Alumni Association

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 »

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 »

Aiesha Grant: ‘Any Amount Makes a Difference’

It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Aiesha Grant. Right now, she’s juggling her studies at Georgia State with an externship in the neonatal intensive care unit at Piedmont Hospital. She’ll graduate next month with a degree in respiratory therapy, and by the fall she’ll have added a new baby to her household.

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Alumni Lead the Way on First Endowed Scholarship for Religious Studies

Religious Studies is one of the newest departments on Georgia State’s campus — it’s only existed as a separate department for eight years and only had its own alumni advisory board for three. Yet those alums have wasted little time in creating the department’s first endowed scholarship.

“These are people who provide some general… more »

Students, Alumni and Friends of GSU Give a Saturday Morning Back to Atlanta

“Laying down on a pillow, eyes closed, possibly snoring.” That’s what rising senior Lorenzo Rogers says he’d ordinarily be doing at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. The other students in his group all gave some variation of that answer.

Instead, they were at Oakland Cemetery, clearing brush, pulling up dead plants and planting new ones.… more »

Who Cares a Lot? GSU Does, and We’ll Show It March 8

Georgia State classrooms will be empty Saturday, March 8, but students will still be hard at work — alongside faculty members, alumni and friends of the Georgia State community. They’ll be participating in GSU Cares, an annual event matching members of the Georgia State family with charities, community organizations and other worthwhile causes throughout… more »

Georgia State University Receives $500,000 Gift from Helen Aderhold at Start of Centennial Year

Helen Aderhold, community leader and higher education philanthropist, has given Georgia State University a $500,000 gift for scholarship support in memory of her late husband, John.

The gift was made to the John Aderhold Fund for Excellence, which supports unrestricted scholarship funding for students.

“Helen Aderhold’s gift is noteworthy because of its importance in helping… more »

Debianne and Robert Peterman Pay It Forward with a New Scholarship at GSU

Debianne Peterman was an 18-year-old bride when she gave birth to her son Joshua. Doctors diagnosed the newborn with a Group B strep infection and immediately spirited the little boy into a special care nursery in another area of the hospital. The new mother, left to recover in the orthopedics ward, swore that if she… more »