I hope everyone’s semester is off productive start! Continuing with Kennesaw’s theme
of growth, SGA is working to find better ways to serve the student body. Prior to
the start of the Spring semester I got together with the remaining members of the
Executive Board to envision the legacy of our Administration.
Reflecting on the Fall Semester, we noticed that SGA had shifted from its intended
purpose as a governing body, focusing too much on programming. Often times student
concerns and ideas for change were channeled into fun events that failed to reach
students. The first plan of action was to reevaluate our organization’s bylaws. We
were shocked by the ambiguity and lack of direction for Senate members in regard to
their duties. Per the current wording, Senators were simply required to, “attend or
create one campus engagement per month.” Campus engagements provided spaces for constituents
to access their respective Senators, but there was no structure.
To remedy this concern, our Administration introduced the concept of personal projects.
Personal projects are semester long actionable goals that directly impact the student
body. They fall within the five categories of Legislative, Departmental, College/Commission
Specific, Campus Wide, and the Kennesaw community as a whole. Senators will use connections
with Deans, Department heads, and Administrators to complete their projects.
Senators will provide updates on their projects during SGA Week (March 2nd-6th).
Lets continue to set the GOLD Standard.
Calling from the Nest
A Note From President Bradford
January 6 ,2020
I just want to start by saying wow! Kennesaw has changed so much in the four years
I have been here and I couldn't be more proud to be an Owl. Students have a stronger
sense of school pride and for good reason. KSU has excelled in and out of the classroom
on a national level. From being selected to host the largest undergraduate research
conference, to consecutive conference wins, to having the first Owl to win a Division
I national title, we continue to show exactly what it means to set the GOLD Standard.
Continuing in true Owl fashion, we began the 2020 year with the unveiling of the new
Kennesaw State entrance and gateway. In my personal opinion, it has never been a better
time to be a student at KSU as we are being led by a President that truly cares about
the growth and success of the student body. When asked what students want, the main
response is transparent and consistent communication. With all the changes happening
on both campuses, your SGA wanted to reinstate our newsletter in an effort to keep
the student body more informed. The Claw, formerly known as the SGA Feather Letter,
strives to be an additional outlet for students to access the information provided
at SGA meetings.
Hopefully I still have your attention, and this is why I should keep it. Students
have a lot of expectations about things they would like to see without knowing what
SGA is and what we can really do for you all. Your representatives serve as a liaison
between the students, faculty and members of the Cabinet, actively strive to enhance
student success, foster an environment of campus engagement and advocate on behalf
of students’ welfare. SGA is important to me because it gives me the ability to use
my voice to affect positive change and provides the opportunity to see why certain
decisions are made. Throughout my time here at Kennesaw I have increasingly become
more involved. Because of those experiences I learned that when you know more, you
care more, and when you care more, things are better for everyone.
Lets continue to set the
Volume 1 | Issue 2
Jessica Watkins | Editor
New Administration ... New Priorities
You may or may not be familiar with SGA’s Constitution and Bylaws, but one of the
requirements of College and Commission Senators is to complete monthly campus engagements,
intended to connect members of the Senate with their constituents and make themselves
readily available to the student body. Campus engagements can range from basic information
table sessions to larger-scale discussion panels, interactive activities, and much
more. The difficulty arose in that engagements can often be difficult to execute and
reach a lot of students. Despite the continued history and in light of the presenting
concerns of this duty, the new Administration wanted to encourage Senators to leave
an impact on campus before the conclusion of their term this Spring.
This semester, all Senators have been tasked with developing a personal project relating
to their college or constituency that will presented at the last meeting before their
terms end. One of the main focuses is to steer away from traditional programming and
create a project under one of the five categories of Legislative, Departmental, College/Commission
Specific, Campus Wide, or the Kennesaw Community as whole. In the initial stages,
senators will conduct research about the needs of their constituents and reach out
to different department heads, establish their desired outcomes, and create a timeline
for their project progression. Our senators have already begun the hard work and we
can’t wait to share project updates during SGA Week taking place March 2nd-6th. The
Senate looks forward to making Kennesaw the best it can be and hopes that much of
the student body will come out to the last meeting for presentations!
Written by Emma Toor
"Speak Out About the Things That Matter"
This past month, Kennesaw State’s Cultural and Community Centers hosted a series of
events for the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week. According to the CCC’s
website, the events focused on reminding students of Dr. King's work, sacrifice, and
how his legacy lives on and is still relevant in the current climate. This year’s
events revolved around the theme to: “Speak out about the things that matter.”
The weeklong celebration kicked off on Thursday, January 16th, with the Dr. King Legacy
Luncheon where SGA’s President, Tariq Bradford, and Senator for American Minorities,
Dasia Jones, hosted the event. KSU invited two keynote speakers, Dr. Adriane Randolph
and Roderick McLean, to share their experiences in the pursuit of Dr. King’s dream.
Dr. Randolph, is a professor at Kennesaw and the Executive Director of the Brain lab,
a space dedicated, “to align computer technology with the human neurological system.”
Second speaker, Mr. McLean, is the current Vice President and general manager for
Air Mobility and Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta location.
On Monday, January 20th, KSU’s National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations hosted
the MLK Day of Service, inviting students to give back to their choice of six community
projects. Service opportunities ranged from delivering food items to homes in the
Metro Atlanta Area to assisting Kennesaw Mountain State Park. Students were provided
an on-campus opportunity to make cards for the residents of Second Wind Dreams.
