Community Builder

Twenty years after Atlanta welcomed athletes, families, fans and media from more than 160 countries to town for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Mayor Kasim Reed’s staff is working to make Atlanta a welcoming place for its immigrants and refugees. Maria Azuri Atlanta joins 21 other U.S. cities in “Building a Nation of Neighbors,” the…

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The Road of Parris

Parris Lee is irreplaceable in the Georgia State football record book. He scored the first touchdown — ever — for the Panthers on Sept. 2, 2010. Watch it on YouTube. That’s Lee stretched out there on the Georgia Dome turf, straining, yearning, willing himself to the goal line and reaching out with the tip of the football to cross the…

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First Responder

It was September 2014, during the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, when Brian Panasuk first laid eyes on Liberia. But it’s the smell he’ll never forget. “Diesel,” he said. “There were generators everywhere.” Brian Panasuk Panasuk had been working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Joint Information Center in Atlanta for only two years when he…

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A Score of Five Points

Megan Sexton was there when the very first issue of Five Points, A Journal of Literature and Art, Georgia State’s long-running literary magazine, was put to bed. Megan Sexton That first publication is celebrating its 20th birthday this fall. In the two decades since the first issue appeared, Sexton has been a part of each journal — from a doctoral student on the start-up team…

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Good Neighbor

On a Tuesday afternoon just south of Five Points, the peace and quiet can feel downright eerie. Brian Egan Bookended by a pair of MARTA stations, this stretch of Broad Street runs from Trinity Avenue to Alabama Street. Parking lots, vacant storefronts and wide sidewalks play host to flocks of foraging pigeons who navigate around the down-and-out seeking shelter under awnings. Brian Egan strolls down the street and…

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The Equestrian

Exactly what is “eventing” in the equestrian world? It’s essentially a triathlon type event where you compete with one horse through all three phases. The first phase, called Dressage, is very similar to ballet where you have a test that has specific movements. The second phase is cross-country riding; you have the horse galloping at 25 miles per hour for distances of about four miles with about 25 to 30…

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When Jennifer Waindle graduated from Georgia State with degrees in psychology and sociology, she landed a job as a probation officer in DeKalb County. Initially, she hadn’t considered this career path but found it was a “unique blend of social work and law enforcement,”she said, and thus “a perfect fit.” About a year later, Waindle was also able…

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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.