Student Success

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 »

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 »

Elaina McGann: Actuary, Artist and Adventurer

Elaina McGann strives to make every aspect of her life an adventure — a goal she kept in mind when choosing a university. For Elaina, the decision to move from Pennsylvania to Atlanta was fueled widely by the many resources she knew the Honors College at Georgia State could offer her as well as… 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 »

‘I Can’t Believe What I’m Doing,’ Says Diane White — but She’s Grateful for What Brought Her Here

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” the old saying goes. Diane White has found that sometimes God laughs just as hard when you tell Him you don’t have any.

White laughs herself as she recounts how, at nearly every milestone in her 27-year nursing career, she approached the new opportunities… more »

Michael Ivie: Building a Panther Beachhead in the Big Apple

As far as most Robinson College of Business students are concerned, Michael Ivie is living the dream — living and working in New York City, enjoying the fast-paced business environment of the world’s financial capital.

By his own admission, though, Ivie wasn’t even dreaming the dream when he started pursuing his MBA at Georgia… more »

Putting Some Polish on the Golden Years: Physical Therapy Alumna Beth Cayce

When families decide that private home care is the answer for an elderly relative, they typically brace themselves for a visit to a hospital or faceless office park. So visitors to CaraVita Home Care are surprised to find themselves turning down Mimosa Boulevard in Roswell’s historic district and parking at just a few doors down… more »

President Obama Cites Georgia State Retention Grants at White House Summit

President Barack Obama praised Georgia State University on Dec. 4 for helping more college students find pathways to graduation in a speech at the White House’s second College Opportunity Day of Action.

Obama cited Georgia State’s success with Panther Retention Grants, small grants that cover student balances to keep them in class, in his address… more »

Georgia State Announces New Media Production Center

Georgia State University will revitalize an area adjacent to Woodruff Park by creating a media production center for education, research and entrepreneurship and partnerships with the Georgia film, music, games and arts industries.

The media center will house the university’s new Creative Media Industries Institute, an interdisciplinary institute introduced this fall to build on the… more »