December 2016 Issue

Posted On December 16, 2016
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More than 3,700 students graduated from Georgia State University on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the last fall commencement at the Georgia Dome.



Shawn Elliott, former co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of South Carolina and a coaching veteran with 20 years of experience in winning programs, was introduced on Friday, Dec. 9 as Georgia State’s third head football coach by President Mark Becker and Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb.

Shawn Elliot Introduced As Football Coach

Shawn Elliott, former co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of South Carolina and a coaching veteran with 20 years of experience in winning programs, was introduced on Friday, Dec. 9 as Georgia State’s third head football coach by President Mark Becker and Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb.

“I’m so proud to be here,” Elliott said. “The future is bright at Georgia State University and that stadium we’re about to move into. We’re going to bring effort and enthusiasm, and we’re going to attack every single day as if it’s our last. I know that’s easy to say, but it’s the truth. People talk about vision, vision, vision. I talk about now and what we need to be doing right now.

“Everyone wants to ask about offensive and defensive philosophy. To put it bluntly, we’re going to try to score a lot of points and hold the other team to a few points,” said.


News Briefs


Steve Kaminshine To Step Down And Return To Faculty
Steve Kaminshine will step down as dean of the College of Law and return to the faculty in summer 2017. Kaminshine, who joined the college in 1985, is among the College of Law’s longest serving faculty members, and the fifth and longest tenured dean in the history of the college, which opened in 1982. Kaminshine has led the college’s efforts to redesign its curriculum in response to changes in the legal profession, incorporating more experiential education classes, opportunities and integrated skills and doctrinal courses. These curriculum efforts were recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s No. 30 ranking for clinical education. The ascendance of the College of Law under Kaminshine’s leadership has been recognized nationally, reflected by the college’s rise in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings from 97th in 2007 to 57th in 2017, as well as the college’s consistent ranking among best value schools by National Jurist for 11 years. The college’s alumni have also had consistently high Bar passage rates for the last 10 years. During his tenure, the College of Law has raised almost $30 million, including $12 million for the college’s new building which opened in 2015.

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Grants to Green Award Will Enable Georgia State To Improve
T-Deck Lighting and Save More Than $50,000 Annually

Georgia State has received its first Grants to Green award, to be used for lighting improvements that will reduce energy consumption maintenance costs and increase campus safety in its T-Deck parking facility at 43 Auburn Ave. The $320,680 matching grant came two years after Georgia State applied for and was awarded a core assessment grant from Grants to Green, a partnership among the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Kendeda Fund and Southface. The award allowed Georgia State to receive a comprehensive lighting audit and report for T-Deck energy use from Southface, a non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency.


Georgia State Receives 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® Certification

Two of Georgia State University’s dining commons have been named as 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® by the Green Restaurant Association, an international nonprofit organization helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable. Patton and Piedmont North dining halls were named last year as 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants®. Both have now landed the second highest honor in the four-star system.

EDWS Physical Activity Tips For the Holiday Season

Check out a few physical activity tips from the Office of Employee Development and Wellness Services (EDWS) about how to avoid gaining weight during the holiday season:

1: When driving to a destination to shop, go out to eat or even check emails at work, park a little farther away from your point of entry. This will get your blood flowing and muscles moving by getting those extra steps in.
2: After your big meals this holiday season, get the family together for a game of charades or pickup football. Get the family moving and burning calories, and get them out of the kitchen where they can get that second slice of cake.
3: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get that burn going in your legs.
4: Try having a walking meeting instead of a sitting meeting. Get out, smell the fresh air and get some air in your lungs. Physical activity increases brain activity, which will make for a more productive meeting.
5: Take your pets for an extra walk. Your body will appreciate the extra activity and your pet will appreciate getting out the house an extra time.
6: For every one glass of juice, tea or other beverage, drink one glass of water right behind it. This will help keep your water intake on par.


Vending Services To Replace Machines On All Campus
Vending Services will replace all of the snack machines and most of the drink machines at every Georgia State campus during the winter break. The remaining drink machines will be replaced by February 2016. The new machines will have universal readers that accept PantherCash, cash, credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. They also have technology that better protects against vending malfunctions. There may be a brief lapse of service between when a vending machine is removed and when a new one is installed. Machines may also be low in product as the university transitions to the new machines. The university plans to offer a greater selection of food and drink. However, Coca-Cola products will still be the only drink product served in the vending machines. 


Georgia State Opens South Pole Solar Observatory

Dr. Stuart Jefferies, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a multi-institutional team in opening the South Pole Solar Observatory in Antarctica and installing and operating instruments that will record high-resolution images of the Sun. The project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, will begin in December.


Gelia Dolcimascolo, a writing tutor in the Writing and Tutoring Center on the Dunwoody Campus, was a featured author at the Collins Hill branch of the Gwinnett County Public Libraries. She read and signed her book, “Aurelia and the Library of the Soul.”

Matt Hilferty, media services coordinator at the College of Law, has received the Marjorie L. Girth Staff Achievement Award, which recognizes Law staff members who have rendered exceptional service to the college, the university or the public, or who have achieved important professional development goals.

Robert Ambrose, director of bands and professor of music, is the first civilian in U.S. history to conduct the United States Army Field Band’s Concert Band. Ambrose also traveled to Chiayi City, Taiwan to adjudicate and was a clinician for the 25th Chiayi City International Band Festival and Competition, Dec. 8-13.

Bernice Liddie-Hamilton, clinical associate professor of social work, has been recognized as a mentor of women at the Council on Social Work Education’s annual Women’s Council networking breakfast in Atlanta, Nov. 5. The Mentor Recognition Fund honors those mentors who increased the visibility of women in social work education and made a difference in our lives.

The School of Public Health partnered with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center to start Atlanta’s Healthy Corner Stores Initiative just before Thanksgiving. Twelve stores have signed up to participate. Dr. Rodney Lyn, an associate professor of health management and policy, and Margaret Hooker, a community services specialist at the School of Public Health, are Georgia State’s lead representatives on the project, which is designed to improve access to healthy food for people living in some of Atlanta’s “food desert” communities where low-income residents lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Katy Crowther, assistant professor of English on the Clarkston Campus, wrote the chapter, “Visualizing Literary Arguments with Digital Mapping Tools,” in the book, “Teaching Literature with Digital Technology,” edited by Tim Hetland.

The National SafeCare Training and Research Center has expanded its impact in Australia, with recent trainings of two family services agencies: Oz Child in Melbourne and Wanslea Family Services Inc. in Perth. The center had conducted previous training for the Parenting Research Center in Sydney.

Doug Yarn, professor of law and executive director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, has been presented the Chief Justice Harold C. Clarke award for his work in Alternative Dispute Resolution by The Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia. 
Timothy Kuhner, associate professor of law, has signed two book contracts with Cambridge University Press, one for a volume on campaign finance reform and another for a work on the threats of corruption and authoritarianism facing democracies around the world.
Nicole G. Iannarone, assistant clinical professor, has been appointed vice president of the State Bar of Georgia’s Professionalism Committee and co-chair of the PIABA Securities Law Institute Planning Committee.
Tameka Lester, assistant clinical professor and associate director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, has been selected to serve on the inaugural VITA Advisory Board for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and has served as its tax law expert/trainer by providing several seminars on substantive tax components. 

John R. Lutzker, director of The Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development, has published a new book titled, “Maltreatment of People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” The co-authors were Dr. Kate Guastaferro (Ph.D. in Public Health, ’16) and Megan L. Benka-Coker, a former project coordinator at the School of Public Health. 

Paula Stephan, professor of economics, has been invited to serve as a member of the Next Generation Researchers Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Her term is from October 2016 to September 2018. 

Bruce Kaufman, professor of economics, has been reappointed as senior research fellow in the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

V. Kumar, Regents’ Professor and executive director of the Center for Excellence in Brand & Customer Management, has received the Society for Marketing Advances Distinguished Scholar Award.

Faye Borthick, professor of accountancy, has received the Outstanding Education Case Award sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants at the AIS Section 2016 Midyear Meeting for her credit score case. The title for the case was “Building skills in data analytics: Bridging the gap between spreadsheet modeling and database querying.”

Songqi Liu, assistant professor of managerial sciences, has won the annual William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award given by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology for the publication in a refereed journal judged to have the highest potential to significantly affect the field of industrial-organizational psychology.

Likoebe M. Maruping, associate professor of computer information systems, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to lead a half-day doctoral consortium for students in communications and information systems.

The American Marketing Association and the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing Editor Search Committee named Pam Scholder Ellen, associate professor of marketing, as an editor of the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.

Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center, has received the Pulsenomics 2015 Crystal Ball Award for forecasting accuracy in the quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Dhawan also was recognized for outstanding consistency.

Lars Mathiassen, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and professor of computer information systems and co-founder of the Center for Process Innovation, has been awarded an honorary doctorate at Umeå University, Sweden.

Vikas Agarwal, the H. Talmage Dobbs Jr. Chair of Finance, was recognized at the ISB Conference, hosted by the Centre for Analytical Finance, for his paper, “Mutual fund transparency and corporate myopia,” coauthored with Rahul Vashishtha and Mohan Venkatachalam.

Alejandro Del Valle, assistant professor of risk management and insurance, has received a contract from the World Bank to understand and analyze the impact of extreme weather events in developing economies.

Conrad Ciccotello, chair and associate professor of risk management and insurance, has been named a fellow of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America.

Beth Wallace and Barbara Hall have received a $10,800 Affordable Learning Georgia textbook transformation grant to create an e-textbook for English as Second Language (ESL) grammar/writing classes. The University System of Georgia initiative focuses on reducing the costs of textbooks. The grant was one of seven awarded out of 24 applications. Wallace is an assistant professor of ESL on the Dunwoody Campus. Hall is an associate professor of English and ESL on the Clarkston Campus.

Ursula Thomas, associate chair cultural and behavioral science, co-authored the textbook, “Critical Research on Sexism and Racism in STEM Fields,” with Jill Drake of the University of West Georgia. Thomas is a professor and associate chair of Behavioral Sciences, Online.
Kris Niedringhaus, associate dean of library and information services and associate professor, received the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Law Libraries’ Computing Services Special Interest Section. She also was appointed editorial director and chair of the Editorial Board for AALL Spectrum, the professional magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries.
“Eyes Open Slowly,” The body of work by Constance Thalken, associate professor of art and design, is featured in Aint–Bad, the influential independent publisher of new photographic art.
Susan Richmond, associate professor of art and design, published an article in the current issue of the journal, American Art. Richmond’s article is titled “The Sentimentality of Ree Morton’s Signs of Love.”

Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell is now represented by Poem 88 and opens her first solo show, “Garlands” at the galley on Saturday, Dec. 17. “Garlands” is a suite of large-scale prints and a video. Farnell’s baroque elaborations are an attempt to connect with deeper and enduring aspects of human experience through beauty and continuity.
Brooke Anthony has published her book “Foreigners in Ancient Egypt,” which centers on paintings of foreigners in ancient Egyptian tombs.
Visiting Lecturer Lauren Michelle and her team of students created an Emory Point pop-up sculpture.