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Kennesaw State University Oral History Project

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Administrative Information

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Cobb County Oral History Series

Kennesaw College Oral History Series

Kennesaw State University Oral History Series

Cherokee County Oral History Series

Georgia Government Oral History Series

North Georgia Oral History Series

Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series

Marietta Housing Authority Series

Southern Polytechnic State University Series



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Title: Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973-Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: KSU/45/05/001/

Primary Creator: Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)

Extent: 40.0 Items

Arrangement: The transcripts are organized chronologically into seven series, then arranged by format and assigned volume number.

Date Acquired: 06/21/2010

Subjects: African Americans - Georgia - Cobb County - History, Cobb County (Ga.) - History - 20th century, Kennesaw State University - History, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cobb County Branch - History, Southern Polytechnic State University - History, Universities and colleges - Georgia - Cobb County - History

Forms of Material: Oral histories, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kennesaw State University oral history project consists of nine series: the Cobb County Oral History Series (1973-2005), the Kennesaw College Oral History Series (1978-1985), the Kennesaw State University Oral History Series (1986-), the Cherokee County Oral History Series (1992), the Georgia Government Oral History Series (1998), the North Georgia Oral History Series (1998-2000), the Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series (2009-2010), the Marietta Housing Authority Series (2011), and the Southern Polytechnic State University Series (2014), as well as a sub-series, HIST 4425 50th Anniversary Series, which consists of a subset of interviews within the Kennesaw State University Oral History Series (2011). Interview transcripts are available in bound volumes, digital (PDF) formats, and microfilm. They are arranged by the volume numbers assigned during the transcription process. Interview recordings may be available in sound and video formats. Sound formats include audiocassettes, microcassettes, and born-digital and digitized formats. Video formats include VHS, U-matic, and digitized formats. Researchers should check individual interview titles to determine available formats. All interview materials are arranged by series, format, and then in numerical order by the assigned volume number. All bound volumes are located in the Archives Reading Room and are arranged alphabetically by Interviewee last name.

The Cobb County Oral History Series was conducted by Thomas Scott, Professor of History at Kennesaw State University, and others, of prominent citizens of Cobb County, Georgia. The series was started in 1978 and has now been completed. The interviewees were people of various backgrounds from Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Fulton counties. Most of the interviews were relatively brief class projects by students taking Georgia or Social and Cultural History. All transcripts in the series have been bound and placed in the archives at KSU and in the Georgia Room of the main Cobb County Library. Unless otherwise indicated transcribed interviews are typed and single-spaced.

The Kennesaw College Oral History Series consists of interviews conducted with people of various backgrounds from Cobb, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Fulton counties from 1978 to 1985. The majority of the interviews were relatively brief class projects by students taking Georgia History or Social and Cultural History classes. Interview transcripts short in length were bound together as eleven "Collected interviews" volumes. The series also includes an index of volumes 1-10 of the "Collected Interviews," which was created by Angela G. Reiss.

The Kennesaw State University oral history series is a project conducted in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), and the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences to collect oral histories from all past recipients of the KSU Distinguished Professor, Teaching, Scholarship and Service Awards. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Thomas Scott and Dr. Dede Yow, with transcript editing and indexing assistance by Susan Batungbacal, Josh Dix and Jan Heidrich-Rice. The sub-series, HIST 4425 50th Anniversary Series, was conducted by students in the HIST 4425 class to document people who have made significant contributions to the history of Kennesaw State University.

Interviews of other faculty and members of the KSU Foundation who have made significant contributions to Kennesaw State University are also included within this project.

The Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series consists of forty-one oral history interviews done with a variety of people across Cobb County. The purpose of the project is to collect personal experiences of people with the Cobb County Branch and its predecessor, the Marietta Branch, of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Civil Rights movement in Cobb County, Georgia. The series was conceived as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2009. It was a joint effort between Dr. Scott’s HIST 4425 (Oral History) undergraduate class at Kennesaw State University and the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Students met with and interviewed subjects. Copies of the interview transcripts have been placed on deposit in the Kennesaw State University Dept. of Archives, Special Collections, and Records Management and the Georgia Room of the Central Library and the Hattie G. Wilson Library of the Cobb County Public Library System, in addition to other locations.

