Kennesaw State University, also referred to as KSU or Kennesaw State, is a public, coeducational, comprehensive university that is part of the University System of Georgia. The university's main campus is located in Kennesaw, Georgia, United States, North America, approximately north of Atlanta. KSU also holds classes at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Dalton State College, and Appalachian Technical College. As of fall semester 2007, an enrollment of 20,603 students made KSU the third largest university in Georgia, trailing only the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. The university is well known for academic programs in business, education, and nursing.
The university has undergone a number of changes in name (and mission) over its short existence. The university was officially founded on October 9 1963, when the Georgia Board of Regents approved the establishment of a junior college tentatively to be named Cobb County Junior College.
In August 1965, Horace Sturgis was designated to serve as the future college's first president.
Kennesaw Junior College opened in fall of 1966 as a junior college, with an initial enrollment of 1,014 students.
Ten years later, in 1976, the former Kennesaw Junior College became a four-year college and was redesignated Kennesaw College. This allowed it to grant its first bachelor's degrees to seventy students in June 1980. Shortly thereafter, Sturgis retired as Kennesaw State's first president.
In 1981 Betty Siegel, known as "The Betty" to many people, became the second president of KSU and the first female university president in the University System of Georgia.
In the late 1980s to mid 1990s, KSU began a period of rapid growth, including a program of expanded offerings, as well as residential housing.
In 1985, KSU initiated its first graduate degree programs, in business and education.
In 1990, the School of Business Administration started the nation's first degree program in professional sales, which is ranked among the best today.
In 1996, Kennesaw State's baseball and softball teams won the NCAA Division II national championships. The winning Owls continued excelling in athletics including the Lady Owls 2003 win of the NCAA Women's Division II Soccer Championship and the men's basketball team win of the 2004 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship. In part due to their winning Division II in 2005, the Owls joined Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In 1998, the nursing program began offering options for clinical practice abroad. Practicums in Haiti were started by Dr. Gerónimo Lluberas.
In 2006, Dr. Siegel stepped down as one of the longest-serving woman university presidents in American history. The Siegel era was marked by exponential growth and advancement for the university.
In the summer of 2006, Dr. Daniel S. Papp, Ph.D, became the university's third president. Although the university is mostly non-traditionally aged and commuter students, there has been a renewed effort to become a more traditional campus. Papp's first strategic plan outlined initiatives to lead to an increase in academic standards and retention rates, more on-campus housing, and a football team.
KSU started its first doctoral programs in Education in Leadership for Learning and Education and a Specialist in Spring semester 2007.
In 2007, a new Social Sciences building opened for use by many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences students. Adjacent to the building, a sculpture entitled "Spaceship Earth", created by Finnish artist Eino, collapsed in December 2006, three months after installation on campus. The sculpture was intended to be a permanent reminder to future generations to take care of their delicate planet. Ironically, the statue was made from quartzite strip-mined within the Brazilian Rain forest. Reconstruction of the statue was completed on 26 October 2007.
The university's first doctoral program in Education in Leadership for Learning also began in 2007.
On October 17 2007, Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke donated several relics from the 1972 lunar mission to Kennesaw State, including a lunar map and a checklist from the flight. It was reported to be the only checklist from an Apollo flight to be in a university library anywhere in the world.
On 19 March 2008, the Board of Regents approved the university system's only Doctor of Business Administration, which was also Kennesaw State's second doctoral degree. The regents also approved a Bachelors of Arts with a major in Dance, KSU's 46th undergraduate degree, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Science degree.
The new Social Science building is the most recently completed building at KSU. It is located on the west section of campus on Campus Loop Road adjacent to the original campus historical district. The building features a 302 seat auditorium, a 100+ seat Cinema classroom, a newly opened digital media arts lab, and 40 classrooms with advanced technology. The lobby features a healthy food café and study area. The Social Science building also meets Silver Rating LEED Green Building requirements and is the first building in the University System of Georgia to meet these specifications.
In late December 2006, only three months after installation on campus, the structure collapsed. After the collapse, Eino attributed the disaster to vandalism, but later reports associated the collapse to poor construction.
The sculpture, completed at an estimated cost of $1.5 million is currently recognized as the world's largest quartz sphere.
The A. L. Burruss Building is home to the Michael J. Coles College of Business. It is situated in the east section of campus overlooking the Campus Green. The ground floor contains a food court with table seating for eating and studying surrounded by numerous lecture halls. The fourth floor of the Burruss Building is a computer lab open to students and one of the campus data centers. This building is one of the more dominant features of this sector of the campus, which contains other large structures. At night, the tower that extends from the center of the Burruss Building facade lights up with the letters "KSU". A sidewalk west of the Burruss building leads north to university housing communities University Village and KSU Place. A 2,500 space parking deck ("Central Deck") is in construction in the buildings former surface parking lot. The Central Deck is estimated completion of June 2008 and will accommodate parking for the entire campus. Easy access to the developing arts district northwest of the Burruss Building (Stillwell Theatre, Performance Hall) is offered from the west exit of the Burruss Building.
