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  • Benedicte Kalonda

    Kennesaw State student encourages peers through campus engagement

    November 01, 2023

    Kennesaw State University senior Benedicte Kalonda’s college career has been a roller-coaster. During her first two semesters, professors and classmates were faces on a computer screen as the University shifted online for safety in the 2020-21 academic year during the coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to the beginning of her senior year, and she stood in front of thousands of cheering freshmen as the student co-host at First-Year Convocation, the University’s official welcome event for new students.

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  • Computing

    Kennesaw State researcher explores new way to use AI for student teachers

    October 30, 2023

    Student teachers face a common challenge in their academic careers – they have limited opportunities to interact with elementary school children prior to their final year of college. To fix this, a Kennesaw State University researcher is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to give education students lifelike interactions with a virtual student earlier in their training.

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  • Jianming Wen

    Kennesaw State playing role in making super-fast quantum computing a reality

    October 23, 2023

    In what could provide a significant boost for national defense, Kennesaw State associate professor Jianming Wen is working to create a building block of a new form of computing that is faster and more secure than today’s best supercomputers. To help build and equip his laboratory, Wen has received a $796,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand study of the physics of quantum computing, making KSU one of 22 universities receiving funds through the NSF’s $38 million ExpandQISE (Expand Quantum Information Science and Engineering) initiative.

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  • Teresa Raczek and Brian LaRaia

    Kennesaw State scholarship celebrates professor and late husband's love of travel

    October 19, 2023

    Kennesaw State University professor Teresa Raczek and her husband Brian LaRaia loved to travel -- an activity that inspired many of the gourmet dinners LaRaia cooked for the couple during their 25 years together. When LaRaia passed away in April of 2021, Raczek said she and his family were immediately interested in finding ways to honor his memory by helping others explore the world and consider new perspectives. Together, they gifted $50,000 to endow the Brian Olcott LaRaia Traveling Scholarship in the Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2022, and recently, Raczek added a more than $200,000 planned gift to that endowment.

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  • Ali Keyvanfar and Arezou Shafaghat

    Kennesaw State faculty create revolutionary urban design toolkit for public spaces

    October 16, 2023

    Play is the universal language of children. That concept has never been lost on two Kennesaw State professors who also happen to be husband and wife and the parents of a young child with special needs. Ali Keyvanfar, an assistant professor of construction management, and Arezou Shafaghat, a limited-term assistant professor in architecture, had never set foot into the world of early childhood education prior to 2020.

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  • Mark Geil and Harrison Bartlett

    Kennesaw State professor helps company test a better prosthetic foot

    October 13, 2023

    A Kennesaw State University researcher is partnering with a local company to refine and test a new type of prosthetic foot that enhances function for people with long residual limbs. Professor of exercise science Mark Geil received a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to fund the work.

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  • Grey Drummonds

    Kennesaw State grad creates alumni group for young professionals

    October 11, 2023

    When KSU alumnus Grey Drummonds wanted to meet other recent graduates, he made it a do-it-yourself project that now connects more than 2,000 Forever Owls.

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  • Kennesaw State University

    Kennesaw State launches public phase of $200 million fundraising campaign

    October 06, 2023

    Kennesaw State University today launched the public phase of The Campaign for Kennesaw State, the largest, most comprehensive fundraising effort in the University’s history. The announcement was made during a campus event attended by members of the KSU Foundation, donors and community leaders.

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  • Chris and Debbie Pike

    Family has established a culture of giving to support Kennesaw State

    October 04, 2023

    In many ways, Chris and Debbie Pike feel a kinship with Kennesaw State University. From the time Chris graduated from then-Kennesaw College in 1984, the couple has watched the University grow from humble beginnings to one of the nation’s largest suburban research institutions, all the while maintaining a mission that closely aligns with their family values.

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  • CYAAR Breakfast

    Donors, scholarships help students in recovery see a brighter future

    October 02, 2023

    Growing up, Justin Schechter said he never felt like he belonged anywhere. The Kennesaw State University junior said, in hindsight, it wasn’t the friends he had making him feel like he didn’t belong, rather his own self-esteem and image. Standing on stage in the KSU student center Friday at the annual Collegiate Recovery Scholarship Breakfast, Schechter reflected on that moment, his choice to seek treatment and the community he found when he began school and joined the Collegiate Recovery Community, part of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery (CYAAR) in Fall 2021.

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