The Marietta Housing Authority series consists of an interview with the former executive director of the MHA, George H. Green, to document the history of the organization.

The Southern Polytechnic State University Series documents the institution from the perspective of administration, faculty, staff, and students. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Thomas Scott and his colleagues at SPSU throughout 2014, following the announcement of the consolidation of Southern Polytechnic State University with Kennesaw State University.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas Allan Scott was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1943. When he was a year old, his family moved to west Tennessee. The family lived there for three years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Scott grew up. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he received a B.S. in History in 1964, an M.A. in History in 1966, and a Ph.D. in History in 1978. Scott taught at Western Piedmont College in Morganton, North Carolina, for the 1967-1968 term. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Kennesaw Junior College, just two years after the school opened. He has been on the faculty of Kennesaw State University until the present time.

Dr. Scott served as Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy from 1968 to his retirement in 2011. He is currently a Professor of History Emeritus and Campus Historian. Dr. Scott is the author of two books on the history of Georgia: Cobb County, Georgia, and the origins of the suburban south: A twentieth-century history (2003) and Cornerstones of Georgia history: Documents that formed the state (1995). He has also authored several entries for the Digital Library of Georgia’s New Georgia Encyclopedia. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Kathy.

Biographical Note

Thomas Allan Scott was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1943. When he was a year old, his family moved to west Tennessee. The family lived there for three years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where Scott grew up. He attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he received a B.S. in History in 1964, an M.A. in History in 1966, and a Ph.D. in History in 1978. Scott taught at Western Piedmont College in Morganton, North Carolina, for the 1967-1968 term. In 1968 he joined the faculty at Kennesaw Junior College, just two years after the school opened. He has been on the faculty of Kennesaw State University until the present time.

Dr. Scott served as Professor of History in the Department of History and Philosophy from 1968 to his retirement in 2011. He is currently a Professor of History Emeritus and Campus Historian. Dr. Scott is the author of two books on the history of Georgia: Cobb County, Georgia, and the origins of the suburban south: A twentieth-century history (2003) and Cornerstones of Georgia history: Documents that formed the state (1995). He has also authored several entries for the Digital Library of Georgia’s New Georgia Encyclopedia. He lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife, Kathy.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans - Georgia - Cobb County - History
Cobb County (Ga.) - History - 20th century
Kennesaw State University - History
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cobb County Branch - History
Southern Polytechnic State University - History
Universities and colleges - Georgia - Cobb County - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Kennesaw State University Archives

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

Use Restrictions: To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

Acquisition Source: Thomas Allan Scott, 1943-

Acquisition Method: Transfer. Received as an email attachment from Dr. Scott.


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[Series 1: Cobb County Oral History Series, 1973-],
[Series 2: Kennesaw College Oral History Series, 1978-1985],
[Series 3: Kennesaw State University Oral History Series, 1986-],
[Series 4: Cherokee County Oral History Series, 1992-08-24],
[Series 5: Georgia Government Oral History Series, 1998],
[Series 6: North Georgia Oral History Series, 1998-2000],
[Series 7: Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series, 2009-2010],
[Series 8: Marietta Housing Authority Series, 2011],
[Series 9: Southern Polytechnic State University Series, 2014-],
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Series 9: Southern Polytechnic State University Series, 2014-Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Sound recordings, 2014-Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Transcripts, 2014-Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Bound volumes, 2014-Add to your cart.
Bound Volume 1: Interview with SPSU President Lisa A. Rossbacher, 2014-04-18Add to your cart.

Biographical note: Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher was the President of Southern Polytechnic State University from 1998 to 2014. Receiving a Ph.D. in Geological and Geophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1983, Dr. Rossbacher began her academic career at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. She served as the Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty at her alma mater, Dickinson College, from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, Dr. Rossbacher was the first female geologist to serve as the president of a North American university.

During her term as President of Southern Polytechnic State University, Dr. Rossbacher developed a number of engineering programs that complemented the institution's focus on Engineering Technology. As the curriculum expanded, enrollment grew by 78 percent between 1998 and 2013. Square footage of campus buildings almost doubled. Southern Polytechnic State University was also know for its diversity and was a national leader in the number of African American students receiving bachelor's degrees in Engineering Technology. In 2014, Dr. Rossbacher became the President of Humboldt State University in California.

Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 1
Subject/Index Terms:
Rossbacher, Lisa A.
College presidents - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Southern Polytechnic State University - Presidents
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Creators:
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Rossbacher, Lisa A.
Stevens, Mark K.
Bound Volume 2: Interview with SPSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Zvi Szafran, 2014-04-04, 2014-05-01Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Zvi Szafran served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University from 2005 to 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1981. Dr. Szafran served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College in New Hampshire before coming to Southern Poly. During his time at SPSU, he played a central role in curriculum development, particularly in the establishment of majors in Construction, Mechatronics, and Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. Dr. Szafran also helped to develop a variety of non-engineering majors, such as New Media Arts. In 2014, he became President of the State University of New York at Canton, an institution with a mission similar to Southern Polytechnic State University.
Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 2
Subject/Index Terms:
Szafran, Zvi
Southern Polytechnic State University - History
Universities and colleges - Georgia - Cobb County - History
Oral histories
Transcripts
Kennesaw State University - History
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Creators:
Szafran, Zvi
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Stevens, Mark K.
Bound Volume 3: Interview with Julie R. Newell, 2014-04-28Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Julie R. Newell earned a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1993 and joined the faculty of Southern Polytechnic State University. She received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994 and 1998 and Teacher of the Year in 1998. Dr. Newell served as the coordinator of Southern Poly's Science, Technology, and Society Program from 1998 until the university's consolidation with Kennesaw State in 2014. She was also Chair of the Department of Social and International Studies from 2006 to 2014. During consolidation, Dr. Newell was the Interim Dean of SPSU's School of Arts and Sciences.
Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 3
Subject/Index Terms:
Newell, Julie R.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Newell, Julie R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Bound Volume 4: Interview with Bob Harbort, 2014-05-05Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Bob Harbort joined the faculty of Southern Technical Institute in 1983 and served as the first Chair of the Computer Science Department from 1983 to 1993. He received his M.S. in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University in 1987. Dr. Harbort served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence from 2006 to 2008. After consolidation, Dr. Harbort is the Program Coordinator for the B.S. and M.S. programs in Software Engineering.
Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 4
Subject/Index Terms:
Harbort, Bob
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Harbort, Bob
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Bound Volume 5: Interview with Mark K. Stevens, 2014-05-12Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Mark K. Stevens received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University in 1988. He was an English professor at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1989 until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Stevens was the recipient of university-wide teaching awards on four different occasions.
Subject/Index Terms:
Stevens, Mark K.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Stevens, Mark K.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Bound Volume 6: Interview with SPSU President Emeritus Stephen R. Cheshier, 2014-05-16Add to your cart.

Biographical note: Dr. Stephen R. Cheshier was the first president of Southern Polytechnic State University, serving from the time it gained independence from Georgia Tech in 1980 until his retirement in 1997. After graduating from high school, Cheshier served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1970, where he was trained in Aviation Electronics. He received a bachelor's degree in Physics and Math from the University of Memphis in 1970 and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1972. Later that year, Cheshier joined the faculty at Purdue University as a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology. In 1975, he received his doctorate in Engineering Education from the University of Illinois. From 1972 to 1976, Cheshier was promoted to Associate Professor to full Professor, receiving tenure and serving as the Chair of Purdue's Department of Electrical Engineering Technology. Ten years after receiving his bachelor's degree, Dr. Cheshier was chosen to be President of Southern Technical Institute.

During his tenure as President, SPSU went through two name changes: Southern Technical Institute to Southern College of Technology (1986) to Southern Polytechnic State University (1996). Dr. Cheshier presided over the initiation of master's programs, the construction of a student center, the dedication of two new academic buildings, and the approval by the Board of Regents of a third academic building, as well as the development of indoor and outdoor recreation and wellness facilities. Since 1997, he served as Executive Secretary of the Cobb Education Consortium and authored the book, Studying Engineering Technology (1998).

Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 6
Subject/Index Terms:
Cheshier, Stephen Robert (1940-)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Southern Polytechnic State University - Presidents
Kennesaw State University - History
College presidents - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Cheshier, Stephen Robert (1940-)
Harper, Kathleen
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Bound Volume 7: Interview with Mark Nunes, 2014-06-25Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Mark Nunes chaired Southern Polytechnic State's Department of English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts from 2006 to 2014. He earned M.A. degrees in Experimental Psychology from Columbia University in 1989 and English from the University of Virginia in 1992. Dr. Nunes was a faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College from 1992 to 2006, serving as department chair for the last four years. In 2006, his revised Ph.D. dissertation from Emory University was published under the title, Cyberspaces of Everyday Life, by the University of Minnesota Press. He also edited and contributed a chapter to the book, Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures (2010). While at Southern Poly, Dr. Nunes was instrumental in developing the New Media Arts Program. In 2014, he moved to Appalachian State University, accepting the position of Chair of the Department of Cultural, Gender & Global Studies.
Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 7
Subject/Index Terms:
Nunes, Mark (1965-)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Nunes, Mark (1965-)
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Harper, Kathleen
Daws, Laura Beth
Bound Volume 8: Interview with Han Reichgelt, 2014-07-01Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Dr. Han Reichgelt was Dean of Southern Polytechnic State University's School of Computing and Software Engineering from 2007 to 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and joined the faculty of the University of Nottingham as Assistant Professor of Psychology. After helping to develop the university's undergraduate program in Cognitive Science, Dr. Reichgelt accepted the position of Professor of Computer Science and Department Chair at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1992. In 2001 he joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University, where he was promoted to Chair of the Information Technology Department and then Associate Dean of the College of Information Technology. During his tenure as Dean of Southern Poly's School of Computing and Software Engineering, the number of students more than doubled. This increase was due in part to the creation of innovative programs such as Computer Game Design and Development. From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Reichgelt was Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.
Call number: F292 .C6 S66 no. 8
Subject/Index Terms:
Reichgelt, Han
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Reichgelt, Han
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Harper, Kathleen
Bound Volume 9: Interview with Hans A. (Al) Troemel and Sara R. (Bonnie) Troemel, 2014-12-01Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Hans A. (Al) Troemel attended Southern Technical Institute in Chamblee, Georgia, as a student from 1957 to 1959, receiving an associate degree in civil engineering technology. Soon after graduating, he was invited to join the faculty and taught full-time while working on a bachelor's degree in physics from Oglethorpe University. Troemel also earned a professional license as a land surveyor in the State of Georgia. He taught courses in the civil engineering program at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1959 until his retirement in 1997 and was the acting department head during the last two years of his career. Troemel helped move the campus from Chamblee to Marietta in 1961 and witnessed the growth of the institution from a two-year school to a university. In the year that he retired, his students and former students placed a Troemel monument and accompanying plaque on campus. The momument is permanently registered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
General note: Interview includes both Hans A. (Al) Troemel and his wife, Sara R. (Bonnie).
Subject/Index Terms:
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Oral histories
Transcripts
Troemel, Hans A. (Al)
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Creators:
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Troemel, Hans A.
Troemel, Sara R.
Bound Volume 10: Interview with Charles T. (Hap) Holladay, 2015-01-13Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Charles T. (Hap) Holladay is a charter member of Southern Technical Institute, having joined the faculty in 1948 as its first professor of civil engineering technology. Holladay is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, serving in the latter while on leave of absence from Southern Tech. He was the first chair of the Civil Engineering Technology Department, holding that post until his retirement in 1984. While a member of the faculty, Holladay also worked for a private firm in his spare time doing aerial photography and mapmaking. He continued working for a private firm well into his 80s. Holladay has many memories of the original campus in Chamblee, Georgia, and the early days of Southern Tech in Marietta.
