Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Owls Bringin' the Fight: Kennesaw State Athletics

The college experience is comprised of many different elements. In my opinion, one of the key elements to having a well-rounded college experience is the opportunity to participate in or support athletics. Kennesaw State University has been able to provide me with some great athletic events and has an even more promising future for the athletics department that all future students can take advantage of. Being a Division I school, I have been able to see some great competition. I have traveled countless hours to watch the Owls play; I’ve celebrated many wins and had to stomach some losses, but I can honestly say nothing compares to game day, no matter the sport.

So how does Kennesaw State go above and beyond to give students the game day experience? Once you receive your student ID card, you never have to pay to gain admission to any of our home games. You simply show them your ID, and they give you a ticket. Not only that, but the Athletics Department does a great job in making these athletic events interesting – I will cover a few of the things I have experienced throughout this post.
The Convocation Center, one of the nicest athletic facilities I have ever seen, is home to the basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and dance teams. This is also where I have spent the majority of my time in relation to athletics. Kennesaw was able to host the Atlantic Sun, our home conference, Volleyball Tournament this past year, and let’s just say there is nothing like home field advantage when it comes to a big tournament like that. Kennesaw State Basketball has been one of my favorite sports to follow. I traveled up to Chattanooga to watch them beat a Southern Conference powerhouse, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I was able to take part in the “Silent Night” event where the entire student’s section stayed completely quiet until the team scored six points and then we stayed incredibly loud the rest of the game.

I have also been able to see our baseball team walk away with wins over Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. I have experienced the Men’s Track and Field team win multiple Atlantic Sun  championships. I have also been able to be a part of a great expansion to KSU Athletics.
Fall of 2015, we add Football to our Division I sports, and yes I have already bought season tickets.

Football will be competing in the Big South Conference – a football championship subdivision. That means our first year of having football we are competing for a championship. It also gives students of Kennesaw State a unique opportunity. Students will now have the chance to truly leave their mark and create traditions. How many people will be able to say they were the first for Kennesaw State Football – the first members of the football team, the first members of the marching band, the first members of the cheerleading team, or the first students to take over the student’s section? I think that is an incredible opportunity.

Not to mention, we have recruited 29 student athletes for the football team and still have one more recruiting class to go before kickoff. Who wouldn’t be excited to see the Owls take over Fifth Third Bank Stadium for football? Plus on top of that we have a program playing in a competitive conference and we have recruited a strong team.

We are the Owls and we bring the fight. All through the Southland. All know our might.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Caleb Answers: Does Location Matter?

This question, I believe, does not get asked enough. In the grand scheme of things, your college years are a very small portion of your life – but this small portion has a very significant impact on the many years after it. I think it is safe to say we all know that the economy isn’t as great as it used to be, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know”. That quote is what got me looking at the location of different universities and how that related to building my future.

If finding a good job after college comes down to whom you know, I wanted to put myself in a place that I could constantly be meeting new professionals and have access to many different networking opportunities. Consistently, Atlanta has been a rapid growing city in regards to many professional fields and industries. It is home to countless numbers of conferences, conventions, trade-shows and other special events.  To me that sounded like endless opportunities to shake hands with professionals, but also to be able to really learn about the industry and what the latest trends are within that profession.

Location also comes into play when you look at things like traffic, safety, and entertainment. I can also guarantee you that there are very few people that would love going to a university that had tons of traffic, a high crime rate, and had nothing to offer as far as fun things to do around it. If you are thinking about living at home and commuting, traffic is going to be one of the biggest things you need to look at. You don’t want to sit longer on the interstate in traffic than you do in a classroom. Safety is something you all should be considering. Find out about the campus security, the response times to incident reports, and just observe the area around the campus to estimate a safety level. Entertainment, I think, is very important to the college experience. If you are continuously stressed about homework, tests, assignments, projects, and whatever else you may find to stress about you will not enjoy your time. Ask students what they do for fun, look for different things around the campus that you would enjoy.

Location matters for a number of reasons, many more than I have discussed here today. I highly encourage you to start considering that factor when making your choice for where to get your education.

For me, Kennesaw State University was the perfect fit. I talked about the benefits that come with living near Atlanta. It is a hotbed of opportunity in relation to networking, internships, jobs, and entertainment. Kennesaw State University, however, also provided me with an area that doesn’t have tons of traffic. I normally can get wherever I need to go with no problems. I cannot stress enough how simple location may seem but how important it really is. Find a place that provides you with an area that meets you needs and expectations.

