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KSU Alumni Networking Event

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Photo (l-r): Board member Richard Frenchie, Event Sponsor Mel May, and Kent Grad applauding Dean’s remarks at Sharon James Winery in Newbury, Ohio (Photo Courtesy KSU Geauga)

Kent State University Geauga Campus recently held the first of several get-togethers for all Kent alumni living in Geauga County at the Sharon James Winery in Newbury. Chesterland resident and KSU Geauga dean, Angela Spalsbury, welcomed everyone with a toast and an update on what is in the works for the KSU Geauga Campus. “Our first Kent State Alumni Networking Event was a definite success! It is nice to talk about the exciting initiatives on which the Geauga Campus is embarking including the PRIME (Berkshire) project. We will have another networking event and look forward to seeing more alumni at the next one in October.”

Smiles and greetings were passed along as alums met and shared memories of their days at Kent State University, comparing experiences, classes, activities, and living accommodations from the 60s to the present day.  

“The purpose of this evening is an effort to connect with some of the over 4,000 KSU graduates living in Geauga County. We used email, but don’t have the addresses of all of the graduates whether they graduated from the Kent State campus in Kent or any regional campus,” said Kent State Geauga Marketing and Communication Manager, Amy Murfello, “and, if other grads would like to be included in the next event, please provide your email address and you will be notified of the October event.”   Just call the campus at 440-834-4187.

Sponsored by Mel and Meg May of Newbury, many graduates, KSU Geauga board members, faculty, and special guests enjoyed a beautiful evening of friendship and camaraderie.  “It was nice to see people I have known in the community but didn’t know they were fellow alums,” stated Ruth Aster of Chesterland. “I’m looking forward to the next party which will be in October. I would encourage other alums to join in this experience.”

Meg May is the current president of the KSU Alumni Association. She and her husband, Mel, have been associated with KSU and the Geauga Campus for many years. Collectively they have earned seven KSU degrees—up to and including a Ph.D. “It’s good to see so many people here at our first event,” said Mel May, “and I have enjoyed and greatly value my Kent State University experience.” 

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