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Kennesaw State’s Internal Auditing Education Program earns international recognition

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Only the seventh in the world to be named internal auditing Center of Excellence

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 19, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has attained the prestigious Center of Excellence level in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Kennesaw State is only the fourth university in North America and seventh in the world to earn the Center of Excellence, the top status from the IIA.

“We are so honored to achieve this level of recognition from the Institute of Internal Auditors,” said Richard Clune, director of the Internal Audit Center. “At the same time, being a Center of Excellence comes with it the responsibility to be a distinctive leader in the field of internal audit education, providing students with an education to prepare them as future leaders of the internal audit profession.”

The IIA identified Kennesaw State as “a forward-thinking university that recognizes the importance of the internal audit profession as a career choice.” The organization also commended KSU’s commitment to supporting an internal audit curriculum, which includes educating undergraduate and graduate students, conducting applied research and engaging with the internal audit community.

“Our tagline ‘Aspire to More’ captures what we try to do every day with every student in mind,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business. “We’relistening, and we’re responding by developing relevant academic programs and graduating students who will be leaders in the decades to come.”

Kennesaw State is the only university in Georgia authorized by the Institute of Internal Auditors to issue Internal Auditing Education Partnership Certificates. The certification is an indication that graduates are ready to add value on their first day of employment.

“Our mission includes being nationally recognized, and earning this Center of Excellence goes beyond that as one of seven universities in the world,” said Kathryn Epps, associate dean and director of the School of Accountancy. “We look forward to this next step in our journey to provide the best education for our students.”

The Institute of Internal Auditorsalso lauded Kennesaw State’s collaboration with the IIA Atlanta Chapter as “one that not only the university can be proud of, but the entire internal audit community as well.” The partnership provides internship and co-op job opportunities for students and helps Georgia companies find well-prepared graduates locally.

“The IIA Atlanta Chapter has always been pleased with the return on our investment of time and money into KSU, and with this achievement, we are even more pleased than ever,” said Bill Mulcahy, chair of the Internal Audit Center Advisory Board.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

3D Center brings “one of the seven wonders of the ancient world” to life

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Engineering faculty help recreate historical artifacts with 3D printing technology

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 18, 2016) — Engineering faculty and students in Kennesaw State’s 3D Center have embarked on a new use for 3D printing technology, helping artists and historians recreate a long-forgotten artifact.

The 3D Center, in collaboration with 3D printing solutions company Stratasys, accurately created a replica of Zeus, an ancient statue that was destroyed in a fire in the fifth century. The piece, “Statue of Zeus at Olympia,” will be featured as part of a new exhibition, “The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio,” which opens Aug. 20 at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum.

“This is the Center’s first time using 3D printing for historic preservation, and it was, by far, the largest build we have created in our facility,” said Randy Emert, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology and director of the Center.  

As one of the rarest pieces of art in Ancient Greece, the 3D-printed replica is made of production-grade thermoplastics to create strong, dimensionally stable and accurate parts.

Based on the initial image of the piece, designers translated the rendering into a CAD file using 3D modeling software. Actual production involved an additive approach – laying successive material layers until the 3D print was completed.  The Kennesaw State team produced several key pieces, including the head of Zeus, the eagle and Nike, while the Stratasys team produced the rest.

“Having the capacity to design and 3D print using highly durable materials with complex geometries and the highest level of accuracy, museums can re-introduce some of history’s most treasured works,” said Sig Behrens, general manager of global education at Stratasys.

The finished replica stands at 6 feet and is one of the largest historic preservation pieces crafted with 3D printing technology, according to Jeremy Kobus, director of The Gate Museum. Museum curators plan to recognize 3D printing as a viable art form during the exhibition.

“We are committed to working at the intersection of technology and art, and we see the tremendous potential of 3D printing for educational applications,” said Kobus. “Alongside Stratasys and the educators at Kennesaw State University, our hope is to deliver creations far too few have tried to attempt.”

The 3D Center in the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State provides additive manufacturing capabilities and advanced engineering technologies to business and industry, as well as to academic programs throughout the institution. Faculty and students within the 3D Center develop creative design solutions to solve real-world problems.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

 

Homeless students benefit from emergency housing assistance at Kennesaw State

Marcy Stidum, director of the CARE Center, in the newest emergency housing unit for KSU students who are at risk of homelessness

Beacon Foundation donation helps University’s CARE Center provide short-term, on-campus living

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 16, 2016) — A new door has opened at Kennesaw State – one that will provide emergency housing for homeless students or those at risk of homelessness at the University.

