July 2015 Issue

Posted On July 7, 2015
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Construction Continues On Campus This Summer

Construction crews will continue work on a variety of developments and renovation projects this summer as the university adds new housing, offices and science laboratories across campus.

The university expects several projects to be completed in 2016, including the addition of the Science Park Phase II Building being built next to the Petit Science Center, the new housing complex at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and the expansion of the fourth and fifth floors of the Science Annex.

The Science Park Phase II building will significantly increase the amount of research labs and lab support space on campus, and the Science Annex expansion will add two 25-seat science-teaching laboratories to the building, which will be completed in two phases. The new housing complex, which is the first student housing facility in the University System of Georgia to be built and operated under a new public-private partnership, will house about 1,100 students and will include a dining hall.

Construction crews plan to finish several more projects in July, with the largest being the completion of the university’s new College of Law building at 85 Park Place. The College of Law moved into the new building on June 22.

“McCarthy (Building Companies) has done an amazing job on our new building,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “The new building increases the College of Law’s capacity to attract top students and engage with the greater legal community. It affords us the space to expand and improve our programs to serve more students and help our clinics assist underserved Georgians.”

The university also renovated the third floor of Dahlberg Hall to relocate the Office of International Initiatives from 10 Park Place. The eighth floor of the 55 Park Place building was renovated for the relocation of the Georgia Health Policy Center from 2 Peachtree Center. 

“The opening of the International Center highlights a milestone moment in the university’s history as we bring together all of the international units on campus,” said Dr. Jun Liu, associate provost for International Initiatives. “I am thrilled by the establishment of the long-awaited International Center that symbolizes the unity and cohesion of the concerted efforts of our faculty, staff and students at Georgia State as we continue making strides in globalizing our campus.”  


Consolidation Implementation Committee Meets, Workshops Planned To Help Employees
With Upcoming Consolidation

Work has continued on the Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College consolidation this summer. The 40-member Consolidation Implementation Committee (CIC) met May 16, June 4 and June 19, approving recommendations that emerged from operational working groups across the two institutions.

The group has worked through 65 recommendations at each of its three summer meetings, reviewing, amending and deleting some when needed. The CIC will continue to have regular meetings over the next several months until all of the working group recommendations have been presented.

As the consolidation moves along, employees from both schools will have the chance to participate in seminars aimed at easing the dynamics of change. The Human Resources departments at Georgia Perimeter and Georgia State will host free “Change and Transition” workshops until late August.

Some of the workshop sessions are designed to guide managers and supervisors through the process of leading during change and connecting with disengaged staffers—while others, targeting non-management employees, will address managing stress and thriving during change and transition.

“Our goal is to fill each session. When these sessions are full, we will schedule more to allow all employees who want to, the opportunity to attend,” said Deborah Covin Wilson, director of organizational development and consulting services.

Jennifer McCormick, an assessment coordinator in Institutional Research, said the sessions have a mix of lecture-style delivery and small-group activities.

“The workshop helped to expand my skills toolkit to include resources for recognizing change, managing myself through the change process and coming out stronger and more successful on the other side of the experience,” McCormick said.

The sessions will be held in various locations at Georgia State and on each of Georgia Perimeter’s five campuses and its Lakeside Center. Employees at Georgia State and GPC can attend sessions anywhere they’re being offered. To register, click here.

News Briefs


Student Center Announces New Building Names

The Student Center has been renamed Student Center East and the University Center has been renamed Student Center West. The rooms have also been renumbered to help visitors better navigate through the buildings. Under the new system, the center’s room numbers now start in Student Center East and extend into Student Center West with no duplicate room numbers. Boyd Beckwith, who has been the center’s director since August 2013, spearheaded the changes after observing visitors’ difficulties finding offices and meeting rooms. “I was struck by how confusing it was for members of the Georgia State University community to navigate between the Student Center and University Center via the Urban Life Center and the Bookstore Building,” he said. “I was approached many times by students looking for a meeting room in the Student Center that was actually in the University Center or vice versa. This name change, along with an increase in wayfinding signage, will help individuals to find the meetings, programs and services for which they are looking.” Meeting rooms formerly labeled with names are now labeled with room numbers and the appropriate building acronym. Some easily recognized named spaces, such as the State Ballroom, Speaker’s Auditorium and Golden Key Board Room, will continue to be known by their names rather than numbers.


Staff Council Conducts Staff Climate Survey
Staff Council and the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) are encouraging staff members to share their opinions about working at Georgia State in this year’s university-wide Staff Climate Survey. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, will be open until July 17. A workstation will be available in the Office of Institutional Research (1001, 1 Park Place Bldg.) for staff that would like to complete the survey, but don’t have access to a computer or who may need assistance. Staff members can also use phones, tablets or other networked devices to access and complete the survey. The Georgia State Athletic Department will give each staff member who completes the survey two free tickets to the football team’s home opener against Charlotte on Sept. 4.

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Georgia State’s College Of Education Changes Name

The College of Education has changed its name to the College of Education & Human Development, effective July 1. Since its founding in 1967 the college has expanded its degree offerings and faculty and student populations and dedicated itself to preparing students for a variety of careers within the education and human development fields, thus prompting the name change. “The new name better represents the full scope of the teaching, research and service of this very important and successful college,” said Risa Palm, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The college prepares not only teachers and administrators, but also a variety of other professionals in human services.” The College of Education & Human Development offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degree and non-degree programs across six academic departments and one academic division. The college graduates about 900 students a year and prepares about 400 new teachers annually. “This name change more fully represents the disciplines within which the college confers degrees and faculty, students and staff conduct research and engage in community outreach,” said Paul Alberto, dean of the college.

