Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition

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An Urban University Emerges


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

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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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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.

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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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