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PJ Stone

P.J. Stone overcomes obstacles to become KSU football program’s first graduate

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 18, 2016) — Prentice “P.J.” Stone aspires to become a high school athletics director. He already has been a leader of student-athletes, as one of only four seniors on Kennesaw State University’s inaugural football team.

Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Posted: 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016

Georgia voters have split almost evenly on Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of so-called “religious liberty” legislation but generally agree he was right to turn away a bill allowing guns on college campuses, an exclusive new poll from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.

Those two topics — guns and protections for opponents of same-sex marriage — were the most hotly debated in the first half of this election year. And Deal’s subsequent break with Republican leaders in the state Legislature over them has only stoked a fire expected to linger into 2017. ...

An AJC poll in January showed Deal’s approval rating at 50 percent. Results this week show he’s now at 52 percent.

But Deal has seen a notable drop-off in support among fellow Republicans, from 73 percent in January to 58 percent now. That decline comes as Democrats have warmed to Deal, who is serving his last term in the governor’s office. His support among Democrats has grown from 38 percent to 51 percent.

“Totally predictable,” Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint said of those results. “Nathan Deal took steps that obviously aren’t going to make some conservative Republicans happy. But he really doesn’t have to worry about getting a majority in a primary because he’s not going to run again. The truth of the matter is the Legislature put him in a tough spot, and he did what he thought was right.” ...

Dean discusses Coles College of Business programs, success

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"Focus Atlanta" - Atlanta's CW69
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Economic development is a major focus of the University System of Georgia.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University is accomplishing its part of that mission through the innovative programs offered to its approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students.

“We play an important role in that as a college of business to make sure that our students are ready for the job when it’s time to graduate,” Dean Kathy Schwaig said during an appearance on CW69’s “Focus Atlanta” show.

Schwaig discussed a number of Coles College of Business success stories, including the Doctor of Business Administration program being recognized with an Innovations That Inspire award from the accrediting agency AACSB.

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Photos: Kennesaw State's 2016 spring commencement

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Nearly 2,900 students graduated in Kennesaw State University's five commencement ceremonies this week.

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Kennesaw State student's graduation dream is 33 years in the making

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Bonnie Johnson takes the term "non-traditional college student" to a whole new level.

Like many Americans, Johnson had a dream of obtaining a college degree. But unlike so many of the Kennesaw State University graduates crossing the stage Tuesday morning, Johnson's dream wasn't achieved in a linear, four-year-long fashion.

In fact, realizing her goal took more than three decades. Johnson began pursuing a degree in business administration in 1983. Before she was able to graduate, however, life threw her more than a couple curveballs. ...

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Student and service dog will be side by side for commencement

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2016) — When Sam Hogle is awarded his second degree from Kennesaw State University, a Master of Social Work, his constant companion of the past seven years will cross the stage with him.

KSU's Keisha Hoerrner discusses importance of first year of college

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Appearing on WABE's "Closer Look" program, University College Dean Keisha Hoerrner discussed the importance of the first year of college, its potential pitfalls and what Kennesaw State is doing to help first-year students achieve academic success.

Kennesaw State is one of 44 universities – and the only one in Georgia – selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to help set the course for first-year academic success among college students nationally. This initiative is geared especially to low-income, first-generation and minority students.

In 12 of the last 13 years, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Kennesaw State as having one of the best first-year programs in the country. KSU's award-winning Thrive program helps qualified incoming first-year students to maintain the HOPE scholarship.

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Republican Ga. Rep.: ‘Trump Is Going To Be Our Candidate’

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Donald Trump became the apparent presidential nominee for the Republican party following Tuesday night's win in Indiana. Although Trump won Georgia in the state's primary earlier this year, there had been some talk among GOP delegates of backing a different candidate at the GOP convention.

However, Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland has a message for his fellow Republicans: "Like it or not, Donald Trump is going to be our candidate."

Westmoreland, who is not running for re-election, previously supported Sen. Marco Rubio's bid for the White House, but now he's behind the billionaire businessman.

“It’s either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton,” Westmoreland said in an interview. "And if they want four more years of Barack Obama, stay at home and don’t vote, but don’t complain about Hillary Clinton."

Dr. Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University, says he believes many others in the Peach State will also support Trump:

“Republicans in Georgia as well as other states have come to the realization that you can’t stop Trump. He’s going to be the nominee. And if you really want to do something about Hillary Clinton being president, you really have no choice but to get behind Trump.”

Senior experience: Roger DePuy, 74, to graduate from Kennesaw State

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WABE 90.1 FM
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At 74 years young, Kennesaw State University student Roger DePuy is checking an item off his bucket list by earning his college degree.

DePuy, who will graduate from KSU next week with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, was a guest on WABE's "Closer Look" program.

Listen to the full interview here, starting at the 53:21 mark:


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