Kennesaw State University

KSU 'uniquely positioned' to produce innovative entrepreneurs

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WABE 90.1 FM
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A new degree program will position Kennesaw State University to be a leader in producing innovative and successful entrepreneurs, Chris Hanks said Wednesday on WABE's "Closer Look" program.

"No student will enter this degree program and leave it the same," said Hanks, the executive director of the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at KSU. "They will be transformed, and they will leave it a better version of themselves."

The Coles College of Business will begin the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship in fall 2017. It is the first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program in Georgia.

"It came about from the desire for the institution to lead entrepreneurship in the Southeast," Hanks said. "By having the only major (in Georgia), we become the destination point for anybody who is serious about entrepreneurship."

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Women of Conflict

Nikki Junker in Iraq

Ph.D. student researches plight of Iraqi captives

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 15, 2016)  —  Nikki Junker, a student in Kennesaw State’s Ph.D. program in International Conflict Management (INCM) completes a research project she worked on this summer in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, aspects of her professional and academic lives become intertwined. 

Moving on in: KSU students arrive for start of classes

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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Kennesaw State University students moved into their on-campus homes on Friday and Saturday in preparation for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

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KSU to offer entrepreneurship major

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Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Kennesaw State University is about to launch a first for the University System of Georgia — an undergraduate degree program in entrepreneurship.

The university system’s Board of Regents voted Aug. 10 to authorize the new major at KSU’s Coles College of Business. The first classes will start during the fall semester of next year.

There are dozens of entrepreneurship degree programs across the country, led byBabson College, a small private business college in Massachusetts that has made entrepreneurship education its central focus.

But the idea of establishing an entrepreneurship major in Georgia didn’t begin to blossom until two years ago, when Robin Cheramie, then the newly installed chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Coles, sat down to brainstorm with Christopher Hanks, executive director of The Entrepreneurship Center at KSU.

“It started as an innocent conversation on how we could bring entrepreneurship to our students,” Cheramie said.

Cheramie said the two first talked about creating some courses in entrepreneurship, then about attaching it as a minor to a related degree program. Then, Hanks suggested taking the idea full bore by making entrepreneurship a major course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

“We want to help students understand the realities of starting a business,” Cheramie said. “We don’t believe all our majors will go out and start a business. But they will be entrepreneurial within their companies.”

Next came the task of pitching the idea to officials at Coles and KSU, then selling it to the Board of Regents. To do that, The Entrepreneurship Center lined up testimonials from more than 60 local employers willing and eager to hire graduates coming out of the new program.

The new major will feature four core courses, including one called “The Entrepreneurial Mind.” The other core subjects will teach students how to market a new business, how to finance a startup company and how to develop a business plan.

KSU expects to have 80 students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program during its first year, most of whom will be shifting into the major from other programs at the university. But as the new major catches on, projections call for enrollment to grow to 138 students by the fourth year, the vast majority of whom will be incoming freshmen and transfers new to KSU.

“There are high school programs in entrepreneurship that are launching,” Cheramie said. “We may be seeing a funnel.”

“My guess is Kennesaw will blow this out of the water,” said Regent Rutledge Griffin Jr., a member of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. “I think this is the beginning of something very exciting.”

Kennesaw State to offer bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship

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Coles College of Business program will be first of its kind in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2016) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved establishing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship at Kennesaw State University.

The new undergraduate degree program in the Michael J. Coles College of Business will begin in fall 2017. It is the first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program in Georgia.

“Offering the state’s first comprehensive degree in entrepreneurship illustrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to producing innovative graduates who are well equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge,” said Ken Harmon, the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “College graduates who start new businesses have become the largest producers of private sector jobs in recent years, and this new degree is another avenue for KSU to be a leader in that trend.”

The goal of the new program is to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and mindset to become successful entrepreneurs. While the Coles College’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship will house the program, the B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship will operate in multiple disciplines across other units and schools on campus and within the business community.

