KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education will be honored by the Association for Continuing Higher Education at its annual conference and awards ceremony Oct. 27 to 29 in Las Vegas. The Individual Leadership Award will be bestowed to Barbara S. Calhoun, dean of the College. The 2013 Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser earned ACHE’S Crystal Marketing Award.
ACHE has about 1,500 members in the United States and Canada. The organization’s goals include lifelong learning, professional and career development of its members and recognition of leadership and contributions to higher education.
Calhoun has nearly 30 years of experience in continuing education, with more than 20 years of it at KSU. Her accomplishments include creating the first noncredit culinary institute in Georgia; developing training programs in Korea, China and Afghanistan; and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Carpathian Region Universities of Eastern Europe for her work in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. A scholarship endowment was also established in her name on April 3, 2012.
“I am humbled and incredibly appreciative of this recognition,” Calhoun said. “Education is of the utmost importance to me because it can truly make a difference in the lives of so many people.”
The inaugural Casino Night Scholarship Fundraiser was Sept. 28, 2013. Through targeted marketing — including themed poker chips distributed in the community, social media, advertising and press coverage — more than $30,000 was raised for scholarships.
“This is truly exciting for our team. With our upcoming scholarship night approaching on Sept. 11, we are so proud to see the long-term benefits of the fundraiser,” said Michelle Girage, assistant dean, who coordinated Casino Night.
The College of Continuing and Professional Education serves nearly 17,000 students annually and offers more than 50 professional certificate programs, more than 350 online courses, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Summer University and more.
For more information, call (470) 578-6765 or visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu.