Alumni

‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Doing,’ Says Diane White — but She’s Grateful for What Brought Her Here

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” the old saying goes. Diane White has found that sometimes God laughs just as hard when you tell Him you don’t have any.

White laughs herself as she recounts how, at nearly every milestone in her 27-year nursing career, she approached the new opportunities… more »

Michael Ivie: Building a Panther Beachhead in the Big Apple

As far as most Robinson College of Business students are concerned, Michael Ivie is living the dream — living and working in New York City, enjoying the fast-paced business environment of the world’s financial capital.

By his own admission, though, Ivie wasn’t even dreaming the dream when he started pursuing his MBA at Georgia… more »

Putting Some Polish on the Golden Years: Physical Therapy Alumna Beth Cayce

When families decide that private home care is the answer for an elderly relative, they typically brace themselves for a visit to a hospital or faceless office park. So visitors to CaraVita Home Care are surprised to find themselves turning down Mimosa Boulevard in Roswell’s historic district and parking at just a few doors down… more »

Panthers on Wall Street: RCB Students Front and Center in the World’s Financial Capital

New York may be “the city that never sleeps,” but at 6 a.m. on a Monday, it’s not exactly wide awake yet, either. Other than public-works trucks and police cars, the streets are mostly empty. Lights are on in a few restaurants and coffee shops, but none are serving more than a handful of sleepy-eyed… more »

SAA Today, Devoted Alumni Tomorrow: The Georgia State Student Alumni Association

The hottest fashion accessory on Georgia State’s campus these days isn’t a certain type of shoe or a bag by a certain designer. It’s a simple Panther-blue T-shirt with the words “I [LOVE]GSU SAA,” the word “love” being replaced, naturally, by a paw print.

SAA stands for Student Alumni Association, and if “student alumni”… more »

For Frank Brandon, Life is a Walk in the (Forest) Park

Every 35 seconds (on average), a plane takes off from or lands at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and quite a few of them pass over the suburb of Forest Park as they do so. The whine of jet engines provides steady background noise as Georgia State alumnus Frank Brandon goes about his daily work.

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Doug Rieder: A Self-Made Man Shows Today’s Students the Way

Ask Doug Rieder about Sterling Risk Advisors, the surety and insurance brokerage firm where he’s worked for more than a decade, and he’ll tell you plenty: about how the company has grown over the years, the unique aspects of their business model, whom they’ve hired and how those people have excelled.

What he’s less likely… more »

A Boost for Tomorrow’s Teachers: Kay Chester

Kay Chester has heli-skied in Canada, raised horses, flown a jet and helped manage a family-owned empire of Harley-Davidson dealerships that stretches from Fort Lauderdale to the Grand Tetons. Yet there’s a part of her that’s always been wistful for a chapter in her life that she never got to fully pursue: teaching.

“I would’ve… more »