“Sleep Out” highlights plight of the homeless for Kennesaw State students

"Homelessness Week" is underway at Kennesaw State‚ giving students a chance to learn what…

Georgia (Oct 14, 2008) — “Sleep Out” highlights plight of the homeless for Kennesaw State students

Sabbaye McGriff


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“Sleep Out” highlights plight of the homeless for Kennesaw State students
More than 100 will experience living without a roof for two nights

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (October‚ 13‚ 2008) — A week of activities — culminating in a “Sleep Out” Oct.16−18 — designed to sensitize students to the problems and issues of the homeless is underway at Kennesaw State this week.

Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences has organized “Homelessness Week” to provide students realistic views of what homeless people face. Organizers hope to raise students’ consciousness and promote their involvement in eradicating homelessness through an intensive week of activities that include sleeping outside overnight; a poster contest; documentaries; presentations on mental illness and substance abuse‚ hunger and global poverty; and student dialogues with those who work daily with the homeless.

Homeless advocates and representatives of service organizations including Cobb Family Resources; Travelers’ Aid of Metro Atlanta; Hosea Feed the Hungry; the Fuller Center; Family Life Restoration; Trinity Life−Big Bethel; Must Ministries; Seamless Garment and Able will participate with students in dialogues and presentations.

When and Where:
Homelessness Week “Sleep Out‚” from 6 p.m.‚ Thursday‚ Oct. 16 through noon‚ Saturday‚ Oct. 18 in the area between the Social Science and Pilcher buildings on KSU’s campus. For a full list of Homeless Week activities‚ beginning Monday Oct. 13‚ visit: http://hss.kennesaw.edu/about/news−events.


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


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