Through the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at KSU, local entrepreneurs will serve as guest speakers and provide other opportunities to engage with students in the B.B.A. program. Also, the Cox Family Enterprise Center and Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center will partner with the Coles College of Business to help promote entrepreneurship with students.

“We are so excited to offer Georgia’s only major in entrepreneurship at a time when the state and the region are keenly focused on economic development and creating new businesses,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business. “Our program will be a key focal point of those efforts as it provides education and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship is Kennesaw State’s latest step as part of the Board of Regents’ directive for all University System of Georgia institutions to focus on economic development and world-class research. Kennesaw State also established IgniteHQ — a business incubator, accelerator and education partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce — which identifies, develops and provides the resources that start-ups and new and early-stage businesses need to succeed.

Along with Kennesaw State’s resources on campus, the University also is located in an ideal market for entrepreneurship. CNN Money ranked Atlanta as the sixth-best city to launch a start-up, and the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity identified Georgia has having the nation’s second-largest increase in entrepreneurial activity over the past decade.

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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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Kennesaw State Myles Robinson

KSU graduate earns scholarship to top medical school

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 9, 2016) — Myles Robinson didn’t have to look far to find inspiration to enter the medical field, or to see a successful Kennesaw State University graduate.

His mother, Candy Robinson, went back to school when Myles was 9 years old. She commuted from their home in Paulding County and earned a nursing degree from Kennesaw State, then became an operating-room nurse.

Grant to boost KSU Information Security Education Center conference

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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Kennesaw State University has recently received a $50,000 grant to improve its annual conference for students studying cybersecurity, a growing field the university is hoping to expand.

The Virginia-based National Science Foundation awarded KSU’s Center for Information Security Education the grant. Housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business, the center was notified of the grant in July and plans to use it to fund programming for graduate and undergraduate students at its 12th Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice Conference on campus in October.

“I think it will greatly elevate the status and recognition for the work that we already do,” said Mike Whitman, executive director Center for Information Security Education. “It will allow us to begin increasing interest in cybersecurity as a field.”

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Burst of growth for Georgia factories, KSU says

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Georgia manufacturing rebounded last month, after three months of decline for the sector, according to a report today from the Kennesaw State University Econometric Center.

In July, the Purchasing Managers Index for Georgia increased 3.2 points to 52.5 — the first time since April that the index has been above 50. That PMI reflects an increase in five of the six categories measured, according to the KSU Econometric Center.

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Global leadership and culinary students explore the Tuscany region

More Kennesaw State students study abroad 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 4, 2016)—When classroom doors closed for the spring 2016 semester, more than 600 Kennesaw State students prepared to strike out during the Maymester and summer for 50 study abroad programs in more 45 destinations around the world. 

Center for Information Security Education receives National Science Foundation grant

Grant will fund workshop, mentors for students studying cybersecurity

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 29, 2016) — The Center for Information Security Education at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support cybersecurity education and research.

A leader in information systems and security education, the Coles College of Business houses the Center for Information Security Education and the newly formed Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development. The National Science Foundation grant will fund a workshop for graduate and undergraduate students at the Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice Conference at KSU on Oct. 29.

“The Center for Information Security Education is excited to enhance the conference with this effort to pair students with leading scholars in the field,” said Mike Whitman, professor and executive director of the Center for Information Security Education. “We hope this will enrich the pool of those entering the cybersecurity workforce in coming years.”

As part of the program, world-renowned information security faculty will be paired with graduate students who are conducting research in the field of cybersecurity. The faculty will serve as mentors, guiding the students through the research and publication process. The grant also will fund conference participation for undergraduate students.

“We look forward to the opportunity that this grant brings for our information security students to engage with respected scholars, giving them an exposure to perspectives that students do not often get to experience,”said Herb Mattord, associate professor and associate director of the Center for Information Security Education.

KSU’s information security and assurance degree program is ranked third in the nation by BestColleges.com, and Kennesaw State University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

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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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