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Athens State – One Small Step for Your Wallet, One Giant Leap for Your Future

By Amanda Cates

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As graduation inches closer, I am beginning to reflect more on my college experience – particularly here at Athens State. I started college immediately after my high school graduation. I knew that I would be in college for at least four years because I decided to pursue a career in secondary English Education. I did not want to waste any time. I spent the first two years of college at Wallace State. I made the decision to begin at a community college because I believed this would be the best way to make the adjustment from high school to college. Wallace is only thirty minutes from my home, so I would be able to commute without living in a dorm. Also, many of my high school friends planned to attend, and I had classes scheduled with a few. I enjoyed participating in the Sigma Kappa Delta honor society and talking with my English Professor about my career choice. Before I realized, it was time to choose another institution to complete my degree.

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The Tragic 1909 Typhoid Fever Epidemic

By Sara Love

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In was 1909; Athens Female College entered its sixty-sixth scholastic year on the 15th day of September. The previous five years had been the most successful years in the entire history of the Institution. In addition to local students, there were 151 boarding students enrolled from across Alabama and adjoining states. The faculty was made up of 23 excellent administrators and teachers. The health of the entire College community seemed perfect. College records indicate that only two deaths had occurred during its history and those occurred before the Civil War. On October 14, 1909, there was not a sick person on the campus.

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A University Tradition – A Family Tradition

By Tena Bullington

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Please note that this blog article preludes the Founders Queen and Court ceremony on October 22 at 6:00pm in the Parlor of Founders Hall.

Founders Queen and Court is an historic event that has taken place at Athens State University for over fifty years. These honors have been bestowed upon women exemplifying Athens State’s mission and as those chosen are voted upon by their student peers it is truly an honor.

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Freedom Recaptured

By Guy McClure

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What does it take to be truly carefree? For me it is simply two wheels and starry summer nights.

While home in Athens after my freshman year at college, I first experienced this freedom and it has stuck with me ever since. You see in the early summer of 1980, my grandfather’s driveway became the depository for a stolen bike. A white 10-speed Raleigh that he subsequently gave to me after it was not claimed. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I had been issued a driver’s license, but I took the gift thinking it may bring back a sort of nostalgia. It did bring nostalgia, but it wasn’t about the action of riding the bike but the environment in which the bike was ridden.

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Can You Really Go Back To School?

By Guy McClure

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When I received my diploma 28 years ago I thought my days of studying were over. Granted, in hindsight I realize that I didn’t study enough when I was in college – but at that time scholarly pursuits seemed an overwhelming burden for someone in their early twenties. Now, almost three decades since that commencement march, I’ve decided to go back to school for a second bachelor’s degree.

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Books, Brews, and Much, Much More!

By Robert Burkhardt

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Come in and make yourself at home…literally, at the Athens State University Library’s Learning Commons area.  We have new comfy seating that can be rearranged to suit a study group of one or more.  Don’t want to sit at one of our desktop stations for PCs or Macs?  Not a problem.  Students and employees can check out a laptop for use in the building.  You can relax and prop up your feet while researching or typing a paper. We have a self-serve kiosk for coffee, green tea, and hot chocolate for just $1.25 a cup.  The only traditional librarian-shushing that we will do is that we still ask that you silence your cell phone and field any calls outside of the building.  (The student next to you could be taking a timed exam….)  The first floor is low talking, and the second floor is designated as a quiet study area.

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Who Are We?

By Guy McClure

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Who are we?  It is an introspective question that one might ask when on a quest of self-discovery.  It is also a question an institution must ask when defining itself in a constantly changing environment.  In the 191-year history of Athens State University we have been many things to many constituents, but whether that is an alma mater, a community resource, or an educational touchstone, we each have a personal connection to Athens State that is uniquely ours.The first step in defining ourselves is to do just that – establish a definition.  Athens State is an upper-division, two-year educational institution, one of only a handful of such schools in the world.  The problem is there is no word or phrase that adequately paints a mental picture of what this means.   The other problem is that this causes our colleagues, constituents, and even our neighbors to not clearly understand our purpose.

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