In case you didn't friend them on Facebook, or get their tweets, GeorgiaStateSports.com did that for you to find out what some of our Panther student-athletes are doing this summer.
First, all GeorgiaStateSports.com really had to do was look outside in the hallways as approximately 150 of our student-athletes are sweating their way through summer classes and summer workouts by the conditioning coaches. No one is really sure whether more sweating is being done to ace the finals in the classrooms or add more muscle tone to the svelte and conditioned bodies, but either way it is a good thing.
Through well-placed sources, GeorgiaStateSports.com did learn of quite a few who were branching out from campus to do internships, work study programs, or competing in their sport to get better.
The Most Outstanding Player award-winner on the CAA champion softball team, Alana Thomas, is spending her summer learning what goes on in the Office of the District Attorney and inside a Court House. Thomas is interning at Athens-Clarke County prosecuting attorney Ken Mauldin's office.
If you are a President's List 4.0 student and an Academic All-District honoree like softball senior Cassie Boese, you need to find something tough to challenge you. It looks like she did working as a tax intern with BDO Seidman, LLP, the fifth largest international accounting and consulting network in the world. To cap off her summer, Cassie will take off to Russia from Aug. 6-20, not for a vacation, but to study transition economics and international tax management. With stops in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the study group will visit multiple international businesses to understand their scope and role in world affairs.
Sophomore football player and President's List student Michael Davis is in town finishing the rehabilitation from his knee surgery last year, while spending his afternoons in a fancy high-rise office in Buckhead. A business major and offensive lineman at GSU, competitive Michael earned an internship with Jones Lang LaSalle commercial real estate.
Senior women's soccer player Lindsay Mortellaro started her summer saying "Ciao" to the real Italians for a few weeks on a study program to Italy. She started in Milan and then toured Vatican City, the world-famous Sistine Chapel of Michaelangelo art fame and St. Peter's Basilica. She tossed her pennies into Trevi Fountain for good luck, so we assume she guaranteed another CAA tournament bid for GSU with one of those wishes. They studied the business plans with Brioni clothing, a high-end master tailor. They visited the Central Bank in Rome for an industrial organization presentation and then the Bank of Italy for a history of currency. Naturally, a visit to the Roman Colosseum and Forum was on the list. In Tuscany, they talked wine and learned that business is not about competition but the consumer. Another day was spent at two automobile companies, talking the high-end luxury auto business. Milan's studies were about the fashion industry, but some shopping had to be involved in that. They heard presentations from Cinelli premium bicycles and Pariani leather saddles. In Florence, the group learned business from two perfume companies.
Senior volleyball player Vineece Verdun is an All-CAA player and an academic all-star with a major in public policy. She is putting her major to great use with an internship with Common Cause Georgia. That group is a non-profit citizen's lobby organization that holds our public officials accountable for the decisions. The CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year has been helping with grant writing and event planning among the day-to-day tasks.
A pair of student-athletes are learning more about and utilizing their physical therapy skills with the Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers. Senior women's basketball player Chan Harris and senior football linebacker Michael Hall are both learning more about that industry in preparing for careers in that field. Harris will graduate this summer from GSU and return for her final season of basketball as a master's degree-seeking student.
Senior cross country runner Zanny Anderson is using her communications major to practice that trade as she landed a summer internship with the Metro Atlanta YMCA Office. Zanny had learned even more first-hand last summer working as a student assistant in the GSU Sports Communications Office.
Track and field's Jacia Montgomery is working as a development intern at NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, utilizing her major in business.
Senior basketball player James Fields, a CAA All-Academic pick, landed an internship with United Distributors, a 50-year old company with more than 600 employees.
Golfer Alex Castro has a summer job at Druid Hills Country Club and works with White Crow, LLC, an investment group.
Baseball's Aaron Schmitz got some real eye-opening on-the-job training by working the summer with the Gwinnett County Police Department. Schmitz is rotating among various precincts and doing "ride arounds" with the uniformed police in their squad cars.
Fellow baseball player Jeremy Gazerro is also learning the criminal justice system with the Gordon County Police Department. He is working with the criminal court, drug court, subpoena issuers and patrol squads.
A pair of GSU student-athletes are working right here in athletics. Senior track and field star Yolanda Berryhill is doing a summer internship across town at Georgia Tech and also beginning her assignments here with the GSU strength and conditioning staff. Senior baseball pitcher Aidan Francis has been learning some of the behind-the-scenes work in Athletic Training, while helping in that move of the trainers' area at the football practice facility.
Basketball senior Josh Micheaux is doing a summer internship with the Metro Atlanta YMCA.
Women's soccer senior leader Lani Huntley is playing on the Atlanta Silverbacks developmental team, competing with some elite athletes. She is also helping with Xsporture, a social network for sports interaction and exposure.
Eric Lawrence, Peter Vania and Michael Nwiloh are playing on the Georgia Revolution soccer team in the National Premier Soccer League. The Revolution team plays its home games at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association Complex in Conyers and competes in a southeastern league with teams in nearby cities like Chattanooga, Jacksonville and Knoxville.
Panther baseball players are scattered about improving their skills. Senior Brandon Williams spent time this summer playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League with the Orleans Firebirds. A quartet of Panthers is playing in the Valley League on Virginia teams. Pitcher Justin Malone made the All-Star team with his Front Royal team, while Jake Dyer and Brandon Bast have been playing with Luray and Tyler Claburn with the Staunton Braves. Nick Squeglia was playing with the Wilmington Sharks in the Coastal Plain League. Ten current and recent senior GSU players are competing in the Atlanta-based Sunbelt League, with Charley Olson and Aidan Francis earning a spot of the league All-Star team.