A pledge to peace

Sarah Kelsey

Kennesaw State senior earns prestigious internship at The Carter Center

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 26, 2016) — When Kennesaw State University student Sarah Kelsey was a freshman, she toured The Carter Center in Atlanta and saw up close the center’s many human-rights and peacekeeping initiatives. From that moment, she knew she wanted to intern there.

KSU Entrepreneurship Center named for Robin and Doug Shore

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Marietta Daily Journal
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For years, Doug and Robin Shore have been making contributions to Kennesaw State University. Now, their names indelibly will be linked to the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

In recognition of a major financial contribution from the Shores, KSU officially will dedicate the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center at a ceremony on Saturday.

“Doug and Robin Shore have a real passion for our students and for the entrepreneurial spirit being instilled in those students,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “We are fortunate that these well-known entrepreneurs have taken a significant amount of their resources and invested in the passion and the mission that we have in the center.”

The Shores are continuing to provide opportunities to students through their donation to KSU’s entrepreneurship center. The center, which the Coles College began last year, strives to produce innovative students through programs such as Georgia’s first bachelor degree in entrepreneurship.

“Thanks to their incredible generosity, we will be able to lead entrepreneurship in the Southeast for students, educators and business owners,” said Chris Hanks, executive director of the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center.

The Shores live in Atlanta, but did not have any direct connection to KSU prior to Doug Shore joining the Coles College Advisory Board. As Doug and Robin Shore have become increasingly involved with the university through the years, they feel part of the KSU family.

“I get so invigorated every time I come here,” Robin Shore said. “Everyone I meet is friendly and bright and forward-thinking. There is just something really special about Kennesaw State University.”

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. 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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Students can now apply for federal financial aid sooner

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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Mary Kate McGowan

College students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier this year after changes to the application process moved the opening date to Oct. 1 instead of Jan. 1.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, determines a student’s financial aid eligibility based on family income, household size, financial assets, untaxed income and other factors.

Ron Day, Kennesaw State University’s financial aid director, said students will use tax data from the 2015 tax year to apply for aid for both the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 school years as a result of the date change.

“This is new and will enable students to file early and thus know their awards quicker – which should allow a better comparison from school to school,” Day said.

Day encouraged all students to complete a FAFSA form regardless of their situation.“All students are eligible for federal assistance regardless of family income,” Day said.

High school graduates failed to claim $2.7 billion in federal grant money because they did not complete or submit an application this past school year, according to a study from the website NerdWallet earlier this year.

In 2014, more than 1.4 million high school graduates did not apply for federal financial aid, according to NerdWallet. Each graduate missed out on an average of $1,861.Additionally, Day said families will have to share a more complete picture of their income when applying for financial aid this school year.

He said assets that parents previously did not have to report are no longer protected.When students are applying for federal financial aid, Day said the most common application mistakes are not completing the form, submitting wrong information and not starting early enough. He said students should only use fafsa.gov to apply to avoid scams.Students — and their parents — can find more information on most college and university websites as well as fafsa.gov and studentaid.gov.



KSU to host national conference on undergraduate research

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April 2019 conference to attract more than 4,000 students and faculty members from across the country

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 5, 2016)— Kennesaw State University has been selected to host a national undergraduate research conference in 2019, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) announced today.

Set for April of 2019, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will bring together more than 4,000 students and their faculty mentors for a three-day conference at Kennesaw State. NCUR provides students with the opportunity to present their scholarly research in a professional setting and network with their peers, and faculty mentors, in addition to meeting with graduate school and corporate recruiters.

“We are honored to be selected to host the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research,” Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp said. “Kennesaw State’s commitment to undergraduate research is part of the University’s strategic plan, and this is further amplified by KSU’s recent elevation to an R3 Carnegie classified institution. We look forward to welcoming our nation's scholars to our campus.”

In discussing KSU’s selection, CUR Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos said, “Kennesaw State offers the undergraduate research community an unbeatable combination of assets as an NCUR host site: a welcoming, beautiful and accessible campus setting near Atlanta; thriving campus undergraduate research programs and culture; and a highly engaged faculty and administration supportive of the NCUR model.”

This gathering of scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum, generating a unique learning opportunity. The conference has grown since its inception in 1987, highlighting the expanding prevalence of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.

This year’s NCUR will be held April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The 2017 and 2018 conferences will be hosted on the campuses of the University of Memphis and the University of Central Oklahoma, respectively.

For more information, visit www.cur.org/.

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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. 

Ken Hill


Manager of PEGS program set to oversee KSU’s education abroad facility in Italy

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 25, 2016)Working in higher education in the beautiful Italian countryside is something Ken Hill acknowledges he never would have imagined when he was in operations management and human resources earlier in his career.

