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Kennesaw State cuts ribbon for new student-focused University Learning Center

KENNESAW, Georgia (February 24, 2022) – Kennesaw State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the new Center for Academic Learning, a 143,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of the Kennesaw campus.

Pictured cutting the ribbon for the new Kennesaw State University Learning Center, left to right: University System of Georgia Regent Jose Perez; Regent Cade Joiner; KSU student Jeremiah Hayes; Scrappy the Owl; Kathy Schwaig, Acting President of KSU; State Representative John Carson; and KSU Acting Provost Ivan Pulinkala.

Members of the University System of Georgia Board of Trustees, elected officials and trustees of the KSU Foundation joined students, faculty and staff at the official opening of the center. The ceremony was followed by tours of the five-story building, which significantly increased the University’s teaching space and student support services.

“There are so many resources available to our students in this building alone. This was intentional, so that we could meet the needs of our growing student population in the most effective and efficient manner,” said KSU Acting President Kathy Schwaig. “The Academic Learning Center will have a huge impact on our campus for years to come.”

Jeremy Hayes
Jeremy Hayes

Jeremiah Hayes, an industrial and systems engineering major, spoke at the event on behalf of the KSU student body. Hayes shared his excitement about ALC as the new home of KSU Journey Honors College and the importance the center of academic learning will have for all students in Kennesaw State.

“Having these resources in ALC is essential for student success, as they provide us with dedicated tools to improve engagement in study and student life,” said Hayes. “As KSU continues to grow, this space will be essential for students to achieve their academic and career goals.”

In addition to its 20 classrooms, 200-seat auditorium, 12 seminar rooms, 11 group study rooms, student study lounge, and hotel suite for faculty, the Academic Learning Center has a 4,600 square foot suite housing the KSU Journey Honors College. Honors program enrollment grew to 1,659 students in the 2021-22 academic year, a new high for the College and a 167% increase from just five years ago.

“The Academic Learning Center has been strategically located, physically and psychologically placing our students at the center of our institutional mission,” said Ivan Pulinkala, Acting Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “ALC’s completion comes at a time when its need could not be highlighted with more impact by the students, faculty and staff this building serves.”Photo

Reflecting Kennesaw State’s commitment to research as a Carnegie-designated R2 doctoral research institution, the Office of Undergraduate Research has also moved to ALC. Its new office is centrally located and equipped with configurable workspaces for students and faculty researchers, as well as a state-of-the-art interactive video wall that visualizes complex data.

ALC is also home to the Division of Global Affairs, which offers a variety of study abroad programs allowing students to engage in diverse and immersive cultural experiences while earning academic credit for their degree programs. . Global Affairs also supports KSU’s growing international student body which represents more than 70 countries and provides impactful cultural exchange experiences on campus.

In addition, ALC is home to departments that help students advance their studies and prepare for their careers: Owl Advising, the Career Planning and Development Department, Student-Athlete Success Services, and the Center SMART (Science and Math Academic Resource and Tutoring).


For KSU junior Julia Volovoi, the Academic Learning Center provided a favorite new place to study between classes, the Robin and Doug Shore Honors Student Lounge. The lounge is named in honor of a major financial donation from the Shores, who are longtime supporters of Kennesaw State.

“I’m really happy and proud that KSU is doing a good job of making sure students feel accommodated,” said Volovoi, a majoring sociology student. “It’s great to have resources dedicated specifically to our success and well-being.”

– Paul Floeckher
Photos of Jason Getz and Judy Pishnery

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global connections, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6% of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.