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CEHD Alumni Network

Promotes the mission of Georgia State University by establishing beneficial relations between the college and its alumni and supporting students through academic scholarships and development. Join colleagues and friends who share a commitment to leadership in education and dedicated to advancing social and professional opportunities for its members.

Our Focus

  • Cultivate strong relationships between the College of Education & Human Development and its alumni
  • Establish programs and events that benefit College of Education & Human Development Alumni Network members
  • Strengthen and enhance the value of a Georgia State education
  • Enlighten and encourage students to establish giving patterns and become actively involved in Alumni Association programs
  • Encourage communication and cooperation among the Alumni Office and other university departments

Scholarship Fund

View images from our annual Alumni Gala and Silent Auction events:

2016 Photos  2015 Photos  2014 Photos 

2013 Photos 

For more alumni events, view our calendar.

Contact Us

Alumni Contact:
Elisa Tate
College of Education & Human Development Alumni Relations
KDP Contact:
Elisa Tate
Staff Advisor
etate2@gsu.eduGladys Yarbrough
Faculty Advisor

The College of Education & Human Development Alumni Network is growing – not just tin membership but in value. In addition to our current programming, we are developing a blend of programs and services designed to enhance the student and alumni experience. As we continue to expand our offerings, you will enjoy even more new and innovative member benefits designed to keep you meaningfully engaged, connected to one another and supportive of your alma mater.Read stories about College of Education & Human Development students, faculty and alumni from our premier issue of IN the College of Education & Human Development magazine.

We've had the following events:

  • Alumni reception at the Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Plaza, New York City
  • Organizational at Fox Sports Grill, Atlantic Station
  • Evening of jazz
  • Breakfast with the Dean
  • Winter coat drive supporting the Children's Restoration Network
  • An alumni fundraiser and silent auction


  • We offer a variety of programs, activities, and service projects, serving a range of needs and interests. Meetings and events are usually held on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Sign up for our e-newsletters - join our mailing list. Fill in the form located in the left sidebar.
  • For more information, please contact Elisa Tate, College of Education & Human Development alumni relations coordinator, at or 404-413-8101

View some of our new benefits for members:

  • Join online communities and connect with classmates, mentors, post classifieds, register for a permanent e-mail address and share news
  • Connect with students to help establish and maintain college traditions
  • Get involved with a young alumni program to engage recent College of Education & Human Development graduates with programming designed for their needs
  • Enjoy 2 Scoops Ice Cream Socials
  • Apply for an alumni scholarship
  • Attend an annual mentoring workshop for alumni
  • Celebrate our students in spring and fall at convocation in a personalized ceremony
  • Join a comprehensive volunteer program that allows our students and alumni to work with our service organization The Study Hall After School Literacy Program
  • Attend an annual fall family BBQ

We need your support

The success of these programs depends on the support of our alumni, so please consider how you can become involved — whether by participating in alumni functions, mentoring a student, giving a guest lecture, volunteering on a committee or donating to the college. We look forward to your involvement and appreciate your feedback as we continue to grow.

Meetings are held on Thursday evenings in the Forum, 10th floor of the College of Education & Human Development Building Suite 1025 beginning at 6:00 p.m. with dinner followed by the business meeting. An RSVP is required for dinner.

Please confirm attendance to Elisa Tate at

Spring-Fall 2016 meeting dates are:
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 3
  • April 71
  • May 5 - Board meeting
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 4 - Board meeting
  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3 - Board meeting
  • December 1

Laura Abbott

President, Laura Abbott (M.S. '88)

Laura Abbott is a clinical instructor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Kinesiology and Health, where she also serves as program coordinator for the undergraduate Exercise Science program. She has two degrees from Georgia State University – a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in sports medicine/athletic training – and is a state and national Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork-certified and licensed massage therapist. Prior to joining our faculty, Abbott worked in the exercise science field for 25 years, training and educating federal law enforcement officers and traveling around the country presenting continuing education programs for more than 20 years. She was a featured speaker for the Speaking of Women's Health Expo for two consecutive years, presented at the National American College of Sports Medicine conference and authored a book titled, “Massage Therapy Review: Passing the NCETMB and NCETM.” Abbott is a firm believer that once you have graduated from college, your education is just beginning. Her passion is health and disease prevention.

Barbara Smith

Vice President, Dr. Barbara Smith (Ed.S ’89, Ph.D ‘92)

Dr. Smith is dedicated to high quality education for all children, community service, and homeless education. Her early educational experiences include teaching biology, anatomy and physiology, and physical sciences at both the high school and community college level. Beyond her teaching experiences, Dr. Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Education as the associate director of the Leadership Academy, executive director of the Metro School Service Center and division director of Instructional Interventions. She also worked with the Center for Leadership and School Reform and co-designed leadership training modules that provided technical assistance to school districts on school redesign initiatives. Currently, Dr. Smith is the vice president for Government Relations and Equity at the AVID Center. In this role she monitors key education legislation, build alliances with external organizations, support pipeline initiatives with secondary and postsecondary initiatives, and coordinates national legislative initiatives.

Traci Robinson

Secretary, Ms. Traci Robinson (B.S. Middle Level
Language Arts and Reading 2013)

Ms. Traci Robinson joined the CEHD Alumni Network in 2013 and immediately went to work by accepting the position as secretary. This fall she joined the staff of Summerour Middle School in Gwinnett County as a first-year teacher teaching 8th grade language arts. Ms. Robinson is motivated to teach students to reach their learning goals by creating a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and one the enables students to reach their fullest potential through encouraging student responsibility for learning. While it has been a short time since the first day of school, she is proud that she has created a sense of community, belonging, and acceptance in her classroom. She feels certain that with this foundation in place she will be able to focus on her student’s needs and help them excel in learning.

