KSU at the Capitol

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Outstanding students celebrate with KSU leaders and legislators at State Capitol KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Mar 14, 2016)

Outstanding students celebrate with KSU leaders and legislators at State Capitol

KENNESAW, Ga. (March, 14, 2016) —A pair of resolutions adopted last week in both the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate recognized and commended the academic accomplishments of two Kennesaw State University engineering students and their dean, as well as the athletes, coaches and athletic staff who launched the University’s first football season. 

Members of the Cobb, Paulding and Fulton County delegation in both legislative chambers sponsored the resolutions and joined with students, administrators and staff at a Capitol reception to celebrate a few of Kennesaw State University’s recent academic and athletic accomplishments. Gov. Nathan Deal also met briefly with University representatives.

HR 1560 commended Thomas Currin, dean of the College of Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University, and students Valerie Washington and Kurt Jacobson for earning three of the top six annual awards from the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, among other distinctions. HR1559 recognized and commended the students, coaches, and staff involved with the inaugural football season at Kennesaw State University.

Similar resolutions — SR 1135 and 1136 — were adopted by the Senate.

“These last few years have been an exceptional time for Kennesaw State University,” President Daniel S. Papp said in separate addresses to the members of both chambers. “We are thankful to the Legislature for all of its continued support for our institution.”

Papp cited the University System of Georgia’s designation of Kennesaw State as a comprehensive university in 2013; the “tremendous work” that occurred during 2014 on the consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University; its finalization in 2015, which also saw the launch of Division I football; and most recently, the Carnegie Foundation’s designation of Kennesaw State as an “R3” (research) institution.

Among those greeting and thanking legislative members at the Capitol last Thursday were the students and dean recognized in the resolutions, four seniors from the inaugural football squad, as well as Head Coach Brian Bohannon and Athletic Director Vaughan Williams and members of their staff; Kennesaw State students working this semester as legislative interns and aides; Dr. Papp; and Charles Ross and Amanda Seals, vice president and associate vice president, respectively, of the University’s Division of Economic Development and Community Engagement, whose Office of Government Relations, hosted the event.

“It’s an honor to have the General Assembly formally acknowledge some of the great work that goes on at Kennesaw State University,” said Fatimot Ladipo, executive director of the Office of Government Relations. “It’s just as rewarding to give our students, staff and administrators a chance to meet and thank the legislators who represent and support the University.”  


— Sabbaye McGriff

Photos by David Caselli


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