Diverse Culture

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 »

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 »

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 »

After Fast Success in Fast Food, Aziz Hashim Spreads the Entrepreneurial Spirit

For Georgia State students and employees, Broad Street is a convenient lunch spot featuring dozens of diverse restaurants and cafés. For Aziz Hashim, though, it was the start of something huge.

A single fast-food franchise, which Hashim opened in anticipation of the Summer Olympics in 1996, turned into several. That cluster grew into a network… 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 »

Russell’s Legacy Includes Entrepreneurship Center at Georgia State

When Herman J. Russell passed away on Nov. 15, it was just a few weeks past the 15th anniversary of his historic gifts of $1 million each to Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Morehouse College and Tuskegee University to expand their entrepreneurship programs. The $4 million pledge, announced Nov. 3, 1999, was the largest… more »

Ranjita Nair: A Fiji Islander Making a Difference at Georgia State

If offered the chance to travel to the South Pacific, most people in Atlanta would jump at the opportunity. For Georgia State senior Ranjita Nair, though, her most memorable life experiences came about because of a trip in the opposite direction.

A native of the Fiji islands, Nair came to the United States in 2009… more »

Georgia State Has Largest, Most Diverse Freshman Class, Highest Honors Enrollment

For the ninth consecutive year, Georgia State University has set a record for its largest enrollment, growing in size, diversity and quality. At 3,370, the freshman class has grown by 8 percent since last year, with a record high school grade-point average of 3.4. Georgia State’s total enrollment stands at a record 32,842 as of… more »