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Reception recognizes Kennesaw State faculty, student authors

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 30, 2016)— The Kennesaw State University Library System hosted an Authors’ Reception Tuesday at the Horace W. Sturgis Library to honor the more than a hundred KSU faculty members and students who have been published in recent months.

A display showcased their books and articles, in categories including history, nursing, management, political science, English, foreign languages, computer science and marketing. The reception recognized all the works produced or jointly authored by KSU faculty, staff and students from October 2014 through December 2015.

Kennesaw State President Daniel Papp commended the faculty authors for “helping your students by staying in the forefront of your respective fields.” Being published is one way to promote a university’s mission to expand and distribute knowledge, he added.

“But the impact is more than simply educating ourselves and educating others,” Papp said. “Your own reputation is enhanced when you publish. The reputation of the institution is enhanced when you publish. And one of the good things about enhancing the reputation of the university is that also enhances the reputation of the students who are being educated there.”

The Authors’ Reception began in 1999 at Southern Polytechnic State University. Following the consolidation of SPSU and Kennesaw State, the event was held at KSU for the first time on Tuesday.

“We want to keep this great tradition alive and keep people engaged with it,” said David Evans, dean for library services.

Along with the hard copies of their books and articles, the authors’ works are being promoted through KSU’s Digital Commons, an online collection of intellectual and creative output. Content from the Digital Commons – which includes dissertations, theses and journal articles – has had more than 300,000 downloads over the past 12 months, according to Aajay Murphy, managing editor of the Digital Commons.

Gone are the days of a thesis being bound and stuck on a shelf at the library, Evans said, as works by KSU faculty and students are readily accessible to people around the world. One of the many benefits is giving undergraduate students an avenue to share the research they are doing.

“The audience has been optimized,” Evans said. “Now you have people all over the world, if they’re researching that topic, guess who pops up? Your undergraduate student.”

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– Paul Floeckher

Photo by David Caselli

Ken Hill


Manager of PEGS program set to oversee KSU’s education abroad facility in Italy

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 25, 2016)Working in higher education in the beautiful Italian countryside is something Ken Hill acknowledges he never would have imagined when he was in operations management and human resources earlier in his career.

Diversity at KSU

Exhibit includes histories and portraits of 14 who made a difference for diversity at KSU

Kennesaw State launches exhibit chronicling University’s history of diversity

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 24, 2016) — The evolution of diversity and inclusion over Kennesaw State University’s first half century is captured in “Emerging From Within,” a new exhibit that will be on display for public viewing in the Social Sciences Atrium through April 24.

Thinking Globally

Panel, from left, Papp, Isakson, Hessler-Radelet and Carr

St. Patrick's Day Used to Be Blue

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WABE 90.1 FM
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On "A Closer Look" with Rose Scott and Jim Burress, Bryan McGovern, associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University, discusses why the iconic color of St. Patrick’s Day changed to green – from blue. (Interview starts at 25:15.)

Atlanta Hawks CEO shares winning strategies with KSU students

Steve Koonin stresses that success extends beyond the court

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 16, 2016) – The Atlanta Hawks have become a trendsetter among pro sports franchises with their innovative marketing strategies. Hawks CEO and part-owner Steve Koonin told Kennesaw State University students that they too should set themselves apart if they’re interested in a career in the entertainment industry.

Koonin explained “building a winning brand” during a lecture Tuesday hosted by the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business (MEBUS) program at KSU. He also encouraged students to take advantage of MEBUS internships and other opportunities to make themselves more marketable.

“Differentiate yourself. It wins,” Koonin said. “If you want to be in content, write compelling and differentiating content. If you want to be in production, study and be a fan of production. Have a point of view.”

In Koonin’s first full year as CEO, the Hawks had the highest attendance increase in the NBA and set franchise records for season ticket sales, game sellouts and retail sales. One way the Hawks made their merchandise accessible – and affordable – was to become the first team to create and license 16 different shoelaces, Koonin said.

