Inside PAC: How to Join The Panther Athletic Club Online

On the first Wednesday of every month, a member of the Panther Athletic Club staff  will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming next Wednesday: Compliance

Have you ever wondered how to join the Panther Athletic Club?  It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4!  Click here or follow the steps below to join today.

STEP 1:  Visit www.PantherAthleticClub.com and click on “Join Now”.

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STEP 2:  Select the amount you want to donate.  You can choose from our preset amounts which coincide with our membership benefit levels or you can determine what the right amount is for you to give.

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 STEP 3: Select from the drop down menu the fund you would like to designate your gift to.

***The most impactful way to support Georgia State Athletics as a whole is to make an unrestricted gift through the Panther Athletic Club.  Other opportunities to supplement current sports budgets are available through a restricted gift to other specific funds listed in the drop down menu.***

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STEP 4:  Complete the rest of the required information.

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For further information, please contact the Panther Athletic Club staff at 404-413-4126 or pac@gsu.edu.  Thank you for your support and Go Panthers!

–Elizabeth Pangle

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Inside PantherVision: Behind the Scenes of the Thank-a-thon

On the fourth Wednesday of every month (a few days late this month), a member of the PantherVision staff  will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Panther Athletic Club

Panther Family,

My name is Sherik Hodge and I am among the newest members of the #PantherFamily. This is my first of many blogs for PantherVision and I look forward to bringing you behind the scenes of our production in the coming months.

Today I want to tell you about the success of our PAC Thank-A-Thon last week. Every year Georgia State Athletics does a 3-day event with student-athletes from men’s basketball to women’s soccer and everyone in between where they call our donors and thank them for their contributions to athletics. Every year it’s been a success and this year was no exception, all the student-athletes did a great job.

I covered this event recording the student-athletes as they made the calls and interacted with them in between calls to get a couple interviews and an understanding of what this meant to them as a recipient of these donations. Working with Elizabeth Pangle and her team made shooting this video a breeze which in turn makes it visually appealing in so many ways; from just the fun that the student-athletes had while participating to the great interviews that they gave.

One of the most memorable moments while shooting this was quarterback Nick Arbuckle; not only being so enthused about his list being all football donors but that he wore one of the football helmets while making the calls to show some more personality for the camera. I think this event helped a lot of the student-athletes open up and show their true personality for everyone to see. This is the type of thing which helps getting more supporters and donors because of the connection they make with our student-athletes

Take a minute and look at the final video below and tell us what you think! I look forward to your comments and interacting with you every month!

–Sherik Hodge

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Sept. 22-29

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

Baltimore Sun – Ogbuehi Signed to Ravens Practice Squad
The Ravens also signed former Cleveland Browns tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi to the practice squad to add depth. Ogbuehi tried out for the Ravens on Tuesday at their training complex along with Kellen Davis, Matt Mulligan and Jake Murphy, according to sources. Read more

NBCSports.com - Kevin Ware had a close call during Georgia State’s trip to Costa Rica
The transfer guard was able to suit up for the Panthers during their foreign trip to Costa Rico, though, his debut with his new school did come with a brief scare, as Georgia State head coach told Jeff Goodman of ESPN that Ware was clipped from behind during the team’s first game. Read more

AJC.com – Which Georgia State freshmen are likely to redshirt?
Now, that Georgia State’s football team is through the first third of the season, which freshmen are making an impact and which are likely headed for redshirts? Read more

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Inside Marketing: Football in the Fall

On the first Monday of every month (a week early this month), a member of the Marketing staff  will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Panther Athletic Club

After a few weeks on the road and a bye week, we are excited to welcome the Georgia State football team home for two games in the month of October. They are exciting because one is our annual Homecoming game and the other will be our first match-up with Georgia Southern.

For both of those games, we know that a strong student presence can give us a great home field advantage, so with that said, we have an exciting opportunity to for students to make some money.

First on the list is the $10,000 cash drop which will return for the Georgia Southern game. Students who wish to have a chance to participate will need to register at the Arkansas State game on Oct. 11. There will be a limit of 500 participants which is double the amount as last year.

Georgia State students will also have the chance to win $100 during the first three quarters and $200 in the fourth quarter for the football games on Oct. 11th against Arkansas State and on Oct. 25th against Georgia Southern. The student must be present to win.

If the award is not collected it will multiply to the next quarter. For example, if the $100 is not collected in the first quarter, we will give $200 in the second quarter and so on. The money will carry over to the next game if not collected. The maximum a student could win is $1000.

To be eligible to win, students must sign up for the competition throughout the weeks leading up to the games. Students will not be able to register for this prize at either of the football games.

