Kennesaw State University hosts 76th commencement

Kennesaw State University will hold its 76th commencement in two ceremonies Dec. 20‚ honoring…

Georgia (Dec 16, 2004) — Kennesaw State University hosts 76th commencement

Karen Kennedy


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Kennesaw State University will hold its 76th commencement in two ceremonies Dec. 20‚ honoring more than 1‚000 graduates. The speaker for both ceremonies will be James A. (Micky) Blackwell‚ retired executive vice president for Lockheed Martin Corp. Currently Blackwell serves as chairman of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and a consultant to major corporations‚ policy groups and the U.S. government on aerospace and defense issues.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony‚ Larry Lowenstein‚ media coordinator and special assistant to the dean of Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University‚ will be named an honorary alumnus of Kennesaw State. Lowenstein receives this honor in recognition of his years of service to KSU.

“Larry brought to KSU his vital way of interacting with others‚” said KSU President Betty L. Siegel. “And that has been put to good use for our university. He has served as a wonderful conduit between the university and the larger public.”

Monday‚ Dec. 20‚ 10 a.m.
Coles College of Business
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Monday‚ Dec. 20‚ 3 p.m.
College of the Arts
Bagwell College of Education
WellStar College of Health and Human Services
College of Science and Mathematics

Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center

Full bios of Blackwell and Lowenstein follow.


Bio for James A. (Micky) Blackwell

Cobb County resident Micky Blackwell is the 1999 recipient of the Reed Aeronautics Award‚ the highest award an individual can receive for achievements in the field of aeronautical science and engineering. With a lifetime of work in aeronautics and engineering‚ Blackwell has also been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the 1992 Region II Engineer of the Year. He was named 150th Anniversary Distinguished Engineering Fellow by the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering in 1988‚ and was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2002‚ he was named Cobb County Citizen of the Year.

Currently Blackwell works as a consultant to major corporations‚ policy groups and the U.S. government on aerospace and defense issues. This follows his retirement in 2000 as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation‚ after working at Lockheed for more than 30 years. He was appointed to the position in 1995 and had corporate oversight of Lockheed Martin’s worldwide aeronautics business headquartered in Bethesda‚ Maryland.

Blackwell joined Lockheed Martin in 1969 as a research engineer after working seven years for NASA in Langley‚ Virginia. He held a number of management positions at Lockheed‚ including chief engineer of special projects‚ vice president of engineering and vice president of the F−22 fighter program. He served as president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta from 1993 to 1995.

Blackwell received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1962 and a master’s in the same discipline in 1966 from the University of Virginia. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 1986 and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Mercer University in 1994.

Dedicated to community service and involvement‚ Blackwell is chairman of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee‚ which reports to the governor. He also serves as a member of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation‚ Cobb Community Foundation‚ Friends of the Strand and Aeronautical Museum Boards in Marietta. In addition‚ Blackwell is a member of several university boards‚ including Kennesaw State University’s RTM Institute for Leadership‚ Ethics & Character advisory board.

A native of Jasper‚ Alabama‚ Blackwell and his wife‚ Billie‚ reside in Marietta.

Bio for Larry Lowenstein

For 66 years‚ Kenneth Lawrence (Larry) Lowenstein has worked throughout the world in public relations. He began his career as a Bloomingdales sales associate in 1938‚ but quickly put his salesman’s skills to work on greater endeavors. In his lengthy career‚ he has worked on Ed Sullivan’s Harvest Moon Ball for the promotions department of the New York Daily News and served as director of publicity and promotions for Benton & Bowles Advertising‚ where he supervised the publicity for such TV programs as Father Knows Best. In addition‚ he has worked in public relations for a number of agencies‚ including his own‚ Larry Lowenstein Inc.‚ and for television stations including the Atlanta CBS affiliate‚ WXIA (Channel 11) and the CBS−Television Network in New York.

Lowenstein was honored in 2004 with the General Manager’s Award for Lifetime Achievement by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Chapter. He has received the Big Heart Award from the Georgia District North Civitans Association for Retarded Citizens; the James Kaufmann Award from the NAACP; the Phoenix Award‚ the Outstanding Public Service award and election into the Order of the Phoenix by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; the Silver Circle Award from NATAS; and the Golden Mike Award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.

He is past president of the Atlanta chapter of the Society of Journalists‚ the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He has served or continues to serve on the boards of the Atlanta Urban League‚ Georgia Special Olympics‚ Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences‚ Georgia and Atlanta Chapters of the American Cancer Society‚ Atlanta Press Club‚ Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP and Atlanta Ad Club.

Currently‚ Lowenstein works as media coordinator and special assistant to the dean of Kennesaw State University’s Department of Continuing Education. He is also writing his memoirs‚ “Famous People Who Have Met Me.”


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