Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition

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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Sharing a Century

Ralph Moor (B.C.S. ’37) celebrates his 100th birthday with Georgia State Ralph Moor Downtown’s tallest structures are the Hurt, Candler and Healey buildings. Short brick shops fill Woodruff Park. Electric trolley tracks run from downtown to the suburbs of Inman Park, Virginia Highland and the West End, and there are no interstates or MARTA rail.…

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A Resourceful Institution

George Sparks, the school’s first president, invested in and oversaw rapid growth and change at the downtown campus George M. Sparks didn’t have the academic credentials expected of a higher education leader when he became director of the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce in 1928. He had made a name for himself as a…

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