The one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is made possible by a $25,000 grant from the Beacon Foundation Charitable Trust, a local charity focused on poverty relief. The donation was given to the University’s CARE Center, which offers support to any Kennesaw State student who is dealing with homelessness or food insecurity or is a part of the foster care system.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation from the Beacon Foundation which has made this housing option possible for our students,” said K.C. White, vice president for student affairs at Kennesaw State. “We know both the challenges and the opportunities that our homeless students face, and the CARE Center has been a bright light for these students. Through their diligent efforts and these community partnerships, the CARE Center is making a tremendous imprint on students’ lives.”

As one of the first in the country, the on-campus room was selected so that any student, regardless of gender or disability, can reside there throughout the year. A student can live in the apartment for up to 14 days, which allows the CARE Center time to work with student, campus and community organizations to secure long-term housing.

“The students we serve are resilient, dedicated and determined individuals who ‘life’ has just happened to them. I am thankful CARE is able to serve KSU students in such a meaningful way with this new campus apartment,” said Marcy Stidum, director of the CARE Center and associate director of counseling and psychological services at Kennesaw State. “The investment of giving them a safe place to sleep and study, even if temporary, will have such an impact on their ability to break the cycle of poverty while achieving their educational and personal goals.”

Campus and community members gathered during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 10, to officially dedicate the apartment for the 2016-17 academic year.

(Photo L-R: Marcy Stidum, Elizabeth Smith Williams, KSU Student Government Association president Victoria Brock, and K.C. White).

“The Beacon Foundation Charitable Trust trustees have a heart for those who are pursuing their education, and we look for opportunities to help those whose resources do not qualify them for conventional financial assistance,” said Elizabeth Smith Williams, a foundation trustee. “We believe that when you touch a young person in a positive way, you have not only changed the trajectory of the life of a student, you have changed the lives of all those they will touch in the future.”

Donations from Kennesaw State students, faculty, staff and community members supplied linens, such as sheets and towels, for each student. Students will be able to take those essentials to their permanent residence so they “always have a little piece of KSU,” Stidum explained.

“The CARE Center started with a phone call five years ago to help one student. Since then, we have helped more than 400 students,” said Stidum. 

In addition to helping students find housing, the CARE Center works with students to secure food and meal plans, get them out of arrears to avoid eviction, provide clothing options and locate job openings.

In the past year, the CARE Center has provided some level of support to more than 80 students, with 14 students housed or prevented from eviction. The CARE Center is currently working with 16 homeless students and 10 others who are in foster care.

Homelessness can be defined in many ways, but according to Stidum, it is poverty that takes away choice and leaves fewer options for many students. The new housing unit opened this week.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

KSU interim president: Students come first

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Houston Davis addresses faculty and staff at Opening of the University
 
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 12, 2016)— Houston Davis has been Kennesaw State University’s interim president for just over a month, but the campus community already has made a big impression on him.
 
“I have had the opportunity to spend time on many college campuses across the country, and not all of them have the sense of place and connection that we enjoy here at KSU,” Davis said. “I love that we are a bold institution with a desire to be seen as the Southeast’s next truly great comprehensive university.”
 
Davis addressed faculty and staff Thursday during the annual Opening of the University program at the Convocation Center. He issued a student-centered challenge for the 2016-17 academic year, asking everyone in the University community to focus on support for students, easing financial barriers to enrollment and ensuring a strong culture of accountability.
 
“While it is clear that at KSU we value quality and continually seek to improve, we are being held to higher and higher levels of accountability – by the federal government, the Board of Regents, the legislature, accrediting agencies and the community,” he said. “We have to compellingly demonstrate that we are effective, mission-driven stewards of the public trust.”
 
At a time when college costs are rising across the country, Davis stressed that Kennesaw State must ensure that students’ investment in their education counts.  “We have to be steadfast in making certain that every single dollar that is charged to students – whether it is a part of the tuition amount or the required, mandatory fees – must be defensible and must stand up to scrutiny,” he said.
 
Building on his “students first” theme, Davis lauded Kennesaw State’s recent elevation to a doctoral research institution under the Carnegie classifications, which opens the door for more faculty research grants, greater support for students pursuing doctoral degrees and further development of doctoral programs. Though a significant milestone, Davis affirmed the University’s focus will remain on undergraduate education.
 
“In fact, our core mission as a comprehensive university remains as strong as ever as we strive to meet the state of Georgia’s charge that KSU be a world-class academic institution,” he said.
 
During his address, Davis highlighted several key areas of focus – student initiatives, academic innovation and continued forward momentum for the University.
 
