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  • Jacqueline Hand

    New scholarship the culmination of Kennesaw State alumni family success

    May 30, 2024

    Tanasia Kenney has plenty of childhood memories at Kennesaw State University. Her mother, former KSU employee Jacqueline Hand, frequently brought her to campus, where she was known as “Jackie’s daughter,” and became familiar with staff and faculty. Now a reporter for McClatchy news publications, Kenney is just one member of a KSU alumni family.

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  • Kim Amaya

    Kennesaw State multidisciplinary grad represents spirit of determination

    May 01, 2024

    Anytime she’s wanted something in her life, Kim Amaya has worked to earn it with little help. The soon-to-be Kennesaw State University graduate arrived in the United States from El Salvador when she was only 3, and since a tender age, she’s been working to afford herself opportunities her parents didn’t get. Since transferring to KSU in 2022 to study modern language and culture, Amaya has continued to work a full-time job and a part-time job, or up to three part-time, as she looks forward to a teaching career.

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  • Garrard Conley

    Kennesaw State's Garrard Conley candid about his best-selling memoir and upcoming novel

    March 22, 2024

    With his big cloud of black hair standing straight up, the gleam in his bright eyes, and the fluidity of his body as he speaks, it’s easy to be intrigued by Kennesaw State assistant professor of creative writing Garrard Conley. It’s easier still to be entranced by how candidly he speaks about religion, sexuality, activism, and why he asks his students to write with compassion even about the most flawed human beings. Conley is the author of “Boy Erased,” a 2016 Lambda-nominated memoir adapted into a major motion picture starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe. It tells the story of a closeted gay son of religious parents being forced into conversion therapy.

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  • Conflict management

    Ph.D. graduates join the ranks of peacebuilders

    January 23, 2024

    Songwriter Hal David said it best with the lyrics to “What the World Needs Now is Love.” This past December, the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development (SCMPD) graduated two Ph.Ds. who are committed to working toward a more peaceful, even more loving, world. Graduates Isaac Andakian, Ph.D., and Nashay Lowe, Ph.D. are ready to apply their conflict management and peacebuilding expertise to shape a more harmonious future.

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  • Amari Cody

    Eighteen-year-old KSU graduate preparing for graduate school

    January 11, 2024

    At 18, most students are just beginning their college careers. But for Amari Cody, it’s the age she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kennesaw State University.

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  • Bert Wesley Huffman

    New GPB chief, Kennesaw State alum shares passion and vision for service

    November 30, 2023

    Growing up the son of a lifelong public servant, Bert Wesley Huffman said a knack for knocking on doors, building relationships and raising money ran through his veins. But so, too, did providing a service to the community. After more than 15 years working in various fundraising and media jobs in the Atlanta area, a decade of which he spent at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Huffman was named CEO of GPB in August. The Kennesaw State University alum said though he never could have imagined himself in the position years ago, he believes his passion for education, arts, media and service to the state of Georgia placed him exactly where he belonged.

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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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  • 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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  • Edwin Trejo-Rivera

    Kennesaw State student presents undergraduate research at international conference

    September 15, 2023

    Kennesaw State University student Edwin Trejo-Rivera said that having opportunities to conduct research is an experience he never expected to have at an undergraduate level. The junior psychology major from Marietta not only had that opportunity but, over the summer, presented his research on a global scale at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Paraguay.

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  • Kennesaw State faculty study shows potential effects of presidents

    Kennesaw State faculty study shows potential effects of presidents' use of Twitter

    June 09, 2023

    Twitter can influence American standing in the world when one of its 350 million users is the U.S. president, a study from Kennesaw State University suggests.

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