Kent State University President Carol A. Cartwright is pretty excited about the $6.8 million gift from Kent State alumnus Bruce P. Ferrini.According to Megan Harding, this is the largest gift in university history, and is intended to build the Ferrini Institute, which will open at KSU in the fall of 2003.
This institute will be built in memory of Ferrinis son, Nick, and dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of human evolution and research.Ferrini studied under Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy, professor of biological anthropology at Kent State.Lovejoy and Bruce Ferrini had only sporadic contact over the past 30 years, until the sudden death of Ferrinis only son. This led Ferrini to consider creating a legacy in his sons memory.
Kent State University keeps up with all the latest activity in many fields.This means that Christopher Reeve, the movie superstar who took a fall from a horse and was paralyzed, will come to KSU for An Evening with Christopher Reeve at 6 p.m. April 15 in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The event is being sponsored by the Office of Campus Life Leadership Development Series, the All Campus Programming Board and the Ability Unlimited.
This event should be an inspiration to many.Dr. Raymond Onders recently performed an experimental surgery on Reeve. Onders, who is a 1988 graduate of the bachelor of science/medical doctor program through KSU and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown as well as director of minimally invasive surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland, implanted electrodes in Reeves diaphragm in an effort to restore the actors ability to breathe without a respirator. As his diaphragm muscles become stronger, Reeve may be able to permanently stop use of the respirator.
Christine and T.N. Bhargava celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a few friends at their new River Bend home on March 16.Congratulations!