KSU recognized for leadership, marketing

Dean, scholarship fundraiser receive top honors from education group KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 8, 2014)…

Georgia (Aug 8, 2014)Dean, scholarship fundraiser receive top honors from education group

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 8, 2014) – KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will be honored by the
Association for Continuing Higher Education at its annual conference and awards ceremony Oct. 27-29 in Las
Vegas. The Individual Leadership Award will be bestowed to Barbara S. Calhoun, dean of the College. The 2013
Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser earned ACHE’S Crystal Marketing Award.

 ACHE has approximately 1,500 members in the United States and Canada. This organization’s goals include lifelong
learning, professional and career development of its members and recognition of leadership and contributions to
higher education (acheinc.org).

Calhoun has nearly 30 years of experience in continuing education with more than 20 at KSU. Her
accomplishments include creating the first noncredit culinary institute in Georgia; developing training programs in
Korea, China and Afghanistan; and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Carpathian Region Universities
of Eastern Europe for her work in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. A scholarship endowment was also
established in her name on April 3, 2012.

 “I am humbled and incredibly appreciative of this recognition,” Calhoun said. “Education is of the utmost
importance to me because it can truly make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

 The inaugural Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser was Sept. 28, 2013. Through targeted marketing – including
themed poker chips distributed in the community, social media, advertising and press coverage – more than
$30,000 was raised for scholarships.

Michelle Girage, assistant dean, coordinated Casino Night. She said, “This is truly exciting for our team! With our
upcoming scholarship night approaching on Sept. 11, we are so proud to see the long-term benefits of the

-- Davia Lassiter

College of Continuing and Professional Education


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