly 50 years after his own graduation, John Elliot, ’70, and his wife, Fonda, were present as the architecture and environmental design building at Kent State University was officially named “The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design.” Photographers captured notable images to...

The 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign is a monthlong event, providing an expanded timeframe for giving, additional giving options and more occasions to have gifts matched. Supporters give more than $1 million for second year in a row  Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2018 broke the million-dollar mark for the second year in a row. Just before midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the campaign raised more than $1,030,000 to support multiple student study abroad scholarships, research opportunities, educational...

The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design John and Fonda Elliot have become the largest donors in Kent State University’s history, providing the largest total outright gift of $10 million as well as a $2 million planned gift, benefiting the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot’s generous legacy of giving, the Kent State University Board of...

Division of Institutional Advancement

Jennifer Jones The power of art is limitless, and one professor hopes to harness that power to spark an impactful change on an entire community.   “I hope to call attention to Summit County and show that as a community, we are stepping up and out to care for our communities” said Jennifer Jones, Kent State University professor of art, “and to show that we...