Locations to register for Arkansas State Game:

Tues., Sept. 30th 11 AM-1 PM
Outside of Aderhold (by Subway)
Outside of University Commons
Piedmont North Dining Hall
Patton Hall Dining Hall

Thurs., Oct. 2nd 11 AM-1 PM
Outside of Aderhold (by Subway)
Library Plaza
Piedmont North Dining Hall
Patton Hall Dining Hall

Tues., Oct. 7th 11 AM-1 PM
Outside of Aderhold (by Subway)
Library Plaza
Piedmont North Dining Hall
Patton Hall Dining Hall

Wed., Oct. 8th 11 AM-1 PM
Outside of University Commons

Thurs., Oct. 9th 11 AM-1 PM
Library Plaza

Thurs., Oct. 9th 5 PM-7 PM
University Commons

Fri., Oct. 10th 11 AM-1 PM
Unity Plaza

We will update our winners and locations on our Facebook, Georgia State Athletics. The schedule of locations for sign-ups leading to the Georgia Southern game will be updated in the coming days.

–Parker Hendricks
Assistant Director of Marketing

 

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Inside Academic Support – Scheduling For Success

On the fourth Monday of every month, a member of the Academic Support staff  will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Panthervision

In our last blog our office had the chance to discuss the ‘14-‘15 academic year and our expectations for student-athletes.  The Academic Support/Student-Athlete Development staff has been very busy with our game plan for student-athlete welfare and success. The month of September is always a blast, as our student-athletes have the opportunity to compete within intercollegiate athletics and work towards the ultimate goal of earning a college degree. September/October also provides our office with the opportunity to implement student-athlete development programming. Listed below our agenda items that we would like to share:

  • 4th Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive Challenge
    • Tuesday, September 23rd @ 8:00am – 6:00pm (125 Decatur St., Atlanta, GA 30303)
  • On-Campus Advising for Spring ‘15 courses (Partnered with University Advising Center)
    • Wednesday, September 24th – Friday, October 10th
  • Cover Letter / Resume  Workshop (Partnered with University Career Services)
    • Monday, September 29th – Tuesday, September 30th – Wednesday, October 1st
    • Event will held at the University Library@ 6:00pm-8:00pm each day
  • Honors College Seminar (Partnered with the University Honors College)
    • October 13th – October 17th (Time – TBA)

Our office is very excited about this year and we enjoy the time that we have to enrich our student-athletes. If anyone is interested in attending an event that is listed above, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Stay tuned as academic and student-athlete development highlights will continue to be provided throughout this academic year.

–Brad Horton
Associate A.D. – Student-Athlete Development

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ICYMI: Georgia State Athletics in the News, Sept. 16-22

Each week on Monday, we take a quick look back at the past seven days to review some of the highlights of stories in the media for Georgia State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and, like you’ll see this week, occasionally our university leadership. Enjoy a few minutes today catching up on the headlines you might have missed during your lunchtime.

And always feel free to tweet us @GSUPanthers with headlines you’ve seen around the nation that highlight the Panthers. We’re all one big team, and the few of us here in 125 Decatur don’t always see every article, or hear every interview, that’s posted out there. If you think there’s something we’ve missed, shoot it our way.

BleacherReport.com – Meet R.J. Hunter, the Top Mid-Major 2015 NBA Draft Prospect
It’s not always easy to judge how valuable a mid-major NBA draft prospect is, as it’s tough to translate small-school success to the pro ranks. But sometimes you just know a flat-out baller when you see one. Read more

AJC.com – Georgia State’s Arbuckle Earns Sun Belt Honor
Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle is the Sun Belt co-offensive player of the week after tying the school record with 414 passing yards in last week’s 48-38 loss to Air Force. Read more

Kansas City Star Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson’s story reads like a sequel to ‘The Blind Side
Albert Wilson was 2 years old when his father, Albert Wilson Sr., predicted his future.“You’re our ticket out of the ghetto,” Wilson told his precocious son. Albert Jr. fulfilled his father’s prophecy by making it off the streets of Fort Pierce, Fla., and all the way to the NFL as a free-agent rookie wide receiver with the Chiefs this season. Read More

USA Today – Familiar faces as Washington hosts Georgia State
Trent Miles still has the memories even if his time working at Washington was mostly filled with forgettable losses. “I really enjoyed living there. My two daughters were born there at the UW Medical Center and just up until recently we still owned a home there,” Miles said. “My wife is quoted saying as it being the best place she’s lived up until now. It’s a special place for us.” Read More

ESPN.com (Insider) – How Major Teams Faired on Foreign Trips
Georgia State coach Ron Hunter flat-out “gets it.” His proposal is that college programs, when they take a preseason trip to another country, are required to give back to that community. Mandated by the NCAA. “We need to make a rule that to go on a foreign trip, you have to do some type of community work for the kids,” Hunter said. “It’s a great stage to be able to do it. There’s so much you can do to help. Read more

ESPN.com – Bowl Predictions
Despite standing at 1-3, the Georgia State football team earned another first on Sunday, being listed among the teams projected to make a bowl game this season. Read More

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A Road Trip Like None Other

The Georgia State football team checked another ‘first’ off the list this weekend by traveling across the Rocky Mountains for the first time. The Panthers left for Seattle, Wash., on Thursday and landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport on Sunday morning at 3:45 a.m.

Here is a photo blog of the trip. Enjoy.

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Thurs., 11:22 a.m. ET – Panthers load up for the trip to Seattle.

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Thurs., 3:37 p.m. ET – Off in the distance is the top of Mount Rainer as the Panthers approached Seattle.

