Kennesaw State University

Reverse job fair for statistics students draws nearly 60 potential employers

Students showed off their statistical analysis skills

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April 12, 2013) — A “reverse job fair” for students studying applied analytics brought representatives from nearly 60 local, national and regional companies to Kennesaw State University.

During the Sixth Annual SAS Day students used posters to demonstrate their knowledge of the statistical analysis software. Kennesaw State students get hands-on experience with SAS, the most widely used statistical software in the world. It allows organizations to analyze huge amounts of data.

The Southern Company, the sponsor of this year’s event, gave monetary awards to three students for their poster presentations.  Undergraduates Olabisi Omole and Stephanie Krutick will split $1,500. Graduate student Bukeka Freeman also received a $1,500 award. The students’ projects involved using data to predict the creditworthiness and probability of default of individuals.

Often called “big data” applied analytics is becoming one of the hottest fields today. People who are well-versed in SAS are in high demand and are difficult to recruit. SAS Day gives companies a chance to meet the students and see their work.

“The presentations were all really good,” said Chris Nickerson, of The Southern Company, in announcing the winners. “You should be very proud of the education you are getting here because the folks who have worked for us at The Southern Company are very sharp.”

Among the companies represented were: SAS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, AutoTrader, TransUnion, SunTrust Bank and Wells Fargo.

No clear Senate candidate leader, Georgia poll finds

Name of Publication: 
The Augusta Chronicle
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Survey also finds little voter interest in legislative efforts

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:13 PM
Last updated 9:35 PM
 

ATLANTA — The race to fill an open seat in the U.S. Senate is evenly divided among Republicans, and voters of all stripes weren’t wowed by the recent legislative session, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The InsiderAdvantage/Morris News survey, done in conjunction with Atlanta television station Fox 5 (WAGA), shows no leader yet among the candidates for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination. U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, R-Athens, and Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who are the only announced candidates, are tied at 15 percent each while their colleague Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, is just one percentage point behind, even though he hasn’t formally committed.

“It’s telling you who’s been in the news recently,” said Kennesaw State University professor Kerwin Swint. “... There’s no front-runner.”

 

Civil War symposium explores the battles of 1863

Leading scholars to discuss the major battles

Kennesaw, Ga. (March 22, 2013) — As part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war,  Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, in partnership with the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will host their 10th annual symposium focusing on various military actions from 1863.

What:

The symposium’s topic, “1863 — Struggles East & West,” brings leading Civil War scholars to Kennesaw State University as part of an ongoing series of lectures.

Who:

  • Larry Daniel will discuss the battles that took place in the Western Theater, that is all of the Confederate states, including Georgia, and the mistakes made by commanders on both sides. Daniel is Methodist pastor living in Lexington, Tenn.
  • Richard McMurry will speak about the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the pivotal battles of the war. McMurry, a historian, lives in Dalton, Ga.
  • Larry Hewitt, emeritus professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University, will discuss the battle at Port Hudson, which was part of the Vicksburg campaign. Confederate troops were under siege for 47 days before finally surrendering the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy.”
  • Brian Wills, the director of the Civil War Center and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University, will discuss Confederate Gen. James Longstreet’s sojourn to Suffolk, Va., and the logistical challenges the Army of Northern Virginia faced in obtaining supplies for troops and horses.

When:

 Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where:

 KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.

Broun’s stance against GOP budget drives Senate race

Name of Publication: 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Posted: 8:49 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013

By Daniel Malloy

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has declared the House Republican budget proposal insufficiently conservative, positioning himself once again to the right of his potential Republican competitors for the U.S. Senate.

The vote scheduled Thursday provides the latest measuring stick of how much other Senate-eyeing House members hew their voting records to that of the arch-conservative Broun, which will shape the race over the next year and a half.

Put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan balances the budget within 10 years, repeals the Affordable Care Act and imposes major revisions on the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs.

It’s not enough for Broun, of Athens, who said allowing an increase in federal spending in future years is too much to bear. And he’s saying it to anyone who will listen, from interviews to an op-ed article in The New York Times.

Broun voted for the Ryan budget in 2011, even though it spent far more than this year’s version. Broun said he did so as a show of support for the new House’s first big attempt at a Medicare overhaul. He missed the vote last year because a meeting ran long but said he would have been a “no.” ...

Running to the right is typical for GOP primaries, but Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint said Broun’s positioning is the kind of thing that gives some Republicans chills.

“The fear is twofold: First the fear is that Paul Broun is going to get nominated, and second of all that whoever does get nominated, like (last year’s Republican presidential nominee) Mitt Romney, is going to be pulled so far to the right that it makes them vulnerable,” Swint said. “That may be truer in other places than in Georgia, but conceivably that could still happen in Georgia. It’s not outside the realm of possibility.”

