Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in our rearview windows, there are many exciting thing going on at and related to KSU this week that I thought might interest you:
First, the three finalists for KSU’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs will each be on campus this week interacting with the faculty and staff for their final interviews. Today (Tuesday, November 29), Dr. David Cordle, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will visit KSU. On Wednesday, November 30, Dr. Michael Gealt, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas Little Rock will visit and on Thursday, December 1, Dr. Ken Harmon, dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University will visit. We anticipate naming a new Provost in the coming weeks.
Second, it is a great honor for KSU to host the 2011 Women’s College Cup, the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer “Final Four” this Friday and Sunday at the KSU Soccer Stadium. The semi-finals will pit Stanford vs. Florida State in the Friday opener at 5pm followed by Duke vs. Wake Forest at 7:30pm. The winners of the semi-final matches will meet for the NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship at 1pm on Sunday. Limited tickets (less than 500) are available at www.NCAA.com/tickets, so you can expect a sellout of over 8,000 fans. The games will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks, so KSU will receive significant national exposure this weekend.
Finally, our men’s and women’s basketball teams begin their Atlantic Sun conference slates this week (Thursday and Saturday), traveling to Nashville to take on Belmont and Lipscomb. Belmont’s men’s team is especially formidable as indicated by their one-point loss to Duke earlier this season. Best of luck to Coach Lewis Preston (KSU men) and Coach Colby Tilley (KSU women) as they lead their respective teams who have both played well leading into their conference openers.