Kennesaw Hall is home to the Bagwell College of Education and administrative offices of the university. The Office of the President resides on the top floor of the building that can be seen all the way from Barrett Parkway (a busy Kennesaw road a few miles (kilometers) away) and Kennesaw Mountain. Kennesaw Hall overlooks the Campus Green and is one of the larger buildings in the east section of Campus.
The 'historic district' of the university (Original Campus) is located in the west section of campus and includes the University College (formerly the Social Sciences Building), Pilcher Public Service and Library, Willingham Hall, Nursing, Advancement, and Technology Annex buildings. These buildings served primarily as the home to the College of Humanities and Social Science until construction on the new Social Science Building was completed at the end of 2006.
For fall 2006, 36% were in its Bagwell College of Education; 35% of graduate enrollments were in the Coles College of Business. That semester also saw the university continue its trend of having significantly more female (61%) than male (39%) students. As of 2004, KSU has the third-largest university enrollment within the University System of Georgia, out of the 34 universities and colleges in the system.
There are 607 faculty members at Kennesaw State with 37% being assistant professors. 38% of faculty are tenured and 43% are on a tenured track. Kennesaw State is currently ranked 10th among other four-year USG institutions with faculty having a doctorate degree, at 74%.
Kennesaw State is home to the state's largest Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) The ETTC is one of 13 such centers around the state. Teachers and other school personnel from around the state come to the KSU ETTC for professional development.
KSU's Computer Science and Information Systems department hosts the Center for Election Systems, which certifies and monitors the direct recording electronic machines used in Georgia elections and trains local elections officials.
Fraternities and sororities
Many other fraternities and sororities have existed at KSU over the years:
Alma MaterThe Kennesaw State University alma mater (school song) is sung to the tune Gaudeamus Igitur. The lyrics were written in 1982 by former KSU student Cynthia Parks:
Kennesaw State University's sports teams are called the Fighting Owls and the Lady Owls. The Athletic Director for the university is Dr. Dave Waples. The Owls participate in NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference (and previously Division II Peach Belt Conference). The school mascot is Scrappy (the fighting Owl). The university's biggest sport is its basketball program. KSU takes special pride in its athletic program and its several athletic facilities on campus. Past NCAA Division II National Championships include: Baseball (1996), Men's Basketball (2004), Cheerleading (2004, 2005), Women's Soccer (2003), Softball (1995, 1996). Kennesaw State is the only division II school to win a national championship in four different sports. Several other regional and divisional championships add to the legacy of the university's athletic program.
Kennesaw State started women's soccer in 2002. In their first year of competition the school finished 18-0-1 and earned a trip to the national tournament. The following year Kennesaw State won the Division II national championship. 2004 was the start of the transition to Division I and during the 2006 season, the Owls won the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title. After winning their second straight A-Sun title in 2007, the Owls made their first appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championships, falling to Florida State, 3-0, in the first round.
BasketballThe Kennesaw State Fighting Owl and Lady Owl basketball teams play Division I basketball in the expansive Convocation Center on the campus of KSU. The teams previously played in the legendary Spec Landrum Center, which served as the home floor when the men won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2004. The current women's head coach is Colby Tilley. The current men's head coach is Tony Ingle. "Courtside with Tony Ingle" is the official basketball television show of KSU which airs on Comcast Sports South weekly.
Kennesaw State's baseball team is currently coached by Mike Sansing. The Owls play at Stillwell Stadium on the south section of the campus adjacent to the University Place housing community. Owl Alumni in Major League Baseball include Jason Jones of the Texas Rangers and Willie Harris, who earned a World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox in 2005, of the Washington Nationals.
Kennesaw State's softball team is led by Hall of Fame coach Scott Whitlock. The Lady Owls play at Bailey Park just south of the bustling intersection of Kennesaw State University Road and Paulding Avenue in the center of campus. The facility added a new Daktronics scoreboard in right field in the spring of 2007.
Kennesaw's largest club sport is Ice Hockey and they are currently the ACHA Division 3 National Champions and have moved up the Division 2 of the ACHA. Kennesaw State also has club sports in ultimate frisbee, cycling, lacrosse, roller hockey, wrestling, rugby, and Competitive Cheer.
Kennesaw State's Cheerleading Spirit Squad cheers for all the home Men's and Women's Basketball games. The Competitive Cheerleading team was recently moved to club sports and has been taken over by Head Coach A.J. Lawrence. Lawrence is a former Kennesaw Cheerleader 2002-2006. The Competitive Cheerleading Team has won two National Cheerleading Association Collegiate National Championships in Division II in 2004 and 2005. The squad moved to Division I in 2006 and is now competing against top schools such as University of Maryland, University of Louisville, and The Ohio State University and has continued to be ranked in the top five spots in the nation.
FootballKennesaw State has considered adding an American football team at various points in its history. Future plans for the school include a football stadium. The school has concluded a feasibility survey which affirmed it would be possible to have Division I football. On November 9 2007, a survey was administered by Student Government with 77.6 percent of respondents voting in favor of starting a football program. Participation in the survey was supposed to be restricted to enrolled students only; however, due to a design flaw, anyone could take the survey an unlimited number of times.
Professors and scholars
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