More than 1,700 students will participate during fall commencement Dec. 12 and 13
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 2, 2013) — More than 1,700 students will participate in four fall commencement ceremonies, Dec. 12 and 13. University System of Georgia Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Houston Davis will address graduate students in the Dec. 12 evening ceremony. Other speakers include KSU College of the Arts Dean Patricia Poulter, KSU English Professor Martha Bowden and Gil Weinberg, director, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Dec. 12, 2 p.m.
Speaker: Martha Bowden
Martha Bowden is a professor of English at Kennesaw State University, where she has taught since 1992. Her area of specialty is the development of the British novel, especially in the 18th century, feminist literary history, and 18th-century British literature and culture.
She has served her profession in various capacities inside and outside Kennesaw State University, including committee work in her department and at the university level, the presidency of two scholarly societies, program chair for several academic conferences and participating on several prize committees.
Bowden graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a bachelor’s degree in English. She received the M.A. and Ph.D. (English) at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.
Houston Davis is the University System of Georgia’s chief academic officer and executive vice chancellor, where he is responsible for meeting the academic needs of more than 309,000 students and approximately 13,300 University System faculty members. The position also provides leadership to a division at the University System Office that includes academic programs and planning, faculty affairs, student affairs, teacher-education initiatives, strategic research and analysis, and information and instructional technology.
A native of Clarksville, Tenn., Davis received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Memphis and a master’s in education from Tennessee State University, Nashville.
Coles College of Business and College of Science and Mathematics – Dec. 13, 10 a.m.
Speaker: Gil Weinberg
Gil Weinberg, named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2013-2014, is the founding director of Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, where he established the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in music technology.
Weinberg is a professor in the School of Music and an adjunct professor in the School of Interactive Computing. Weinberg’s research aims at expanding musical expression, creativity and learning through meaningful applications of technology.
He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in media arts and sciences from MIT and his B.A. degree from the Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence in Tel Aviv University.
Bagwell College of Education, College of the Arts, WellStar College of Health and Human Services, and University College – Dec. 13, 3 p.m.
Speaker: Patricia Poulter
Patricia Poulter has been the dean of the College of the Arts of Kennesaw State University since July 2013. As dean, Poulter oversees nationally accredited programs in art and design, dance, music, and theater and performance studies. The College of the Arts is one of the largest schools of the arts in Georgia and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theater and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The college includes 150 faculty members and 1,000 students. Previously, she served as associate dean for the College of Arts & Humanities at Eastern Illinois University since 2009.
Poulter holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s in conducting from Eastern Illinois University. She earned an Ed.D. in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,600 from 130 countries.
Strong gains in new orders, production and supplier delivery time impact region
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 4, 2013) — Manufacturing activity continued to climb in the Southeast, narrowing the gap between the region and the nation’s manufacturing activity, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.
According to the report, the Southeast PMI rose 1.8 points for November based on the strength of improved new orders, production and supplier delivery time. The Southeast PMI is 52.2, while the National PMI increased 0.9 points to 57.3.
The increase for the Southeast was attributed to higher PMI readings for Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee, with increases in new orders, production and supplier delivery time accounting for the higher readings, explained Don Sabbarese, director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State.
Six Southeastern states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee — are included in the Econometric Center’s monthly regional report.
Highlights of the November Southeast PMI include:
· New orders increased 3.1 points to 55.1, based on increases for Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee
· Production increased 4.1 points to 55.1, based on increases for Florida, Georgia and Mississippi
· Employment decreased 0.9 points to 52, based on decreases for Georgia and Tennessee
· Supplier delivery increased 4.0 points to 53.1, based on increases for Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee
· Finished inventory decreased 1.1 points to 45.9, based on decreases for Alabama and Florida
· Commodity prices decreased 8.8 points to 50, based on price decreases for Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee
The Southeast PMI reading is a composite of five variables — new orders, production, employment, supply deliveries and finished inventory. A sixth variable, commodity prices, is compiled by the Econometric Center but does not go into the PMI calculation.
Employment in the manufacturing sector falls for the first time in three months
KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 2, 2013) — Georgia’s manufacturing activity for November experienced weaker employment, leading to the 1.3-point drop in the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), which was released today by the Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.
