Papp releases 2012–2017 strategic plan Calling it “a roadmap to our future,” Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp unveiled the University’s 2012–2017 Strategic Plan. “We have a very ambitious agenda, which will involve the entire campus community moving forward together to achieve our key strategic goals,” said Papp. “Our vision is that this agenda will help our university attain the national preeminence KSU deserves.” The strategic plan outlines Kennesaw State’s ambitions to become a nationally prominent university recognized for excellence in education, engagement and innovation. The action-oriented agenda is aimed at: planning for additional growth; improving student-faculty and student-staff ratios; fostering an environment that embraces inclusiveness and diversity; improving customer service; enhancing relationships and engagement with alumni and surrounding communities; and expanding the university’s emphasis on recruiting the best and brightest students, staff and faculty. Shaped by KSU’s Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee, the new strategic plan was nearly two years in the making. In addition to the university’s president, the 33-member committee included the president’s cabinet, faculty members representing each of KSU’s degree-granting colleges, representatives from the university’s various governance senates and councils and two members from the Student Government Association. To read the strategic plan, please visit: http://www.kennesaw.edu/president/pdfs/strategic_plan.pdf Connie Engel named new Kennesaw State University Foundation chair Connie L. Engel, a partner with Childress Klein Properties, has been named chair of the Kennesaw State University Foundation. Engel succeeds Norman J. Radow, who has served as chair of the Foundation since Oct. 2007. Prior to her appointment as the Foundation’s chair, Engel served as vice chair of the board for the past two years, and as chair of the real estate committee from 2007 to 2012. “I am appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the Foundation – the board, the membership and the Foundation’s staff,” Engel stated. “It is a privilege to serve in this role, and an honor to work on behalf of our growing community of students, and I am looking forward to leading this charge.” In passing the gavel from Radow to Engel KSU President Daniel S. Papp paid tribute to Radow’s five years of service as chair and dozen years as a trustee of the Foundation. He noted the founder and CEO of The RADCO Companies’ extensive knowledge of real estate and construction, which has benefitted the University’s many successful projects over the years. “Kennesaw State has benefited tremendously during Norman Radow’s leadership, transforming from a commuter school into a residential university on the cusp of national prominence,” said Richard Corhen, chief operating officer of the Foundation. “I am confident that Connie Engel will be an outstanding chair, given her strong business acumen, her relationship-building skills and thorough knowledge of the Foundation. Kennesaw State expands global footprint to Italy Kennesaw State University will open its first permanent international education site in Montepulciano, Italy, enabling the expansion of the study-abroad programs the university has conducted in that historic Tuscan city for the past 15 years. Under the rental agreement Kennesaw State will occupy 4,000 square feet in the soon-to-be restored and renovated historic Fortezza Poliziana beginning in fall 2014. Funding for the $520,000, 25-year agreement will be provided by private donations and the Kennesaw State University Foundation. “This represents a major milestone for Kennesaw State’s international initiatives and our commitment to providing students high-quality, global learning opportunities,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Not only have we found a long-term home for one of our fastest-growing study-abroad programs, we are expanding the Kennesaw State brand internationally—an exciting development as we approach the university’s 50th anniversary.” Kennesaw State’s study-abroad programs in Montepulciano have grown from serving eight students in 1998, to 76 in 2011. Nearly 1,100 students and faculty have participated in study-abroad programs in Montepulciano since the program began. The Montepulciano study-abroad programs typically include courses in art, history, literature, Italian and political science, through two regularly scheduled five-week summer sessions and occasional shorter fall sessions. An intensive, 12-week foreign language program also is scheduled to begin in fall 2013. When finalized, the agreement will provide space in the Fortezza Poliziana for five classrooms, a program office, residential quarters for the program director, and a teaching kitchen for a proposed culinary program. The new facility will allow the program to offer longer, regularly scheduled fall sessions, shorter sessions during the May and August minimesters, as well as short-term courses during December. Kennesaw State’s Community Clinic receives “Good Neighbor Grant” The Kennesaw State University Community Clinic recently received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to fund a patient education program focused on obesity, asthma and breast health. The “Good Neighbor Grant,” the second one received from the health care organization will fund the creation of individualized patient education programs, including pre- and post-testing to ensure patient learning. The first grant totaled $14,900. “They came back and asked us if we could use another $10,000, and of course we said we could,” said Beverly Maddox, the clinic’s administrative director. “We are the only clinic that received additional funding from Kaiser.” The clinic’s first grant focused on the treatment of hypertension and diabetes, Maddox