McCall to Duty


Honors student making his mark at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar 19, 2019) — Being part of the President’s Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) program in Kennesaw State’s Honors College is a great motivator for Chris McCall.

“I have this group of high-achieving peers, and I hear what they’re doing and I think, ‘I have to keep up with them,’” said McCall, a sophomore economics major from Bogart, Ga. “People around me being successful drives me to be successful.”


He is accomplishing that, having received the 2019 Ralph Rascati Outstanding PEGS Student Award. Named for the founding dean of KSU’s Honors College, the award recognizes a second-year PEGS student for strong scholastic performance and service to the community.

McCall, who will take part in the annual KSU Day of Service this weekend, has done volunteer work ranging from tidying Kennesaw Mountain’s walking trails to staying overnight to help at a homeless shelter. His favorite, though, is visiting a local nursing home where he plays guitar and sings for the residents and on one occasion joined other Honors students in bringing them homemade blankets. McCall also volunteered at an orphanage on a PEGS trip to Costa Rica last year, which he credited with giving him “a new perspective on the world.”

Chris McCall

“That experience opened my eyes,” he said. “Spending time with those children in the orphanage gave me a deeper understanding of different parts of the world – that we have different cultures, but we’re all just people living on Earth who are all pretty much the same.”

After he graduates from KSU, McCall plans to serve two years in the Peace Corps before starting a career in finance.

– Paul Floeckher

Video by David Johnson; Photos by Rob Witzel


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