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Kennesaw State elevated to doctoral research institution in Carnegie Classification

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New status reflects University’s growing doctoral programs
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has been elevated to a doctoral research institution with moderate research activity — designated “R3” — in The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning 2015 update. The University was previously classified among larger Master’s Colleges and Universities or “M1” institutions.
 
Under the Carnegie classifications, doctoral research institutions are those that awarded at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees during the upgrade year. In FY 2015, Kennesaw State awarded 40 doctoral degrees, including the Ph.D. in International Conflict Management and doctorates in education, business administration and nursing science.
 
“The upgrade in the Carnegie Classification signals exciting prospects for the advancement of research and scholarship at Kennesaw State,” said University President Daniel S. Papp. “It opens the door for more faculty research grants, greater support for students pursuing doctoral degrees and further development of our doctoral programs. It is a very significant milestone.”
 
Papp also noted that the R3 classification is consistent with the Board of Regents’ designation of Kennesaw State as a comprehensive university, and with goals he recently outlined for the University.
 
“The Carnegie designation as a doctoral university is one indication that Kennesaw State is moving along the path to become a world-class university, which is what the Board of Regents requires and demands of us as a comprehensive university,” Papp said. “While we will remain focused primarily on undergraduate education, our emphasis on master’s degrees and doctoral programs — including Ph.D. programs — will continue to expand.
 
Kennesaw State has rapidly increased the quality of its graduate instructional program and the level of faculty and student research, scholarly and creative activities, according to Charles Amlaner, the University’s vice president for research. 
 
“Being elevated to an R3 classification reflects the work of a lot of people over a number of years,” Amlaner said, noting that Kennesaw State launched five doctoral programs in six years beginning in 2006, and added a Ph.D. program in analytics and data science in fall 2015.“The Carnegie upgrade means we’re starting to reap the harvest of what we sowed just seven years ago when we started along this path.”
 
The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing diversity among U.S. higher education institutions since 1970, when the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed the method of classifying colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. The classifications, derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, reflect changes among institutions and are used in the study of higher education. Originally published in 1973, the classifications have been updated periodically, most recently on Feb. 1.
 
The upgrade for Kennesaw State reflects changes the Carnegie Classification made in its “Basic Classification” between the 2010 and 2015 updates, including new category labels for doctoral universities that are now classified as R1, R2 and R3 for highest, higher and moderate levels of research activity.
 
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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 Football Inks 18 on National Signing Day

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Class Features 10 Offensive Players, 8 Defensive Players

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 3, 2016)  Kennesaw State University signed 18 recruits during National Signing Day, head coach Brian Bohannon announced today. 

The third signing class in school history includes 10 offensive players and eight defensive players, plus one four-year transfer who signed a grant-in-aid.
 
Bohannon and his staff's recruiting efforts resulted in 10 all-state players and three region players of the year from Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The group consists of three defensive backs, three linebackers, three running backs, three offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, two wide receivers, one quarterback and one kicker.
 
"When you look at the overall class what you see is us trying to establish depth. You see every position on our roster has been touched. When we went into this we wanted to hit every position. Last year's class was very small, more transfers than it was freshmen," Bohannon said. "We wanted to up the ante from where we were in year one to year three in recruiting. As I tell our football team, and I am very honest with them, we are trying to out-recruit you every year. We're trying to get better players every year. If you aren't doing that you're not trying to get your program better.

"There is no question that this is a great class from top to bottom. We addressed needs of depth per position," Bohannon added. "I think there were some areas offensively when you look at the backfield and up front along the offensive line, you look at the inside game, something I've talked about, those are areas that we needed to get better. You look at depth on the defensive side, we added scholarships at linebacker and added some depth in the secondary, so this was really about establishing depth and this class will come in and have an immediate impact on our program."    
 
The list of all-state players include Bryson Armstrong (LB, 5-11, 195, Marietta, Ga. / Kell HS), Chris Byrd (LB, 5-9, 205, Gainesville, Ga. / Gainesville HS), Dustin Clabough (DB, 5-10, 170, Alcoa, Tenn. / Alcoa HS), Nick Eldridge (OL, 6-2, 295, Hoover, Ala. / Hoover HS), Allen Johnson (DL, 6-4, 235, Douglasville, Ga. / Allatoona HS), Christian Kinsley (K, 6-3, 215, Lexington, S.C. / Lexington HS), Bronson Rechsteiner (LB, 6-0, 210, Acworth, Ga. / Etowah HS), Brandon Simmons (RB, 6-0, 220, Pleasant Grove, Ala. / Pleasant Grove HS) and Zach Thompson (OL, 6-4, 295, Swainsboro, Ga. / Emanuel County Institute).
 