Employment fell for the first time in three months after outperforming the national PMI employment numbers for the last two months, said Don Sabbarese, director of the Econometric Center and professor of economics at Kennesaw State.
The Georgia PMI fell to 52.3 for November, while the National PMI increased 0.9 points to 57.3. Despite November’s slight drop, Georgia manufacturing activity continues to grow, but at a slower pace than national manufacturing, explained Sabbarese.
“Georgia’s 1.3-point PMI decrease breaks a two-month PMI improvement of 5.1 points, but its strength in new orders and production suggests Georgia manufacturing still remains on a solid growth path,” Sabbarese said. “November’s weak employment numbers may be influenced by seasonal conditions.”
Georgia new orders remain strong as 32 percent of respondents reported higher new orders and 27 percent reported higher production, according to Sabbarese. New orders for November is 2.7 points above its six-month average of 51.8.
This observation is drawn from a survey question that asked respondents about their anticipated production for the next three to six months. The percentage of manufacturers expecting an increase has dropped for the last four months, he added.
Other highlights from the November PMI:
· New orders remain at 54.5, 2.7 points above its six-month average
· Production up 4.5 points to 54.5, 4.7 points above its six-month average
· Employment down 9.1 points to 50, 2.5 points below its six-month average
· Supplier delivery down 2.3 points to 50, 1.5 points below its six-month average
· Finished inventory remains at 52.3, 3.6 points above its six-month average
· Commodity prices down 15.9 points to 45.5, 9.2 points below its six-month average
The Georgia PMI provides a snapshot of manufacturing activity in the state, just as the monthly PMI released by the Institute for Supply Management provides a picture of national manufacturing activity. A PMI reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding; a reading below 50 indicates it is contracting.
ATLANTA (Nov. 21, 2013) – University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby has appointed the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) - Kennesaw State University (KSU) Consolidation Implementation Committee. The full committee will have its first meeting at the USG System Office within the next two weeks. As the committee begins its work, it will provide regular updates to both campus communities.
Dr. Dan Papp. President, Kennesaw State University
Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, President, Southern Polytechnic State University
Ms. Jill Brady, Registrar, Office of Student and Enrollment Services
Dr. Renee Butler, Chair and Professor, Department of Systems and Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Austin Clayton, President, Student Government Association
Dr. Sam Conn, Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Mr. Jim Cooper, Assistant Vice President, Office of University Communications
Mr. Matt Griffin, Director of Athletics
Ms. Kasey Helton, Director, Office Of Campus Services
Ms. Quint Hill, Associate Director, Office of Human Resources
Dr. Wendy Kallina, Executive Director, Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
Ms. Alana Kyriakakis, University Counsel
Dr. Julie Newell, Chair and Professor, Department of Social and International Studies
Dr. Jon Preston, Coordinator, Computer Game Design & Development & Professor, Computer Science
Ms. Robin Wade, Director, Office of Budgets and Grants
Ms. Terri Arnold, Manager, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of External Affairs
Dr. Flora Devine, University General Counsel & Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs
Dr. Kathryn Epps, Director and Associate Professor, School of Accountancy, Coles College of Business
Ms. Dawn Gamadanis, Director, Office of Budget and Planning
Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Mike Harders, Vice President for Development and Advancement
Dr. Randy Hinds, Vice President for Operations, CIO, & CFO
Dr. Maureen McCarthy, Faculty Executive Assistant to the President and Professor, Psychology
Dr. Michael Sanseviro, Dean of Students
Mr. Randy Shelton, Executive Director, Auxiliary Programs and Services
Ms. Katherine Street, President, Student Government Association
Mr. Kim West, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services
Mr. Vaughn Williams, Director of Athletics
Graduate business program moves up in 2013 national ranking
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 14, 2013) —The part-time MBA program at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business was ranked 22nd nationwide and second in Georgia by Bloomberg Businessweek in its 2013 business school rankings.
Kennesaw State’s ranking moved up seven spots from the 2011 survey, becoming the top rated part-time MBA program at a Georgia public university.
