Institutional Advancement

Anything is possible.

Theresa Medrano, a Kent State University senior from Westlake, Ohio, is living proof of this.

At age 17, like most high school seniors, Medrano should have been thinking about senior prom and graduation. But she became a victim of domestic violence and was forced to withdraw from high school. 

Instead of planning the next chapter of her life, she suddenly found herself homeless. Still, she found the strength to remain hopeful, and today she’s a full-time student, on track to graduate.

 

Photo of Jeff McLainKent State University has named Jeffery L. McLain, CFRE, as its new vice president for institutional advancement following an extensive national search. McLain comes to Kent State from Louisiana State University where he served as senior vice president of the LSU Foundation. He joins Kent State on May 15. 

DEAR MEMBERS OF THE KENT STATE FAMILY:Beverly Warren

The largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships will transform the Photojournalism program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

A Cincinnati man who took a photojournalism class at Kent State in 1941 has left a $3 million bequest to the program. Wallace (Wally) Hagedorn, who passed away in 2013, was so impressed with the class he took while still in high school he became an amateur photographer. 

Kent State University announced today that the Westfield Insurance Foundation has made a commitment of $500,000 to the university. These funds will be used to support a Bachelor of Science in Insurance Studies program at Kent State, and to promote career opportunities within the insurance industry. In recognition of this donation, the Campus Tour Center located in the Kent Student Center has been named Westfield Insurance Campus Tour Center.

Training and retaining Ohio’s top talent is the goal of the new Insurance Studies program at Kent State. 

Alumni, donors and other friends of Kent State University will soon have a comfortable and convenient home base when they visit the Kent Campus as a result of today’s (Sept. 17) vote of the university’s Board of Trustees to proceed with the construction of a building for the Division of Institutional Advancement. The Institutional Advancement division oversees the university’s private fund-raising activities and the Office of Alumni Relations, which in turn oversees the Kent State University Alumni Association.

Kent State University celebrated Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 18, with a Kent State Golden Flashes win of 39-17 over the Army Black Knights. Kent State alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community came together to celebrate the Homecoming theme of “Kent State Pride is Worldwide.”

Kent State University will celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 18. Kent State alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to come together to celebrate the Homecoming theme of “Kent State Pride is Worldwide.”

Danielle Hupp, Kent State University’s assistant director of annual giving, was honored as one of the recipients of the “30 for the Future” award by the Greater Akron Chamber.

One of the most all-encompassing transformations in university history is taking place right now at Kent State University. The Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative includes the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. These projects support academic success, while demonstrating Kent State’s leadership in campus safety, accessibility and sustainability and serving as a powerful magnet for top students, employees and partners.

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