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Thinking Global, Helping Local

Thinking Global, Helping Local
Dr. Heinlein and Laxman Panthi meet

Albert and Dorothy Heinlein always had a special place in their hearts for international students at Kent State, evidenced by the many international graduate students who lived with them over the years.

As a tribute to Dr. Heinlein's longtime teaching career in the Kent State College of Business Administration (COBA) and his late wife Dorothy's work in the area of international student programs, the Dr. Albert and Dorothy Heinlein Graduate Scholarship Endowment was established by Dr. Heinlein, his daughter, Karen Fuller '65, and son Douglas Heinlein '80. A graduate scholarship for M.B.A. students, it was created to support students in need who will have a great impact on the global economy. Students like Laxman Panthi, who is the first recipient of their scholarship.

Laxman was born and raised in Nepal, and earned his undergraduate degree in India. When choosing to pursue his Masters of Business Administration, however, he chose to do so in the United States, at Kent State, which he calls "the greatest school in the U.S.A."

The impactful generosity of the Heinleins is one of the reasons Laxman's attendance at Kent State is possible.

In early December 2016, Dr. Heinlein, his son, Douglas, and his daughter, Karen, held a poignant meeting with Laxman at the COBA building, where 31 years before, Dr. Heinlein occupied an office on the fifth floor.

Dr. Heinlein joined Kent State in 1962. Before retiring as a professor emeritus from Kent State 23 years later, his most notable achievements included developing a computer program to project the number of M.B.A. classes needed to keep pace with enrollment, which created a more efficient path for students to obtain their degree.

Putting students first, enhancing the university's global competitiveness, increasing the enrollment of international students and providing a high-quality global education for all students are top priorities for Kent State and key components of the university's strategic roadmap. Laxman is a great example of the results of the university's efforts.

As an international student, Laxman represents something Dr. Heinlein always felt was vital: connecting with international students and creating lifelong bonds for global awareness.

"Having an international experience brings all kinds of cultural experiences to the forefront," Dr. Heinlein told Laxman. "If you maintain the friendships and networks with people you meet along the way, the world will be a better place."

You can make a difference in the future of Kent State students with a provision in your estate plan. Visit kentstatelegacy.org or call 330-672-1000 to learn how your deferred gift can help future students.

(Ed. Note: Sadly, Dr. Heinlein passed away on March 8, 2017. Our condolences to his family and many friends.)

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