“We are proud to be recognized among the leading business schools in Georgia and the nation,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College. “This ranking relies heavily on student input and post-MBA outcomes. Our rise in the rankings shows that our students are pleased with their MBA experience, and are succeeding after graduation.”
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, part-time business programs play a vital role for working professionals who are unable to attend business school full time, but wish to advance their careers. Coles College enrolls more than 350 part-time MBA students. The self-paced program offers courses in the evenings and on weekends, with minimesters in May, August and December.
“Coles College is dedicated to providing a valuable and relevant business education,” said Sheb True, associate dean for graduate business and executive programs at the Coles College of Business. “This ranking recognizes the quality of our students and faculty, and their pursuit to improve lives through business and business education. We look forward to continuing to grow and improve, and to contribute to economic growth and development in the state.”
The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking is based on six factors: student survey results, academic quality, post-MBA outcomes, teaching quality, caliber of classmates and curriculum. The 2013 rankings recognize 78 part-time MBA programs around the country.
Coles College continues to be ranked for its MBA programs. In 2013, its part-time MBA program was ranked 43rd in the nation by U.S. News.
Owls to play Home-And-Home series with Buccaneers in 2015 and 2016
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2013) — Kennesaw State has found an opponent for its first football game. The Owls will open at East Tennessee State on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Kermit Tipton Stadium, Steve Spurrier Field, located on the campus of Science Hill High School. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (EDT).
Officials from both universities made the announcement during a joint press conference that included Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, KSU head coach Brian Bohannon, ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander and Buccaneers head coach Carl Torbush, and was held inside the Millennium Center’s ballroom in Johnson City.
The game will mark the culmination of a long process to bring football to Kennesaw State that initially began in 1999, gained momentum when legendary football coach Vince Dooley was named chair of a 30-person exploratory committee in 2009, made additional progress after the Kennesaw State University student body approved a student fee increase in November 2010, and a KSU Student Fee Committee voted in favor of the fee increase on Oct. 10, 2012, setting the stage for the University’s request to begin playing football in 2015 receiving approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Feb. 13, 2013.
One day later, on Feb. 14, before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 people assembled inside the KSU Convocation Center, University President Daniel S. Papp officially announced that Kennesaw State would add football to its intercollegiate athletics program and begin playing at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level in 2015.
“Today is another momentous occasion for the Kennesaw State University community and all of Owl Nation,” Williams said. “We have continued to make great strides throughout the process of building a football program that will enhance the student experience and continue to build upon the sense of community that exists throughout the campus and surrounding areas.
“This day would not have come without the great support of our students, the Board of Regents, President Dan Papp and the entire faculty and staff who all have played integral roles in getting us here today,” Williams added. “East Tennessee State is a great opponent for Kennesaw State to play in its inaugural game, and I would like to thank the ETSU administration, Dr. Richard Sander and head coach Carl Torbush for their willingness to schedule this home-and-home series.”
The 2015 game will mark several firsts for both programs as Kennesaw State will be playing its inaugural game and East Tennessee State will be returning to the gridiron for the first time since the University eliminated its football program following the 2003 season.
“We’re real excited to have this first football game scheduled,” Bohannon said. “Since the day I was hired, I have been focusing on preparing for that opening game and now I know who the opponent will be.
“I know it will be a great game with two new programs meeting for the first time and the excitement on both campuses is going to continue to build between now and kickoff. The game atmosphere is going to be unbelievable,” Bohannon added. “I know Coach Torbush will have his team ready to play, and our players and coaches will come out with great enthusiasm, intensity and passion.”
The two-year series will shift to Kennesaw State’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium the following year when the Owls host the Buccaneers on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.
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KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 13, 2013) — Kennesaw State University welcomes renowned, award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk for a solo recital and concerto performance with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra at Morgan Hall in the Bailey Performance Center on Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. Denk is well acquainted with the Atlanta music scene, having performed in the past with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, at Spivey Hall. This concert marks his debut at Kennesaw State University.
Denk was recently named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a prestigious prize also known as the “genius” award that recognizes “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement.” According to the MacArthur Foundation, Denk is instrumental in “transforming our understanding of classical music.” A press release announcing the fellowship notes that he is “a concert pianist enlivening the musical experience for amateurs and aficionados alike through his eloquence with notes and words.”
