Kennesaw State finalizes Founders Week plans: Unveils 50th anniversary logo, website, magazine


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Click here for Kennesaw State University’s 50th Anniversary website
Click here for Kennesaw State University’s 50th Anniversary logo
Click here for a digital version of Kennesaw State University Magazine’s 50th Anniversary issue
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 19, 2013) — As Kennesaw State University gears up to celebrate a half-century of growth and evolution, an anniversary logo and tagline, a special edition of Kennesaw State University Magazine, and a new website are being unveiled to mark the special occasion, reflecting the theme “50 Years of Excellence: Celebrating Our Past, Igniting Our Future.”
University officials also have finalized plans for a weeklong series of activities commemorating Founders Week, which is set for Oct. 7-11.
“The ‘Celebrating Our Past, Igniting Our Future’ slogan captures the pride the campus community has for the University’s beginnings and conveys the excitement on campus as Kennesaw State celebrates its 50th year,” said Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp. “As we commemorate our founding, we also are proud of the accomplishments that have led to the University’s reclassification as a comprehensive university, which recognizes not just what KSU is today, but the promise of what it will become in the years ahead.”
The anniversary logo depicts an intertwined “5” and “0” as the main visual on a black and gold background. Developed from recommendations and feedback by the campus community, the final logo and tagline were chosen by the University’s 50th Anniversary Committee, which Papp named to help shape the celebration.  
As part of the Founders Week activities, Kennesaw State will host three major events that serve to underscore the importance of higher education, student success and diversity.
  • “My Orange Duffel Bag,” will feature a presentation by author and motivational speaker Sam Bracken, who after a traumatic childhood, turned his life around and became a college football standout and Georgia Tech graduate. Bracken will be joined by legendary Coach Bill Curry. This convocation is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., in the University’s Convocation Center.
  • Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former Georgia Tech President Dr. G. Wayne Clough will deliver the keynote address, “The Future of American Public Higher Education,” at a campus-wide symposium titled, “Higher Education: The Next 50 Years.”  Following Clough’s address, University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby will chair a panel of top higher education leaders, including Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University; Dr. Renva Watterson, president of Georgia Highlands College; and Dr. Arthur Dunning, professor and senior research fellow in the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama.  The panel will examine “The Future Of Public Higher Education In Georgia and the Southeast.” The event is set for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9:30 a.m., at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center.
  • “The Evolution of Inclusion at Kennesaw State University,” a panel discussion facilitated by President Papp and the University’s Chief Diversity Officer, Erik Malewski, will engage the campus community in a conversation about the changes that have taken place at the University over the past five decades. The event is slated for Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., in the Prillaman Hall Auditorium.
Other events scheduled for Founders Week include:
  • Dr. Thomas A. Scott’s book launch and signing of “Kennesaw State University: The First Fifty Years, 1963-2013,” and the unveiling of the Kennesaw State Archives’ historical exhibit and website, “The Kennesaw State Spirit: KSU at 50.” This joint event is slated for Monday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Horace W. Sturgis Library;
  • “Hoot-a-Palooza,” a community partner event at Town Center Mall celebrating Kennesaw State students, faculty and staff, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5-8 p.m.;
  • The groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of Kennesaw State’s Horace W. Sturgis Library, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.;
  • The Founders Day Concert, featuring the Kennesaw State University Orchestra, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m., in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center;
  • The groundbreaking for the brand-new, $38.7 million Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center, slated for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m.; and
  • The week of activities will wrap up with a campus-wide “Celebration on the Green,” a gathering of the university’s faculty, staff, students and friends for food and fun on Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, at
  • 3 p.m., on the Campus Green.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary in print, the staff of Kennesaw State’s University Relations department also has published a special edition of its quarterly magazine, which is now available online at: The issue includes a detailed timeline of the University’s milestones and feature articles based on Scott’s book.
The new 50th anniversary website also ­features articles and photographs about the University’s history and evolution, and is accessible directly at the address: (, or through the University’s homepage at:

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