Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

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 »

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 »

Georgia State Economist Finds Obesity Follows Growth Of Big-Box Retailers And Restaurants

Big-box retailers Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale and Walmart, along with full-service and fast-food restaurants, are key contributors to the nation’s obesity epidemic, according to research by a health economist in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Americans now live near an abundance of cheap and readily available food from… more »

For Frank Brandon, Life is a Walk in the (Forest) Park

Every 35 seconds (on average), a plane takes off from or lands at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and quite a few of them pass over the suburb of Forest Park as they do so. The whine of jet engines provides steady background noise as Georgia State alumnus Frank Brandon goes about his daily work.

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Jarrett Faber Finds Himself at the Center of the Action

Georgia State’s Presidential Scholars are more than just incoming freshmen who got superior grades in high school. They’re students who exemplify the creativity, open-mindedness, and dedication to hard work and discovery upon which our university was founded. For their talent and initiative, the Presidential Scholarship rewards these students with full tuition and fees, stipends for… more »

Rosa Felix Counts Her Blessings — and Aims to Share Them with Others

To understand the challenges Rosa Felix overcame to attend Georgia State, you can’t just visit her current home in Acworth or her birthplace in California. You have to drive about eight hours southwest of Laredo, Texas, to the Mexican state of Zacatecas, where she spent the first six and a half years of her life.

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Carlton Mullis is One of the Boys in (Panther) Blue


If you pursued a graduate degree in criminal justice at Georgia State in 2005, guess what: You had a cop in your classroom.

Actually, more than one, says Carlton Mullis, deputy chief of the campus police department. “Georgia State, especially the graduate program, is very geared toward people working in their profession,” he… more »

Justin Hargesheimer Did Well at Georgia State, Now He’s Doing Good Globally

Charitable work runs in Justin Hargesheimer’s family. His mother is currently working with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, while he helps support corporate partnerships for Habitat for Humanity International here in Atlanta.

“The idea of community awareness and giving back has always been important in my family,” he says. “I realized a long time… more »

Chris and Elanna Valley: Providing Hope for the Future

Georgia State played a big part in Chris and Elanna Valley’s past. Elanna earned both her bachelor’s and her master’s degrees here, and the couple met while she was doing an undergraduate internship. The university also means a lot to their present: After more than three decades as a social worker, Chris is now a… more »

Distinguished Alumni Honored for Giving Back to Georgia State – and the Community

In a year full of major milestones for Georgia State University, the Distinguished Alumni Award is celebrating a milestone of its own.

“The Distinguished Alumni Awards is celebrating its 50th year along with the university’s Centennial celebration, so this year has special significance,” says Christina Million, associate vice president for alumni affairs. “The four honorees… more »