Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition


Breakthroughs in Research

Georgia State University has made great strides toward accelerating its status as a major urban research university. Chara Officials broke ground in 1996 at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory in California to build Georgia State’s Center High Angular Astronomy Array. Scientists recorded the array’s first “fringes” — areas of bright and dark spots that produce…

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The Parker H. Petit Science Center, The Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center and Dahlberg Hall

The Builders

Three major Georgia State structures bear the names of philanthropic alumni Pete Petit Pete Petit (MBA, ’73) launched his first company, Healthdyne, Inc., in 1970, but needed to develop business acumen to move it forward. He started his MBA program in finance, going to night classes, and his company grew over the decades, splitting into…

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President Becker

A Century of Enterprise

From its modest beginnings, Georgia State has flourished into a premier institution with global influence When I think about the 44 young men who gathered a century ago in a classroom in the newly named Evening School of Commerce, I wonder what they would make of Georgia State University today. Those first pioneers came to…

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Andrew Young

Looking Forward

Becoming an eminent and global university Georgia State University’s centennial offers an opportunity for us to look back and celebrate all that has changed and all that has been accomplished in the last 100 years. However, rather than looking back, I encourage you to join me in looking forward, into our future. Change — positive…

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In Business

Georgia State University began its first 100 years as a tiny school of commerce When Georgia Tech established its School of Commerce in 1913, about half of the 44 enrollees were non-traditional students employed in Atlanta’s businesses. Most attended the evening classes, while regular Tech commerce students went to day classes. In 1914, responding to…

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Peachtree Papa

The world famous Peachtree Road Race, run every July 4 since 1970 down the city’s main street, has its origins here at Georgia State. The founder of the race is former Georgia State cross country coach and Dean of Men Tim Singleton (Ph.D. ’76). Before the Atlanta Track Club took over the event in 1976,…

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Robert R. Johnson

The First Benefactor

Robert R. Johnson raised the funds for Georgia State’s first permanent building The newly formed Evening School of Commerce relocated to the downtown Atlanta business district in 1914. Enrollment grew rapidly, requiring the school to move frequently. The school had four locations from 1914-31. Rooms were rented in these locations, with classes and school administration…

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‘Tech Night Girl’

For decades, the Evening School of Commerce was the only place at Tech — and indeed among any state institution of higher education — where women could attend undergraduate classes. And they weren’t always welcome. Playing off of the school’s fight song, they were subject to remarks like “Nell of an engineer” and “I’m a…

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