Thelma Reeves

Treasurer: Ms. Thelma Reeves (Ed.S. '82)

Retired educator Thelma Reeves has served as teacher, assistant principal and principal in her career. She began her teaching career in Hardeeville, S.C., and ended it in DeKalb County, Ga. She continues to be involved in civic and educational settings with various organizations.

Laura Abbott and Thelma Reeves will serve a two-year term beginning this month

The College of Education & Human Development has produced thousands of qualified professionals who have made a positive impact on the field of education. Click the stories below to read more about some of our outstanding alumni.

Meet Valerie Jones

Along with CEHD alumnus Pauline Henry (B.S.E. ’95), President Barack Obama named Valerie Jones (M.Ed. ’03) a recipient of this year's Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching -- the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.

Jones has been an educator for 15 years, most recently serving for four years as a pre-algebra, algebra and geometry teacher for sixth through eighth graders at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. She uses a flipped classroom teaching model and incorporates performing arts, real-world connections and video games into lessons.

Read the full story »

Alumni Network Scholarship Program

The CEHD Alumni Scholarship Program honors students who exemplify excellence by their scholarship and commitment to improving student achievement.

This scholarship is supported by donations from CEHD alumni and friends.  A committee will review all applications and make recommendations based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Education
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Applicant must show a pattern of scholarship (e.g. the presentation of research at professional meetings, publications)
  • Applicant must show a commitment to service to the  university, community and profession
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from a professor in his/her department

Application deadline:  February 10

Applications are available on the CEHD Alumni Network webpage at:

For more information contact Elisa Tate, at 404-413-8101 or

  • The scholars are recognized at a Scholars Reception prior to the College of Education & Human Development Honors Day Ceremony.
  • The scholarship is a $1,000 award that honors students who exemplify excellence by their scholarship and commitment to improving student achievement.

Apply for the Alumni Scholarship 

2015 Alumni Network Scholarship Recipients

Danielle Cummings
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education

Erica B. Edwards
Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (Research, Measurement and Statistics)

2014 Alumni Network Scholarship Recipients

Cory Baumann
Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology (Muscle Biology)

LaToya Russell
Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies

The College of Education & Human Development Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to a College of Education & Human Development alumnus who has made outstanding contributions in his/her profession and in the community. Recipients can be nominated by academic peers, fellow alumni, faculty, staff or students.

Craig HooverMr. Craig Hoover earned a M.S. degree in Sports Administration in 1995. He is one of the country's leading figures in entertainment and sports marketing, sales and management, having played an integral role in many of America's most high-profile and high-impact events.

As Vice President of Sales for Live Nation, Craig Hoover is instrumental in the development and acquisition of new corporate partners for its Media and Sponsorship division, which markets the company's network of assets via integrated sponsorships and marketing partnerships. Recently Hoover was tapped to oversee the sales of Live Nation's burgeoning Festival division in the U.S., which now boasts 26 major festivals, including the famed Sasquatch at the Gorge and Music Midtown in Atlanta, among others.

Having been with Live Nation since it's inception in December 2005, he has been a major contributor to the company's dramatic growth, developing many of its largest partnerships, including deals with such blue-chip brands as ING, Altria and Red Bull.

Frances DavisDr. Frances Davis earned her Ed.S. degree in 1994 from Georgia State University in Educational Leadership and Supervision and her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2000. In addition to her bachelors and masters degrees she earned an MBA in 2012.

She is currently the Associated Superintendent of Human Resources and Talent Management, Team Leader for Teaching and Learning Divisions for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Gwinnett is the largest district in Georgia and one of the five largest school districts in the U.S. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office leader.

David Edwin Stone, Ph.D. was recently appointed Director of Collaborative Programs in the Office of the Vice President for the Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State University. In this role he oversee the strategic development and delivery of a broad portfolio of academic programs at the 20 commonwealth campuses to meet the learning needs of traditional and adult students. Dr. Stone is a graduate of the Master of Science in Instructional Technology (2005) and the Ph.D. in Instructional Technology (2012).

Dr. Sue Henderson

Dr. Sue Henderson ('75, '78 Mathematics and Secondary Education) was honored at Georgia State University's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 10 in the Georgia State Student Center Ballroom.

Learn more about Dr. Henderson:

  • In Magazine, our College's own publication, wrote a story about Henderson, "In the Family: Sue Henderson."
  • Learn more about the University's distinguished alumni of 2014.
  • Henderson also appears in Georgia State University's magazine Class Notes.
  • View all distinguished alumni.

From Facebook to our own Kappa Delta Pi chapter, there are numerous ways to connect with your fellow College of Education & Human Development alumni.

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Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Gamma Chapter

logo for Kappa Delta PiKappa Delta Pi (KDP), international honor society in education, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.

Membership into Kappa Delta Pi is by invitation only. Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours with an institutional grade point average of 3.50 to be eligible; graduate students must complete  a minimum of 12 credit hours in professional education courses with an institutional grade point average of 3.50 to be eligible.

Omicron Gamma Chapter

If you’re a member, pay your dues online 

The Omicron Gamma Chapter was chartered on the campus of Georgia State University on Jan. 27, 1980. Since its inception, our members have served as an integral part of the Georgia State community. We promote diversity, professionalism, and literacy through community service. Our theme is, “Striving for A+chievement while exuding excellence in all endeavors of education.”

You can also find KDP on Facebook as well as our Omicron Gamma Chapter.