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Kennesaw State couples meet and fall in love through campus connections KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb….

Georgia (Feb 10, 2015)Kennesaw State couples meet and fall in love through campus connections

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Feb. 10, 2015) — Love is in the air, especially on college campuses, and plenty of students meet their significant other on campus, through classes, organizations or mutual friends.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Kennesaw State honors the true love of its alumni through the Owls2 program, a special interest group created specifically for couples that are Kennesaw State alumni, organized by the University’s Alumni Association.

Whether meeting on campus, before coming to KSU or after graduating, Kennesaw State alumni – and the 1,600 Owls2 connections – have some sweet love stories to share.

Jamie Hester met the love of her life her freshman year in college.

She was enrolled in her third quarter at Kennesaw State when she was grouped with four people in Sean Ellermeyer’s math class.

“I met Brian when we were put in the same small group by Dr. Ellermeyer,” Jamie said. Their group of four dwindled to two when the other students dropped the core math course. “Within two weeks, we were dating.”

Their first date took them to an Atlanta Hawks game in 1996.

“We were inseparable from that first date,” said Jamie, who fell in love with Brian’s kindness and gentleness. Brian liked Jamie’s sense of humor and found her fun to be around.

As accounting majors, the pair took most of their classes together and dated the entire time they were earning their degrees in the Coles College of Business. The couple graduated in spring 2000 and married in October 2001.

Today, Brian handles corporate accounting for the Original Mattress Factory and Jamie works part-time in real estate and homeschools their three boys, ages 11, 10 and 8.

Looking back, the couple took an Outdoor Education course, where they kayaked and camped, which turned out to be one of their favorite classes at Kennesaw State.

“We have turned into a big camping family and have encouraged our boys to be active in scouting,” Brian said. “We spend our free time traveling around in our own camper now.”  

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Some relationships are best found with the help of a matchmaker, and when a close friend suggested an introduction for alumnus Erin Jett, she obliged.

“Being set up by a person who knows you better than anyone else was a great experience,” said Erin. “Having someone to vouch for his good character was key.”

The matchmaker was Jenny Brown, assistant director of housing and residence life at Kennesaw State. Brown and Erin became friends while they both worked as resident advisors (RAs) on the Kennesaw State campus 12 years ago.

After graduating from KSU, Brown went on to work at Southern Polytechnic State University as a residence hall director. David Jett was one of the RAs she managed while working there and thought he’d be a great match for her best friend, Erin.

Brown introduced the pair in 2009.

“It feels like I waited a long time to meet Dave, but when I did I knew he was the one,” Erin said. “He is one of the most chivalrous men I’ve ever met. He’s such a gentleman, and he still displays that trait every day in our marriage.”

Erin graduated in 2005 from Kennesaw State with a degree in sociology, while David earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2010. He now serves on the SPSU Alumni Board. 

Erin remembers spending time with David on the Southern Poly campus – now Kennesaw State’s Marietta campus – before they tied the knot in 2011.

“My advice for finding true love, is to be yourself, and stay true to what you are looking for,” added Erin, who works as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. David works for Parsons Corporation, an engineering, construction, technical and management services firm.

The Jetts, who reside in Newnan, are expecting their first child in April.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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