Kennesaw State preserves heritage with new street names on Marietta campus

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Leaders of the former Southern Polytechnic State University remembered     KENNESAW…

Georgia (Sep 10, 2015)Leaders of the former Southern Polytechnic State University remembered    

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 10, 2015) — Kennesaw State University will name six previously unnamed streets on its Marietta campus in honor of individuals who made significant contributions to the former Southern Polytechnic State University following a vote Wednesday by the Marietta City Council. The two institutions were consolidated this year to form one larger Kennesaw State with two campuses. 

The City Council approved a Kennesaw State plan to name the streets — Rossbacher Way, Cheshier Way, Arnston Drive, Walter Kelly Road, Koger Drive and Clair Harris Road. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the plan in August.

The street names honor former SPSU presidents Lisa Rossbacher (1998-2014), Stephen R. Cheshier (1980-1997) and Interim President Ron Koger (July 2014 – January 2015); Clarence Arnston, for whom the now-demolished MET Building Complex was named; Walter Kelly, a major contributor to SPSU’s early success, for whom the Walter J. Kelly Memorial baseball field is named; and Clair Harris, whose contributions helped start SPSU’s textile program.

“Renaming these streets is a powerful symbol of the combined heritage of two remarkable institutions, each with a history worthy of preservation,” said Daniel S. Papp, Kennesaw State president. “The new street names also reflect a broader effort to improve navigation on the Marietta campus by eliminating confusing names and making sure every street is identifiable by name. This is a wonderful way to accomplish that goal while simultaneously honoring people who have made outstanding contributions. ” 

The City Council also approved the renaming of five additional streets on the Marietta campus, which was a part of the University’s plan to name all streets and simplify the street naming system on the campus.

With names assigned to all streets on campus, no matter how small, the University will assign addresses to each building on the Marietta campus, as it did last fall on its main campus in Kennesaw. The move will enable clearer directions, especially for emergency responders, Papp said.

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