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Three KSU teams recognized for excellence in classroom

July 30, 2020

Following a record-setting year in which more than 203 Owl athletes were named to the ASUN Academic Honor Roll, three Kennesaw State University teams were also recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Honors for their Academic Progress Rates (APR).

Kennesaw State’s women’s volleyball, tennis and lacrosse teams all finished among the top 10 percent of their respective sports with perfect multiyear scores of 1,000. The volleyball and women’s tennis teams were honored for the fifth straight year while lacrosse was awarded for the third straight year. Adopted by the NCAA in 2003, APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.. The current rates were based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

“Our student-athletes achieved unprecedented academic success thanks to their determination to maintain a standard of excellence and our wonderful faculty who made the sacrifices to deliver quality online classes in a short period of time,” said Director of Athletics Milton Overton. “Our student-athletes continue to excel on and off the field and represent the core values of Kennesaw State University. Our mission as a department is to build champions on the field, in the classroom, in the community and in life and these outstanding young men and women represent the Gold Standard we strive to achieve on a daily basis.”

The defending ASUN Conference champions, KSU’s volleyball team were recently honored with their fourth American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Team Award, given annually to collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintained at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average. Fourteen players were listed among the ASUN Academic Honor Roll with a team GPA of 3.63.

With eight players on the ASUN Academic Honor Roll, the KSU women’s tennis team collected Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic honors in 2019, marking the eighth consecutive award for the team. The team boasts a combined 3.77 GPA.

Women’s lacrosse player Marissa Gore, who holds a 4.0 GPA in electrical engineering, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in May, marking the first time a KSU player received such recognition. She, along with 27 of her teammates, made the ASUN Academic Honor Roll.

In May, 59 student-athletes earned their degrees while another 73 posted a 4.0 GPA. More than 162 Owls landed on their respective Dean’s lists. KSU’s football team, which competes in the Big South Conference, also saw 49 players make the most recent Big South Presidential Honor Roll.

MUST Ministries spends $100,000 to extend lunches for at-risk school children

July 30, 2020

When Cobb County Schools decided to delay opening until Aug. 17, suddenly there were thousands of Summer Lunch children who needed lunch meals. MUST Ministries, who has been distributing summer meals to children for 25 years, is delivering 5-day meal kits to children all summer, but the program was to end July 31.

“Our commitment to those children has to continue,” according to MUST Pres. and CEO Ike Reighard. “It’s not their fault plans changed. They could not go two weeks without food to help sustain them.”

So, MUST stepped up and has been raising money and gathering volunteer and staff support to extend the program. The USDA meals will cease but MUST has partnered with a nutritious packaged food company to provide meals at a cost of $66,000. In addition, the nonprofit is continuing to pay for trucks, fuel, drivers, staff and other expenses.

This is not the first time MUST has come forward to fill a gap. When Seamless Summer ended for Marietta City Schools, MUST gave the school system $25,000 to extend their program, pay their bus drivers and continue to feed kids. The federal program had been providing lunch and breakfast for at-risk Marietta students, delivered by school buses on routes throughout the city.

Money for these programs have come from individuals, businesses and a COVID grant from Cobb County. “MUST is continuing to raise money as we face more and more demand for food. Just since the pandemic began, MUST has distributed 815,832 meals to 93,034 people,” Reighard said. “The numbers are staggering, but the difficult part is knowing more and more people need help as families lose jobs, savings runs out and many face sickness.”

In addition to providing meals and distribution, MUST has placed volunteers at Cobb County lunch programs since mid-March and volunteers at 26 Summer Lunch distribution sites. 

MUST Neighborhood Pantries – 39 food pantries embedded in Cobb, Marietta and Cherokee schools with a large number of at-risk children – have been supplying grocery boxes every month. This program alone has served 24,724 people since March 16. 

Forbes says 42% of the job losses will be permanent, Reighard explained. “We are bracing ourselves for record long-term food and housing insecurity, but that’s our calling.  There is no better time in our history to serve others and that’s why MUST exists, serving with compassion.”

To find out more about volunteering or donating, go to mustministries.org.

