Student: Katherine Street


KENNESAW, Ga. — Before attending Kennesaw State University, Katherine Street had a…

Georgia (May 15, 2015)KENNESAW, Ga. — Before attending Kennesaw State University, Katherine Street had a vicarious knowledge of the world beyond metro Atlanta. Because her father was a former missionary pastor, she interacted from a young age with missionary kids and gained an appreciation for different cultures. The grocery store where she has worked since she was 14, and where she is now a pharmacy technician, also allowed her to experience the world’s diversity through the melting pot that is Atlanta.

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“So even though I hadn’t traveled, I was exposed to the idea that there was more out there,” Street said. “But I didn’t think it was possible for me to go to interact with what was out there until Kennesaw, and those doors were open.”                     

Street, a graduating nursing major, has taken advantage of those opened doors fully, having excelled at Kennesaw State and abroad. She earned the WellStar College of Health and Human Services Outstanding Student award at its recent ceremony, and she was also given the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ award for Outstanding Academic Accomplishments.

“I think (the BOR award) is a testimony to the faculty here,” said Street, a Woodstock native. “When they make the classes so interesting, you can’t help but love it.

“I think what’s been truly outstanding about being at Kennesaw State is the sheer diversity of experiences. Although this is an academic award, a lot of what I have done has really been co-curricular (outside of the classroom).”

Street, beginning with her freshman year, has been involved with student government on campus, rising from a senator that first year to her election as student body president her junior year.

As a freshman, she assisted with the formulation of the strategic plan for 2012-2017, alongside several deans and the president. Street worked closely with the consolidation process, advocating for the students at that time and helping to bring together student governments on both Kennesaw and Marietta campuses.

“That was a big process getting the students together,” Street said. “We had very different student governments, seeing how we could draw strengths from both of the organizations to make a better new one.”

Street was also one of eight students selected from the U.S. as part of the Fulbright Commission’s Wales Summer Institute after her sophomore year. She’s been to Brazil twice as one of the President’s Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS); traveled to Costa Rica; and as part of the education abroad cohort traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico.

“I never flew on a plane before college, and Kennesaw opened all these doors for me,” Street said. “It’s been really amazing. Coming into college, I never would have thought to have these remarkable experiences.

“I never thought I would travel. I never dreamed of doing anything outside of the metro Atlanta area. And then I had certain professors who recognized potential in me and fan that flame, and I think inspired a little personal belief that was there at the beginning of my experiences. They changed my life for the better. I just can’t thank the faculty here enough.”

In addition to Street’s honor during the WellStar College of Health and Human Services ceremony, several other students earned awards:


Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education: Tom Donovan

WellStar School of Nursing:Kathryn Kruszka

Department of Social Work and Human Services:Alan Kirk and Judith Slater


WellStar College Awards

Teaching Award:Janeen Amason

Service Award:Barbara Blake

Research Award:Patricia Hart


— by Tim Turner


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