Kennesaw State students take top state honors for experiential learning

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Georgia (May 24, 2011)Award recognizes excellent work habits, high academic performance and good citizenship

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 24, 2011) — Two Kennesaw State University students were recently recognized by the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers (GACE) for doing an outstanding job at internships during the 2010 -2011 academic year.

Terrence Young and Randy Fussell each received $250 for the Jack Mangham Experiential Learning Award in business and engineering/technology, respectively.

“This is the first time two KSU students have won the award in the same year,” said Lori Trahan, KSU’s assistant director of career services. “It’s very unusual for two students from the same school to win in the same year, and it’s been several years since the last KSU student won, so this is very exciting. ”

GACE presents the awards annually to students in experiential learning programs. The award is given to four students in each of the following categories: business, education, arts and sciences and engineering/technology. The organization receives nominations for the Jack Mangham award from every college in the state, which are reviewed by a panel.

Young did his internship with the KSU Career Services Center, where he worked with students in the Coles College of Business through Iota Chi Epsilon, a student organization focused on internships and co-op experiences.

“Terrence is simply a change-master,” his boss, Experiential Education Associate Kathy Hallmark, wrote in his nomination. “He changes people, organizations and cultures due to his commitment to improving the lives of others. He works tirelessly to aid in the growth of everyone he encounters. Students, faculty, staff and employers are drawn to him. He is a natural leader and a natural community builder.”

Fussell’s internship was in IT with Home Depot. After completing his internship, Fussell was offered a full-time position following his May graduation.

“Through this internship, I learned exactly what I would like to be doing when I graduate (mobile web development),” Fussell wrote in a required essay. “I also made myself a career roadmap spanning the next five to 10 years. This experience has not only driven my academic advancement, but opened opportunities for me due to my professional - and meaningful – experience as an intern.”

Jack Mangham worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., before transferring to Atlanta. He retired from the agency in 1973 and began working with Georgia Power Company, first with recruiting, then becoming the coordinator for their large, centralized co-op program. In 1986, Mangham began another career as assistant director of the Cooperative Education Division at Georgia Tech, administering one of the largest centralized co-op programs in the country. GACE presents the Jack Mangham Award to students in experiential learning programs in recognition of Mangham’s commitment to students and support of co-ops and internships.

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