Expanding Horizons

GSU extends its reach in business, research, and teaching

Mark P. Becker

Mark P. Becker

This is a very exciting fall at Georgia State University. In August, we welcomed our largest and, we believe, best prepared freshman class in our history. And in September, we kicked off the inaugural season of Panther football, a history-making milestone for GSU and the Atlanta community.

Another milestone this fall was the opening of the Confucius Institute at Georgia State University, a business-oriented initiative that provides comprehensive services for promoting Chinese language and culture and fosters intercultural exchange between China and the United States. On October 15, I was honored to join Xiliang Cui, president of the Beijing Language and Culture University, and Yanping Gao, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, in the official dedication at GSU’s Rialto Center for the Arts.

Also in this issue, you’ll meet Jeremy Crampton, associate professor of geography, who is helping tell the mostly untold story of geographers’ and cartographers’ part in helping Allied forces win WWII and plan for the post-war era.

And you’ll learn about GSU’s newly formed fall teacher residency program, which matches 10 pre-service teachers with 10 mentors in metro Atlanta schools. Funded by a $13.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program is similar to the residency programs doctors go through; the pre-service teachers will be working full-time for a year for a stipend in low-income schools and high-need content areas such as math and science.

There is much going on at Georgia State University, and there is much more on the horizon.




Mark P. Becker