Student Media and our friends believe in smashing goals

For the first time ever, Kent State Student Media participated in KSU’s Giving Tuesday fundraiser in November. And our modest (but optimistic) expectations were surpassed in spades with the help of 156 supporters, who raised $10,121 for our students. Our goal was $4,000. The money raised will go directly to the media groups and be used for such things as student salaries, travel to conferences, and to boost innovation among many other things. We appreciate the generous support from the friends of Student Media.

Besides the Student Media supporters, the success of the fundraiser can be attributed to student leaders like Black Squirrel Radio’s Mikala Lugen and Fusion’s Abby Winternitz who were two of the dozen students leading mini fund drives for each of our media partners. Through their ideas, outreach and efforts, we were able to connect with our supporters during the 28-day university-wide fund drive.

The money raised includes $3,155 in matching funds from the Kent State University Foundation. Totals raised, broken down by media partner, are as follows:


Student Media joined more than 40 other groups across campus in the effort that resulted in more than $1 million in gifts for the 2017 campaign. This total marked the most successful Giving Tuesday in KSU history, according to President Beverly Warren, and nearly doubled the total given in 2016.

“Our Kent State family gave with purpose, from the heart, to the programs and initiatives that you hold most dear,” Warren said in a thank you video. “You demonstrated your pride and support to the many programs that make a real difference in real lives.”

The Student Media Giving Tuesday fundraiser accounted for 18% of all gifts in the College of Communication and Information, where we worked alongside great programs and faculty such as Stephanie Smith and The First Passport Fund. As a single group, Student Media raised the most money in among the participating CCI funds.

For many of the supporters, the gifts were personal.

“The Stater, and Student Media as a whole, were instrumental learning experiences for me,” donor Scott Galvin wrote on the Giving Tuesday website. “My hope is that all students in the future are afforded the opportunities that were available to me as a student. I also made many friends through those years in Student Media who are friends forever.”

For Kevin Dilley, director of Student Media, this type of response is worth as much or more than the donations.

“To hear the testimonials of our friends – alumnus, family, and friends – really reinvigorated me at the end of the fall semester,” Dilley said. “I mean, they were here before us and built what we enjoy today. Without what they did and their ongoing support in so many ways, we are just less. Together we’ll go further, I’m so sure of that.”

Dilley said that Student Media looks forward to participating in Giving Tuesday in 2018.

  “Student Media is all about connecting with people – our students, our audiences, our alumini and our friends,” Dilley said. “I really believe that we’ll go further together.”

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