 

AIB Presents: Feminine Representations of the Divine

Name of Publication: 
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
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We talk to scholars about Devi, the Virgin Mary, and Lilith. Devi is the core form of every Hindu Goddess. For centuries, there has been an endless fascination with The Virgin Mary. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was created in Genesis at the same time and from the same earth as Adam and is said to have been his first wife.

Harley-Davidson shifts to electronic annual report

Name of Publication: 
Individual.com
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Rick Barrett
Mar 19, 2013 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

Harley-Davidson Inc. has discontinued its printed annual report in favor of a new annual review that's electronic and doesn't have as many financial numbers in it.

The review was published online Monday, along with download links to the company's Securities and Exchange Commission form 10-K, the annual proxy statement, a letter to shareholders and the company environmental sustainability report.

In the mail, shareholders will receive a printed ballot for the board of directors election and directions for accessing other investor information on Harley's website.

The new format saves Harley a lot of money in printing costs.

The company says it's also an improvement because people who want just the detailed financial numbers can find them in the 10-K, while others more interested in motorcycles and the business strategy can get that information in the annual review.

It's the first time Harley hasn't had a traditional annual report.

The review includes some numbers, such as sales figures and growth in various markets, and all of the numbers required by the SEC are in the 10-K report.

The review is more of a narrative, with rider stories and a look into the company's manufacturing plants, said Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim.

The company will have its annual shareholders meeting April 27 at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Printed annual reports are rapidly becoming extinct as investors turn to the Internet for information on companies, including quarterly earnings and regulatory filings.

Most people want the basics, such as sales figures, net income, earnings per share, executive compensation, and how the numbers compared with the year-ago period.

"It doesn't take a lot of writing to do that," said Paul Lapides, a business school professor who directs the Corporate Governance Center at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Most annual reports aren't read from cover to cover by investors or anyone else, according to Lapides.

"The most important thing is that it's easy to get to the numbers. You can't understand a business without the information about the finances," he said.

 

Supporters propose better, more representative Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative

Name of Publication: 
The Augusta Chronicle
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Sunday, March 17, 2013 5:17 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2:06 AM
 
In almost three months without the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, supporters say the city center has returned to a trashy, leaf-strewn area incompatible with a vibrant downtown.

Alex Wier, whose design studio bought and remodeled a building in the 900 block of Broad Street, said the sidewalks seem dirtier than those he saw recently in New York City.

“Leaves everywhere,” Wier said. “A billion cigarette butts and broken glass, where tourists come and families walk.”

His partner at Wier-Stewart, Daniel Stewart, provided one of the 116 signatures presented in support of Clean Augusta at an Augusta Commission meeting in December at which the group rejected renewing a special purpose tax district.

Under Georgia laws allowing the creation of business (or community) improvement districts, more than half of property-owning entities – or the owners of more than half the district's assessed value – must consent to the tax. ...

The Clean Augusta board, which met rarely during its first term, wants to address the commission's concerns about its management in an effort to have the district renewed, said board member Natalie McLeod, who has bought and renovated historic buildings in the district. ...

New bylaws will permit any property owner to be nominated and elected to the board, instead of requiring the presence of the largest property owners, McLeod said.

Lack of citizen participation and involvement is the major management problem faced by improvement districts, according to Kennesaw State University professor Andrew Ewoh, who studied 13 of the districts in metro Atlanta with graduate student Kristin Rome.

“The expectation here is that the inclusion of citizen participation will serve as an added level of legitimacy, which will provide the buy-in commitment from residents for long-term sustainability of public-private partnerships,” Ewoh and Rome wrote.

Mental-Health Breakdown: When Harvard Fails Its Students

Name of Publication: 
The Daily Beast
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 After a schizophrenic student said the school failed to help her, calls for reform have escalated. But can colleges realistically both educate and heal? Eliza Shapiro investigates.
 

What should Harvard students get for $57,950 a year?

It’s a question that has rattled America’s most elite college and other top-tier institutions in the wake of a scathing op-ed published last month in the Harvard Crimson by a student struggling with schizophrenia.

According to the article, which was written anonymously and has received more than 4,500 Facebook likes, Harvard’s mental health services repeatedly failed to care for the student, leaving the student suicidal.

In one example, the student told a counselor about hearing voices and was encouraged “to drink chamomile tea and to practice breathing exercises to cope with stress.”

“Where else can I go?” the student wrote. “I am too sick regularly to be in class; how can I hold a job? I decided to stay as I fight for treatment. Harvard may not be willing to pay for treatment, but at least as a student I hope that they are too afraid of bad publicity to let me die should I need hospitalization.”

In the weeks since the piece was published, an occasional conversation about mental health at America’s most elite university—intensified by three apparent suicides in the last year—appears to be coalescing into a movement. At its core is the question of whether students paying record-high tuition rates can expect to get both a great education and top-notch mental-health care at a time in their lives when they are most susceptible to everything from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia. ...