One example of an innovative strategy to help students succeed, he said, is the College of the Arts’ Academic Resource Center for Students. The Center is designed to holistically educate and advise students, emphasizing undergraduate research and scholarly work, counseling support, coaching opportunities and direct career connections.
 
“This is an example of Kennesaw State firmly planting our flag and declaring that student success is of utmost importance to the entire campus,” Davis said.
 
Additional innovative academic programs are on the way, as this week the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved two new degree programs at Kennesaw State – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and a Master of Science in Engineering Management. Also, the University’s honors program is celebrating its 20th anniversary of offering challenging coursework to top students, and the new Cybersecurity Institute will bridge multiple colleges at KSU on cybersecurity, information assurance, public policy, and computer and information systems instruction.
 
“I suspect that our collective efforts are approaching a distinctive claim that across all majors at KSU, a student can – in addition to outstanding curricular experiences – expect to leave our university with a co-curricular experience that differentiates them from their colleagues graduating from other universities,” Davis said.
 
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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 to offer Master of Science in Engineering Management

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New online graduate degree blends engineering with a business management focus

MARIETTA, Ga. (Aug. 12, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has a new online graduate degree program in engineering management, designed to give professional engineers a greater understanding of how to apply standard business practices within the engineering field.

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program, which begins this fall, was approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia at its monthly meeting on Aug. 10. The program is a joint effort of Kennesaw State’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

“This program represents an exciting opportunity for the university,” said Houston Davis, interim president for KSU.  “It is a perfect example of how, through the consolidation, we are bringing together the outstanding assets of the Marietta and Kennesaw campuses to deliver unique programs that help meet the demands of the marketplace.”

The collaborative degree program combines graduate-level engineering courses with business management courses that specifically focus on learning how to manage engineering personnel and projects while satisfying the intricate needs of engineering organizations.

“Kennesaw State is a leader in providing online degree programs that offer quality and relevant courses to working professionals,” said Ken Harmon, Kennesaw State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The Master of Science in Engineering Management is the perfect addition to our growing compendium of online professional offerings.”  

The online degree will provide an educational pathway for engineers to increase job mobility opportunities and poise graduates to rise through the corporate ranks of larger firms more easily.

“Today’s engineering industry demands human talent that can navigate the business aspects as easily as the technical know-how, and these organizations will be best supported when engineers also understand the corporate side of the business,” said Thomas Currin, dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “By teaching best business practices through an engineering lens, this degree program will provide engineers with a better management perspective in order to fill the many roles – both technical and managerial – within an organization.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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 to offer bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship

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Coles College of Business program will be first of its kind in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2016) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved establishing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship at Kennesaw State University.

The new undergraduate degree program in the Michael J. Coles College of Business will begin in fall 2017. It is the first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program in Georgia.

“Offering the state’s first comprehensive degree in entrepreneurship illustrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to producing innovative graduates who are well equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge,” said Ken Harmon, the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “College graduates who start new businesses have become the largest producers of private sector jobs in recent years, and this new degree is another avenue for KSU to be a leader in that trend.”

The goal of the new program is to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and mindset to become successful entrepreneurs. While the Coles College’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship will house the program, the B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship will operate in multiple disciplines across other units and schools on campus and within the business community.

Through the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at KSU, local entrepreneurs will serve as guest speakers and provide other opportunities to engage with students in the B.B.A. program. Also, the Cox Family Enterprise Center and Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center will partner with the Coles College of Business to help promote entrepreneurship with students.

“We are so excited to offer Georgia’s only major in entrepreneurship at a time when the state and the region are keenly focused on economic development and creating new businesses,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business. “Our program will be a key focal point of those efforts as it provides education and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship is Kennesaw State’s latest step as part of the Board of Regents’ directive for all University System of Georgia institutions to focus on economic development and world-class research. Kennesaw State also established IgniteHQ — a business incubator, accelerator and education partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce — which identifies, develops and provides the resources that start-ups and new and early-stage businesses need to succeed.

Along with Kennesaw State’s resources on campus, the University also is located in an ideal market for entrepreneurship. CNN Money ranked Atlanta as the sixth-best city to launch a start-up, and the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity identified Georgia has having the nation’s second-largest increase in entrepreneurial activity over the past decade.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

 

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Kennesaw State University summer commencement celebrates student success

Kennesaw State University’s new Interim President Houston D. Davis will officiate four graduation ceremonies

More than 1,600 graduates; Interim President Houston D. Davis to officiate

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 22, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s new Interim President Houston D. Davis will officiate four graduation ceremonies in the KSU Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus, beginning with the first ceremony scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

More than 1,600 students will graduate on July 28 and 29. The University, which graduates approximately 5,600 students each year during fall, spring and summer commencements, is a comprehensive university and was recently classified as a Carnegie doctoral research institution (R3).

Davis has served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia since May 2012. He assumed his role on July 1, replacing Dr. Daniel S. Papp, who retired on June 30. Davis earned a doctorate in education and human development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., a master’s degree in education administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Memphis. (Click here for downloadable photo of Houston D. Davis)

JULY 28, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: Dale Hughes, principal/owner, Jeremiah Consulting

College of the Arts, Michael J. Coles College of Business, and WellStar College of Health and Human Services – 2 p.m.

Dale Hughes and his wife Cindy own Jeremiah Consulting, a family business that focuses on historic buildings, community projects including new business incubation and mentoring. Among their incubation investments are community restaurants, a soccer company and a learning and work performance software company named one of the “Coolest New Businesses in America” by Business Insider. In their real estate and consulting efforts, they focus on renovation and revitalization in historic downtown areas. A graduate of Emory University (B.B.A., accounting) and The University of Georgia School of Law, Hughes also teaches Business Law and Business Ethics as an adjunct professor at Point University.

(Click here for downloadable photo of Dale Hughes)

Speaker: Keisha Hoerrner, dean for University College, Kennesaw State University

Graduate College – 7 p.m.

Keisha L. Hoerrner is the Dean for University College, an academic unit at Kennesaw State University that houses the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies, the Department of Leadership and Integrative Studies, the Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, the Advising Office for New and Exploratory Students in Transition (the NEST), and Orientation and Transition Programs. The college is also the academic home for the Center for Student Leadership, a shared entity that is also part of the Division of Student Affairs. Hoerrner holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in communication from Kennesaw State College.

(Click here for downloadable photo of Keisha L. Hoerrner)

JULY 29, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: Chip Nelson, president and chief executive officer, Cobb EMC

College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and University College – 10 a.m.

Chip Nelson was named president and CEO of Cobb EMC in July 2011, making him the sixth president and chief executive officer to serve the distribution cooperative since its inception in 1938. Nelson began at Cobb EMC in 1971 as a ground man on an overhead construction crew. During his 40 years at Cobb EMC, he worked his way through the ranks to vice president of engineering and operations and chief operating officer, a post he filled for seven years before stepping in as interim CEO in February 2011. While working in his ground man position, Nelson attended Southern Technical Institute (later named Southern Polytechnic State University) at night to pursue his degree in electrical engineering technology.

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Speaker: Linda Noble, associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs, University System of Georgia

Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics – 3 p.m.

Linda Noble is the associate vice chancellor for faculty affairs at the University System of Georgia. She began her career at KSU (then Kennesaw College) in August 1985 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. During her 22 years here, she served as department chair of psychology, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In 2008, she assumed an assistant vice chancellor position at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and in 2011 was promoted to vice chancellor for academic affairs. In 2014, Noble served as the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Valley State University.

(Click here for downloadable photo of Linda Noble)

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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, Peachtree TV unveil football broadcast agreement

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TV deal in top-10 market is unique among FCS programs

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State University Athletics Association (KSUAA) and Peachtree TV (WPCH) in Atlanta have signed an agreement to air a selection of KSU football games this season.

This TV deal, together with last week’s announcement of Kennesaw State’s flagship radio partnership on ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2, is the final piece of KSU’s newly-created Owl Network. The Owl Network will serve as the umbrella for live-event video and audio produced by the KSUAA, along with on-demand programming, highlights and feature videos.

The Owls’ unique local TV partnership with Peachtree TV allows the Kennesaw State brand to reach more than 6.2 million people and 2.38 million households in the greater Atlanta area – the nation’s ninth-largest media market. Based on available data, KSU will be the only FCS program with a local television agreement in a top-10 market.

“This is another great step in the evolution of our football program and for Kennesaw State Athletics,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “We’re privileged to have a local TV partnership with Peachtree TV in a top-10 media market that is one-of-a-kind at the FCS level. Now on any given Saturday, the Owl Network allows us to reach millions both locally and worldwide on a variety of mediums including television, radio, mobile and the internet.”

The dates of the Peachtree TV games will be announced later this month once the Big South Conference unveils its complete television schedule. Kennesaw State’s games on Peachtree TV also will be streamed online by the Big South Network, but blacked out in Atlanta.

“We are excited about adding the Kennesaw State Owls and their successful football program to the offerings of Peachtree TV,” said Mark Pimentel, general manager of WPCH and WGCL TV.