KSU students benefit from UN internships

July 29, 2020

Vanessa Godinez and Hayley Englund wanted to experience the world. They both had their chance during a unique internship at the United Nations headquarters in Switzerland.

Hayley Englund
Hayley Englund

Englund, who graduated from Kennesaw State University this summer recently completed her internship with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), while Godinez’s experience was in 2018. Yet both returned with a suitcase full of memories and a determination to make the world a better place.

“My internship with UNITAR gave me the chance to travel abroad for the first time and see for myself what I had only read about in class. It was the opportunity of a lifetime” said Godinez, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s in international affairs with a Latin American studies minor. “It also helped me learn how to adapt to different situations and gave me the chance to experience other cultures.”

Binbin Jiang, executive director of the Division of Global Affairs and Director of CIFAL Atlanta (the International Training Center for Authorities and Leaders), a UN-affiliated center at KSU, said the center champions any chance for students to travel overseas and gain both life and work experience. That Englund and Godinez both landed internships with UNITAR speaks well to the initiative and abilities shown by KSU students, she said.

“It is an exceptional opportunity for KSU students to have a global internship experience, and rarer still at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland,” she said. “I am extremely pleased that these two KSU students were able to have the internship opportunity at UNITAR, which not only enabled them to broaden their outlook and understanding of the United Nations, and UNITAR in particular, but also gave them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and on-the-job training.”

Unique experiences

Godinez served her internship at UNITAR through CIFAL Atlanta in fall 2018. CIFAL Atlanta seeks to strengthen the abilities of local governments, leaders and private sector authorities to foster economic development, environmental sustainability and social development. CIFAL Atlanta is the only such UN office on a college campus in the United States.

Vanessa Godinez
Vanessa Godinez

Godinez dove right into her internship and worked with Luis Gallegos, the ambassador from Ecuador to the United Nations, helping his staff during events held at The Palais, such as the 39th Human Rights Council session, the Universal Periodic Review and the Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational corporations (IGWG on TNC).

“Through these meetings, I engaged with others my age from around the world, discussed various topics and developed ways to increase awareness for human rights issues,” Godinez said.

Englund’s internship at UNITAR came about when she inquired about those opportunities at the Education Abroad office within the Division of Global Affairs. She learned of opportunities available to fund overseas studies, crediting program coordinator Cassie Denekes for leading the way.

“She informed me of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, a great scholarship program that helps Pell Grant students study and work in amazing places all over the world. Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to afford this experience,” said Englund, an integrative studies major.

Englund’s internship focused on sustainability and said that her experience at UNITAR allowed her to apply her theoretical knowledge into practice.

During her internship, Englund worked on projects centered around the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including event planning with mayors and governors from around the world, helping local and regional authorities develop a driving safety manual, and creating a UN publication still in circulation.

After finishing her internship last fall, Englund immediately set about expanding on work experiences she started at the UN. Englund currently has an internship with AmeriCorps in the Atlanta area, working on a sustainable agriculture project she hopes will start in development this fall.

Now that Godinez has finished her CIFAL experience, her future plans include graduate school, the Peace Corps and starting her own small business. Under the current circumstances dictated by the coronavirus pandemic, however, Godinez said she has used her best-learned skills in adapting to changing environments.

“Through my UNITAR experience, I have learned how crucial it is to be adaptable and organized to really progress in any field,” she said. “With my time at UNITAR and the Ecuadorian Mission, I have grown a stronger self in acknowledging my skills and make them valuable to any goal I choose to achieve. My passion for human rights and Latin American history was put to the test during this experience, and I plan to take a more determined and analytical mindset into my professional life so that I can make sure to grow alongside any work I implement in my career.”

Cobb County & SelectCobb Open Second Round of Small Business Relief Grants & Launch Webinar Series

July 29, 2020

Click here for more information and to apply now!

Cobb County Government has extended its partnership with SelectCobb to offer a second round of applications for the Small Business Relief Grants. Eligible businesses can apply to receive up to $20,000 to $40,000 to use toward personnel, rent, utilities and acquiring PPE. Round two applications open now until Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. on selectcobb.com/grants. In an effort to educate small businesses on the application process for the grants, an informative webinar series launches on Aug. 4 and features Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce and each of the Cobb County Commissioners and local mayors throughout the series.


