Alumni

Journey’s End


On May 7, Kaila Yancey (B.A. ’16) finished her college career with a degree in journalism with a double minor in marketing and hospitality management. Watch the behind-the-scenes video from Yancey’s graduation day.

Church and State


Manikka Bowman has always seen the connection between public policy and theology. “I grew up in Louisiana, and my pastor was a city councilman, so this intersection has always been a part of my frame of reference,” she said. “It’s a built-in organized mechanism. If you want to affect policy at any level, you have…

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Dr. Sue


Dr. Susan Henderson started on her public health career path two decades ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small, tropical West African nation of Togo. Her journey has carried her around the world to Beijing and back again. Now based in Washington, D.C., Henderson is chief of epidemiology and surveillance for the Peace…

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Reel Vision


At the turn of the 21st century, five kids met while students of film, theater and creative writing classes at Georgia State. They found themselves to be similar pieces on the same game board — five cinenthusiasts who wanted, more than sleep or square meals, to make films of their own. They shared a taste for on the- run tacos and off-kilter movies, many of the films laced with dark humor like arsenic.

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Macon Good


H&H Restaurant is a downtown Macon, Ga., landmark that’s easy to miss. Tucked into the ground floor of a squat, red-brick cube at the corner of Forsyth and New streets, the breakfast and lunch spot is marked only by a white painted-over Coca-Cola light-box sign hanging above the door. The swinging glass door and a…

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Change Agent


Cheryl Johnson’s groundbreaking work is creating ripple effects internationally. As a Georgia State undergraduate student, Johnson first earned a degree in International Economics and Modern Language with a focus on German. She served as an Emerging Leader, a member of the Spotlight Programs Board, and a judiciary in the Student Government Association—all of this on…

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Creating Opportunity


In the summer of 2000, Odie Donald transferred back home to Atlanta from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga to be closer to his mother, Claire (B.S. ‘90), who was ill. The former top 50 high school recruit in basketball also hoped to become a contributor to then head coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell’s squad. But Donald got a…

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Maria’s Way


Maria Perez Manahan (B.S. ’94, M.S.’96) contemplated her next step. Her boss was retiring. It was expected that she would add her resume with the other hopefuls to lead Hemophilia of Georgia. She wasn’t so sure. “Am I wired like a CEO?” she wondered. On paper, yes. Working her way from office assistant to vice…

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