Owl Alumni Flying High


Our students, faculty and staff aren’t the only Owls who have demonstrated their resilience and ingenuity during these challenging times. While the nation continues its fight against the spread of the coronavirus, we are fortunate to have several outstanding Kennesaw State alumni lending their skills and resources to help stem the tide. 

From construction to manufacturing and healthcare, our Owl alumni are impacting nearly every facet of the COVID-19 response. Through their chosen professions and expertise, they are contributing by helping others on the frontlines. 

  • Brian Hogue, a construction management graduate and current supervisor at Atlanta-based Choate Construction, has been working in some of Georgia’s worst-hit areas to construct temporary hospital units made from repurposed intermodal shipping containers. 
  • ML Industries founder Mickey Dunn, a former student-athlete who earned his degree in integrative studies, has pivoted his airbag manufacturing facility away from its usual automotive focus toward producing the personal protective equipment needed by frontline medical personnel. 
  • Kristina Palermino-Rowland, Mary Grimes and Rebekah Henneborn – all of whom earned biology degrees from KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics – now work at Alpharetta-based Ipsum Diagnostics, a laboratory that has been heavily involved in COVID-19 testing. 

Their efforts represent the many people within the KSU family who have shown a commitment to putting others first. Please join me in applauding all of our Owls who are making a difference in their respective fields. It is times like these that the heart of the KSU community is on full display, demonstrating to everyone what it truly means to be an Owl.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten