Kennesaw State breaks ground on Bagwell College of Education expansion
New four-story addition will support expansion of undergraduate and graduate course offerings
KENNESAW, Ga. (May 10, 2013) — As the number of future teachers and educational leaders enrolling at Kennesaw State University continues to grow, so too does the need for a more expansive facility for the Bagwell College of Education. That dream came one step closer to reality today, at the groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the construction of a new four-story addition to the college’s existing building.
The multi-million-dollar, state-funded expansion is slated for completion next summer. The Georgia legislature allocated $20.3 million for the project.
“We appreciate the support that we have received for this project from the Board of Regents and the Georgia General Assembly,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “The Bagwell College of Education is one of the leading producers of teachers in Georgia, and enrollment in our teacher education and leadership programs has more than doubled since mid-2000. Yet the lack of space has limited our ability to further increase our programs. This building will enable us to strengthen our programs and solidify Bagwell’s position as Georgia’s leader in the preparation of both teachers and educational leaders.”
The 78,756-square-foot addition initially will feature three floors housing nine general classrooms, eight model classrooms, one computer lab, two seminar rooms, student study areas, the Center for Literacy and Learning, three conference rooms, a department suite and the dean’s suite. Additional funding is needed to build-out the fourth floor.
“Today’s event represents a long-awaited milestone for Bagwell — a time when all of the College’s academic departments and student-service units can be physically located at one site, to facilitate our collaborative approach to preparing teachers and educational leaders,” said Bagwell College of Education Dean Arlinda Eaton. “This facility also will enable us to expand our comprehensive array of degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, education specialist and doctoral levels, as well as a wide selection of post-baccalaureate certificates.”
According to Eaton, the new facilities also will allow the Bagwell College of Education to expand its academic footprint and offer additional graduate degree programs, such as School Counseling and School Psychology, and a variety of certificate programs.
An additional $4 million is needed to build out the interior of the new building’s fourth floor. Plans for that floor include a general classroom, two early childhood classrooms, two computer labs, student study areas, a doctoral program suite, a grants/research suite, a global engagement suite, one conference room and a department suite.
“We are looking for partners who want to have a positive impact on children, who are the future leaders of this community, this state and this nation,” said Debra Day, director of development for the Bagwell College of Education. “It’s not really about the fourth floor, or a building, it’s about the impact of great teachers.”
In an effort to raise the additional monies needed to complete the final stage of the expansion, naming opportunities are available. Naming opportunities include: the new building’s literacy center, the lobby/atrium, classrooms, student study areas, offices, computer labs, conference rooms and more.
Prospective donors seeking additional information may contact Day at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 678-797-2525.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 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 population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.