Subject/Index Terms:
Holladay, Charles T. (Hap)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Bound Volume 11: Interview with Daniel R. Silver, 2014-07-14Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Daniel R. Silver was a civil engineering technology student at Southern Polytechnic State University until his graduation in May 2015. As a student leader, Mr. Silver was actively involved in the student response to the proposed consolidation of Kennesaw State University and SPSU in the fall of 2013. He composed and emailed a petition to the Board of Regents asking that several SPSU students be allowed to address the board on the consolidation issue. The regents agreed to his proposal and Silver was able to attend the meeting to support speakers. He was also able to meet privately with the chancellor to express his views. Later Silver served on several Operational Working Groups that helped to plan for the consolidation.
Subject/Index Terms:
Silver, Daniel R.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Silver, Daniel R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Bound Volume 12: Interview with Randy Brown, Jr., 2014-07-24Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Randy Brown Jr. was a student at Southern Polytechnic State University from 2010 until his graduation in May 2014. He was the first student to ever be invited to deliver a commencement address at SPSU, speaking at his own graduation. An English and Professional Communications major, Mr. Brown was accepted into an MFA program in creative writing in New York. At SPSU he was the editor of The Sting, the student newspaper. As a member of the media, Brown attended the Board of Regents meeting that voted on the consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University and live tweeted during the meeting for followers of The Sting on twitter.
Subject/Index Terms:
Brown, Randy, Jr.
Creators:
Brown, Randy, Jr.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Harper, Kathleen
Bound Volume 13: Interview with Austin Clayton, 2014-10-23Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Austin Clayton was a student at Southern Polytechnic State University throughout the Kennesaw State University-Southern Polytechnic State University consolidation process. He served as the president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, as well as the president of the Student Government Association. Clayton was involved in the student protest against consolidation and was one of three SPSU student and alumni representatives to address the Board of Regents in November 2013, prior to the vote on consolidation.
Subject/Index Terms:
Clayton, Austin
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Clayton, Austin
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Harper, Kathleen
Bound Volume 14: Interview with Kathleen A. Hall, 2014-11-20Add to your cart.
Biographical note: Kathleen A. Hall was a faculty memeber at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1973 until her retirement in 2002. She was the first woman to hold a tenure-track professorship in math and for about two decades was the only femail in the Math Department. Dr. Hall has been instrumental in establishing a number of scholarships to honor the memories of former colleagues. In the interview, Dr. Hall explains why she was so strongly opposed to the consolidation of Southern Polytechnic State University with Kennesaw State University.
Subject/Index Terms:
Hall, Kathleen A.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Hall, Kathleen A.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Bound Volume 15: Interview with James W. (Jim) Cooper, 2015-05-13Add to your cart.
Biographical note: James W. (Jim) Cooper began his career at Southern Polytechnic State University as the director of student recruitment in 1997. For the next seventeen years, he held a number of key administrative positions at Southern Poly with responsibilities for recruitment, marketing, alumni relations, and sustainability. At the time of the consolidation with Kennesaw State University, he was the Assistant Vice President for University Communication. Cooper was a member of the consolidation implementation committee and was responsible for producing a film on the history of SPSU entitled, The Five Eras of Southern Polytechnic State University. With the completion of the consolidation, he moved to the Kennesaw campus with the title of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications.
Subject/Index Terms:
Cooper, James W. (Jim)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Creators:
Cooper, James W.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Sub-Series 2: Electronic documents, 2014-Add to your cart.
Item 1: Interview with SPSU President Lisa A. Rossbacher, 2014-04-18Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Biographical note: Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher was the President of Southern Polytechnic State University from 1998 to 2014. Receiving a Ph.D. in Geological and Geophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1983, Dr. Rossbacher began her academic career at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. She served as the Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty at her alma mater, Dickinson College, from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, Dr. Rossbacher was the first female geologist to serve as the president of a North American university.

