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New grants support Center for Sustainable Journalism’s virtual world innovation, growth

Grant allows Center for Sustainable Journalism to use virtual world tools for juvenile justice stories

Online News Association and Institute for Nonprofit News award $65,000 for new projects

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 24, 2015)— The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University will launch projects to create virtual reality documentaries about youth in the juvenile justice system and customize membership services for audiences with the help of two new grants from the Online News Association (ONA) and Institute for Nonprofit News.

The Center, which publishes the online Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) and Youth Today magazine, is among 11 winners of the Online News Association’s 2015 Challenge Fund for Innovation award. The $35,000 grant was announced today at the Journalism Interactive conference in Columbus, Mo.

The grant funds the creation of virtual reality mini-documentaries about youth who are among the 50,000 annually involved in the Georgia juvenile justice system. The project, “Marginalized Youth Voices Amplified on Virtual Worlds” will train 12 interdisciplinary student interns to work on “virtual world” platforms to learn the language and nuances of telling virtual reality stories.

“Newsrooms are only beginning to explore the potential in virtual reality storytelling,” said Leonard Witt, the Center’s executive director and the RobertD. Fowler Distinguished Chair of Communication at Kennesaw State. “We want our students to be ahead of the curve in this new realm of virtual storytelling. By awarding this grant, the ONA is not only recognizing the need to teach these news tools, but also the potential they have to illuminate the issues of youth in the juvenile justice system.”

The Challenge Fund is thebrainchild of a collaborative that includes theExcellence and Ethics in Journalism Foundation, theRobert R. McCormick Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, theDemocracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation, and is managed by ONA, the world’s largest membership group of digital journalists. CSJ was among 53 entries competing for$385,000 for the 2015-16 academic year. The entries were judged on their ability to create collaborative, student-produced local news coverage, bridge the professor-professional gap, use innovative techniques, and technologies and learn from digital-age news experiments.

“This year’s winners were finely focused on partnerships and impact, using creative but realistic tools and ideas that will move local journalism forward in their communities, “ said Irving Washington, ONA deputy director, who administered the selection process.

The CSJ also is a recipient of an INNovation Fundgrantfrom theInstitute for Nonprofit News, an award also established with the support of the Knight Foundation to spur nonprofit newsrooms like the CSJ’s JJIE and Youth Today to undertake innovative projects to make their organizations more sustainable. 

The $30,610 award will help CSJ launch a membership programtailored to the needs of JJIE’s and Youth Today’s audiences, which consists of youth service workers, policy makers, advocates, youth and parents. The Center will survey its audiences to find out which issues matter most to them. It will use the data to design webinars and newsletters that can be targeted to audience members based on their specific interests and needs. The data will also help CSJ identify potential categories to develop future membership opportunities.

“This is a model for growth that will be beneficial for CSJ, JJIE and Youth Today and our audiences,” Witt said.  “It will create a different source of revenue for us that will make our Center more sustainable while also giving back to our most loyal audience members.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

Kennesaw State Associate Vice President for Student Affairs elected to international post

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Golden Key International Honour Society will install Michael L. Sanseviro during Australia conference

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 23, 2015) — Kennesaw State University Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Michael L. Sanseviro has been elected the Region 3 representative for the International Council of Advisors of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Sanseviro, who will be officially installed at Golden Key’s International Summit 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia, in July, will receive a travel grant of $1,750 from Golden Key for the trip. He has served for several years as co-advisor of the Kennesaw State chapter of Golden Key.

“Michael is passionate about Golden Key’s mission and the benefits the organization provides to matriculating students,” said Jerome Ratchford, vice president for Student Success. “This passion is evidenced in his five years as an advisor to KSU’s Golden Key chapter, as well as in his efforts to foster strategic recruiting partnerships with organizations on our campus such as Phi Eta Sigma, a first-year student honorary society.

“Michael leads by example and he will build on what he learns from this experience to further our commitment to encouraging all of our students to become more engaged, global citizens,” Ratchford said. “We are fortunate to have someone of Michael Sanseviro’s caliber at Kennesaw State.”

Named associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at Kennesaw State in January, Sanseviro was elevated to the new position after serving as the dean of Student Success, a post he had held since October 2010. He was named interim dean of Student Success in September 2009. Sanseviro joined KSU in 2004 when he was named the first director of Residence Life.

“I am excited to begin my new duties as Golden Key’s Region 3 representative,” Sanseviro said. “My region includes the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, which includes chapters in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas, with new chapters starting all the time. What is neat, historically, is that Golden Key was founded at Georgia State University, so Region 3 is where the ‘alpha’ chapter is located, plus the international headquarters is located in Dunwoody near Perimeter Mall.”