Other elite schools have been forced to rethink their approaches to mental health in the wake of high-profile suicides. After a freshman jumped to her death on the first night of college at Columbia this fall, students formed a version of Harvard’s mental health liaisons, working to better connect students with counselors. Students at NYU recently accused that school of failing to build a “comprehensive infrastructure for support,” even as the school erected aluminum screens in the library. In the past decade, three NYU students have committed suicide by jumping off the library’s top floor. ...

Mental health experts say part of the problem for schools is that there is generally more demand than supply. Some 2.2 million students across the country sought professional counseling assistance during the past year, according to 2012 survey data from the American College Counseling Association, and there often aren’t enough therapists to fill that need. Harvard, for example, says its counselor-to-student ratio is 1:750, and that’s compared to a national average of 1:1,600.

Also, many of these students enter school having never seen a shrink before, and may have unrealistic expectations of what a therapist will do for them, says Josh Gunn, director of counseling and psychological services at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. “I have students who come in here, sit down, and ask, ‘So are you going to help me or not?’ They want help by the end of the hour. I say, ‘Yeah, I can, but your expectations are different from the reality of how this works. It’s a process.’”

 

 

 

2011 redistricting led to latest battle for Fulton County

Name of Publication: 
Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Posted: 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013

By Johnny Edwards and David Wickert

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s a 20-mile drive from state Sen. Mike Crane’s home in Newnan to the farthest southern reaches of Fulton County.

But Crane and other non-Fulton Republicans are playing a big role in a debate over the county’s future. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review found more than a third of the people representing Fulton in the General Assembly live outside the county. That’s far more than the proportion of out-of-county lawmakers representing Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett.

And it’s no accident. In 2011 Republicans redrew legislative boundaries to gain control of Fulton’s delegation. Now Georgia’s largest county, where most residents are minorities and where Democratic President Barack Obama won 64 percent of the vote in November, has a white Republican majority in the General Assembly.

That majority plans to make big changes to a county government that has endured botched elections, jail overcrowding and complaints about dubious tax liens. Republicans say the county also spends too much money and is unresponsive to their constituents.

Among other things, Republicans have introduced bills to cut deeply into the county’s property tax revenue, to make it easier to fire employees and to redraw County Commission districts in a way that gives Republicans a chance at winning a majority. ...

None of it would have been possible without the redistricting that allowed Republicans to gain control of Fulton’s legislative delegation.

Though state law leaves much of the governance of the county to the locally elected Board of Commissioners, Fulton’s legislative delegation can dictate some of the details and limit the commission’s power through bills called “local legislation.”

Until this year, Democrats held a 14-8 majority of Fulton County’s seats in the House and a 4-3 majority in the Senate. But in 2011 the Republican-controlled Legislature redrew House and Senate districts across the state based on 2010 census data.

Now Republicans enjoy a 13-12 edge in Fulton County House seats and a 7-4 majority in the Senate. To accomplish that, they extended districts into Fulton that previously had not included the county.

As a result, 13 of 36 state legislators whose districts now include a piece of Fulton live elsewhere. Four live in Cobb County. Two each live in DeKalb, Gwinnett and Fayette counties. Others live in Cherokee, Coweta and Forsyth. Eleven of the 13 lawmakers who live outside Fulton are Republicans.

“It just seemed like it was a goal to have a (Republican) majority there, and they’re obviously making use of that majority now,” said Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint, a redistricting expert.

 

Schools urged to devote more attention to early childhood development

Name of Publication: 
Ghana Web
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Regional News of Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Heads of educational institutions, teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector have been called upon to dedicate much more attention to early childhood development and education in the country.

In this vein, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has decided to establish a research fund which would enable both tutors and students embark on research projects to address issues on early childhood development in Ghana.

Professor Domwini Kuupole, Vice-Chancellor of UCC made the call on Monday when he met a twelve-member delegation known as the “Faculty Learning Community” from the Kennesaw State University (KSU) in the United State of America (USA), led by the President of KSU, its Vice-Provost as well as Professors and Heads of Departments, at Cape Coast.

The visit was part of KSU’s ‘Year of Ghana’ programme which is celebrated in the School where students of KSU study and get to know more about the culture and other aspects of Ghana. ...

Dr Daniel Papp, President of KSU, said some projects were underway between his University and UCC which include exchange programmes among both students and lecturers and gave the assurance that the relationship between them would be strengthened and maintained.

Dr Ikechukwu Ujeke, a Professor in early childhood education at KSU, said there was the need for students to be taught what they need to know in schools in order for them not to be left wanting when they go out to find jobs after completion of school.

Dr Samuel Abaidoo, Coordinator of the ‘Year of Ghana’ programme, explained that a whole academic year is dedicated towards this programme where Ghanaian tutors and traditional leaders among others give talks and lectures to students at KSU to enable them have a better knowledge and understanding of Ghana.
 

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