Atlanta Connections

Presidential Scholar Maggie Hunt Arrives with a Big Voice — and Bigger Plans

The Presidential Scholarship is among the top awards an incoming Georgia State student can receive. In addition to covering full tuition, fees and on-campus housing for four years, it provides stipends for living expenses and study-abroad programs. It also includes automatic acceptance to Georgia State’s Honors College, which offers smaller classes, specialized advising and… more »

Florence Kopleff’s Voice Still Echoes in Music Student Melissa Joseph 

Florence Kopleff is remembered as the concert singer Time magazine once called the “greatest living alto,” but her music career continued long after she retired from the stage. Kopleff joined the Georgia State faculty in 1968 — becoming the first artist-in-residence in the entire University System of Georgia — and mentored music students… more »

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The Honeycutt Fellowship: A Show of Support for Georgia State Student Researchers

Kate McCann doesn’t play on any of Georgia State’s athletic teams, but she’s still got at least two people in her cheering section — Kenneth and Georganne Honeycutt, whose eponymous fellowship has helped support her as she pursues a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

A fellowship “doesn’t have to pay for fees, it doesn’t have to… more »

Mary MacKinnon Leaves an Ageless Legacy in the Gerontology Institute

The lengthy list of endowed scholarships at Georgia State reads like a who’s who of distinguished alumni, beloved professors, and loyal friends of the university.

It’s rarer for administrative professionals to be honored in such a way, but for the late Mary MacKinnon, it makes perfect sense. Co-workers, program alumni and even former directors agree… more »

For Camilo Benitez, the American Dream is Coming True at Georgia State

Ever since his father was a young boy in Colombia, Camilo Benitez says, he wanted to come to the United States so that he could give his family a shot at a better life. If his son’s experience is any indication, he succeeded.

Just weeks into his junior year at Georgia State, Camilo was interviewing… more »

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 »

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 »

Lawrence W. Green and Judith M. Ottoson: Public Health “is Part of Our DNA”

Dr. Judith Ottoson’s first experience in public health was working as a home visit nurse in Oceanside, Calif.

“I would to go to people’s houses,” she recalls. “One house after another house after another house. I knew the individual stories in each of those houses.”

She learned about the struggles of the working mom with… 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 »