Kennesaw State University

Dean discusses Coles College of Business programs, success

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"Focus Atlanta" - Atlanta's CW69
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Economic development is a major focus of the University System of Georgia.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University is accomplishing its part of that mission through the innovative programs offered to its approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students.

“We play an important role in that as a college of business to make sure that our students are ready for the job when it’s time to graduate,” Dean Kathy Schwaig said during an appearance on CW69’s “Focus Atlanta” show.

Schwaig discussed a number of Coles College of Business success stories, including the Doctor of Business Administration program being recognized with an Innovations That Inspire award from the accrediting agency AACSB.

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Photos: Kennesaw State's 2016 spring commencement

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Nearly 2,900 students graduated in Kennesaw State University's five commencement ceremonies this week.

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Kennesaw State student's graduation dream is 33 years in the making

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Bonnie Johnson takes the term "non-traditional college student" to a whole new level.

Like many Americans, Johnson had a dream of obtaining a college degree. But unlike so many of the Kennesaw State University graduates crossing the stage Tuesday morning, Johnson's dream wasn't achieved in a linear, four-year-long fashion.

In fact, realizing her goal took more than three decades. Johnson began pursuing a degree in business administration in 1983. Before she was able to graduate, however, life threw her more than a couple curveballs. ...

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Graduate’s best friend

Sam Hogle and Mason

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Student and service dog will be side by side for commencement

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2016) — When Sam Hogle is awarded his second degree from Kennesaw State University, a Master of Social Work, his constant companion of the past seven years will cross the stage with him.

KSU's Keisha Hoerrner discusses importance of first year of college

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Appearing on WABE's "Closer Look" program, University College Dean Keisha Hoerrner discussed the importance of the first year of college, its potential pitfalls and what Kennesaw State is doing to help first-year students achieve academic success.

Kennesaw State is one of 44 universities – and the only one in Georgia – selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to help set the course for first-year academic success among college students nationally. This initiative is geared especially to low-income, first-generation and minority students.

In 12 of the last 13 years, U.S. News and World Report has recognized Kennesaw State as having one of the best first-year programs in the country. KSU's award-winning Thrive program helps qualified incoming first-year students to maintain the HOPE scholarship.

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Republican Ga. Rep.: ‘Trump Is Going To Be Our Candidate’

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Donald Trump became the apparent presidential nominee for the Republican party following Tuesday night's win in Indiana. Although Trump won Georgia in the state's primary earlier this year, there had been some talk among GOP delegates of backing a different candidate at the GOP convention.

However, Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland has a message for his fellow Republicans: "Like it or not, Donald Trump is going to be our candidate."

Westmoreland, who is not running for re-election, previously supported Sen. Marco Rubio's bid for the White House, but now he's behind the billionaire businessman.

“It’s either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton,” Westmoreland said in an interview. "And if they want four more years of Barack Obama, stay at home and don’t vote, but don’t complain about Hillary Clinton."

Dr. Kerwin Swint, political science professor at Kennesaw State University, says he believes many others in the Peach State will also support Trump:

“Republicans in Georgia as well as other states have come to the realization that you can’t stop Trump. He’s going to be the nominee. And if you really want to do something about Hillary Clinton being president, you really have no choice but to get behind Trump.”

Senior experience: Roger DePuy, 74, to graduate from Kennesaw State

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WABE 90.1 FM
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At 74 years young, Kennesaw State University student Roger DePuy is checking an item off his bucket list by earning his college degree.

DePuy, who will graduate from KSU next week with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, was a guest on WABE's "Closer Look" program.

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Rita Bailey named dean of Kennesaw State Honors College

Rita Bailey

Illinois State assistant provost will bring experience in honors, international studies programs

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 4, 2016) — Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp has named Rita Bailey as dean of the Honors College, effective July 1.

Bailey currently is assistant provost for the Office of International Studies and Programs, the English Language Institute and the Honors Program at Illinois State University. Along with managing those programs, she serves as provost liaison to the University Curriculum Committee and assists with faculty/staff and student diversity initiatives.

“Rita Bailey’s leadership experience and distinguished scholarship will help advance the Honors College into national and international spotlights,” said Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kennesaw State. “Dr. Bailey is an accomplished researcher, devoted teacher and impressive leader who is deeply dedicated to students and faculty and committed to the continued progress and growth of the College.”

Bailey was selected as dean after a nationwide search chaired by Jon Preston, KSU’s faculty executive assistant to the president. During the search, Becky Rutherfoord served as interim dean, and she will return to the College of Computing and Software Engineering faculty.

Prior to her academic roles, Bailey worked as a hospital- and school-based speech-language pathologist, a pediatric dysphagia specialist, hospital administrator and special-education administrator and consultant in multiple educational settings. She joined the faculty at Illinois State in 2002 and rose to administrative posts of increasing responsibility over the past 14 years.

Bailey serves on Illinois State’s Inclusive Community Response Team, the University Accreditation Team and Reaccreditation Task Force, and the Student Behavior Intervention Team. She also coordinates the activities of the Administrator-in-Residence program and oversees the International Strategic Plan Implementation Team.

“I am thrilled to be joining Kennesaw State University,” Bailey said. “After visiting campus and meeting with faculty, staff, administration and students, I realized that this is indeed a very special place. KSU is an institution that is clearly on the rise, and I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the University and its students as dean of the Honors College.”

Bailey is an accomplished grant writer, as 25 of the grant proposals she has written or contributed to have been awarded a total of $941,000 in funding for higher education initiatives. She also has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other published materials.

Bailey earned an Ed.D. in special education, her third degree from Illinois State University following her master’s degree in speech pathology and bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology.

Kennesaw State’s Honors College provides a community within the University to academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression and intellectual challenge. The program offers small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars, where students focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum.


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

Gavel brings winning bid in KSU Top 100

Garrett Jacobs, center, smiles after winning the KSU Top 100 competition. He is pictured with Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Michael J. Coles College of Business, and Chris Hanks, executive director of the KSU Entrepreneurship Center in the Coles College of Business.

Student wins entrepreneurial competition with proposal for software to run auctions more efficiently

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 28, 2016) — Presenting his business idea to a packed room of entrepreneurs, faculty members and classmates, Kennesaw State University senior Garrett Jacobs brought along auctioneer Colton Moore to give an entertaining demonstration of how frenetic an auction can be.

“It’s such a chaotic process,” Jacobs said. “It’s so fast. At an auto auction, they sell a car every 30 seconds – and they don’t stop. So the potential for error is large.”

Jacobs and Moore, his business partner, believe they have the answer to making auctions less susceptible to errors in documentation and accounting. They are developing Gavel, a cloud-based platform for auction businesses of any size to manage the multitude of data that an auctioneer must process throughout a chaotic sale.

A panel of judges liked what they saw and named Gavel the winner of the inaugural KSU Top 100, sponsored by the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. Jacobs, who is pursuing degrees in finance and in management and entrepreneurship along with being in the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business program, received a $5,000 cash award toward his start-up in the business-pitching competition modeled after the popular TV shows “Shark Tank” and “The Voice.”

“Going through this process and learning the mindset of an entrepreneur has had an impact on how I have handled this business, had relationships with people and interacted with professors,” Jacobs said. “It covered so much, and how it’s going to transform my life is hard to put in words.”

The competition began with a wide variety of business ideas submitted by 100 Kennesaw State students, and was narrowed to the three finalists who presented on Wednesday. Also making the top three were Paul Ngalle for his brainchild TreeCabin, a service allowing students to stream textbooks for a low monthly price, and Daniela Carvajalino for her Cookies and Cookies Laboratory, a laboratory-themed cookie shop.

“We got such a diversity of entries, and that was part of the fun,” said Chris Hanks, executive director of the KSU Entrepreneurship Center at the Coles College of Business. “You name it, the students had it. The entrepreneurial spirit that exists all across this campus is amazing.”

Throughout the process, the KSU Top 100 competitors were mentored by local entrepreneurs. Jacobs credited his mentor, Lee Heisman, the CEO of Savant CTS of Woodstock, with giving him invaluable guidance along the way.

Along with his $5,000 cash prize, Jacobs will receive up to $95,000 in investment and business services through Kennesaw State’s network of entrepreneurs. Those could include legal, accounting, technology and social media services for his start-up, as well as office space at Ignite HQ, the University’s business incubator and accelerator that helps researchers and entrepreneurs develop their inventions and ideas.

Jacobs’ next step will be to present to the KSU Entrepreneurship Center’s investor group, where he will negotiate receiving funding for his venture in exchange for partial ownership of it. Once that is done, a working model of Gavel can be rolled out in four to five months, he said.

“There is a special opportunity that exists here at Kennesaw State right now that doesn’t exist anywhere in the state, and that’s this entrepreneurship center,” Jacobs said. “If I didn’t take advantage of it, I would be doing myself a disservice.”


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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