Georgia State Celebrates Homecoming
Georgia State’s Homecoming celebration continues through the weekend. Come out and watch the annual Golf Cart Parade and Homecoming football game between Georgia State and Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 27. Learn more at homecoming.gsu.edu.
New Multifactor Authentication Technology
And Awareness Training Combats Cyber Threats
As processes are increasingly digitized and the quantity of information available online grows, cyber threats are becoming more common and more serious everywhere. At the university, Instructional Innovation and Technology (IIT) is introducing new tools to combat these threats.
“One form of cyber threat that university faculty and staff are likely familiar with is fraudulent email,” said Ren Flot, chief information security officer and director of cyber security services at Georgia State.
Fraudulent email messages attempt to get recipients to reveal sensitive and confidential information, such as passwords, under false pretenses, Flot said. The messages often link to counterfeit websites that imitate legitimate systems and ask users to log in with a university-associated username and password.
“Once a password is revealed, it can be used in real university systems to gain access to confidential and sensitive information,” Flot says.
To help protect against cyber threats, such as fraudulent email, university faculty and staff will be seeing a new cyber security technology designed to help protect their digital information.
Duo Multifactor Authentication will help protect campus credentials from unauthorized access by providing an additional layer of defense if someone guesses or steals a user’s password. The service uses a mobile device or phone as a second form of authentication to verify that the person trying to log in to an account is the allowed user. When someone tries to log in to a campus service that is protected by Duo, the service sends a notification to an application installed on the user’s mobile device or calls the user’s identified cell or landline phone number. The authorized account holder then confirms login using the installed mobile device application or by pressing a button on the phone.
The University System of Georgia (USG) recently implemented a policy requiring multifactor authentication at all USG institutions. IIT has begun making the technology available to faculty, staff and any students who are employed by the university prior to the policy going into effect.
“Having multifactor authentication will provide additional security measures to protect information like employee identification and payment data as more processes are digitized. Many financial institutions and other organizations that are increasingly aware of cyber risks are already using multifactor authentication,” says Ron Reddish, director of collaboration systems and identity management for IIT.
Faculty and staff have already begun receiving emails providing information about the service along with a link to get started using Duo in their campus email accounts and displayed in online applications as Duo is introduced to campus.
IIT recommends that faculty and staff begin using Duo now to protect their accounts and to prepare before the requirement to use Duo to access certain applications takes effect. To request access to the service, view a video on how the service works and get answers to commonly asked questions, go to: http://technology.gsu.edu/duo.
Cyber Security Awareness Training
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. Faculty and staff are required to complete an annual Cyber Security Awareness Training, which covers basic security awareness, explores concepts related to information security best practices and provides tips users can incorporate into their work habits to secure university systems and their own personal information.
“Between new tools and awareness, we hope to arm users with the technology and information needed to protect their data and that of others,” Flot says.
More information about security awareness training can be found at the cyber security website.
Open Enrollment For 2019 Benefits Starts Oct. 29
The University System of Georgia (USG) will hold its Open Enrollment for 2019 benefits from Monday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 9. The OneUSG Connect-Benefits website and Call Center will be available during this time for employees to enroll or make changes for the 2019 plan year.
Georgia State will host Benefits Fairs on Nov. 2 on the Clarkston Campus and Nov. 5 on the Atlanta Campus. Employees will be able to meet vendors, learn about the changes for plan year 2019 and register to win giveaways.
CVS Pharmacy will offer flu shots during the Benefits Fairs on the Atlanta Campus and the Clarkston Campus. Employees enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan may obtain flu shots at no cost. Anyone interested in obtaining a flu shot will need to bring a driver’s license and insurance card to the benefits fair.
Friday, Nov. 2 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Clarkston Campus, Building C(G), Gymnasium
Monday, Nov. 5 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Atlanta Campus, Student Center Ballroom
University Updates Free Speech Policy
The Georgia State Administrative Council adopted updates to the university’s Free Speech Policy, effective Oct. 11, 2018. The policy, which can be viewed in the Policy Library and in the Student Code of Conduct, emphasizes Georgia State University’s commitment to the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the right to assemble peaceably, as essential rights of a free people and the cornerstone of scholarly inquiry. As stated in the policy, the university is firmly committed to affording the university community with the opportunity to engage in the peaceful and orderly exercise of these First Amendment rights. In keeping with this commitment, members of the university community (students, staff and faculty) may engage in speech activities anywhere on campus they are allowed to be at the time. Individuals and groups who are not members of the university community may engage in speech activities in the designated speech areas available on all university campuses. “To achieve [the University’s] objective, while at the same time fulfilling its educational mission and maintaining a safe campus environment, the University has certain time, place and manner restrictions that apply to speech activities, without regard to content,” the policy states.
