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For Fox News' Ailes, a huge challenge

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, USA TODAY 6:50 a.m. EDT July 11, 2016

Suit against Fox News’ Roger Ailes puts a spotlight on sexual harassment. 

It’s been said that Roger Ailes runs the influential, highly rated Fox News Channel like a feisty political campaign, quick to respond in no-holds-barred fashion to real and perceived critics.

The 76-year-old executive will need to muster all his bluster and fight as he faces one of his greatest challenges since assuming the helm at the network as its founding CEO in 1996.

Gretchen Carlson, a former host of The Real Story and Fox & Friends, sued Ailes in a state court in New Jersey on Wednesday, alleging that Ailes sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and that she was subjected to what her suit said was “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment at work. The lawsuit has a sole defendant, Ailes, Fox News’ CEO, but it also cites her former Fox & Friends colleague Steve Doocy for allegedly treating her in a "sexist and condescending" way. ...

For Fox critics and many liberals, it is a satisfying dose of comeuppance for an operation that has never been shy about sharply criticizing the Obama administrationand leftist politics in general. For defenders of Fox, the dominant force in cable news and a powerful player in Republican politics, the lawsuit is a play by a sour-grapes ex-employee who lost key assignments because she was no longer drawing the ratings needed to compete with rivals.

So what does it all mean for the future of AIles, the architect of the cable juggernaut? “It’s premature to jump to any conclusions,” says Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and author of Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes. “He’s a survivor. If anything, he proved that he can remake himself over and over in different contexts.” ...

Brian Jones brings fine-dining finesse to Kennesaw State’s cafeteria

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Atlanta Magazine
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July 5, 2016

When Brian Jones left his position as executive chef at Restaurant Eugene, he didn’t jump to another fine-dining institution. He went back to school. This summer Jones joined the kitchen at Kennesaw State University as a chef de cuisine, serving nearly 6,000 students, staff, and faculty each day. Jones now works with KSU’s 25-acre farm and supports local farmers on a significant level, thanks to the school’s need for big-ticket food purchases. It’s his chance to “change the world,” as he puts it, and the first time in 23 years he won’t have to work nights or weekends. “I would be an idiot not to take this job,” he says.

This article originally appeared in our July 2016 issue.



‘Geeks Give Back’ to help troubleshoot senior citizens' technological issues

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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POWDER SPRINGS — Maureen Purcell, a retired administrative assistant for Sprint, brought her iPhone, her computer tablet and a notebook with pages full of questions to the West Cobb Senior Center Thursday.

About eight Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical College students from the Association of Information Technology Professionals provided free technical support and advice for senior citizens 55 years and older for a “Geeks Give Back” event.

“I need so much help,” said Purcell, who lives in Powder Springs.

Kennesaw resident Bill Haggert, a KSU information technology graduate student, helped solve and explain Purcell’s technical issues.
Haggert, who began working on his master’s degree when he was 62, said the event was a good opportunity for a senior to help other seniors.

Haggert said he and other students are drawing on their knowledge and experience to help troubleshoot the seniors’ technical issues to answer their questions.

“We don’t have all the operating systems memorized,” he said.

As some of the seniors had simple questions such as how to delete a photo on their iPhone, Dawn Tatum, a faculty member with KSU’s College of Computing and Software Engineering, said students tend to think seniors do not know much about technology, but that is not always the case. ...

The surprising benefits of unlimited vacation

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Inc. magazine
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Christopher Hanks, founder of the Entrepreneurship Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, loves leading sessions about unlimited vacation.

"It's a fun seminar to do, because it's never quiet," he says. "Some business owners get really upset. Others are evangelistic. It excites so much emotion."

Unlimited vacation policies are still the exception, but the idea is spreading beyond its Silicon Valley roots. These policies can have unintended consequences, though.

"People take less time off than before," Hanks says.

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When Work and Family Merge

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Cobb In Focus
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Gaia Marchisio, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center in KSU's Coles College of Business, offered advice in a Cobb in Focus article about family businesses.


Experts say that anyone involved in a family business should consider some vital key points.

Marchisio suggests focusing on the management side: basing hiring decisions on the needs of the company, making sure everyone understands that being an owner is a big responsibility and always considering the quality of relationships in the family.

"There's a big difference in whether the business is owned and managed by family members or simply owned by the family," she said. "Unless these ownership and management issues are determined in advance, it can be a disaster."

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Vanessa Slinger-Friedman is recipient of a 2016 Regents Award

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 17, 2016) —For Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, an associate professor of geography and recent recipient of one of the state’s highest honors for the scholarship of teaching and learning, a classroom — face-to-face or online — is a place of learning and not just a place of teaching. 

The business of making a difference

Kennesaw State hosts social entrepreneurship workshop

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 17, 2016) — A group assembled at Prillaman Hall recently had no shortage of ideas for implementing business strategies to address social and environmental issues. The workshop they were attending at Kennesaw State University showed how to make them happen.

The social entrepreneurship workshop, co-sponsored by the WellStar College of Health and Human Services and the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement, was the first of its kind to be held at Kennesaw State. The featured speakers were Samapti Guha and Archana Singh, professors at the renowned Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India.

“Social entrepreneurs have a passion to solve or address social problems and social issues,” Guha said. “Accordingly, they innovatively take the entrepreneurial way to address that problem. So for us, social change is the big issue.”

The symposium was designed for the nonprofit, corporate and social work sectors of the Atlanta area. The four-day workshop and the ensuing six-day “enhanced session” drew a total of 35 participants – 30 people from the community and five Kennesaw State graduate students.

“It really opens your eyes to see that, if you want to be a social entrepreneur, there is a proper way to do it,” said Elisa Molina of Atlanta, who is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Kennesaw State. “This class is really amazing.”

Molina wants to develop a revenue-generating venture to boost the economy in Costa Rica, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer for nearly three years. Molina said she encountered many people there whose primary source of income is selling handmade pottery to tourists; however, business can stagnate if a steady stream of organized tourism is not coming through those people’s communities.

“Sometimes there are months that pass by without selling a piece of pottery,” Molina said. “If that’s happening, then how are they feeding themselves? How are they sending kids to school? A lot of people and families are being impacted by this issue.”

Another workshop attendee, Ronica Brown, is brainstorming ideas to help in her native Jamaica. After moving to the United States at age 18, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kennesaw State and now works as a certified public accountant. Brown wants to develop business ventures in hopes of lowering Jamaica’s unemployment rate.

“When you look at a Third World country, our best and brightest migrate. So who is left to contribute?” she said. “I’m passionate about this because I want to help people back home to find the opportunities that are within their country and be able to have a better quality of life.”

As Molina and Brown look to make a difference abroad, Larry Jackson has a social entrepreneurship idea he hopes to develop in the Atlanta area. Jackson, who earned an industrial engineering degree from Southern Polytechnic State and now is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at KSU, wants to use computer gaming to teach urban youths about technology. Through afterschool programs and weekend workshops, he said, kids can learn coding, graphic design or other skills that potentially could develop into careers.

“The social aspect is really just focusing on a demographic that is sometimes under-served and sometimes not as exposed to those types of things,” Jackson said. “Why not give them some things that will help them be contributors to society and actually see what value they can bring to it? I think it just strengthens the social fabric of our society overall.”

While some of the workshop participants are venturing into social entrepreneurship for the first time, others are already established in it. Sherrie Cade, a KSU Executive MBA graduate, said she has been a social entrepreneur for the past eight years. Her latest endeavor is Power of One, which provides consulting and helps acquire funding for entrepreneurial efforts.

“This (workshop) is like a confirmation for me – because there are not a lot of people talking about social entrepreneurship here (in the Atlanta area),” Cade said. “I’m shocked that there aren’t, because I have a lot of clients who come to me on a regular basis for the consulting and executive coaching I provide.”

Though the workshop is over, the instruction isn’t. Participants can receive six months of follow-up mentoring online, enabling them to submit ideas and plans for their ventures or organizations that professors Guha and Singh will review and provide feedback.

“I definitely am going to continue with the mentorship part of this course in order to be more effective,” Brown said.

Photo caption: Professor Archana Singh speaks to participants during the social entrepreneurship workshop hosted by Kennesaw State University.


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.

— Paul Floeckher

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Ignition sessions are acclimating incoming students to KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 15, 2016) — Jordan McCombs is counting down to starting his freshman year at Kennesaw State University.

“August 12 can’t come fast enough,” he said during a visit to Kennesaw State for Ignition, the University’s orientation program for first-year and transfer students.

KSU workshop teaches high school girls to do IT themselves

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Marietta Daily Journal
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KENNESAW — More than 60 high school girls created Google websites and Android apps Thursday during Kennesaw State University’s first Do IT Yourself: Explore Information Technology Workshop.

Geared to high school girls interested in pursuing college majors and careers in technology, the workshop highlighted various technology-related career paths and allowed the students to have hands-on experience with developing technology.

To begin the workshop, participants competed in a business simulation that showed how technology can help businesses make profits and balance workloads. ...

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LIST: 10 battleground states to watch in November

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ABC 7 WJLA - Washington D.C.*
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With the general election match-up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump mostly set following Tuesday's primaries, attention can turn to the electoral map and the battleground states where the presidency will be decided in November.

Trump's campaign has identified 15 states to focus on in the general election, including some that Republicans have not won in decades. ...

While both campaigns have made improbable claims that they can put new states in play this year (Trump in California and Clinton in Texas, for example), experts expect the electoral map to look relatively similar to recent election cycles.

If that is the case, Clinton will have a demographic advantage and a slightly easier road to 270 electoral votes based on states that are firmly Democratic or leaning blue.

"Donald Trump's challenge is turning those purple states red and flipping a couple of blue states," said Kerwin Swint, professor of political science at Kennesaw State University.

That sounds like a tall order, but economic dissatisfaction and anti-establishment fervor could give Trump an opening. ...

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