From the Desk of the President, Dec. 1, 2011

Posted On December 9, 2011 by Mark P. Becker
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President Mark P. BeckerAs the semester winds down, and anticipation of a well-deserved break grows stronger, do not forget to take advantage of the host of arts exhibitions and performances, athletic competitions and other events taking place on and around our campus. This weekend, for example, the GSU School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts will present GSU’s 14th annual Gala Holiday Concert. In addition, I invite everyone to attend a campus-wide holiday party on Friday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Center Atrium. There will be food, festive music by the Georgia State School of Music and plenty of opportunity for fellowship with friends and colleagues.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Professor Randy Malamud, associate chair of the Department of English, will be the keynote speaker at Georgia State’s Fall Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony on Dec. 14. And, as previously announced, Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, will be the keynote speaker at our bachelor, master and specialist commencement at the Georgia Dome on the same day.

Georgia State was honored recently to receive a nearly $5 million gift from The Goizueta Foundation to recruit, retain and graduate Latino students and prepare them to become global leaders. This award will provide, over a period of years, 100 promising Latino high school students with scholarships, academic support programs and internships designed to launch them on the path to becoming successful business and community leaders. An important component of the program is that participating students will engage the community through service learning and mentoring the pipeline’s next generation of Latino leaders. The award truly embodies a maxim of the late Roberto C. Goizueta: Educate yourself, Educate each other, Educate the world.

Kudos to Director of Athletics Cheryl Levick, who was recently honored by Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal as part of the publication’s inaugural class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.” The article features women in sports who are making significant and important contributions to the success of the industry. Georgia State’s athletics program has made tremendous strides under Ms. Levick’s leadership, so it is wonderful to see that being recognized nationally.

As a matter of housekeeping, remember that the university will be closed from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2. Campus will reopen with normal operating hours on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.

I hope you have had a stimulating and productive fall semester, and I wish you peace, health, and happiness this holiday season and throughout the New Year.


Mark P. Becker