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Doug and Robin Shore leaving legacy at Kennesaw State

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Entrepreneurship center named for major donors to Coles College of Business

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 19, 2016) — For years, Doug and Robin Shore have been making contributions to Kennesaw State University. Now, their names indelibly will be linked to the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

In recognition of a major financial contribution from the Shores, Kennesaw State officially will dedicate the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at a ceremony on Sept. 24.

“Doug and Robin Shore have a real passion for our students and for the entrepreneurial spirit being instilled in those students,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “We are fortunate that these well-known entrepreneurs have taken a significant amount of their resources and invested in the passion and the mission that we have in the Center.”

The Shores’ relationship with the Coles College began in 1999, when then-Dean Tim Mescon asked Doug to serve on its advisory board. The Shores became frequent donors to the College, including an annual scholarship they established eight years ago for deserving students in sales and marketing. The Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF)/Joseph Shore Scholarship Fund was given as a 90th birthday gift honoring Doug’s father, whose successful business ventures helped inspire his son’s passion for entrepreneurship.

Doug joined the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees following the first of the couple’s three visits to KSU’s educational site in Montepulciano, Italy. Those trips also inspired Robin to start a scholarship to assist students participating in summer programs in Montepulciano.

“We don’t have children of our own, and I felt compelled to leave a legacy of some kind,” said Robin, who studied abroad in Germany when she was in college. “I was able to set it up so someone else could do what I did, which was a life-changing experience.”

The Shores are continuing to provide opportunities to students through their donation to Kennesaw State’s entrepreneurship center. The center, which the Coles College began last year, strives to produce innovative students through programs such as Georgia’s first bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship.

“Thanks to their incredible generosity, we will be able to lead entrepreneurship in the Southeast for students, educators and business owners,” said Chris Hanks, executive director of the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center.

“The more entrepreneurs we can create, hopefully the more jobs we’re going to create,” Doug said. “You hear a lot of talk these days about what kind of jobs graduates can get after college. Entrepreneurs employ themselves – they create their own jobs, they create their own companies. And what’s more, they employ other people.”

Along with helping produce future business leaders through the entrepreneurship center, the Shores hope their contribution helps increase Kennesaw State’s donor base. Their desire is that as students learn to become entrepreneurs, they will appreciate the importance of philanthropy and will give back to their alma mater and community.

“People who create their own businesses, if they got help from a school like KSU, they’re likely to become donors themselves going forward,” Doug said. “To me, it’s like you’re starting a farm and you’re planting these seeds. You’re going to grow entrepreneurs and you’re going to grow donors, and it’s going to multiply itself many times down the road.”

The Shores live in Atlanta, but did not have any direct connection to Kennesaw State prior to Doug’s joining the Coles College Advisory Board. As Doug and Robin have become increasingly involved with the University through the years, they feel part of the KSU family.

“We both feel at home here,” Doug said. “It’s a fun place to be. Every time I come here, there is something new.”

“I get so invigorated every time I come here,” Robin said. “Everyone I meet is friendly and bright and forward-thinking. There is just something really special about Kennesaw State University.”

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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 34,000 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.

 

— Paul Floeckher

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Kennesaw State University named among U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 Best Colleges”

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University upgraded to a national institution; first-year program recognized for 13th year

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 14, 2016)U.S. News & World Report has elevated Kennesaw State from a regional to a national university in its “2017 Best Colleges” issue. The University also was recognized in the annual rankings as one of the top 28 universities nationwide for its first-year program.

“This is a major accomplishment for Kennesaw State and demonstrates the progress this University continues to make toward achieving its goal of becoming a world-class institution,” said Interim President Houston Davis. “Recognition, such as this, comes from having a curious student body interested in learning, a dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile, and teaching and research faculty members who are committed to helping students achieve success.”

Kennesaw State, one of the 50 largest public universities in the U.S., was named among 298 national universities, which as defined by U.S. News, offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. U.S. News assessed more than 1,600 four-year American colleges and universities, using criteria such as retention and graduation rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. 

The University’s inclusion among national universities comes on the heels of Kennesaw State’s rise in status to a doctoral research institution with moderate research activity — designated an “R3” — in The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning.

