KSU honors volunteers at All Boards Day luncheon

Peachtree City founder Joel H. Cowan was the featured speaker during a recent luncheon honoring the hundreds of volunteers who serve on various advisory boards at Kennesaw State University.

Georgia (Apr 29, 2004) — Peachtree City founder Joel H. Cowan was the featured speaker during a recent luncheon honoring the hundreds of volunteers who serve on various advisory boards at Kennesaw State University.

More than 200 guests gathered in the University Rooms of the Carmichael Student Center for the All Boards Day luncheon. Highlights included Cowan’s remarks on servant leadership and the presentation of the award for KSU "Advisory Board Member of the Year" to university alumna and Autrey Middle School teacher Ann Bowen.

“I always consider it a good day when we have an audience or a meeting or a visit with a volunteer‚” said Dr. Wesley K. Wicker‚ interim vice president for university advancement‚ addressing an audience brimming with such people. “Today‚ at Kennesaw State University‚ it's truly a great day. You honor us with your presence‚ and we thank you for what you do for Kennesaw State.”

Cowan‚ whose uncle‚ Horace Sturgis‚ was the first president of Kennesaw Junior College‚ serves on the advisory council for the RTM Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character. His presentation centered on the importance of servant leadership not only locally‚ but also around the world.

“Servant leadership is a philosophy of life — a life in leadership‚ dedicated to the growth and development of others‚” Cowan said‚ reading a definition of the term. “Servant leaders are committed to building value−based institutions that contribute to creating a sustainable‚ just and caring society.

“What better road map could any of us have‚” he added. “And what better place could we be than on a university campus to transition from what we are and what we do‚ to those who come along after us.”

This year’s "Advisory Board Member of the Year" has followed that road map well‚ first as a mother‚ and later as an educator. The long−time member of the advisory board for the Bagwell College of Education earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from KSU‚ and continues to contribute her time and energy to her alma mater‚ five years after her most recent graduation.

“Teachers don’t receive things like this‚” the former "Teacher of the Year" at Autrey Middle School said after being introduced by Dean Yiping Wan. “I come to this every year because it is such an inspiring day.

“I’m just absolutely shocked‚” she added. “This is just the thrill of a lifetime‚ and I thank you so much.”




 

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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