Welcome Back: New Faces and Wide-Open Spaces


Welcome back to campus! It's been a long time coming, but Kennesaw State is once again starting a new and exciting semester. As we get classes rolling again, let’s leave lots of open space between one another in classrooms with face-to-face instruction. In addition to these new spaces, there are also many new faces on our campuses.

Let’s start with the newest faces, our 8,000-plus incoming freshmen. In addition, we have 2,000 new undergraduates joining us as transfer students. These students come from most counties throughout the state of Georgia, 38 states across the U.S. and 86 countries. Greeting them and all of our students are a host of virtual and in-person, outdoor activities to allow everyone to engage with campus life while continuing to practice safe social distancing protocols.

The KSU Week of Welcome continues through Aug. 27, with lots of events across our campuses like Stuff an Owl (Kennesaw and Marietta Campuses); a Try Climb event at the Student Recreation and Activities Center on the Kennesaw Campus; a do-it-yourself-burger event at the Marietta Campus; and much more. For more details about these and other Week of Welcome events, visit https://wow.kennesaw.edu/index.php. Meanwhile, Housing and Residence Life is hosting a number of events for students living on campus. Residents should check their KSU student email for information on how to sign up to attend the events as space will be limited to accommodate social distancing practices.

In addition to welcoming students back to campus, there are some new faces in the administration who are ready to make education at KSU the best it can be. Dr. Ronald Briggs comes to KSU from Arizona State as our new dean of students. Also, Dr. Kojo Mensa-Wilmot joins us as the new dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, after time as department head in the University of Georgia's Department of Cellular Biology.

As we all come together in KSU's new environment, keep in mind that the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff are crucial. We are working hard to ensure that our classrooms, residence halls and other common areas on campus are safe places for all, where face masks and social distancing are a top priority.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten