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Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Maj. Gen. Maria Britt

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Kennesaw State University administrator honored for military service

KENNESAW, Ga. (JULY 28, 2014) — Maj. Gen. Maria Britt, the first female head of the Georgia National Guard and, since 2012, Kennesaw State University associate vice president for operations, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

The presidential award, presented by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is one of the nation’s highest. The citation recognizes Britt’s “exceptional meritorious service from February 21, 2008 to September 30, 2011, as the commanding general, Georgia Army National Guard.”

Britt joined Kennesaw State in February 2012 after a 28-year military career. In her last post, she served as commanding general of Georgia’s 11,000 National Guard soldiers. During her tenure, she twice led the Georgia National Guard to win the prestigious Army Process Improvement Criteria First Runner-Up award.

“I congratulate Maj. Gen. Maria Britt for being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her outstanding leadership while she was commanding general of the Georgia Army National Guard. Maria’s honor brings a great deal of pride to our university and community,” said Randy Hinds, Kennesaw State’s vice president for operations, chief information officer and chief business officer, who came to KSU after a distinguished 30-year military career as a colonel. Hinds himself was the recipient of three Legion of Merit medals, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

A native of Gloversville, N.Y., Britt is among the first female graduates of the United States Military Academy, West Point, and holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Joint Military Intelligence College. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies.

Britt is a strong advocate for veterans’ issues and participates as a member of the KSU Presidential Commission on Veterans Affairs, working closely with the KSU Veterans Resource Center and the KSU Veteran Recruitment Advisory Committee. She serves on advisory boards for the Shepherd Center, the Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center, Women Veterans Social Justice, and the Coles College of Business Georgia Advancing Veterans Education (GAVE).

The Distinguished Service Medal was authorized by Presidential Order and authorized by Congress in 1918.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.

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Zuckerman Museum of Art opens fall exhibition

Art, history and underrepresented communities are explored in “Hearsay,” “Some of Its Parts” and “Virginia Dudley and American Modernism”
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 25, 2014)– The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) at Kennesaw State University celebrates three new shows as part of the opening fall exhibition season. “Hearsay,” “Some of Its Parts” and “Virginia Dudley and American Modernism” explore alternative histories, traditional Japanese indigo dyeing and the work of an eclectic Georgia modernist, respectively.
July 26 – October 2, 2014
This series of interdisciplinary projects addresses southern narratives within the context of historically untold or fictionalized stories. “Hearsay” explores the understanding of past and place and gives life to alternative experiences of underrepresented communities in the local region.
Installations include: “John Q,” an idea collective utilizing archival film footage to retell the forgotten stories of gay Atlantans prior to the 1970s gay rights movement; “After Malcolm: Islam and the Black Freedom Struggle,” a digital archive project focusing on the experiences of black Muslims in Atlanta; a Photovoice Project exploring the diverse perspectives of refugees and native southerners in the Clarkston community; an archival and artistic portrayal of Cherokee printing press’s development and revival; and solo projects by Carolyn Carr, Nikita Gale, George Long and Robert Sherer.
“I hope that viewers will come away with a more expanded sense of history, and appreciate the value and importance of individual experience in shaping our understanding of the world,” says Teresa Reeves, ZMA director of curatorial affairs. Reeves is co-curator of “Hearsay” with Kirstie Tepper, ZMA associate curator, and Julia Brock, director of interpretation within the Kennesaw State Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books. 
“Some of Its Parts”
July 26 – October 2, 2014
Trained in indigo farming and traditional dyeing techniques in Japan, Rowland Ricketts uses natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design. Ricketts teams up with sound artist Norbert Herber to produce “Some of Its Parts,” an installation of hard numbers, methodical approach and organic process. Using sound translated from temperature and color data sets, the project immerses the visitor in a multifaceted visual and sonic experience.
“Virginia Dudley and American Modernism”
July 1 – August 2, 2014
The exhibition is the first major retrospective to include every phase of the career of American artist Virginia Dudley, including her time as a student at the Art Students League in New York, as a professional enamelist and jewelry maker, and as a teacher in the armed services and Shorter College. “Virginia Dudley and American Modernism” displays eighteen of Dudley’s works in photography, painting, printmaking, welded sculpture and a large assortment of her well-known forays into jewelry and enameling.  The show includes “Sea Birds,” a major enamel work by Dudley in the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art that has not been seen publicly for many years.


LexisNexis® supports research projects, new certification program at Kennesaw State University


LexisNexis® supports research projects, new certification program at Kennesaw State University

Gifts to the departments of computer science, and statistics and analytical studies total $150,000

KENNESAW, Ga.(July 23, 2014) — LexisNexis Risk Solutions today announced that it recently donated three individual gifts totaling $150,000 to Kennesaw State University.

“The Computer Science Department is proud and excited about these gifts as the first step toward an anticipated long-term partnership with LexisNexis involving their ‘big data’ and analytics technologies,” said Interim Chair Ken Hoganson. “Our students will benefit with research opportunities in a hot area of computing, sponsored by and using LexisNexis HPCC Systems (High Performance Computing Cluster) technologies.”

The largest of the three gifts, $80,000, will support research aimed at further promoting open source HPCC Systems in both academia and industry. The goal of the research projects is to produce a series of publications and demonstrations about the performance of HPCC Systems in big data analytics, and where appropriate, highlight its benefits over Hadoop. HPCC Systems is a massive parallel-processing computing platform that solves big data problems. It is a homegrown solution of LexisNexis Risk Solutions and allows its customers to quickly analyze billions of records.

LexisNexis is also contributing $65,000 for the creation of a certificate program that will give students, industry professionals and practitioners a comprehensive overview of real world big data projects. Graduates of the program will be able to perform big data analytics on the LexisNexis HPCC Systems platform. The certification will be available as a non-credit certificate for industry professionals and practitioners or as a for-credit certificate for degree-seeking and post-degree students.

“We are pleased to donate and invest in Kennesaw State University’s research and certification programs, because this builds on our commitment to improve the quantity and quality of students and graduates looking to pursue STEM careers,” said Flavio Villanustre, Vice President, Products and Infrastructure, HPCC Systems, LexisNexis.  “In addition, it is our strategy to continue our academic program to more academic and research institutions to help society tackle the technology challenges for the next decade.”

“The gifts will also allow the CS department to offer for-credit certification programs to our current and future students with high value to high-tech employers utilizing LexisNexis technologies and tools,” Hoganson said. “I anticipate that the non-credit certification program will be sought after by analytics professionals in the metro Atlanta technology community as a ladder to help working professionals grow into careers in this incredibly exciting field.”

A portion of the gift will also be used to sponsor “R Day,” a mini-conference hosted by the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.

Kennesaw State named a 2014 “Great College to Work For”

One of only two universities and only public institution in Georgia recognized
KENNESAW, Ga. (July 21, 2014) ¾ For the third year in a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Kennesaw State University as a “Great College to Work For,” giving it top honors in two categories: facilities, workspace and security;and work/life balance.
Of the 92 institutions recognized in this year’s survey, Kennesaw State was one of only two Georgia universities recognized in the survey, and the only public institution in the state to make the cut. According to The Chronicle, the Great Colleges survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff; and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received a “Great College to Work For” recognition was the employee feedback.  
“We are extremely honored to once again earn this recognition from The Chronicle of Higher Education in its ‘2014 Great Colleges to Work For®’ survey,”said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “Our faculty, staff and administrators are the backbone of this institution and the driving force behind our rising national reputation. It is their hard work and dedication that provides our nearly 25,000 students access to a transformational education.”
This is the second year Kennesaw State employees have said campus facilities meet their needs, while also agreeing the appearance of the campus is pleasing. The university also received kudos for creating policies that provide employees the flexibility to manage their lives on the job and at home. Employees agreed with statements such as, “My supervisor/department chair supports my efforts to balance my work and personal life.”
“Kennesaw State’s working and learning environment supports employees’ day-to-day efforts,” said Rodney Bossert, the university’s assistant vice president for human resources. “We strive to make our processes for professional development, communications, and access to institutional services and resources as open and user friendly as possible. As a result of these investments, the institution reaps an enormous dividend: a highly motivated, well-informed, and well-equipped faculty and staff, who work well together and share the institution’s goal of ensuring our students receive a world-class education.”
Kennesaw State offers a generous employee benefits package, including paid sick days, vacation leave, an employee assistance program and a free online work-life resource guide that provides comprehensive locator services to help employees find summer camp options, child care, elder care and adoption, among many other work-life issues.
Also recognized in the facilities/workspace/security category, Kennesaw State’s campus offers several new or updated office buildings, classrooms and other facilities. Among its newest buildings, two have attained LEED Gold certification for state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly construction. A nationally recognized emergency system enables succinct communication between all of the support departments traditionally charged with security/safety and the campus community.
The Department of Strategic Security & Safety uses a “layered approach” to emergency communications for Kennesaw State. The first layer of the Kennesaw State Preparedness and Response System (KSPARS) uses a siren with voice-over operation for “sheltering in” emergencies, such as tornado warnings, active shooter situations and hazardous material spills – on and nearby campus. Other layers include: cell phone (voice messaging and SMS Texting) and email notifications of emergency situations; utilization of a “PopUp” screen on individual and classroom computers, both PCs and Macs, that will flash a message with specific instructions on what to do in a critical-incident scenario; and integration of existing digital signage on- and off-campus to enable specific notifications on evacuations, lockdowns and “stay away” directives.
This year’s survey encompassed responses from nearly 44,000 people at 278 institutions. All accredited institutions in the United States are invited to participate, and participation is free.
Full results of The Chronicle’s annual survey can be viewed online at:
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.

