Past Issues

2013 Special Centennial Edition


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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The Veteran Experience

GIs returning from WWII found a home — warts and all— at Georgia State John C. Pope 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…

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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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