During her term as President of Southern Polytechnic State University, Dr. Rossbacher developed a number of engineering programs that complemented the institution's focus on Engineering Technology. As the curriculum expanded, enrollment grew by 78 percent between 1998 and 2013. Square footage of campus buildings almost doubled. Southern Polytechnic State University was also know for its diversity and was a national leader in the number of African American students receiving bachelor's degrees in Engineering Technology. In 2014, Dr. Rossbacher became the President of Humboldt State University in California.

Subject/Index Terms:
Rossbacher, Lisa A.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Southern Polytechnic State University - Presidents
Kennesaw State University - History
College presidents - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Rossbacher, Lisa A.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Stevens, Mark K.
Item 2: Interview with SPSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Zvi Szafran, 2014-04-04, 2014-05-01Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Zvi Szafran served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University from 2005 to 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1981. Dr. Szafran served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at New England College in New Hampshire before coming to Southern Poly. During his time at SPSU, he played a central role in curriculum development, particularly in the establishment of majors in Construction, Mechatronics, and Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering. Dr. Szafran also helped to develop a variety of non-engineering majors, such as New Media Arts. In 2014, he became President of the State University of New York at Canton, an institution with a mission similar to Southern Polytechnic State University.
Subject/Index Terms:
Szafran, Zvi
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County - History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Stevens, Mark K.
Szafran, Zvi
Item 3: Interview with Julie R. Newell, 2014-04-28Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Julie R. Newell earned a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1993 and joined the faculty of Southern Polytechnic State University. She received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994 and 1998 and Teacher of the Year in 1998. Dr. Newell served as the coordinator of Southern Poly's Science, Technology, and Society Program from 1998 until the university's consolidation with Kennesaw State in 2014. She was also Chair of the Department of Social and International Studies from 2006 to 2014. During consolidation, Dr. Newell was the Interim Dean of SPSU's School of Arts and Sciences.
Subject/Index Terms:
Newell, Julie R.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Newell, Julie R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Item 4: Interview with Bob Harbort, 2014-05-05Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Bob Harbort joined the faculty of Southern Technical Institute in 1983 and served as the first Chair of the Computer Science Department from 1983 to 1993. He received his M.S. in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1975 and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University in 1987. Dr. Harbort served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence from 2006 to 2008. After consolidation, Dr. Harbort is the Program Coordinator for the B.S. and M.S. programs in Software Engineering.
Subject/Index Terms:
Harbort, Bob
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Harbort, Bob
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 5: Interview with Mark K. Stevens, 2014-05-12Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Mark K. Stevens received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Florida State University in 1988. He was an English professor at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1989 until his retirement in 2014. Dr. Stevens was the recipient of university-wide teaching awards on four different occasions.
Subject/Index Terms:
Stevens, Mark K.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Stevens, Mark K.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Item 6: Interview with SPSU President Emeritus Stephen R. Cheshier, 2014-05-16Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Biographical note: Dr. Stephen R. Cheshier was the first president of Southern Polytechnic State University, serving from the time it gained independence from Georgia Tech in 1980 until his retirement in 1997. After graduating from high school, Cheshier served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1970, where he was trained in Aviation Electronics. He received a bachelor's degree in Physics and Math from the University of Memphis in 1970 and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1972. Later that year, Cheshier joined the faculty at Purdue University as a professor of Electrical Engineering Technology. In 1975, he received his doctorate in Engineering Education from the University of Illinois. From 1972 to 1976, Cheshier was promoted to Associate Professor to full Professor, receiving tenure and serving as the Chair of Purdue's Department of Electrical Engineering Technology. Ten years after receiving his bachelor's degree, Dr. Cheshier was chosen to be President of Southern Technical Institute.

During his tenure as President, SPSU went through two name changes: Southern Technical Institute to Southern College of Technology (1986) to Southern Polytechnic State University (1996). Dr. Cheshier presided over the initiation of master's programs, the construction of a student center, the dedication of two new academic buildings, and the approval by the Board of Regents of a third academic building, as well as the development of indoor and outdoor recreation and wellness facilities. Since 1997, he served as Executive Secretary of the Cobb Education Consortium and authored the book, Studying Engineering Technology (1998).