Updated Eligibility Requirements for Round Two 

Businesses that have received financial assistance from the Payroll Protection Program or Small Business Administration are now eligible for the second round of grants. In addition, businesses can include both W-2 and 1099 contract employees toward their total employee count.

Small businesses must meet the following requirements:

  • Business must be an existing for-profit corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship
  • Business headquarters or primary location must be within Cobb County
  • Business must have 100 or fewer full-time, W-2 employees and/or individual 1099 contractors that function like employees, i.e., employees or contractors working at least 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month
  • Business must have been in continuous operation for a minimum of one year prior to March 13, 2020
  • Business must have a current business license issued by Cobb County Government, City of Acworth, City of Austell, City of Kennesaw, City of Marietta, City of Powder Springs or City of Smyrna
  • Business must be current on all local taxes
  • Business may be home-based or located in an owned or leased commercial space
  • Business must certify if it has received PPP/SBA funds and the amount in which it received as of time of application submittal
  • Business cannot be a publicly-traded company
  • Ineligible businesses include: Gambling institutions, multi-level marketing organizations, real estate investment firms and adult entertainment

For a full list of eligibility requirements and more information about the SelectCobb Small Business Relief Grants, visit selectcobb.com/grants.

Webinar Series Debuts Aug. 4 at 10 a.m.

Cobb County Government and SelectCobb are also partnering on an informative webinar series to promote the Small Business Relief Grants to businesses throughout the county and to inform business owners on the application process and eligibility requirements. The webinar series kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. with Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Boyce. The series continues with webinars targeting all areas of the county, hosted by each of the county’s commissioners and joined by mayors in each district, Cobb Chamber Chairman John Loud, Cobb Chamber President & CEO Sharon Mason and SelectCobb Executive Director/Cobb Chamber COO Dana Johnson. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the webinar about the small business grant process. Each webinar is an hour long and free to attend.

Small Business Grants Webinar with Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce | Aug. 4, 10 a.m.

Register here: https://www.cobbchamber.org/events/Small-Business-Grants-Discussion-with-Cobb-Board-of-Commissioners-Chairman-Mike-Boyce-9538/details

Small Business Grants Webinar with Commissioner Bob Ott | Aug. 5, 2 p.m.

Register here: https://www.cobbchamber.org/events/Small-Business-Grants-Discussion-with-Cobb-Commissioner-Bob-Ott-District-2-9542/details

Small Business Grants Webinar with Commissioner Lisa Cupid | Aug. 6, 2-3 p.m.

Register here: https://www.cobbchamber.org/events/Small-Business-Grants-Discussion-with-Cobb-Commissioner-Lisa-Cupid-District-4-9543/details

Small Business Grants Webinar with Commissioner JoAnn Birrell | Aug. 12, 10-11 a.m.

Register here: https://www.cobbchamber.org/events/Small-Business-Grants-Discussion-with-Cobb-Commissioner-JoAnn-Birrell-District-3-9544/details

Small Business Grants Webinar with Commissioner Keli Gambrill | Aug. 14, 3-4 p.m.

Register here: https://www.cobbchamber.org/events/Small-Business-Grants-Discussion-with-Cobb-Commissioner-Keli-Gambrill-District-1-9545/details

For more information on the Small Business Relief Grants webinar series, contact Jinnie Christensen at jchristensen@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2357. For more information on the second round of SelectCobb Small Business Relief grants, contact the SelectCobb team at grants@selectcobb.com or 770-859-2364

Virtual internships are providing real experience

July 27, 2020

Kennesaw State University senior Maverick Jones saw an opportunity rather than an obstacle when his summer internship shifted from in-person to remote during the coronavirus pandemic.

Maverick Jones
Maverick Jones

Jones, an information systems major and Coles College Scholar, was slated to spend the summer in Dallas, Texas for his internship with IBM. However, conducting it virtually instead has not hindered his opportunities to learn and gain work experience as a technical sales intern.

“This has been the most valuable professional experience of my life, remote or otherwise,” Jones said. “It would be easy to look at this situation from an outside perspective and see glaring realities that could be construed as purely negative, but this internship has been everything I hoped for and more.”

As a technical solution specialist, Jones is interning in sales related to Cloud computing and cognitive technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Even working remotely, Jones said he is able to access “almost limitless resources” at IBM to learn about business and technology.

“I have worked on so many projects with different products and solution offerings, used many different sales tools, and even participated in real client calls,” he said. “IBM genuinely wants their interns to experience as much as possible. You can reach out to anyone within this global organization, no matter how high up or how far away they may be, and everyone is so willing to share their knowledge and experience or answer any questions.”

Other KSU students are having similar experiences through virtual internships with companies such as UPS, Pandora, Chick-fil-A, Ecolab and NCR. Approximately 215 Kennesaw State students from a range of majors are participating in a remote internship or co-op this summer, according to the Department of Career Planning and Development.

“It’s becoming increasingly important to employers how students are spending their ‘down time’ during this period or how they’re pivoting from a rescinded offer,” said Ana Baida, executive director of transition support and career development. “We know that students who participate in hands-on, experiential learning are more competitive in the job market. Gratefully, employers are pivoting to remote internships and even providing opportunities for virtual job shadowing.”

Jeremiah Hayes
Jeremiah Hayes

For KSU senior Jeremiah Hayes, an Honors student and industrial and systems engineering major, his internship with Chick-fil-A not only switched to virtual due to the pandemic, but it also altered the direction of it. The focus of Hayes’ internship initially was to help Chick-fil-A operators implement new technologies. Instead, he is now helping to address operator efforts toward COVID-19.

“Although the internship would have been much different in-person, Chick-fil-A manages to make it just as engaging and meaningful remotely,” Hayes said. “I have learned from an industry leader in providing high-quality customer service that it is crucial to maintain good stewardship, especially in difficult times.”

Ashiv Sharma
Ashiv Sharma

Ashiv Sharma, a senior majoring in software engineering, is doing a remote internship with Pandora on its client applications engineering team, Sharma is working to create a tool that will help software engineers test user interactions significantly faster on the Pandora app for iPhones and Android.

“The skills I have learned so far have been incredibly valuable,” Sharma said. “I have been able to create a project from the ground up through research, documentation, evaluating company needs and developing an MVP (minimum viable product). This internship has been amazing for my career.”

The many KSU students gaining valuable experience from remote internships this summer also include:

Kamari Davis
Kamari Davis

Kamari Davis, a senior majoring in finance and minoring in marketing, is a claims intern with UPS Capital, the insurance/financial subsidiary of UPS. In that role, he is helping to optimize the process for claim adjusters to pay shipment claims as well as develop efficient training for incoming claim adjusters.

“I am grateful that UPS has the capabilities to go remote and continue their internship program,” Davis said. “Being an intern in the virtual working environment has taught me the importance of adaptability. In business, you have to be prepared for the unexpected. If you can adapt to new situations, you will set yourself up for greater success in the future.”

Cammie Conn
Cammie Conn

Cammie Conn, a junior majoring in theatre and performance studies, is interning with PivotPath, a local digital marketing agency, writing blog articles about digital marketing and helping to create social media marketing content. Conn said she “jumped at the opportunity” for a remote internship since she was having difficulty finding in-person work during the pandemic and also didn’t have reliable transportation.

“I recognize how important internships are to career development, and I feel confident knowing that I learned a great deal about marketing and writing in a professional environment,” Conn said. “I’ve also been learning to rely on digital programs and platforms, which fortifies my resumé a lot.”

Elayna Harris, a senior criminal justice major, is interning with the Evan Guthrie Law Firm in South Carolina. She writes research-based articles about criminal justice and law that are published on the lawyer’s website.

Dakota Cameron
Dakota Cameron

Dakota Cameron, a senior majoring in history, is interning with Kennesaw State, but doing it remotely. He and fellow interns with KSU’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education are creating digital lessons for history teachers to use in the coming fall semester and beyond.

