June 03, 2021
Taylor Rambo is a lifelong musician and performer. While he has always known his career would be in the arts, the Kennesaw State University Master of Business Administration graduate has discovered he prefers to work behind the scenes. Rambo, who earned his MBA from the Michael J. Coles College of Business in Spring 2021, recently was named executive director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Formed in 1951, the GSO programs live orchestral, choral, and jazz performances at venues across Marietta and Kennesaw and oversees the Georgia Youth Symphony with music programs in more than 127 Georgia schools.
May 25, 2021
Anjie Adeyemo wants to play a role in boosting the health of children and reducing infant deaths, an area she researched while studying at Kennesaw State University. She’s taking another step toward that goal as one of just 12 people selected for this year’s Harvard Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology.
May 24, 2021
Sports broadcasting executive Brandon Howell, a 1995 graduate of Kennesaw State University, didn’t know how many problems he could juggle until the past year. As it turns out, it’s a lot. In 2020, Howell and his colleagues at Atlanta-based Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast were already dealing with wholesale change. The networks were sold in the late summer of 2019, and a transition away from the Fox brand was underway. Then a once-in-a-century pandemic hit.
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.