Kennesaw State University

Closer Look: Mudslinging; Olympic Venues; And More

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Kennesaw State University Political Science Professor Kerwin Swint talks about the mudslinging in the current political campaign on "Closer Look."


Kennesaw State, Peachtree TV unveil football broadcast agreement

Kennesaw State football

TV deal in top-10 market is unique among FCS programs

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State University Athletics Association (KSUAA) and Peachtree TV (WPCH) in Atlanta have signed an agreement to air a selection of KSU football games this season.

This TV deal, together with last week’s announcement of Kennesaw State’s flagship radio partnership on ESPN Radio 1230 The Fan 2, is the final piece of KSU’s newly-created Owl Network. The Owl Network will serve as the umbrella for live-event video and audio produced by the KSUAA, along with on-demand programming, highlights and feature videos.

The Owls’ unique local TV partnership with Peachtree TV allows the Kennesaw State brand to reach more than 6.2 million people and 2.38 million households in the greater Atlanta area – the nation’s ninth-largest media market. Based on available data, KSU will be the only FCS program with a local television agreement in a top-10 market.

“This is another great step in the evolution of our football program and for Kennesaw State Athletics,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “We’re privileged to have a local TV partnership with Peachtree TV in a top-10 media market that is one-of-a-kind at the FCS level. Now on any given Saturday, the Owl Network allows us to reach millions both locally and worldwide on a variety of mediums including television, radio, mobile and the internet.”

The dates of the Peachtree TV games will be announced later this month once the Big South Conference unveils its complete television schedule. Kennesaw State’s games on Peachtree TV also will be streamed online by the Big South Network, but blacked out in Atlanta.

“We are excited about adding the Kennesaw State Owls and their successful football program to the offerings of Peachtree TV,” said Mark Pimentel, general manager of WPCH and WGCL TV.

Brian Katrek, a local TV and radio veteran who has called KSU games on ESPN3, will handle play-by-play duties for the Owl Network on Peachtree TV. Former Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Falcon quarterback D.J. Shockley will serve as the analyst, while Nathan McCreary, who also has called a number of KSU events on ESPN3, will report from the sidelines.


About Kennesaw State University

With 33,000 students, Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia and one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and boasts more than 100,000 alumni. The Owls offer 18 Division-I intercollegiate sports, including a football program that debuted in 2015. KSU competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference and is a member of the Big South Conference for football. Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State teams have won 14 conference titles and made 20 NCAA appearances over the last six seasons.

About Peachtree TV (WPCH) and CBS 46 (WGCL)

Peachtree TV (WPCH) broadcasts hit movies every night in prime time and a variety of comedies including The Big Bang Theory, King of Queens, Modern Family, Last Man Standing and Seinfeld. WPCH is owned by Turner, but operated by Meredith.

CBS 46 (WGCL) is the CBS affiliate in Atlanta and owned by Meredith. The station delivers 32 hours of weekly news product as well as hit CBS programs such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother, NCIS and 60 Minutes. The station also airs NFL Thursday Night Football, The NFL Today, SEC college football, PGA golf and NCAA basketball.

Cobb County officials surprised by early voting turnout

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Reporter Ross Cavitt inerviews Kerwin Swint, professor and political analyst, about the impact of the contentious runoff race for Cobb County commission chair on large early voting turn-out. 

Police Shooting Videos Take A Toll On Mental Health

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GPB News
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  JUL 12, 2016

Outrage, protests and more violence are just some of the expected reactions to killings at the hands of law enforcement officers caught on camera. Some therapists theorize that repeated exposure to these controversial incidents can adversely affect mental health. Anger, fear, and frustration can all take a toll on weary viewers who can’t seem to escape images of violent incidents.

We talk with Atira Charles, a Florida A&M University professor and founder of The Mask Project, and Kennesaw State University professor Roxanne Donovan about how best to manage emotions associated with controversial police shootings. ...


"Lonely" PostSecret

South Sudanese Atlantans Watch As Conflict Divides Homeland

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WABE 90.1 FM
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Some metro Atlanta residents are watching the conflict in South Sudan closely and say they are worried for their families.

This weekend, South Sudan marked its fifth independence day, but it was overshadowed by fighting that may mark the start of a second civil war.

