Past Issues

Fall 2016

From the President

We’re off to another terrific start to the academic year at Georgia State University. This fall, we welcomed our largest, most academically qualified freshman class in the institution’s history, and we began our first full academic year with Perimeter College integrated into the university. On our Atlanta campus, more than 3,700 freshmen enrolled this fall, up from 3,350 in 2015. This year’s class was selected from a…

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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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The New Age of Discovery

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, Georgia State has garnered national recognition for improving student success regardless of background and exponentially raising graduation rates. Now it is developing a national reputation as one of the country’s fastest growing research universities. Twenty-one years ago, Georgia State was named a research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, setting the university…

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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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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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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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No Bounds

Is Georgia State downtown’s savior? That was the question posed by editors at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to President Mark Becker two years ago when it was first announced Georgia State was the lead suitor for the 77 acres of Turner Field and its surrounding parking lots. The question is a rhetorical one. In less than…

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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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