CHSS Homecoming 2019

CHSS Homecoming 2019

The 2019 CHSS Homecoming was our biggest yet! The day started with fun interactive games and activities for kids and the kid at heart. Followed by a humorous and informative presentation by Dr. Tom Okie, Associate Professor of History Education and History called “Everything is Peaches Down in Georgia? How the Georgia Peach Became a Southern Symbol,” based on his book The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South. Finally, we had an awards ceromony highlighting some of our amazing  students and alumni.

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William Thomas Okie is the author of “The Georgia Peach: Culture, Agriculture, and Environment in the American South.” His book received the Bell Award in 2018, which is a publication award given to the best book on Georgia history published in the previous year. Dr. Okie’s book explores how the peach emerged as a commercial crop and as a cultural icon, despite the fact that this non-native fruit has all but disappeared as a Georgia crop. The book explores how the myth of the Georgia peach was created and its staying power as a cultural icon.


CHSS Homecoming 2019 Awardees

Each year at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Homecoming event we recognize outstanding alumni from our 11 departments and schools. We also recognize some of our outstanding students who have stood out within their program of study.


CHSS Nominee for KSU Distinguished Alumni

  • Dr. Birthe Reimers – School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

School of Communication and Media

  • Alumni – Raymone Jennings (Media and Entertainment)
  • Alumni – Vivian Melillo (Organizational and Professional Communication)
  • Alumni – Tyler Pelfrey (Public Relations)
  • Alumni – Barbara Collier (Master of Arts in Global Integrated Communication)
  • Current Student – Sabrina Kerns (Journalism and Emerging Media)
  • Current Student – Kelsey Theisen (Media and Entertainment)
  • Current Student – Yzcalli Rendon (Organizational and Professional Communication)
  • Current Student – Jasmine White (Public Relations)
  • Current Student – Rosa Zavala Castillo (Master of Arts in Global Integrated Communication)

School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

  • Alumni – Robert Black (Master of Science in Conflict Management)
  • Alumni – Dr. Dave Ayers (Ph.D. in International Conflict Management)
  • Current Student – Kyle Myles (Master of Science in Conflict Management)
  • Current Student – Gianni Bisio (Ph.D. in International Conflict Management)

Department of English

  • Alumni – Tabitha Lawson (English)
  • Alumni – Emily Wynn (English Education)
  • Alumni – Melva Robertson (Master of Arts in Professional Writing)
  • Current Student – Kiahna Kuykendall (English)
  • Current Student – Ebony Stuart (English Education)
  • Current Student – Edward Gadrix (Master of Arts in Professional Writing)

Department of Foreign Languages

  • Alumni – James Goodwin (Modern Language and Culture)
  • Current Student – Carlie Bostek (Modern Language and Culture-Chinese)
  • Current Student – Kwamé Akuffo (Modern Language and Culture-French)
  • Current Student – Sam Baker (Modern Language and Culture-German)
  • Current Student – Andrew Hill (Modern Language and Culture-Italian)
  • Current Student – Kaelyn Ireland (Modern Language and Culture-Spanish)

Department of Geography and Anthropology

  • Alumni – William Davidson
  • Alumni – Adjoa Johnson (Geography)
  • Alumni – Kendra Thomas (Geographic Information Science Certificate)
  • Student – India Grant (Anthropology)
  • Student – Kamran Sadiq (Geography)
  • Student – Tim Willson (Geographic Information Science)

School of Government and International Affairs

  • Alumni – Katie Sizemore (International Affairs)
  • Alumni – Chanel Holmes (Political Science)
  • Alumni – Hallie Allen (Master of Science in International Policy Management)
  • Current Student – Konnor Hapke (International Affairs)
  • Current Student – Seychelle Steele (Political Science)

Department of History and Philosophy

  • Alumni – Tyler Maxwell (Philosophy)
  • Current Student – James Friedrich (History)

Interdisciplinary Studies Department

  • Alumni – John Ridley (African and African Diaspora Studies)
  • Alumni – Joey Hammers (Asian Studies)
  • Alumni – Jessica Duvall (Master of Arts in American Studies)
  • Current Student – Jocelyn Shaw (African and African Diaspora Studies)
  • Current Student – Lisa DaSilva (Asian Studies)
  • Current Student – Jacqueline Winters-Allen (Master of Arts in American Studies)

Department of Psychological Science

  • Alumni – Fred Veeder (Psychology)
  • Current Student – Perrin Smith (Psychology)

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

  • Alumni – Sarah O’Hara (Criminal Justice)
  • Alumni – Justin Maslanka (Sociology)
  • Alumni – Kirk Stringfellow (Master of Science in Criminal Justice)
  • Current Student – Katie Williams (Criminal Justice)
  • Current Student – Kaitlin Perkins (Sociology)
  • Current Student – Caleb Lang (Master of Science in Criminal Justice)

Department of Technical Communication and Interactive Design

  • Alumni – Andrew Walker (Interactive Design)
  • Alumni – Phoebe Williams (Technical Communication)
  • Current Student – Josh Lucas (Interactive Design)
  • Current Student – Dana Little (Technical Communication)