The first ever Kennesaw State Owl Creed Week, which debuted in 2018, resulted in over 25 programs, offered collectively by over 20 KSU offices, and 1,310 people coming into contact with the Owl Creed! The highlights of 2018 Owl Creed Week included the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the drafting of the Creed by the KSU Student Human Relations Task Force. Michelle Wise, the KSU alum who led the task force and drafting of the document, returned to KSU to actively participate in the commemoration of the collective efforts of students to draft this set of aspirant values to secure their well-being and sense of community on campus.
The success and impact of last year’s events has prompted a tradition of affirming these values through engagement in thought-provoking and hand’s-on activities (such as panels, open houses, workshops, service opportunities, and tabling) to be hosted by our campus academic and administrative departments, as well as student organizations! Please join Student Advocacy, under the Division of Student Affairs, in providing the KSU community with opportunities to promote and apply the five action-oriented tenets of the Kennesaw State Owl Creed:
- Personal and Academic Excellence
- Respect for Others
- Encourage Unity
- Remain Faithful to Ideas/Determine Threatening Behavior
- Develop an Academic and Social Community That is Civilized, Rewarding, and Dynamic
Intended Learning Outcomes
This year, we have chosen the Social Change Model (SCM) (HERI, 1996) as our theoretical framework for educating students about the Owl Creed. The SCM was designed by educators to specifically help college students “to promote deeper self-knowledge of one’s values, talents and interests, helping students to answer questions about who they are, what they stand for, and the depth of their capacity to engage with others collaboratively to facilitate positive social change” (Dooley & Shellogg, 2006, p. 21). All events associated with Creed Week will be evaluated for their relevance to the Creed tenet(s), the achievement learning outcomes driven by the SCM, and the desire to provide future Creed Week events.
The values associated with this model, commonly known as the “seven C’s”:
- Consciousness of Self – awareness of beliefs, values, attitudes
- Congruence – thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency
- Commitment –energy that motivates individuals to serve and drive the collective effort
- Collaboration – working with others on a common effort
- Common Purpose – work with shared aims and values
- Controversy with Civility – differences in viewpoint are inevitable, but aired openly with civility
- Citizenship – individual and collaborative groups become responsibly connected to the community and the society
Dooley, J., and Shellogg, K. (2006). Social change model of leadership development: A 20-year legacy and future considerations. Campus Activities Programming, 49(5), pp. 20-25.
Higher Education Research Institute (1996). Social Change Model of Leadership, (3rd Edition), Los Angeles: CA, Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), UCLA, pp. 22-23.
- All Creed Week activities must meet each of the five (5) following criteria:
- Open to, or concerning the affairs of, students at KSU.
- Scheduled to occur between January 27th through February 2nd, 2019.
- Incorporate no less than one (1) of the five tenets associated with the Kennesaw State Owl Creed.
- Intended learning outcomes should meet a minimum of one of the seven (7) values of the Social Change Model.
Program Proposal Submission Process
All program proposals must be submitted in Owl Life and received no later than October 15, 2018.
To access the form:
1. Log into Owl Life using your KSU net ID and password.
2. Go search for the Owl Creed Week Owl Life page.
3. Scroll to the "Forms" section of the page.
Once your form has been submitted, you will receive notification that it has been received. A team member from our office will reach out to provide you with further details regarding your proposal.
2018 Owl Creed Week Contributors
- Academic Advising Centers
- Adult & Commuter Student Affairs
- Alumni Affairs
- Audio Visual Technology Services (AVTS)
- Office of Diversity & Inclusion
- CARE Center
- Career Planning & Development
- Center for Student Leadership
- Center for Young Adult Addiction & Recovery
- KSU Library
- KSU Marietta Student Affairs
- Health Promotion & Wellness
- Housing & Residence Life
- Multicultural Student Programs
- Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Programs
- Student Activities Budget Allocation Committee (SABAC)
- Student Conduct & Academic Integrity
- Sports & Recreation
- Strategic Communications & Marketing
- Student Engagement
- University Events
- Women's Resource Center
QUESTIONS?: Please contact Nicole Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.