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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

Jennifer Purcell Kennesaw State

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.

ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2 flagship home for Kennesaw State Football

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Multi-year Partnership between Kennesaw State and Dickey Broadcasting Company
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 7, 2016) — Kennesaw State University and Dickey Broadcasting Company are proud to announce the signing of a multi-year partnership that makes ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2 (WFOM-AM) the exclusive radio home of the Owls' football team.
 
Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams was in 680 The Fan studios on Thursday morning to make the announcement, joining The Front Row with Steak Shapiro, Sandra Golden and Brian Finneran.
 
“There is no radio brand in the Southeast more synonymous with college football than The Fan,” said Williams. “We are thrilled to join the Dickey family and solidify ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2 as the long-term radio home for the Owls. I want to personally thank David Dickey and his staff as we look forward to a tremendous partnership. This is a great day for the Owls and our fans as we continue to advance the KSU brand in the region.”
 
The agreement gives Kennesaw State its first radio rights deal for football, while helping expand KSU’s brand within the college football-rich Southeast. KSU joins the Dickey Broadcasting Company, which already includes radio partners Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia State University and the Atlanta Braves.
 
“We are excited to expand Dickey Broadcasting Company's unprecedented college football coverage through our exciting partnership with KSU,” said The Fan's President David Dickey. “Vaughn Williams and his team have done an incredible job of launching KSU football, and we look forward to helping them create and distribute market-exclusive content, for all KSU students, fans and sponsors to enjoy.”
 
Kennesaw State's inaugural season of football came last year, with the Owls going 6-5 under head coach Brian Bohannon and selling out all six home games at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
 
KSU's broadcast team of play-by-play voice Brian Giffin, analyst Tutan Reyes and sideline reporter Art Eckman, who called all 11 games last season on the internet, will remain as the broadcast team as KSU moves to ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2 this fall.
 
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.
 
680 The Fan/93.7FM / ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2
680 The Fan on 93.7 FM, Atlanta's Sports Station, is owned by Dickey Broadcasting Company and just celebrated its 22nd anniversary as Atlanta's first and biggest sports talk radio station. With over 160 years of Atlanta Sports Radio experience in its starting lineup, 680 The Fan is the preeminent sports station in the Southeastern United States. Sports Radio 680 The Fan is the exclusive home of Atlanta Braves Baseball, The Flagship Station of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football and Basketball, the Official Sports-Talk Partner of the Georgia Bulldogs, the Flagship Station of Georgia State Football and Basketball and now the Flagship Station of Kennesaw State Football.680 The Fan's weekday program lineup consists of the Rude Awakening with Christopher Rude, Chris Dimino, Nick Cellini and Hometeam Brandon Leak (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.), The Front Row with Steak Shapiro, Sandra Golden and Brian Finneran (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Buck and Kincade (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) followed by Chuck and Chernoff (3 p.m. to 7p.m.).
 
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Interim executive director named for business incubator center

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IgniteHQ and University develop stronger ties to help area entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses
 
KENNESAW, Ga. (June 27, 2016)Michael Salvador, director of executive education programs for the Michael J. Coles College of Business, has been named the interim executive director of IgniteHQ, a business incubator, accelerator and education partnership between Kennesaw State University and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately. Salvador will hold dual appointments until a permanent executive director is named.
 
Salvador, who joined Kennesaw State in 2005, replaces Nancy Whatley who led IgniteHQ since it launched in March 2015. Whatley has joined TRC Staffing Services as the national vice president of franchise operations.
 
“Nancy has done a wonderful job during this startup phase of Ignite HQ; we appreciate her leadership and wish her much success,” Kennesaw State Interim President Houston Davis said. “Through Mike’s appointment, we will develop stronger ties between IgniteHQ and the Coles College of Business, particularly the College’s Entrepreneurship Center, as we continue to build a premier innovation center that will serve as an economic engine for our region and the state of Georgia.”
 
A partnership between Kennesaw State and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and supported by Cobb County, IgniteHQ is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s Competitive EDGE program.  It supports Georgia’s entrepreneur community by identifying, developing, and providing the resources startups and new and early-stage businesses need to grow and succeed. It also provides entrepreneurs space to conduct their business, access to unique programming, mentoring and advisory services and collaboration opportunities.
 
According to Davis, IgniteHQ is in line with a strategic imperative the Board of Regents has for all University System of Georgia institutions, focusing on economic development and world-class research. In addition to the Coles College, the University’s Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement also will play an integral role and will serve as a gateway for bringing together IgniteHQ and the University’s resources with Georgia’s entrepreneur community.
 
Earlier this month, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on behalf of Kennesaw State approved the lease of a warehouse facility in downtown Marietta, which will serve as the headquarters for IgniteHQ.
 
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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.

Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center earns accolades

Kennesaw State University's Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center

Architectural and interior design awards recognize facility’s form and function

KENNESAW, Ga.  (June 22, 2016) — The soaring, angular architecture and park-like atmosphere inside the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center helped the $38.7 million facility win an Outstanding Sports Facility Award at the 67th NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo held recently in Kissimmee, Fla. The Center also received a Bronze Citation from the 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase, administered by the American School & University magazine and SchoolDesigns.com. 

The NIRSA judges noted the Center’s exterior, whose “west façade is composed of multiple pods topped with canted roof elements which cascade like a runner in motion,” according to the award description. “Each pod is composed of angled glass, which offers full transparency to the activities within, as well as brick and stone, which anchor the design to the campus fabric.”

The NIRSA award recognizes outstanding outdoor sports facilities opened between 2013 and 2015 that demonstrate “excellence in newly constructed, renovated or expanded recreational sports facilities at NIRSA member institutions.”

In recognizing the Center with a Bronze Citation, the 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase took note of the “great use of recycled materials,” which included cabinetry and tables fashioned from oak trees felled to make way for the construction. Judges with the American School & University competition termed the overall look of the interior a “beautiful transformation.”

“We are pleased that NIRSA and the 2016 Educational Interiors Showcase have chosen to honor the Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center with these two awards,” said Kennesaw State’s Vice President for Student Affairs Kathleen “K.C.” White. “The Center is among the best in the country and provides our students with a wide range of health, recreation, sports and fitness options from which to choose.”

Hughes Group Architects provided the concept for the building design; Cooper Carry is the architect of record. The construction firm on the project was DPR Hardin Construction.

Interior architectural descriptions highlight the facility’s abundant natural lighting, live plants, wood benches and natural stone that create a park-like atmosphere.

Completed in 2015, the Center is more than three times the size of Kennesaw State’s original student recreation building, which was opened in 2005. During construction, some 127,217 square feet of new space was added and another 47,175 square feet was renovated. The bi-level facility contains the latest, state-of-the-art exercise and fitness equipment.

The Center has two swimming pools, one indoors for competitive swimming and another outdoors for social and leisure opportunities. Adjacent to the indoor pool is a 47-foot rock-climbing tower. In addition to an outdoor basketball court and four indoor courts, the Center has three racquetball courts, a multi-sport MAC Gym, eight outdoor tennis courts, two sand volleyball areas, a bike shop, weight and fitness areas with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an indoor walk/jog/run track.

Situated across from the James V. Carmichael Student Center, the Center is one of the first buildings students see upon entering the Kennesaw Campus.  A familiar place for students to participate in programs such as outdoor adventures, OwlFit, intramural sports, club sports, aquatics, and wellness.

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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 finance executive among first university business fellows

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National Association of College and University Business Officers selects Dawn Gamadanis

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 21, 2016) — A Kennesaw State University executive has been selected as one of 15 aspiring chief college and university business officers nationwide to participate in the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ inaugural leadership development fellowship program.

As a NACUBO fellow, Dawn Gamadanis, assistant vice president for financial management, will spend one year working with higher education presidents, provosts, and seasoned chief business officers to deepen her knowledge of university business management, institutional communications and the expanding role of the CBO on campus.

“I am very passionate about the future of higher education and its role in preparing our leaders of tomorrow,” said Gamadanis, who oversees a university budget of $512 million and a team of over 80 employees. “The NACUBO plays an important role in shaping that future. Its Fellows Program provides an invaluable growth opportunity for me to strengthen my leadership skills, network with similarly experienced individuals and gain additional insights into the challenges and opportunities facing CBOs today. The experience will allow me to ‘pay it forward’ to faculty, staff and students.”   

Gamadanis, a Kennesaw State alumna, earned an MBA and an undergraduate degree in business administration. In addition to her primary role in the University’s administration, she serves as a member of Kennesaw State’s Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee, which is developing the university’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. 

NACUBO officials say the fellowship program is launching as higher education faces complex issues on many fronts. They cited an evolution in the nation’s student population, the adoption of new tuition strategies, lower college and university endowment returns at many institutions and the anticipated retirement of many current chief business officers.

“It is critical that we prepare key talent to lead our industry into the future,” said Marta Perez Drake, NACUBO's vice president of professional development. “The Fellows represent the best of the sector’s talent pipeline, and we look forward to helping them grow as higher education business professionals.”

The NACUBO Fellows Program will formally kick off during a workshop preceding the NACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting in Montréal this summer.

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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 NACUBO
NACUBO, founded in 1962, is a nonprofit professional organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at more than 2,100 colleges and universities across the country. NACUBO's mission is to advance the economic viability, business practices and support for higher education institutions in fulfillment of their missions. For more information, visit www.nacubo.org.

 

 

 

Second cohort of Woodrow Wilson teaching fellows at Kennesaw State University announced

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Bagwell College of Education, in partnership with the College of Science and Mathematics, continues to provide STEM teachers for Georgia’s high-need schools

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 9, 2016) — At the state capitol June 1, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the second class of Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows, a program designed to close the achievement gap and provide all students with high-quality teachers.

The highly competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields – and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools.

