Dean's E-News | Feb. 8, 2016
News from Dean Mary Beth Walker | Feb. 10, 2016
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I invite you to join me in welcoming our new director of development, Karl Jennings, who joined us on Monday, February 8, 2016.  
We hired Karl from the Central Programs office, where for the last two years he was their director of development, responsible for individual engagement and solicitation of alumni and friends of Georgia State University. Prior to that he was a development officer at the United Way.
Karl holds an M.S. in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, where he was a two-time All American in track and field,  helping his team win several SEC and NCAA championship titles.  This experience led him to run track and field professionally for Canada, where he rose to  national champion.

Karl will tell you that his passion for development began when he was invited to tell his life story to a room full of Tennessee Vols being cultivated to make higher ed possible for future students, just as they had for him. 
We are delighted to have Karl join us to help cultivate supporters for the Andrew Young School. We expect a championship year from our newest team member.

Awards and Honors

Karen Minyard was selected by the Augusta University Alumni Association as the recipient of the 2016 Augusta University College of Nursing Phoebe Kandel Rohrer Distinguished Alumna and Presidential Alumna award. She will be officially recognized during Alumni Weekend events in April.
Shelby Frost was recently voted as President-Elect of the Georgia Association of Economic Educators.


Volkan Topalli (pictured) & Mindy Bernhardt, doctoral student. (2016). The Situational Dynamics of Street Crime. In C. A. Cuevas and C. M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook on the Psychology of Violence. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. doi:10.1002/9781118303092.ch10
James Marton (pictured)Angela Snyder Mei Zhou. (2016). Enhanced Citizenship Verification and Children’s Medicaid Coverage. Economic Inquiry. doi:10.1111/ecin.12316.
Tanisa Adimu (pictured), Amanda Phillips Martinez & Linda Kwon. (2015). Federal Grants Focus on Models Replicable in Rural. Rural Roads, 13(4), 24-27.
Bruce Kaufman. (2016). Left-leaning Political Ideology in the Labor Research Field (invited). Econ Journal Watch, forthcoming.


Sam Williams, made the following presentations:
  • “Public Policy & Economic Development,” keynote speaker, at the Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in Albany, Ga., Jan. 21, 2016
  • “Economic Development Crisis Solved by Business Leaders,” at the International Economic Development Council National Conference in New Orleans, Jan. 25, 2016
James Dills Michelle Rushing (pictured) presented, “Affordable Housing and Health: Using HIA to Enhance Georgia's Qualified Allocation Plan for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits,” to the Healthy Places Research Group monthly meeting at the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Feb. 2, 2016.
Kristie Seelman presented her paper, “A Comparison of Physical and Mental Health Disparities By Race/Ethnicity and Income Among Transgender Adults: Analysis of a Statewide Survey,” at the Society for Social Work & Research conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2016.

Events and Community Outreach

The 2016 Eighth Annual Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO) was held in Athens, Ga., Jan. 11 -16.  The cooperative program with the University of Georgia Fanning Institute, Georgia Tech Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship and the Georgia State University's Andrew Young School included five faculty associated with GSU. This included John O’KaneMindy Wertheimer, Elizabeth Searing (Ph.D., Public Management and Policy ’15) pictured presenting above, and former PMAP faculty members. Dennis Young and Jesse Lecy. 


David Sjoquist co-authored a paper on the HOPE Scholarship that was cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Bill Makes it Easier for Science, Math majors keep HOPE,” Jan. 21, 2016.  Download a copy of the paper.
Ross Rubenstein was quoted on NBC News, “Powerball Windfall? Schools Don't Always Benefit From Lottery Sales,” Jan. 14, 2016.
Kenneth Heaghney was quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle article, “Economist Forecasting Moderate Growth for Georgia,” Jan. 19, 2016.
Carolyn Bordeaux's co-authored study was widely referenced in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saporta Report article, “GSU Researchers Warned in 2004 of BeltLine Funding Woes if Economy Soured,” Jan. 14, 2016. Download a copy of the study.
Volkan Topalli was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Crime in Atlanta Down Slightly in 2015,” Jan. 15, 2016.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “New Fulton Program Aims to Get Students More Active in School,” featured work the Georgia Health Policy Center is doing in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and HealthMpowers to increase students’ daily physical activity and combat childhood obesity, Jan. 14, 2016.


Faraz Farhidi, Ph.D. candidate, & Kaveh Madani, Imperial College London (2015). A Game Theoretic Analysis of the Conflict over Iran's Nuclear Program. Proceedings in Systems, Man, and Cybernetics IEEE International Conference. 617-618. Read More


DeRon Jordon (B.S., Public Policy – Planning and Economic Development,’14) recently started his new position as a transit planner for Capital Area Transit in Harrisburg, Pa.; Jordon formerly worked for Michael Baker International as a planning associate and while a student at Georgia State, he interned with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
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