Local students honored at Kennesaw State

At a recent ceremony‚ Kennesaw State University honored several School of the Arts seniors…

Georgia (Apr 30, 2002) — Local students honored at Kennesaw State



At a recent ceremony‚ Kennesaw State University honored several School of the Arts seniors and recent graduates. Students from each academic program in the School of the Arts were recognized as "Outstanding Seniors."

However‚ the most prestigious award went to Karen Ann Wurl of Marietta‚ who graduated in December. She received the Regents' Academic Recognition Award. Only one student from each University System of Georgia institution is given this honor. Last year‚ Wurl was named the Outstanding Student in Theater at Kennesaw State. A prolific playwright‚ Wurl has already experienced post−graduation success with a recent staged reading of her play "Miss Macbeth‚" at Push−Push Theater in Atlanta. On April 27‚ the KSU Department of Theater presented a staged reading of another of her works‚ "Kim's Theory about the Struggle Between Good and Evil." She selected Dr. Julia Matthews‚ assistant professor of theater‚ as her faculty honoree.

Jennifer L. Turem of Acworth received the Outstanding Senior Award for Art Education. With a 4.0 grade point average‚ Turem excels in both art education and art production. In 1998‚ she was selected to exhibit a painting at the Georgia Board of Regents' office. Dr. Carol Edwards‚ associate professor of art education‚ was her faculty honoree.

Vanessa Cheverez of Marietta received the award for music education. Cheverez has performed on four different instruments with several ensembles‚ including the Cobb Symphony Orchestra‚ the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. She tutors children in Spanish and English and teaches private music lessons. Mr. Peter Witte‚ assistant professor of music‚ was her faculty honoree.

Russell Allen Gunter of Acworth received the award for music performance. Gunter has studied saxophone and piano but chose to concentrate his efforts as a vocalist. In 1999‚ he won an outstanding performer award from the Georgia Music Teachers Association competition. He also sang the title role in KSU's production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide." Dr. Oral Moses‚ professor of music‚ was his faculty honoree.

Kristen Michelle Walker of Atlanta received the award for theater. An active performer‚ leader and student‚ Walker has directed at KSU‚ performed professionally in local and regional theaters and held executive positions in several student organizations. She was also an inaugural member of the Presidential Fellows Program. Dr. Julia Matthews‚ assistant professor of theater‚ was her faculty honoree.

Jan DiPietro of Marietta received the award for visual arts. DiPietro is a model of artistic excellence‚ earning a 4.0 GPA while winning numerous awards for her artwork. She also was selected to design a mural for the new Visual Arts Building at KSU. Joseph Remillard‚ assistant professor of visual arts‚ was her faculty honoree.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚100‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu