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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

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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KSU Move in Day
Date: 8/14/2013
Photos by Kelly J. Huff
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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.

Kennesaw State University opens $21 million, 73,000-square-foot science lab addition


Building helps University grow its research programs

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Kennesaw State University to open $21M science lab

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Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Kennesaw State University will open a $21 million science lab addition on Oct. 25.

The 73,000-square-foot building is the university’s first facility dedicated entirely to scientific teaching and research, KSU noted.

In the past, lack of space in the existing science building severely limited the number of specialized courses that could be offered. Now, six laboratories on one floor are dedicated to teaching.

Georgia amps up efforts to attract biotech industry

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Georgia has devoted time and treasure to build on a foundation for the biotech industry, but the question echoing among the state’s business leaders is whether more jobs will follow.

State officials have tried for decades to make Georgia a national leader in biosciences. Recruiters have landed some coups — notably, the new Baxter International plant near Social Circle — but leaders are considering aggressive and perhaps surprising tactics to speed up the pace.

Traditional efforts include Kennesaw State University’s opening on Thursday of a $21 million laboratory geared toward biosciences work.

Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré to speak at Kennesaw State University

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Honoré, who led recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will speak about leadership and preparedness.

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 22, 2012) — U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré brought calm and order to the chaos that followed after hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Now retired, Honoré speaks candidly about what it takes to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.


Honoré commandedJoint Task Force-Katrina, leading recovery efforts in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. He collaborated with federal, state and local authorities to coordinate and conduct response recovery and mitigation operations. He retired in 2008 after 37 years of service. His mission now is to create a culture of preparedness in the United States.Honoré’s most recent book is “Leadership in the New Normal.”


Presentation: “Leadership and Preparedness in the New Normal – 21st century.”  Honoré’s speech is hosted by the Department of First-Year Programs, the KSU Alumni Association, KSU Student Life and the Emergency Preparedness Learning Community.


Monday, Oct. 29, 12:30 p.m. Book signing follows immediately after the presentation.


Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., 30144

Carmichael Student Center, University Rooms.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.

NCAA's women's soccer finals expected to generate millions for local economy

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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by John Bednarowski
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As teams and fans begin arriving in Kennesaw for this week’s Women’s College Cup, so, too, will come millions of dollars into the Cobb County economy.

Holly Bass, CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism, estimated that the Kennesaw area could expect more than $2.5 million to flow into the area’s hotels and restaurants with the influx of visitors to watch the final four teams of the NCAA tournament at KSU Soccer Stadium.

The two semifinal games — Stanford-Florida State and Duke-Wake Forest — will be Friday at 5 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, with the winners advancing to Sunday’s 1 p.m. championship.

Bass said nearly all the hotel rooms in the Kennesaw area are reserved for this weekend — meaning approximately 2,000 room nights — and if the event runs smoothly, this could lead to more and potentially bigger opportunities in the future.

“Whenever you have a chance to showcase the community, it’s a big opportunity,” Bass said. “I believe (Kennesaw and Cobb County) will be able to do this really well. And success breeds success. If we do it well, we could begin to attract more things like this to the area.

“I think there are a lot of people watching (this weekend).”

One group that will definitely be watching is the NCAA.

The NCAA was likely attracted to Kennesaw State because of its state-of-the-art, 8,300-seat soccer stadium. The 2-year-old facility, which doubles as the home field for the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer, has also hosted the WPS All-Star Game and exhibitions involving the U.S. women’s national team and other national teams.

If this weekend’s event is successful, there is a good chance the Women’s College Cup could return when the next round of bids are considered for 2013, and it could lead to a potential men’s and women’s combined championship event in the future.

The first hurdle for that has already been crossed as tickets for the three games are nearly sold out.

While the community and surrounding areas will definitely benefit from the influx of revenue, the biggest potential winner this weekend, aside from whichever team hoists the championship trophy, is Kennesaw State.

The stadium and the university’s budding national image will be in the spotlight thanks to the cameras of ESPNU, and Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams is determined to see the school bring its best effort as tournament host.

“I called all the athletic directors (from the final four schools) and they keep telling me they can’t believe how good the facilities are (at the soccer stadium),” said Williams, who is only 10 months into his post as the university’s AD after taking over for the retired Dave Waples in May. “This gives KSU visibility from the participants, fans and media. It gives us a window to the outside world.”

Kennesaw State will also benefit from the field of teams. All four No. 1 seeds from the 64-team tournament, including three Atlantic Coast Conference teams whose fans are less than a day’s drive away, advanced to the semifinals.

“What you have here are the best teams in women’s college soccer and the best venue in women’s college soccer,” Williams said. “We expect to have an unbelievable crowd and an unbelievable event.”

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - NCAA women’s soccer finals expected to generate millions for local economy

Tax draws Cobb divide

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cobb County residents vote Tuesday on a four-year sales tax extension that has divided the county between those intent on stopping the collection and others who think it’s the best way to pay for the projects it would fund.

If approved, the special purpose local option sales tax would begin Jan. 1, 2012, effectively continuing the current six-year SPLOST that ends the day before. The tax is expected to generate about $492 million over the four years for roads, parks and infrastructure renovation projects in the county and Cobb’s six cities.

Proponents, led by retired assistant district attorney Rose Wing and Citizens for Cobb’s Future, maintain an extension is needed to diversify the county’s tax base and provide the roads, buildings and public safety, which are reasons some people move to Cobb.

But the extension has strong opposition from vocal residents and groups who have testified at county meetings, rallied in the rain and done grass-roots work to get the tax defeated. ...

“A lot has to do with the economy and unemployment and the cost of doing business and living,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “In this part of Georgia, you’ve had a number of SPLOSTs and votes on taxes and fees in the past five to six years, and some people may be nearing a saturation point.”

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