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Kennesaw State University sweeps Golden Key International Honour Society

Chapter wins three major awards

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 1, 2017) — The Golden Key International Honour Society recognized the Kennesaw State University chapter with its three highest awards during the International Summit held in Las Vegas. Adrianna Parson, a graduate student, was honored as Student of the Year, and Michael Sanseviro, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, was awarded Advisor of the Year. For the second year in a row, the chapter was recognized as Key Chapter.

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From left, Selwyn Cornish, Golden Key Board Vice Chair; Nicole Lonsford, KSU Chapter Vice President, Marietta Campus; Michael Sanseviro, KSU Chapter Advisor, AVP/DOS; and Harriet Watkins, Golden Key Society President

Parson, who is serving as KSU chapter president, is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Integrative Biology. The Woodstock resident completed her bachelor’s degree in biology at KSU in Spring 2016. She was an active Golden Key student leader as an undergraduate, as well.

“Golden Key is a wonderful organization; everyone in the KSU chapter is hard working and extremely supportive of each other,” said Parson. “This year we are focusing not only on getting undergraduate students involved in their campus and city community, but also working with our graduate, alumni and honorary members. We want to make a difference in not only our lives but also of those in the community.”

For Sanseviro, who also serves as a part-time instructor at KSU, this marks his second time winning Advisor of the Year — the first time was in 2010.

“We are so proud of this recognition for Adrianna, Michael and our Kennesaw State Golden Key chapter,” said K.C. White, vice president for student affairs. “Our chapter has achieved Gold Status for several years. For the past eight years, we have maintained an Endowment Scholarship that allows Golden Key to recognize student scholars for their outstanding academic achievement.”

In order to receive Key Chapter recognition, each chapter must complete various activities, including community service, fundraising and scholarship. Based on those chapter standards, the judges award a chapter status of active, bronze, silver or gold. Each of the gold chapters is invited to submit an application for Key Chapter, the highest honor in the society for outstanding chapter excellence.

“We have consistently been a gold chapter for decades,” said Sanseviro, who also serves as the representative for Region 3 on the International Council of Advisors. “Within Region 3, there were only two other schools that also received Key Chapter this year — University of Florida and St. Petersburg College, but we were the only chapter in Georgia to be recognized this year.”

About Golden Key International Honour Society

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.

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– Robert S. Godlewski


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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