Impact

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...

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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...

Division of Institutional Advancement

Chris Coles Art has the power to change the world. The arts impact us all in a variety of direct and indirect ways, by illuminating our lives and enriching our emotional world. The arts can also be deeply moving and be a tremendous unifier. One Kent State University faculty member is attempting to tap into that power to impact social injustice and violence in...

Roe Green May 2018 The affectionately named “Fairy Godmother” of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is once again making wishes come true for current and future generations of students. The Roe Green Foundation has given $2.2 million for support of The Roe Green Visiting Director Series within Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance. The...

Pifer Swing Dedication The memory of Kent State University fashion design student, Taylor Pifer, was honored April 23, 2018 during a swing dedication ceremony outside Rockwell Hall, home of Kent State’s renowned Fashion School.   During the summer following Taylor’s untimely and tragic passing, Taylor’s friends and fellow Kent State students Nicole Barrett,...

2018 Kent State Alumni Day of Service at the Akron Zoo On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Kent State University alumni across the country spent their Saturday giving back during the 10th Annual Alumni Day of Service. Roughly 450 participants logged 1,485 volunteer hours at 40 different sites, truly making a difference in their communities.  Carrie Drummond, ’11, celebrated her Kent State pride in...

George R. Newkome, Ph.D., a two-time Kent State University alumnus, smiles with Kent State President Beverly J. Warren. George R. Newkome, Ph.D., and his wife, Mary Jane Saunders, Ph.D., have pledged $1 million to fund a first-ever professorship in materials science in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Newkome is a two-time Kent State alumnus. “George and Mary Jane both have a passion and desire to advance scientific discovery,” said...

Bill and Trudy Ausfahl, Brooke Clucas and Kyle Anderson “That’s the only way we get ahead, all of us – if those of us that can, provide for those who can’t.” Impactful words from William (Bill) Ausfahl. Bill and his wife, Trudy Ausfahl, ’62, know about giving back. Supportive of many causes that inspire them, several years ago Trudy made the decision to endow three Kent State University...