Thankful for Our Unsung Owls


Campus is much quieter this week as our students enjoy a well-deserved Thanksgiving break, spending time with friends and family before finals and the end of the semester. Still, work continues at the University, and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the many talented people behind-the-scenes who ensure that our students receive the support they need to be successful.

  • Shae Abston, building coordinator with Facilities Services, has served KSU for more than 25 years. If you are on campus early enough – beginning at 4:30 a.m. – you will find her in classrooms and hallways making sure that each space is ready for student use. Shae and her team’s unseen work is critical to ensuring our students have a safe and comfortable learning environment.
  • Officer Lindsey Small has been working to keep our community safe for the past three years. She began her KSU career as a dispatcher and became a police officer in 2018. In just the past year, Officer Small has built relationships with students by educating and answering their questions about law enforcement issues. Her dedication to excellence is evidenced in her commitment to serving students in a myriad of ways.
  • David Hunter has operated a Big Owl Bus since 2016. Over the past three years, David has driven almost every route the University operates, greeting countless students between Kennesaw and Marietta. His passengers say that he has a great rapport with our students, and that is no surprise because he’s a student himself. David enrolled as a student in 2017 and is pursuing a degree in business management.

This year, I am thankful for Shea, Lindsey, David, and all the Owls who go the extra mile to help make Kennesaw State a university where students know that their success is our number one priority. My husband, Jason, and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Pamela Whitten


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