Tennis Teams Earn Academic Honors

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 15, 2014) – The Kennesaw State men’s and women's tennis teams earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team honors while 10 student-athletes were recognized as ITA Scholar-Athletes, the organization announced on July 10.
Senior Alexandra Apostu and juniors Jana Hueckinghaus and Virginie Stein from the women’s team were recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom during the 2013-14 academic year. Juniors Alex Pena and Louis Theodor, sophomores Jorge Wilton and Maksim Yorsh, and freshmen Jake Bouchillon, David Durham and Simon Pritchard were honored on the men’s side.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 2) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
"I want to congratulate the team for its hard work not only on the court but in the classroom," women’s tennis head coach Jeff Kutac said. "Earning ITA academic honors does not come without a lot of hard work, discipline and dedication to school work, and I am happy to see the team honored for its commitment and each individual understanding what it means to be a true student-athlete."
Kennesaw State men’s head coach Eduardo Rincon was equally complimentary of his team’s academic accomplishments.
"I am extremely proud of the team for earning ITA All-Academic honors," Rincon said. "I know how hard they have worked in order to achieve a level of success academically and have seen how much this means to them based on the time and hard work they have put into their academics while at home and on the road. It is an honor and privilege to be able to help guide these student-athletes day-in and day-out during their college years."

Keep up with Kennesaw State Athletics by following KSU on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and/or by liking Kennesaw State Owls on Facebook. You also can follow Kennesaw State women's tennis at @KSUWomensTennis and the men’s team at @KSUMensTennis.

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Kennesaw State University’s Distance Learning Center honored by Campus Technology magazine

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Center recognized for its evaluation system of massive open online courses

KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 10, 2014) — A leader in online learning, Kennesaw State University was among 11 universities honored with a Campus Technology Innovators Award by Campus Technology magazine for innovative and visionary technology project leadership.

The University was recognized in the Administrative Systems category for its Virtual Assessment Center, a tool created and used to assess Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), KSU’s newest learning model.

“Our process and business model – and the application we developed –answered how to evaluate and accept MOOCs for credit,” said Elke Leeds, assistant vice president, technology-enhanced education. “We created a turnkey approach so faculty could easily assess MOOCs.”

Each year, the Campus Technology Innovators Awards recognize exemplary colleges and universities, their visionary technology project leadership, and their innovative technology vendor partners that have taken technology to extraordinary new heights to meet today’s challenges on campus.

This year, 11 universities were honored from 215 nominations submitted for Campus Technology’s 10th annual awards in six different categories. 

“The 2014 Campus Technology Innovators are an extraordinary group of technology leaders in higher education. I'm pleased to congratulate all of the awardees for their innovative work and recognize the technologies that have helped their projects succeed,” said Rhea Kelly, executive editor, Campus Technology.

This year’s honorees will be recognized with a special feature in the July all-digital issue of Campus Technology magazine and an awards ceremony at the Campus Technology 2014 conference in Boston July 28-31.

For more information on Campus Technology magazine’s 2014 Innovator Awards, visit the website at

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.