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Thurs., 1:15 p.m. PT – The Panthers land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Thurs., 3:15 p.m. PT - The Panthers spent a couple of hours exploring Pike Place Market.

Thurs., 3:15 p.m. PT – The Panthers spent a couple of hours exploring Pike Place Market.

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Thurs., 3:45 p.m. PT – Several members of the team visited the Fish Market with multiple players getting to throw fish.

 

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Thurs., 4 p.m. PT – After a visit to Pike St., the Panthers headed to the team hotel.

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Fri., 11:15 a.m. PT – Having traveled a day early, the Panthers got in a practice at nearby Interlake High School where coach Luke Huard played.

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Fri., 11:45 a.m. PT – GSU concludes practice before spending the afternoon getting some rest in preparation for the game on Saturday.

 

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Fri., 4:45 p.m. PT – Several members of the staff traveled back into downtown Seattle to do some sight-seeing. Notice Mount Rainer off in the distance from atop the Space Needle.

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Sat., 1:15 p.m. PT – The Panthers arrive at Husky Stadium.

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Sat., 2:55 p.m. PT – Head coach Trent Miles lead the Panthers onto the field.

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Sat., 3:35 p.m. PT – The Panthers matched the Huskies in the first half, moving the ball effectively down the field.

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Sat., 4:19 p.m. PT – The Panthers score their second touchdown to take a 14-0 lead over the Huskies.

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Sat., 4:25 p.m. PT – Georgia State led a Power-5 conference opponent for the first time in school history and went into the half leading 14-0.

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Sat., 4:31 p.m. PT – Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson interviews head coach Trent Miles at halftime.

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Sat., 5:24 p.m. PT – The Panthers continued to fight in the second half before Washington started to pull away.

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Sat., 6:19 p.m. PT – The final scoreboard: Washington 45, Georgia State 14.

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Gameday Poll: Which Power-5 Conference Would You Like to See More Games Against?

It’s Gameday! Georgia State has traveled to Seattle for its first road game of the year and will take on Washington of the Pac-12 at 6 p.m. ET Saturday. Since its first season in 2010, Georgia State has not backed down from playing with the “Big Boys” having already faced Alabama twice, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In the coming years, the Panthers are scheduled to face Penn State, Wisconsin, NC State and Tennessee again just to name a few. Georgia State will also face Clemson later this season.

We have talked a lot of defense already this year in our Gameday Poll, but we are going to slide away from the student-athletes this week.

Our Gameday Poll (which will be done for every game this season) asks that very simple question: Which Power-5 conference would you like to see Georgia State play more games against in the future?

Scheduling is more difficult than just making a phone call, but we are curious to hear from our fans what they think, so let your voice be heard and Go Panthers!

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Blood Drive Set for Sept. 23

Georgia State athletics will play host to its 10th annual Red Cross Blood Drive in a competition with Georgia athletics.

The blood drive at Georgia State will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the GSU Sports Arena from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and simultaneously in the University Commons housing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Georgia State won last year’s competition with Georgia by collecting 336 units of blood in its single-day drive.

To speed the process, donors are encouraged to make reservations now to be able to get in and then get back out promptly. Go to RedCrossBlood.org and use the code GeorgiaSU to make a reservation. Or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2267) to pick a time to donate.

All presenting donors will receive a ticket to the Oct. 11th football game vs. Arkansas State.
In addition, donors receive a free Give Life t-shirt, Points thru Panther Family Fanatics (check in using your app@ the drive) and a free haircut coupon. Also, donors will have a chance to win a $50 gas card and one of two $100 gift cards from the Georgia State Bookstore.

Georgia State student-athletes help work the Blood Drive, in addition to being donors.

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Inside Operations: Embracing Change

On the third Wednesday of every month (a second post this week, so we moved this to Thursday), a member of the Facilities and Operations staff  will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Monday: Academics

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

This past month can be described with one word – CHANGE. Our new Athletic Director, Charlie Cobb, hit the ground running and we could not be more excited to support his decisions to change internal operations.  Most individuals fear change… the Facilities and Operations department embraces it!

As you all know, our beloved football program won their first football game of the season!  We all know “winning isn’t everything”, but it sure does make all our hard work and preparation for game day more rewarding. Typically, for the first game of the season, there are jitters, even the staff needs to get out of their system, not just the student-athletes.  With that being said, there were mistakes made, but seemed to be very minimal. Our entire athletic department worked great together to put on a successful show. Accomplishing that thrilling ‘W’ at the end of the long night was the icing on the cake.

The new signage for football at the Georgia Dome had great success.  We continue to improve our internal operation strategies by adjusting to each particular game and learning from our mistakes. We take much pride in ensuring that all events operate smoothly. After weeks of planning and organizing, a huge component of game-day operations is troubleshooting.

Men’s and women’s soccer seasons have begun at Panthersville, as well as court volleyball in the Sports Arena. So far, so good on our end; having the first events for each sport under our belts means we can only improve our operations from here on out!  We are excited to continue hosting home events and making it a great experience for all fans. We encourage suggestions, we love feedback … and we embrace change.

See you at the game!

-Gina Knutson
Operations Graduate Assistant

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