April 16, 2021
A moment of clarity during an intro-level accounting class nearly 30 years ago started Aaron Gagnon on a journey that has taken the Kennesaw State University alumnus around the globe and led him to become the top internal auditor for Apple, the world’s largest technology company. Gagnon, Apple’s chief audit executive, earned his accounting degree from Kennesaw State in 1994. He returned to campus this week from his home in Austin, Texas to speak with students in the Master of Accounting program about careers in the industry and the role Kennesaw State has played in his success.
April 08, 2021
While he was vice president of research and development at a Marietta medical device company, Michael Lipoma was rewriting his life’s script when he enrolled in Kennesaw State University’s Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) program in 2005. The KSU education, along with experience he gained as both a writer and producer since graduation has paid off for Lipoma. The International Screenwriters Association named him to its “Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021” list.
March 09, 2021
Kennesaw State University alumni Juston Bryant, Tammara Johnson and Jose Laguardia came to the University with an array of backgrounds ranging from finance to organizational management to business administration. They all left with one thing in common: They altered the trajectory of their careers by earning a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) from Kennesaw State’s College of Computing and Software Engineering.
February 01, 2021
Only months after earning a degree in computational and applied mathematics, Jessica Reyes is making waves in the data science industry and giving back to the academic program that set her on her path to success. As a data scientist at Equifax, Reyes leverages her skills in data and analytics to understand financial lending trends in mortgage and auto industries and to provide her clients with sound decision-making.
December 09, 2020
Kennesaw State will have its first class of graduates as Georgia’s second-largest university when nearly 2,900 students receive their degrees this month. The December 2020 class is composed of 2,890 graduation candidates – 2,427 undergraduate and 463 graduate students. That marks an increase from KSU’s more than 2,600 graduates last fall.
November 20, 2020
In a Savannah movie theater 22 years ago, a 4-year-old girl sat, entranced, watching the blockbuster Titanic with her mother. It was an event that would make a lasting impression on her life and career. “It was the first movie I sat through and watched the whole thing – and it was a long movie – not saying a single word,” said Katie Boaen, now working in the prop and set decorating departments of Georgia’s thriving film industry. “I was captivated by it at that age – the scale of everything coming together; I remember it to this day.” Boaen is “a huge movie buff” who has always liked storytelling and mixing it with art. She graduated from the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program at Kennesaw State University in 2018. Her end goal was to turn a hobby into a profession and earn some income in the process.
November 19, 2020
Julia Fortenberry’s best-learned skills led her from the classrooms at Kennesaw State to a job as a supply chain analyst at Americold, a cold-storage and transport company with corporate offices in the Atlanta area. She graduated last December with a major in computational and applied mathematics and a minor in statistics. Thanks to the combination of her coursework and a summer internship, Americold hired her full time starting in January.
October 29, 2020
As a successful information technology auditor for Atlanta-based Rausch Advisory Services, Megan Beeston Panella says that the professional mentorship she received at Kennesaw State University was critical in helping her choose a career path. Now, four years after graduating a second time, Beeston Panella continues to return to campus to offer that same mentorship to others.
September 15, 2020
KSU students, both undergraduate and graduate, come to this university to prepare for a challenging and meaningful career. Periodically, it’s important to place a spotlight on a few examples of career success from recent KSU graduates.
August 12, 2020
For Kennesaw State University alumnus Chanel Reid, giving back to her alma mater is much more than something she enjoys doing – she calls it her “personal responsibility.”