Kennesaw State University

New students welcomed to KSU family

First-year students recite the Owl Creed

First week of classes concludes with annual First-Year Convocation

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 23, 2016) — With all the formality of a graduation ceremony – and a bit of pep rally mixed in – Kennesaw State officially welcomed its newest students Friday at the University’s annual First-Year Convocation.

Akanmu Adebayo

kanmu Adebayo during induction into the Nigerian Academy of Letters

KENNESAW, Ga. (August 19, 2016) — A native son of Nigeria, Akanmu Adebayo, professor of history, returned to his homeland this month to receive two honors recognizing his accomplishments and contributions as a scholar of African economic history and conflict management and analysis. 

Kennesaw State’s Internal Auditing Education Program earns international recognition

Coles College of Business

Only the seventh in the world to be named internal auditing Center of Excellence

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 19, 2016) — Kennesaw State University has attained the prestigious Center of Excellence level in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Kennesaw State is only the fourth university in North America and seventh in the world to earn the Center of Excellence, the top status from the IIA.

“We are so honored to achieve this level of recognition from the Institute of Internal Auditors,” said Richard Clune, director of the Internal Audit Center. “At the same time, being a Center of Excellence comes with it the responsibility to be a distinctive leader in the field of internal audit education, providing students with an education to prepare them as future leaders of the internal audit profession.”

The IIA identified Kennesaw State as “a forward-thinking university that recognizes the importance of the internal audit profession as a career choice.” The organization also commended KSU’s commitment to supporting an internal audit curriculum, which includes educating undergraduate and graduate students, conducting applied research and engaging with the internal audit community.

“Our tagline ‘Aspire to More’ captures what we try to do every day with every student in mind,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business. “We’relistening, and we’re responding by developing relevant academic programs and graduating students who will be leaders in the decades to come.”

Kennesaw State is the only university in Georgia authorized by the Institute of Internal Auditors to issue Internal Auditing Education Partnership Certificates. The certification is an indication that graduates are ready to add value on their first day of employment.

“Our mission includes being nationally recognized, and earning this Center of Excellence goes beyond that as one of seven universities in the world,” said Kathryn Epps, associate dean and director of the School of Accountancy. “We look forward to this next step in our journey to provide the best education for our students.”

The Institute of Internal Auditorsalso lauded Kennesaw State’s collaboration with the IIA Atlanta Chapter as “one that not only the university can be proud of, but the entire internal audit community as well.” The partnership provides internship and co-op job opportunities for students and helps Georgia companies find well-prepared graduates locally.

“The IIA Atlanta Chapter has always been pleased with the return on our investment of time and money into KSU, and with this achievement, we are even more pleased than ever,” said Bill Mulcahy, chair of the Internal Audit Center Advisory Board.

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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.

Alabama Lottery Legalization Could Impact Ga. Sales

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Alabama is one of only six states that doesn't sell lottery tickets, but that could change soon.

Lawmakers in Alabama are divided on whether to legalize the lottery there to help fund Medicaid.

After years of opposition, the governor of Alabama now says legalizing the lottery is the only way to cover Medicaid costs. ...

Kennesaw State University associate professor of political science David Shock said if the Alabama lottery bills pass and prove successful, they could have a modest effect on Georgia lawmakers.

He said the Alabama lottery bills could generate some revenue for that state, but his concern is with the “overall negative effect on low-income people."

"A state like Alabama, it’s one of the lower-income states,” Shock said. “What ends up happening is a lot of the lower-income residents end up spending money on casinos and lotteries when they really can't afford it.”

More than 19 percent of Alabama residents live below the federal poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four.

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KSU 'uniquely positioned' to produce innovative entrepreneurs

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WABE 90.1 FM
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A new degree program will position Kennesaw State University to be a leader in producing innovative and successful entrepreneurs, Chris Hanks said Wednesday on WABE's "Closer Look" program.

"No student will enter this degree program and leave it the same," said Hanks, the executive director of the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at KSU. "They will be transformed, and they will leave it a better version of themselves."

The Coles College of Business will begin the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship in fall 2017. It is the first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program in Georgia.

"It came about from the desire for the institution to lead entrepreneurship in the Southeast," Hanks said. "By having the only major (in Georgia), we become the destination point for anybody who is serious about entrepreneurship."

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Women of Conflict

Nikki Junker in Iraq

Ph.D. student researches plight of Iraqi captives

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 15, 2016)  —  Nikki Junker, a student in Kennesaw State’s Ph.D. program in International Conflict Management (INCM) completes a research project she worked on this summer in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq, aspects of her professional and academic lives become intertwined. 