***If you have any questions or comments about this article please feel free to contact me personally at CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu****

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Caleb's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your College Experience

This is probably the question that I hear asked most often by future students. First, we need to understand that everyone has different expectations and anticipated outcomes from their experience. For me, I wanted to try to meet as many people as possible. My mom wanted me to have fun but to come visit as much as possible, and my dad wanted me to study hard and keep my grades up.

From that, it is easy to see how for something that can so easily be summed up as a “college experience” can have many different definitions. In my four years, I have been able to get a better grasp on the term and hopefully this article will help you make the most out of your college years.

The best advice I can give any incoming student is to get involved. College is whatever you decide to make it. If you want to be someone who goes from your dorm to your class then back to your dorm, I respect that. If you want to be someone who is here for more than just the academic achievement, then step one is to get involved. I joined a fraternity and took a leadership role within Kennesaw State University Student Media during my first year. From then on, I just kept seeking new opportunities. Currently, I am involved in many organizations and it really is a great way to get engaged and get involved but what it also does is help you develop a network and contacts.

Beyond getting involved, I cannot stress how important keeping your GPA up is to getting the most out of your experience. If you GPA drops, you may have to move home, and this whole experience just slips away from you. Your academic performance is a very important factor; I mean that’s technically why we are all here in the first place right? There are many different scholarships, awards, honors, and jobs that look at your GPA. Make sure you are devoting time to your studies.

My final piece of advice is something I can say has had the largest positive impact on my time here: reaching out to the staff and faculty here. Stop by and talk with your professors during office hours, go by your major’s department and see what they have going on that you could get involved in. If you find a professor or class that is very interesting, don’t be afraid to speak with them about digging deeper in to the subject matter. I am proud to say that a few of the staff and faculty here have been instrumental to my development, and they are aiding in helping me figure out what I will be doing in my post-grad years.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog: college is what you decide to make it, everyone has their own expectations, and everyone has different ideas of what they want out of their experience. The beauty of it is you really get to create your own experience – I have simply provided you with what I found to have helped shape mine.

Hopefully this has given you some insight and really has you thinking about the experience you want to have.

Caleb Buxton

***If you have any questions or comments regarding this article please feel free to contact me directly at CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu***

Monday, February 3, 2014

Why Kennesaw State: Caleb's Journey to Owl Country

Four years ago, I was preparing to graduate from high school. I was ready for freedom, I was ready to be out on my own, and I was ready for college (whatever that means). Every week I had different schools setting up tables during my lunch period, and I was receiving letters from schools all across the country telling me that their campus was the perfect one for me. That's a little intimidating right?

To be perfectly honest, I had submitted applications to many different schools - most of which I was accepted to. But at this time four years ago I was being told, "Caleb you need to decide so we can go ahead and reserve your housing". Again, pretty intimidating right? I had friends already deciding to go to schools all across the state and even across the country. Now it was my time to decide.

When it comes to making a decision that will impact the next chapter of your life, there are many things that need to be considered. For this decision, I really had to look at the financial impact, how far away did I really want to move, if the university offered the degree I wanted, how I felt when I visited the campus, what opportunities would I be introduced to and of course if the food was any good.

Sitting down with my family, we immediately addressed the financial aspect and at this point I had already narrowed it down to the schools that offered the major I was interested in. I didn't want to graduate college with a mountain of debt from student loans, so that pretty much took care of some of the options I had just because of their tuition. I was a decent student in high school, so we looked through the scholarship opportunities at the different schools and factored in any kind of federal grants and scholarships I was eligible for as well.

From there I was left still with options, I had really hoped my family would've made it a little easier on me after the finances talk... So I began looking at the campuses in-depth and how their location could benefit me or hurt me.

This is when things started to become very clear.

When I considered Kennesaw State, I remembered how nice the campus was, how close the buildings were to the dorms, all the events I had seen and heard about on campus, and how everyone just seemed to enjoy it. The thing that really stood out to me, however, was how close KSU was to Atlanta.

