Kennesaw State student Haley Kilpatrick named finalist for national award

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 2‚ 2006) — Kennesaw State University junior communication major Haley…

Georgia (Nov 2, 2006) — Kennesaw State student Haley Kilpatrick named finalist for national award

Christina Hogan

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 2‚ 2006) — Kennesaw State University junior communication major Haley Kilpatrick is one of five finalists in Charming Shoppes’ “2006 Voices — One Voice Can Lead to a Chorus for Change” campaign and will appear on “MONTEL” Nov. 24. The founder of the national nonprofit organization Girl Talk‚ Kilpatrick was chosen as a finalist from more than 2‚400 nominees.

No stranger to the spotlight‚ Kilpatrick was featured in Kennesaw State’s first−ever corporate image campaign in 2004‚ which was designed to build awareness among the state’s business and political leaders of the high caliber of KSU’s graduates and students. She was also the first graduate of the Deerfield−Windsor School in Albany‚ Ga.‚ to enroll in Kennesaw State. Now‚ thanks to the good word she has been spreading about the university‚ many students from southwest Georgia are selecting KSU as their college of choice.

Kilpatrick began receiving attention five years ago when she founded Girl Talk at the age of 15. Today‚ the Atlanta−based nonprofit is in 19 states‚ reaching more than 10‚000 middle school girls. The organization’s mission is to build the self−esteem of middle school girls through positive weekly programs and mentoring. Now a traditional‚ full−time college student‚ Kilpatrick continues to serve as president of Girl Talk.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to further spread the word about Girl Talk in hopes of inspiring many young girls across America to start a chapter in their communities‚” she said.

According to Kilpatrick‚ there are more than 12 million middle school girls in need of positive mentoring‚ and she hopes to have chapters in all 50 states by 2010.

In addition to her class schedule and duties as president of Girl Talk‚ Kilpatrick has also found time to volunteer in the office of university admissions as a tour guide.

“Haley has been a very positive addition to KSU‚” said Joe Head‚ dean of university admissions and enrollment services. “Wherever she goes‚ she always speaks highly of KSU.”

To vote for Kilpatrick‚ visit www.montelshow.com/voices. Voters can vote as many times as they want until midnight Nov. 10.

For information on Girl Talk‚ visit www.desiretoinspire.org.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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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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