Bohannon and his staff also added four-year transfer quarterback Daniel David (6-1, 210), who transferred from Appalachian State and is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State. David is resident of Hoschton, Ga., and played his school football at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton where he was an all-state performer.  ...
 

Business School recognized for global ingenuity

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DBA program honored for innovative curriculum

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 3, 2016) — Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has earned accolades for creating an environment where out-of-the-box thinking flourishes. AACSB International, the global accrediting body and membership association for business schools, has recognized the College’s innovative Doctor of Business Administration program (DBA).

Celebrated as part of AACSB’s Centennial Anniversary and upcoming Visioning Initiative, the inaugural Innovations That Inspire awards shine a spotlight on a variety of ways that AACSB member schools are working to innovate and diversify the business education environment.

“It is my pleasure to recognize the Coles College of Business for its role in spearheading ingenuity within the business education landscape,” said Thomas R. Robinson, president and chief executive officer of AACSB International. “As AACSB celebrates 100 years of improving quality management education worldwide, it is important for those within and outside of the industry to be reminded of the vision, leadership, and innovative thinking business schools bring to the table. Through our Innovations That Inspire recognition, the Coles DBA stands as a testament to how business schools are driving positive impact within their communities and society at large, through their groundbreaking practices and continuous focus on excellence.”

From their approaches to research and learning, to their engagements with stakeholders and oversight of their management and operations, business schools are redefining the way that academic institutions of all kinds create, teach, connect and lead.

Launched in 2009, Kennesaw State University’s DBA was the first AACSB-accredited doctoral program designed to provide a research doctorate specifically for busy professionals. The program delivers the rigor of a traditional doctoral program in a non-traditional format, with classes taught on weekends.

More than 80 percent of KSU DBA graduates pursue positions in academia, proving how the program aids in filling the doctoral faculty gap in universities.

“The launch of our DBA program in 2009 was an innovative response to the international shortage of business faculty that was felt then and continues to be experienced today,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “We created a unique delivery model that allows experienced business professionals to receive an intense research education that prepares them for a career in higher education, or allows them to continue their business career with doctoral credentials.”

For a detailed overview of the featured innovations, visit www.AACSB.edu/Innovations-That-Inspire.

For more information about Kennesaw State University’s DBA program, visit http://coles.kennesaw.edu/programs/graduate/doctor-of-business-administration.

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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 AACSB International

Founded in 1916, AACSB is an association of more than 1,450 educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in 90 countries and territories. AACSB's mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master's, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, AACSB offers a wide array of services to the management education industry. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA; its Asia Pacific headquarters is located in Singapore; and its Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

 

Currin Named 2016 Georgia Engineer of the Year

Thomas Currin, dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Professional engineering organization recognizes dean with top honors

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MARIETTA‚ Ga. (Jan 28, 2016) —  Kennesaw State University’s dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Thomas Currin, was named Georgia Engineer of the Year, an honor bestowed annually on only one of the state’s 22,000 professional engineers by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.

Currin, originally nominated for the Georgia Engineer of the Year in Education award, received the highest score of all nominations submitted for various categories, earning him the top Georgia Engineer of the Year award.

“I'm thrilled to be selected by my engineering peers for this honor and appreciate all the support that I have received over the years from the professional engineering community in Georgia,” Currin said.

A leader in engineering education in the state, Currin has spent nearly three decades in higher education, becoming founding dean of the engineering college at Southern Polytechnic State University in 2006 and founding dean at Kennesaw State University in 2015.

A transportation engineer prior to joining higher education, Currin has served as an evaluator and commissioner of ABET, the primary accreditation agency for engineering education in the U.S., andhas authored numerous engineering education articles for publications and presentations. He also holds professional engineering licenses in several states, including Massachusetts and Georgia.

In addition to the dean’s award, two Kennesaw State students earned the top spots for both the Engineering Student of the Year and the Engineering Technology Student of the Year.

Valerie Washington, a systems and industrial engineering student, was selected as Engineering Student of the Year, while Kurt Jacobson, a mechanical engineering technology student, was named the Engineering Technology Student of the Year.

While the University’s engineering faculty and students have earned these awards in past years, this is the first time that three Kennesaw State recipients have received the prestigious honor at the same time.

The Kennesaw State recipients will be honored Feb. 13 in Atlanta during the Georgia Engineers Week Awards Gala, which is hosted by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, in collaboration with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Georgia Engineering Foundation, the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

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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 University’s online degree programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

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Information Technology graduate program among the top 15 at public universities nationally

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Jan. 12, 2016) U.S. News & World Report has once again named Kennesaw State University’s online learning programs among its “Best Online Programs” for 2016.

Among the eight program categories evaluated by U.S. News & World Report, Kennesaw State ranked for both the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the Michael J. Coles College of Business and the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) in the College of Computing and Software Engineering.

Kennesaw State’s MSIT program earned the No. 28 ranking on the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list. The program ranked in the top 15 among public institutions nationally, and was one of three in Georgia to make the list.  The online graduate program, which focuses on areas such as IT security, health information technology, databases and networking, has been ranked in the top 30 in this category for five years by U.S. News & World Report.

The online MBA program at Kennesaw State’s Michael J. Coles College of Business ranked 28th in the nation and climbed one spot from last year. The MBA program also ranked 25th among public universities and second among Georgia’s colleges and universities. 

“To be ranked again this year by U.S. News & World Report for our online programs recognizes Kennesaw State’s dedication to providing top-quality academic programs in the online learning environment,” said Elke Leeds, associate vice president for Technology Enhanced Learning at KSU. “It affirms that our programs are valued and respected beyond our campus borders and validates our commitment to provide talented students with rigorous and high-quality degree programs, allowing them to maintain a healthy balance between their workplace, their families and their academic pursuits.”

The 2016 rankings by U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 1,200 online degree programs at colleges and universities throughout the nation.

At Kennesaw State, more than 7,000 students take online courses each semester, with many students earning their bachelor’s and master’s degrees without ever coming to campus. KSU offers 16 fully online master’s degree programs, 12 bachelor’s degree programs and two doctoral programs.  In 2014, University launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and has served thousands with MOOCs in education technology and information security. Two new project-based learning MOOCs in professional writing and business modeling will launch in February.

Kennesaw State continues to be nationally recognized for its online learning. OnlineU.com ranked KSU 13th in the nation as a “Best Value Online College,” and the Affordable Colleges Foundation, which publishes AffordableCollegesOnline.org, ranked KSU 17th in the nation for “Best Online Colleges.”

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings, go to www.usnews.com/online.

For more information about Kennesaw State’s online learning, visit learnonline.kennesaw.edu.

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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 journalism and emerging media bachelor’s degree

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Board of Regents approves change to existing communication major

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2016)— In an effort to make its communication program more competitive and responsive to industry trends, Kennesaw State University’s School of Communication and Media will offer a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Emerging Media.

Following approval Wednesday by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the new major expands a journalism and emerging media curriculum previously offered as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Communication major. The new major will be offered starting in the fall 2016 semester.  

“Offering a stand-alone degree in this exciting and rapidly changing field illustrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to creating and building robust academic programs that assure our graduates enter their respective fields equipped with the best theoretical and practical knowledge,” said W. Ken Harmon, the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

More than 175 students are currently enrolled in the journalism and emerging media concentration, which emphasizes producing news content for traditional media like newspapers, magazines, television and radio, as well as for online, mobile and social media applications. Administrators expect the number of students declaring a major in the field will increase to 250 within three years. 

“The new journalism and emerging media major is the latest step in strengthening programs for students focusing on developing news and feature content through storytelling in the evolving news media industry,” said Barbara Gainey, director of the School of Communication and Media. “Additional steps include adding digital production spaces for print, online, video and audio content, and new faculty positions to support innovative instruction and continued emphasis on new technologies to enhance data gathering, reporting, and distribution of content for a varied marketplace.”

Communication continues to be one of Kennesaw State’s most popular majors, with more than 1,500 enrolled. In addition to the newest major in journalism and emerging media, students earning the Bachelor of Science in Communication may also concentrate in media studies and organizational communication. The School of Communication and Media also offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations; a Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication and a graduate certificate in Digital and Social Media.

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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. 

 

Board of Regents approves property purchase for Kennesaw State

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Site near Kennesaw Campus will serve a role in the University’s future growth

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 7, 2016) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved the purchase of property east of Kennesaw State University’s Kennesaw Campus to be utilized in KSU’s future development.

The Board of Regents will acquire 1.02 acres at 3051 George Busbee Parkway from Cobb County for $875,000. The property – formerly occupied by Kids R Kids – includes a 12,320-square-foot, one-story building and adjacent parking area. Funding for the property acquisition will come from state bonds earmarked for infrastructure expansion at Kennesaw State.