Sanseviro, who was honored as the Regional Advisor of the Year in 2010, will join a handful of other Golden Key members from North America and South Africa who also were selected as travel grant recipients of Golden Key’s 2015 International Summit. In 2013, he was awarded a travel grant to attend the Golden Key Asia-Pacific Conference in Adelaide, Australia.

The conference is a three-day event aimed at advancing personal and professional development. The conference includes world-class speakers, workshops, a career and graduate school expo, networking and learning opportunities. 

Sanseviro graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in educational research, philosophy and religion. He was the youngest graduate that year from Emory, at 19 years old. He completed his Master of Science in higher education administration from Florida State University in 1991. Sanseviro also worked on coursework toward his MBA at Polytechnic University. He finished his Ph.D. at Georgia State University in educational policy studies in 2006.

A published author, Sanseviro was nominated for Author of the Year in 2011 by the Georgia Writers Association. He is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the LGE Community Credit Union.

 

About Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key International Honour Society, founded in 1977, is an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society’s on-campus presence has reached over 400 chapters at colleges and universities in eight countries: Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States.

The Society offers its more than 2 million members $1,000,000 annually through scholarships and awards. Members are also connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key’s partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain the highest standards of education. Information is available at http://www.goldenkey.org/gk/gksite/HomePage.aspx.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

 

                                                                              

Board of Regents approves Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics

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New degree aims to produce more workers for the health IT sector

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 16, 2015) —Kennesaw State will offer a new Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics‚ an interdisciplinary degree designed to address the growing demand within the health information technology sector.

The new degree‚ approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its April 14 meeting‚ is the only one of its kind in the system.

The curriculum will be designed to address delivery of healthcare; information technology; computing; data analytics; informatics; and leadership/management principles. Kennesaw State will offer the program beginning in fall 2016.

“Kennesaw State developed this degree because we recognize that healthcare management and informatics is one of the fastest-growing health occupations in the nation,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “There is a critical need for students with this skill set, and Kennesaw State will produce professionals well-equipped to lead and make a difference in the quality of the nation’s healthcare.”

As a growing area of the healthcare sector, the specialization of healthcare informatics includes a wide range of jobs involved with the collection and processing of health information to improve the quality of patient care.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Informatics will provide graduates with an understanding of the complexities that must be considered when making technology and management decisions within healthcare organizations, and the key role that informatics can play in the delivery and practice of quality healthcare.

The graduate degree program spans three colleges – Coles College of Business, College of Science and Mathematics and WellStar College of Health and Human Services – and four departments – Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics and Nursing. The cohort program will be delivered over four semesters and will include 11 courses and a total of 36 credit hours.

“The growth in this field is exponential,” said Traci Carte, chair of the Department of Information Systems. “There are not enough people to handle the demand. The potential for our students is vast.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

 

 

New dean named for Kennesaw State’s University College

University College Dean Keisha Hoerrner

Keisha Hoerrner brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to position

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 17, 2015) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Keisha Hoerrner dean of University College, effective immediately. Hoerrner has been serving as interim dean of the college since January 2014. 

Prior to her appointment as interim dean, Hoerrner served as associate dean of University College, department chair of First-Year Programs, assistant department chair of University Studies and director of learning communities. She is a professor of communication and previously held a faculty position in communication at Louisiana State. She joined the Kennesaw State faculty full-time in 2000.

During Hoerrner’s tenure as interim dean, she advocated for the restructure of academic support initiatives and brought First-Year and Undeclared Advising Services, as well as Orientation and Transition programs, under the charge of the College.  She also oversaw the redesign of the bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies and worked to launch the master’s degree in First-Year Studies, the College’s first online graduate degree program.

“Keisha has been a tremendous contributor to University College and Kennesaw State,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State. “Her commitment to drive new initiatives and innovative programs that benefit our first-year students’ experience has been instrumental to the growth of University College. Along with her leadership and wealth of knowledge, her vision and dedication will continue to propel the College into national and international spotlights.”

Hoerrner was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Val Whittlesey, associate vice president for academic affairs. 

“I am truly honored to be selected as dean and look forward to working with my colleagues in University College to enhance the learning experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students within the new Kennesaw State University,” said Hoerrner. “It is humbling and a bit surreal to transition from being an undergraduate at Kennesaw College to being a member of the faculty and now dean of one of the university’s degree-granting colleges. This institution is very special to me, and I am thrilled to serve it in this capacity.”

