Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition


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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The Veteran Experience

I went into service immediately after high school when the war was just getting started, in August of 1942. I was discharged in 1946 and in 1948 entered the University of Georgia in Athens, where I lived on a government subsidy augmented by my poker winnings from the Marines. When those ran out, I moved…

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Georgia State University Plaza 1985

An Urban University Emerges

Under Noah Langdale, Georgia State grew academically and physically and achieved university status.

Artist Rendering

The First Master Plan

The master plan was a comprehensive one calling for an elevated campus with a series of plazas connected by walkways. One major aspect of the plan called for rich landscaping of open spaces. The Charles Center subway station in Baltimore, Constitution Plaza in Hartford, Conn., and Midtown Plaza in Rochester, N.Y., all feature expansive plazas…

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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.