Living the Dream

KSU professor Keith Smith stands alongside the bronze bust he created of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Campus celebrates annual MLK observance

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 19, 2016) — Kennesaw State University unveiled a bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of its annual MLK observance hosted by the African-American Student Alliance.

KSU Move in Day

Name of Publication: 
The Marietta Daily Journal
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KSU Move in Day
Date: 8/14/2013
Photos by Kelly J. Huff
[To view the MDJ's photo gallery of activity surrounding students moving into KSU Housing and to read the captions, please click on the link.]
Lassiter High School graduates and new Kennesaw State University freshmen Finley Park and Sarah Carson, both of Marietta, unload their personal belongings into their new living quarters at the University Village Suites dorm room on Wednesday. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
  Kennesaw State University housing staff Demetrius Geiger and Adam Wagner direct incoming freshmen and their families to the assigned dorm rooms Wednesday inside the University Village Suites as move-in day sparked the sign of another academic year in Kennesaw. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
  With the help of her father Jeffrey and sister Alex, Kennesaw State University student Katie Spiesel, center, slice their way through the campus courtyard Wednesday during freshman move-in day at the Kennesaw campus signaling the start of another year of higher learning for area students..  Staff/Kelly J. Huff

Kennesaw State receives $40,000 AT&T contribution to boost student success

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Contact: Yolanda Rodriguez, yolanda@kennesaw.edu, 770-499-3057

Peer learning support and mobile app to help students master gateway math courses

KENNESAW, Ga. (July 11, 2013) — The Kennesaw State University Foundation has received a $40,000 contribution from AT&T that will help undergraduates pass difficult-to-master math courses with the aid of peer learning assistants and for the development of a mobile application connecting them to study networks.

The AT&T contribution will help the College of Science and Mathematics' Kennesaw Community Learning for Undergraduate Engagement (K-CLUE) project, which is designed to boost retention, progression and graduation rates.

Through the K-CLUE project, the College will hire students as learning assistants to help peers in lower division pre-calculus and calculus courses — gateways to all the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These courses are considered predictors of student success in the overall curriculum and have among the highest withdrawal rates at the University. Ultimately, the College would like to use learning assistants in sections of other gateway courses, including general chemistry, general biology and general physics.

“We want to thank AT&T for partnering with us in this initiative,” said Mark Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “The College is committed to advancing student success and engagement in the STEM disciplines. We also want to expose students to careers as STEM educators. AT&T’s contribution will help us achieve these goals.”

Initially, the new project will provide students in the targeted courses access to learning assistants, which Anderson said has been shown to increase student success rates. He cited a recent Kennesaw State study that found a 15 percent increase in the pass rates of sections of a general chemistry course that used learning assistants.

Anderson underscored the University’s emphasis on community and engagement, which play a role in learning.  “What we are doing is creating a class community, a university community and extending that to the broader Cobb County, metro Atlanta and Georgia community. It’s important to emphasize to students that they have a responsibility not only for their own learning, but for each other’s learning,” he said. “It’s appropriate that AT&T is sponsoring this because AT&T is known for innovation as well as community and outreach."

The AT&T contribution will also enable the development of a mobile application, dubbed KSU Study Buddy, which will permit students to use social media to create study networks, reinforcing the importance of community to the learning process. Additionally, the College will be able to use peer mentors for outreach activities with area high schools to increase interest in learning mathematics. The contribution will also permit the College to establish a more robust advising strategy using a network of trained peer advisors to help undergraduates successfully navigate the STEM curriculum.

AT&T has a historical philanthropic focus on supporting education and helping students succeed in school, the workforce and in life, said Don Barbour, regional director for AT&T Georgia.

“Investing in our communities is part of AT&T’s core values,” Barbour said. “I want to thank Kennesaw State University Daniel S. Papp, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Mark Anderson, Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee and other leaders in Cobb County and across Georgia who have worked hard to create a welcoming economic environment that helps companies like AT&T invest in our state, create jobs and contribute to worthy endeavors like this.”

In 2008, AT&T launched its Aspire program to help confront the high school dropout crisis and ensure that students graduate prepared for the challenges of higher education and the workforce. Through Aspire, the company has contributed more than $5 million in Georgia.

“Helping more students succeed in the high-demand STEM disciplines is very important for our county and all of Georgia,” said Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commission. “Cobb County is home to a diverse range of industries including information technology, software development, aeronautics and biosciences and there are great jobs and opportunities right here for students with the right skills.”

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About AT&T

AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.

AIB Presents: Feminine Representations of the Divine

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Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
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We talk to scholars about Devi, the Virgin Mary, and Lilith. Devi is the core form of every Hindu Goddess. For centuries, there has been an endless fascination with The Virgin Mary. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was created in Genesis at the same time and from the same earth as Adam and is said to have been his first wife.

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