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After Making His Dollars in Scents, Steve Tanner Gives Back to GSU

Steve Tanner has what’s probably the best-smelling warehouse in America. And while you can’t buy any of what’s inside, you’ve almost certainly got some of it in your house right now.

Tanner, a Georgia State alumnus, is the president and CEO of Marietta-based Arylessence Inc., a manufacturer of fragrances for everything from air fresheners to… more »

Andy Wise: A ‘Steward’ for Clients — and His Alma Mater

Eight years after earning his M.B.A. from the Robinson College of Business, financial planner Andy Wise says he’s enjoying the rewards of being a Georgia State alum now more than ever.

“I had a great experience while I was a student, but my experience with our alumni group has been exceptional,” he says. “What GSU… more »

Chris and Elanna Valley: Providing Hope for the Future

Georgia State played a big part in Chris and Elanna Valley’s past. Elanna earned both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees here, and the couple met while she was doing an undergraduate internship. The university also means a lot to their present: After more than three decades as a social worker, Chris is now a… more »

Students, Alumni and Friends of GSU Give a Saturday Morning Back to Atlanta

“Laying down on a pillow, eyes closed, possibly snoring.” That’s what rising senior Lorenzo Rogers says he’d ordinarily be doing at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. The other students in his group all gave some variation of that answer.

Instead, they were at Oakland Cemetery, clearing brush, pulling up dead plants and planting new ones.… more »

Julia Ngai: Making Connections Across Atlanta

She didn’t know it at the time, but Julia Ngai got two clues to her future path in life while helping out with her father’s business as a teenager.

“My dad used to own his own construction business, and my mom’s a banker,” she says. “She would do the finance part of it, gathering all… more »