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New Courses at CCPE Approved for VA Education Benefits

July 24, 2017

KSU Center

KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education has added the following certificates to its programs approved for VA Education Benefits: Administrative Office Management, AutoCAD Advanced, Ethical Hacker, and Security Management Professional. Active duty and honorably discharged members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard may qualify for military education benefits. These benefits may provide reimbursement for certificate programs, based upon GI Bill coverage and length of service.

“Continuing education programs offer something for everyone. These programs are stepping stones to building a successful career,” Dean Barbara Calhoun said.

Administrative Office Management is designed for those currently on a managerial career track. This course teaches current principles and concepts including information management, technology, communications office systems and administrative procedures. It can help those prepare for the International Association of Administrative Professionals’ (IAAP) Certification in Organizational Management.

In the AutoCAD Advanced program, students will advance their skills in the AutoCAD workspace and gain the final pieces of knowledge need to pursue the Autodesk certification after the class. In class, students will create advanced dynamic blocks and attributes and learn about sheet sets. A hands-on project is incorporated and can be used for a professional portfolio.

The Ethical Hacker certificate is for those interested in becoming an expert who systematically attempts to penetrate a computer system or network on behalf of its owners for the purpose of finding security vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could potentially exploit. By identifying weaknesses in target systems, students will use the same methods and tolls as a hacker, but in a lawful and ethical manner to evaluate the target system’s security.

In the Security Management Professional program, students will learn several facets of the security industry and gain exposure to different topics within the field. This course will introduce the fundamentals of private security, including the basics of the industry, knowledge of legal requirements, concepts and overall understanding of the security industry.

Visit or call 1-888-GIBILL1 to apply. Once a Certificate of Eligibility has been issued, contact Military Liaison Nora Felde at or 470-578-6765. For more information about continuing education programs approved for VA Education Benefits, visit or call 470-578-6765.

KSU Owls Picked as Preseason Co-Champions

July 19, 2017

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State has been voted by the coaches and media as the preseason co-champions in the Big South Conference. The preseason picks were announced Tuesday at the conference’s annual Football Media Day in Charlotte, N.C., where a league-leading eight Owls were honored on the Preseason All-Conference Team.

The Big South Conference also announced the balance of its 2017 football broadcast schedule, with Kennesaw State receiving three ESPN3 games to supplement the Owls’ three previously-announced games on Peachtree TV.   In addition, Kennesaw State unveiled kickoff times for the following home games:

Gardner-Webb | Oct. 21, 7 p.m. | Homecoming

Charleston Southern | Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m. | Military Appreciation Day

“We’re excited that the season in here, and we’re excited for this recognition for our young program and our guys,” said head coach Brian Bohannon, who was one of 15 finalists for the STATS Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award in 2016. “But you’ve got to be ready to play every Saturday in this league, and that’s a credit to these coaches here. We’ve got a great challenge for us to go out and continue to improve as a program.”

Matt Griffin Named Interim Director of Athletics

July 18, 2017


Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced Friday that Matt Griffin will serve as the interim director of athletics.

Griffin is no stranger to Kennesaw State, having spent two years as the Owls’ assistant athletics director for internal operations and the two years prior as director of athletics at Southern Polytechnic State University before the two institutions consolidated. Since 2015, Griffin has served as KSU’s director of trustee relations and development.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Matt’s experience who can step into the interim role and provide solid leadership while we search for Kennesaw State’s new director of athletics,” said Olens.

Griffin graduated from Southern Polytechnic State, where he played baseball, and boasts more than a decade of college athletics experience. He fills the vacancy created by Vaughn Williams, who earlier this week accepted a position at Boston College. A national search is underway for Williams’ replacement.

“I am grateful to serve as the interim director of athletics at Kennesaw State University,” said Griffin. “I want to thank President Olens for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”

In his previous role with the Department of Athletics, Griffin was primarily responsible for overseeing business operations, serving as sport administrator for soccer, softball and men’s and women’s tennis, and advising KSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

While he was athletics director at Southern Poly, the Hornets achieved great success at the national level. The men’s soccer program reached the Elite 8 in 2012, while the women’s basketball program made back-to-back national tournament appearances. The baseball team made the University’s third appearance in the 2014 NAIA World Series.

Prior to his appointment as athletics director at SPSU, Griffin spent seven years as an assistant athletics director concurrent with a nine-year (2004-2012) tenure as the Hornets head baseball coach. Griffin also served as the assistant coach of the SPSU program (2000-2003).

Griffin was drafted in the 32nd round by the Chicago Cubs in 1998 and played two seasons in their organization. He then returned to SPSU to finish his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Originally from St. Mary’s, Pa., Griffin grew up in Toccoa, Ga. He and his wife, Leslie, a civil engineer at Geosyntec Consultants, have a daughter, Grace, and son, Luke, and reside in Kennesaw.

Life University Adding New On-Campus Housing and Dining Facility

July 17, 2017

LifeUniversity_Brandmark[4]Construction is commencing shortly on the Life University (LIFE) campus for a brand new, 99,000 square-foot campus housing and dining facility anticipated for completion by fall 2018. As part of the University’s 20/20 Vision established in 2006 by its Board of Trustees, this new facility will increase living, dining and recreational/leasure facilities to accommodate an anticipated growth in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the next few years. Also a part of the 2020 Vision strategic plan, the University’s goal is an enrollment of 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students by 2020.

