State of the University

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To read the transcript of Dr. Papp's address, click here. President Daniel S. Papp sets clear…

Georgia (Mar 31, 2011)

To read the transcript of Dr. Papp's address, click here.

President Daniel S. Papp sets clear direction in fifth annual “State of the University” address

KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 31, 2011) — Continuing its quest to become a national university, Kennesaw State University soared to new heights this past year, President Daniel S. Papp told students, faculty and staff during his fifth annual State of the University address.

Papp’s 40-minute talk, delivered twice to audiences at KSU’s Prillaman Hall and the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, focused on three words: university, contrarian and academic. He cited the Oxford English Dictionary meaning of university as a “community of teachers and scholars.” Papp then took the opportunity to recognize the KSU community, calling itthe best faculty and staff he has seen in the University System.

“How good are we?” Papp asked. “Last Saturday night, at the University System of Georgia’s annual gala, one of our faculty members (German Studies Professor Sabine Smith) won a University System award recognizing excellence in teaching. This is the fifth consecutive year that a KSU faculty member has been so honored.”

Papp then turned his attention to the many accomplishments of each of the university’s colleges. He noted the hooding of the first doctoral graduate out of the Bagwell College of Education and the nationally recognized programs and centers in the Coles College of Business. He also praised the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences for the diversity of educational, scholarship, research, creative activity, and service opportunities it provides and highlighted several large grants awarded to faculty within the WellStar College of Health and Human Services and the College of Science and Mathematics.

“The WellStar College just landed a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study how to overcome the effects of brain trauma,” Papp said. “In the College of Science and Mathematicsfaculty are attracting impressive levels of funding from the National Science Foundation, including five faculty members who together received a $2.85 million Noyce Grant for recruiting and training lead teachers in physics and chemistry.”

In addition, Papp talked about the university’s efforts in internationalization that have elevated KSU’s profile in the global community.

“In the last seven months, KSU has received three major national awards. In September, KSU won the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy’s 2010 Top Citizen Diplomacy Program award. In January, the university received the Institute for International Education’s 2011 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education,” Papp said. “And earlier this month, KSU won the most prestigious of all internationalization awards, the 2011 Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.”

As he made his first address in the auditorium of KSU’s newest building —Prillaman Hall —Papp spoke about the continued expansion of the university, noting last week’s celebrated groundbreaking of the $20 million Laboratory Science Building. He also said that he was cautiously optimistic about funding for future projects, including the Bagwell College of Education building expansion, more residence halls, another student dining hall, Phase III of the Sports and Recreation Park and a new Student Activities and Recreation Center.

Papp also announced that the university was close to naming a new athletic director which he hoped would be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Rounding out his annual address, Papp brought up the word “contrarian” for discussion. KSU’s president explained that a university should be a marketplace of ideas and outlooks.

“That is why we in university communities must be open to the free flow of ideas and outlooks. We must search for new conclusions, re-examine old conclusions, and most importantly, not become locked into a single way of thinking,” Papp said. “This is what universities are all about, this is what academic freedom is all about, and this is what the First Amendment is all about.”

He concluded with his final word, academic, tracing its definition back 40 years when it meant that a person or a thought was enlightened, wise, or involved intellectually with deep thought and understanding. Today, he noted, it is usedto define something that is “irrelevant,” which is “not good news for academics.”

“We have not spent enough time, nor devoted enough effort, to talk with folks in the broader community about what it is that we do,” Papp said as he pledged that KSU would “re-double its efforts in every area to understand others.

“We will become nationally-recognized, and we will be known in the local community, in Georgia, in the nation, and in the world as Kennesaw State: Georgia’s Engaged University, and that is the kind of recognition about which we can all be proud,” Papp concluded.

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