Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition


WRAS Hits the Airwaves

The 100,000-watt Voice of Georgia State spun its first record more than 40 years ago Although WRAS is now the most powerful and one of the most highly respected all-student-programmed radio station in the country with more than 50,000 weekly listeners, the station humbly began in the 1960s with a hand-me-down FM signal. What we…

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Students reading the paper

Campus Hangouts

Before the Student University Center became a convenient place to eat, study and socialize, Georgia State students had been escaping their academic life at downtown city parks, pubs and eventually on the Plaza, which was built in the early 1970s. “We mostly hung in the Plaza,” said Melissa Brennaman (B.A. ’89, M.P.A. ’93). “There was…

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Alongside Atlanta

In the second half of the century, Georgia State grew in lockstep with its city.

Students crossing Peachtree

Expanding — Locally and Globally

The past 25 years have seen the transformation of student life and campus Asked how Georgia State has most changed over the past quarter century, the average alumnus is likely to note the university’s transformation from an evening commuter school to a 24/7 campus with all the traditional collegiate trappings — dorms, Greek housing and,…

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The Big Win in Boise

In 2001, the Panthers shocked Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAAs Thinking back about the 2000-01 Georgia State basketball season, I remember, before they ever tipped off, having a really good feeling about Charles “Lefty” Driesell’s team that year. Kevin Morris, Shernard Long and Darryl Cooper were seniors and Thomas Terrell and Deltorio “Bam”…

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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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