2022-2023 Activities

Empty Bowls – Nov. 10, 2022

The 2022 Empty Bowls event took place on Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 as a part of Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW). The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement facilitate this event in partnership with the College of the Arts and University Dining. Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists in cities and towns across the country and world and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger. This was the fifth year of Empty Bowls @KSU during HAW week. With each ticket purchase, the participant received a hand-crafted bowl produced by KSU students from the College of the Arts and a meal prepared by Chef Brad from Dining Services. 

All proceeds go to directly support CARE services and support our KSU students who are suffering from homelessness, food insecurity and/or have experience in the foster care system. This event started at KSU in 2017 and has grown in attendance and money collected each year. This year, we raised $6,390 for CARE Services. To date, this event has raised $27,315 to support KSU students.

close up of ceramic soup bowl with spoon
campus to community forum

Campus to Community Forum: Housing – Nov. 7, 2022

The Campus to Community Forum is a new series developed by KSU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement to bring together University and industry experts to engage in a dialogue about some of the state’s most pressing topics.

Housing is a critical part of the economy, regardless of sector or industry. With rapid growth in Cobb County and metro Atlanta, leaders have had to adapt to unique challenges and work toward long-term regional solutions.

ksu faculty attending cacm economic development forum

KSU Economic Development Showcase: Construction Management – October 20, 2022 

This economic development showcase brought in external stakeholders in the Construction Management (CMT) industry for the afternoon to tour the CMT and Architecture spaces on the Marietta campus. Industry professionals also heard from faculty and students about all that KSU can provide in the CMT space. The event ended with an evening reception and cocktail hour so industry professionals and KSU stakeholders could network. 

women touring ksu campus

Campus to Community Forum: Tourism – Sept. 29, 2022

The Campus to Community Forum is a new series developed by KSU’s Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement to bring together University and industry experts to engage in a dialogue about some of the state’s most pressing topics.

The Tourism and hospitality industries have an economic impact of more than $50 billion annually in Georgia and support over 400,000 jobs in the state. KSU and Cobb County contribute to this vital sector in both education and practice.

ksu students putting up an iron gate

Non-Profit Engagement Summit – Sept. 1, 2022

The Non-Profit Engagement Summit, hosted by the Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement, brought together non-profits throughout Cobb county and metro Atlanta to hear about all the resources KSU has to support non-profits. Participants heard from Career Services, Student Leadership and Service, and faculty at KSU who work actively with non-profits and the community. Attendees were also given the chance to meet and connect with other non-profits throughout the area. 

2021-2022 Activities

Empty Bowls – Nov. 4, 2021

The 2021 Empty Bowls event took place on Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 as a part of Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW). The Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement facilitate this event in partnership with the College of the Arts and University Dining. Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists in cities and towns across the country and world and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger. This was the fifth year of Empty Bowls @KSU during HAW week. With each ticket purchase, the participant received a hand-crafted bowl produced by KSU students from the College of the Arts and a meal prepared by Chef Brad from Dining Services. 

All proceeds go to directly support CARE services and support our KSU students who are suffering from homelessness, food insecurity and/or have experience in the foster care system. This event started at KSU in 2017 and has grown in attendance and money collected each year. This year, 214 bowls were sold totaling $6,180! To date, this event has raised $20,925 for CARE Services to support our KSU students. 

close up of soup bowl in server's hand
table display of ceramic bowls
2021 2022 empty bowls event
ksu staff viewing empty bowls exhibit

KSU Chamber Summit – February 23, 2022

The KSU Chamber Summit is an opportunity for Chamber Presidents and CEOs to learn about workforce and academic programs offered across KSU's nine colleges and participate in a forum to drive KSU's Economic Development and Community Engagement Strategic Plan.

KSU Day of Service – April 9, 2022

 

The KSU Day of Service is designed as an opportunity to say thanks to our local community that has supported the university in many important ways throughout its history. Volunteers participate in a variety of projects that meet the specific needs of community organizations throughout Cobb County and Metro Atlanta.

Community Impact Day – April 11, 2022

“Community Impact Day” is designed to showcase the outreach and engagement efforts across all the colleges and other units (Athletics, Museums, Student Leadership and Service, etc.). This event will bring university-wide attention to the “Community” pillar in the Roadmap to R2 Success. The event is scheduled for April 11th at the KSU Center. More details to come!