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Kent State to Celebrate Centennial, Launch $250 Million Campaign

Posted Oct, 5, 2009
Multimedia event to feature more than 110 student performers

THURSDAY, OCT. 8 @ 6 p.m.

More than 400 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kent State University’s founding and launch the university’s $250 million Centennial Campaign during an Oct. 8 dinner featuring speeches, a historical video and a spectacular performance by more than 110 students.

“The Centennial celebration is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Kent State’s closest constituents to acknowledge the tremendous legacy of our first 100 years and envision how our campaign will transform the university for generations to come,” said Gene Finn, vice president for institutional advancement. “The evening is particularly special because of the contributions of our talented students, whose personal testimonials will illustrate just how important the entire’s community’s support is in ensuring their academic success.”

Partners have contributed more than $120,000 to defray many of the costs associated with the event. The top partners include Ologie, the Burbick Foundation, Huntington Bank and Great Lakes Publishing.
What: Kent State’s Centennial Campaign Launch and Celebration Of Its First 100 Years

When: Oct. 8, 2009
Event start: 6 p.m.
Program start: 7 p.m.
President’s speech: approximately 8:30 p.m.

Where: Kent State Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Summit Avenue at Ted Boyd Drive, Kent, Ohio

Speakers: Lester A. Lefton, President, Kent State
Ron Pizzuti, Centennial Campaign Chair; Chairman and CEO, The Pizzuti Companies
Barry Fetterman, President, Kent State University Foundation Board of Directors

Photo/Video: Song, dance and spoken-word performance to follow president’s speech, featuring more than 110 students from across the university.

MEDIA NOTE: The event is by invitation only; please do not add to any community calendars. Members of the media are welcome to attend and cover the event. Please RSVP to Brian Thornton or Emily Vincent (contact information below).

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Media Contacts:
Brian Thornton,, 330-672-0419
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595