With this latest land acquisition, the University’s Kennesaw Campus will occupy a total of 384 acres, and the Marietta Campus will occupy 197 acres.

“We appreciate the Board of Regents approving this acquisition and enabling us to secure the real estate and facilities needed to meet the demands of our rapidly-growing student population,” Papp said. “Space continues to be at a premium as Kennesaw State evolves into a world-class institution, so this new property will strongly support our master plan and the vision we have for the University’s future.”

The property is located across the street from the 88-acre KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, which includes Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It is also adjacent to the land the University previously purchased at the former BrandsMart USA site on Busbee Drive in Kennesaw, which was approved by the BOR in February 2015.

The former BrandsMart building currently serves as the home of Kennesaw State’s marching band and also provides much-needed warehouse space. A master plan is currently in development for the remainder of the facility. The adjacent parking lot also provides additional parking spaces for the University’s use.

Conceptual plans for renovating the former Kids R Kids building to help meet the University’s growth demands are currently being developed and reviewed.

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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.

Fifth Third Bank Stadium Game Day Atmosphere Ranked No. 10 in FCS

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StadiumJourney.com Ranks All 125 FCS Football Stadiums

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 6, 2016) —Kennesaw State has only been playing football for one season, but it has already cracked the Top 10 nationally as Fifth Third Bank Stadium is listed No. 10 on StadiumJourney.com's Top 25 ranking of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) stadiums. 

The rankings take into account food and drink choices, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment, and special features.
 
The Owls played their inaugural season in 2015 and posted a 6-5 overall record, including a 5-1 mark at home.
 
"This Top 10 ranking is a great testament to all the hard work put forth by members of the athletics department, stadium employees, and the support provided by the university's administration," head coach Brian Bohannon said. "I can't tell you how phenomenal our fans were this season and how much energy they provided our players and coaches. Everyone from our fans, students, marching band, community and sponsor partners were instrumental in us posting a 5-1 home record and helping make Fifth Third Bank Stadium a special place to play.
 
"I want to thank our fans and staff, and congratulate them on providing the Kennesaw State football with one of the top FCS game day atmospheres in the country," Bohannon added.
 
Fifth Third Bank Stadium was one of three Big South Conference venues included in the Top 25, joining Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium (No. 6) and Spangler Stadium (Gardner-Webb) rated No. 18. With Coastal Carolina heading to the FBS level next season, Fifth Third Bank Stadium will rank as the top venue in the Big South Conference.
 
Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium topped the poll.
 
Season ticket renewals for the 2016 season will be sent out later this month with prices and The Owl Fund donation levels remaining the same as they were in 2015. Season tickets are priced at $99 per seat plus a donation to The Owls Fund.
 
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the first time can log onto www.ksuowls.com/fbticketsand add their name to the Wait List.
 
For more information, please contact the Kennesaw State Athletics ticket office at (470) 578-6957.  

Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Kennesaw State Athletics. Fifth Third Bank Stadium, the signature athletics landmark on the Kennesaw State University campus, is a world-class facility that has been recognized as one of the premier multi-use outdoor athletics venues in the country. In the fall of 2015, it became the official home of Owls football team and is also home to Owls soccer and lacrosse.

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Kennesaw State professor’s invention allows deeper dives into big data

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Ying Xie shares U.S. patent for new algorithm on text and web search technology

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Dec. 15, 2015) — A Kennesaw State University computer science professor’s invention will allow more robust analysis of text and web search data, enabling researchers to utilize vast amounts of previously hard-to-quantify information into more user-friendly data.

Ying Xie, professor and assistant department chair of the College of Computing and Software Engineering, and Vijay V. Raghavan, the Alfred and Helen Lamson Endowed Professor in Computer Science at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, have been issued a U.S. patent for a new algorithm on text and web search technology for a “system, method and computer program product for information sorting and retrieval using a language-modeling kernel function.”

“Experimental studies showed that this new search method outperformed traditional search technique,” Xie said. “This method also provides a solid foundation for implementing personalized text or web searches, so it has great value for commercialization.”

Xie, who also teaches in the Ph.D. program in analytics and data science, is a co-inventor for another U.S. patent entitled “Semantic Relationship Extraction, Text Categorization and Hypothesis Generation” that was issued in 2009. He has two more pending patent applications on mobile and social network techniques.

“This latest patent protects an invented technology on text and web search,” Xie said. “Professor Raghavan and I have designed a theoretically sound and practically effective model for information retrieval that is able to integrate evidences of relevance from different sources into a unified framework towards the user’s query.”

