Kennesaw State University

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.


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Bagwell College of Education building named in honor of benefactors

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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

Name of Publication: 
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. ...


Record number of Georgia voters fueled Trump, Clinton victories

Name of Publication: 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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By Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal

Posted: 5:27 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A record-high number of Georgia voters fueled the wins of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, but the fracturing of the state’s delegates shows why the race for the White House is anything but clear-cut.

Trump earned the votes of almost four in 10 GOP voters and the lion’s share of the state’s 76 delegates, but Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was poised to win more delegates than Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, even though Rubio topped Cruz in the popular vote.

And despite Clinton’s rout of Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Georgia — she captured more than 70 percent of the Democratic vote — he was set to take about a quarter of the 102 Democratic delegates up for grabs.

The Georgia results were a microcosm of the emerging national picture. While Super Tuesday cemented Trump and Clinton as the most likely candidates to win each party’s nomination, most of their rivals amassed enough support to stay in the race. ...

More than 2 million Georgians cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, narrowly topping the 2008 record fueled by Barack Obama’s historic candidacy. In that contest, about 50,000 more Democrats cast ballots than Republicans. In this one, though, Republicans far outnumbered their counterparts: Roughly 1.3 million GOP votes were cast, compared with about 760,000 Democratic ballots.

Trump and Clinton both won the state by dominating the party’s core constituencies.

The billionaire won all but four of the state’s 159 counties — Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton — racking up big margins in Atlanta’s exurbs. He bested Cruz in every county, and he kept Rubio’s margins in the four counties he won relatively slim. Exit polls showed Trump’s appeal cut across all demographics, regardless of age, education level, gender, religious beliefs, and degree of conservatism. And his victories Tuesday in states stretching from the South to New England gave his candidacy a new aura of inevitability.

“To all my Republican friends out there, and Democratic friends for that matter: Donald Trump is going to be the nominee,” Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint said. “Get used to it. Accept it. Prepare for it.” ...

Overshadowed by Trump and Rubio, Cruz looks to Texas for his last stand

Name of Publication: 
The Washington Post
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  — After a stinging defeat in South Carolina, a drop in national polling and a fade to the background in news cycles, Ted Cruz came home to Texas this week and talked about his many battles. 

There was the 2013 fight against an immigration reform bill, which Cruz described in the words of Alamo commander William Barret Travis as a “line in the sand.” There was his crusade to defeat the Affordable Care Act. And now there is Super Tuesday.

The presidential primary here on Tuesday is becoming a pitched battle for Cruz and, like the fight that occurred here in 1836, which Cruz has repeatedly referred to in recent days, it is one that could be his last stand.

Cruz has staked much of his candidacy on winning the large number of southern states that vote Tuesday, including what he calls the “crown jewel,” his home state of Texas. 

Since its inception, Cruz’s campaign has run a numbers- and data-heavy playbook focused on the delegate game, attempting to amass as many as possible — and the series of 11 primaries and caucuses Tuesday, many in the South, is key. ...

Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, said Cruz’s strategy is a good one — but the Trump phenomenon has caused everything to go haywire.

“Cruz’s strategy was sound for what they thought the race was going to look like and almost nobody saw the rise of Trump as being anything significant,” Swint said. “It’s shaken everything, it’s turned it all upside down.”

Nonetheless, Cruz is planning for what he believes will be a victory rally at a place named the Redneck Country Club Tuesday night.

“Tomorrow, Super Tuesday, is, I believe, the most important day in this entire primary,” he said.



Note:  Kennesaw State University political science professor Kerwin Swint will join News Radio 106.7's Super Tuesday election  night coverage 7 p.m. to midnight on March 1st. Listen at  

OUR VIEW: Voters should approve new ESPLOST

Name of Publication: 
Douglas County Sentinel
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(Editorial Opinion)

In the case of the ESPLOST, it will keep taxes on property owners down and improve learning opportunities for our children. And for those reasons, the editorial board of this newspaper in unanimous in its call for Douglas County voters to approve the EPLOST when they go to the polls during advance voting or on election day, March 1. Consumption taxes like the ESPLOST take some of the burden off of property owners and export it to non-residents, according to Kennesaw State Political Science Professor David Shock, who is an expert on local tax referendums. 

Rubio opens state headquarters in Cumberland

Name of Publication: 
Marietta Daily Journal
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Bill Hendrick, MDJ Correspondent

February 22, 2016 10:06 PM

CUMBERLAND — About 200 predominantly white and young Atlantans crammed into a stuffy ninth floor room on Galleria Parkway on Monday for the grand opening of Sen. Marco Rubio’s Georgia headquarters in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

His state chairman, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, urged people in the crowd to make 10 calls each and every day until Georgia’s Republican primary “and we can unify behind Marco and win.” ...

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said Rubio has “a good bit of support” in Georgia.

“Polling has been very hard to come by in many of the (upcoming primaries) in Southern states, so there is not a lot to go on for hard and fast data. There will likely be some Georgia polls in the next week as we get closer to the voting on March 1, but Rubio has a pretty good list of endorsements” in the state, including Scott and Westmoreland, Swint said. 

“He has some organization here, and he is picking up some donors who were with Jeb Bush until he dropped out,” Swint said. “After Rubio’s second-place finish in the South Carolina primary there is a good bit of excitement around his candidacy.” ...


“She Served”

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Exhibit kicks off Women’s History Month

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (February 24, 2016) — In 1976, when Congress authorized women to attend U.S. military service academies, Maria Britt, Kennesaw State’s vice president for operations, was a high school freshman. Her dad sat her down and asked her to consider applying, convincing her it was a chance to serve “a higher calling and greater good.” 

Leading by Example

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H.E. “Doc” Holliday extends educational legacy to youth character development


Kennesaw State ranks second for information security and assurance by

Degree program meets demand for data security professionals in Georgia

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Feb. 10, 2016) — The information security and assurance degree at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business has been ranked second nationwide by in its 2016 ranking of online information assurance and security degree programs.

Kennesaw State is the only university in the Southeast to make the list, and the only university in Georgia to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance. The Coles degree is listed second to Pennsylvania State University in the ranking.

“Our ability to deliver high-quality information security and assurance courses has been recognized in a number of ways: national adoption of textbooks written by our faculty, NSA recognition as a center of excellence through multiple cycles and now this ranking,” said Traci Carte, chair of the Department of Information Systems at Coles College of Business. “We couldn’t be more proud of our ISA faculty, alumni, partners and students.”

According to, information assurance and security degrees prepare students for jobs in the growing field of data security. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 18 percent growth for information security analysts from 2014 to 2024, nearly twice the national average, with median wages of $88,890.

The Coles College of Business ISA degree was recognized for its unique blend of technical expertise and managerial acumen. This combination teaches graduates to understand how data security connects with all areas of business, and prepares them to effectively protect business systems.

“We are focused on keeping the information security and assurance curriculum at KSU aimed toward the evolving threats faced by current commercial information systems, as well as maintaining the balance between the managerial and technical capabilities in the program curriculum,” said Herb Mattord, associate director of the Center for Information Security Education at Coles College of Business. “We strive to prepare our students for the ever-changing demands for effective information security professionals needed by the business community.”

Students in the Coles College online ISA program graduate ready for careers such as network systems administrator, information security analyst, systems manager, business risk analyst, or compliance analyst. Coursework includes law and ethics, data protection, network security, application and software security, e-commerce defense, cybersecurity and more. ranking is based on academic excellence, range of courses provided, awards, rankings, faculty strength and reputation.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have recognized Kennesaw State University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

For more information or to see the full ranking list, visit:

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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.

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