Kennesaw State University

LIST: 10 battleground states to watch in November

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ABC 7 WJLA - Washington D.C.*
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With the general election match-up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump mostly set following Tuesday's primaries, attention can turn to the electoral map and the battleground states where the presidency will be decided in November.

Trump's campaign has identified 15 states to focus on in the general election, including some that Republicans have not won in decades. ...

While both campaigns have made improbable claims that they can put new states in play this year (Trump in California and Clinton in Texas, for example), experts expect the electoral map to look relatively similar to recent election cycles.

If that is the case, Clinton will have a demographic advantage and a slightly easier road to 270 electoral votes based on states that are firmly Democratic or leaning blue.

"Donald Trump's challenge is turning those purple states red and flipping a couple of blue states," said Kerwin Swint, professor of political science at Kennesaw State University.

That sounds like a tall order, but economic dissatisfaction and anti-establishment fervor could give Trump an opening. ...

* Also see Kerwin Swint's comments at  

2016’s states with the best and worst taxpayer return on investment

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Luc Noiset, associate professor of economics in the Michael J. Coles College of Business, was featured in a WalletHub article about the states with the best and worst taxpayer return on investment.

Noiset was asked how average citizens can assess the ROI of their local tax dollars.

He responded, "I would only say that state and local governments should provide their citizens with detailed (but one-page) budgets. These would show revenue sources and expenditure categories, including wages, pension and benefit expenses. These one-pagers should not be on a website but should be put directly in front of taxpayers - for example, a mailer. I think these information one-pagers would be an efficient use of taxpayer dollars and would be the beginning of assessing ROI of tax dollars."

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Mark Tillman named dean of WellStar College of Health and Human Services

Mark Tillman

Distinguished biomechanics expert looks forward to ‘tremendous opportunity’ at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 6, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has named Mark Tillman as dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1.

Tillman currently is the dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University. He was selected for his new role at Kennesaw State following a nationwide search chaired by Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark Tillman to Kennesaw State University. I have no doubt he will advance the WellStar College of Health and Human Services to new heights,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “I am confident that Dr. Tillman’s experience, vision and strong record of strategic planning will significantly enhance the College’s roles in education, innovation and community engagement.”

Tillman will succeed Monica Nandan, who has served as interim dean of the College since July 2014. Nandan will return to being a professor and the chair of the Department of Social Work and Human Services. She has served as interim dean since Richard Sowell stepped down following 13 years as dean, during which the College of Health and Human Services experienced significant growth.

Tillman previously was the interim dean and chair of Troy University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. Before joining Troy in 2013, he held faculty and administrative positions at Stetson University and the University of Florida.

In his 17 years of university service, Tillman has taught more than 10,000 undergraduate students, served on more than 100 graduate student committees, been named Teacher of the Year twice and been recognized as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He said he looks forward to the “tremendous opportunity” that awaits him at Kennesaw State.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected to serve as the next dean of the WellStar College of Health and Human Services,” Tillman said. “I was initially attracted to KSU because of the excellent reputation of the University. After meeting with several administrators, faculty and staff, I have a better understanding of why the reputation is so strong, and I am excited to join such a dedicated team focused on innovation and growth.”

Tillman’s research is focused on lower-extremity biomechanics and biomechanics for special populations such as wheelchair users, knee-replacement patients and people with multiple sclerosis. His interdisciplinary work has resulted in 70 refereed publications, 19 funded grants and numerous scientific presentations pertaining to injury prevention and quality of life enhancement.

Tillman earned three degrees from the University of Florida: a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences, a master’s in engineering mechanics and a Ph.D. in health and human performance with a specialization in biomechanics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kennesaw State University’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services offers six undergraduate and five graduate programs to more than 4,000 students. The College is composed of the WellStar School of Nursing and the departments of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Health Promotion and Physical Education and Social Work and Human Services.


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.


— Paul Floeckher

Political scientist: Lee needs grass-roots approach in Cobb runoff

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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5:19 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mike Boyce — the same man who lost to Lee by 12,000 votes in 2012 — came within 337 votes of winning the election outright in this year’s Republican primary, with 49 percent of the vote. Lee’s 40 percent placed him more than 3,000 votes behind.

And had retired businessman Larry Savage not been in the race, Boyce almost certainly would be chairman-elect today, said Kerwin Swint, chair of Kennesaw State’s Political Science Department. ...




Kennesaw State graduate beat hardships

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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By Janel Davis

Bonnie Johnson left community college with an associate’s degree and on track to complete a bachelor’s degree that was not far behind.

But life rarely follows the paths we plan.

A series of events, beginning with the birth of her son born with a mild form of cerebral palsy, forced Johnson to put her education on hold. When the baby was born, “I knew I needed to work after the associate’s degree to make money,” she said. “The bachelor’s degree had to wait.”

This is graduation season for thousands of Georgia college students, and many of metro Atlanta’s high school students are receiving diplomas this week. For many, transitioning from high school to college will be seamless. But for others, like Johnson, it can be bumpy, leading them to delay college or take time off once they get there.

And the odds of finally earning those degrees are stacked against them.

About 59 percent of first-time, full-time students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in six years, compared with only one-third of adult learners — students like Johnson who re-enroll in college after at least a year away, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and the federal education department.

To improve the odds for a segment of adult learners, Emerge, an Atlanta nonprofit organization, has spent more than a decade awarding scholarships to women — 100 so far — whose higher education has been derailed due to hardships.

“Women tend to be the ones most often trying to give to others, but deplete themselves in the process of giving,” said Jill Ratliff, co-president of Emerge. “This is about trying to help them.”

The group selects between 10 and 15 women each year for the scholarships that average $5,000. As Emerge begins its next year of service, it is working on several new aspects of the scholarship program, including multi-year scholarships to help with costs throughout recipients’ college tenure. Recipients are required to show their commitment to education and be involved in some type of community service.

