Tonight Dr. Lefton and three to four hundred of his closest friends will be assembling at the Kent State Wellness Center to officially kick off the Centennial Capital Campaign. You don’t celebrate your 100 year birthday very often so this event will be a big deal. The funds raised by the Campaign will go towards advancing the academic excellence agenda that Dr. Lefton has made his signature initiative. As he noted in his State of the University speech academic excellence isn’t just limited to campus affairs though, it includes the life lessons learned through community engagement, so I’m hoping a few of those capital funds get used to continue the university’s commitment to make stronger connections with downtown Kent and the Kent business community.
Dr. Lefton has made a commitment to invest up to $3 million in the new downtown hotel and conference center and with Mr. Pizzuti as Chair of the Centennial Campaign I’m sure that the Kent community will be a big part of the centennial legacy.
Here’s the details of the events and I think you’d enjoy one of the video clips that they’ve already uploaded. And since you’ll already be in the historic spirit, I’d also recommend reading the 100 reasons to celebrate Kent State, more great factoids to ponder.
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.