Georgia State Stadium Recognized By NACDA/USG For Sustainability Award
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and United States Gypsum announced finalists for the 4th annual Sustainability Award at NACDA’s convention in Washington, D.C., and Georgia State was among the three institutions selected. The award honors athletic departments and their institutions for incorporating sustainable practices into their athletic facilities.
A prime example of adaptive reuse, the Panthers’ new stadium is a transformed Atlanta icon, the centerpiece of the 1996 Olympics and home of the Braves for nearly two decades.
In deciding to make this historic venue its own, Georgia State not only saved a landmark from destruction, but also made an environmentally—and economically—wise decision. The stadium project was the only one of NACDA’s finalists (UCLA, Bentley University) to adapt an existing structure rather than to build a new one from the ground up.
“We were extremely pleased that we were able to transform a stadium for a third time and convert Turner Field into Georgia State Stadium,” assistant athletics director for facilities and operations Patrick Hatcher said. “When we first viewed the property, we knew we could reuse, recycle and make the stadium more efficient in so many ways, just like they had when the stadium was built for the Olympics in 1996. Although the first stages of the transformation are complete, we will continue to look for ways to repurpose the iconic stadium for years to come.”
Not only did the university save $20 million by not building a new stadium, but more than 6,500 tons of material were diverted from landfills through reuse and recycling. The concessions stands, restrooms, press boxes and offices, as well as 4,000 seats were renovated, improved and reused. Artificial turf was chosen to eliminate irrigation costs and to reduce surface temperature, and all lighting was replaced with efficient LEDs.
In addition to upgrading the facilities for athletes and spectators, the stadium is now a central hub for other sustainability-related activities at Georgia State. The stadium’s service level is home to Sustainability Initiative’s Recycling Center, where recycling from stadium events and from across the university is processed. More than 100 student volunteers (“Trash Talkers”) encourage patrons to properly dispose of their waste at each home game.
Cardboard is baled on-site and other valuable recyclables, such as scrap metal and wooden pallets, are collected from around the university and sold to generate revenue. The Recycling Center houses a new Styrofoam densifier—one of only two others on college campuses—which can reduce bulky Styrofoam into a recyclable (and profitable) commodity.
A new project, funded by the student sustainability fee and led by the Student Environmental Team also finds its home in the stadium. A rooftop garden is being planted next to the main scoreboard and screen and the student group will tend the garden throughout the school year and summer.
For its efforts at sustainably transforming Turner Field into Georgia State Stadium, NACDA and United States Gypsum (USG) presented Georgia State with a large trophy (displayed in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives) and awarded the university with $10,000 of building materials from USG to be used in future projects.
“The Georgia State Stadium is unique as a college sports venue: having already been the site of countless memorable moments in athletic history, it will now be home to GSU athletes and fans for years to come,” says Georgia sustainability manager, Jenni Asman. “It is also a monument to the university’s commitment to sustainable practices, both in construction and in programs which will have a lasting impact on the university and the environment.”
Trina Holloway, acquisitions and serials librarian in the Law Library, was featured as a “Leader of Today” in the book “Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries.”
Mildred “Missy” Cody, an active retiree at Georgia State, has been recognized as a Wellness Champion by the Office of Employee Development and Wellness Services (EDWS). Cody, who previously was an associate professor and chair of the Nutrition Department, is the University System of Georgia Retiree Council representative to the USG Total Rewards Steering Committee Well-being Subcommittee.
Anne M. Tucker, associate professor of law, co-authored a paper, “Contracts with Benefits: The Implementation of Impact Investing” that won the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Investment for Impact Research Prize. Tucker was also named an affiliated research faculty of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for her work on impact investments.
Sylvia Caley, professor emerita in the College of Law, has received the Linda Lowe Health Advocacy Award from Georgians for a Healthy Future for her exemplary work to establish and direct the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), a medical-legal collaboration that provides free legal services to low-income children and families to address the social determinants of health.
Timothy D. Lytton, associate dean for research and faculty development, Distinguished University Professor and professor of law, was elected to The American Law Institute, an independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.
Lauren Sudeall Lucas, associate professor of law and faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice, co-wrote an article “Keeping Gideon’s Promise: Using Equal Protection to Address the Denial of Counsel in Misdemeanor Cases,” which was featured on the “must read” list in Champion Magazine, published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Wendy F. Hensel, dean and professor of law, joined the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Law Placement Foundation.