It’s been a good year for Denk: the pianist was also named the 2014 “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, a leading classical music publication who cited Denk’s “multifaceted artistry.” The Washington Post praised Denk for his performance of Bach's “Goldberg Variations” calling it a “revealing journey into the soul.” Denk recently released a recording of the famed “Variations” on the Nonesuch label.
Denk is not only a musician, but also a prolific writer. In his blog, Think Denk, he shares his thoughts on music, performing, and his travels, and various other topics. In 2013, the Library of Congress selected his site to be part of the historic collection of Internet materials related to the performing arts web archives. His personal and witty writings have also appeared in well-known publications like The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and on the National Public Radio Music website. In 2014, Denk will serve as Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival, for which he is also composing the libretto to a semi-satirical opera.
David Daly, director of programming and facilities for the School of Music, talks about the uniqueness of this event: “I am excited about the prospect of having our students perform with an artist of Jeremy's caliber. Working alongside such an insightful and talented artist will be an extraordinary experience for them, and is sure to be a treat for the audience as well.”
Denk will perform a number of solo works in the first half of the evening’s program, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra.
After receiving music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, he graduated with his doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School. He was fortunate enough to study with longtime faculty member Herbert Stessin. Denk regularly gives recitals throughout the United States, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. He is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
This concert will be held Nov. 20, at 8 p.m in Morgan Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Tickets range in price from $8-$40; to purchase tickets, visit the KSU box officeonline or call 770-423-6650.
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KENNESAW, Ga.(Nov.11, 2013) — The new healthcare act, immigration reform, “big data” and privacy — issues that spark passionate debate throughout the country — are some of the topics that will be tackled in Kennesaw State University’s new “Marketplace of Ideas” forum, which kicks off Tuesday.
The first event, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., will be held in the University’s Social Sciences Building Auditorium. It will feature a keynote address, “On Teaching Conservatism,” delivered by Jonathan Imber, the Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. Imber’s lecture will be followed by a debate focusing on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”
Plans call for hosting a “Marketplace of Ideas” event each semester, featuring guest speakers and panel discussions on a wide range of issues. Each event also will culminate with a “Great Debate” on a different issue of national concern.
“Universities play an essential role as centers for civil debate, civil discourse and civil discussion about vital issues,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “Through this forum, we hope to engage our students and the community-at-large in a civil and respectful exchange of ideas and candid discussion — which should contribute to opened lines of communication and greater understanding of different perspectives.”
Imber, the keynote speaker for the inaugural forum, is the author of “Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine,” and the editor-in-chief of Society, a scientific journal publishing research on social science and public policy. His research focuses on religious bioethics, represented in all major faith traditions, as well as the role religious authority has played in defining the medical vocation.
Following Imber’s address, Kennesaw State University Professor of Sociology Melvyn Fein and Assistant Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice Kenneth White will participate in a “Red vs. Blue” debate of the Affordable Healthcare Act, labeled “The Great Debate I: Obamacare – Yes or No?”
Fein, who will espouse the “red” viewpoint, is a certified clinical sociologist who spent more than 20 years
in clinical practice. He is the author of numerous books and academic papers, including “The Great Middle Class Revolution” and “Peoplization: An Introduction to Social Life.” Fein currently concentrates on the study of sociological theory and the sociology of morality.
White, who will espouse the “blue” viewpoint, is an assistant professor of political science and criminal justice. He practiced criminal defense and constitutional law in California before joining academia. His current research interests and publication topics range from the media and popular culture, to political participation, civil rights, the presidency, and legal theory and political philosophy.
Fein and White have been debating one another through a podcast series they have created titled “Honestly Speaking: Red Meets Blue,” which is presented to the faculty and students of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. To date, they have tackled issues such as the government shutdown and the Obama presidency.
“Through their podcast, Mel and Ken have developed an educational and entertaining forum that demonstrates how people with differing opinions can respectfully discuss sensitive issues,” said Robert “Robin” H. Dorff, dean of Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Through the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ events, we hope to expand on that concept and provide a forum that is informative and educational.”
The two-hour event is free and open to the public.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.