Subject/Index Terms:
Cheshier, Stephen Robert (1940-)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Southern Polytechnic State University - Presidents
Kennesaw State University - History
College presidents - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Cheshier, Stephen Robert (1940-)
Harper, Kathleen
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 7: Interview with Mark Nunes, 2014-06-25Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Mark Nunes chaired Southern Polytechnic State's Department of English, Technical Communication, and Media Arts from 2006 to 2014. He earned M.A. degrees in Experimental Psychology from Columbia University in 1989 and English from the University of Virginia in 1992. Dr. Nunes was a faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College from 1992 to 2006, serving as department chair for the last four years. In 2006, his revised Ph.D. dissertation from Emory University was published under the title, Cyberspaces of Everyday Life, by the University of Minnesota Press. He also edited and contributed a chapter to the book, Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures (2010). While at Southern Poly, Dr. Nunes was instrumental in developing the New Media Arts Program. In 2014, he moved to Appalachian State University, accepting the position of Chair of the Department of Cultural, Gender & Global Studies.
Subject/Index Terms:
Nunes, Mark (1965-)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Nunes, Mark (1965-)
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Harper, Kathleen
Item 8: Interview with Hans Reichgelt, 2014-07-01Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Dr. Han Reichgelt was Dean of Southern Polytechnic State University's School of Computing and Software Engineering from 2007 to 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and joined the faculty of the University of Nottingham as Assistant Professor of Psychology. After helping to develop the university's undergraduate program in Cognitive Science, Dr. Reichgelt accepted the position of Professor of Computer Science and Department Chair at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1992. In 2001 he joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University, where he was promoted to Chair of the Information Technology Department and then Associate Dean of the College of Information Technology. During his tenure as Dean of Southern Poly's School of Computing and Software Engineering, the number of students more than doubled. This increase was due in part to the creation of innovative programs such as Computer Game Design and Development. From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Reichgelt was Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.
Subject/Index Terms:
Reichgelt, Han
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Reichgelt, Han
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Daws, Laura Beth
Harper, Kathleen
Item 9: Interview with Hans A. (Al) Troemel and Sara R. (Bonnie) Troemel, 2014-12-01Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Hans A. (Al) Troemel attended Southern Technical Institute in Chamblee, Georgia, as a student from 1957 to 1959, receiving an associate degree in civil engineering technology. Soon after graduating, he was invited to join the faculty and taught full-time while working on a bachelor's degree in physics from Oglethorpe University. Troemel also earned a professional license as a land surveyor in the State of Georgia. He taught courses in the civil engineering program at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1959 until his retirement in 1997 and was the acting department head during the last two years of his career. Troemel helped move the campus from Chamblee to Marietta in 1961 and witnessed the growth of the institution from a two-year school to a university. In the year that he retired, his students and former students placed a Troemel monument and accompanying plaque on campus. The momument is permanently registered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
General note: Interview includes both Hans A. (Al) Troemel and his wife, Sara R. (Bonnie).
Subject/Index Terms:
Troemel, Hans A. (Al)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Troemel, Hans A.
Troemel, Sara R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 10: Interview with Charles T. (Hap) Holladay, 2015-01-13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Charles T. (Hap) Holladay is a charter member of Southern Technical Institute, having joined the faculty in 1948 as its first professor of civil engineering technology. Holladay is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, serving in the latter while on leave of absence from Southern Tech. He was the first chair of the Civil Engineering Technology Department, holding that post until his retirement in 1984. While a member of the faculty, Holladay also worked for a private firm in his spare time doing aerial photography and mapmaking. He continued working for a private firm well into his 80s. Holladay has many memories of the original campus in Chamblee, Georgia, and the early days of Southern Tech in Marietta.
Subject/Index Terms:
Holladay, Charles T. (Hap)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Holladay, Charles T.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 11: Interview with Daniel R. Silver, 2014-07-14Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Daniel R. Silver was a civil engineering technology student at Southern Polytechnic State University until his graduation in May 2015. As a student leader, Mr. Silver was actively involved in the student response to the proposed consolidation of Kennesaw State University and SPSU in the fall of 2013. He composed and emailed a petition to the Board of Regents asking that several SPSU students be allowed to address the board on the consolidation issue. The regents agreed to his proposal and Silver was able to attend the meeting to support speakers. He was also able to meet privately with the chancellor to express his views. Later Silver served on several Operational Working Groups that helped to plan for the consolidation.
Subject/Index Terms:
