Alumni


Carl McCray (B.B.A. ’15) remembers the career-altering meeting with his adviser. The youngest of 22 grandchildren, McCray was the first of them to get a college degree. At his high school in the tiny south Georgia town of Fitzgerald (pop. 9,032), “we got it drilled into our heads that the medical field was one of the best to go into because of…

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On a first date, Larry Lowenstein asked the pretty woman across the table for her hand. She coyly offered it. Larry took her fingers in his. He turned her palm up, and his face grew serious — he’d just finished a book on palm reading. I see that in your future, he said, you will…

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Virtual Lives


Raegan Hodge was on her way to operate a camera on the set of a forgotten reality television show when a former classmate from Georgia State rang. It was Kate Crosby (B.A. ’03, B.F.A. ’08), head of video production at CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organizations. Crosby had an offer: Drop everything and go to Afghanistan for three weeks to record the…

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Bench Trial


The first pass to Everett Morris was always the last. And then up it went. He wasn’t selfish. He was just doing as the crowd commanded: “Shoot!” Morris was the 12th man for the Panthers, a 6-foot-1-inch guard, a walk-on player his junior year. By the time Morris finally entered a game — after he got out of the steel chair he’d been sitting in for…

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Media Maker


You might expect the first female editor-in-chief of VICE’s print magazine to be a domineering spitfire, full of one-liners, side-eyeing and devil-may-care promenade, but Ellis Jones is anything but. The 32-year-old media mogul sports a flaxen bob and peers out from behind her bangs and eyeglasses with equal parts grace and certainty. More even-keeled and unassuming than flashy, Jones makes…

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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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