ATLANTA – Following a successful first year helping bridge the transition to Georgia State, Summer Bridge has returned to assist student-athletes during their first semester on campus.

A total of 27 incoming student-athletes met for the first time last week with a goal of easing the transition from high school or other schools to Georgia State. The program started last summer from the vision of Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Brad Horton. It was immediately successful allowing Assistant Athletic Director for Career Services and Life Skills Michael Stovall to expand the program this year.

“Our first year was extremely successful and helped our student-athletes in the transition to Georgia State,” Stovall said. “We plan to bring in more guests and hopefully answer more questions for our student-athletes this summer.”

Summer Bridge started with an orientation session on June 3 where parents and student-athletes learned about Panther Athletic Student Support Services (P.A.S.S.), heard from Dr. Catherine Perkins from the University Senate and Compliance's Erik Paz.

On June 7, the group learned about e-mail etiquette, social media, PAWS and iCollege, and heard from a panel of three professors: Dr. Maurice Hobson / Michael Shapiro, J.D. / Dr. Angela Luvara, who talked about being a student-athlete at Georgia State.

Earlier this week, the student-athletes learned about making the correct choices on campus. They heard from the Dean of Students office (Jaray Gillespie and Ron Mazique), housing office (Joshua Vance) and campus safety from Sgt. Ericka Boykin and Lt. Col. Pamisa Scott.

The summer semester started on June 5 and will end in late July.