Owl Nation coming home to KSU

For the first time ever, the Kennesaw State University Office of Alumni Relations will host alumni volunteer training for members of out-of-town alumni groups, which at KSU are called Nests, and other alumni volunteer leaders. The training will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21 during Kennesaw State’s homecoming week. 

“The idea behind this was to bring these alumni face to face, so that they could share ideas and feel like they have a network to collaborate with,” said Ama Economy, KSU’s associate director of alumni engagement. “We host Nest events all over the United States and are excited that we have some amazing Owls who are stepping up to help create an Owl culture even though they are far away from here. 

“The training will be both on and off campus. We will have many guest speakers including some of our own alumni staff, and campus partners like Career Planning and Development.”

Currently, KSU supports active Nests in Boston, Nashville (Tenn.), New York City, Savannah (Georgia) and Washington D.C. Representatives from Boston, Nashville and D.C. are scheduled to attend training and other homecoming activities.

“I’m returning to campus to participate in the Nest training for a myriad of reasons,” said Scott Runner ’12, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from KSU and is flying in from Boston. “I look forward to seeing how the campuses have grown and developed, to reconnecting with faculty and staff, and I’m excited to meet other alumni from around the country. I believe this training will provide me with information and tools to better support the nascent but growing alumni network in Boston.”

After his time at Kennesaw State, Runner went on to receive a Master of Arts in international affairs from Boston University. He presently works as a program manager for BU Study Abroad.

“These alumni have been integral in our ability to really expand our reach with KSU alumni nationally,” Economy said. “Our hope is to make this training an annual event and that we can continue to expand our Nests.”