I will be the first to tell you, I am a huge Braves fan, so I was very pleased that it was a 20-30 minute drive to get to downtown Atlanta. That also meant that I was just a few minutes away from one of the fastest growing cities in the country which meant there would be internships, jobs, and many things for me to do if I attended KSU. At the same time I would be just far enough away from Atlanta that I didn't have to deal with the constant noise and traffic of the city. 

Looking at the location of the campus, the quality of the programs, the resources offered to students, and, of course, the quality of the food provided... it became a very obvious and easy choice.

Deciding where to spend your collegiate years is a difficult one. I always looked at it from the perspective of what is going to keep me happy but also provide me with the best chance to succeed after I graduate. That is why I chose KSU. For the past four years. I have been just north of Atlanta, a hotbed of opportunity, enjoying a campus that is constantly growing and receiving not only an education but also experiences that have benefited me personally and professionally.

I found my home at Kennesaw State University; I hope that this may have helped you find the right fit for you.

Caleb Buxton

***If you have any questions or comments regarding this article please feel free to contact me directly at CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu***

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meet a Kennesaw State Owl: Caleb Buxton

Hey Everyone,

I am really looking forward to the opportunity to share with you my experiences and answer some questions you may have about Kennesaw State University. I'm sure you've heard the same things over and over from recruiters telling you why their school is the best for you, or your student, so I am excited to offer you a true insight into life here at KSU.

I have extensive involvement on campus so I am confident I can address really any questions you may have and really look forward to it. I have a few ideas for posts but I am always looking to address concerns you may have so always feel free to email me (CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu).

My goal here is not to sell you a university, my goal is to be honest, upfront, and give you a true insight into why Kennesaw State University is an amazing university. I consider myself very privileged to have the opportunity to attend such a great school and believe that my experiences here have and will continue to benefit me personally as well as professionally.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to communicating with you.

Caleb Buxton

Name: Caleb Buxton
Major: Integrative Studies with Communications and Leadership concentrations
Graduation Date: May 2014 (Expected)
GPA: 3.4
Campus Involvement: 
Order of Omega, Treasurer (2013)
Student Alumni Recruitment Society, Vice President (2013)
Kennesaw State University Interfraternity Council, Executive Vice President (2013)
Interfraternity Council Expansion Committee, Co-Chairman (2013)
KSU Dance Marathon, Financial Director (2013) Internal Fundraising Chair (2012)
Iota Theta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta, Alumni Relations (2013), Secretary (2012) IFC Delegate (2012)
Honors & Recognition:
Who’s Who Kennesaw State University (2013)
Kennesaw State University Luminary Award Winner (2013)
Kennesaw State Transfer Student Engagement Panelist (2013)
Kennesaw State University “Owlympian” Award Winner (2012)
Kennesaw State University Student Media Visionary Award Recipient (2012)
Contact Me: CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Owl Nation 2018: Your Admission Checklist!

Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2014! You’ve made it to your final year of high school! We know that you will make it the best year yet!

As you look ahead to the next chapter of life, we hope that you will consider Kennesaw State University’s Owl Nation.

What is the Owl Nation exactly? Allow us to explain…in :30 seconds…

Ready to join the ranks of over 24,000 students who bleed Black and Gold?

Kennesaw State University Owl Nation Checklist:

1. Apply online! Our application takes less than 30 minutes to complete. There are no essays and no letters of recommendation required on the application.

2. Submit your high school transcript either electronically, through the mail or in-person.

3. Submit your test scores. We only accept test scores sent directly from Collegeboard or ACT. Tip: When you sign up for a future test, take advantage of those “free schools” that you can sent scores to. It will save you money later on!

4. Track the status of your application at using the KSU # that will be sent to the email address associated with your application. Once you submit a document, please allow 3-5 weeks for processing.

Visit Owl Country! We offer campus tours Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All registered campus visitors have the opportunity to eat in our Top 10 Dining Facility, The Commons!

Connect with us! We are always posting relevant information about student life, deadlines, events on-campus and more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Deadline Reminder! Our Spring 2014 Deadline is November 8th, Dual Enrollment Honors Program Deadline is January 15th, and our Final Freshmen Fall 2014 Deadline is May 9th.

Contact us! You can reach us via email, phone or social media! You are also welcome to visit our offices to speak with an Admissions Counselor. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about Kennesaw State University and/or the admissions process.

Best of luck with your senior year, and we hope to see you soon in Owl Country! 

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Kennesaw State University

Friday, September 6, 2013

Why You Should Join the Owl Nation

How did fall get here so fast? It seems like yesterday we were splashing around our local pool. Classes are in full swing here in Owl Country. The Commons is cooking up delectable meals every day, and students are enjoying the sights and sounds of a fall at Kennesaw State.

This could be you, Future Owl!

As you being to narrow your college choices, here are a few reasons why you should join the Owl Nation:

-          Big school…small classes: Our student-faculty ratio is 21:1, yet we are 25,000 strong. Meet someone new each day without becoming a number to your professors!
Options: You want it, we have it! Over 90 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to choose from. You can also create your own major!
New, new, NEW: Buildings, residences, majors, it’s all new at KSU! We have added a building on campus every year for the past decade. We are currently constructing a new student recreation center, tuscan grill, sushi cafĂ© and art museum.  This isn’t your parents KSU anymore!
Football: Be a part of history when football beings at Kennesaw State in 2015. All home athletic events, including football, are free for students.
Student Life: Over 200 student organizations allows you the freedom to choose how involved you want to be at Kennesaw State. Join one, join ten…it’s up to you!
Residence Life: We don’t have 9x9 cinderblock cells built in the 1900’s…that’s not what KSU is about! We have nationally ranked residences where every single student has their own private bedroom. Life on-campus is busting at the seams with an average of ten programs a day year-round!
Culinary Services: Want grilled salmon on your salad? Enjoy a slice of cheesecake after a long day studying? It’s all possible at The Commons, our nationally ranked dining facility known for its sustainability initiatives. We make our own bread and sauces in house!

Still need more reasons? Register for a campus visit! We offer campus tours Monday through Friday at a variety of times. Tours include a viewing of University Housing and the option to dine in The Commons after your tour!

If you are ready to apply to Kennesaw State and have any questions about your admissions file or process, please feel free to contact us! You can call 770.423.6300, email KSUAdmit@kennesaw.edu or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Our priority deadlines is November 1st. Students who complete their application and submit all documents by this date will have a decision before the end of the year and, thus, have earlier access to Scholarships, Orientation and Housing opportunities. This is a non-binding deadline. Our final deadline for Fall 2014 admission is May 9th.

Let us know how we can help!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Class of 2017: Owl Nation Survival Guide

Congratulations on joining the Kennesaw State University Class of 2017! We are so happy that you have chosen Kennesaw State as your home for the next four years. Ignition, our new student orientation, is in full swing right now; new Owls are arriving every Friday to meet other incoming students and sign up for classes!

If you haven’t signed up for Ignition yet, then get moving! We still have seats available in the last few dates, so sign up today through your Owl Express!

College can be described as the ‘best four years of your life’. You will learn about yourself, expand your academic interests and meet a whole host of new people! Here are some tips for the Class of 2017 that we like to call our “Owl Nation Survival Guide”:

  • Move in 2013/GIG Week: Starts August 13th! Get in Gear (GIG) will feature events every day for the first two weeks of class for new Owls including movie nights, massive amounts of free food and a music festival!
  • First Day of Class: August 16, 2013! Don’t miss it! Allow extra time to park as it will be pretty packed!
  • Week of Welcome: First week of class! You will see a ton of Student Life organizations and events throughout the week including music, free food and giveaways!
  • Fried Chicken Thursdays: The Commons, our nationally recognized dining facility, features hand battered fried chicken every Thursday to satisfy those who miss Mom and Dad’s home cooking! If you aren't a fan of friend chicken, there are eight other eating venues to choose from inside The Commons. 
  • Student Email: Check it every day! We send out important information about upcoming events, financial aid, scheduling and more through your student email account.
  • Meet New People: I know this sounds like common sense, but try to meet someone new in each of your classes every single day for the first few weeks. If you have selected a major, you could be seeing more of these Owls over time!
  • Undeclared Majors: Take a look at the majors we offer at Kennesaw State…over 80 degree programs! Talk to other students who may have taken a class in that major. It will help you decide! It is typical for students to officially change their major three times or more.
  • Drop/Add: Don’t understand what a Calculus limit is? This is your chance to change your classes without having that dreaded ‘W’ on your transcript from August 16-22. Exercise caution and always check with your advisor first.
  • Pay Tuition: Final payment deadline is August 27! Check your balance through Owl Express and be sure to pay your tuition. Your classes will be dropped if you do not pay by the 27th!
  • General Education Requirements: Get started on these classes! You don’t want to arrive at your senior year and suddenly forget to take that intro level Econ class! Here are our current Gen Ed requirements.
  • Student Organizations: Join one! Join three! Don’t be afraid to get involved as much as possible. This will not only enhance your resume (hello internships), but this is the best way to meet new Owls! 

