Kennesaw State University (KSU) announced on Monday, March 25 that it would be Brian Bohannon of Georgia Tech who would get the coveted first football coaching job offered by the Georgia school, according to the AJC.
Choosing to go with a coach that has zero head coach experience, despite seeking one who did, perfectly illustrates what sets KSU apart from its contemporaries: they think out-of-the-box.
And the school’s athletic director, Vaughn Williams, explained his rationale about choosing Bohannon despite the Georgia Tech assistant coach’s inexperience in being the head coach of his own football team.
I think from all the criteria, his characteristics, his talent, his skill, what he’s been around, that outweighs that.”
In fact, the KSU athletic director says Brian Bohannon is “the perfect fit.” And Dr. Linda Johnston, the executive director of the KSU Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character would likely say the same thing about the guests speakers during the recent 13th annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference.
Johnston had as stellar a line-up of speakers at the March conference as the school’s athletic director seeks to have for the new football program expected to make its debut in 2015.
One keynote speaker, Elizabeth “Beth” Hackett, the Agnes Scott College Chair for the Women’s Studies Program, spoke about the weighty issue covered in the “Miss Representation” film.
That film, by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, was the official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and it speaks to how women are disturbingly portrayed in the media. A clip of the film’s trailer is available by clicking on the link directly above. (Warning: the video has graphic sexual depictations of women not appropriate for the young).
Gender and the media landscape were not the only topic discussed at the March event, there were other women speakers that spoke about their struggles growing up, and how they parlayed that into a successful art career, like keynote speaker and memory artist Linda Anderson. She was also one of the most humorous speakers, with a great gift for storytelling.
Susan Crawley, formerly the High Museum of Art’s Curator of Folk Art, and also a friend of Andersons, introduced the artist on Friday, explaining that paintings by Linda are in such demand that you should not expect to see them for sale in a studio gallery or at an art fair. That’s because Anderson’s fans want her art work as soon as they are completed, Crawley says.
Other female speakers at the one-day KSU women’s event spoke about nutrition, fitness, choosing an alternate career path, and mastering the art of bragging (Yes, it is needed in some situations).
Leaders in Pearls author Lynn Anderson discussed how to use positive energy to affect change in your professional and personal life. And she gave some concrete examples that began with becoming more consciously aware of whether a negative attitude currently dominates your thinking or not. If so, that’s got to go in order to enjoy a greater amount of success in life.
Mary Kay’s future Senior Sales Director Katie McMahon gave direction on how to “Unleash the Power of ‘I Can'” in day-to-day living, stressing that Rome wasn’t built in a day and achieving success happens when small steps are taken consistently in the right direction, day-after-day.
And the KSU Coles College of Business Dean, Kathy Schwaig, sought to inform her audience at the 13th annual event about how women are becoming change agents in their community. And she challenged those in attendance to consider how they can too.
Erin Wolf, the managing partner of Suite Track, spoke about language, communication and influence, and Erik Malewski, with KSU’s Chief Diversity Office, enlightened her group of participants about women chief diversity officers.
Occurring simultaneously and seamlessly with the KSU Phenomenal Women’s Conference was KSU’s “Year of Ghana Conference.”
The Ghana-focused event concluded on Saturday, March 23, and drew papers and speakers from as far as the University of Cape Coast, the Hilbert College in New York, and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC).
In addition, speakers also came from as close as KSU’s own Seneca Vaught, an assistant professor of history and interdisciplinary studies.
“Year of Ghana Conference” attendees included esteemed guests, speakers and security personnel from Ghana, and the Ghana Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as sister college professors within the University System of Georgia, such as Dalton State College’s Dr. Henry Cojoe.
His Excellency, Mr. Daniel Ohene Agyekum, the ambassador from the Ghana Embassy in Washington, D.C., was not only present during the proceedings; he was also an active participant during the question and discussion periods following each speaker, including the presentations made by his two nieces during the event.
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