Enterprising Spirit

Home Depot Exec and Georgia State Alumna Ann-Marie Campbell Shares Lessons from Experience

Ann-Marie Campbell’s rise from Home Depot cashier to president of the company’s Southern Division is a classic American Dream story, but she always mentions that it didn’t happen without help — or an occasional push to think bigger.

“I’ve always been a confident person, so when there have been times that I’ve lacked confidence, it’s… more »

Delia Cochran and Sharon Schachter: Women Leading, By Example

Women didn’t exactly have a wide range of opportunities when Sharon Shachter and Delia Cochran began their careers. “At that time,” Schachter remembers, “you could be a nurse, a teacher, or a flight attendant. That was pretty much it.” She became a flight attendant; Cochran became a nurse.

In time, though, both women achieved positions… more »

Noah Yasarturk Doesn’t Back Down from an Intellectual Challenge

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 »

Amazing Achievement on Display at 52nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards

A Georgia State degree has the power to prepare graduates for success and achievement beyond what they ever thought possible. It’s easy to talk about that as an abstract concept, but Georgia State’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards provide living proof.

The 52nd awards ceremony, to be held Friday, Oct. 2 in the Student Center… more »

School’s Never Out for Patricia Oliver

On a beautiful spring afternoon in downtown Atlanta, as students stroll through Woodruff Park thinking about how they’ll soon be done with college, Priscilla Oliver is talking about how she loved studying so much that she chose to go back for additional degrees.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” Oliver says of her early… more »

A Head-Start on College Life: Presidential Scholar Midori Naolu

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 »

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 »