U.S. News’ 2017 report also ranked Kennesaw State’s first-year programs among the nation’s top 28 for First Year Experience in its “Academic Programs to Look For,” a distinction the University has earned for 13 years.

Housed in Kennesaw State’s University College, the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies helps students transition from high school to college life, aiding retention rates and building a sense of community on campus. As part of the First-Year Experience, students participate in innovative orientation activities and enroll in a first-year seminar course or learning community, where they are encouraged to study together, establish friendships and sharpen their critical thinking skills as they become globally engaged citizens.

Earlier this year, Kennesaw State was selected as one of 44 universities – and the only one in Georgia –by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to help set the course for first-year academic success among college students nationally. This initiative is geared especially to low-income, first-generation and minority students.

“Helping students make a successful transition from high school to college plays a vital role in how successful they will be throughout their college career,” said Davis. “We are proud and honored that our efforts in this area are consistently recognized as an example of providing our students with the best possible experience.”

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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 34,000 students. 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 University recognized for academic excellence in national rankings

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Online academic degrees, campus programs earn accolades 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 9, 2016) — Kennesaw State has been earning high marks among national rankings in the past few months, further validating the University’s commitment to offering high-quality academic degree programs and campus resources.

OnlineU.org, a comprehensive guide to the nation’s online colleges, ranked Kennesaw State in the top 25 for most affordable online colleges for Engineering (No. 7), Education (No. 16) and Teaching (No. 22).  The University was also recognized among its top 10 for specific online programs:

  • No. 1 – Civil Engineering (master’s)
  • No. 1 – Industrial Engineering Technology (bachelor’s)
  • No. 2 – Systems Engineering (master’s)
  • No. 2 – Software Engineering  (master’s)
  • No. 10 – Business Administration in Marketing (bachelor’s)

The Best Schools, an independent online ranking organization, recently ranked Kennesaw State fourth among the nation’s top five online bachelor’s degree programs in geography, and bestcollegesvalues.com named Kennesaw State among the 10 most affordable online Master of Early Childhood Studies degrees for 2016.

For the University’s Coles College of Business, two recent rankings highlight the online MBA and BBA among the top 50 programs nationally. The Center for Online Education, which operates onlinecolleges.net, named Kennesaw State No. 21 for best online Bachelor of Business Administration, and bestvaluemba.net recognized Kennesaw State as the 39th most affordable college for online MBA degrees.

In addition to academic programs, Kennesaw State’s dining services was named second for “Best Dining Halls” in the bestcolleges.com ranking, and was also named No. 5 among the “80 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2016” by the Daily Meal. This is the fifth consecutive year that Kennesaw State was named among Daily Meal’s top 10.

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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 receives national award for diversity and inclusion initiatives

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University honored with a HEED Award for second year

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 1, 2016)INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, has once again awarded Kennesaw State University its Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Last year, the publication awarded Kennesaw State its first HEED award. In April 2016, the University also was named among eight institutions nationally to INSIGHT Into Diversity’s inaugural class of “Diversity Champions” for setting the standard for metropolitan comprehensive universities.  

As a 2016 HEED recipient, Kennesaw State will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“Receiving a second HEED award acknowledges the strides Kennesaw State is making towards the university’s strategic goal of enhancing the collegiate experience and fostering a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment,” said Erik Malewski, Kennesaw State’s chief diversity officer. “Our progress builds on a longtime institutional commitment and follows a natural progression of refining our approaches through assessments, planning and restructuring. The work of six presidential commissions to assist with this growth is unparalleled. We look forward to even greater progress as the work of our new Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement and first faculty Diversity Fellows gets underway.

Eligibility for the HEED Award requires completion of a comprehensive application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion.

“We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Our process is rigorous and our standards are high. We look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”

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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. 

 

About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at http://www.insightintodiversity.com.

Kennesaw State’s new diversity center appoints first fellows

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10 faculty members will do research and engagement projects to advance University’s diversity focus

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2016)— Kennesaw State University’s recently created Center for Diversity Leadership and Engagement announced the appointment of 10 Diversity Fellows — faculty members who will conduct research and engage with the campus and local communities on diversity-related issues. 

