Daniel S. Papp 2014-05-09 04:21:32
Dear Friends of Kennesaw State University: More than ever before, Kennesaw State is soaring to new heights. As the University celebrates a half-century of growth, we are identifying new ways to take Kennesaw State to the next level. This issue of Kennesaw State University Magazine highlights many points of pride that show what the University has to offer as we move to the next level. In our cover story, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art gets a closer look as the newest ex¬ample of Kennesaw State’s support for the arts. The museum serves as a showcase for the University’s growing contributions to the art community. During the next few months, we will develop a plan for consolidation with our neigh¬boring institution, Southern Polytechnic State University. We are already identifying the best strategies for joining our two schools, which will make Kennesaw State a valuable feather in the cap of the University System of Georgia. The consolida¬tion committee has been hard at work on ensuring all voices are heard as we move forward. (For the latest status of consolidation efforts, check out the Kennesaw State website at http://www.kennesaw.edu/consolidation.) This issue also explores the reach of our programs and how they shape students’ future success. In “A Model of Inclusiveness,” we profile Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford and his distinguished career helping students discover new opportunities. Meanwhile, “Windows to the World” takes a look at the study-abroad experience from the students’ perspectives, as a photo competition highlights some of the exciting places they have visited around the globe. As shown in “MAD Skills,” the Mobile Application Development Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business has been a valuable place for students to learn all aspects of mobile application development while providing them with resources to land lucrative jobs in the industry. As always, our distinguished faculty members are instrumental in igniting Kennesaw State’s future as a comprehensive university. In this issue, we spotlight a wide variety of research interests that make our faculty unique. In “Racing into History,” we focus on the work of history professor Elsa Nystrom, who has developed an extensive profile of a woman who pioneered auto racing in the early 20th century. In addition, “Pathways to Literacy” examines the efforts of assistant professor Linda Evans to help educators who teach to English language learners. Of course, our alumni remain a reflection of our constant drive toward excellence. In “Man on a Mission,” alumnus John Lash talks about his efforts to teach conflict resolution skills for non-violent offenders. “LinkedIn and Loving It” profiles the work of Jodie Bennett, who took her degree from Kennesaw State around the world on her career path. There is much more good news to share in this issue of Kennesaw State University Magazine. We hope you enjoy seeing what we are doing now. Daniel S. Papp President, Kennesaw State University
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