Author Archives: Laurel Bowen

Extinguished Luminaries of GSU: Robert R. Johnson

In the pantheon of distinguished GSU luminaries, the names of George Sparks (first president and recipient of the “Shining Light” award) and Wayne Kell (founder and first director) glow brightly. But there are other leaders and benefactors, now unfortunately forgotten, … Continue reading

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Little-Known and Unappreciated Facts about GSU History

It is well known that Georgia State University traces its origins to the Georgia School of Technology’s Evening School of Commerce.  Nighttime classes appealed to workers in Atlanta’s central business district who wanted to further their careers and skills. But … Continue reading

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Moving Around Town in Downtown: GSU’s Earliest Locations (1914-1955)

Ever wonder where Georgia State University was headquartered during its early years? The first class met at Georgia Tech, but in 1914 the school relocated to downtown Atlanta, where it then moved from one building to another. Early records are … Continue reading

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John E. Aderhold dies

John E. Aderhold–businessman, civic leader, and Georgia State University benefactor–died Wednesday, August 10. The university’s Aderhold Learning Center was funded by the family and is named for Mr. Aderhold’s wife, Helen (Class of ’76).  For further information, refer to the “GSU History–Building … Continue reading

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Clyde Faulkner, former dean, dies

Clyde W. Faulkner, Jr., Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences from 1981-1991, passed away on Saturday.  A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow (Friday, April 15) at 2 p.m. in the chapel of A. S. Turner … Continue reading

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“Four Negroes Acting Unwise?”

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of two students who integrated the University System of Georgia in 1961, will speak at Georgia State University (GSU) at 11 a.m. today (January 27) in the Student Center Speakers Auditorium.  Integration was attempted at GSU much earlier–in … Continue reading

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“Yo, It’s a Time Machine!”

Investigating an unknown cultural object can be a fascinating way to teach research and critical thinking skills—and to learn about unfamiliar times and places. The startled student who unexpectedly discovered this “time machine” encountered one of the largest artifacts in the … Continue reading

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Educating the Urban New South…with a Wry Twist

Like the red-headed stepchild whose history it tells, Dr. Merl E. Reed’s Educating the Urban New South:  Atlanta and the Rise of Georgia State University, 1913-1969 came into being only through the remarkable ingenuity and persistence of its author.  After … Continue reading

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GSU Institutional History Highlights Founders & “Firsts”

Do you know who our first female graduate and faculty member was?  Can you name one of the young people who tried to integrate our school in 1956?  Who was our first African American student? Dr. David Smith, Jr. has … Continue reading

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Georgia’s Red-Headed Stepchild Comes of Age

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Georgia State University: you’ve come a long way, baby! From a commuter night school in downtown Atlanta specializing in adult education for local businessmen to a fully accredited urban research university with satellite campuses and dormitories for the most diverse … Continue reading

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