Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

New Dean Named at Georgia State’s Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

Nancy P. Kropf, associate dean for research and strategic initiatives and professor of social work in Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, has been appointed dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State, effective Aug. 10.

Kropf joined Georgia State in 2006 as… 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 »

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 »

Kellie Smith: Enthusiasm for Georgia State, and a Passion to Serve

Some high-school graduates are apprehensive about leaving their hometowns and heading off to college for the first time. Not Kellie Smith, who started classes at Georgia State just a week after graduating from her high school in south Georgia.

“I just wanted to move to the city and expand my options here. I was excited… more »

Georgia State Alumnus Ken Lewis Makes $5 Million Pledge To Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

Georgia State University alumnus Kenneth D. Lewis (B.A.,’69), a longtime donor to his alma mater, has made his biggest gift yet, a $5 million pledge to the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions.

The nursing school was named for Lewis’ mother in 2003 when he created a major endowment funding faculty… 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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Plenty of Schools Wanted Maya Kelkar — Maya Wanted Georgia State

Georgia State’s Presidential Scholars arrive on campus as incoming freshmen with more than just good grades. They possess the open minds, creativity, and dedication to hard work and discovery upon which our university was founded. In return, the Presidential Scholarship covers full tuition and fees and provides stipends for living expenses and study-abroad opportunities. Presidential… 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 »

Missy Cody: Serving the Cause of Global Nutrition

Piecing the global puzzle of food, health and culture GSU emerita funds international travel award for nutrition majors

For dietitians, globalization means understanding the special role that food plays in every culture. For example, rice is not considered safe to eat in Indonesia unless blessed by ritual prayers during its growth.

GSU professor emerita Missy… more »

Kaiser Permanente: Addressing Shortage of Nurses

Kaiser Permanente’s wide funding helps Georgia State nurses and faculty thrive

Since 2005, healthcare delivery system has funded scholarships and more to answer state’s critical shortage of health care professionals


To bolster the front line of community health care, Kaiser Permanente has given almost $800,000 to Georgia State University to support nursing education –… more »