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KSU’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery hosts Pathways to Understanding

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More than 100 experts in neuroscience, addiction treatment and recovery to convene April 8-10

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 27, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) will host the Pathways to Understanding national conference April 8-10. Participants will join specialists in the field exploring current research and advances in neuroscience, addiction and the young adult population.
 

WHAT: Pathways to Understanding: Neuroscience, Treatment & Young Adultsis the second in a series of three national conferences, which will focus on the neuroscience of addiction, treatment and recovery. More than two dozen speakers and panelists representing such institutions as Emory University, the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina will participate in the three-day symposium. 
 


WHO: Teresa Wren Johnston, M.A., LPC, founding director of Kennesaw State’s CYAAR, will welcome more than 100 experts in neuroscience, addiction treatment and recovery to the conference. CYAAR’s mission is to support and encourage young adult recovery and wellness by providing programs and engaging in collaborative research and education. Kevin T. McCauley, M.D., co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, New Road Treatment Center in Sandy, Utah, is the keynote speaker.
 


WHEN/WHERE: The conference runs April 8-10 in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences on the campus of Kennesaw State University.
 

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Credentials are required for media who would like to cover specific topics or speakers on the agenda. For more information, please contact Kennesaw State University’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at 470-578-3109 or recovery@kennesaw.edu.
 



For directions and a campus map, please visit: http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/pathways/directions/.
 

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  

KSU wins international competition

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KENNESAW, Ga. (March 26, 2015) —The Kennesaw State University Student Management Investment Fund (SMIF) team has been named the best in the world.

It earned that designation after taking first place at the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Conference’s Undergraduate Growth Style Investment Competition held recently in New York. It was the first time Kennesaw State has participated in the five-year-old competition.

There were more than 1,200 participants from 140 colleges and universities representing 40 countries, 39 states and the District of Columbia.

“This is like winning the Olympics,” said Stefano Mazzotta, associate professor of economics and finance. “And our students won the undergraduate competition, the most competitive one. When we say that Kennesaw State is a world-class institution, we mean it. This success supports it.”

The object of the evaluation was the Student Management Investment Fund itself, and results were based upon the brokerage statements and monthly returns. In 2014, the Kennesaw State SMIF strategic asset allocation achieved a high return with relatively low risk when it returned 15.4 percent, (versus the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index of 11.3 percent), with a market beta of 0.89 and a Sharpe ratio of 1.7.  

“This is a wonderful success story and the results of intense and meticulous work of several cohorts of student managers over the years and careful mentoring,” Mazzotta said. “I feel really proud of our students, managers, associates and analysts.

“I also feel very grateful to Dr. Gene Henssler, Mrs. Pat Henssler and the Henssler Financial Group for donating the seed money that started it all. I am happy that we can repay our debts of gratitude with such dividends.”

The Kennesaw State University Student Managed Investment Fund LLC, established in August 2008, was created to provide real-time, hands-on experience in portfolio management and investing for its top business majors. Students are actively involved in the management of the fund on a day-to-day basis, effectively applying classroom theory to a real-world setting.   

The SMIF, housed within the Michael J. Coles College of Business, provides students with hands-on asset management experience and the opportunity to interact with established members of the financial business community. In addition, students may receive academic credit for their work with the SMIF. Student members have also participated in other activities such as the RISE conference in Iowa and are eligible for upcoming functions that are designed to enhance the learning experience of the SMIF.

“I am extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication put forth by the past and present members of the fund,” Nicole Moutos, SMIF chief executive officer, said.

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Executive director named for new Kennesaw State and Cobb Chamber entrepreneurship project

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Atlanta entrepreneur and executive Nancy Wright Whatley will lead the Georgia Business Success Center
 
 
Kennesaw, Ga. (March 10, 2015)– Kennesaw State University and the Cobb Chamber have named Metro Atlanta Chamber Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development Nancy Wright Whatley as the executive director of the Georgia Business Success Center, a new business incubator, accelerator and education project.
 
The Georgia Business Success Center, in partnership with Kennesaw State University, is an outgrowth of the Cobb Chamber’s Competitive EDGE program, which contributes to the county’s economic development strategy by encouraging entrepreneurship and aiding small businesses.
 
As executive director of the new center, Whatley’s primary responsibilities will be to support the economic growth of Cobb County, the metro region and the state of Georgia by supporting and promoting entrepreneurship and business growth. Whatley will focus on strategic planning, business development, entrepreneur identification, budget management, fundraising and facility oversight.  She will report directly to Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp.
 
“Nancy is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in business development and entrepreneurship,” said Papp. “Her background, combined with the resources of the Cobb Chamber and Kennesaw State, will help position the Georgia Business Success Center as a premier business accelerator, incubator and innovation center for the region.”
 