Brian Katrek, a local TV and radio veteran who has called KSU games on ESPN3, will handle play-by-play duties for the Owl Network on Peachtree TV. Former Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Falcon quarterback D.J. Shockley will serve as the analyst, while Nathan McCreary, who also has called a number of KSU events on ESPN3, will report from the sidelines.

 

About Kennesaw State University

With 33,000 students, Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia and one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and boasts more than 100,000 alumni. The Owls offer 18 Division-I intercollegiate sports, including a football program that debuted in 2015. KSU competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is a member of the Big South Conference for football. Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State teams have won 14 conference titles and made 20 NCAA appearances over the last six seasons.

About Peachtree TV (WPCH) and CBS 46 (WGCL)

Peachtree TV (WPCH) broadcasts hit movies every night in prime time and a variety of comedies including The Big Bang Theory, King of Queens, Modern Family, Last Man Standing and Seinfeld. WPCH is owned by Turner, but operated by Meredith.

CBS 46 (WGCL) is the CBS affiliate in Atlanta and owned by Meredith. The station delivers 32 hours of weekly news product as well as hit CBS programs such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, NCIS and 60 Minutes. The station also airs NFL Thursday Night Football, The NFL Today, SEC college football, PGA golf and NCAA basketball.

University to eliminate mandatory commuter meal plans by fall 2018 semester

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Commuter students can expect some relief beginning next spring
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 13, 2016) In an effort to help relieve some of the financial burden on students, Kennesaw State University plans to reduce its mandatory commuter meal plan during the coming year and will eliminate it in time for the fall 2018 semester.
 
The change comes as part of the University’s response to an audit of Kennesaw State’s Auxiliary Services and Programs unit by the University System of Georgia (USG). The audit identified seven areas of concern, which University officials have already begun to address.
 
“We have a responsibility to ensure that every decision we make at Kennesaw State is in our students’ best interest, and that is especially true when our decisions impact students’ ability to afford a college education,” said Interim President Houston D. Davis. “In that spirit, we will work to provide some level of relief to students beginning with the 2017 spring semester, with an eye toward eliminating mandatory commuter meal plans by the 2018 fall semester.”
 
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

Professor receives national leadership award

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American Democracy Project honors KSU leadership studies professor

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 12, 2016) — Jennifer Purcell’s commitment to building stronger communities earned her a national award.

The American Democracy Project recently honored Purcell, an assistant professor of leadership studies at Kennesaw State University, with its 2016 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. She received the award at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Indianapolis.

“National recognition for my community-engaged teaching, scholarship and service is both validating and empowering,” Purcell said. “I am fortunate to be a part of a university that supports and encourages my passion for civic leadership and university-community engagement. I am encouraged to continue taking risks, to work beyond my comfort zone and to span boundaries in order to create lasting impact for our students and communities.”

The AASCU cited Purcell’s achievements, including serving as associate editor for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and helping lead a national workshop sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Also, she conducted a three-year research study that led to developing a model for community colleges to engage in civic and community engagement despite often having limited resources to do so.

“Dr. Purcell has furthered the University’s commitment to community engagement in meaningful ways, and she serves as a mentor for faculty who want to engage in the scholarship of engagement,” said Keisha Hoerrner, dean of Kennesaw State’s University College.

Purcell joined Kennesaw State part-time in 2012 as a first-year seminar instructor, and the following year became the University’s assistant director of community engagement. She has been a leadership studies assistant professor for the past two years while continuing to support the Office of Community Engagement as its faculty consultant.

Purcell said she is “most proud of the influence I have had on policy at KSU and beyond through my scholarship and professional service.” For example, Purcell recently contributed to Kennesaw State’s application for the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement, and she now is consulting on the development of the University's next Quality Enhancement Plan proposal.

“Both projects have and will continue to influence institutional policy and the allocation of resources while advancing the community-engagement agenda at KSU,” Purcell said. “These projects ultimately enable me to influence a broader student population, in addition to those students enrolled in my courses, who will become our next generation of leaders.”

Joining Purcell in Indianapolis for the AASCU conference was a Kennesaw State contingent of Michael Sanseviro, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Tom Yannuzzi, executive director of the KSU Center for Student Leadership; and Ryan Keesee, coordinator of the University’s Thrive program.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 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.

 

Photo caption: Jennifer Purcell, second from right, holds the 2016 John Saltmarsh Award she received from the American Democracy Project. Pictured with Purcell are Michael Sanseviro, Kennesaw State dean of students, and Tom Yannuzzi and Ryan Keesee of the KSU Center for Student Leadership.

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