Georgia State Magazine

Winter 2014

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Playing for Peace

Ben Spears (M.P.A. ’14) spent the first half of last year in one of the most fought over and unstable regions on Earth playing a relatively obscure sport with kids. Ben Spears. Photo by Ben Rollins Spears is a leadership development coach with Ultimate Peace, a nonprofit organization that connects youth in areas divided by conflict through…

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A Classical Approach

Five nights a week on New York Public Radio’s WQXR 105.9 FM, Terrance McKnight (M.Mu. ’95) takes over the airwaves to guide listeners through the world of classical music. McKnight came to Georgia State in 1992 to study piano pedagogy after earning his bachelor’s degree in performance at Morehouse College. A hand injury during graduate…

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The Force is Strong with this One

Grad student/lawyer/teacher Brandy Roatsey is the Jedi of Star Wars programming at Dragon Con.

An Ambassador of Culture

During World War II when Hideko Kato was 19 years old, U.S. forces firebombed her home during an air raid of Tokyo. Just a few years later, during the U.S. occupation of Japan, she found herself working for U.S. Gen. Douglas McArthur in his headquarters as a translator and English stenographer. “We were all so…

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Big Data

Country risk analysis has been a topic of investigation for decades, often focused on forecasting the risks to business profits when investing in a country. While there have been improvements in the breadth and analysis in the research, many scholars and practitioners continue to incorporate limited understandings of risk and a relatively small number of…

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The Buzz Up Above

What’s the buzz downtown these days? The Hyatt Regency Atlanta recently unveiled a new landmark for downtown Atlanta, one pioneered by talented Georgia State students. This landmark, an 18-foot rooftop mural, celebrates the hotel’s innovative Polaris Bee Garden. The bee garden is a large rooftop space 25 stories above Peachtree Street. Visible from Polaris, the…

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Distinguished Alumni of 2014

Since 1963, the Georgia State Alumni Association has recognized outstanding alumni with its Distinguished Alumni Awards. Meet the 2014 winners.

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