Owl love you forever

Sarah and Robert Jordan

While there are no magic potions to make someone fall in love, chemistry does play an important…

Georgia (Feb 14, 2013)

While there are no magic potions to make someone fall in love, chemistry does play an important role in how a relationship develops with things like pheromones, testosterone, norepinepherine,phenylethylamine and dopamine all playing a part.

In the case of Sarah and Robert Jordan love blossomed over beakers in a Kennesaw State University Science lab.

“I was his boss,” Sarah (biochemistry, ’03) recalled of meeting her future husband. “He was actually still a chemistry student helping out with labs, and I was his supervisor telling him what to do.”

With more than three years of wedded bliss under their belt, Robert (professional chemistry, ’05) joked his wife is still telling him what to do.

“I would say I was attracted to her personality,” Robert said.

Their first date was at Sidelines Grill on Chastain Road.

“I asked her repeatedly to go out on a date,” Robert said.

“I was playing hard to get,” Sarah chimed in.

“At least three, if not four times, I had to ask her,” Robert rebutted.

With their first baby on the way, Sarah and Robert aren’t the only two Owls to find love on campus.

According to Alumni Affairs Director Lisa Duke, there are at least 845 couples, or 1,690 married Kennesaw State alumni. Alumni Affairs sponsors “Owls Squared,” which features special programming for alumni and couples are featured through the association’s “Owl Love You Forever” program.

“I think our curriculum encourages a lot of team work, so individuals have the opportunity to get to know fellow students really well, thereby generating opportunities for relationship development,” Duke said. “Also, we have a robust student activities program so students engage in lots of activities together, both on and off-campus.”

It was just such student activity that brought James (economics and finance, ’98) and Stacie (human services, ’04) Barrow together: a co-ed fraternity trip to the beach for Spring Break.

“We met through a mutual friend,” Stacie recalled. “His lab partner and I were friends.”

Despite growing up only five miles apart, and sharing some of the same friends, love didn’t blossom for the Barrows until their paths crossed at Kennesaw State. The Barrows have been married for 14 years and have two children.

“It was love at first sight,” Stacie said. “What makes us a good couple is were opposites. We each bring different skill sets to the relationship, so we work really well together.”

--By Jennifer Hafer


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