Tour de KSU

Lance Armstrong and his yellow jersey may not be planning a trip to Kennesaw State University‚ but…

Georgia (Sep 28, 2005) — Tour de KSU

Frances Weyand

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Development‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

Lance Armstrong and his yellow jersey may not be planning a trip to Kennesaw State University‚ but come Friday‚ Oct. 28‚ his spirit will be felt on campus and throughout the area‚ when cyclists in the first Tour de KSU hit the starting line.

The Tour de KSU was conceived as a way to achieve and integrate many of the goals of the first−year experience class—a required course for freshmen that acquaints them with the KSU campus‚ higher education and strategies for success in college−level courses. Among the course goals that the tour addresses for students are “connecting with faculty and peers‚ engaging in out−of−class campus activities and improving knowledge of wellness‚” said Ruth Goldfine‚ assistant professor of English in the Department of University Studies and coordinator of Tour de KSU. “The event also offers volunteer opportunities for the students‚ such as pairing them with visually impaired riders on tandem bikes.”

The tour is a bike cruise‚ not a race‚ open to students‚ faculty‚ staff‚ alumni and the public. It will take place in stages‚ like the Tour de France (only much shorter‚ approximately 20 miles). The route will take the riders from the Campus Green through Acworth and parts of Cobb and Bartow counties and back again.

A “poker ride” also is part of the festivities. Riders can pick up cards at the stages along the ride and play their hand following the race. Prizes will be awarded.

Lance Armstrong’s book “It’s Not About the Bike‚” is the common reader for all first−year experience students this year and was the inspiration for the Tour de KSU. The book was chosen‚ Goldfine said‚ because “his story speaks to students about the value of motivation and perseverance‚ about the possibilities of overcoming extreme odds to rise from obscurity to greatness.”

Sign in and race−day registration start at 8:30 a.m.‚ and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. For information on registration and fees‚ contact Ruth Goldfine at 770−423−6131 or rgoldfin@kennesaw.edu or the University Studies office‚ 770−423−6207.



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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