KSU community ‘seizing the momentum to make a difference’

Faculty‚ staff and students have been challenged to heed the call of the institution’s annual theme: “Seizing the Momentum to Make a Difference‚” during the 2004−2005 academic year.

Georgia (Sep 1, 2004) — Faculty‚ staff and students have been challenged to heed the call of the institution’s annual theme: “Seizing the Momentum to Make a Difference‚” during the 2004−2005 academic year.

“The Greek ideal was one of a well−rounded individual‚ excelling in many aspects of life that intersected in important ways to create higher levels of achievement‚” explained Dr. Lendley C. Black‚ vice president for academic affairs‚ during an address to KSU faculty that coincided with the Summer Olympics in Athens‚ Greece.

“What intersections‚" he asked‚ "do we need to create a higher level of achievement at Kennesaw State University? How do we continue to promote excellence in individual areas of academics‚ but at the same time promote excellence across departments‚ across colleges and across other academic areas? How do we achieve new heights in undergraduate education‚ and at the same time explore new frontiers of excellence in graduate education? How do we seize the momentum of our past accomplishments in order to make a greater difference with our students‚ our communities and in our world?”

Examples of how faculty‚ staff and students are working to answer Black's last question were highlighted by President Betty L. Siegel during a campus−wide assembly marking the beginning of the new academic year.

As one case in point‚ she used the student−athletes who brought KSU its first NCAA Div. II men’s basketball championship in spring 2004. In the midst of their title run‚ the players found out about a young boy staying at their hotel whose family had been struck by tragedy – and took it upon themselves to reach out and try to bring some happiness to his life.

“That example of kindness‚ simply caring for others‚ personifies our theme this year‚” Siegel said.

Another example is the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit‚ which has promoted tolerance and diversity to thousands of area school children since being brought to KSU Center in fall 2003. “If we really believed in understanding‚ if we really honored diversity‚ if we believed in the connectedness of all of us‚ we would want all people to understand the ravages of prejudice and to grow toward more ethical‚ more compassionate‚ more humane‚ more concerned and more dedicated lives‚” Siegel said. “It makes a difference.”

“Seizing the Momentum to Make a Difference‚” follows on the heels of other similar year−long themes KSU has celebrated in the recent past. These include “The Year of Honoring Service‚” “Collaboration 2000‚” “Kennesaw State: The Engaged University‚” “From Success to Significance‚” “The Courage to Lead for the Common Good‚” and‚ most recently‚ “40 Years of Excellence: Daring to Dream and Do.”

“Taken together‚” President Siegel said‚ “these themes hint at the compelling story of how we have become more deeply absorbed in the larger purposes of civic engagement‚ making it a central part of our overall mission."


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