Silver, Daniel R.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Silver, Daniel R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 12: Interview with Randy Brown, Jr., 2014-07-24Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Randy Brown Jr. was a student at Southern Polytechnic State University from 2010 until his graduation in May 2014. He was the first student to ever be invited to deliver a commencement address at SPSU, speaking at his own graduation. An English and Professional Communications major, Mr. Brown was accepted into an MFA program in creative writing in New York. At SPSU he was the editor of The Sting, the student newspaper. As a member of the media, Brown attended the Board of Regents meeting that voted on the consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University and live tweeted during the meeting for followers of The Sting on twitter.
Subject/Index Terms:
Brown, Randy, Jr.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Brown, Randy, Jr.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Harper, Kathleen
Item 13: Interview with Austin Clayton, 2014-10-23Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Austin Clayton was a student at Southern Polytechnic State University throughout the Kennesaw State University-Southern Polytechnic State University consolidation process. He served as the president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, as well as the president of the Student Government Association. Clayton was involved in the student protest against consolidation and was one of three SPSU student and alumni representatives to address the Board of Regents in November 2013, prior to the vote on consolidation.
Subject/Index Terms:
Clayton, Austin
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Clayton, Austin
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Harper, Kathleen
Item 14: Interview with Kathleen A. Hall, 2014-11-20Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Kathleen A. Hall was a faculty memeber at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1973 until her retirement in 2002. She was the first woman to hold a tenure-track professorship in math and for about two decades was the only femail in the Math Department. Dr. Hall has been instrumental in establishing a number of scholarships to honor the memories of former colleagues. In the interview, Dr. Hall explains why she was so strongly opposed to the consolidation of Southern Polytechnic State University with Kennesaw State University.
Subject/Index Terms:
Hall, Kathleen A.
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Hall, Kathleen A.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 15: Interview with James W. (Jim) Cooper, 2014-05-13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: James W. (Jim) Cooper began his career at Southern Polytechnic State University as the director of student recruitment in 1997. For the next seventeen years, he held a number of key administrative positions at Southern Poly with responsibilities for recruitment, marketing, alumni relations, and sustainability. At the time of the consolidation with Kennesaw State University, he was the Assistant Vice President for University Communication. Cooper was a member of the consolidation implementation committee and was responsible for producing a film on the history of SPSU entitled, The Five Eras of Southern Polytechnic State University. With the completion of the consolidation, he moved to the Kennesaw campus with the title of Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Advancement Communications.
Subject/Index Terms:
Cooper, James W. (Jim)
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Kennesaw State University - History
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Cooper, James W.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 16: Interview with Ron R. Koger, 2016-03-11Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: From 1977 to 1997 Dr. Koger worked in admissions at a number of universities in the Midwest and Alabama.  In 1997 he was hired at Southern Polytechnic State University as vice president for enrollment management.  From 2000 to 2014 his duties expanded as reflected in his new title of vice president for student and enrollment services.  He served as interim president of Southern Polytechnic State University from June 2014 until January 2015, when the consolidation of SPSU and KSU was completed.  Since then, Dr. Koger has held the position at KSU of special assistant to the president for consolidation.
Subject/Index Terms:
Koger, Ron R.
College administrators - Georgia - Cobb County
Universities and colleges - Mergers - Georgia - Cobb County
Kennesaw State University - History
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Transcripts
Oral histories
Creators:
Koger, Ron R.
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)
Item 17: Interview with James Gantt Fausett, 2016-04-13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical note: Jim Fausett was a professor of architecture at Southern Polytechnic State University from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. Arriving just after Southern Tech gained four-year status, he developed most of the initial design and building materials and construction courses. His extensive professional service included terms as president of the Atlanta and the Georgia chapters of the American Institute of Architects. The annual Jim Fausett Golf Tournament has been held every year since his retirement to raise money for scholarships for architectural students at SPSU (now Kennesaw State University). In addition to his work on campus he has designed a number of buildings in the area, including the Cobb County Civic Center and the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, and he has worked on such historic preservation projects as the Old Zion Baptist Church Museum and the branch of the United Community Bank in the Old Lost Mountain Store in West Cobb.
Subject/Index Terms:
Fausett, James Gantt
Southern Polytechnic State University -- History
Southern Polytechnic State University--Faculty
Oral histories
Transcripts
Creators:
Fausett, James Gantt
Scott, Thomas Allan (1943-)

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