Year of Engagement

I am delighted to greet you at the beginning of another exciting year for Kennesaw State University. I am pleased to welcome returning faculty and staff‚ and together with them I want to extend a special greeting to new members of our learning community. I trust that you will find your work here at Kennesaw State both challenging and rewarding‚ and also that you will discover on our campus the kind of collegial atmosphere that defines university life at its best.

Georgia (Aug 1, 2001) — Dear Colleagues:



I am delighted to greet you at the beginning of another exciting year for Kennesaw State University. I am pleased to welcome returning faculty and staff‚ and together with them I want to extend a special greeting to new members of our learning community. I trust that you will find your work here at Kennesaw State both challenging and rewarding‚ and also that you will discover on our campus the kind of collegial atmosphere that defines university life at its best.



Indeed‚ what brings us together as a community is a shared sense of commitment and purpose as a public institution. Over the last three years‚ this purpose has been variously explored in our theme−based campaigns celebrating the arts‚ service‚ and collaboration. The "Year of the Arts" allowed us to reinforce our connection with the surrounding community by inviting people to experience for themselves the vibrant cultural life on our campus. The "Year of Honoring Service" found us moving out beyond the borders of the campus as engaged citizens‚ becoming fuller participants in the life of our community. Finally‚ "Collaboration 2000" carried this work even further‚ as we formed far−reaching service−oriented partnerships with area leaders in the arts‚ education‚ business‚ government‚ and the non−profit sector.



Perhaps the most promising result of "Collaboration 2000" is the newly formed Northwest Georgia Crescent Alliance‚ which will have profound implications at all levels of our university. In partnership with the community leadership of our region‚ we will be working to preserve and explore the rich historical and cultural significance of northwest Georgia‚ while at the same time forging creative and strategic solutions to the most pressing issues facing us in the new millennium. Most importantly‚ what we expend in improving the quality of life in the northwest crescent will help us in turn to enhance the educational opportunities we provide our students.



It is projects like these−all−encompassing‚ innovative‚ interactive‚ inspiring−that have made us a truly "Engaged University‚" and so it follows naturally that we have taken this phrase as our theme for the current academic year. In the Kellogg Commission's report on this subject‚ the authors describe the "engagement ideal" as "a commitment to sharing and reciprocity . . . characterized by problems defined together‚ goals and agendas that are shared in common‚ definitions of success that are meaningful to both university and community."



Surely engagement defines our overall mission as a public institution‚ as well as our working relationships with each other. This year will be marked by an increasingly productive exploration of our responsibilities to our students‚ our colleagues‚ and our region. I look forward to collaborating with you as we perform this crucial work‚ and I wish you every success in your endeavors.



My warm personal regards.



Sincerely‚



Betty L. Siegel‚ President





A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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