These are just a few of the tips we came up with. We hope they are helpful!

Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to share with other Class of 2017 Owls?

As always, please contact our offices if you have any questions about admission! Welcome to Kennesaw State University!

Friday, April 19, 2013

I'm In: Now What?

Welcome to the Owl Nation, Class of 2017!

You will be joining over 24,000 students from across the world that will embark on the exciting journey that is college. You received your acceptance letter, did a happy dance or two, and now, you are ready to call yourself an Owl.

 “I’m in; now what do I do?”

First things first, set up your NetId. This will give you access to Owl Express: our online “one-stop-shop” filled with information for incoming and current students.

Sign up for orientation! This is mandatory of all incoming first year students. IGNITION is held throughout the summer and spots to fill quickly, so register now!

Interested in living on-campus? Studies have shown that students who live on-campus their first year perform better academically and engage more in student organizations and networks. Housing is open! Reserve your room and learn more at Kennesaw State Housing!

Time for the boring stuff. Don’t forget to submit a final transcript from your high school or college to make sure all holds are removed from your account. Also, turn your immunization forms and lawful presence verification to prevent the addition of more holds. These holds will keep you from registering for classes at IGNITION. Lastly, be sure to submit the FAFSA if you haven’t already done so.

Okay, enough of the boring stuff.

If you still haven’t visited our beautiful campus, take advantage of the opportunity to see where you could be spending free time, studying, eating and living. We offer campus tours Monday through Friday at a variety of times. All of our tours are given by current Kennesaw State students, so be sure to ask them all sorts of questions about life in the Owl Nation!

Stay connected with Kennesaw State University by following us on Facebook and Twitter. There are also general pages for Kennesaw State University with news and other cool stuff on Facebook and Twitter.

You are welcome to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with any additional questions you might have. If we cannot answer your question, then we will certainly point you in the right direction! Contact or visit us any time!

Again, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you around campus this Fall!

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's Our Time: Kennesaw State Football

Imagine for a moment, if you will: the aromas of hotdogs and hamburgers cooking to perfection on the grill and tents clad in black and gold where students, alumni and the community come together to celebrate a time honored sport. The sun is shining down upon the perfectly cut grass of 5/3 Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. Fans pour into their seats, each one eagerly awaiting that moment that has finally come for Kennesaw State University. It’s Our Time.

Football will be kicking off in 2015.

The announcement came only one month ago, and since then an imperceptible feeling has cascaded over this campus.

“Come on, let’s go! We did it!” Kennesaw State Athletic Director Vaughn Williams said at the press conference in February . “What a great day this is and I can’t tell you how happy I am for this institution.”

Already, the atmosphere here is different. The anticipation is beginning to mount towards that fateful day in when the leaves begin to change in 2015. Football attire is flying off the shelves at the Bookstore, with much more to come in the future. Students already have the opportunity to join the Black and Gold student spirit organization for behind-the-scenes access to all things Kennesaw State Athletics. With the addition of football, Kennesaw State will add a marching band coordinated through the School of Music.

“There is nothing like the unity and spirit that college football can bring,” reigning Student Government President Rosalyn Hedgepeth said. “In addition to bringing financial help, it will bring a sense of pride and value to our university and degrees. I’m excited about football and cannot wait to attend. Go Owls!”

The announcement of the first Kennesaw State Head Football Coach was made yesterday. Brian Bohannon will lead the Owls onto the field in 2015.

“This is an extremely exciting moment in Kennesaw State University history,” Williams said in the official release. “Coach Bohannon embodies every value, characteristic and skill set that we look for when choosing head coaches to lead our student-athletes. Brian has distinguished himself as a servant leader who will build a program the right way. I can’t wait to kick off that football in 2015.”

Any student who becomes a member of the Owl Nation from now until 2015 will have the rare opportunity to be a part of the inaugural year of football. So, the only question remains:

Where will you be in 2015?