Instead of analyzing structured data from neat columns and rows of numbers arranged on spreadsheets, this new search algorithm allows researchers to utilize unstructured data, such as that which exists in email, tweets or texts, for example. They can also perform analysis on video and audio files.

“Professor Ying Xie’s work is on the cutting edge of computing,” said E.K. Park, dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering. “It pushes the boundaries of deep data even further.”

The ramifications are huge, according to Jennifer Lewis Priestley, director of the Ph.D. program in analytics and data science.

“This means his algorithm, which is basically a series of equations to accomplish a single objective, optimizes the data-searching process. It holds tremendous promise in the area of text mining,” Priestley said. “To put it in layman’s terms, suppose a legal team is preparing for trial. A roomful of lawyers may take weeks to pore through a seemingly endless trove of documents highlighting pages with all the phrases and type them into an electronic database to build their case. Ying’s invention replaces those lawyers because the documents can be scanned by his proprietary algorithm, which would automatically analyze them by key phrases.”

Xie, who is based on Kennesaw State’s Marietta Campus, began teaching in the Ph.D. program in analytics and data science this fall. The program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, received approval earlier this year by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

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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.

Contact: Robert S. Godlewski, 470-578-3448, rgodlews@kennesaw.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennesaw State University’s first combined Commencement since consolidation will graduate more than 2,500 students

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Kennesaw Campus to hold five ceremonies on Dec. 15 and 16

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 10, 2015) — Kennesaw State University will hold its first combined Commencement since consolidating with Southern Polytechnic State University in January. Five graduation ceremonies will be conducted in the KSU Convocation Center on the Kennesaw Campus, beginning with Commencement on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. More than 2,500 students will graduate on Dec. 15 and 16. The University, one of the 50 largest public universities in the country, graduates approximately 5,500 students each year during fall, spring and summer commencements.

DEC. 15, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: John Omachonu, senior vice provost and professor of communication, Kennesaw State University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences – 10 a.m.

John Omachonu has more than 20 years of experience in international broadcasting and higher education. As senior vice provost at Kennesaw State, Omachonu assists the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs and works in a role vital to the institution’s post-consolidation growth and transition. Omachonu received his B.S. in psychology/zoology, his M.A. in mass communication, and his Ph.D. in mass communication from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Speaker: E.K. Park, dean of the College of Computing and Software Engineering, Kennesaw State University

College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, and Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology – 2 p.m.

With 26 years of leadership, research and teaching expertise, E.K. Park has held numerous leadership positions in higher education. Previously, Park was the vice provost of research and dean of graduate studies at the California State University, Chico, where he oversaw the university’s Research Office and Sponsored Programs Office. He also was a professor in the university’s Department of Computer Science. Park earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University.

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Speaker: Bert Reeves, Georgia Representative, House District 34

Graduate College – 7 p.m.

In November 2014, Bert Reeves was elected to represent House District 34, which includes parts of Kennesaw and Marietta. He graduated from North Cobb High School and he earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech. He earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Stetson University in St. Petersburg, Fla. Reeves is an attorney and owner of the Law Office of Bert Reeves. He previously was a partner at the Marietta law firm Garrett McNatt Hennessey & Carpenter, and before that he was a Cobb County assistant district attorney.

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DEC. 16, COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE:

Speaker: Charles Ross, vice president for economic development and community engagement, Kennesaw State University

Michael J. Coles College of Business and College of Science and Mathematics – 10 a.m.

As KSU’s chief economic development officer, Charles Ross provides campus-wide leadership in deploying University resources to support northwest Georgia’s economic development efforts and engaging off-campus communities. He chairs the KSU Economic Development Task Force and oversees the Offices of Community Engagement and Government Relations. He holds an electrical engineering degree from Marquette University and a MBA from Indiana University.

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Speaker: Kathleen (K.C.) White, vice president of student affairs, Kennesaw State University

College of the Arts, Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, WellStar College of Health and Human Services, and University College – 3 p.m.

As the divisional leader focused on assuring student success, K.C. White oversees, manages, and directs the University’s Division of Student Affairs and provides campus-wide leadership in planning, integrating, and conducting co-curricular student programs and activities. White holds a Doctor of Education from Florida State University, a Master of Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

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

For directions and campus map: http://www.kennesaw.edu/commencement/visit/directions.php.

For more information, please go to http://www.kennesaw.edu/commencement/.

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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

 

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