The Georgia Business Success Center in partnership with Kennesaw State Universitywill support Georgia’s entrepreneur community by identifying, developing, and providing the resources startups and new businesses need to grow and succeed. The Center will focus on providing entrepreneurs space to innovate and access distinct programming, counseling services and collaborative opportunities.
 
“Through this partnership, we’re looking forward to bringing new innovations to Kennesaw State, the Cobb Chamber, Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, the county and the entire state,” said David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber. “As a successful entrepreneur, Nancy is the perfect fit as executive director of the Georgia Business Success Center.”
 
In her role with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Whatley was responsible for generating new business development opportunities for small businesses, creating programming to accelerate small business growth, and creating engagement within the metro area’s startup community. Her professional experience includes owning and operating VantagePoint Staffing Solutions, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Before she sold the company in 2010, she successfully negotiated and won contracts with Georgia Power, Southern Company, Turner Broadcasting, Chick-fil-A and Cox Communications.
 
 
An Atlanta native, Whatley earned a B.B.A. in management from the University of Georgia,where she serves on the executive committee of the Terry College of Business Alumni Relations Board.  She was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for Startup Atlanta, currently serves on the Atlanta Regional Commission, Innovation Committee, and is a member of Vistage International. 
 
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About Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering over 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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 Cobb Chamber
As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.

 

National continuing education association recognizes Kennesaw State staff member and student

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Awards for leadership and excellence will be presented March 30

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 3, 2014) — A national association of continuing and professional education institutions has awarded two of its top honors to a staff member and a student in Kennesaw State University’s College of Professional and Continuing Education.

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association will present the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award to Karen Smith, the College’s manager of strategic initiatives, during its 100th annual conference March 30-April 1. Moises Arroyo, ESL program graduate, will also receive the Outstanding Continuing Education Student – Noncredit Award.

The award to Smith recognizes the leadership and contributions to the profession of an outstanding continuing professional educator who has entered the field within the past five to 10 years. The award to Arroyo recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for this award,” Smith said.  “I love the continuing education environment and have a never-ending passion for process improvement.  The fact that I am allowed to work every day with this wonderful team of people who understand the mission and vision of our College is so rewarding.” 

A native of Mexico, Arroyo successfully completed all six levels of the College’s ESL certificate program. His inspirational story was featured on the cover of the College’s April-June 2014 Course Catalog quarterly magazine.

“I feel honored to receive this award,” Arroyo said. “When I started, I just wanted to learn. I never expected anything like this. I began knowing almost no English. Now my English has improved so much that I have a better job because of it. I can confidently communicate with my bosses and my friends.” 

Smith and Arroyo both claimed UPCEA South regional awards in the same category last fall – which qualified them for the national honor.

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The College of Continuing and Professional Education serves nearly 17,000 students annually. We offer more than 50 professional certificate programs, more than 350 online courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Summer University and more. Our college is housed in KSU Center, the site for classroom coursework, a place for educational conferences, and a facility where companies choose to conduct advanced training for their employees. For more information, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu or call 470-578-6765.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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. 

Chronicle of Higher Education names Kennesaw State a top producing university for Fulbright Scholars

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University listed among the top seven of all master's institutions

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb. 24, 2015) — Kennesaw State University was recognized as one of the top producing institutions of Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year by the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this month. Among master’s institutions, Kennesaw State was among the top seven with three KSU faculty members earning Fulbright grants this year.

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, has provided grants for more than 300,000 participants to study, teach and conduct research in more than 125 countries worldwide since its inception in 1946. Each year, more than 800 U.S. scholars teach or conduct research abroad in a wide array of academic and professional fields through the program.

“Being named among the top comprehensive universities in the country for our number of Fulbright Scholars speaks strongly to Kennesaw State’s robust academic talent among our faculty,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “KSU professors serve as goodwill ambassadors while working as Fulbright Scholars in their host countries, but they also gain international recognition for their professional talents and help establish new connections abroad for the University.”

Three Kennesaw State professors were named as Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year:  David Mitchell, professor of gerontology, Linda Hightower, professor of visual arts, and Amanda Richey, assistant professor of TESOL. Kennesaw State’s faculty members are in Israel, Nepal and Jordan, respectively, this academic year.

“Kennesaw State’s Fulbright Scholars share their scholarly knowledge and research while abroad, which allows for a dynamic exchange of ideas and contributes to finding solutions of shared international concerns,” said Charles Amlaner, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. Faculty members also bring back experiences that enrich their scholarship and teaching in the future, he added.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates activities relevant to the Fulbright Student Program and Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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 researchers use BMI to help increase the number of healthy premature infants

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KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb. 17, 2015) — Kennesaw State University researchers have developed a new tool that will provide a more complete assessment of preterm infant size, helping individualize nutritional care to optimize growth and other health outcomes in preterm infants.