Moving on in: KSU students arrive for start of classes

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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Kennesaw State University students moved into their on-campus homes on Friday and Saturday in preparation for the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

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KSU to offer entrepreneurship major

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Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Kennesaw State University is about to launch a first for the University System of Georgia — an undergraduate degree program in entrepreneurship.

The university system’s Board of Regents voted Aug. 10 to authorize the new major at KSU’s Coles College of Business. The first classes will start during the fall semester of next year.

There are dozens of entrepreneurship degree programs across the country, led byBabson College, a small private business college in Massachusetts that has made entrepreneurship education its central focus.

But the idea of establishing an entrepreneurship major in Georgia didn’t begin to blossom until two years ago, when Robin Cheramie, then the newly installed chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Coles, sat down to brainstorm with Christopher Hanks, executive director of The Entrepreneurship Center at KSU.

“It started as an innocent conversation on how we could bring entrepreneurship to our students,” Cheramie said.

Cheramie said the two first talked about creating some courses in entrepreneurship, then about attaching it as a minor to a related degree program. Then, Hanks suggested taking the idea full bore by making entrepreneurship a major course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

“We want to help students understand the realities of starting a business,” Cheramie said. “We don’t believe all our majors will go out and start a business. But they will be entrepreneurial within their companies.”

Next came the task of pitching the idea to officials at Coles and KSU, then selling it to the Board of Regents. To do that, The Entrepreneurship Center lined up testimonials from more than 60 local employers willing and eager to hire graduates coming out of the new program.

The new major will feature four core courses, including one called “The Entrepreneurial Mind.” The other core subjects will teach students how to market a new business, how to finance a startup company and how to develop a business plan.

KSU expects to have 80 students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program during its first year, most of whom will be shifting into the major from other programs at the university. But as the new major catches on, projections call for enrollment to grow to 138 students by the fourth year, the vast majority of whom will be incoming freshmen and transfers new to KSU.

“There are high school programs in entrepreneurship that are launching,” Cheramie said. “We may be seeing a funnel.”

“My guess is Kennesaw will blow this out of the water,” said Regent Rutledge Griffin Jr., a member of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. “I think this is the beginning of something very exciting.”

Kennesaw State to offer bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship

Coles College exterior

Coles College of Business program will be first of its kind in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2016) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved establishing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Entrepreneurship at Kennesaw State University.

The new undergraduate degree program in the Michael J. Coles College of Business will begin in fall 2017. It is the first entrepreneurship B.B.A. program in Georgia.

“Offering the state’s first comprehensive degree in entrepreneurship illustrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to producing innovative graduates who are well equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge,” said Ken Harmon, the University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “College graduates who start new businesses have become the largest producers of private sector jobs in recent years, and this new degree is another avenue for KSU to be a leader in that trend.”

The goal of the new program is to help students develop the necessary knowledge, skills and mindset to become successful entrepreneurs. While the Coles College’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship will house the program, the B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship will operate in multiple disciplines across other units and schools on campus and within the business community.

Through the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at KSU, local entrepreneurs will serve as guest speakers and provide other opportunities to engage with students in the B.B.A. program. Also, the Cox Family Enterprise Center and Kennesaw State University Small Business Development Center will partner with the Coles College of Business to help promote entrepreneurship with students.

“We are so excited to offer Georgia’s only major in entrepreneurship at a time when the state and the region are keenly focused on economic development and creating new businesses,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business. “Our program will be a key focal point of those efforts as it provides education and support to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship is Kennesaw State’s latest step as part of the Board of Regents’ directive for all University System of Georgia institutions to focus on economic development and world-class research. Kennesaw State also established IgniteHQ — a business incubator, accelerator and education partnership with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce — which identifies, develops and provides the resources that start-ups and new and early-stage businesses need to succeed.

Along with Kennesaw State’s resources on campus, the University also is located in an ideal market for entrepreneurship. CNN Money ranked Atlanta as the sixth-best city to launch a start-up, and the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity identified Georgia has having the nation’s second-largest increase in entrepreneurial activity over the past decade.


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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A cut above

Kennesaw State Myles Robinson

KSU graduate earns scholarship to top medical school

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 9, 2016) — Myles Robinson didn’t have to look far to find inspiration to enter the medical field, or to see a successful Kennesaw State University graduate.

His mother, Candy Robinson, went back to school when Myles was 9 years old. She commuted from their home in Paulding County and earned a nursing degree from Kennesaw State, then became an operating-room nurse.

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