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News & Updates from the Honors College
Message from Interim Dean Rebecca Rutherfoord
Welcome to our fall 2015 newsletter and updates for the Honors College. I am Dr. Becky Rutherfoord, Interim Dean for Honors College. I assumed this role on July 1 after the retirement of founding Dean, Dr. Ralph Rascati. We have had a very busy fall term. In this newsletter you will find information about our fall activities and events. The official consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University occurred last January. The Honors Program and Dual Enrollment Programs operate on both the Kennesaw and the Marietta campuses. We have seen a lot of personnel changes that have allowed me to hire additional personnel for the Honors College. Dr. Katherine Kinnick, former Director of the Dual Enrollment Honors Program (DEHP), was named the Associate Dean for Honors College. Mrs. Stacey Solomon, former Academic Advisor for DEHP, was selected as the new DEHP Director. Dr. Kami Anderson has assumed the role of Director of the Honors Program on the Marietta campus. Dr. Michelle Miles was named the Assistant Director of the PEGS program.  Mrs. Charlotte Canup, former Administrative Associate for the Honors Program, was selected as a new Academic Advisor for Dual Enrollment. New personnel include Mrs. Faith Gonzales, Administrative Associate to the Dean, Mrs. Heather Keith, Academic Advisor for Dual Enrollment, and Lindsay Williams, Administrative Associate for the Honors Program. I am honored to have such a strong, dedicated team in the Honors College. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns. My email is: I look forward to many exciting times in Honors College.

The Honors College congratulates December Honors Scholars!

Pending final evaluation of grades and capstone projects, the following seniors are candidates to graduate as Honors Scholars at KSU's December Commencement ceremony.  The students have completed Honors Program curricular requirements, including multiple honors courses, applied learning honors experiences, and a senior capstone project in their majors, while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Honors Scholars wear a gold and red braided cord and epaulet and are designated in the Commencement program. 
Ruoxun Chen, New Media Arts
Jared Dangar, Mathematics
Beth Doriscar, English
Rebecca Duvall, Communication
Saniita FaSenntao, Mathematics
Alejandra Garcia, Biology
Sage Gerard, Computer Science
Sandra Hayes, Human Services
Jacob Hutton, Biology
Victoria Meier, Psychology
Stephen Pritchett, Modern Language and Culture
Kelci Ragsdale, Anthropology
Elizabeth Sorby, International Affairs
Cheyanne Sotelo, Psychology
Katherine Street, Nursing
Jillian Thompson, Biology
Cutting the ribbon:  KSU Provost Ken Harmon, Honors College Interim Dean Rebecca Rutherfoord, Honors College Founding Dean Ralph Rascati, President Daniel Papp, Trustee Chet Austin, Director of Residence Life Jeff Cooper, and Trustee Joann Chitty. 
Austin Honors Lounge opens on Kennesaw campus

The Honors College unveiled a new honors lounge in the Austin Residence complex this fall.  The lounge is located on the ground floor of Building 200, one of two honors residence halls on the Kennesaw campus, and includes study space, a kitchen, and a dry-erase wall for group problem-solving.  Guests who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony included KSU President Daniel Papp, Provost Ken Harmon, Chairperson of the KSU Trustees, JoAnn Chitty, founding Honors College Dean Ralph Rascati, and the namesake of the Austin Residence Complex, trustee Chet Austin.  The lounge is open 8 a.m. to midnight.  Honors students may request keycards from the Austin Town Hall building. 

Honors Student Government Representative Ariel Walley and Honors Club officers Hannah Jordan, Saniya Ahmed, Natasha Hunte and Courtney Skeete attend the open house for the Austin Honors Lounge.

PEGS students Regan Grillo and Lisa Smith present their research on Brazilian and U.S. students' differing attitudes toward gun ownership at the Year of the Portuguese Speaking World Student Symposium. 
President's Emerging Global Scholars present cross-cultural research
By Patrick Harbin, KSU Division of Global Affairs

Students in the President's Emerging Global Scholars (PEGS) cohort joined their peers from universities across Georgia and Brazil in November to present the results of research projects highlighting global trends and challenges in Brazil and the greater Portuguese-speaking world. The daylong "Year of the Portuguese Speaking World" Student Symposium featured presenters from Kennesaw State, Morehouse College, Spelman College, the University of Georgia, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Gwinnett College and Emory University. Joining them at the KSU Center via a live video feed were students from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS) in Brazil. They gathered to share their research and discuss their experiences studying abroad in Portuguese speaking countries.  Read more...
DEHP Director Stacey Solomon
Dual Enrollment Honors Program sees record growth

More generous state funding pays nearly all student expenses

More than 500 high-achieving high school students were accepted to KSU's Dual Enrollment Honors Program (DEHP) for the 2015-16 school year, a record number for a program that has shown continuous growth in recent years. DEHP Director Stacey Solomon expects that growth to continue, as changes to Georgia's Move on When Ready funding program for dual enrollment now pay all student expenses except for lab fees and parking. Beginning this year, Move on When Ready pays 100% of student tuition, 100% of mandatory student fees, and provides a free textbook loan program to students. To support the growing dual enrollment population, the Honors College added an additional academic advisor to its staff this fall. The admissions deadline for prospective students who wish to participate in the program beginning Fall 2016 is January 15, 2016.  Link to DEHP's website.
Honors student spotlight

Erin Corbin

Erin Corbin, a senior Math Education major, was honored by the Phi Delta Kappa Kennesaw Mountain Chapter with the Founders' Student Teacher Award.  She was presented with a $500 award at a luncheon on November 14th.  She will use the award to purchase a teaching kit of USB-enabled gauges that allow students to gather real-world data for use in solving mathematical problems.  The selection committee was impressed with her application for the award, in which she described the results she has observed with students of all ability levels in her trial of teaching math with this technique and borrowed equipment.  Erin intends to pursue a career as a high school math teacher.

Brooke Doss
Brooke Doss, a senior double-majoring in Journalism and Emerging Media and Political Science, was crowned Miss Cobb County 2016 in August. She will compete for the title of Miss Georgia in June. She is member of the KSU Model NATO Team and will represent KSU at the International Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C. in February.  She was also selected to job-shadow at the BBC in the UK over spring break, and will intern in spring semester at WSB-TV/Channel 2 Action News.  Brooke was an award winner at the 2015 Public Speaking Showcase at KSU and has served as vice president of the KSU Honors Club. Currently, she works as director and instructor of The Georgia Ballet's DanceAbility program, a ballet class for children with special needs.

Yunji Kim, a civil engineering major, works as a research assistant for KSU professor Sung-Hee Kim.  She is assisting in research funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation that will assist pavement designers in developing the most effective asphalt mixes for Georgia roads.  She prepares asphalt specimen samples according to different job mix formulas that can be tested to imitate field conditions.  She will expand on her work with Dr. Kim for her honors research course.

Danica Roberts, Jami Bouges and Suhaib Abaza presented faculty-led research at the annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago November 14th.  The students discussed topics ranging from attrition rates in upper-level Honors Math classes to the implications of social media on society.  

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Dates and Deadlines

December 15 - Deadline for DEHP students to return textbooks to the bookstore
December 17, 5 p.m. - Final grades must be posted by faculty; students view in Owl Express
December 19 - January 3 - KSU offices closed
January 4 - KSU offices reopen
January 7 - DEHP students may pick up textbooks at campus bookstore
January 11 - First day of classes for spring semester 2016
January 15 - Admissions deadline for new students for Fall 2016 Dual Enrollment Honors Program
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