Congressional staff members learn about Kennesaw State

Congressional staff visit
Congressional staff members check out the view from the Kennesaw Hall balcony.

University leaders plan to make the informational visit an annual event

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 18, 2016) — Thirteen congressional staff members spent a day on campus to learn more about the student-centered programs and initiatives that have built Kennesaw State into one of the top universities in Georgia.

This was the first time that KSU hosted a visit by staffers of U.S. senators and House representatives, and plans are to make it an annual event, according to Fatimot Ladipo, executive director of government relations at Kennesaw State.

“We were extremely excited and proud to showcase some of best of KSU to our federal stakeholders during our inaugural congressional staffer visit on both the Marietta and Kennesaw campuses,” Interim President Houston Davis said. “It also was an honor to be able to coordinate our visit with Georgia State and Georgia Tech.”

Charles Amlaner, Kennesaw State’s vice president of research, spoke to the congressional staff members about “the evolution of Georgia’s newest research university.” Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Trustees members discussed endowments, scholarships and other funding instruments that enhance educational and research opportunities at KSU.

Stops along the tour included Kennesaw Hall, the Science Laboratory and Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The guests also met with Jonathan McMurry, associate vice president for research; Christian Hardigree, director of the Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality; Marcy Stidum, director of the CARE (Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment) Center; Marty Elliott, director of the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park; electrical engineering professor Sandip Das; and head football coach Brian Bohannon.

“It is extremely important for us to stay in close contact with our congressional delegation,” said Amanda Seals, associate vice president for government relations. “We look forward to engaging with them more in the future on policy, research and appropriations matters in the near future.”

Participating in the visit were staff members of Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Reps. Rick Allen, Buddy Carter, Tom Graves, John Lewis, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott, David Scott and Rob Woodall.


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