Enterprising Spirit

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 »

Sarah Agnew Finds Her Beach in Downtown Atlanta

Beaches, bathing suits, palm trees and cheering crowds: Thanks to the Summer Olympics and the success of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour, it doesn’t take long for the words “sand volleyball” to conjure up some very specific images in people’s minds.

At Georgia State, on the other hand, you can swap out the… 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 »

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 »