Members of the 2015 class have overcome incarcerated parents, sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy and family drug abuse, and are enrolled in area colleges including Clayton State University, and Atlanta Metropolitan State and Piedmont colleges.

“We’re looking for people who want to make a difference beyond their personal lives and their families,” Ratliff said.

In addition to the difficulties with her son, Johnson — one of Emerge’s 2015 recipients — has endured two bouts of cancer, an abusive spouse, a daughter who recently received a kidney transplant, divorce and the loss of her mother. Despite the obstacles, Johnson enrolled in Kennesaw State University in 2011, while working full-time as an administrative assistant, volunteering with various agencies through her company, and being the sole supporter of her two adult children.

This month, 33 years after her higher education was interrupted, Johnson, now 52, graduated from Kennesaw State with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“It was day-by-day. I couldn’t plan for the future. It took a lot of patience,” she said. “… I decided I needed to develop myself so that I could develop others. Education is the first step. It’s about making the decision that I can do this.”

Photo caption: Bonnie Johnson is shown volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity build site. (Photo by Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Bonnie Johnson

KSU professor discusses economic impact of Atlanta hosting 2019 Super Bowl

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WABE 90.1 FM
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In a vote by National Football League owners this week, Atlanta won the bid to host the 2019 Super Bowl.

J.C. Bradbury, a Kennesaw State University professor and sports management economist, visited WABE's "Closer Look" program and discussed the potential impact Super Bowl 53 will have on the city.

Click here to listen to the full interview, starting at the 55:55 mark


Worth the wait

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Coles College of Business student graduates following multiple treatments for rare blood disorder

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 25, 2016) — Dylan Martin wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to graduate from college, but his concern stemmed from something far more serious than how he was doing in his classes.

US professor calls to form global media ethics code

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The Nation; also in The International News
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May 25, 2016, 4:54 pm

LAHORE: Fulbright scholar from Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA Dr. Matt Duffy has called upon the need to form a global code of media ethics to combat instances of social injustices.

He was addressing a seminar on “Role of Journalism that serves Public Good” organized by Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies in collaboration with the US State Department here on Wednesday. Dean Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Prof Dr Zakria Zakir, Ms. Rachael Chen, Public Affairs Officer from the US Consulate General Lahore, Mr. Jamal Ghazanfar, senior faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion. 

Addressing the seminar, Dr Duffy gave a detailed lecture on how journalism could play role in highlighting social issues of injustice, corruption and intolerance. He said that journalists were facing different kinds of challenges worldwide. ...

Nicole Junker, Kelly Dumont named Clendenin Scholars

Clendenin Scholars 2016

Two students receive annual scholarship for graduate studies at Kennesaw State

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 24, 2016) — Two Kennesaw State University students – one who aspires to end human trafficking and one who plans to help people in coping with grief – are receiving scholarships toward their altruistic career pursuits.

Nicole Junker, a Ph.D. student in international conflict management, and Kelly Dumont, a student in the Master of Social Work program, are this year’s Clendenin Scholars. The Clendenin Scholars Program awards up to $20,000 a year to high-achieving students pursuing graduate degrees at Kennesaw State.

Junker (left, in photo) completed research on human trafficking in the Republic of Moldova for her master’s thesis and currently is researching the media impact on trafficking survivors returning from Islamic State-captivity in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her dissertation addresses the importance of creating an adaptable model for the rehabilitation of sex-trafficking victims throughout the world.

Prior to joining the INCM program and becoming a graduate research assistant to professor Debarati Sen, Junker served as the communications specialist for the Access to Justice Program in Iraq and as the communications director for the Identity Theft Resource Center. She has volunteered for nearly a decade with the International Visitor Leadership Program, teaching international delegates how to create communications products involving survivors of gender-based and sexual violence and working with domestic-trafficking survivors in rehabilitation.

Dumont (right, in photo) works as a graduate research assistant at Kennesaw State and is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, National Association of Social Workers and Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. While a student at Wake Forest University, Dumont founded a chapter of Actively Moving Forward, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting college students who are grieving a loved one’s illness or death.

Dumont focuses her research on the psychosocial impacts chronic illness has on individuals and families. She plans to pursue a career in medical social work, with particular interests in care coordination, community health outreach and education, and grief and bereavement counseling.

Junker will be awarded $20,000 to pursue her doctorate, while Dumont will receive $15,000 as the Clendenin Scholars master’s recipient. Both also will receive full graduate tuition waivers.

Junker, Dumont, previous scholarship recipients and the Clendenin family will be honored at a reception in the fall. A total of 40 students have received scholarships through the initiative, originally known as the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program when it was established in 2008 with a $1 million endowment from the Clendenin family.

For more information about the Clendenin Scholars Program, visit


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.


— Paul Floeckher

KSU professor discusses Falcons' strategy to lower concessions prices

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WABE 90.1 FM
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The Atlanta Falcons want to feed their fans for less. Today Arthur Blank announced that concessions pricing at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be priced below the average for NFL stadiums.

Two dollars for sodas and water, $3 for snacks like nachos and pizza, and a domestic beer will cost $5.

J.C. Bradbury, a sports management economist with Kennesaw State University, said the price change isn't just from the goodness of the Falcon management's hearts.

"You want to get as much money out of the rich guy as you can, without cutting off the poor guy – and I'm using extreme generalizations here,” Bradbury said.

He said the Falcons' move makes sense, because food and drinks are included in many of the premium seating packages.

"If you just watch Falcons games on television, it's a sell-out, but you have to put air quotes around 'sell-out.' There are lots of empty seats."

Bradbury said this move is about filling those seats, which he said makes the game more fun to watch.


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