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The annual Homecoming celebration is one of Kennesaw State’s longest and strongest traditions, serving to strengthen the bond and fondness with which you remember your alma mater while instilling pride and excitement in future generations of alumni. During Homecoming we 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, Kennesaw State will always be your home. Throughout your Homecoming experience, please take some time to tour the campus, observe our growth and reminisce on your days as a student. Also, take a moment to revel in all Kennesaw State has accomplished in 50 years, and join us in looking ahead to our next milestones. Thank you for participating in Homecoming 2013 and for taking part in your University’s continued success.

Welcome............................................................. Billy Hayes, KSU Alumni Association President University News.............................. Michael Harders, Vice President, University Advancement Betty L. Siegel Award............Ashlie Wilson Pendley, KSU Alumni Association Board Member Distinguished Alumni Awards...................Dean Arlinda Eaton, Bagwell College of Education ...................................................... Dean Mark Anderson, College of Science and Mathematics ............................................................................Dean Kathy Schwaig, Coles College of Business Closing....................................Ashlie Wilson Pendley, KSU Alumni Association Board Member


HOMECOMING 2013 | 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.

HOMECOMING 2013 | 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. A distinguished alumnus/a is one who promotes the ideals and mission of Kennesaw State University and who demonstrates distinguished achievement in his or her chosen field at a local, regional or national level, adding to the prominence of the University.


2013 Betty L. Siegel Award

Judy Brown-Allen

Dr. Judy Brown-Allen is a lecturer of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Brown-Allen is also an attorney and a cultural sensitivity trainer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) For Children within the Cobb County Juvenile Court. In 2007, she endowed the Dr. Judy Brown-Allen NAACP Student Retention Scholarship, awarding tuition assistance to African and African-American males with financial need, who are excelling academically. She also established the Dr. Jonathan Freedman Annual Laptop Scholarship. The award of laptop computers for five deserving students majoring in Sociology is given in memory of her late colleague Dr. Freedman. Dr. Brown-Allen’s professional affiliations are extensive, including her roles as executive board member for INROADS, chair of the University’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Dialogue (CORED) and member of the University’s Diversity Cabinet. Committed to giving back, Dr. Allen is an avid supporter of the Gateway Center, Calvary Children’s Home, Dress for Success and Kennesaw State’s Feed the Future.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Huy Huynh earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and was named as the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ Outstanding Senior. He has returned to campus as a speaker on many occasions and was awarded a Clendenin Fellowship in 2010. While pursuing his graduate studies, Dr. Huynh was recognized as the CETL/BP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, an award of distinction given by the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Georgia Tech in 2012 and then joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. Currently, Dr. Huynh’s research is in the areas of probability and statistics and their applications in biological diversity measurement. In addition, Dr. Huynh is interested in the educational and practical perspectives of stock and options trading using probability and statistics.

Huy Huynh


2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

Kerstin Valdés

Kerstin Valdés, who earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 2002 from Kennesaw State University, is the vice president of finance for Georgia-Pacific’s North American Consumer Business. In this chief financial officer role, she guides the largest division of Georgia-Pacific in all financial areas, including organic and inorganic global strategic investments. Previously, Ms. Valdés served as vice president and commercial compliance officer for the corporation’s Consumer Products Group, establishing the enterprise risk management vision and strategy for this area. Dedicated to her alma mater, Kerstin Valdés has served on the Coles College Advisory Board and the Coles College Strategic Planning Committee. Ms. Valdés also served on the EMBARK board, an organization of Executive MBA (EMBA) graduates who work together to support the EMBA program. In addition to serving as a past panelist of the EMBA forum, she is also a frequent guest lecturer for EMBA classes.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Dean Yoder is a three-time graduate of Kennesaw State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education in 2006, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2010 and an educational specialist degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. The 2011-2012 Marietta Middle School Teacher of the Year, Mr. Yoder has served as a mentor to Kennesaw State University teacher education candidates and is a current member of Kennesaw State’s Educational Adolescence Advisory Committee. As assistant principal at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA), the first STEMcertified school in the state, Mr. Yoder has founded several mentoring programs, including the MCAA Rocket and Blue Devil mentoring programs as well as the first Critical Friends Group in his school. He has served as a member of the Cobb Educational Consortium and worked closely with MCAA Partners In Education. He has provided leadership for the Marietta City Schools Parent Community Expo, the 21st Century Boys and Girls Club and the Cobb County Family Engagement Summit.

Dean Yoder


The Alumni House

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 www.kennesaw.edu/alumni. Kennesaw State University Alumni Association 1000 Chastain Road, MD #5600 Kennesaw, GA 30144 770-423-6333 www.kennesaw.edu/alumni


2013 Kennesaw State University Homecoming Alumni Awards Program