The following restaurants generously provided food for the event: Bahama Breeze, Chick-Fil-A, Chuy’s, Copeland’s of Kennesaw, LongHorn Steakhouse, Marlow’s Tavern, Proof of the Pudding, Starbucks, Ted’s Montana Grill and Uncle Maddio’s. Guests also received a special gift — a stadium chair, complete with the KSU logo — in plenty of time for the 2015 KSU football season.
Among those on hand to congratulate and thank the instructors were Dr. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and KSU coaching staff members Andy Eggerth (Cross Country/Track and Field), Wes Holly (softball), Eduard Rincon (Men’s Tennis), Mike Sansing (Baseball), Jeff Kutac (Women’s Tennis), and Charlotte Doolin (Executive Assistant, Athletics). Scrappy the Owl and members of KSU’s Spirit Squad added an extra boost of school spirit.
Barbara Calhoun, dean of the College, heartily thanked the instructors for their dedication and commitment to the estimated half-million students they’ve served over the past 20 years. Guest speakers for the night were John Anderson, assistant vice president of facilities, and Brian Bohannon, head football coach.
Anderson’s showcase of KSU’s expansion included plans for a student recreation center (named after former KSU President Dr. Betty Siegel) and the Skip Spann Connector. KSU President Dr. Dan Papp addressed faculty and staff on Aug. 14 at the Opening of the University event. He said the consolidation will put KSU among the 50 largest universities in the U.S.
Aug. 15 marked move-in day for the new football players, and Brian talked excitedly about the history-making momentum of their presence in the community. To the instructors in the audience, he said, “As coaches, we want the same thing you want – for our students to be successful.”