Monday, November 24, 2014

Kennesaw State: The Secret's Out...#KSUSecret

Kennesaw State University is one of Georgia's best kept secrets. Growing up in Kennesaw, I didn't know anything about KSU until I was a student here. To me it was merely the place I passed by to go to the mall; at that time I didn't know what Owl Nation was like. Now that I am here I can see all the things KSU has to offer, and the secrets about what makes Kennesaw State so great. Here are just a few of the many secrets of KSU.

- Our rare books library houses a folio of a 1685 Shakespeare work
- Vince Dooley helped bring football to our university
- $200 million of financial aid was awarded for the 2013 academic year
- Top employers of our graduates include Coca-Cola, CNN, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta,the Atlanta Hawks, FBI and Cobb County Schools
- The Commons, our main dining facility is ranked #4 among the nation's college campus food according to The Daily Meal
- We are NCAA Division 1
- Our nursing program has a 100% hire rate after 6 months of graduation
- Student to faculty ratio is only 21:1
- Our new Health and Recreation center will house 5 basketball courts, an indoor rockwall, an Olympic size lap pool, sunning deck and many more amenities
- The Commons won Innovator of the year in 2013 beating Walt Disney World and Taco Bell
- Central Parking deck is the third largest parking deck in the state of Georgia
- Our science laboratory has a confocal microscope that can produce 3-D images of cells and genes

These are just a few of the many secrets of what Kennesaw State University has to offer. Become part of Owl Nation to discover many more secrets of the university.

Hoot Hoot,
Shelby Huckeba
#KSUsecret











Friday, November 14, 2014

Becoming Wise Owls: Tutoring and Study Spots at KSU

It's nearing the end of the semester and finals are approaching quickly. This is why keeping up with studying and class work is crucial. It is also important to manage time wisely and to keep up with deadlines and school work throughout the entire semester.

There are so many tools and resources KSU offers to students. One of the services offered is math and science tutoring. If you need more help in one of these subjects, want to learn more or would just like guidance on an assignment, take advantage of the tutoring that is offered. The best part is that they will notify your professor that you attended a tutoring session. This can be beneficial because they see the work you are putting into their class, and they may be able to give you extra credit accordingly. Similar to math and science tutoring, the writing lab can take care of your writing needs. They review papers, give advice and guidance about certain formatting. If you aren't a strong writer, they are there to help you. If you have someone reviewing your paper, they may find errors that you weren't able to see. There are many other forms of tutoring offered in a variety of departments, ask your professor to see!

Believe it or not, professors are not out to get you. In movies and TV shows, it seems like their life mission is to watch you fail. This is not the case. Each professor is required to have office hours where they are available to students. Once I was given a huge Excel project with no knowledge of how to use the program. I went to my professor's office hours and she stayed with me for FIVE hours to help me with the assignment. These hours extended long past her office hours, but she was still willing to help me. This is why it is important to get to know your professors because I guarantee they want you to succeed.

So where are the #KSUsecret study spots on campus?
- Sturgis library: The library has a computer lab, group rooms, study desks and many other areas for students to work on schoolwork. My favorite spot to study is in Owl Space, the lowest level of the library. It's a good place to meet up with friends and groups.
-  Legacy Gazebo: If you want some sunshine while you study, visit the gazebo for an outdoor study spot.
- The Campus Green: Similar to the gazebo, students are welcome to choose a sunny or shady spot on the green. Feel free to study in your hammock, we have Wifi throughout campus.
- Jazzman's Cafe: Grab a coffee while you study near this spot. It's located in the Social Science building, and they even take dining dollars from your meal plan.
- The Burruss Building: One word- Starbucks. Grab a coffee and study here, you can even take advantage of the Mac computer lab or the accounting lab.

When you're a KSU student, you will find your favorite study spot. Either way, it is important to use the services offered by Kennesaw State to help you succeed! If you want more information about tutoring services visit the page of your academic college. For example, here is the list of tutoring options for Cole's College of Business students: http://coles.kennesaw.edu/undergraduate/resources/tutoring.htm.

If you have any specific questions do not hesitate to ask!
- Shelby Huckeba
shuckeb2@students.kennesaw.edu



Monday, November 3, 2014

Past to Present: KSU's History

Kennesaw State University is only 51 years old, and we already have over 25,000 students. The university has grown in a variety of ways over the past 51 years. Here are some #KSUsecrets about our history.



- Kennesaw Junior College was planned to open in Cartersville
- The first Kennesaw Junior College classes were on The Southern Technical Institute's campus which is now known as Southern Polytechnic State University. We are excited to consolidate with them to become a new university in 2015!
- The first administration building is now home to The Department of Public Saftey
- Bobby Oliver was the first African American Faculty member in 1971
- Horace Sturgis was the first president, and our library and live owl are named after him
- KSU became NCAA Division I school in 2005
- Newt Gingrich was a visiting history professor
- Ty Pennington is one of our alumni

Timeline
1963: First classes of Kennesaw Junior College take place
1966: First students attend Kennesaw Junior College. Enrollment was 1,014.
1975: Carmichael student center is built
1976: Board of Regents vote to make Kennesaw Junior College a 4 year institution (changes to Kennesaw College in 1977)
1980: Kennesaw College awards the first bachelor's degree
1988: Name is changed to name to Kennesaw State College
1900: 10,000 students are enrolled
1996: Name is changed to Kennesaw State University. KSU has changed names many times over the years, first as Kennesaw Junior College to Kennesaw College, then to Kennesaw State College, now to Kennesaw State University.

Our school is continuing to grow and change in many ways. We are very proud of where we have come, and are excited to experience the next 50 years. To find more information and pictures from our history check out our 50th anniversary page at http://www.kennesaw.edu/50th/index.html.


- Shelby Huckeba

Thursday, October 23, 2014

See It To Believe It: Kennesaw State Tours

The best way to know if you fit in at a University is to see it. There are so many options of Universities and when you are looking online at the facts they may blend together. Every campus has a different feel and it's important to go to the campus to see if it is for you. This year we have been talking about all of the secrets Kennesaw has to offer, and on the tour you will be able to see and discover some of those secrets.

What is involved on a tour?
First you will start out with an information session to give admissions requirements and other important information. After the session, the campus tour begins! Our tour consists of many different stops including the student center, convocation center, business building, campus green, nursing building, and last but not least housing.

Did I mention that you can receive a special discount to eat in our dining hall after your tour? Take advantage of it! Our food rocks.

How long is the tour?
The information session lasts about 30 minutes and the tour can take up to 1.5 hours. So most likely plan 2.5 hours from when the information session starts.

What if I can't miss school?
We provide school excuses to students who may be exempted from attending school that day. We also have one Saturday tour a month that students can register for.

Where is the free stuff?
Let's get real, everyone is wondering. You will receive a folder and packet of information as well as a free pen. If students actively participate they may earn a pendant or other prize as well. Guests are also given wrist bands for all you can eat at the Commons for only $5.

I'm in, where do I sign up?
See our website visit.kennesaw.edu for a full list of the available times and dates!

It is so important to see a school before you make a decision on whether or not to attend. You want to see where your classes are going to be, where you'll eat everyday, and where you will be living among other things; these are very important things to take into account.

We offer tours at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday-Friday, and one Saturday tour a month. There are a lot of eager owls, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can! We would love for you to come see our school and fall in love with it the same way we have. As a tour guide, I know that tours can be a lot of fun. Our mascot, Scrappy has made an appearance on some of my tours and the President of our University, Dr. Daniel Papp has made an appearance as well. You never know what is going to happen when you visit KSU!

All you social media gurus also have the opportunity to win a prize. If you use the hashtag #KSUsecret and share your tour experience or your KSU spirit, you can be entered in to win a prize! Winners will be drawn every month and will be selected to win some cool KSU gear.

#KSUSecret
- Shelby Huckeba

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Shelby Answers: Why Kennesaw State?

Kennesaw State University was not my first school. I mentioned earlier that I thought I had to move away from home to get the college experience. Towards the end of my freshman year I started thinking about my future, which is very hard to do as a college student. Sometimes you have to think about what is best for your future rather than just in that moment. So I started thinking about my future career path, what student loans actually were, and what a degree stands for. That’s when I began to realize what Kennesaw had to offer. I began looking into the Cole’s College of Business and found the return on investment much greater than I originally thought. As a Cobb County resident, I merely thought of KSU as the place I drive by to get to the mall. Before that I had no clue what the school was like. Now that I am here, I can finally see the opportunities KSU has to offer (and also how wonderful our food is).

Cole's College of Business offers a variety of majors at both an undergraduate and graduate level. It is the 2nd largest business program in Georgia.  The professional sales program was one of the biggest pull factors for my decision to transfer KSU. The National Collegiate Sales Competition is hosted at KSU every year, and schools from around the nation travel here to compete. KSU's contestant, Molly Altmire, won the 2014 competition out of 134 contestants; this proves how well our program educates students. The event and program is sponsored by a variety of businesses including ADP, Beaulieu, Redbull, Comcast, Liberty Mutual and many more.  This provides an incredible networking opportunity and opens the door for internships and future careers. I know that I am not just going to college for the fun of taking tests, I want my degree to get me a job. I have been very happy with my experience with Cole’s since I began at KSU. Also Michael J. Coles, the program’s founder, created the Great American Cookie Company. I love cookies, therefore I love Michael J. Coles.

Transfer Admissions RequirementsTo be a transfer student you must have completed 30 semester credit hours at your previous college. It is important to make sure that your credits will be accepted at KSU, and the way to do this is through the Transfer Articulation page which can be found here: https://owlexpress.kennesaw.edu/prodban/zwsktrna.P_find_state. If 30 credit hours will transfer over we would need your application and fee, college transcripts, and a 2.0 GPA within those courses. Keep this in mind if you are planning to transfer in the future. You don’t want to take classes you won’t get credit for! Transferring was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Even if you aren’t a business major like I am explore the opportunities other majors have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed with your degree from Kennesaw State University.

- Shelby Huckeba
  shuckeb2@kennesaw.edu

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Get Involved: Kennesaw State Student Life

College isn't just about the academics (even though I know that's what everyone is most excited for). Getting involved will get you the most out of your college experience. Everyone has their own passions and interests, and the best way to meet people with similar interests is by joining clubs. Kennesaw State University has over 200 clubs and organizations. This number includes almost anything you can possibly think of. Some of the biggest organizations on campus are Greek Life, Academic clubs, Political clubs, and faith based clubs.

Greek Life:
Kennesaw’s Greek life includes social fraternities, professional fraternities, academic and honor fraternities, and community service fraternities. These organizations provide a great opportunity for students who want to donate their time and effort to different philanthropic organizations.  This means that students get to join in a brotherhood with other students, and also help the community. I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha which focuses on breast cancer awareness!


Academic/ Political Clubs:
Academic clubs help students apply their learning in real world situations. The KSU writing center is one of these organizations, and they provide free editing to KSU students. Other clubs are strictly for students within an academic major including Criminal Justice, Marketing, Economics, Mathematics, etc. It’s a great way to delve into your major and meet professionals. Political clubs at KSU can make an impact on the student body as well, like the Student Government Association.

Faith Based Clubs:
These clubs provide a great community for students to enhance their faith or learn about a new faith. There are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, and many more organizations.

                                                               "Fun" Clubs:
The one's above aren’t the only ones offered on campus. With 200 organizations we have just about anything. If you like hammacking, hang out with the hammocking club. Do you have a mustache? That may be the prerequisite for the Beards and Mustache Club. 


Joining a club will allow you to meet your fellow students and get involved in a community or hobby that you enjoy! For a specific list of the organizations we have visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/student_life/. Again, remember if you have any questions please email me at shuckeb2@kennesaw.edu.

