KSU receives $47,500 grant from AT&T for Digital Media Lab

Gift will allow Communication Department to buy high−tech cameras

Georgia (Dec 17, 2008) — A $47‚500 grant from AT&T Inc. will allow Kennesaw State University to purchase state−of−the−art cameras and equipment for the university's Digital Media Lab. The award is the first grant the Department of Communication has received to purchase equipment.

Don Barbour‚ AT&T Georgia external affairs manager‚ presented an oversized check to the university Dec. 12 at its Digital Media Lab‚ located on the fifth floor of the Social Sciences Building.

The lab houses digital equipment that allows communication students to produce audio and video. The new grant will allow the communication department to buy mid−grade and high−end camera kits (including microphones and head phones) for field shoots.

Barbour said the grant fits with AT&T's new education program‚ Aspire. The company has committed $100 million through 2011 to schools and nonprofit organizations focused on preparing students for success in the work force.

“We are pleased to help expand opportunities for Kennesaw State students‚” Barbour said. “The success of our young people is critical to the success of our communities‚ our state and our nation‚ and training in the Digital Media Lab should give them high technology skills vital to finding a place in tomorrow’s work force.”

Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp joined Department of Communication chair Birgit Wassmuth and Leonard Witt‚ Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication‚ in accepting the AT&T award.

“As the nation completes the movement of its entire communications infrastructure to a digital platform‚ this generous gift from AT&T will ensure that our graduates are on the cutting edge of digital media production and well−equipped for the state’s work force in this vital industry‚” Papp said.

Communication is one of the largest departments at KSU‚ with more than 900 students. The department added a new area of concentration to its offerings this fall –– journalism and citizen media. The other areas of concentration are media studies‚ organizational communication and public relations.


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