From Success to Significance

As I considered how I would introduce our theme−based campaign for the 2001−2002 academic year‚ I began to think about the implications of writing this letter exclusively for cyberspace‚ something I have never had the opportunity to do. It struck me that this Web−based version of Access‚ like our newly redesigned web site‚ is indicative of larger‚ more fundamental changes on our campus. Indeed‚ after years of tremendous growth in size‚ stature‚ and sophistication‚ it is clear that Kennesaw State is prepared to reach a new level of significance

Georgia (Aug 1, 2002) — Dear Colleagues:



As I considered how I would introduce our theme−based campaign for the 2001−2002 academic year‚ I began to think about the implications of writing this letter exclusively for cyberspace‚ something I have never had the opportunity to do. It struck me that this Web−based version of Access‚ like our newly redesigned web site‚ is indicative of larger‚ more fundamental changes on our campus. Indeed‚ after years of tremendous growth in size‚ stature‚ and sophistication‚ it is clear that Kennesaw State is prepared to reach a new level of significance.



I say this with confidence‚ and I announce our theme–"From Success to Significance"–with similar faith. It is the confidence of knowing that the faculty and staff of KSU have always exceeded even our highest expectations for the university. Last year‚ as we celebrated "The Engaged University‚" I was reminded again and again of my good fortune in working with such forward−thinking colleagues. As I listened to representatives from each college and school detail their work in civic engagement‚ I knew that Kennesaw State was poised for yet another profound transformation.



The evidence for this is everywhere–in the reinvention of our Leadership programs‚ kicked off with such grand success by Staff Excel last spring; and in our collaboration with our sister colleges and universities in the Northwest Georgia Crescent Alliance; in our new Center for Leadership‚ Ethics‚ and Character‚ through which we will expand our efforts to educate purposeful‚ engaged citizens for the new millennium.



Everything we have accomplished during these last years–in academics‚ new programs‚ student success‚ technology‚ development‚ planning–has pointed to a larger transformation. During our campaigns of service‚ collaboration‚ and engagement‚ we have deepened our commitments both in and out of the classroom. We’ve achieved great things‚ and now we must consider how to live up to the challenge issued to us by Deno Curris‚ president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. When he visited our campus last spring‚ he spoke of Kennesaw State as a prototype of "the people’s college." If we can continue to earn that title–with all it means in terms of civic engagement and regional leadership–then surely we will perform work of lasting significance.



"From Success to Significance" is broad enough as a theme to allow countless interpretations‚ as each of us considers how best to achieve continued personal and professional growth. It is individual growth‚ after all‚ that makes the university’s transformation possible. Leadership expert Max DePree reminds us that such growth "is much more an art‚ a belief‚ a condition of the heart‚ than a set of things to do." These are words to remember‚ for what separates us as an institution is our strong belief in what we can accomplish‚ and the large−hearted spirit of our faculty and staff.



I look forward to collaborating with all of you during yet another banner year for Kennesaw State University.



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 approximately 41,000 students. With 11 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. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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