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  • Lisa Reyes-Walsh

    ⴫ý State alumna returns to campus as nursing faculty member

    February 14, 2024

    While working as a substance use disorder counselor at Ridgeview Hospital, Lisa Reyes-Walsh’s supervisor told her, “You know, you’re a nurse through and through.” That reset the course for Reyes-Walsh’s life, though she never fully left counseling behind. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing from ⴫ý in 2011, and, now an assistant professor of nursing in KSU’s Wellstar School of Nursing, Reyes-Walsh has applied her knowledge of substance use disorder and ability as a counselor to educate nurses who can care for patients struggling with substance use issues.

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  • Conflict management

    Ph.D. graduates join the ranks of peacebuilders

    January 23, 2024

    Songwriter Hal David said it best with the lyrics to “What the World Needs Now is Love.” This past December, the Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development (SCMPD) graduated two Ph.Ds. who are committed to working toward a more peaceful, even more loving, world. Graduates Isaac Andakian, Ph.D., and Nashay Lowe, Ph.D. are ready to apply their conflict management and peacebuilding expertise to shape a more harmonious future.

  • Amari Cody

    Eighteen-year-old KSU graduate preparing for graduate school

    January 11, 2024

    At 18, most students are just beginning their college careers. But for Amari Cody, it’s the age she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from ⴫ý.

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  • Mary Tankersley

    ⴫ý State management graduate aims to climb to the top of their sport

    December 13, 2023

    With a slight scowl, Mary Tankersley solemnly stares at a rock wall at Stone Summit climbing gym in ⴫ý planning a route to the top, tracing the hand and footholds with their eyes. After a few minutes, Tankersley stands up, chalks their hands, claps off the excess and walks to the base of the wall, peering up. Soon, they defy gravity, climbing the wall swiftly by swinging gracefully from one colorful rock to the next. It’s easy to forget – for onlookers and Tankersley both – that the graduating ⴫ý senior has only one leg.

  • Temi Aladegbemi

    ⴫ý State graduate encourages women to join the construction industry

    December 12, 2023

    Graduating ⴫ý student Temi Aladegbemi said her career choice was inspired by what caught her eyes outside car windows while growing up. ⴫ý State was the first university Aladegbemi visited for a tour, and from the moment she arrived on the Marietta Campus, she knew her place was in the College of Architecture and Construction Management. A first-generation college student graduating on Dec. 12, Aladegbemi has been active in campus activities from her earliest days at KSU.

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  • Issa Solís

    New graduate found service through theater at ⴫ý State

    December 11, 2023

    As a teenager, Issa Solís found a community in the world of theater. At ⴫ý, she connected with the concept of immersive storytelling, telling her own story and helping others tell theirs. Solís will graduate this week with a bachelor’s in theatre and performance studies, as well as a slew of experiences in building community through theater.

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  • Regnault Drake Sanders

    ⴫ý State programs help alumnus grow app that rewards students

    December 06, 2023

    Juggling school, extracurricular activities and earning spending money will be easier for students as a new phone application developed by a ⴫ý alumnus allows them to focus on learning while earning gift cards for good grades. The app, Schoolconomy, was inspired by the personal experiences of KSU alumnus Regnault Drake Sanders, who didn’t have a job while attending Luella High School in Locust Grove, Ga. and saw during college how working negatively affected his classroom performance.

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  • Karen Gandy

    Rocket scientist counting down to final launch of her career

    November 21, 2023

    The notion that it’s never too late to start something new runs through Karen Gandy’s head now the same way it did in the 1990s. Gandy was then in her 30s, and despite trying several different jobs, she had yet to find a career that ignited her passion. She applied and was accepted to Southern Polytechnic State University, now ⴫ý. That choice launched Gandy’s career in rocket science and down a path in life that she is reflecting on as she prepares for her final satellite launch and then retirement.

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  • Grey Drummonds

    ⴫ý State grad creates alumni group for young professionals

    October 11, 2023

    When KSU alumnus Grey Drummonds wanted to meet other recent graduates, he made it a do-it-yourself project that now connects more than 2,000 Forever Owls.

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  • ⴫ý

    ⴫ý State names recipients of 2023 Alumni Awards

    August 23, 2023

    Five outstanding alumni are being recognized for ⴫ý’s Annual Alumni Awards. The KSU Alumni Association honors KSU’s most accomplished graduates who exemplify the ideals and mission of the University.

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