said. “We’re targeting obesity because it exacerbates hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, which are 50 percent of the health issues encountered by clinic staff.” The clinic, which has been in operation for 16 years, treated 2,275 patients last year and provides hands-on learning opportunities for more than 20 nursing and social work students each semester. “The Kennesaw State Community Clinic serves patients who have no other access to health care,” Maddox said. “Without funding from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, we would be unable to provide the resources necessary for a formal patient education program.” Confucius Institute among top Chinese culture centers worldwide The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University (CIKSU) has been named among the “Confucius Institutes of the Year” for 2012, an honor bestowed annually to a select group of Chinese language and culture centers operating worldwide. Kennesaw State’s Confucius Institute program was one of just 26 institutes around the world selected to receive the award, which was presented at the 7th Annual Confucius Institute Conference, held in Beijing, Dec. 16-18. Seven U.S.-based institutes received the prestigious honor — two of those seven based in Georgia. “This award is a special honor for Kennesaw State University and the Confucius Institute,” said President Daniel S. Papp. “This recognition is well deserved by the Institute’s leadership. The CIKSU team has cultivated critical relationships and partnerships, and nurtured the steady and systematic development of the program. The Confucius Institute’s work is a significant element of Kennesaw State’s efforts to internationalize our campus community, and we are proud of the Institute’s work serving not only KSU, but also communities throughout Georgia.” Since it was established in fall 2008, CIKSU has grown exponentially. Among its wide range of programming that serves K-12, higher education, the public and business sectors, the Confucius Institute at KSU relies on its partnership with China’s Yangzhou University to train volunteer Chinese language teachers that provide instruction in 34 Georgia schools and day-care centers around the state. For the 2012-2013 academic year, 38 Chinese exchange teachers are participating in that particular program. Kennesaw State’s “Confucius Institutes of the Year” award also recognizes CIKSU’s other program accomplishments. The Institute has organized more than 40 cultural events for students and the greater community; sponsored study trips to China for more than 450 students and professionals; and provided customized training and Chinese cultural understanding programs to U.S.-based businesses doing business in China. Kennesaw State University opens $26 million student housing addition Move-in day for many Kennesaw State University students this year coincided with the opening of the University’s newest residence hall: University Place II, the new 451-bed, 207,500-square-foot apartment complex for upper-class students. As the fall semester begins at Georgia’s third-largest university, the new housing addition will bring the number of on-campus beds to nearly 3,500 — and will help KSU mark 10 years as a residential campus. The state-of-the-art University Place II, designed primarily for juniors and seniors, complements the adjacent University Place I residence hall that opened on the Kennesaw State campus in 2002. This latest apartment-style complex features four-bedroom suites with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity. The new complex also provides expanded space for student activities, including an outdoor amphitheater and a multipurpose room for hosting events. “With the opening of University Place II, Kennesaw State achieves yet another milestone in making our institution one of the best residential universities in the U.S.,” said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “Quality academics and a vibrant campus life are essential for any top university, and with the recent completion of this new housing facility and Phase III of the KSU Sports and Recreation Park — Kennesaw State continues to add top-tier facilities to our firstclass academic offerings.” Board of Regents offers scholarship funding for WellStar faculty Kennesaw State nursing faculty received $126,000 from the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents to pursue research doctorates or begin research programs. “Most of the money will be used to fund doctoral students who already teach in the university system,” explained Tommie Nelms, interim director of the WellStar School of Nursing. “This money goes to existing faculty so they can be fulltime students. One individual can get $40,000 over a two-year period.” The second grant gives new faculty members $10,000 each to begin a research program. “New faculty know that within six years they must get tenured, so they need to get on a quick trajectory of producing scholarship,” Nelms said. “This way, they’ll be given the money to do pilot studies that will hopefully lead to bigger funding so they can develop a program of research leading to tenure and promotion.” The University System of Georgia typically produces about 80 percent of the nurses taking the state licensing exam in any given year, according to Ben Robinson, director of the BOR Center for Health Care Work Force, putting the USG in a unique position when it comes to relieving the state’s shortages of nurses and nursing faculty. The WellStar School of Nursing is the largest producer of baccalaureate nursing graduates in the state. “The size of our nursing education system is so large, resolution of nursing issues is up to us,” Robinson said. “We carry the lion’s share of the burden to help alleviate these problems.
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