“The value of such an internship is undeniable,” Cameron said. “The MHHE gets valuable help to produce useful materials and the students gain valuable work experience to add to their resumé.”

Pop-In at the Marietta Museum of History: Summer Crafts

July 27, 2020

The Marietta Museum of History will be hosting its monthly Pop-In event on Saturday, August 15th from 11:30am-3:30pm. Pop-In’s provide children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Museum through themed activities and crafts. Join us in August for crafts and activities geared towards Summer, currently these will be “to-go” so families may enjoy them at home while the Museum adheres to current health guidelines. With our “Summer Crafts”, which are included with admission, to take home we are adding in a virtual craft on our Facebook page as well! The Museum’s new health policies and procedures are posted on our website. 

When: August 15th, 2020
11:30am-3:30pm

Where: Marietta Museum of History
1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Cost: Admission to the Museum during the Pop-In will be $5 per person with a family cap of $20!

The Museum uses ordinary objects to tell the extraordinary stories of Marietta and Cobb County. Galleries and exhibits cover topics such as military history, home life throughout the centuries, technology, and local businesses from our past. Current temporary exhibits include: The Man with the Camera: Photographs by Raymond T. Burford and Made by Her Hands: The Beauty, Warmth and Stories of Local Quilting.

To find out more, call 770-794-5710 or visit www.MariettaHistory.org.

Donors construct pathway to graduation through scholarship endowment

July 24, 2020

Brian and Kim Newsome estimate they have been intertwined with Kennesaw State University in some capacity for nearly a decade, whether it’s through attending Owl football games, watching their son earn his degree or through their company constructing facilities on campus.

In that time, their Sandy Springs-based construction company, Albion, has grown into one of the staunchest supporters of Kennesaw State’s Department of Construction Management. Now, motivated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and other societal issues impacting KSU students, the company has created a scholarship endowment which, along with its support for capital projects on the Marietta campus, raises Albion’s recent giving to $125,000. The Albion Achievement Scholarship, which is open to juniors and seniors regardless of major, will support students who excel academically and demonstrate financial need.

“We recognize that these are difficult times, and we wanted to make sure that KSU students could focus on their academics without having to worry about the financial stress of attending college,” said Newsome, co-founder and executive vice president of Albion, and a member of the industry advisory board for the construction management department. “This isn’t a simple one-time gift. We are looking to generate a long-lasting impact through this endowment.”

Brian and Kim Newsome
Brian and Kim Newsome

Albion has enjoyed a deep connection with KSU, beginning with its first construction project for the Department of Athletics nearly 10 years ago, Newsome said. On many occasions, Albion has provided experts to judge capstone projects in the College of Architecture and Construction Management, and Newsome has often served as a guest speaker on leadership and ethics. His company has also taken on many student interns over the years and frequently hires KSU construction management graduates full time.

The relationship extends beyond the classroom as well. After completing construction on KSU’s football facilities, Newsome and his family became season ticket holders and now spend most fall Saturdays at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Shortly after he and his wife bought Albion in 2003, Newsome said the company navigated through some difficult times during an economic downturn. As he watched the current pandemic force businesses to shutter and cause universities to move to a remote-learning model, he began to empathize with students whose lives were directly impacted.

“We are very fortunate to have made it through some tough times,” he said. “When I look back on my own experience, I realize that I can identify with every one of these kids. That’s when we decided we should give them every opportunity we can in order for them to achieve their goals. We want to see these students succeed because we know what that feels like.” 

Georgia Department of Education and Verizon will enable distance learning for up to 12.5 million students across 10 states

July 24, 2020

Whether distance learning from home, going back into the classroom full-time or some combination thereof, reliable Internet access, devices and security solutions will be critical to keeping up to 12.5 million students in 10 U.S. states connected as they head into the 2020-2021 school year. 

As the start of school quickly approaches, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has partnered with Verizon to provide a fast-track to enable distance learning for students in 10 neighboring states. Kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) public schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are able to benefit from Verizon’s sponsor-state agreement with GaDOE to provide schools in the 10 states with discounted service plans for unlimited 4G LTE Internet access, mobile device management (MDM) and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)-compliant security applications.

