Pass the Plank, Please


The arrival of fall brings a renewed sense of energy to our campuses. There’s no better way of channeling that energy than by showing our spirit for one of Kennesaw State’s many athletic teams.

This weekend, the football team returns for its season home opener against Alabama State. The Owls (1-1) are flying high after a big win against Tennessee Tech last week. Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team is 6-3 and the women’s soccer team is off to a 7-1 start this season.

Every time student athletes step into the arena, they are adding a little more to the storied traditions of Kennesaw State University. This fall, KSU’s athletes are playing football, volleyball, cross country, tennis, golf, and soccer — and all appreciate the boost they receive from students and alumni alike.

Supporting Kennesaw State’s athletics programs is a mutually beneficial process, as today’s student-athletes bring new layers of success to the university. The inclusion of scholarship athletes allows some of our brightest students the opportunity to attend Kennesaw State and contribute their unique perspectives to our community. In addition, part of our identity as a university comes from the wide variety of students who find success in all aspects of life.

Kennesaw State has a long history of student-athletes who excel on the field as well as in the classroom. Just this summer, in fact, three of KSU’s athletics programs — men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball — were recognized by the NCAA for posting in the top 10 percent in their Academic Progress Rate. In addition, KSU posted a record number of 178 athletes to the ASUN Academic Honor Roll. That shows not only how dedicated KSU’s student-athletes are to posting victories in their respective sports, but also how important a Kennesaw State education is to them. It’s that determination that makes our student-athletes such an important part of the community.

In case you haven’t heard, our KSU Plank was listed in the top five turnover celebrations in the nation. In celebration of all of our teams and the football season, let’s literally create a sea of Black and Gold by dressing out each Friday. For those of you active on social media, use #blackandgold and post your photos and videos and tell everyone that you are Black and Gold — Proud and Bold!

Go Owls!

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten