National continuing education association recognizes Kennesaw State staff member and student

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Awards for leadership and excellence will be presented March 30 KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 3, 2014…

Georgia (Mar 3, 2015)Awards for leadership and excellence will be presented March 30

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 3, 2014) — A national association of continuing and professional education institutions has awarded two of its top honors to a staff member and a student in Kennesaw State University’s College of Professional and Continuing Education.

The University Professional & Continuing Education Association will present the Adelle F. Robertson Emerging Professional Continuing Educator Award to Karen Smith, the College’s manager of strategic initiatives, during its 100th annual conference March 30-April 1. Moises Arroyo, ESL program graduate, will also receive the Outstanding Continuing Education Student – Noncredit Award.

The award to Smith recognizes the leadership and contributions to the profession of an outstanding continuing professional educator who has entered the field within the past five to 10 years. The award to Arroyo recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for this award,” Smith said.  “I love the continuing education environment and have a never-ending passion for process improvement.  The fact that I am allowed to work every day with this wonderful team of people who understand the mission and vision of our College is so rewarding.” 

A native of Mexico, Arroyo successfully completed all six levels of the College’s ESL certificate program. His inspirational story was featured on the cover of the College’s April-June 2014 Course Catalog quarterly magazine.

“I feel honored to receive this award,” Arroyo said. “When I started, I just wanted to learn. I never expected anything like this. I began knowing almost no English. Now my English has improved so much that I have a better job because of it. I can confidently communicate with my bosses and my friends.” 

Smith and Arroyo both claimed UPCEA South regional awards in the same category last fall – which qualified them for the national honor.


The College of Continuing and Professional Education serves nearly 17,000 students annually. We offer more than 50 professional certificate programs, more than 350 online courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Summer University and more. Our college is housed in KSU Center, the site for classroom coursework, a place for educational conferences, and a facility where companies choose to conduct advanced training for their employees. For more information, visit or call 470-578-6765.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 


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