“As a nation and as an educational community, we are truly in this together as we respond to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “This partnership allows us to come together with other states to leverage buying power and deliver connectivity solutions for our students.”

Access to a reliable 4G LTE Internet connection and education solutions also help to build a more equitable educational system long-term, as lack of Internet access can impact students’ ability to attend class virtually, complete homework, or read and engage in educational and extracurricular opportunities.

“Together with the Georgia Department of Education, Verizon has stepped up to help solve the mission-critical need for up to 12.5 million students across 10 states to have the Internet access, devices and security solutions they need to continue learning,” said Andrés Irlando, senior vice president and president, Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon. “The unprecedented and unpredictable nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of keeping students connected to their schools, teachers and each other no matter the learning environment.”

Eligible schools will be required to sign an authorized customer agreement in order to purchase from the Georgia Sponsor State Distance Learning Initiative agreement. Schools and school districts interested in learning more can visit the Verizon Distance Learning Information site or call 800-317-3841.

About Georgia Department of Education

Led by State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is the state agency serving Georgia’s K-12 public school districts, schools, and students. GaDOE’s strategic plan emphasizes transforming the agency into one that provides meaningful support to schools and districts, with an emphasis on child-focused, classroom-centered education policy. GaDOE staff work to ensure that the 1.7 million students in Georgia’s public schools receive a holistic education that focuses on the whole child, and graduate ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead.

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KSU financial aid director honored with national award

July 24, 2020

Ron Day, Kennesaw State University’s director of student financial aid, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor the national association bestows on its members. Day, KSU’s director of financial aid since 2007, previously received the NASFAA’s Allan Purdy Distinguished Service Award (2013) and Regional Leadership Award (2016).

“I am honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators,” Day said. “My staff and I are dedicated to serving Kennesaw State students and helping them receive the financial aid they need to succeed in college and accomplish their goals.”

Prior to coming to Kennesaw State, Day was director of financial aid at Coastal Carolina University (2005-2007), Birmingham Southern College (2000-2005) and Shorter University (1983-1997). He has served in several leadership positions for NASFAA, including as the national chair of the organization in 2012-13.

“Ron Day has given unselfishly of his time and knowledge to help others in the financial aid profession for more than 35 years,” NASFAA stated in the award announcement. “He is a strong advocate for what he believes to be true and right and is never afraid to ask the tough questions. Ron has been a mentor to many in his state, the region and nationally.”

Along with having served on NASFAA’s board of directors on several occasions and on a wide range of national committees as both a member and a chair, Day has held various leadership roles with the state association, Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA), and regional association, SASFAA. Day has received SASFAA’s Distinguished Service Award and been honored by GASFAA with the Donald E. Payton Lifetime Achievement Award.

U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $15 Billion C-130J IDIQ Contract

July 23, 2020
C-130J 5736 Tower Shot. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Marietta, Ga. Photography by Todd R. McQueen

On July 17, the U.S. Air Force announced it awarded a $15 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for its C-130J Super Hercules program.

Indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts provide for an indefinite quantity of services for a fixed time. IDIQs help streamline the contract process and speed service delivery. With the C-130J IDIQ announced on July 17, the U.S. Air Force will use the allocated money to fund aircraft procurement (including Foreign Military Sales) development of new capabilities, engineering services, initial spares and support equipment for its C-130J Super Hercules programs.

This IDIQ has an ordering period of five year and an execution period of 10 years with a ceiling of $15 billion.

Important facts about this IDIQ include:

– This is a sole-source IDIQ.

– It is not an outright award of $15 billion or a contract awarded for $15 billion worth of orders for aircraft or support. It defines a “cap” for funding in a defined time.

– Aircraft and service contracts associated with this IDIQ will still have to be ordered and funded through standard contracting processes.

This IDIQ streamlines previous, independent contract work for procurement and research and development under the umbrella of one contracting vehicle. It facilitates for a simplified contracting process between the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, providing efficiencies between both organizations and creating an agile acquisition and software development framework.