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In 1964, when he was a player on Kent State’s football team, Bill Asbury suddenly collapsed during a practice run. Rushed to a local hospital, he was diagnosed with acute renal failure, and doctors worked diligently to save his life. Bill survived, and his teammates, coaches and friends helped him through a tough five-week recovery. His family...

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When Davina Gosnell first came to Kent State University in 1979, she planned to only stay for a few years to work with the founding dean of the nursing program, Linnea Henderson, whom she greatly admired. But the best laid plans do change, and Davina ended up as a faculty member at Kent State for 25 years, eventually being named dean of the...

Kent State University President Emerita Carol Cartwright, Ph.D., and her husband, G. Phillip Cartwright, Ph.D., have made a $1 million estate gift that will create scholarships at Kent State to support students who wish to engage in the arts. The Cartwright Family Fund for Opportunities in the Arts is an unrestricted endowment that will enable...

Kent State University’s Giving Tuesday 2017 doubled the 2016 campaign – hitting more than $1 million just before midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The single largest gift of the day was a $100,000 donation to the Fashion School Study Away Fund. From multiple student study abroad scholarships to research opportunities and poetry programs, there were...

On Nov. 1, 2017, Kent State University kicked off it’s 2017 Giving Tuesday campaign. Traditionally, Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving that falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, however, Kent State is taking it one step further, making it a month-long event, providing people with a larger timeframe to be able to give,...

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson Growing up in Cleveland, sisters Sally, Nancy, Cathy and Phyllis were encouraged to “speak” the language of music by their mother, who was an accompanist and singer for the Polish Club Chorus. She gave her daughters lessons in the hope of passing on to them a passion for music....

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  Lellan “Mac” McFarland has had a love affair with airplanes and aviation for most of his life. He joined the Air Force right after high school in 1955, and served as a crew chief on F-86 Sabre jets for four years, before joining Warner Swazey as a machinist. Over many subsequent years, Mac went on to college and earned a B.S. in...

Kent State University has received a $3.1 million gift for a College of Business Administration (COBA) scholarship endowment from the estate of Kent State alumnus Joseph Stevens. The Stevens Family Scholarship for the College of Business Administration was established by Joseph and Frances Stevens. Mr. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Business...

Kent State University recently concluded its largest fundraising year in school history after securing $38.9 million in private support during Fiscal Year 2017. Among its highest priorities, the university focuses on raising funds to support scholarships and student-based programming, in alignment with the university strategic roadmap, which has a...

It’s clear that Kent State University’s many generous supporters significantly impact our students and that their giving has a significant, personal impact for them as well. You can read our donors’ inspiring stories here, but it’s important to know that many of our students are also inspiring philanthropists as well. The Kent State Office...