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Meet the First-Gen Owls

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Podcast by University College at Kennesaw State University

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Meet the First-Gen Owls
KSU first-gen students Madeleine Carden and Jalyn Wharton join the podcast to talk about First-Gen Owls, an organization dedicated to students that are the first in their family tree to pursue a college degree.  Madeleine and Jalyn talk about what led them to Kennesaw State, the path to choosing their majors, the experiences and challenges of first-gen students, benefits of the First-Gen Owls organization and much more! Follow the First-Gen Owls on Instagram @ksufirstgen.
December 2, 2019
Introducing the Campus Concierge
In the latest episode of the show, we welcome Daffany Anglin, who just joined University College as a Graduation Coach and Campus Concierge. We learn more about the details of the concierge service for students, the benefits of having a graduation coach and the different vibes on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses!
October 15, 2019
US Navy Veteran Continuing Journey Towards Master's Degree
US Navy veteran and current KSU Student Michael Lewis stops by the University College Podcast. Michael recently completed his Bachelor's in Integrative Studies through University College in addition to a Leadership Certificate through the same department. He discusses how the military has helped him to this day, the importance of knowing when to ask for help as a student, the process behind creating an Integrative Studies curriculum, leadership and it's value in the workplace, his Master's Degree pursuit and more. Subscribe & leave a review! Find out more information about University College at Follow University College on Twitter and Instagram @UCatKSU. Thanks for listening.
September 10, 2019
Kicking Off the New School Year with Dr. Simpson-Wilkey
We're back with a new episode of the University College Podcast to begin the 2019-20 academic year. Joining the show this time around is University College's Interim Senior Associate Dean, Dr. LaJuan-Simpson Wilkey. She talks about her journey to KSU, her roles within University College, the excitement of starting a new year and University College's place on campus with regard to student success. Thanks for listening! Follow University College on Twitter and Instagram @UCatKSU
August 26, 2019
Ambrielle August's Journey to Her Dream Internship
Ambrielle August (Business Administration & Information Systems major) joins the show for this episode! Ambrielle has worked as a student assistant in the Dean's Office at University College for nearly two years while also serving in numerous positions for her fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. In addition, Ambrielle has completed an internship at Quickly Media in Buckhead and begins an exciting experience at MailChimp in Atlanta in the summer! Follow University College on Twitter and Instagram @UCatKSU. For more information on University College and any of its programs, degrees or support initiatives, please visit
June 5, 2019
KSU, Thrive Alumni Alexandria Johnson Excelling in The Big Apple
Kennesaw State alumni and Thrive Scholar Alexandria Johnson joins the show for this episode! She talks about how the Thrive program helped her transition from high school to college, her numerous internship experiences throughout her time at KSU and how she earned a full-time position at Verizon in New York City after holding different roles as an AdFellow with them. 
May 21, 2019
Criminal Justice Major Tralen Hardnett Goes Above the Call
Junior criminal justice major Tralen Hardnett is our guest for this episode. Tralen was the recipient of the first Above the Call Student Assistant award at University College's Spring Awards Banquet. In this episode, Tralen speaks about his inspiration behind picking criminal justice as a major, what people might not know about forensic science, his growth as a student assistant in the Department of Leadership & Integrative Studies and thoughts of Marvel's Avengers: Endgame!
May 7, 2019
The Misconceptions of Integrative Studies
Dr. Kate Schaab, Coordinator for Integrative Studies, joins the show to shed some light on what the Integrative Studies program actually is, how it can help students graduate and some career paths that can be explored. In part two of the episode, we're joined by KSU Integrative Studies alumni Nigel Talton. Nigel discusses his experience with the Integrative Studies program and how it's helped him professionally post-graduation.
April 17, 2019
Peer Leadership, Thrive Program
Junior biology education major Larry Layfield is our guest for episode 10! He comes on the show to talk about how he's enjoyed his time at Kennesaw so far, his involvement in peer leadership programs and how University College's Thrive Program has helped him in school.
March 11, 2019
Global Fellowship
In episode 9 of the University College podcast, we're joined by Dr. Linda Lyons and freshman Garrett Davis to talk about the Global Fellowship program, which gives first-year students the opportunity to spend five weeks abroad in Italy during their first semester at Kennesaw State.
February 14, 2019
Owl Expedition, Student Government & Best Holiday Movies with Vanessa Benitez
Happy Holidays from University College! In episode 8 of the podcast, Owl Expedition student leader Vanessa Benitez joins the show! She talks more about Kennesaw's extended, overnight orientation, her role as University College's student government representative and her journey to KSU! To cap off the episode, Vanessa and Brandon rank their top-5 holiday movies.
December 19, 2018
Moriah Shephard Thriving in Radio As Graduation Nears
Our guest for episode seven is senior journalism and emerging media major, Moriah Shephard. Moriah is on the brink of graduation and has big dreams of landing a job in the radio industry. She’s worked her way up to the position of general manager at Owl Radio and has interned with numerous radio stations in the Metro Atlanta area already. We’ll learn more about her radio journey and what kind of impact that University College’s Thrive Program has had on her as she readies for graduation.
November 20, 2018
Orientation & Student Leadership with Jada Cook
In episode 6 of the University College Podcast, we're joined by sophomore psychology major and Orientation Student Director, Jada Cook. She discusses her path that led her to a leadership position with Orientation, how it has benefited her as a student at KSU and gives us the low down on her popular, Kennesaw-inspired YouTube channel.
November 7, 2018
Tolerie Moye's First-Generation Journey
Freshman exercise science major, Tolerie Moye, joins episode five of the podcast to talk about her journey as a First-Gen Student. As a First-Gen Student, Tolerie is the first in her family to move away from home to go to school.
October 24, 2018
A Chat With Dean Lynn Disbrow
University College's Dean, Lynn Disbrow, joins episode four of the podcast to talk about her journey to Kennesaw State, her vision for University College, the benefits of its degrees and academic initiatives while also discussing the great atmosphere that KSU has as a whole.
October 8, 2018
Advising, Life in the NFL & Finding Your Passion
Dr. Tommy Jackson, Director of Advising at University College Advising Services, joins the show for episode three to talk about the significance of advising in a student's education, his short stint in the NFL, some of the research projects he is working on with students and the importance of finding passion in what you do everyday.
September 21, 2018
First-Year Seminar Experiences Part II
In episode 2 of the University College podcast, we're joined by freshman nursing student Kaylin Woodring, who joined the Kennesaw State family during the summer 2018 semester. She talks about what led her to KSU, the degree she's pursuing and experience in the First-Year Seminar class. University College Podcast host Brandon Apter also runs down some college updates, bidding farewell to long-time Kennesaw State Orientation staff member Mark Pilgrim. Also, details on UC's Coffee with the Dean event in October, which is open to University College students, staff and faculty.
September 7, 2018
First-Year Seminar Experiences Part I
In the debut episode of the University College Podcast, we're joined by Kennesaw State offensive lineman Terrell Paxton. The new KSU student talks about his experience in the required First-Year Seminar course and how he plans to balance his school work with athletics.
August 16, 2018
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