The fellows, who begin work this fall, are appointed to do research in five of the University’s six priority areas of focus within diversity — disability, gender, GLBTIQ, race/ethnicity and sustainability — through spring 2017. No fellows were appointed in the veterans’ priority area.

The fellows program represents the first initiative of the new Center, which launched in spring 2016 to support engaged scholarship by faculty from all disciplines on issues pertaining to the six priority areas and their intersections with other areas of the University.

“Both the Center and the Diversity Fellows program reflect Kennesaw State’s commitment to its strategic goal of enhancing the collegiate experience and fostering a welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment,” said Erik Malewski, the University’s chief diversity officer. “At their core, the Center and the Fellows program represent a commitment to rigorous scholarship and community engagement that positively impacts the campus, region and the state.”

Kennesaw State’s 2016-2017 Diversity Fellows are:

·       Joya Hicks, associate professor of special education, will utilize the Universal Design for Learning Lab (UDLL) to assist Kennesaw State in fulfilling its commitment to provide equal access to curriculum and instruction for students with disabilities. (Disability Fellow)

·       Heidi Scherer, assistant professor of criminal justice, will focus on gaining a greater understanding of why persons with disabilities reported lower perceptions of campus climate, identifying barriers to success or inclusion on campus, raising awareness of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and providing resources and materials on disability best practices (Disability Fellow)

·       Roxanne Donovan, professor of psychology, will implement a mentoring program for Faculty Women of Color (FWOC) to increase research productivity, connection, and well-being, all factors associated with career success, retention, and promotion of FWOC. (Gender Fellow)

·       Gail Markle, assistant professor of sociology, will conduct a study to develop understanding of how women experience gender microaggressions while at KSU, using the data to develop a campus event to increase awareness and reduce the occurrence of gender microaggressions on campus.(Gender Fellow)

·       Kat Gray, lecturer of English, will conduct a short longitudinal study of the rhetoric students use when asked to engage with communities that may be unfamiliar to them, and create a sequence of English classes that encourages collaboration and considered thought towards those with different experiences. (GLBTIQ Fellow)

·       Daniel Farr, lecturer of sociology, will develop training programs for new faculty/staff and admission counselors on topics of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression diversity, improving Kennesaw State’s score in the Campus Pride Index. (GLBTIQ Fellow)

·       Darlene Rodriguez, assistant professor of social work and human services, will use data and stakeholders to establish a Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) for increased immigrant orientation and integration to Georgia and the U.S. (Race/Ethnicity Fellow)

·       Seneca Vaught, associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies, will research best practices for improving the campus climate by “centering” anti-racism at Kennesaw State, develop a series of case studies based on oral interviews and host public workshops with campus and community stakeholders using insights from the collected data. (Race/Ethnicity Fellow)

·       Pegah Zamani, associate professor of architecture, will concentrate on the critical role of the ecological construction and passive environmental design strategies in energy-efficient designs around Kennesaw State to underline the gap between theoretical design and actual performance of sustainable architectural systems across campus. (Sustainability Fellow)

·       Roneisha Worthy, assistant professor of civil engineering, will utilize the ecoPartner Program to reduce the ecological footprint of the campus and surrounding communities and implement this values-based engagement model to equip faculty, staff and students with the necessary tools to become environmental sustainability change agents in their colleges, departments, dormitories, and/or student/social organizations. (Sustainability Fellow)

Fellows will spend five to 10 hours per week conducting research, participating in professional development and engaging with one another and the campus and external community. As with all scholarship produced through the Center, the fellows’ projects are designed to raise awareness, foster engagement, and encourage discussion on the University’s diversity priority areas.

Malewski described the fellows’ application process as “competitive,” an indication of Kennesaw State faculty members’ desire to help shape the campus environment.

“Based on the number and quality of submissions in response to the Center’s call for proposals focused on engaged scholarship on issues of diversity and inclusion, I think we can look forward to a number of high-impact, data-driven initiatives that will add to the campus culture and build community,” Malewski 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.

College of Science and Mathematics recognizes 2016 Birla Carbon Scholars

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(Pictured at right: 2016 Birla Carbon Scholar Katerina “Katie” Slavicinska receives Top Poster Award at the Birla Carbon Symposium from Kennesaw State University's Dean Mark Anderson of the College of Science and Mathematics.) 