“Any kid who wants to have authentic NBA gear can wear Hawks shoelaces, and we’re giving them out all over town,” he said. “It’s a huge success for including people into the program.”

The Hawks became the first of North America’s 122 pro sports teams to hire a chief diversity and inclusion officer, according to Koonin. He added that the team also is active in the community; the new Junior Hawks program will allow thousands of children to attend basketball camps and clinics – most at no cost – and the Hawks are in the midst of building 25 basketball courts in Atlanta communities.

“We’re doing it in neighborhoods that, quite candidly, will never buy a season ticket,” Koonin said. “We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do. We’re trying to affect communities every day through our mantra to build bridges through basketball.”

The audience for the lecture included two Kennesaw State alums who now are working for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. Sasha Gwin, a 2014 graduate, credited the three internships she had through MEBUS with helping her land her position as the assistant to the booking department.

“I love it,” Gwin said. “MEBUS was a really good opportunity to focus in and figure out what I really wanted to do.”

Haley-Kate Daykin also had three internships through MEBUS prior to graduating last May. She majored in international business, but has remained close to home as a fan-experience assistant for the Hawks.

“My internships were probably the biggest help,” Daykin said. “I definitely like the entertainment industry, and I would like to stay within entertainment, sports, music – I love all of that.”


–  Paul Floeckher

Photo by Dave Caselli

KSU at the Capitol

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Outstanding students celebrate with KSU leaders and legislators at State Capitol

KENNESAW, Ga. (March, 14, 2016) —A pair of resolutions adopted last week in both the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate recognized and commended the academic accomplishments of two Kennesaw State University engineering students and their dean, as well as the athletes, coaches and athletic staff who launched the University’s first football season. 

Activist encourages students, faculty to ‘think bigger’ to make a difference

Winona LaDuke delivers sixth annual Pathways to Peace lecture at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 9, 2016) – Activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke began her talk at Kennesaw State University on Tuesday with a dose of reality.

LaDuke, the guest speaker for the sixth annual Pathways to Peace lecture, told KSU students and faculty that people in the United States – herself included – are “pretty privileged” and generally have “minimal problems” compared to the rest of the world’s population.

“The question is, what do we do with our privilege?” she said. “With our privilege comes responsibility. What North America does has pretty big implications for the rest of the world.”

LaDuke’s commitment to helping others evolved from living and working on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota. She led the fight against construction of an oil pipeline that would have cut through the wild rice field that feeds the tribe. Another initiative was starting a farm-to-school program in her community to provide healthy food to students and help fight childhood obesity and diabetes.

“I don’t like just getting stuck talking about what the problem is. I want to know what the solution is,” LaDuke said. “You can do something to make it different.”

As a leader of two nonprofit organizations, Honor the Earth and the White Earth Land Recovery Project, LaDuke works nationally and internationally on issues related to climate change, renewable energy and environmental justice. She also is the author of six books and a former board member of Greenpeace USA.

LaDuke said that, as a child, she wanted to grow up to be like consumer advocate Ralph Nader – whom she called the “people’s superhero.” LaDuke was Nader’s vice presidential candidate when he ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee in 1996 and 2000.

“One of the things he said to me was that sometimes a private citizen must become a public citizen,” LaDuke said. “Sometimes you have to get outside your arena of comfort and think bigger.”

Pathways to Peace is an annual celebration promoting discussion of activities that impact lasting peace across the globe. It is a collaboration between the Michael J. Coles College of Business, the Peace Studies Program, University College and the American Democracy Project.


Paul Floeckher

Photo by David Caselli

Bagwell College of Education building named in honor of benefactors

Education Building

Chantal and Tommy Bagwell continue a family tradition of bestowing gifts to Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 9, 2016) — The new Education Building at Kennesaw State University has a new name. The naming of the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building and the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Endowed Chair are both in recognition of $3 million in gifts from the couple.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the renaming of the building in recognition of two separate gifts the Bagwells recently made to the university – $2 million earmarked for the new building and $1 million for the Bagwell Endowed Chair. The Endowed Chair will be a three-to-five year position in an area of expertise that is aligned with the goals outlined in the College’s strategic plan.