The study “BMI Curves for Preterm Infants,” published in the March issue of Pediatrics, the Journal of   the American Academy of Pediatrics (KSU authors Irene E. Olsen, M. Louise Lawson, A. Nicole Ferguson, Rebecca Cantrell and Shannon C. Grabich), shows that when standard growth curves take the infant’s body mass index (BMI) into account, it can result in improved nutrition for the preterm infant. These new measurements provide more information for doctors and clinicians and ultimately help premature infants grow better.

“We developed gender-specific BMI-for-age percentile tables and growth curves that, when used in conjunction with weight-, length-, and head-circumference-for-age growth curves, help reveal disproportionate growth in infants that is not detected by current size-for-age methods,” said Louise Lawson, professor of statistics at Kennesaw State and one of the authors of the study.

Previously, the researchers showed that infants born prematurely may have gained more weight than they should while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), but clinicians lacked sufficient tools to measure this. Overfeeding may result because preterm infants’ growth rates after delivery can fluctuate disproportionately. For example, their length (or height) has been shown to be slower than their ability to put on weight. Thus a short, overweight infant might be diagnosed as small for gestational age. The disproportionality in growth may cause caregivers to overfeed the infant, even if the infant is growing correctly for its length.

The new research, which utilized a large dataset from more than 300 NICUs in the U.S., indicates that during development in the NICU, after birth, length is where infants do not grow well. Although this may seem trivial, infants given extra nutrition because of being short but appropriate for their length could be at high risk of obesity and other health problems later in life. The new BMI curves will provide clinicians, researchers and parents with a new tool to assess whether the growth of preterm infants is appropriate for their length and specific gestational age.

“While further studies are ongoing at KSU, the new BMI curves may allow for better identification of infants who are at high risk of common problems after birth, such as low blood sugar or difficulty maintaining a normal body temperature,” said Dr. Ravi Patel, an Emory University neonatologist, who reviewed the authors’ research and is working with them on needed further outcome studies.

According to the World Health Organization’s preterm birth fact sheet, “Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks gestation), and this number is rising.” In the United States about 12 percent, or almost half a million U.S. babies are born prematurely.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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, 470-578-3448, rgodlews@kennesaw.edu

Board of Regents approves Kennesaw State's acquisition of BrandsMart property

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Development moving forward on new health clinic, lab space, marching band and storage spaces

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb. 11, 2015) — In the final phase of Kennesaw State University’s acquisition of the property formerly occupied by the Kennesaw BrandsMart USA store, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia today approved $12.55 million for the purchase.   

The Kennesaw State University Foundation previously acquired the property — approximately 16.775 acres at 3305 Busbee Drive — in 2014 on behalf of the University. Today’s action formally transfers ownership of the property to the University. The BOR’s approval came nearly a year after it authorized the University’s lease of the retail store and its expansive parking lot from the Foundation in order to allow development to begin.

The development includes repurposing the retail building to create space for a student health center, additional space for labs and classrooms, a new marching band program and critically needed storage. In addition, the property will add 720 new parking spaces that will be accessible through Kennesaw State’s park-and-ride bus shuttle program.

Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp called the acquisition and development of the project “very strategic,” noting that the property would link the KSU Center on Busbee Drive — home of the College of Continuing and Professional Education — with the 88-acre KSU Sports and Recreation Park, creating 120 acres of contiguous land east of the main campus. 

“We thank the Board of Regents for finalizing this acquisition and enabling us to integrate this much-needed facility and parking lot into our physical plant, particularly as we move toward completing the consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic,” Papp said. “Space continues to be at a premium as we expand to meet the needs of a rapidly growing student population. We are especially pleased that by adapting an existing facility, we can acquire much-needed space in a manner consistent with the USG’s space utilization objectives.”

In addition to the expected growth of the University through consolidation, the project also comes as the University anticipates kicking off its first season of NCAA Division I football in Fall 2015.

“The University will be able to accommodate the growing space needs of existing programs and add new programs, such as the marching band that will be associated with our football program,” Papp said. “The real plus will come when we formally link our main campus and east campus, making it easier for students and staff to access these important facilities.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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 Kennesaw State Ph.D. program

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Ph.D. in analytics and data science one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb. 11, 2015) —The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved at its meeting today a new Ph.D. program in analytics and data science at Kennesaw State University. The program is one of the first of its kind in the nation.

The innovative program, which will be launched in fall 2015, is designed to train individuals to translate complex large, structured and unstructured data into information to improve decision-making. The doctoral coursework will include programming, data mining, statistical modeling and the mathematical foundations to support these concepts.

The McKinsey Global Institute has predicted the demand for deep analytical talent in the U.S. will outpace the supply by almost 200,000 people before the end of the decade. McKinsey’s 2011 “Big Data Report” and subsequent studies point to the need for universities to educate and train data scientists to address this demand.

