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BIG DATA INSIGHTRobinson College partners with leading financial institutions to form new institute focused on analytics.
Starr Companies, a global insurance andinvestment organization, and SunTrust Banks Inc., a national financial servicescompany, have teamed to create the new Institute for Insight at the J. Mack Robin-son College of Business.
The Institute for Insight brings stu-dents and institutions together to explore new business opportunities that can be drawn from big data analytics.
The institute is home to the Robinson Colleges newest specialized masters de-gree, the master of science in analytics. Thedegree combines hard skills in statistics,computer science and business along with soft skills through a deep immersionprogram where students work with experi-enced industry data scientists and GeorgiaState researchers in the institutes InsightLab. The institute is being built around an interdisciplinary research faculty.
Through the Institute for Insight, Rob-inson is exploring and solving data issues,dissecting the problems and creating man-agement plans, said Richard Phillips, dean of the Robinson College. Students master a set of mathematical, computa-tional and statistical methods that arethen applied in a variety of settings, in-cluding marketing analytics, health ana-lytics and risk analytics.
LONG TO STEP DOWNCollege of Arts and Sciences DeanWilliam Longs tenure has been markedby success and growth.
Dr. William Long has announced he willstep down from the dean-
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A GEORGIA STATE CAST Chris Escobar (B.A. 08, M.A. 13), the festivals executive director since 2011, says most of his staff are Georgia State grads or students, including program director KristyBreneman (B.A. 10) and senior short film programmer Christina Humphrey (M.A. 16). The entire programming staff is fromGeorgia State, Escobar said.
EARLY DAYS Kay Beck, associate professor of communications, is one of the found-ers of the long-running film festival and is a member of the Board of Directors.
ATL-CENTRIC Escobar said the festival has evolved in the last few years to create amore local experience, such as moving from nondescript multiplexes to the Plaza Theatre, the citys oldest independently owned cinema, and showcasing locallymade films. Weve moved away from what can happen anywhere to what canuniquely happen here in Atlanta, he said. CONTD ON P.9
DER COACH Head baseball coach and former German national team coach Greg Frady will be the first American elected into the German Baseball Hall of Fame.
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ship of the College of Arts and Sciences in June at the end of his five-year term.
The college has introduced policy in-novations and made major achievementsunder Longs leadership, including the development of six new undergraduate degree programs, 18 new five-year dualbachelors-masters degree programs, three new graduate concentrations and four new graduate certificates.
Long has also been involved in many oth-er groundbreaking initiatives, such as the creation of the Creative Media Industries Institute and the Global Studies Institute.
He has been a tireless advocate of suc-cess in both research and learning, settinghigh standards for achievement for the unitswithin the college, said Provost Risa Palm.
A national search for his replacementis underway.
IN THE TEETH Perimeter students bring dental careto Georgias most vulnerable.
For more than 20 years, Perimeters den-tal hygiene students have teamed up withthe Georgia Department of Public Health to provide dental hygiene for low-income and at-risk elementary school students in DeKalb County.
This past winter, Perimeter College dental hygiene students provided seal-ants and fluoride treatments, plus a dose of education to students at Hightower El-ementary School in DeKalb County as part of an all-day oral health fair. For some kids,it may be the only dental care they get.
In Georgia, there are many barriers todental care, including cost, lack of den-tal insurance, transportation and wide-spread dental health professional short-age areas, said Pam Cushenan, a dentalhygiene instructor. We want to make a positive impact on our most vulnerable populations. And our students also gain agreat appreciation for how they can make a difference.
$2 million Awarded to the student financial center fromSunTrust Foundation to create the SunTrust Student Financial Management Center, a first-of-its kind program to help students address financial issues that can be obstacles to earn-ing their degrees.
W hen Greg Frady was invited to lunch with members of the German parliament at the Reichstag building in Berlin last spring, a bundle of nerves went with him. However, Frady wasnt feeling pressured about representing the United States in the way you might expect.I wasnt nervous about meeting the politicians, he said, it was about knowing which spoon to eat with.
Frady calls that luncheon, where he was honored for his 12 years as head coach and general manager of the German national baseball team, one of the most memorable expe-riences of his career. This summer, Frady will become the German Baseball Hall of Fames first American inductee and 12th overall.
Prior to his arrival, the Germans were foundering in international competition. The team was invited to play in the 2003 European championship, lost every game, and at that point had never finished higher than seventh place in a European competition. Today, theyre ranked 17th in the world and have sent two players to the major leagues in the U.S.
Although Frady was the architect of that turnaround, the recognition caught him off guard. It was a big surprise to me, to be honest, he said. Frady became an expert at balancing his family life with his two positions on opposite
hemispheres. Fradys family spent summers in Germany when his childrens schools were on break, and Frady would often appear to both his baseball teams via satellite.
The cross-cultural coaching experiences in Germany have definitely changed the way
Frady approaches baseball, he said. I started with young men who were 18
years old and [was] still coaching them when they were 30, he said. You see them tran-sition from young adult to fathers and real leaders. They became a lot like family to me.
He gives his experience in Germany credit for making him more patient and open-minded with his team at Georgia State. He even managed to scout and re-cruit players from his time in Germany to play for the Panthers.
As a coach, I was able to bring back the-ories, ideas, concepts, information and op-portunities to grow my own players so that they would have better opportunities in the future, he said.
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The Panthers were inthe eight-team field thatcompeted for the na-tional championship.
Exactly what is a super-delegate?An unelect-eddelegate to theDemo-cratic not the Republican National Convention who is seated automatically andwho votesfor whomever heor she wants. They encom-passall Democrat members of the House and Senate and stategovernors, and ad-ditional superdelegates are chosen during the primaries andby each state party.
What about the Repub-lican Party? By contrast, theRepublican National Convention has onlythree non-elected delegatesperstate, the state chairperson