“The Woodrow Wilson Fellowship is about putting well-trained, committed educators in not only the fields of highest demand in our technology-driven age, but in the schools of highest need here in Georgia,” Deal said. “STEM education plays a critical role in our state’s competitiveness and future economic prosperity and the most important thing we can do for our students in this field is ensure they have effective teachers. This opportunity for teachers is leading to a brighter future for students as they prepare for the 21st century workforce.”

Sixty individuals are part of the second cohort, which is offered at Kennesaw State University, Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College during the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

Kennesaw State fellows include:

·               Tammy Borngessser

·               KyleLanrewski

·               Marshai Waiters

·               Michael Sanderson

·               Lily Appleton

·               Kendall Schlundt

·               Michael Fusia

·               Natasakia Wayne

·               Wesley Queen

·               Ruth Richir 

·               Savannah Bell

·               Amanda Barrett

“Our second cohort will add four new math teachers, one new chemistry teacher, five new biology teachers and two new physics teachers, where there is a critical shortage,” said Desha Williams, project director.

Each fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a yearlong classroom experience. In return, fellows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring.

The university partners, selected in a statewide review by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, have spent the past year and a half tailoring their teacher preparation programs to meet the fellowship’s standards for intensive clinical work and rigorous related coursework. All five participating universities received $400,000 matching grants to develop their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. For each of the program’s three years, the participating Georgia colleges and universities will be able to enroll 12 fellows, totaling 180 fellows over that three-year period.

“Under Governor Deal’s leadership, Georgia has demonstrated a strong commitment to identifying, recruiting and preparing top candidates for STEM teaching careers throughout the state,” said Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “Across the nation, we hear of struggles to get exemplary teachers, particularly those who teach subjects like science and math, to serve in high-need schools. Through the hard work of the governor, the legislature, partner universities, and local school districts, we are working together to ensure Georgia’s urban and rural communities have the strong teachers our children need to learn and succeed in the 21st century. Together, we are committed to meeting the staffing needs of Georgia’s high-need schools."

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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 the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its Fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

 

New grants allow Kennesaw State’s addiction and recovery center to expand services

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Students with eating disorders and Cobb County high school students to benefit

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 8, 2016)— Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) has been awarded two new grants that will expand its services to a growing number of students suffering from eating disorders and to help stem the growing use of drugs and alcohol among Cobb County high school students.

Under a $40,000 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategies (BRSS TACS) contract awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the CYAAR will partner with local nonprofit Supporting Others to Achieve Recovery (SOAR) and its transitional living home — The Phoenix House — to increase awareness at Kennesaw State about eating disorders. The funding also will allow the Center to provide peer support and help reduce the stigma associated with the disorder.

A $10,000 Cobb Community Impact Grant will bring the Center’s peer education and recovery education programs to more than 3,000 Cobb County juniors and seniors. They will evaluate their perceptions and risks related to substance use, misuse and dependence and learn from peer educators in successful recovery.

“There is compelling data indicating a need for CYAAR to expand its services in these critical areas,” said Teresa Johnston, the Center’s founding director. “We have recently seen an increase in the number of Kennesaw State students seeking recovery support for eating disorders as a primary concern, as well as those in recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns.”

Johnston noted that during the 2014-2015 academic year, Kennesaw State’s Counseling and Psychological Services department treated 59 Kennesaw State students for eating disorder-related conditions. In fall 2015 alone, 37 students identifying an “eating disorder” were treated, and that number is expected to increase through the current academic year. Also, the University’s health and wellness promotion nutritionist reported that assessments for those identifying with eating disorders doubled from fall 2014 to fall 2015 and the number of follow-up appointments for those students increased dramatically as well.

“Clearly, there is a need to expand the CYAAR’s expertise and success in collegiate addition recovery supports to students with eating disorders,” Johnston said. “We can best accomplish this by working collaboratively with partners like SOAR and The Phoenix House, the only peer-based residential facility in the country for women with eating disorders. By combining resources to support Kennesaw State students seeking help for eating disorders, we hope to lead the way in helping others understand that recovery requires addressing mental health disorders as well as addictive disorders.”   

When it comes to CYAAR’s expansion of services to adolescents, Johnston said the experience in Georgia reflects a national trend towards higher levels of drug use among teenagers.

“We know that in 2012, half of the 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs were under age 18, and in Georgia, almost one of every five youth ages 12 to 17 has used an illicit drug,” Johnston said. “We also know that the majority of substance use and misuse does not begin in college. Last year, three-fourths of college drinkers and drug users reported that they began using in high school or earlier.” 

The community impact grant allows the CYAAR to heighten awareness about the risk of addiction among Cobb County youth, and to help educate students in Georgia’s second-largest school system about addiction and recovery, Johnston said. The program also will result in the analysis of baseline data showing the effectiveness of risk perception education and the impact of peer education provided by college students for those in high school. 

Since 2007, the CYAARhas provided prevention/education to more than 5,000 Kennesaw State students and recovery support services to an average of 1,000 students per year. One of the first collegiate recovery programs of its kind,the Center serves an average of 80 recovering students annually.  

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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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