Owls Land Five on WGCA 2013-14 All-American Scholars Team

Kennesaw State women's golf

Lescudier, Pedersen, Clinning, Sverdloff, Estefenn earn accolade

KENNESAW, Ga. (JULY 2, 2014)  The accolades continued to roll in for the Kennesaw State women's golf team as five student-athletes were named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America Scholars Team, the WGCA announced Wednesday, July 2. 

Rising seniors Ines LescudierMette Pedersen and Hayley Clinning, along with rising sophomores Dulcie Sverdloff and Laura Estefenn each earned the prestigious honor for the Owls. 

"I am incredibly proud of my players that earned Academic All-American honors," said head coach Rhyll Brinsmead. "This is a huge achievement, particularly considering the travel we completed this spring with eight events. I love the accountability each of these student-athletes took on in regards to their academics and athletic achievement. We set a high bar and every one of them met this goal. It is such an honor to serve as their coach and they continue to make me proud with honors such as this." 

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics, with student-athletes having to earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 to be eligible for the award. A total of 664 women's collegiate golfers from Division I, II and III were recognized with the accolade. 

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State women's golf news follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsWmnsGolf or by liking Kennesaw State University onFacebook.

Georgia manufacturing activity shows slight improvement for June


Drop in new orders and production drives other components in monthly survey

KENNESAW, Ga.  (July 1, 2014) — Georgia manufacturing activity remained relatively stable for June, according to the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.  The Georgia PMI for June increased by 0.5 of a point to 57.3.

According to the report, the five PMI components split for June with three components – new orders, production and employment – decreasing and two components increasing.  Georgia’s June new orders and production fell, but remain at relatively high levels, according to Don Sabbarese, director of the Econometric Center and professor of economics at Kennesaw State.  

“The recent slip in new orders and production ultimately drives the other components,” Sabbarese said. “Despite the drop, the new orders and production readings are still at sustainable growth levels, with 42.3 percent of respondents still reporting increases.”

“Future production expectations for the next three to six months were down compared to previous months. When asked in a separate survey question, only 27 percent of respondents expect higher production for June compared to 45 percent for May,” Sabbarase said. “This may be a harbinger for the future trend, but it’s still too early to tell.”

Other highlights from the June PMI:

  • New orders down 2.8 points to 65.4, 2.3 points above its six-month average
  • Production down 2.4 points to 63.5, 3.8 points above its six-month average
  • Employment down 3.0 points to 53.8, 4.4 points below its six-month average
  • Supplier delivery up 5.1 points to 59.6, 1.3 points above its six-month average
  • Finished inventory up 5.6 points to 44.2, 4.9 points below its six-month average
  • Commodity prices down 16.3 points to 51.9, 5.3 points below its six-month average

The Georgia PMI provides a snapshot of manufacturing activity in the state, just as the monthly PMI released by the Institute for Supply Management provides a picture of national manufacturing activity. A PMI reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding; a reading below 50 indicates it is contracting.  

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Pentecost Wins Johnny Bench Award


Recognized as Top Collegiate Catcher

WICHITA, Kan. – Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost took home top billing in the NCAA Division I catcher's world on Thursday night, winning the Johnny Bench Award at the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission banquet.
The award, sponsored by, recognizes the top catcher in the nation, making Pentecost the first KSU player to win the accolade as well as the first in the Atlantic Sun Conference and first from the state of Georgia.
Pentecost was one of three finalists in the running for the trophy, along with Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Ole Miss' Will Allen.The catcher joins rare company in the award-winning club, putting him beside past winners such as Florida State's Buster Posey and Cal State Fullerton's Kurt Suzuki through the 17-years the accolade has been distributed.
During the historic 2014 season, Pentecost led the nation in total hits with 113 and was second in batting average at .422, both of which set new A-Sun and KSU single-season records.
Of his 113 hits, 24 were doubles with nine home runs and a pair of triples to go with his 61 RBIs and 168 total bases. Pentecost also drew 30 walks while striking out a miniscule 26 times in 268 at-bats.
The backstop also caught 22 runners attempting to steal on the defensive end while leading KSU in the stolen base category offensively at 17.
While leading KSU to its first ever A-Sun and NCAA Division I Regional Titles, Pentecost was named to five separate First Team All-American lists while also being named the A-Sun Player of the Year, the first ever for the Owls.
Pentecost then became the school's highest MLB draft pick when he went at No. 11 overall to the Toronto Blue Jays.

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State baseball news, follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsBaseball or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.

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