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Impact

At Kent State, we empower students to break the mold and shape the world. More than 70 years ago, Dr. Mildred K. Dixon, D.P.M., ’44, was doing just that.

Nicholas Giardina, ’06, a third-generation Kent State alumnus, worked his way through college. Now, he gives back to support those whose circumstances he identifies with most, helping them to stand out and impact the world.

Matthew Toro, '15, had a simple yet daunting goal: to graduate from college, debt-free. Setting his sights on his future, Matthew confronted this personal challenge head-on, and through determination and admirable effort he achieved his goal.

Gerald (Jerry) Payto’s father taught him an important lesson early on in life. “He used to say, ‘You really don’t receive until you give,’” Jerry said. “That has stuck in my mind my whole life."

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