Creativity

The Buzz Up Above


What’s the buzz downtown these days? The Hyatt Regency Atlanta recently unveiled a new landmark for downtown Atlanta, one pioneered by talented Georgia State students. This landmark, an 18-foot rooftop mural, celebrates the hotel’s innovative Polaris Bee Garden. The bee garden is a large rooftop space 25 stories above Peachtree Street. Visible from Polaris, the…

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Head Of The Class


Following last year’s announcement of an ambitious plan to overhaul Georgia State’s campus with courtyards, gathering spaces and increased walkability, university planners and educators are now turning their attention to the classrooms. They’re looking beyond desks and overhead projectors to create spaces that will change not just where but how students learn. It’s a change…

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Go about a mile and a half up Marietta Street from Georgia State’s campus, hang a left on Means Street into an industrial corridor of 19th century warehouses and you’ll find yourself at the offices of MailChimp. Inside, skateboard decks and graffiti decorate exposed brick walls, and dozens of plush primates dressed like a mail carrier — Freddie, the company…

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The Force is Strong with this One


Grad student/lawyer/teacher Brandy Roatsey is the Jedi of Star Wars programming at Dragon Con.

A Classical Approach


Five nights a week on New York Public Radio’s WQXR 105.9 FM, Terrance McKnight (M.Mu. ’95) takes over the airwaves to guide listeners through the world of classical music. McKnight came to Georgia State in 1992 to study piano pedagogy after earning his bachelor’s degree in performance at Morehouse College. A hand injury during graduate…

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Playing for Peace


Ben Spears spent the first half of the year in one of the most fought over and unstable regions on Earth playing a relatively obscure sport with kids. Ben Spears. Photo by Ben Rollins Spears is a leadership development coach with Ultimate Peace, a nonprofit organization that connects youth in areas divided by conflict through the sport…

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Empowering Employees


The art of empowering people can take many forms. Eleanor Fulton (MBA ’04) has discovered a particularly innovative way to do so by tapping right in to the wants and needs of employees. A benefits package sweetens the deal in any new employment opportunity — but as Fulton wondered, how far does a benefits package…

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History and ‘Hate Ashbury’


Kristina Graves was sure she was mistaken. She was in the arena at the Yaraab Shriners Temple on Ponce de Leon Avenue, cheering on the Atlanta Rollergirls, the local flat-track roller derby team, and from her trackside seat she could have sworn she recognized one of the skaters zipping by. That looks just like Dr. Brattain!