Accomplished Owls


Welcome back from spring break, KSU. As we settle into the final full month of the 2020 spring semester, it’s important to acknowledge that our students continue to make impressive accomplishments. 

Let’s start with Trae Dunn, a junior majoring in biology, who has been awarded a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This national accolade recognizes the nation’s top undergraduate scholars in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. One of 396 recipients selected this year, Dunn is the third KSU student to win a Goldwater. An Honors student, he has distinguished himself at Kennesaw State as an undergraduate researcher working with faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Last week, the Kennesaw State Sales Team took the top prize at the National Collegiate Sales Competition. The event was held entirely online for the first time, and the KSU team adjusted to the format change and took home the championship.

Kennesaw State University’s Aerial Robotics Competition Team (ARCT) glided to a high finish in a recent international event. Competing in the SAE Aero Design East competition in Lakeland, Fla., Kennesaw State engineering students bested more than 60 teams representing schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia en route to a fourth-place finish.

KSU faculty and staff also continue to garner national attention for their contributions to higher education. Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler, was named one of the 35 outstanding women in the U.S. by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education for her contributions to higher education. The 2020 class of leading women in higher education highlights women who have made a difference in academia by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills and making a positive difference in their respective communities.

Mathematics education associate professor David Glassmeyer was honored with a 2020 Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award from the University System of Georgia, recognizing his commitment to providing innovative and accessible coursework online. One of six Hall of Fame honorees statewide, Glassmeyer received the 2020 Regents’ Excellence for Online Teaching Award at the recent USG Foundation Gala.

Congratulations to all. While we learn virtually, we march forward with impactful accomplishments.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten