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Georgia (Mar 30, 2016)


Reception recognizes Kennesaw State faculty, student authors

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 30, 2016)— The Kennesaw State University Library System hosted an Authors’ Reception Tuesday at the Horace W. Sturgis Library to honor the more than a hundred KSU faculty members and students who have been published in recent months.

A display showcased their books and articles, in categories including history, nursing, management, political science, English, foreign languages, computer science and marketing. The reception recognized all the works produced or jointly authored by KSU faculty, staff and students from October 2014 through December 2015.

Kennesaw State President Daniel Papp commended the faculty authors for “helping your students by staying in the forefront of your respective fields.” Being published is one way to promote a university’s mission to expand and distribute knowledge, he added.

“But the impact is more than simply educating ourselves and educating others,” Papp said. “Your own reputation is enhanced when you publish. The reputation of the institution is enhanced when you publish. And one of the good things about enhancing the reputation of the university is that also enhances the reputation of the students who are being educated there.”

The Authors’ Reception began in 1999 at Southern Polytechnic State University. Following the consolidation of SPSU and Kennesaw State, the event was held at KSU for the first time on Tuesday.

“We want to keep this great tradition alive and keep people engaged with it,” said David Evans, dean for library services.

Along with the hard copies of their books and articles, the authors’ works are being promoted through KSU’s Digital Commons, an online collection of intellectual and creative output. Content from the Digital Commons – which includes dissertations, theses and journal articles – has had more than 300,000 downloads over the past 12 months, according to Aajay Murphy, managing editor of the Digital Commons.

Gone are the days of a thesis being bound and stuck on a shelf at the library, Evans said, as works by KSU faculty and students are readily accessible to people around the world. One of the many benefits is giving undergraduate students an avenue to share the research they are doing.

“The audience has been optimized,” Evans said. “Now you have people all over the world, if they’re researching that topic, guess who pops up? Your undergraduate student.”

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– Paul Floeckher

Photo 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