Intersecting with Our Community


Almost everyone I run into is passionate about Kennesaw State University. You might expect this from our students, faculty and staff. However, the buzz and excitement about KSU transcends our campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta. Residents beyond our walls buzz about the history and future of this university. And, they do so with a smile of pride.

This positive relationship with our surrounding community is a result of a tireless quest for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage with the community. While some of these opportunities encourage our students and faculty to reach out to nearby areas as volunteers — such as the annual Day of Service every spring — others are designed to draw members of the broader community to Kennesaw State.

The latter type of engagement allows the Kennesaw State community to serve as an important engine for local activities, drawing attendees from all over the Atlanta area and beyond. Throughout the year, Kennesaw State is instrumental in bringing people together for events that gain greater cultural significance for the community at-large.

Our commitment to engage with our community is year round. Each spring, the College of the Arts hosts a Spring Arts Festival that showcases many of our student artists. In the summer, KSU hosts the Star Spangled Spectacular, which highlights the musical talents of our faculty and students. And each fall, the annual Owl-O-Ween festival provides many of our students the opportunity to manage a major event from start to finish.

This Saturday’s football game against Jacksonville State at SunTrust Park is a prime example of how Kennesaw State is strengthening its bonds with the larger community. Members of our staff have worked hard with community partners to make this game a fantastic event for Cobb County and beyond. It is a chance for all of us to come together and celebrate KSU within the broader context of metro Atlanta.

KSU is committed to a vibrant connection with our community partners. We are grateful for the opportunities to host and celebrate the intersection of this wonderful university and our community partners.

Meanwhile, I hope to see you all on Saturday for another first from KSU — the first football game played in the Braves’ new stadium. GO OWLS!

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten