Global: Highlighting the good works of GSU around the world
The group was selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to tour West Africa as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program.
“It was a phenomenal experience,” Coleman said. “We encountered all walks of life, so many people from different religions and different cultures.”
Their tour activities included public concerts, master classes and collaborations with local musicians.
While performing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the group spent a day with refugees who had fled their homes because of the long-running conflict there.
“We gave out food and water and then performed an impromptu mini-concert,” Coleman said.
Their favorite stop was in Ghana where, after their performance, the audience was so enamored, the group was given three encores.
“They were so receptive,” Coleman said. “We were like rock stars!”
Local: Highlighting the good works of GSU in Georgia and in the community
Sieneih Lewis and Tracia Livingston worked this past fall as Spanish translators at Grady Memorial Hospital, where they answered phones in the language interpretation office, provided financial counseling and assisted the hospital’s medical interpreter.
The recent graduates, who both earned a B.A. in Spanish, were participating in a practicum class during their final semester that required 100 hours of volunteer work at the hospital. The work, while sometimes heartbreaking, has been extremely rewarding, they say.
“It makes you realize that sickness doesn’t discriminate,” Lewis said. “It doesn’t care what language you speak or where you come from.”
When they weren’t in the office or shadowing the interpreter, Lewis and Livingston would simply walk the halls looking for those in need of help.
“People would get really excited when we’d walk up to them speaking Spanish,” Lewis said. “They’d tell us their entire life story.”
Even though the two graduated in December, they both went back to volunteer in January.
“Every day, you walk out of there saying, ‘I helped someone today,’” Livingston said.