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Welcome University News Distinguished Alumni Awards Dr. Betty L. Siegel Award Closing

Teronzo Helm | Vice President | KSU Alumni Association Michael Harders | Vice President | University Advancement Ashlie Wilson | Board Member | KSU Alumni Association Dr. Hope Torkornoo | Professor & 2008 Recipient, BLS Award Teronzo Helm | President | KSU Alumni Association

HOMECOMING 2012 | about the Alumni Association Founded in 1978, the KSU Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 organization with the mission of building relationships, creating value and supporting the long-term goals of the University. Led by a 17-member Board of Directors, the Association strives to enhance the success of its alumni through engaging events, innovative programs, professional development and community relationships. To learn more about the Association and leadership opportunities, contact the alumni office located in the Alumni House on Campus Loop Road at 770.423.6333 or visit us on the web at The Alumni House

HOMECOMING 2012 | WELCOME HOME Welcome to Homecoming 2012! The annual Homecoming celebration is one of Kennesaw State’s longest and strongest traditions. Homecoming festivities serve to strengthen the bond and fondness with which you remember your alma mater while instilling pride and excitement in future generations of Owls alumni. The annual Homecoming week allows us the opportunity to celebrate you, our alumni, for your tremendous success and support. For some of you, the series of events serves as your annual reconnection with the campus and the University. However, many of you join us throughout the year for a variety of activities and events. Regardless of your level of involvement, we are grateful for your interest and support.

Through your Homecoming experience, please take some time to tour the campus, observe our growth and reminisce on your days as a student; you will be pleased with the many additions and enhancements we have made to the campus. Thank you for participating in Homecoming 2012 and for taking part in your University’s continued success. We encourage you to get involved in the myriad of events hosted by the Alumni Association during the year. And, please keep us informed of your successes so that we remain in contact with you and can honor you in future Homecoming events.

HOMECOMING 2012 | BETTY L. SIEGEL AWARD The Betty L. Siegel Award, created in 1992, is named in honor of Dr. Betty L. Siegel, Past President of Kennesaw State University. The annual award recognizes exceptional service to the University and is bestowed upon an outstanding member of the KSU staff or faculty. The individual who receives the award embodies the qualities of leadership, scholarship and service to KSU while displaying a strong commitment to his or her students, colleagues and the surrounding community.


Daniela Tapu, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniela Tapu, born in Roman, Romania, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama, earning her doctoral degree in organic/organometallic chemistry – a subject matter that remains the heart of Dr. Tapu’s continued research. In 2006, she joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She received the KSU Foundation Prize for Publication for the College of Science and Mathematics in 2010 and 2011. This award is given each year by the KSU Foundation to an individual who exhibits excellence in academic publications. Dr. Tapu embodies the spirit of the Betty L. Siegel Faculty Member of the Year Award as she is committed to the success of her students. She engages students through research, provides tutoring beyond class time and often extends her work day to accommodate students’ schedules. Since joining KSU, Dr. Tapu has mentored 32 undergraduate students in research. While her scholarly contribution to Kennesaw State is monumental, it is her dedication to creating a positive, supportive and involved learning environment that has had a lasting impact on her students.

HOMECOMING 2012 | DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS The Distinguished Alumni Award program was established in 1992 to honor Kennesaw State University’s most accomplished graduates on an annual basis. To be considered for the Award, a qualified candidate must be: • a graduate of Kennesaw Junior College, Kennesaw College, Kennesaw State College or Kennesaw State University; • a person who promotes the ideals and mission of Kennesaw State University and whose career legacy adds to the prominence of the University; and • a person who has demonstrated distinguished achievement in his or her chosen field at a local, regional or national level.


Michael S. Quinlan

Retired Navy Commander Michael S. Quinlan is a principal and the chief operating officer for Henssler Financial. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the Coles College of Business in 1987, graduating with honors. Mr. Quinlan, a Certified Wealth Strategist, spearheads Henssler’s business development initiatives by establishing strategic partnerships with local companies and organizations. Govenor Nathan Deal appointed Mr. Quinlan to the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee Board as the representative for Cobb County in 2011. As a board director, he interfaces with military and government leaders to encourage collaboration between the military and local businesses. The retired commander spent 22 years as a Navy pilot, a distinguished career that included several leadership positions with various squadrons and staffs. Recently, Mr. Quinlan served as the director of the Office of Strategic Management for the Commander Naval Air Force Reserve. His civic affiliations include service on the boards for the Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation and the Sandy Springs-Perimeter Chamber of Commerce.


Jerry Samples

A 2004 College of Science and Math graduate, Jerry Samples holds a master’s degree in applied computer science. Mr. Samples’ career has spanned more than 30 years, during which he has served as vice president of engineering for Blue Ridge Technologies and held positions at Cisco/Scientific - Atlanta, Commetrex Corporation and Automated Logic Corporation. Now a consultant for WJS Embedded Systems, Mr. Samples offers extensive knowledge in his field and shares his expertise as an advisor and instructor. He is actively engaged at Kennesaw State University, serving on the College of Science and Math, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and the newly formed Department of Computer Science advisory boards. His involvement in Governor Roy Barnes’ Yamacraw Initiative to attract technology businesses to the state by nurturing and attracting academic talent proved instrumental in developing the Master of Science in applied computer science program at Kennesaw State. He continues to lend his advisement as the University explores a possible doctoral program in computing.


Katherine Wood

Katherine (Kathie) Wood completed post-graduate studies at Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education, earning degrees in adolescent education (M. Ed.) in 2005 and educational leadership (Ed.S.) in 2009. With more than 20 years in teaching reading, language arts and social studies, Ms. Wood steadfastly believes that all children can learn. In 2009, she was named Teacher of the Year for Marietta Middle School and Marietta City Schools and was honored as a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year. Ms. Wood’s excellence in the classroom translates to leadership and mentorship beyond school walls. She has served on several committees and task forces charged with bettering our educational system including the Cobb Educational Consortium and Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. Ms. Wood has served on the Kennesaw State University English/Language Arts Advisory Committee and has been a supervising teacher for Kennesaw State student interns and student teachers. She is currently an evaluation system specialist for the Georgia Department of Education’s Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness.

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KSU Alumni 2012 Homecoming Program  

Program for the 2012 KSU Alumni Association's homecoming awards event.