December 2015 Issue

Posted On December 15, 2015
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Georgia State/Georgia Perimeter College
Consolidate Technology Systems

As Georgia State University prepares for the upcoming consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College, the instructional and technology support teams at both schools have been combined to create a new organization called Instructional Innovation and Technology (IIT).

Phil Ventimiglia, chief innovation officer at Georgia State, said the teams have been working collaboratively to combine technology systems and enable smooth operations across campuses when the consolidation is officially approved in January.

“There’s a lot to do,” said Ventimiglia, who heads the new IIT unit. “We have to bring together the best features of the available technology and prepare to operate as one institution. Collaboratively transitioning to this new organization will allow us to hit the ground running as the consolidation begins in January.

“The new name reflects our combined organization’s commitment to fostering the goals of the university, to provide an education that will help our students succeed on campus and beyond and to help ensure the university’s place at the forefront of innovation in the higher education landscape,” Ventimiglia said.

Units of the Combined Support Organization:
• Center for Instructional Innovation: Provide instructional and technology resources for faculty seeking to explore innovative teaching practices and new learning models.
• Technology Services: Provide technology systems and support to allow for efficient university services and operations, including the university’s central technology support help desks, which will provide support across campuses.
• University Application Solutions: Explore emerging and integrated solutions that advance university business needs.
• Research Solutions: Provide support for research computing and support Georgia State’s research growth and economic impact through a collaboration between the Research Solutions area of University Research and IIT.
Some of the first technology systems that will be transitioned will include systems that assist with student enrollment, such as the PAWS portal. Beginning in fall 2016, students at Perimeter College will begin using PAWs for enrollment.

IIT is also working with Human Resources to provide Perimeter College employees with email and campus IDs as an initial step after the consolidation.

“This should make it easier for all Perimeter College and Georgia State faculty and staff to work together, using features like calendaring and document sharing for increased collaboration,” Ventimiglia said.

More information on how systems will transition can be found at:


Strategic Plan Update Committee
Reviews Community Feedback

The Strategic Plan Update Committee will close the “Community Feedback” tab on the Strategic Plan website on Friday, Dec. 18. The tab will be reopened in the spring semester to solicit feedback from faculty, staff and students on the committee’s draft report/revised strategic plan. The committee has met regularly during the fall semester to review the university’s progress on the strategic plan and to address needs for advancing all five goals during the next five-year phase of the plan. Committee members have met with deans and their designees, held six focus groups, six town hall meetings and conducted a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis. Members of the committee are also working in subgroups to shape initiatives related to each of the goals independently before receiving feedback and direction from the full committee. The final report/revised strategic plan is due to be voted on by the Senate at its April 14 meeting.

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Georgia State Plays In First Bowl Game

Georgia State’s football team will play in its first bowl game at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 in Orlando. The Panthers (6-6) will play San Jose State (5-7) in the inaugural Cure Bowl. Georgia State earned its bowl game bid after a 34-7 win over Georgia Southern on Dec. 5. It was the Panthers’ fourth consecutive victory and their first over the Eagles. During the current four-game winning streak, Georgia State is averaging 32.5 points and 511.2 yards of offense while allowing 14.25 points and 328 yards per game on defense. Tickets for the game can be purchased by visiting or by calling 404-413-4020.


Georgia State Graduates More Than 2,900 At Fall Commencement
More than 2,900 students graduated from Georgia State at the fall commencement on Dec. 16 at the Georgia Dome. Lisa Borders, chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of global community affairs at Coca-Cola, delivered the keynote address.



Jun Liu Accepts Position At Stony Brook University
Dr. Jun Liu, who has been associate provost for international initiatives at Georgia State since 2011, has accepted the position of dean of international academic programs and services and vice provost for global affairs at Stony Brook University-SUNY, effective Jan. 25. During his tenure at Georgia State, great progress has been made toward the internationalization goal of the university strategic plan, said Risa Palm, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Study Abroad participation, exchange of students and scholars, partnerships with universities in other nations, emerging market task forces focusing on Brazil, China, Korea, South Africa and Turkey, and on-campus international awareness have seen remarkable growth and accomplishments, she said. Under Liu’s leadership, the International Center at Georgia State opened its doors in Dahlberg Hall last summer. In addition to his responsibilities as associate provost, Liu also is director of the Confucius Institute.

Staff Spotlight


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Arzu Ari, associate professor of respiratory therapy, has been elected vice president of the Inhalation Therapies Networking Group of the Turkish Respiratory Society.

Missale Ayele, project coordinator for the School of Public Health’s Chronic Disease Certificate Program, has been appointed to serve on the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council.  Quality Matters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to setting standards for online education.

Brian Bride, professor and director of social work, presented “Caregiver Compassion Fatigue” at the Rosalynn Carter Institute National Summit and Training Institute,” on Oct. 22 in Americus, Ga.

Tanya Caldwell, faculty and associate graduate director in the Department of English, has received the university’s Faculty Award for Global Engagement. Caldwell has directed the Georgia State and University of Northumbria British American Cultures exchange program since 2002.

Karis Casseus, clinical assistant professor of nursing, has received the Marilyn Chew Lunn Memorial Nursing Leadership Award from Georgia Regents University College of Nursing.

Catharina Chang, professor of counseling and psychological services, is the recipient of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentoring Award. The award recognizes educators whose mentorship affects students and colleagues in extensive ways.

Hector Fernandez, the director of the Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies in the Global Studies Institute, has received the Study Abroad Program Director of the Year award. Fernandez has been leading study-abroad programs to Mexico and Costa Rica since 2002.

Robbie Friedmann, professor emeritus of criminal justice and criminology and director of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange, gave welcoming remarks and made a presentation on “Terrorism Continuum: Initiated and Inspired” at the 7th annual Law Enforcement and Private Sector Business Continuity Summit at Atlanta Metropolitan State College on Nov. 12.

Heather Housley, director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), was recently awarded a career achievement award at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region VII Conference in Savannah, Ga. Approximately 650 people from across the southeast were in attendance.

Paula Huntley, business manager for the Institute of International Business, has been awarded the university’s Staff Award for Global Engagement. With study-abroad programs being one of her many responsibilities, Huntley was instrumental in the start of the joint degree program with the Robinson College of Business and Cairo University in Egypt.

Julian C. Juergensmeyer, the Ben F. Johnson Jr. chair in Law and director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, was honored in November by the University of Florida and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for his contributions to the community and his presentation at the annual Ernest R. Bartley Memorial Lecture.

Keith M. Hill, facilities coordinator in the College of Law Library, has been appointed Atlanta Alvin Ailey ambassador coordinator.

Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning selected College of Education and Human Development faculty members Gary Bingham, Kyong-Ah Kwon and Nicole Patton Terry to review the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, an approach for assessing, improving and communicating the level of quality in early care and education programs.

Kyle Mangum, assistant professor in economics, presented the paper “Fast Locations and Slowing Labor Mobility” at the annual meetings of the Urban Economics Association in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 13.

Gholnecsar Muhammad, assistant professor of middle and secondary education, is the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on English Education Research Initiative Grant. Her grant project is titled, “Black Lives Matter in Multimodal Literacy Practices: A Descriptive Case Study of Resistance Writing within a Literacy Collaborative.”

The College of Education and Human Development’s Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s program has received the Atlanta Public Schools Washington Cluster School-Based Partner of Year Award.

Amanda Phillips-Martinez, senior research associate in the Georgia Health Policy Center, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator on the operation, selection and funding of migrant health centers.

Brenda Pitts, professor of kinesiology and health, has been nominated for the 2016 Diversity Award from the North American Society for Sport Management.

Pam Redmon, executive director of the China Tobacco Control Partnership at the School of Public Health, recently received the Changchun Friendship Award from the city of Changchun, China for her contributions to reducing smoking rates in Changchun.

Jonathan Todres, professor of law, was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on the Biological and Psychosocial Effects of Peer Victimization: Lessons for Bullying Prevention.

Reneé Schwartz, associate professor of middle and secondary education, has been named the recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers Research Award.

Paula Stephan, professor of economics, was the keynote speaker at the 10th Berlin Debate on Science Policy in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 8.

Michael Shapiro, clinical instructor and director of criminal justice and criminology at the Alpharetta Center, was installed for a two-year term as president of the Criminal Justice Association of Georgia.