The week’s events continued with the Six Voices Reflection hosted on Tuesday, January
21st, which showcased six speakers and allowed for the panelists to share their own
thoughts on the legacy of Dr. King. Speakers included: Dr. Kathy Schwiag, Dani Alexander,
Drew Harvill, Mike Aniagboso, Dr. Regina Bradley, and SGA’s Director of Academic Affairs
JJ Lopez. Later Tuesday evening students were invited to the Marietta Campus to watch
Theodore Melfi’s 2016 film, Hidden Figures, which follows the pivotal story of three
dynamic African American women who were integral in the success of the United States’
participation in the space race.
Celebrations came to an end Thursday, January 23rd, with the “Living the Dream” Poetry
Slam. Throughout the entirety of MLK Week both the Sturgis and Johnson Library hosted
a display of various recommended readings and media such as: Barack Obama’s work Dreams of My Father and W.E.B DuBois’ novel Darkwater.
In an interview about the week’s events, Interim Director for KSU’s Cultural and Community
Centers, Shameka Wells, spoke on the importance for Kennesaw State to, “… have this
moment in order to reflect on Dr. King’s work. As in our busy lives, we often focus
on our differences, but we must also see where we come together for the common purpose
of doing good in the world.”
Written by Thomas Cassidy
Volume 1 | Issue 1
Jessica Watkins | Editor
Catching up with major University changes.
New Spaces ...
The past year has been a time of tremendous growth for Kennesaw States’ two campuses.
As we move into 2020, it is important for us to reflect on the many areas which have
evolved in our nest and to announce some new projects for the new year.
For the Kennesaw campus, 2019 saw the completion of many behind-the-scenes updates
and the beginning of several prolific projects. One of the most noticeable projects
has been an extensive renovation of the University's main entrance. This project began in the summer of 2019, broke ground in the fall of 2019 and is
expected to be completed early this year. Secondly, the addition of a new monument
onto the campus green began late in the fall semester and will also be finished in
the early part of 2020.
Changes which may have been unnoticed by many would include the new wing for the English
Building being finalized, extensive repairs made to the Science Building and the KSU
Police Department's office, and both the Burruss Building and Sturgis Library receiving
new roofing. In the coming year, the Kennesaw Campus will see the completion of several
projects which will improve the overall student experience. Specifically, various
renovations will be done to the baseball stadium, the Carmichael Student Center will
have several upgrades to its included eateries, and ground will be broken on the development
of the new Academic Learning Center in the early part of the year.
As for the Marietta campus, 2019 saw the development and updating of several facilities
throughout the campus. This would include the renovation of The Market, upgrades to
the campuses exterior LED lighting, the creation of new parking areas, and brand-new
HVAC units placed in the Wilson Student Center and the Gym. In 2020, students can
expect to see the final product of a new science lab and a renovation of the engineering
lab building throughout the year. Additionally, Howell Hall could see its own set
of renovations depending on a Board of Regents vote in early 2020.
Change is afoot in the Owls Nest and we can’t wait to see the completion of these
The beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year officially marked Kennesaw States’ pursuit
to a re-branding project in order to keep up with the growth of the University. According
to KSU’s branding page, the initiative aims to set KSU apart from other University
System of Georgia schools and show what makes us unique. The University’s efforts
began with the adoption of the Kennesaw Athletic department logo and a new campaign
slogan, shifting away from the two mountain peaks to instill uniformity, buy-in, and
better brand recognition across the country. In addition to this, Kennesaw launched
the “Find Your Wings” campaign that demonstrated how Kennesaw is a home for all students
with all passions. The phrase aims to encompass everything that a KSU Owl is and strives
for, recognizing that every student has their own unique story and path they are taking
to grow as individuals.
The University showed their commitment to the new face and attitude of KSU with the
release of the KSU Brand Guidebook that highlights KSU’s values, experiences, and
integral constituents that provide the basic outlines to the re-branding. According
to the Brand Guidebook, the “Find Your Wings” campaign is about students finding their
“fit, their inspiration, their community and much more.” However, the Office of Strategic
Communications and Marketing stresses that the brand is so much more than a logo and
slogan, it’s a new campus culture.
In addition to the rebranding, KSU has welcomed many new faculty members over the
past academic year. Some of these include, but are not limited to, Kathy Schwaig,
the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Shawn Long, the Dean of the College
of Humanities and Social Sciences; Tim Blumentritt, the Dean for the College of Professional
Education; Don McGarey, the interim Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics;
Ian Ferguson, the Dean for the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering
Technology; and Ivan Pulinkala – the Dean of the College of the Arts.
One of the most notable changes was the departure of Dr. Michael Sanseviro, the Dean
of Student Affairs. Dr. Sanseviro has been with KSU for sixteen years. Dr. Sanseviro
first joined in 2004 as the first Director of Residence Life and previously held the
positions of the Student Government Association’s advisor and Director of Student
Life. Effective December 2nd, Dr. Sanseviro left to pursue a new role as the Associate
Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students at Georgia State University.
Another notable change is KSU’s new Vice President of Student Affairs, Eric Arneson,
effective February 10th, 2020.
Going into the new year, KSU welcomes our new faculty members and continues to progress
with its rebranding efforts to foster a positive environment that promotes growth
and success in its students.
Written by Emma Toor
University Contact Info
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