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  • Emerson Smith

    Kennesaw State alum finding success at intersection of AI and animals

    July 08, 2024

    Emerson Smith knew he wanted to build his own company, he just didn’t always know what problem he could end up solving. After graduating from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business in 2018, Smith tested a few business ideas before heading to Silicon Valley in California, working in software sales and development. It was there, while absorbing the in-demand technical knowledge that a lightbulb went off in his head, and HappyDoc – an AI assistant helping veterinarians drastically reduce the time it takes to complete their legally required record-keeping – was born.

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  • Coles College

    Kennesaw State partnership equips local entrepreneurs with tools for success

    April 17, 2024

    Iletha Dodds has always wanted to establish her own nail salon, but making the leap of faith felt too risky and daunting. The Marietta resident said taking care of her son and working full time as a court clerk made her dream seem improbable, so for years, she has settled on decorating the nails of family and friends as her creative outlet. That is, until she received an email detailing the Aspiring Community Entrepreneurs (ACE) program at Kennesaw State University. The ACE program launched in September 2023 through a partnership between Kennesaw State and Marietta-based MUST Ministries, a nonprofit fighting poverty, hunger and homelessness in the metro Atlanta area.

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  • Tracey Graves

    Kennesaw State MBA student leveraging degree work for a cause

    April 05, 2024

    At her core, Tracey Graves says there is always one thing guiding her endeavors: service. From a young age, the Kennesaw State University student had the importance of serving instilled in her, first by her family, and later by the personal feeling of purpose driving her life. “After every holiday growing up, my aunt would have us make sandwiches, we’d buy a case of water, and take them out to homeless people in my hometown,” said Graves, who is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. “I think that’s where it all started, and that’s one thing we’ll all be doing forever, whether we’re serving ourselves, our families, our God, our community or the Earth, we’re all in service to something.”

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  • Mary Tankersley

    Kennesaw State management graduate aims to climb to the top of their sport

    December 13, 2023

    With a slight scowl, Mary Tankersley solemnly stares at a rock wall at Stone Summit climbing gym in Kennesaw planning a route to the top, tracing the hand and footholds with their eyes. After a few minutes, Tankersley stands up, chalks their hands, claps off the excess and walks to the base of the wall, peering up. Soon, they defy gravity, climbing the wall swiftly by swinging gracefully from one colorful rock to the next. It’s easy to forget – for onlookers and Tankersley both – that the graduating Kennesaw State University senior has only one leg.

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  • Regnault Drake Sanders

    Kennesaw State programs help alumnus grow app that rewards students

    December 06, 2023

    Juggling school, extracurricular activities and earning spending money will be easier for students as a new phone application developed by a Kennesaw State University alumnus allows them to focus on learning while earning gift cards for good grades. The app, Schoolconomy, was inspired by the personal experiences of KSU alumnus Regnault Drake Sanders, who didn’t have a job while attending Luella High School in Locust Grove, Ga. and saw during college how working negatively affected his classroom performance.

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  • Coles College Business Hall of Fame

    Kennesaw State's Coles College inducts Tommy Bagwell, Lori Kaczynski into Hall of Fame

    November 17, 2023

    Tommy Bagwell and Lori Kaczynski – two longtime supporters of Kennesaw State University whose contributions have created educational opportunities for countless students, were recently inducted into the Michael J. Coles College of Business Hall of Fame.

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  • Jordan St. Louis

    Kennesaw State senior bridges safety gap for law enforcement with tech startup

    November 15, 2023

    Kennesaw State University engineering senior Jordan St. Louis is using high-tech imaging technology to improve the safety of law enforcement officers and the community. His company, Generalized Robotics, founded during his freshman year, has created a 360-degree police camera called Patrol Buddy Go and has found its first client in the Clayton County, Ga. Police Department.

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  • Christy Storey and Matthew Lyons

    Kennesaw State institute, professor help Cherokee County address homelessness

    September 11, 2023

    Connections matter in matching people who have no home with services they need. In Cherokee County this year, connections between a United Way leader who is a two-time Kennesaw State University graduate and scholars at KSU led to a study that pinpointed the extent of the needs of unhoused people in the county.

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  • IVE lab

    Kennesaw State immersive experience lab presents future-focused research opportunities

    September 06, 2023

    Tucked away in an unassuming room on Kennesaw State University’s campus is a device that can help researchers study black holes, better understand microscopic organisms and even learn to fly.

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  • President Kathy Schwaig and Scrappy the Owl

    Kennesaw State leaders welcome faculty and staff for new academic year

    August 10, 2023

    While some of the 6,000 students who live on campus were moving into residence halls Thursday morning, Kennesaw State University’s faculty and staff gathered in the Convocation Center to focus on the success of all the 44,000 students starting Fall semester on Monday.

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