Until Next Time,
Shelby Huckeba

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Owl Student Savings

Being a Kennesaw State student pays off. Literally. Your student ID can save you more money than you may think. In the first few weeks of school, Campus Specials hands out booklets of coupons from various businesses in the area. Some of these are discounts and coupons are for Moe’s, Papa John’s, Palm Beach Tanning, Monster Golf, clothing companies, gym memberships, Cold Stone etc. These coupons can save you some money and give an opportunity to try something new. In addition to the deals offered through these coupons, many companies offer student discounts. Some of these include…
                
                Clothing:                                                         
                JCrew: 15%
               
                Steve Madden: 10% off
                Goodwill: 10%
                Banana Republic: 15%
                Toms: Free Shipping

                Food:
               
                Chipotle: Free Drink w/purchase
                Chick-fil-a: Free Drink w/purchase
                Waffle House: 10%
                Buffalo Wild Wings: 10%
                Subway: 10%

                Other:
                

                Skyzone: Wednesday is "KSU night"
                Apple: Student Discount
                Braves: BOGO tickets
                AllState/ State Farm/ Geico/ : 15-25%
                Greyhound: 20%
                NY times: 50%
                Amazon: 6 months of prime for free
                FedEx: 20-30% on services
                Regal Movie Theaters: 25%


With so many great places to shop in Kennesaw, the discounts can be very beneficial. The outlets in Woodstock are home to places like Loft, JCREW, Nike, Steve Madden and many more that take off a percentage for college students. These companies and many more come to campus to give away free merchandise to students. Jimmy Johns loves to give free sandwiches to students on campus, and we love it as well. Other restaurants like Mellow Mushroom, McDonald's, Twisted Kitchen, and Ted's Montana Grill make their appearance on campus as well. The Atlanta Braves come on campus at various times throughout the year and give away memorabilia to students. Everyone loves a free hat from their favorite team!

Let's not forget about the amount of KSU apparel a student will receive from various clubs and organizations. "Free" will be your favorite word when you get to college; everyone loves getting free things and saving money. Take advantage of the opportunities associated with being a Kennesaw State University student. Your wallet will thank you!



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Keys to Navigating the Freshmen Application

Future Owls,

First, I would like to congratulate the new Seniors – Class of 2015! Y’all are at THE most exciting time of high school so enjoy every moment of it! But, with that being said, you have some important decisions to make. The most important decision is where you are going to go to college, obviously right? Today I want to talk to y’all about a few tip and hints about making the application process easy and getting all your important questions answered!

Learn all about your top college (KSU is obviously your favorite, but everyone has to have options)

Now that we have established KSU is your favorite, take advantage of all the opportunities when KSU comes to you! All the college fairs and private visits your high school hosts are a great time to get to know your KSU admissions recruiter. Do not ever feel scared to go and talk to them! They are all nice and want to get to know their students. Trust me, I am not just telling you that – I work in the same office as them so I know they want to get to know you. Also, do not just think they can talk to you about admissions exclusively. If you have questions about student life, residence life, or anything in general they can either answer it or get you in touch with the people that can. It is a great opportunity to make a friend at the school and get your questions answered!

Now you have decided on KSU – How do you actually get in?

The BEST thing about admissions to KSU is we do not have an essay! I was in your shoes once; no one actually wants to write an essay to get into college – we know that, so we do not have one! That is not all the good news I have for you – the admissions process is easy! First, go apply. Note, there is a $40 application fee attached. Hint: when you sign up for the SAT, get your scores set to us automatically. That will save you some money and you do not have to worry about remembering to submit them to us! So, now we have your SAT/ACT scores and your application. Last step is sending us your high school transcript! We will need two copies. We are going to need your preliminary transcripts. This has all your high school information up to your senior year. So now your admissions file is complete and we can evaluate you! That only takes 3-5 weeks! 

How easy was that? 

KSU’s admissions process painless – I promise. We want you to come here so why make it more confusing than it should be? Now, remember once you’re accepted we are going to need your final high school transcripts after you graduate high school.


This is just a brief overview of the process and some tips. We are excited to share our love for KSU with you! Remember, go talk to your KSU recruiter! They want to talk about KSU all day long, and it only makes it better for students who love KSU too!

- Sarah

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Owl Blogger: Ashley King

Hey guys!

My name is Ashley, and I’m excited to show you all what KSU means to me. For the past three years, I’ve called Kennesaw home. I’m a senior studying Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. With this being my final year at KSU, I’ve gone through various learning experiences, fun times, and peaks and pits with my social life and academic career. Those moments ultimately shaped me into the young lady and proud owl I am today.

However, every journey starts with a beginning.

