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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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  • Israel Sánchez-Cardona

    Partnership aimed at addressing structural issues affecting health disparities in Puerto Rico through $6 million NIH award

    September 28, 2023

    Kennesaw State University associate professor of psychology and associate director of the AMES Research Center, Israel Sánchez-Cardona will embark on a five-year, $6 million research initiative sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aimed at developing partnerships between researchers and community organizations to address structural issues affecting health in Puerto Rico.

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  • Diana Gregory

    Kennesaw State professor earns USG Hall of Fame teaching award

    September 26, 2023

    Diana Gregory, professor of art education in the Kennesaw State University College of the Arts, was honored this month with a Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award at the 19th Annual University System of Georgia Board of Regents Scholarship Gala.

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  • Governor

    Professors represent Kennesaw State at Governor's Teaching Fellows seminar

    September 25, 2023

    Two Kennesaw State University professors agree that good teachers know they can always learn something new about their craft, no matter how long they do it or how successful they’ve been at it. Professor of mathematics Ana-Maria Croicu and professor of software engineering Hassan Pournaghshband spent a week in May at the University of Georgia after being selected for the prestigious Governor’s Teaching Fellows Spring Symposium, a series of events dedicated to improving teaching skills in Georgia’s colleges and universities.

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