Eric J. Segall, the Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law, will publish a book, “Originalism as Faith,” in October. The book evaluates originalism as a theory of constitutional interpretation, a political weapon and an article of faith.
Andrea A. Curcio, professor of law, Jessica Gabel Cino, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law, and Kim D’Haene, director of academic success, along with the Office of Institutional Research, were awarded a grant to study the relationship between LSAT scores and law school grades in doctrinal versus experiential learning courses, predictors of law school success beyond the LSAT and associations between LSAT scores and a key lawyering value: commitment to pro bono work. The grant also provides support to look at bar exam passage risk factors with a focus on the eight to 10 weeks between law school graduation and the bar exam.
James Cox, the Noah Langdale Jr. Chair in Economics, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and director of the Experimental Economics Center, organized and chaired a mini-workshop titled “Healthcare Decision Support Systems” at the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Connections in Smart Health Workshop in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24-26. During the workshop, Cox’s co-author John F. Sweeney (Emory University), presented “Point of Care Support for Hospital Discharge Decision Making.”
John O’Kane, professor of practice in the Nonprofit Studies Program, moderated a panel discussion on civic engagement at Georgia State’s WomenLead program in Atlanta on Oct. 2.
Laura Shannonhouse, assistant professor of counseling and psychological services, will be the principal investigator on a two-year, $699,362 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct research on preventing suicide and promoting life with older adults.
Marisa Franco, assistant professor of counseling and psychological services, received a two-year, $339,384 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center to study a smoking cessation intervention in China and Vietnam and its effects on social relationships and smoking relapse.
Janet Zaleski Burns, clinical assistant professor of learning sciences, was the keynote speaker for the Georgia Department of Education’s 2018 Career, Technical and Agricultural Education New Teacher Conference.
Georgia Afterschool and Youth Development awarded the College of Education & Human Development’s After-School All-Stars Atlanta program its 2018 Excellence Award.
Sheryl Cowart Moss, clinical associate professor of educational policy studies, has been asked to co-lead the Topical Action Group on Inclusive Principal Leadership, a multi-state initiative aimed at fostering discussions on inclusive principal leadership practices.
Min Kyu Kim, assistant professor in learning sciences, and Yinying Wang, assistant professor of educational policy studies, have received a $49,618 grant from the Spencer Foundation to study how students become leaders when learning online.
Matt Hayat, associate professor in epidemiology and biostatistics, has been named an associate editor for the Journal of Statistics Education. He recently worked with the editor to create a new section of the journal devoted to statistics education in the health sciences and authored the inaugural editorial for it.
Betty Armstrong-Mensah, clinical assistant professor in the undergraduate program at the School of Public Health, has been recognized for a global health textbook that she wrote last year, “Lecture Notes Global Health: Issues, Challenges, and Global Action,” published by Wiley-Blackwell. The book received a highly commended certificate, was nominated for the medical book of the year award by the British Medical Association in London and was among five that were short-listed for the first prize in its category of public health.
Sarah McCool, clinical assistant professor in Undergraduate Programs at the School of Public Health, has joined the Global Health ATL Tiger Team: Disease Eradication, an initiative started by the Georgia Global Health Alliance. Global Health ATL is working to create a first-of-its-kind global health innovation hub in Atlanta to serve as an epicenter for global health initiatives, health information technology, disaster response and disease eradication.
Christa Wright, assistant professor of environmental health, has been appointed to the External Advisory Board for a collaborative research program called NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) North Carolina Alliance. The AGEP program seeks to improve pathways to the professoriate and success of historically underrepresented minority graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and STEM education research fields.
Nannette Commander, professor emerita, has received a Fulbright award to teach for a semester at Hong Kong Baptist University.
Shanta Dube, associate professor in the division of epidemiology and biostatistics, has been named to the Childhood Domestic Violence Association’s Board of Advisors, Georgia Chapter. The association is a national nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of childhood domestic violence and developing resources to serve survivors.
Daniel Whitaker, professor and associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the School of Public Health and director of National SafeCare Training and Research Center, served on the steering committee of the Centers for Disease Controls’ Community Preventive Services Task Force, which recently released its recommendation for primary prevention interventions to reduce perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual violence among youth.
Brigitte Manteuffel, senior research associate in the Georgia Health Policy Center, presented “The Opioid Crisis” as a plenary panel presentation at the Administration for Children and Families Region IV 2018 Early Head Start Institute in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
Robbie Friedmann, professor emeritus of Criminal Justice, facilitated “Recovery & Resilience: Preparing for the Worst,” a workshop at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism 18th annual conference in Herzliya, Israel in September.