Sophomore Katerina “Katie” Slavicinska wins Top Poster Award

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 30, 2016) — Kennesaw State University student Katerina “Katie” Slavicinska’s research project won the Top Poster Award at the Birla Carbon Symposium, at which the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) officially recognized the 10 new 2016 Birla Carbon Scholars.

Nearly 100 students, faculty, staff and Birla Carbon executives reviewed the posters on display in the KSU Center, which featured comments from Kennesaw State Interim President Houston Davis, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Mark Anderson and Birla Carbon’s North American Region Chief Technology Officer Dale Clark.

“Over the summer, these students have actively engaged as collaborators on projects ranging from methods that could potentially yield nanowires, to the use of bioinformatics to detect more accurately E. coli or salmonella contamination in packaged foods, to the remediation of soils contaminated during the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan,” said Anderson. “These are all very impressive projects that the students were given the opportunity to work on full time, thanks to the generous support of Birla Carbon.”

The event marked the third year of a five-year partnership with Birla Carbon, which has allowed the College’s 10 Birla Carbon Scholars to participate in summer research opportunities. Birla Carbon is the world’s largest manufacturer of carbon black, which is used to make everything from car tires to electronics. It is a flagship business of the $40-billion Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in India. 

The scholars program was developed in April 2014 with a $250,000 pledge from Birla Carbon for a five-year annual gift of $50,000 to support research opportunities for students in Kennesaw State’s College of Science and Mathematics. The program has awarded 30 Kennesaw State students each a $4,000 stipend since 2014.

“This stipend allows them time and financial freedom to expand their research skills outside of the classroom and continue Kennesaw State's tradition of academic excellence,” Anderson said. “Kennesaw State is proud to celebrate Year 3 of this integral partnership.”

This year’s scholars include: Johnathon Ard, physics; David Axford, biology; Graeme Bettler, chemistry; Soprinye Dappa-Fombo, biology; Rebecca Hyche, biology; Elena Ninova, biology; Katerina Slavicinska, chemistry; Omar Ugarte Trejo, chemistry; Danielle Varljen, biology; and Courtney Willett, biology.

Slavicinska took the top prize for her research project entitled, “Designing a Liquid-Solid Cell for in Situ Analysis of Nucleoside Phosphorylation by Schreibersite.” She worked beside her faculty mentor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Heather Abbott-Lyon, in the Abbott-Lyon Laboratory (ALL).

“Her project involved an examination of a mineral found in meteorites called schreibersite,” said Abbott-Lyon. “Using infrared light, she analyzed the mineral surface to find traces of phosphate groups, which are a primary component of life found in nucleic acids, cell membranes and energy-transfer coenzymes.”

Slavicinska explained, “This allowed me to obtain data about the surface that will help me understand how a metal-phosphorus alloy like schreibersite could phosphorylate (transfer a phosphate group to) various prebiotic molecules like nucleosides and glycerol.” She said, “We prepare solutions of these prebiotic molecules separately and then submerge our synthetic meteorite in them.”

Slavicinska, currently serving as vice president of the Student Affiliates of American Chemical Society, KSU’s chemistry and biochemistry club, plans to pursue graduate studies in either astrochemistry or astrobiology.

“I’m interested in space and the origins of life, “ she said. “I really enjoyed the research project this summer and how interdisciplinary it was.”

In its ongoing research, along with partners from Georgia Tech and the University of South Florida, the Abbott-Lyon Laboratory immerses schreibersite in solutions of water and other molecules vital to cell function. The hope is to find clues about how the mineral might have contributed reactive phosphorus to form the first biopolymers needed for life.

Along with the $4,000 stipend each scholar received, Slavicinska received an additional $2,000 in travel funds to present her research at a national or regional conference of her choice.

Applicants for the annual scholarship must be freshmen, sophomores or juniors during the spring semester in which they apply for the program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition to the scholars program, funds from the Birla Carbon gift will be used to provide research supplies needed for faculty assisting students and supplies needed for the end-of-the term symposium.

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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. 

-- Robert S. Godlewski

 

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.
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