Though I graduated high school with numerous awards and accolades, I wanted something different. When August 2011 came, I left my hometown Columbus, GA headed to Kennesaw, ready to embrace the world. It didn’t hit me until my parents left, embarking on a two-hour drive home that I was truly on my own now. That reality was something I didn’t want to face, so I tried my best to delay it.
I became disengaged with campus life and activities, thinking that staying to myself will slow life down and make college last forever. I went home often, not wanting to let go of the familiar. Yet, I still made friends, went to events, and joined clubs. 

Moving into sophomore year, I thought working my way through will surely postpone things. Nonetheless, in between work and school, I still knocked out my core classes and major requirements, while bonding with my roommates who became new best friends. I learned my way around campus, knew where to go and how to find everything, explored my identity and personality, and tried new things.  While becoming more acclimated to life in Kennesaw, I adjusted to being away from home. As the year wrapped up, I knew I had to get involved and enjoy life at KSU more.

My junior year, I jumped in head first and fell in love with KSU. I became a Resident Assistant (RA), a student assistant in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and joined a few clubs. Helping new freshman residents adjust and adapt to college life, I was reminded of all the great things KSU had to offer. Beyond the great food at the Commons, various activities like Get in Gear (GIG) Week, Homecoming, comedy shows, volunteering, guest speakers and more, KSU offered a unique experience for me to learn more about myself and opportunities for me grow. Through sharing my journey to my residents last year, I realized that the reality I tried to escape became a lifestyle I was accustomed to.

Now that I’m a senior, the reality of being a college student away from home is one I don’t want to end. Kennesaw has become my home, and while leaving the nest is never fun, I know I have what it takes to make it far in life. Before I leave, I wanted to capture all great events and moments of my last 

Fall GIG Week

This year from August 15th – August 27th, GIG events took place all over campus to get students involved and enjoy the first few weeks of school. From movie nights, First Year Convocation, bingo, casino games, taste testing events, giveaways, to freebies galore at Bazaar on the Bricks, the Department of Residence Life hosted events that catered to every possible interest. 

This included the comedy night on August 17th, where almost 1,200 students came to see comedian Jessimae Peluso from Girl Code perform. To ease any worries about the first day of school, there was even breakfast, snacks and juice given to residents on the North and South end of campus.

The GIG Concert on August 21st, where Old Dominion and Dan+Shay performed, attracted
numerous residents; plus there was a meet and greet for lucky fans! For all the food lovers on campus, we had made to order waffles and buffet style breakfast at Brunch and Brains and finger licking BBQ at Ye Olde Nest. Taste of the World brought a global feast filling everyone’s appetite, concluding Fall GIG 2014. It was great and even surreal seeing all the residents enjoy GIG, and making fond memories that will last them a lifetime.

I can’t wait to share more on-campus moments with you all. As KSU expands and grows, remember that there’s always a unique place for you here. Got a question or comment, sound off below in the comments section or email me at aking82@kennesaw.edu. Black and Gold – Proud and Bold!

-Ashley King




Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Owl Blogger: Shelby Huckeba

Hello!

My name is Shelby, and I am so excited for the opportunity to share my love of Kennesaw State University. There's a lot that goes into the decision to select a college, and I hope that I can share some insight as to what it is like to be a KSU Owl. So a little about myself,  I am a Senior Marketing major with a concentration in Marketing Communications. I will be graduating in May of 2015, and I am filled with both excitement and nostalgia as I begin my last year.

I spent my Freshman year at Georgia College and State University before coming to KSU. I have lived in Kennesaw my whole life and I thought that in order to get the college experience I had to move away. What I failed to realize at the time is that college is what you make of it (and that college is very expensive). Although I learned a lot being away from home, I also began to realize the opportunities and benefits of going to Kennesaw State. I began to look into the business program and saw the return on investment I would receive from my education. Transferring to KSU was the best decision I have ever made! I have been able to make connections with professors and have made some of my closest friends through the school. I have a job working as a tour guide, and I am also involved in various organizations on campus. I am very proud to call myself an Owl.

My goal in writing blogs is to share my experience. Our school is continuously growing and evolving, and I believe it can best be seen through a student's perspective. I look forward to the coming weeks, and hope to share with you many of the events and happenings on Kennesaw's campus. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at shuckeb2@kennesaw.edu.

Talk to you soon,
Shelby Huckeba