“The Bagwell family has a long history of philanthropy and service to Kennesaw State University beginning in 1996, when Mrs. Clarice Bagwell — Mr. Bagwell’s mother — made a generous gift to name the Bagwell College of Education,” President Daniel S. Papp said. “We are so honored by the family’s continued trust and investment in the College, which enables the faculty, staff and administrators to continue being leaders in preparing the next generation of teachers and administrators.”

The University’s new Education Building addition, which houses the Bagwell College of Education, was funded by $20.3 million in state funds. Opened in August 2015, the 78,756-square-foot facility significantly expanded facilities to meet the growing demands of faculty, staff and students. The state-of-the-art building contains classrooms, computer labs, seminar rooms, student study areas, conference rooms, department suites and the dean’s suite.

Tommy Bagwell is the owner of American Proteins Inc., and Chantal Bagwell serves on the company’s board of directors. Both are active members of the community. Mr. Bagwell is a trustee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation and served as the charter president of the Forsyth Rotary Club. He also has served on the boards of Elachee Nature Center, Lanier Technical College, Brenau University, Gainsesville State College, The Carter Center Board of Councilors, and as the election observer for The Carter Center in Venezuela and Peru. Chantal Bagwell was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the “REACH” Foundation board. She also is a trustee of the Children's Healthcare Foundation, a member of the Woman’s Advocacy Group in Gainesville, and was previously a member of the Circle for Children and the Sawnee Woman’s Club. 

“The generosity of Chantal and Tommy Bagwell will impact the lives of faculty, staff and students of the Bagwell College of Education in perpetuity,” Dean Arlinda Eaton said. “As a result of the high-quality preparation they receive at Kennesaw State University, our students will then go on to impact the lives of thousands of P-12 students and fellow educators. Having the flexibility to use endowment funds to advance the initiatives of the college at any given time will ensure our vision that the Bagwell College of Education remains at the forefront of educator preparation.”

Initially, a portion of the naming gift will be dedicated to work the college does with its P-12 partners to prepare effective educators to improve student learning, Eaton said. Some of the money also will be used to create new research opportunities for faculty and students.

The Bagwell College is one of the leading preparers of teachers in Georgia, enrolling more than 2,000 students. The College's programs are nationally recognized and approved by their respective specialized professional associations and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Bagwell College was the first college at KSU to offer a doctorate degree and the first to offer a Massive Open Online Course. As the recipient of the largest grant awarded to KSU, an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, Bagwell College faculty also are preparing pre-service teachers to work in multicultural urban P-12 school settings.

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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.


Qualifying for local and state elections starts Monday

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by Meris Lutz
March 05, 2016 10:00 PM

MARIETTA — Republicans or Democrats who hope to serve Cobb County in one of 56 local and state elected positions on the ballot this November must officially declare themselves this week.

Qualifying for independents will be in June. 

Candidates for county-level partisan offices, including sheriff, county commission chairman, county commissioners and others, must qualify at their respective county party headquarters. Candidates for county-level nonpartisan offices, including state court judgeships, must qualify with the Cobb Elections Office. Candidates for state offices qualify at locations in Atlanta.

The qualifying period starts Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. and ends Friday, March 11 at noon. ..Andrew Pieper, associate profession of political science at Kennesaw State University, said candidates looking to run for local or state officers during a presidential election year could see their chances affected by party affiliation. 

“Nationally, Democrats get a higher turnout in presidential election years,” Pieper said. “That’s why in those midterm elections of 2010, 2014, Republicans did so well.”

He clarified, however, that “we’re only talking a few percentage points here, and in most races, that won’t matter.”

Pieper said one thing to watch for this year is how general frustration with establishment politics in Washington will affect incumbents in the U.S. House and Senate. ...


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