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Kent Campus Kent State University was recently notified of a security breach at one of our vendors, Blackbaud. Because your privacy and that of our alumni, donors, students, faculty, and staff is very important to us, we felt it necessary to make you aware of this issue, even though it is not KSU’s breach. Blackbaud, which works with many nonprofits to...

J.R. Campbell, executive director of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative, tries on a face shield produced by the Kent State team. Members of Kent State University’s Design Innovation Initiative are forging creative collaborations with local and regional organizations and funders as they work toward the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The university’s Design...

Members of Kent State University Lori Holcepl felt the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic deeply when she was laid off from her job recently. As a single mother of two, Holcepl relied on her paycheck to support her family. “Since the pandemic began, I have feared we would lose our home and everything we have,” Holcepl said. “With my children home from school, I also...

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Bob Archer, Philanthropy Spanning 40 Years Bob Archer’s Kent State University journey began as a result of a tuition assistance program that his first employer, The Hoover Company, provided as a benefit.  “My career goal was to pursue management positions and someday own my own company,” said Bob. “Hoover’s program allowed me to attend night classes...

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Neff SPOTLIGHT ON LEGACY DONOR JOSEPH H. NEFF ESQ. Joseph H. Neff, B.S. Criminal Justice Studies ’85 honors his father’s legacy by creating The Frank J. and Cecilia G. Neff Endowed Scholarship for Disabled Students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Neff family has a strong family connection to Kent State University. Joseph’s father, Frank,...

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ryder SPOTLIGHT ON HERRICK SOCIETY MEMBER KATHLEEN RYDAR Kathleen Rydar, BA English ’67, MA English ’80, former president of That Man May See in San Francisco, CA., supports the College of Arts & Sciences with a focus on the humanities. Following in the footsteps of her late husband, Thomas Wood Boyden, she...

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Nicholson SPOTLIGHT ON HERRICK SOCIETY MEMBER KAREN NICHOLSON Karen Nicholson, BA Sociology ’69, MA ’71, one of the first female wardens in the US Bureau of Prisons, recently endowed the Karen Nicholson Corrections Scholarship for deserving Sociology students concentrating in Criminology. After a rewarding career with the Bureau of Prisons, Nicholson...

Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

JOHN BRINZO, GIVING BACK FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS John Brinzo’s philanthropic commitment to Kent State began in 1969 with a $10 gift, just after he took a new position in a company that would be his home for the next 37 years, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. “I had just earned my MBA and changed fields and was starting to achieve success in my career and thought it was...

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JOHN BRINZO, Spotlight on Legacy Donor Joseph H. Neff Esq. Joseph H. Neff, B.S. Criminal Justice Studies ’85 honors his father’s legacy by creating The Frank J. and Cecilia G. Neff Endowed Scholarship for Disabled Students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Neff family has a strong family connection to Kent State...

College of Arts & Sciences

JOHN BRINZO, Spotlight on Herrick Society Member Karen Nicholson Karen Nicholson, BA Sociology ’69, MA ’71, one of the first female wardens in the US Bureau of Prisons, recently endowed the Karen Nicholson Corrections Scholarship for deserving Sociology students concentrating in Criminology. After a rewarding career with...