Alumni couple enjoys giving back to university, community
(July 12, 2018) An alumni couple has impacted several members of the Kennesaw State University community – including students, faculty and staff – through their printing and copying services. Kyle Yeager ’96 and his wife Michelle Yeager ’96 also have been a force in caring for children in need where they reside in Cherokee County.
Under Cornerstone Printing Inc., which they established in 2005, the Yeagers currently run three locations of The UPS Store, all in Cobb County. The UPS Store network, the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers, is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Parcel Service.
“The UPS stores are independently owned and operated franchises,” Kyle Yeager said. “We opened our first one in 2005 and we’ve had up to four, but we currently have three.”
The Yeagers operate The UPS Store at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, along with two others in Kennesaw. They have a location at 2774 North Cobb Parkway and also operated a store on the KSU campus that opened in 2014. “The KSU UPS store fully operates out of the Kennesaw location,” Kyle Yeager said of the franchise previously located on the second floor of the James V. Carmichael Student Center.
“We’re still one of the preferred vendors for printing,” Michelle Yeager said. “We continue to provide printing services by delivering the majority of the requested jobs directly to our on-campus customers.”
Besides serving the many printing, copying and other needs of KSU personnel, the Yeagers give to their alma mater in other ways as well.
“Even though we’re no longer on campus, we still choose to contribute (to Kennesaw State),” Michelle Yeager said. “We’ve donated to CARE (Campus Awareness, Resource and Empowerment) Services, several scholarship programs, and student groups raising money for nonprofit organizations.”
“We try to contribute to a variety of programs,” Kyle Yeager said. “We also try to find ways to meet their printing needs within their budgets.”
Another way the Yeagers give back to KSU is by providing internship opportunities for students.
“Right now, we offer two internships on business management and finance/accounting,” Kyle Yeager said. “And I’m working on one for graphic design, with all the print production involved.”
Both Kyle and Michelle Yeager grew up in Cobb County and decided to further their education at Kennesaw State in the 1990s. Michelle acquired a Master of Business Administration while Kyle earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a biology minor.
“I chose to attend KSU when I was looking for my master’s degree,” Michelle Yeager said. “I went through the MBA program. I enjoyed the flexibility because I could still work in downtown Atlanta and was able to attend school at night. The whole program was geared toward people who were working in careers. I really enjoyed it. I grew up in Kennesaw until we got married and moved to Woodstock, and it’s great seeing KSU grow and now, our son and daughter attend KSU.”
Kyle grew up in East Cobb and was an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State, so he had a little different experience than his wife.
“It was location and timing for me,” he said. “It was a great school for me at the time.”
As Michelle mentioned, she and Kyle have two children who will be students at KSU this fall. Their son, Caleb, spent more than a year training in the United States Marine Corps before enrolling at Kennesaw State. Presently, he is an exercise science major and a part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Caleb’s sister, Emily, is interested in social work and human services, and is a transfer from Georgia State University.
Outside of Caleb and Emily, the Yeagers also currently have three younger kids in their home, foster children ages 10, 7 and 4. Kyle and Michelle have been fostering for about eight years.
“Our church (First Baptist Woodstock) has a foster care ministry and that’s how we got involved,” Michelle Yeager said. “They told us about the need in our own county of foster kids. There were over 460 kids in foster care when we signed up and there were only 60 homes in Cherokee County. We had no idea the need was so great in our community. We’ve had a total of 15 kids. We take sibling groups so they can stay together while they’re in care. All 15 children that we’ve had have lived within 20 miles of us.”
Without a doubt, it is clear that Kyle and Michelle Yeager are making a difference not only at Kennesaw State but, more importantly, for children who need help in their local community.
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