Stuart Noel, professor of English on the Clarkston Campus, received the 2018 Tennessee Williams Scholar Award medal on Sept. 8 during the 17th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute in Columbus, Miss.
Tiffany A. Flowers, an assistant professor of cultural and behavioral science online, created a service-learning project called #EliminatingBookDeserts. The project’s purpose is to set up and manage a long-term book drive for needy elementary, middle and high schools in the communities surrounding Georgia State’s Perimeter College.
Daniel Guyton, a theatre instructor on the Decatur Campus, won seven Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards for his original play, “Three Ladies of Orpington.”
Phillip Mosier’s photography of the Texas Christian University Armed Forces Bowl will be displayed as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Mosier’s photography is exhibited with the work of Atlanta-based photographer Shine Huang through Dec. 13 in Building F at Clarkston Campus. Mosier is an art instructor on the Decatur Campus.
Lauri Goodling’s article, “Teaching with Vision, Teaching Social Action: An Interview with Dr. Kristie Flekenstein” was published in the spring/summer 2018 issue of “Reflections,” a public rhetoric, civic writing and service learning journal. Goodling is the associate dean of Honors at Perimeter College.
Pam Longobardi, Distinguished University Professor of drawing and painting, exhibits “The Drifters Project” at Telfair Museum in Savannah, Ga. She was also named Artist in Residence by the Endowment for Clean Oceans (ECO) where she will complete a commissioned artwork and oversee a competition of artists to win a second commission from the ECO.
Professor emeritus and former director of the Welch School of Art & Design Larry Walker published “L. Walker” through the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia and exhibited a two-part retrospective solo show, “The Early Years” and “The Later Years” this summer.
Craig Drennen, associate professor of drawing and painting, has been awarded a Bronze Award at the southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) for the SEMC’s Exhibition Competition 2017 Working Artist Project Fellowship Exhibition, “Bandit” at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Christina West, associate professor of ceramics, has received the Provost’s Faculty Research Fellowship. She was invited to exhibit an Artist-In-Residence solo show screen at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh.
Darien Arikoski-Johnson, associate professor of ceramics, gave a lecture at the Ceramics Ireland Festival, of which his ceramics was the featured cover image of the festival’s program.
Jess Jones, assistant professor of textiles, gave a talk at the Textile Society of America 16th Biennial Symposium entitled, “Lost Weavings of Atlanta: Mapping Historic Textile Works, Remnants, and Removals.”
Jill Frank, assistant professor of photography, was a part of a prominent group exhibition at the Zukerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Ga. The works in “Figure Forward” invite consideration of how the bodies and subjectivities of artists and viewers are implicated in these negotiations.
Susan-Sojourna Collier, a lecturer in the School of Film, Media & Theatre, premiered her film “Conflict of Interest” on Aspire TV and her film “Switching Lanes” on the Urban Movie Channel and Amazon Prime Video streaming.
Alessandra Raengo, associate professor film, media and theatre and research coordinator for “liquid blackness,” gave the keynote address at the 1-54 Contemporary African Arts Fair in London on “The Scope and Practice of ‘liquid blackness’: A Reading of Khalil Joseph’s Work.”
Ly Bolia, associate professor in the School of Film, Media & Theatre, screened his animated film “Killing Time” at multiple film festivals, including the Kansas City International Film Festival, the Urban Media Maker Film Festival and the Raleigh Film Festival.
School of Music professor Robert Scott Thompson’s work, “Flora of Fynbos,” was accepted by the music jury for the International Computer Music Conference in Seoul, Korea.
The Confucius Institute welcomes four language and culture program specialists from Beijing Language and Culture University, a Georgia State strategic partner university, for 2018-2019. Lei Yu, Dan Wang, Jing Huang and Yu Zeng will host cultural activities, consult with students about study abroad and scholarship opportunities, and teach language and culture courses, including the Chinese Pinyin and Pronunciation course, which is free for Georgia State faculty and staff.
The Office of Employee Development and Wellness Services (EDWS) hosted a 10-year anniversary celebration on Aug. 29 to highlight unit accomplishments and recognize program participants, collaborative partners and supporters at Georgia State. The following Wellness Champions Hall of Fame groups were recognized for reaching five and 10-year milestones as collaborative partners with EDWS:
Recognized for five-year+ milestones: Athletics, Facilities, Police, Kinesiology & Health, School of Social Work, Suttles Childcare Center
Recognized for 10 year+ milestones: Recreational Services, Nutrition, Respiratory Therapy; College of Nursing and Health Professions, School of Public Health and the Office of Student Health Promotion