At least 150 people have died and thousands are displaced in South Sudan after fighting broke out in the capital of Juba last week.

South-Sudanese In Atlanta

Zeinab Said Hessen left her hometown of Wau, Sudan in 1994 for Egypt before finally settling in Clarkston, Georgia as a refugee in 1999 with her seven children.

Since then, 53-year-old Hessen became a U.S. citizen and now runs a clothing business called Wau Fashion in Clarkston.

But the rest of her family is still in South Sudan. For the past three weeks, she hasn't been able to get in touch with them and fears for their safety.

"The [militias] come to your house; they rape the women; kill the children; molest the young girls,” Hessen said. "They need to leave the innocent people alone. Please. We need peace.” ...

Political Conflict

Hessen identifies as Christian, but has a Muslim name and covers her hair. She said many of her family members are of both faiths and said people try to label the fighting as a religious or ethnic conflict, but in her opinion, it's just political.

The two leaders at war, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Vice President Riek Machar, are from the Dinka and Nuer tribes respectively. The Dinkas hold the most power in South Sudan and are just one of more than 60 tribes in the country.

The two men are from different tribes and first fought each other in the country's first civil war that broke out in 2013 and ended in August 2015.

Hessen, who is from the Ndogo tribe, said you don’t see this same division among tribal lines in the United States.

She said South Sudanese community members in Atlanta, regardless of tribe, are planning a trip to Washington, D.C. on July 29 to attend a protest of the conflict.

“It doesn’t make sense to me. I was born in the war and I was raised in the war,” Hessen said. “And I don’t want my kids to see what I went through. We just got independence five years ago.”

Warring Leaders

Kennesaw State University professor Nurudeen Akinyemi said South Sudan's president and vice president are trying to divide the country among ethnic lines.

“Even with the peace deal that was supposed to result in a national unity government, the Vice President still has his own standing army that's not part of the national army,” said Akinyemi, who also leads the school’s Center for African and African Diaspora Studies. “So how do you have a country and there's never been a disarmament of rebel groups? They can always go back to civil war.” ...

Professor receives national leadership award

Jennifer Purcell Kennesaw State

American Democracy Project honors KSU leadership studies professor

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 12, 2016) — Jennifer Purcell’s commitment to building stronger communities earned her a national award.

The American Democracy Project recently honored Purcell, an assistant professor of leadership studies at Kennesaw State University, with its 2016 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. She received the award at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Indianapolis.

“National recognition for my community-engaged teaching, scholarship and service is both validating and empowering,” Purcell said. “I am fortunate to be a part of a university that supports and encourages my passion for civic leadership and university-community engagement. I am encouraged to continue taking risks, to work beyond my comfort zone and to span boundaries in order to create lasting impact for our students and communities.”

The AASCU cited Purcell’s achievements, including serving as associate editor for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and helping lead a national workshop sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Also, she conducted a three-year research study that led to developing a model for community colleges to engage in civic and community engagement despite often having limited resources to do so.

“Dr. Purcell has furthered the University’s commitment to community engagement in meaningful ways, and she serves as a mentor for faculty who want to engage in the scholarship of engagement,” said Keisha Hoerrner, dean of Kennesaw State’s University College.

Purcell joined Kennesaw State part-time in 2012 as a first-year seminar instructor, and the following year became the University’s assistant director of community engagement. She has been a leadership studies assistant professor for the past two years while continuing to support the Office of Community Engagement as its faculty consultant.

Purcell said she is “most proud of the influence I have had on policy at KSU and beyond through my scholarship and professional service.” For example, Purcell recently contributed to Kennesaw State’s application for the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement, and she now is consulting on the development of the University's next Quality Enhancement Plan proposal.

“Both projects have and will continue to influence institutional policy and the allocation of resources while advancing the community-engagement agenda at KSU,” Purcell said. “These projects ultimately enable me to influence a broader student population, in addition to those students enrolled in my courses, who will become our next generation of leaders.”

Joining Purcell in Indianapolis for the AASCU conference was a Kennesaw State contingent of Michael Sanseviro, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Tom Yannuzzi, executive director of the KSU Center for Student Leadership; and Ryan Keesee, coordinator of the University’s Thrive program.

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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.


Photo caption: Jennifer Purcell, second from right, holds the 2016 John Saltmarsh Award she received from the American Democracy Project. Pictured with Purcell are Michael Sanseviro, Kennesaw State dean of students, and Tom Yannuzzi and Ryan Keesee of the KSU Center for Student Leadership.

For Fox News' Ailes, a huge challenge

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, USA TODAY 6:50 a.m. EDT July 11, 2016

Suit against Fox News’ Roger Ailes puts a spotlight on sexual harassment. 

It’s been said that Roger Ailes runs the influential, highly rated Fox News Channel like a feisty political campaign, quick to respond in no-holds-barred fashion to real and perceived critics.

The 76-year-old executive will need to muster all his bluster and fight as he faces one of his greatest challenges since assuming the helm at the network as its founding CEO in 1996.

Gretchen Carlson, a former host of The Real Story and Fox & Friends, sued Ailes in a state court in New Jersey on Wednesday, alleging that Ailes sabotaged her career because she refused his sexual advances and that she was subjected to what her suit said was “severe and pervasive” sexual harassment at work. The lawsuit has a sole defendant, Ailes, Fox News’ CEO, but it also cites her former Fox & Friends colleague Steve Doocy for allegedly treating her in a "sexist and condescending" way. ...

For Fox critics and many liberals, it is a satisfying dose of comeuppance for an operation that has never been shy about sharply criticizing the Obama administrationand leftist politics in general. For defenders of Fox, the dominant force in cable news and a powerful player in Republican politics, the lawsuit is a play by a sour-grapes ex-employee who lost key assignments because she was no longer drawing the ratings needed to compete with rivals.

So what does it all mean for the future of AIles, the architect of the cable juggernaut? “It’s premature to jump to any conclusions,” says Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and author of Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes. “He’s a survivor. If anything, he proved that he can remake himself over and over in different contexts.” ...

Brian Jones brings fine-dining finesse to Kennesaw State’s cafeteria

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Atlanta Magazine
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July 5, 2016

When Brian Jones left his position as executive chef at Restaurant Eugene, he didn’t jump to another fine-dining institution. He went back to school. This summer Jones joined the kitchen at Kennesaw State University as a chef de cuisine, serving nearly 6,000 students, staff, and faculty each day. Jones now works with KSU’s 25-acre farm and supports local farmers on a significant level, thanks to the school’s need for big-ticket food purchases. It’s his chance to “change the world,” as he puts it, and the first time in 23 years he won’t have to work nights or weekends. “I would be an idiot not to take this job,” he says.

This article originally appeared in our July 2016 issue.



‘Geeks Give Back’ to help troubleshoot senior citizens' technological issues

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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POWDER SPRINGS — Maureen Purcell, a retired administrative assistant for Sprint, brought her iPhone, her computer tablet and a notebook with pages full of questions to the West Cobb Senior Center Thursday.

About eight Kennesaw State University and Chattahoochee Technical College students from the Association of Information Technology Professionals provided free technical support and advice for senior citizens 55 years and older for a “Geeks Give Back” event.

“I need so much help,” said Purcell, who lives in Powder Springs.

Kennesaw resident Bill Haggert, a KSU information technology graduate student, helped solve and explain Purcell’s technical issues.
Haggert, who began working on his master’s degree when he was 62, said the event was a good opportunity for a senior to help other seniors.

Haggert said he and other students are drawing on their knowledge and experience to help troubleshoot the seniors’ technical issues to answer their questions.

“We don’t have all the operating systems memorized,” he said.

As some of the seniors had simple questions such as how to delete a photo on their iPhone, Dawn Tatum, a faculty member with KSU’s College of Computing and Software Engineering, said students tend to think seniors do not know much about technology, but that is not always the case. ...

The surprising benefits of unlimited vacation

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Inc. magazine
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Christopher Hanks, founder of the Entrepreneurship Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, loves leading sessions about unlimited vacation.

"It's a fun seminar to do, because it's never quiet," he says. "Some business owners get really upset. Others are evangelistic. It excites so much emotion."

Unlimited vacation policies are still the exception, but the idea is spreading beyond its Silicon Valley roots. These policies can have unintended consequences, though.

"People take less time off than before," Hanks says.

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