“Developing new Ph.D. programs is one of Kennesaw State’s top strategic priorities, and this program directly ties to the University System of Georgia’s goal of increasing programs that contribute to a global Georgia,” said Ken Harmon, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Graduates of this program can either pursue a position in the private or public sector as a practicing data scientist – where demand is expected to greatly outpace the supply – or pursue a position within academia, where they would be uniquely qualified to teach these skills to the next generation of practitioners.”

The decision to develop a program in analytics and data science stems from the success of the university’s existing Master of Science in Applied Statistics, whose graduates are in great demand and continue to have a 100 percent placement. Another factor was the minor in applied statistics and data analysis, which has undergraduate demand from every college across the university and similarly strong placement.

“Given the success of our outstanding master’s degree program in applied statistics, it is natural to build upon that and create a Ph.D. program,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, which will house the new program. “This program will help close the talent gap in the area of data science and further enhance the university’s regional and national recognition in applied analytics, while expanding the pool for analytical talent in Georgia.”

Jennifer Lewis Priestley, professor of applied statistics and data science, will serve as the director of the Ph.D. program. Priestley, who also serves as director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Services, was honored with the 2012 SAS Distinguished Professor award for her efforts toward educating and preparing students for a career in statistical analysis.

According to Priestley, the next generation of statisticians requires a new set of knowledge and skills in order to effectively serve the data analysis needs of the 21st century.

“The focus of the doctoral program will be to develop skills and incorporate more emphasis on applied mathematics and computer programming than has historically been the case,” said Priestley. “Due to the rigor and unique approach of our program, we expect to attract top candidates from universities throughout the world.”

Kennesaw State introduced its first Ph.D. program in 2011 in international conflict management. The program continues to grow and currently enrolls 48 students from 13 countries. The university also offers professional doctorates in education, nursing and business.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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 Football inks 16 on National Signing Day

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Class features seven high school players and nine transfers

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Kennesaw State University signed 16 recruits during National Signing Day, head coach Brian Bohannon announced today.
 
The second signing class in school history includes seven high school players, six junior college athletes and three four-year transfers who have signed grants-in-aid.
 
Bohannon and his staff's recruiting efforts resulted in one junior college All-American, eight all-state players and three region players of the year from Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. The group consists of three defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three running backs, three defensive backs, two linebackers, one tight end and one athlete.
 
"It's another historical day for Kennesaw State football. It's our second signing class and it's amazing how fast the time has gone by," Bohannon said. "It felt like yesterday I was here doing this same press conference for the first signing class. I think this is a special one because we're getting ready to start the first football season in the history of the school so it's even more special.
 
"Our No. 1 overall goal was roughly 22 (signees). We set out for 14 transfers and the big part of that was to get some age in our program, to get some juniors and sophomores who have played some college football," Bohannon said. "Right now we have six mid-year guys, we have four junior college and two four-year transfers that are on campus today and are working out and are a part of our culture. We have three other young men who signed today that will give us nine transfers in this class."
 
The list of junior college signees include Chaston Bennett (RB, 5-10, 170, Jr., Crockett, Texas / Tyler Junior College), Leigh Comfort (OL, 6-2, 270, Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla., NE Oklahoma A&M), Derrick Farrow (DB, 5-11, 200, Jr., Cochran, Ga. / East Central CC; Miss.), Malik Letatau (OL, 6-1, 280, Jr., Mountain View, Calif. / College of San Mateo), Chance McNulty (DB, 5-11, 180, Jr., Madison, Wis. / Itawamba CC) and Kyron Minter (LB, 6-0, 210, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas / Navarro College).
 
Bohannon and his staff also added four-year transfers Kingsley Ejike (DL, 6-3, 230, R-So., Covington, Ga. / UAB), Matthew Foster (DL, 6-3, 245, R-So., Sparks, Ga., Middle Tennessee State) and Dustyn Moore (LB, 6-0, 225, Conyers, Ga. / Kent State).
 
"At the same time we wanted to lay the foundation from a high school standpoint so we had seven young men who signed today as far as the signing class," Bohannon said. "We are sitting at 16 and that leaves us a handful of scholarships to pick up the rest of our transfers. That's the way we planned it. We wanted to give it some more time as teams go through spring ball to see if some guys may fall through or decide they are not fitting where they are and can come back to us.
 
"From a standpoint of what we were shooting for and what we accomplished we feel really good about where we are today and the young men we signed," Bohannon said. "I think if you look at our class, it's a bunch of guys that can run and a bunch of guys that can hit, and those are important factors."
 
For the entire rundown of the entire class, please visit:

http://www.ksuowls.com/news/2015/2/4/FB_0204151140.aspx

  

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