Hoerrner has been published in numerous journals within her discipline and in areas relevant to University College such as learning communities, first-year programs, and trends affecting students in higher education. In 2013, Hoerrner was named one of the nation’s 10 Outstanding First-Year Advocates by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.  

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Kennesaw State, and a master’s degree in journalism and Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Georgia.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

 

 

Kennesaw State receives $5 million to name Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality program

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Atlanta CEO Michael Leven makes largest single gift commitment in University’s history 

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 15, 2015) — The University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents today approved the naming of the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State University.

Michael Leven, a veteran hospitality industry executive and president and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium, made a commitment of $5 million to name Kennesaw State University’s School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. The gift represents the largest single contribution from an individual in the University’s 52-year history.

In addition to naming the School, Leven’s philanthropic gift will be used to support an endowed faculty chair as well as scholarships for culinary sustainability and hospitality students.  University officials are planning a mid-May naming ceremony to recognize Leven and his generosity to the program.

“We are deeply appreciative and honored to receive this substantial gift from Mr. Leven, whose generosity extends well beyond his financial investment in the future of this program,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State University. “We look forward to his involvement and the many benefits his industry expertise and professional connections will bring to the Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.”

The bachelor’s degree program began at Kennesaw State in fall 2013. The innovative academic program offers a unique approach to the study of culinary and hospitality management, infusing the curriculum with knowledge in sustainability while emphasizing food science, nutritional analysis, resource conservation, and essential business skills.

“Michael Leven is a titan of our industry,” said Christian Hardigree, director of the Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality at Kennesaw State. “His commitment will provide our students with a distinct competitive advantage by ensuring that they receive the highest quality education and an exceptional learning experience.”

Leven has spent his entire 54-year career working in the hospitality industry, serving as president for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Holiday Inn Worldwide and Days Inn Corporation. In 1995, he founded U.S. Franchise Systems Inc., which franchises the Microtel Inn & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands, and served as its CEO and president until 2007. He also co-founded the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), which has 14,000 members who own more than 20,000 hotels.

“It is an honor for me to associate my name with Kennesaw State,” said Leven. “It is my hope that I can add value to an emerging culinary and hospitality program that will educate those individuals who seek to enter an industry that I love and that has provided me a lifetime of joy.”

Leven was named chairman and chief executive officer of the Georgia Aquarium in January 2015. He previously served as CEO of the aquarium from 2008 to 2009. Leven earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Science from Boston University. He also holds honorary doctorates from Johnson & Wales University and Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

Board of Regents sets tuition for 2015 academic year; Kennesaw State’s increase will be 4.4 percent

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KENNESAW, Ga.(April 14, 2015) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) voted at its monthly meeting today to increase tuition at Kennesaw State University by 4.4 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
Kennesaw State was included by the BOR among 10 USG institutions that will have “varying tuition rate increases.” Eight of those 10 institutions had percentage increases that were higher than Kennesaw State’s, ranging from 5 to 9 percent.
 
Kennesaw State’s 4.4 percent tuition increase resulted from two factors: first, an increase in tuition of 2.5 percent as occurred at 20 other USG institutions; and second, a 1.9 percent additional increase to create a “blended tuition rate” to bring tuition at the university’s Kennesaw campus in line with tuition charged at the Marietta campus. This occurred because SPSU – now Kennesaw State’s Marietta Campus – formerly charged a higher tuition than KSU. 
 
The new “blended tuition rate” represents an increase of $111 for those enrolled at Kennesaw State in Fall 2014, and a $101 decrease for students enrolled at Southern Polytechnic last year.   The Board also voted to increase mandatory student fees at the new University to $1,003 per semester. In Fall 2014, mandatory fees for Kennesaw State students were $917, and for Southern Polytechnic students $711.
 
Thus, students at the newly consolidated university will pay $2,660 per semester in fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016, based on full-time enrollment of 15 credit hours.
 
The Board of Regents announced the decision to combine Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University in November 2013, and voted to approve the consolidation on January 6, 2015, formalizing the “new Kennesaw State University” with campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta.
 
According to the Board of Regents, the USG has kept tuition increases as low as possible for the last three academic years.  
 
 “To ensure we can continue to offer quality public higher education, we must continue to invest in our institutions,” said USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We have carefully assessed the tuition rates for our institutions to make sure we are balancing the increasing costs of providing public higher education while keeping tuition and fees as affordable as possible.”
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50-largest public universities in the country. 

