January 06, 2021
As enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems remain critical to the success of many large and mid-sized companies, Kennesaw State University is partnering with technology firm LeanSwift to teach students the skills to help clients roll out these powerful, yet complex, business systems.
January 05, 2021
Harry Vardis knows firsthand the value of receiving a college scholarship as an international student, so he is providing that same opportunity to students at Kennesaw State University. Vardis, 79, has committed a seven-figure donation to establish a legacy scholarship fund – the Harry and Athena Vardis Scholarships – which will be given to deserving KSU students, with a focus on students from foreign countries.
December 21, 2020
Kennesaw State University has been ranked recently as having some of the best academic programs in the nation. During the Fall 2020 semester, several online organizations and publications recognized Kennesaw State’s programs for affordability, program flexibility, student satisfaction and curriculum quality.
December 11, 2020
Blake Gordon is graduating magna cum laude with his accounting degree from the Michael J. Coles College of Business and accepting a job offer from a prominent accounting firm. But his road to success was not always easy. Gordon, 31, already had survived cancer, battled depression and undergone treatment following years of alcohol addiction prior to enrolling at Kennesaw State University in his late 20s. As a student, he also faced some financial hardships.
December 10, 2020
The state of Georgia is looking to strengthen its position in the music business, hoping for a repeat of the success still enjoyed by the film and television industries. To that end, they recently partnered with Kennesaw State University to develop a statewide database of musicians and related professionals that will help productions locate Georgia talent. Earlier this year the Georgia Department of Economic Development asked Kennesaw State’s Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business (MEBUS) program to create a directory of the roughly 20,000 Georgians working in various capacities within the music industry. The recently launched directory includes artists, venues, studios, managers, marketing firms, attorneys and schools.
December 07, 2020
Three years since its founding, Kennesaw State University’s Equifax Data Science Research Lab continues to serve as a launchpad for groundbreaking research, collecting patents, 20 peer-reviewed articles and two doctoral dissertations along the way.
November 23, 2020
Inspired by the lessons from their own fathers to work hard and help others, Rick and Julie Bennett have established an endowment to provide scholarships for many Kennesaw State University students in the years to come. Rick, a Kennesaw State Foundation trustee, and his wife Julie have committed $100,000 for the William N. Bennett and Jule Blair Memorial Scholarship, named after their fathers, to assist KSU Journey Honors College students pursuing accounting degrees.
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 12, 2020
Student entrepreneurs soon will have more opportunities to innovate and grow their businesses with financial support from technology entrepreneurs Sid and Sophie Mookerji. A $120,000 gift from the couple will establish the Mookerji Innovation Fund in Kennesaw State’s Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center. Focused on executing technology innovation and ideas, the new fund will provide an investment and early stage guidance for 12 small business and startups founded and run by KSU students and alumni.
November 02, 2020
Doug and Robin Shore have developed a close relationship with Kennesaw State through two decades of supporting the University, including funding several scholarships, serving on advisory boards, visiting KSU’s educational site in Italy and attending countless on-campus events. Their latest gift will support a group near and dear to Doug, the next generation of entrepreneurs.