Staff Spotlight


Teresa Ward
Director of the Center for Higher Education 
Research and Analytics in the Office of Institutional Research

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Georgia State has earned a STARS Reporter Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. 

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) has announced that Georgia State is the recipient of The Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award. The award is presented to an individual or organization demonstrating outstanding community service. The university has sponsored the Professional Development and Training Institute of AAAED for the past three years in March.

Christy Brozowski, international admissions coordinator, was accepted to the 2015/2016 cohort of the NAFSA Academy, a leadership training program of the Association for International Education.

Mike Townsend, international adviser, was elected chair of the 2016 Georgia International Leadership Conference.
Robert Ambrose, associate professor of music, was the first guest conductor in the history of the Helsinki Police Band in Finland. He gave performances in Kotka and Karkilla, Finland. He also was a faculty member for the STM Music Camp in Murecka, Finland.

Daniel Bauer, associate professor of risk management and insurance, was awarded the Bob Alting von Geusau Memorial Prize for the best paper published in the ASTIN Bulletin during 2012 and 2013, based on research topics related to the Financial Risks and ERM Section of the International Actuarial Association.  

Diane Belcher, applied linguistics and English as a second language chair and professor, received the Journal of Second Language Writing’s (JSLW) Best Article Award for her article, “What We Need and Don’t Need Intercultural Rhetoric For: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at an Evolving Research Area.” JSLW is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal that features content on second and foreign language writing as well as writing instruction.

Caitlin Dooley, associate professor of early childhood education, has been named deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Georgia Department of Education.

Stuart Gerber, associate professor of percussion, was recently featured as faculty percussionist at the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. 

Barry Hirsch, professor of economics and W.J. Usery Chair of the American Workplace, presented “Trouble in the Tails? Earnings Non-response and Response Bias across the Distribution” in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales, on May 21, and at the University of Sydney on May 22. The paper is coauthored with Chris Bollinger of University of Kentucky, Charles Hokayem of Centre College and Jim Ziliak of University of Kentucky.

Nicole Iannarone, assistant clinical professor, and Maggie Vath, instructor of law, have been elected treasurer and secretary of the Atlanta Bar Association. 

Bruce Kaufman, professor of economics, was an invited keynote speaker at the 2015 History of Economics Society conference at Michigan State University on June 27. He presented his paper, “The Origins and Theory Foundation of Original Institutional Economics Reconsidered.”

V. Kumar, executive director for the Center for Excellence in Brand and Customer Management, accepted the AMS/CUTCO-Vector Marketing Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, an annual award recognizing the outstanding career achievement of a marketing educator, at the Academy of Marketing Science annual conference in Denver, May 12-14.

Dr. Jian-Dong Li, a professor and director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Inflammation and Immunity, has received a five-year, $1.6 million federal grant to develop novel anti-inflammatory therapeutics against middle-ear infections. The grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health will support Li’s drug development goals of identifying novel therapeutic targets and further developing non-antibiotic therapeutics to treat middle-ear infections by using drug repurposing.

The Georgia Health Policy Center sponsored and presented at the National Network of Public Health Institutes annual conference,, May 12-14 in New Orleans. The presenters included Chris Parker and Glenn M. Landers, associate project directors; Debra Kibbe, Susan McLaren, Tamanna Patel, senior research associates; Jimmy Dills, research associate II; Robert Pettignano of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Health Law Partnership; and Sylvia Caley of the Georgia State College of Law and Health Law Partnership.

Ryan Rowberry, assistant professor of law, and Lauren Sudeall Lucas, assistant professor of law, have received the Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship.

Charity Scott, the Cathy Henson Professor of Law, and Cassady Brewer, assistant professor of law, have received the Maleski Award for Teaching Excellence.

Brenda Pitts, professor of sports business management, was interviewed on Brazilian radio while in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to serve as the keynote speaker for the 4th Congress of Latin American Association for Sport Management.

Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health, has been named the Miller-Burdeshaw Lecturer at the University of Mississippi for Women.
Jan Ligon, associate professor and Bachelor of Social Work program director, presented “The Effects of Substance Abuse on Families” in Hamilton and Stirling, Scotland, May 11- 12. Sponsored by Scottish Families Affected by Drugs, he also presented to prisoners and staff at Shotts Prison (near Shotts, Scotland), the country’s maximum security facility for men.

The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement, led by the Georgia Health Policy Center, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, has received a $60,000 grant as an awardee for the Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation initiative.

The Health Law Partnership (HeLP), of which the Georgia Health Policy Center is a member, has been awarded a $22,500 grant with a match from the Emory Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the Association of American College’s AHEAD (Accelerating Health Equity, Advancing Through Discovery) program.

Theodore Poister, professor of public management and policy, conducted a training and development program on “Performance Measurement and Results Frameworks” for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on April 23.

Deborah Covin Wilson, director of organizational development and consulting services, was one of the first nine recipients to receive the 2015 ATD CI CPLP Contributor Award on May 18 at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Awards Ceremony as part of the International Conference in Orlando, Fla. The CPLP Contributor Award recognizes CPLP credential holders who put forth an outstanding effort to support, promote and advance the CPLP certification program.