Posting Date: September 28, 2011

Kennesaw State celebrates faculty achievements
Karen Robinson receives Distinguished Professor Award

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Karen Robinson
Ivan Pulinkala

KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University faculty and staff were honored last month at the annual Opening of School ceremony. Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Karen Robinson, who lives in Atlanta, received the Distinguished Professor Award — the foundation’s highest faculty award. Associate Professor of Dance Ivan Pulinkala, who also lives in Atlanta, received a Foundation Prize for creative activity.

Robinson, who received an award of $17,000
, said, "The Distinguished Professor Award is a tremendous honor, one that I could not have received if not for the support of my collaborative colleagues and the students at KSU. Their creative ingenuity and passion for ideas have informed and inspired my work. Likewise, KSU has provided an openminded environment that fosters intellectual and creative growth as well as academic citizenship."

“This award recognizes a single faculty member who not only exhibits excellence in teaching, research or creative activity and professional service, but can integrate these three areas into their professional life,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp.

Pulinkala was honored for his work on "Chakra," a performance by the KSU Dance Company at the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year.

"I am honored to receive the 2011 Foundation Prize for the performance of my choreographic work 'Chakra' at the Kennedy Center. This award is an affirmation of the national recognition received by the KSU Dance Company at the American College Dance Festival. I hope to use this $10,000 award to support future creative and scholarly endeavors," Pulinkala said.

In addition, Pulinkala received $14,000 from the Clendenin Fellowship for continuing his doctoral studies at the University of Alabama. He received $12,000 last year from the Clendenin Fellowship.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. 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 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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