College of Arts & Sciences

After Years of Hardship, Mallorie Jones Gets to Celebrate

Mallorie Jones has been on a hot streak lately. A recipient of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative Scholarship, she became part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college when she earned her B.S. in psychology from Georgia State — with honors — on May 9. And less than a… more »

For Olamide Oladapo, the Gold Dome Was a Golden Opportunity

Olamide Oladapo had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her older sisters, who both attended the same university in Georgia. Instead, she decided she’d rather follow her own path and do something different.

Because of her interest in politics, Oladapo knew she wanted to be somewhere close to the state Capitol, and no… more »

She Overcame the Obstacles, and Now Alesia Ervin is Reaping the Rewards

Alesia Ervin remembers she was 87 days away from graduation when she gave a speech to supporters of Georgia State’s Women’s Philanthropy Initiative. The day she did this interview, that number was down to 31.

But just because she can calculate “days to graduation” with supercomputer speed doesn’t mean Ervin is desperate to put… more »

Creating a Better Mix: The Al Baumstark Award in Chemistry

You can learn a lot in one of Al Baumstark’s chemistry classes, but don’t expect to spend much time on C12H22O11, more commonly known as sucrose. Students and faculty alike will testify that very little from Baumstark comes sugar-coated.

“He calls himself ‘mean’ at times, but I think he’s just a very honest person,”… more »

After Plenty of Opportunities at Georgia State, Ashton Brasher Has Plenty of Options

Just weeks away from graduation, Ashton Brasher still isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life — and she doesn’t sound the least bit worried. If anything, she sounds thrilled.

“I kind of like that I don’t know,” she says. “There are times when it’s horrifyingly scary not knowing what August brings —… more »

Georgia State Helped Add Color to Liora Manné’s World

Even a move across town can be stressful when you’re a teenager, having a comfortable routine disrupted by suddenly being dropped into a new environment with unfamiliar people. When that move isn’t across town but rather across an ocean, it can be more traumatic still.

Instead of retreating into a shell, though, Liora Manné —… more »

Elaine and Erroll Davis Pump Up the Bass for the Rialto Jazz for Kids All-Stars

Music runs in the Davis family. Erroll played clarinet in high school; his wife, Elaine, played piano and violin and also performed as a mezzo-soprano at venues around the northeast. So while neither attended Georgia State, they’ve both made the Rialto Center for the Arts an important cultural element in their lives. “We’ve just… more »

Crowdfunding: Make a Direct Impact at Georgia State

Georgia State has long given supporters the opportunity to direct their gifts to specific schools, departments, and even individual scholarships and professorships. But a new web-based tool is now able to connect donors to worthy causes on a more personal level.

Impact Georgia State (impact.gsu.edu) is a “crowdfunding” site, similar to Kickstarter and GoFundMe,… 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 »

Georgia State Announces New Media Production Center

Georgia State University will revitalize an area adjacent to Woodruff Park by creating a media production center for education, research and entrepreneurship and partnerships with the Georgia film, music, games and arts industries.

The media center will house the university’s new Creative Media Industries Institute, an interdisciplinary institute introduced this fall to build on the… more »