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Spring 2017

Riding the Wave

There’s no surfing in Woodstock, Ga. It’s more than 2,200 miles from the surfing meccas of California. For Eric Elliott — 16-year-old San Francisco Bay Area transplant, surfing acolyte and new member of Etowah High School’s class of ’97— this was a problem. Eric and his twin brother Lee were enraptured by the surfing culture…

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Carrying The Flame

The news that would lead to the most dramatic expansion in the history of Georgia State University came with a vibrating cell phone. It was November 2013, and Mark Becker, who had been president of the university for almost five years, was attending a conference in Washington, D.C. During a lunch break, his phone lit…

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The Renaissance Kid

On the top floor of Sparks Hall, around the back on the Library Plaza side, a long, dark hallway stretches to the northwest. There’s no one up here. The doors are all shut, and there’s not a light in sight. For a weekday afternoon at the state’s largest public university, the quiet is borderline unnerving.…

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A Force of Talent

Noel Braham is a man on the go, splitting his time between Atlanta and Los Angeles as he pursues his dreams of becoming a professional actor and filmmaker. His leap of faith is paying off. Last year, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in an official selection to the Star Wars Fan Film Awards. His…

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Following the Sun to the End of the Earth

Professor Stuart Jefferies leads a multi-institutional crew of scientists opening a solar observatory in the most inhospitable place on the planet — Antarctica.

Multi-Purpose Building

In 2001, Stephanie Y. Drake was vice president for Allied Capital, the investment firm’s first-ever African American woman to ascend to the position. In seven quick years she built a strong career in the commercial real estate development arena. Then, at the age of 32 and at the top of her game, she retired. While…

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City Grown

Georgia State has a farm? PantherDining is using a system developed by a Boston company named Freight Farms to grow fresh food inside a shipping container repurposed for farming. A complex computer system called Agrowtek controls everything — light, air, water and nutrients. We farmers monitor and maintain the farm with a program called FarmHand,…

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Piano Management

John Burke, a classically trained pianist with four solo albums under his belt, came to Georgia State to study management and finance, not music. “I’m a pianist instead of a budget analyst or politician, but the master of public administration program prepared me in many ways for my music career,” he said. “As an independent…

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