LIFE Chancellor Guy Riekeman, D.C., made an announcement to University faculty, staff, students and alumni last week indicating that this facility project was set to proceed following a strong response by investors when the University offered their bonds for sale to the market. “Our interest rates we’ve been paying on our current bonds were reduced dramatically,” notes Dr. Riekeman on the bond sale. “Life U was recognized for its financial stewardship by the strong demand from the financial markets, and this is a testament to our vision for the future.”

As part of construction for the new facility, approximately half of the old Commons buildings on the southeast side of Barclay Circle (South Cobb Dr. entrance) will be taken down. LIFE currently has one additional on-campus student housing facility (LIFE Village Retreat), as well as the main campus eatery (Socrates Café). The new facility is expected to accommodate approximately 362 students. In comparison, the LIFE Village Retreat currently accommodates 300 students.

“This project, which is the first of three proposed, was over a year in planning and development,” explains LIFE Executive Vice President of Finance Bill Jarr. “It involved a great team who spent countless hours in an effort that will result in a pivotal moment for the University as it fulfills our Board’s directive to grow both our undergraduate and graduate student enrollments. The idea of a live-on university campus is an exciting one.”

Additionally, LIFE President Rob Scott, D.C., Ph.D. had this to say regarding the bond refinancing and the newly planned addition to the campus in Marietta, “This is an exciting time for the future of Life University as we continue to fulfill our institution’s 20/20 strategic plan, enhance the campus culture, improve the student experience and expand academic and athletic programing. The new student housing and eatery that we will start construction on immediately will be a significant addition to our campus.”

About Life University
Founded in Marietta, Georgia in 1974, Life University is a health sciences institution most known for its chiropractic program, the largest single campus chiropractic program in the world. Life University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, and also has programmatic accreditation through the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic  Training Education (CAATE). The mission of Life University is to empower students with the education, skills and values necessary for career success and life fulfillment, based on a vitalistic philosophy.

KSU’s Continuing Education Open House Set for August 3

July 14, 2017

KSU Center

Are you looking to gain new skills and advance your career? The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University is hosting an Open House event on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive). Prospective students, family and friends can learn about professional development certificate programs in healthcare, management, technology, hospitality, finance, human resources and more.

Continuing Education staff, instructors and graduates will be on-site to answer questions, discuss learning opportunities and career options. Financial aid advisors will be available to discuss payment plans, VA Education Benefits, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding for select programs. KSU’s Career Services and Georgia Department of Labor representatives will also be available to discuss best practices to gain employment.

“We are committed to provide continuous opportunities for growth and improvement,” said Continuing Education Dean Barbara Calhoun. “We invite all career-driven individuals to explore the relevant and innovative programs our college has to offer.”

Highlighted new programs include:
Administrative Office Management
Certified Financial Planner™ Program
Security Management Professional
Restaurant Operations and Management
Professional Investigator
Ethical Hacker

Registered attendees will receive an exclusive 10 percent discount for any personal class or certificate program registration. Four lucky winners will also receive a pair of premium tickets to an upcoming Braves game.

For more information, visit or call 470-578-6765.

MUST Ministries to Host Charity Golf Tournament on September 11

July 13, 2017

PrintMUST Ministries is hosting a charity golf tournament on September 11th at the Pinetree Country Club to benefit those who are in poverty in the community.

This event with a meaningful cause is led by the powerful, volunteer-driven organization, MUST Ministries, which addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in Cobb and Cherokee counties and programs in six other counties.

MUST has been serving our neighbors in need for more than 45 years. They provide the basic needs of life to area residents who are struggling with food, housing, employment services and clothing. MUST Ministries invites you to come join on this fun-filled day of golf as funds are raised for your neighbors in need.

The event will take place at Pinetree Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course, which has long been regarded among the finest private golf courses in Georgia. Pinetree’s sublime parkland beauty and challenging layout attracted four Georgia State Amateur Championships and was also selected by the Georgia PGA to host the 2015 Georgia Open.

Register early to reserve your spot! For more information or to register, visit

In addition, if you have any remaining questions, please contact Greg Elder at (678) 218-4515 or

Sage Dental to Offer Atlanta Police and Firefighters Discounted Rates

July 12, 2017

Sage Dental wants to show its appreciation to all the courageous Atlanta firefighters and police officers by offering different new patient discounts. Sage Dental appreciates their service and dedication to keep the community safe and wants to give back.

The company is offering all firefighters and police officers free whitening for a year if they schedule an appointment and complete their exam in the month of July and return for the six month cleaning. Other great deals include:

-$25 off an out-of-pocket expenses, not covered by insurance
-$59 New Adult Package that includes the exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning & more
-$49 New Kids Package that includes the exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment
-$500 off invisalign 

The company wants to show appreciation to the men and women who sacrifice to keep our community safe and a joy to live in.

If you or someone you know is a police or firefighter, please reach out and call (770) 766-5953 to schedule an appointment at one of the company’s state-of-the-art facilities in East Cobb, Cumming, Johns Creek and All Smiles (Midtown).

Call today for more information at (770) 766-7747!

Thank you for your service!