Kennesaw State University

Scholars shine at research symposium

A proud moment for faculty mentor Nicole Martin, and students Gaius Augustus and DiAngele Augustus

One hundred and sixty-four students presented oral and poster projects at the 19th annual Symposium of Student Scholars & Undergraduate Research Reception and set a new bar of academic excellence. Some students presented multiple projects this year, a growing trend, while others have returned with new research work to showcase.

Geography Of Beer: How A Bubbly Brew Took Over The World

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Popular Science
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Hooray for beer!

Talk Radio: The Restaurant Brokers interview NRA - Operator Innovations Awards 2014 finalists

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Atlanta’s AM Talk 920 and Biz 1190
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Listeners can tune in on Saturday at noon EST to Atlanta’s AM Talk 920 and Sunday at 1 p.m., on Biz 1190 to hear about Kennesaw State University's National Restaurant Association award nomination. In addition, Jenifer Duggan, Director of Culinary and Hospitality Services at Kennesaw State University, reports on the University's “Farm-to-Fit” Program and describes the concept of “re-mineralization” and how KSU integrated this into its ground-breaking program. She tells the audience that the food of today has 60% less nutrients than that consumed by our grandparents.

Coltek is inaugural Trident Award winner

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Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Gary Coltek, Kennesaw State University’s senior director, Culinary and Hospitality Services, said the average dinner plate travels 1,500 miles and comes from three different countries before arrives at its destination on your table. “That’s pretty sad, isn’t it?” asked Coltek, the recipient of the Trident Award in the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s E3 Awards. Read more about this story on Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Let’s talk about taxes: Congressional candidates give their take on tax plans

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
April 08, 2014 04:00 AM

CUMBERLAND — Is it time to give up on the Fair Tax, the proposal that would replace federal income taxes with a consumption tax? 

That’s a question the six Republican candidates hoping to fill the 11th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) were asked during a debate Saturday. 

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said while conservatives like to talk about the Fair Tax, realistically it’s not going anywhere, with no movement in Congress. 

Many independent analysts, Swint went on to say, from the University of Virginia to a Money Magazine study, have raised serious questions about implementing such a tax. 

“Is it time to admit the Fair Tax is not all it’s cracked up to be and move on to more fertile areas of tax reform?” he asked. ...


11th Congressional District GOP Debate Saturday in Cobb

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Kennesaw Patch
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Georgia’s 11th District Republican Party will partner with other groups to host a debate at the Cobb Galleria between the candidates who qualified in the Republican Primary to be held on May 20.

Patch Staff Report

Georgia’s 11th District Republican Party will partner with the AtlantaBuckhead,Cherokee County and Cobb County Young Republicans to host a debate between the Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District on Saturday, April 5. 

it will be held from 7– 8:30 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Center, located at 2 Galleria Parkway.

Invitations were extended to each of the candidates who qualified in the Republican Primary to be held on May 20.

The debate will be moderated by Kennesaw State University Professor of Political Science Kerwin Swint, Ph.D, and Georgia Republican Party National Committeeman Randy Evans.  

Scheduled to attend are Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District including Bob Barr; Allan Levene; Edward Lindsey; Barry Loudermilk; Col. Larry Mrozinski, USA, Ret.; and Tricia Pridemore. 

Questions for the candidates may be submitted via Twitter using @cd11debate and #cd11debate.

The event is free to attend, but all guests must pre-register. Tickets will be available on Wednesday, April 2.

Located in the northwestern portion of metro Atlanta, the district includes portions of Cobb, Bartow, Fulton and Cherokee counties

Culinary program at KSU offers students real life application with pro chefs

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Sally Litchfield
April 02, 2014 10:04 PM
The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University is cooking up new culinary opportunities with its Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program. The intense nine-month program provides an alternative to traditional, classroom-based culinary education programs. 

The course is led by Chef Frazer Breckenridge, a 2006 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta and Chef Rich Bradshaw, who received his culinary education from Johnson & Wales. The program is modeled after the European style of teaching, allowing students to participate in classroom instruction as well as real-life application through apprenticeship hours. 
Students will train alongside professional chefs and their staffs in working kitchens. Knife skills, nutrition and the entire cooking process, from food and equipment prep to plating and serving exquisite dishes, will be covered in a weekly format. Apprenticeships are conducted at several of Atlanta’s finest establishments including Endive Catering, Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel, Villa Christina at Perimeter Summit, and Parsley’s Custom Catering.

After 15 years in sales for Delta Airlines, Margaret Karizada knows the value of the Culinary Apprenticeship Certificate Program. Having graduated in 2012, she pursues her true passion of cooking as full-time caterer and entrepreneur. Her ultimate goal is to open her own restaurant. 

Karizada said when she’s cooking, it doesn’t feel like work. She is grateful for her time in KSU’s culinary program. 

“It was hands-on work,” Karizada said. “You learn more because you are dealing with different seasoned chefs in the industry. Every day, you learn something new. Overall, it was a positive experience.” ...


New film highlights ‘Western Theater'

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Haisten Willis
April 01, 2014 04:00 AM
Many people can remember the names of famous Civil War battles they learned about in school, names such as Gettysburg, Bull Run and Antietam. 

But the battles of the “Western Theater” — then considered the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River — had a great impact on the war that often gets overlooked.

Those battles are the focus of a new television miniseries called “Civil War: The Untold Story.” 

Airing Sunday night from 7 p.m. to midnight on WPBA, one of two PBS member TV stations in Atlanta, the miniseries depicts some of the most important battles fought in north Georgia. ...

Timed to coincide with 150th anniversary

The series is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the “Campaign for Atlanta,” including that year’s presidential campaign and the Battle of Kennesaw.

Though many of the film’s battle re-enactments took place on the actual battlegrounds, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was not a filming site. 

Several factors contributed, including the park’s accessibility to the public and the need to build trenches, according to Kennesaw State history professor Michael Shaffer.

Instead, the small town of Resaca, about an hour north of Cobb, was used, becoming a replacement for Kennesaw. Filming for the Battle of Kennesaw took place in the summer of 2012.

Kennesaw State students got a special look at “Civil War: The Untold Story” ahead of its television debut last month, with Wheeler and local historian Willie Ray Johnson conducting a question and answer session afterward.

“They do a good job of interweaving into the story line the plight of the African-Americans, both enslaved persons as well as some of what they call the United States Colored Troops who were part of Sherman’s army,” Shaffer said. 

“They singled out a few individuals in Marietta, like an African-American nurse who tended to wounded federal troops.”

Upon the nurse’s death, soldiers she had cared for insisted she be buried in the Marietta National Cemetery, and many of those soldiers are buried next to her today.

“It’s a moving part of the story,” said Shaffer. ...



Kennesaw State, NASA promote STEM education in girls

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The growth of women entering highly competitive fields in science and technology are forcing some colleges and universities to look to the preteens of today for the jobs of the next decade. A group of sixth graders attended a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational workshop hosted by Kennesaw State University on Monday as the school looks to inspire girls interested in STEM-related fields. One of NASA's educator-astronauts was in attendance to help motivate and give advice to over two-hundred students from across north Georgia. Read more about Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger's visit to KSU on

Atlanta Science Fair at Kennesaw State University

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Atlanta Journal Constitution
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