Mayor Proclaims Sept. 2 National College Colors Day in Honor of KSU

By: Donna Espy-Rypel Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and Vaughn Williams,…

Georgia (Aug 29, 2011)

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By: Donna Espy-Rypel

Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and Vaughn Williams, Kennesaw State’s director of athletics, met Thursday with City of Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews to designate Friday, Sept. 2, as "College Colors Day" in honor of KSU, the state’s third-largest university.

Mathews called on citizens to show their Kennesaw State spirit by wearing their black and gold. "We want to promote school spirit and the relationship between our city and the university," said Mathews.  "We look forward to many years of good-spirited athletic fun."

KSU President Daniel Papp presented the mayor with a token of appreciation for the proclamation - a gold and black KSU tie.

"The city of Kennesaw has been absolutely superb in its relationship with our university," said Papp. "They have opened their doors and their streets, and we want to make sure what we're doing is always in sync with what they're doing." Papp has served as a judge at city festivals and has also been part of KSU homecoming parades that wind through city streets each year.

College Colors Day is a national event, now entering its sixth year. It kicks off the fall semester’s intercollegiate athletics season and strives to advocate higher education through increased public awareness.


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