Kennesaw State University

Teachers Promote Nursing Careers To Fill Shortage In Cobb

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WABE 90.1 FM
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The Atlanta area, like most of the state, is dealing with a shortage of registered nurses as many nurses get ready to retire. ...

Dr. Rachel Myers teaches nursing at Kennesaw State University. She said recruitment is not enough, and a more holistic approach needs to be taken to address the nursing shortage.

She said Kennesaw State University is having to turn away many nursing student applicants because there aren’t enough spaces. Myers said it’s tied to not having enough faculty members to teach nursing.

Many professional nurses take a significant pay cut to accept a teaching position. But she said even that’s just only part of the problem. 

“Even if we were to get 20 more faculty so that we could recruit 100 more students every semester, we don't have enough clinical places out in the community to put students,” Myers said.

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Metro Atlanta hospitals dealing with nursing shortage

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CBS 46
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ATLANTA (CBS46) -Hospitals in Cobb County, just northwest of Atlanta, say they are dealing with a nursing shortage and need to fill more than 30,000 positions in the healthcare field. ...

"Without nurses coming in (to fill those vacancies), you're going to see increased health costs, you're going to see a decrease in customer and patient care -- just because they're going to be so overworked," said Samanthia McGlaughn, a nursing student in Kennesaw State University's WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

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International honor caps Model European Union team's first year

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 28, 2016) Kennesaw State University freshman Christopher William “Liam” Combs earned one of eight top honors — only two to American students — at a Model European Union (MEU) simulation competition during the 29th annual EuroSim Conference this month in Antwerp, Belgium.

Closer Look ... Voter Anxiety and More

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WABE 90.1 FM
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"Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress"

Monday, Jan. 24, 2016


Listen to Kerwin Swint, chair of the political science department at Kennesaw State University, as he talks about the potential effects voter anxiety could have on the presidential primary.  

(Interview with Swint begins at 35:42)

Atlanta Coding Schools Meet Demand For More Programmers

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Software developers and programmers are in high demand in Atlanta, and a growing number of schools are expanding to address the shortage felt in Atlanta's growing tech industry.

One of Atlanta's popular private coding schools, The Iron Yard, is opening a second location in Sandy Springs in March. The school has worked with more than 185 students since it first opened a branch in downtown Atlanta in 2014.  Atlanta will be the first city to have a second branch of the boot camp nearby. ...

Associate professor Humayun Zafar teaches cybersecurity and directs the mobile app development center at Kennesaw State University.

"Everyone seems to agree that there is a shortfall," Zafar said. "Everyone says we need more STEM majors. We've got good universities here. Problem is, folks who graduate from here don't end up staying here. There's a lot of firms out there that are competing for a limited pool."

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KSU’s Nonprofit Alliance Honored at National Conference


KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2016) – Kennesaw State University recently was recognized at a national leadership conference for its students’ commitment to making a difference.

KSU was one of only two universities honored as a Four-Star Campus Program at the 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Management Institute/Conference in Houston, Texas. Arizona State University was the only other Four-Star Program.

Stars are awarded to campuses that increase their number of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance students and their number of Certified Nonprofit Practitioners from the previous year, and complete their annual progress report, according to Dr. Jennifer Wade-Berg, executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at Kennesaw State.

Along with the Four-Star Campus recognition, four KSU students received awards for their research projects. Alicia Ebrahim took first place in the undergraduate research category for “Making Wishes Come True: An Examination of Make-A-Wish Georgia,” and Asha Thomas, Madison Poff and Marcela Cadavid teamed up for third place in undergraduate research for “Creating Governance Structures: A Board Manual for the Brian Jordan Foundation.”

Thomas also received the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s NextGen Scholars Award, a paid internship for the spring semester. Thomas will serve as a development intern with All About Developmental Disabilities, providing fundraising assistance and development support for individuals and families living with development disabilities.

Ebrahim was one of six KSU students to receive their Certified Nonprofit Practitioner credentials, along with Cesily Boggs, Latia Daniels, Petra Kornicer, Priscilla Rodriguez and Alla Yoonis. Also during the conference, Wade-Berg presented an interactive workshop titled “Building Intercultural Competency: Expanding World View in the Context of Nonprofit Management.”

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Management Institute is the only national conference expressly designed to prepare college students for a career in the social sector, according to Wade-Berg. Kennesaw State was represented by a group of 14 students and continuing education professionals.

“Dr. Wade-Berg and the other faculty members of the department bring an amazing level of passion and energy for preparing students to make a difference across the spectrum of human service fields. I am very proud of Dr. Wade-Berg and her students for these significant achievements,” said Monica Nandan, interim dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance offers the only national nonprofit management leadership credential developed with, and recognized by, the nonprofit sector. KSU’s certificate program may be incorporated into the Human Services degree program, but it is open to all students regardless of major.

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North DeKalb Mall store on Macy’s hit list

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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By Leon Stafford   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

6:03 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 | Filed in: Business

Department store giant Macy’s announced Thursday a raft of store closings around the country, including the shutdown of the chain’s North DeKalb Mall store, which had already begun a closeout sale at the end of last year.

The Cincinnati-based chain blamed the closings — 36 in all — on disappointing 2015 sales and said it plans to “operate more effectively with an organization that is flatter and more agile.” ...

Randy Stuart, an associate professor of marketing at Kennesaw State University, said discount stores such as Costco are driving customer foot traffic today and becoming the destination for shoppers. That has kept malls relevant, but in a way that differs greatly from their historic use.

“The mall was and still is a place for people to socialize, to be with each other,” Stuart said.

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No Boundaries

Jordan White

Computer science grad with autism pursuing career opportunities

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 8, 2016) — After earning his computer science degree from Kennesaw State University in December, Jordan White is hoping to find a job close to home.

However, the Kennesaw native says he won’t hesitate to move anywhere in the country to pursue his goal of becoming a website and mobile application developer.

Board of Regents approves property purchase for Kennesaw State

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Site near Kennesaw Campus will serve a role in the University’s future growth

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 7, 2016) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved the purchase of property east of Kennesaw State University’s Kennesaw Campus to be utilized in KSU’s future development.

The Board of Regents will acquire 1.02 acres at 3051 George Busbee Parkway from Cobb County for $875,000. The property – formerly occupied by Kids R Kids – includes a 12,320-square-foot, one-story building and adjacent parking area. Funding for the property acquisition will come from state bonds earmarked for infrastructure expansion at Kennesaw State.

With this latest land acquisition, the University’s Kennesaw Campus will occupy a total of 384 acres, and the Marietta Campus will occupy 197 acres.

“We appreciate the Board of Regents approving this acquisition and enabling us to secure the real estate and facilities needed to meet the demands of our rapidly-growing student population,” Papp said. “Space continues to be at a premium as Kennesaw State evolves into a world-class institution, so this new property will strongly support our master plan and the vision we have for the University’s future.”

The property is located across the street from the 88-acre KSU Sports and Entertainment Park, which includes Fifth Third Bank Stadium. It is also adjacent to the land the University previously purchased at the former BrandsMart USA site on Busbee Drive in Kennesaw, which was approved by the BOR in February 2015.

The former BrandsMart building currently serves as the home of Kennesaw State’s marching band and also provides much-needed warehouse space. A master plan is currently in development for the remainder of the facility. The adjacent parking lot also provides additional parking spaces for the University’s use.

Conceptual plans for renovating the former Kids R Kids building to help meet the University’s growth demands are currently being developed and reviewed.

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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.

Kennesaw State University receives $11,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 18, 2015) – The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness at Kennesaw State University is proud to announce the receipt of an $11,000 grant to participate in the GOHS Georgia Young Adult Program. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). This program has proven to be successful using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.

 “The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of young adult driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the students at Kennesaw State University can help us achieve the goal of lowering driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers facing young adults than their peers? I’m confident these students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers.”

Kennesaw State University will coordinate events such as impaired driving prevention programs, including social norming promotion and distribution of BAC ZONE cards which provide personalized information on the effects of blood alcohol concentration. Programming often surrounds events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and Safe Spring Break. Programs involve collaborations with the campus Greek community, student athletes, residential student communities, campus police and counseling services.

The grant runs Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016. The grant is the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness’ ninth award from GOHS.

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