 

Kennesaw State names first Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement

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Charles Ross to bring nearly 30 years of academic and industry experience to new role

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 14, 2015) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Charles Ross, director of Startup Networks for the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech, as Kennesaw State’s first vice president for economic development and community engagement. Ross will assume the role on July 1.  

The new cabinet-level officer position at Kennesaw State was added to bring leadership to the University’s economic development and community engagement efforts, and will bring coordination and synergy to several other related areas of operation within the University as well. The position will report directly to President Papp.

“Charles will be a valuable asset to the cabinet, and he will provide indispensable expertise in working with business and industry,” said Papp. “His keen grasp of community engagement, and the opportunities that such engagement presents, will help the University leverage our relationships, create more job opportunities for our students, and significantly enhance our public service mission.” 

Ross brings a wealth of academic and industry experience to Kennesaw State. He joined Georgia Tech in 2005 as a venture catalyst in the Advanced Technology Development Center, and became general manager and director of Entrepreneurship Services at the Center in 2008, before assuming his position as director of Startup Networks in the Enterprise Innovation Institute in 2009. He also worked in strategic investments, consulting and business development for more than 20 years in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for companies such as Ameritech Development and General Electric Medical Systems.

At Kennesaw State, Ross will serve as the University’s chief officer focused on deploying resources to aid economic development and expand relationships with off-campus communities. Ross will work closely with the senior vice provost to generate new opportunities for the University’s research centers and institutes.

Ross also will oversee and manage Kennesaw State’s Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Government Relations. He will chair the KSU Economic Development Task Force and serve as the University’s chief liaison to the Cobb County Chamber’s Competitive EDGE Project.

Ross was selected among a pool of more than 100 candidates who vied for the position in a national search chaired by Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Ross also currently serves as director for the Center for Working Families, director for the National Business Incubation Association and advisor for Neighborhood Nexus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and an MBA from Indiana University.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50-largest public universities in the country. 

 

Kennesaw State Names New Vice President for Student Affairs

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Louisiana State University’s Kathleen White brings strong commitment to student growth and development

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 13, 2015) – Following a national search that attracted more than 100 candidates, Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp announced that Kathleen “K.C.” White, associate vice chancellor and dean of students at Louisiana State University, will become the university’s new vice president for student affairs, effective July 1.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. White to Kennesaw State,” said Papp. “For more than 25 years, she has demonstrated her commitment to the growth and development of students, encouraging and challenging them to lead with integrity and compassion. Her leadership will be invaluable to us as we continue to consolidate our two campuses and strive to become a nationally recognized comprehensive university.”

As Kennesaw State’s new vice president for student affairs – a cabinet-level position reporting directly to the president – White will serve as the chief officer focused on assuring student success beyond the classroom. In her role, she will oversee, manage, and direct the University’s Division of Student Affairs and provide campus-wide leadership in planning, integrating, and conducting co-curricular student programs and activities. White also will collaborate across all areas and constituents within the university to enhance the student experience, including service to students, parents, alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and campus administrators.

White joined Louisiana State University in July 2002 as an associate dean of students. In December 2005, she was named associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students. In that role, she served as an advocate for the needs of students and worked to provide a student-centered experience to support their academic pursuits and enable their success.

Previously, White held positions in the offices of student affairs at both Samford University and Florida State University. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from Florida State University, a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University.

White will succeed current Vice President of Student Success Jerome Ratchford, who will retire on June 30, after close to 30 years of service to the University in various leadership roles in the student affairs operation.

“Jerome helped create, shaped and spearheaded numerous programs and services that have enriched the lives and fostered the success of many KSU students,” said Papp. “We are extremely grateful for the legacy that he leaves behind, and his many contributions to the University will have lasting impacts.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

Statement regarding injured KSU police officer

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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 11, 2015) – A Kennesaw State University police officer received minor injuries after intervening in a disturbance at a local establishment that led to a foot chase with a suspect.
 
The incident was initiated when the KSUPD officer intervened in a disturbance between a manager and a customer at the Chic-Fil-A near the University’s campus on Chastain Road.  The suspect in the disturbance initially provided false identifying information to the intervening police officer, and then fled on foot.  
 
The police officer positively identified the suspect before the foot pursuit.  He attempted to restrain the suspect, however the officer’s shoulder was dislocated as the suspect broke away.  
 
The suspect fled the location, stealing a truck. The stolen truck has been recovered, but the suspect is still at large.  
 
KSUPD officials are in the process of obtaining arrest warrants for the charges they will file against the suspect.
 
The KSUPD officer was released from the hospital this evening, and is in good spirits.
 
As this is an ongoing investigation, University officials cannot comment further at this time.
 
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