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There’s not an app for that!
The Quarter 4, 2013 of Georgia State Magazine is the first issue I’ve read since I graduated in 1989. Wish I could read it on my iPad.

Staci Waddle (B.A. ’89)

Editor’s note: Technically, you can download a PDF on the magazine homepage and read the entire magazine on your tablet or device. Not ideal, but we are hopeful to begin work soon to develop an app for the magazine!


I read with interest the article written in the Winter 2013 Georgia State Magazine by Sonya Collins about electronic cigarettes. Working for the American Cancer Society, I’ve had to read and understand a lot of information about these new devices; and as a nurse, I’ve had to study a smidgen of physiology. These two perspectives point up some potential confusion as one reads this article.

Unfortunately, Ms. Collins and many others seem to skim over the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) category for food additives that are present in e-cigarettes without explanation or context. The FDA recognizes propylene glycol and these other ingredients as generally safe to eat, not inhale. The lungs and the gastrointestinal tract are pretty dissimilar organs, and respond quite differently to common substances. The gastrointestinal tract has very efficient ways of getting of waste products, while the lungs aren’t quite so good at that. For example, vegetable oil is safe to eat, but if you happen to inhale it, you could end up with a wicked pneumonia. Just because a substance is GRAS, that doesn’t mean a person can take it internally by a different route and expect the same benign outcome.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a good understanding about what these particular additives do to the interior of the bronchi, bronchioles, and the delicate alveoli upon which we depend to keep delivering oxygen, especially over the long term. As anyone with emphysema can tell you, alveoli are not replaceable.

I do hope that there someday will be standardized, reliable listing of ingredients and decent long-term studies done on e-cigarettes and all these ingredients, but in the meantime, I can’t see endorsing them. There are safer ways to get nicotine replacement therapy, including a nicotine inhaler that has been FDA-approved, if one wants to inhale nicotine to help with smoking cessation. Read more here.

The views expressed herein are my own, and don’t represent those of the American Cancer Society, but you can read what the ACS says about e-cigarettes by clicking here.

Patricia Yeargin (B.S. ’83), MN, MPH, RN

Point, Point, Counterpoint

Perhaps I am in the minority, but I must tell you that I find the new look of the magazine to be unappealing. It no longer has the appearance of a first class publication from a first class university. I still appreciate the content and will still read it, but probably won’t necessarily share it with others anymore.

Loretta Harper (Ph.D. ’88)


I am dismayed by your so-called new magazine. It glorifies design and gives not even a passing nod to the written word, which has to be searched out on some of the pages. The massively over-designed pages do not invite one to read, and if one does, the words are not memorable. Moreover, it’s just ugly. My impression is that the graphic designers have taken over the candy store. Don’t get too carried away with congratulating yourselves.

Beth Bassett (M.Ed. ’79) Former associate editor and principal writer, Emory Magazine


My wife is an alumna of Georgia State and received the new magazine. Holy cow! It’s gorgeous! I am the Illustration Department head at the Atlanta campus of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), so I am surrounded by great illustration and design, but I have to say that this new publication is as good as anything I’ve seen from a college publication and rivals the best graphic design out there, whether corporate, commercial or institutional.

I was particularly pleased to see the generous use of terrific illustration, particularly the wonderful portraits by Adam Cruft. Really world-class work. I wasn’t familiar with him or his work but I was blown away, and will reference his work in my upcoming “The Portrait for Illustration” class. Kudos to everyone who helped with this wonderful magazine, and I am already looking forward to the next one!

Rick Lovell Illustration Program Coordinator, SCAD


So long, Kell!
Reading about Kell Hall brought many memories. I was involved at Georgia State as a student and an employee from 1954 through 1975. I served as Director of Purchasing from 1957 through 1975. My first memory goes back to the mid-1930s. The facility was known as the Belle Isle parking garage. My dad would periodically take our family downtown on Saturday afternoon for a movie and, on occasions, bowling at Blick’s bowling alleys, just north of the parking garage on Ivy Street. When bowling was on the schedule, my dad would park at Belle Isle.

I clearly remember receiving a piece of stick candy from the attendant when my dad paid for the parking. This was standard practice for the kids.
Another memory involved registration for my first classes in 1954.
This was in the first floor of Kell Hall. Over the years, I saw many renovations take place on just about every floor. Each one of them served as a sign of progress.

In a way, it is sort of sad to see the “old girl” pass away. But as I learned many years ago, “don’t be the first to try the new, nor the last to try the new.”

Robert Ted Brown (B.B.A. ’58, M.P.A. ’74)


As my wife, Camilla, and I are ’73 journalism grads, most of today’s alumni are a generation or more separated from what even fewer of us recall when Kell Hall was finally functioning. Grown from a parking garage skeleton, the “ramps” were unique in their efficiency to take us from floor to floor. If only those walls could have spoken loudly, often and sooner.

W. R. “Bill” Ronay (B.A. ’73)


Goodwill Game
I live a long way from Georgia State in Salt Lake City. As a result, I don’t get to see our sports teams play in person
very often. I was excited to learn that the men’s basketball team would be playing Brigham Young University last season. I bought tickets to the game so I could cheer them on. Prior to the game, I sent an email to Coach Hunter wishing him luck and telling him that they’d have at least one fan in the stands. He immediately replied, asking if I needed tickets. (He said he had good ones!) I accepted and sat a few rows behind the team. After the game, I got to say hello to the players as they exited the locker room and also meet and talk with Coach Hunter. I was really impressed with him and I am appreciative that he represents Georgia State!

Bret Kinghorn (B.S. ’92)