‘Miss Betty’s Booth’ dedicated to KSU president emeritus

Nearly every morning during her 25−year tenure at Kennesaw State University‚ President Betty L. Siegel had breakfast and endless cups of coffee at the Waffle House on Frey Road‚ meeting with students and staff.

Georgia (Feb 27, 2007) — Nearly every morning during her 25−year tenure at Kennesaw State University‚ President Betty L. Siegel had breakfast and endless cups of coffee at the Waffle House on Frey Road‚ meeting with students and staff.

More than just breakfast‚ she interacted with students and generated ideas — some jotted down on napkins — during “Waffle House moments” that were instituted during her tenure as Kennesaw State’s head.

A regular diner‚ she’s now a permanent fixture — literally — with the dedication of “Miss Betty’s Booth.”

On Tuesday‚ Feb. 27‚ Siegel joined students‚ faculty and staff from Kennesaw State‚ as well as Waffle House staff‚ as she cut a gold ribbon to dedicate the booth at the diner in her honor.

“The Waffle House is a very special place for me‚” Siegel said. “We’ve had some of our best conversations here.”

Kennesaw State’s second president‚ Siegel stepped down in 2006 after serving for two−and−a−half decades‚ presiding over the institution’s phenomenal growth from a small state college to a residential university with nearly 20‚000 students and expanding graduate degree programs.

Upon her retirement‚ Waffle House gave her a “Golden Waffle Award” in “recognition of being a goodwill ambassador for its restaurants.”

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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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