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  • Lacey Harper

    Graduate student finds her calling in women's health at ⴫ý State

    February 22, 2024

    One message reset the life trajectory for ⴫ý graduate student Lacey Harper. Two years after earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science summa cum laude from KSU, Harper worked as manager at a sporting goods store when she received a message via LinkedIn from one of her former professors, Garrett Hester. Currently pursuing a master’s in exercise science, Harper has thrived in the Hester research group. Along with the important mission of improving the health of older women, she discovered her inner nerd, immersing herself in the data analysis of her various projects as well as the hands-on aspects of studying the effects of exercise.

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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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  • Benedicte Kalonda

    ⴫ý State student encourages peers through campus engagement

    November 01, 2023

    ⴫ý senior Benedicte Kalonda’s college career has been a roller-coaster. During her first two semesters, professors and classmates were faces on a computer screen as the University shifted online for safety in the 2020-21 academic year during the coronavirus pandemic. Fast forward to the beginning of her senior year, and she stood in front of thousands of cheering freshmen as the student co-host at First-Year Convocation, the University’s official welcome event for new students.

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  • Christy Storey and Matthew Lyons

    ⴫ý State institute, professor help Cherokee County address homelessness

    September 11, 2023

    Connections matter in matching people who have no home with services they need. In Cherokee County this year, connections between a United Way leader who is a two-time ⴫ý graduate and scholars at KSU led to a study that pinpointed the extent of the needs of unhoused people in the county.

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  • KSU student Emma Hunt will compete in speed climbing in the 2024 Summer Olympics

    ⴫ý State student earns spot in speed climbing for 2024 Olympics in Paris

    August 21, 2023

    ⴫ý State student Emma Hunt has qualified for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. She earned a silver medal in the speed climbing world championship in Bern, Switzerland.

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  • Géza Kogler

    NIH grant will help diversify biomedical engineering-related research at ⴫ý State

    August 02, 2023

    ⴫ý has begun a program to recruit and educate members of a diverse new generation of innovators in the field of bioengineering, backed by a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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  • Trinity Johnson

    ⴫ý State nursing major finds success in data science

    July 17, 2023

    It was happenstance that a ⴫ý State student realized her calling for both nursing and numbers. Trinity Johnson, a nursing major from Stone Mountain, Ga., for Spring semester needed to satisfy an elective course requirement for the KSU Journey Honors College and stumbled upon a class in data science. During that course Johnson uncovered a raw talent for analytics and ended up being the youngest student to place in the highly competitive data science competition at KSU held on what is called Analytics Day.

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  • The Home Depot donations boost ⴫ý State

    The Home Depot donations boost ⴫ý State's inclusive academy

    July 07, 2023

    Continuing its ongoing relationship with ⴫ý, The Home Depot granted $65,000 last year to support programs in the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth.

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  • ⴫ý State targets in-school mental health gaps using $4.4 million federal grant

    ⴫ý State targets in-school mental health gaps using $4.4 million federal grant

    June 05, 2023

    Bringing needed school-based mental health resources into five rural northwest Georgia counties is the aim of a five-year, federally funded project led by ⴫ý.

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  • ⴫ý State graduate programs meeting rising demands

    ⴫ý State graduate programs meeting rising demands

    June 02, 2023

    From 2021 to 2022, ⴫ý enjoyed another year of student body growth and record-setting enrollment when many universities in the state saw theirs shrink. One of the major drivers of the University’s fourth consecutive year of growth was a more than 6% uptick in graduate student enrollment over the previous fall semester.

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