Athens Forever - Athens State Bicentennial

Athens Forever - Athens State Bicentennial "Athens Forever" is a celebration of Athens State University's Bicentennial and will honor its historical significance over the past 200 years.

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University communities play a significant role in shaping the values of the populace. With that role comes substantial r...
09/01/2020

University communities play a significant role in shaping the values of the populace. With that role comes substantial responsibilities. As an institution of higher learning, Athens State University embraces the importance of providing a quality education to our students that is both balanced and insightful.

Learn more about how we are examining our past to prepare for a bright future as we celebrate our bicentennial. 🎓🥳 >> https://bit.ly/34TAdTb

#AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity #AthensState #OurStoryMATTERS #OurFutureMATTERS

Homecoming is always an exciting time on Athens State’s campus. Every year, we look forward to gathering together to enj...
07/24/2020

Homecoming is always an exciting time on Athens State’s campus. Every year, we look forward to gathering together to enjoy a meal, catch up, and reminisce. However, due to the pandemic and the current “Safer at Home” Order that exists in Alabama, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s event until Homecoming 2021, where we will celebrate class anniversaries for both 2020 and 2021.

While it is disappointing to not have the event this year, the health and safety of our Athens State community is our top priority. We look forward to celebrating with you next summer during our 2021 Homecoming celebration. Until then, stay safe, and keep in touch!
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Athens State is happy to be able to help our students during this difficult time. We understand there are financial need...
04/22/2020
Athens State University helping students in financial hardship throughout pandemic

Athens State is happy to be able to help our students during this difficult time. We understand there are financial needs outside the classroom, especially in times of crisis. Thanks to many selfless donors, we are able to provide funds to students in need through our Emergency Student Assistance Fund. Established in 2016, this fund helps students when they need it the most by assisting with expenses such as groceries, car repairs, gasoline, utilities, etc.

To help as many students in need as possible, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Steering Committee has pledged to match all donations to the fund up to $50,000! If you are able, visit www.athensforever.org/give to make your donation.

We are all in this together, and we will come out stronger on the other side. #AthensForever #WeCare

ATHENS, Ala. – Athens State University is using their Emergency Student Assistance Fund to help students who have fallen on hard times. “Because of COVID-19 a lot of our students are in…

Everyone had a great time at the Athens Forever Gala. The Athens State Community is a tight-knit family, and we are grat...
04/03/2020

Everyone had a great time at the Athens Forever Gala. The Athens State Community is a tight-knit family, and we are grateful for continued support! #AthensForever

Everyone had a great time at the Athens Forever Gala. The Athens State Community is a tight-knit family, and we are grateful for continued support! #AthensForever

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been made aware of Athens State students experiencing unexpected challenge...
03/25/2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been made aware of Athens State students experiencing unexpected challenges that include loss of income or lack of access to resources for online learning. Athens State has an "Emergency Student Assistance Fund" that strives to overcome obstacles that may cause a student to drop out of enrolled courses. With your help, we can provide immediate support to address the student's most pressing needs. AND the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention Steering Committee has agreed to match up to $50,000 in donations to help students during this difficult time! You can make a difference! Visit athens.edu/give/ and select "Emergency Student Assistance Fund" or contact the Office of University Advancement at (256) 233-8185 or [email protected].

"I was very much a nontraditional student. My giving back to Athens is a way to help other women, and other students in ...
03/20/2020

"I was very much a nontraditional student. My giving back to Athens is a way to help other women, and other students in general, have the opportunity that I had."

Donna Coleman, President & CEO of Aetos Systems Inc. is a proud #AthensStateAlum who is giving back to show her gratitude. You can give a gift of any amount at athensforever.org/give to help make a lasting impact on our students!

#AthensForeverFriday

#AthensForeverFridays are about showcasing where Athens State has been, where it is now, and where it will continue to g...
03/06/2020

#AthensForeverFridays are about showcasing where Athens State has been, where it is now, and where it will continue to go with support from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community. This image is of the Varsity Basketball Team of 1910. Athens State University has come quite a way from its humble beginnings as an All Women Methodist College.

With your support, Athens State continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of our students and our surrounding communities. You can support our mission at athensforever.org/give.

There is still time to make an impact with this extra day! All gifts, no matter how small, are appreciated and can have ...
03/01/2020

There is still time to make an impact with this extra day! All gifts, no matter how small, are appreciated and can have a huge effect on a student's life. Visit athensforever.org/give before 11:59 PM!

#AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity #EXTRADayofGiving

Only SIX HOURS left of Athens State’s EXTRA Day of Giving! Has Athens State made an impact on you? Give back on this ext...
03/01/2020

Only SIX HOURS left of Athens State’s EXTRA Day of Giving! Has Athens State made an impact on you? Give back on this extra day by donating a gift of any amount to support Athens State’s mission! Consider giving a gift in support of the year we were founded, for example, $18.22 – or if you’re an alum, show your support by donating your class year! Head to athensforever.org/give now.

#AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity #EXTRADayofGiving

Athens State University is approaching a significant milestone – our bicentennial. We are so excited to celebrate 200 ye...
02/29/2020

Athens State University is approaching a significant milestone – our bicentennial. We are so excited to celebrate 200 years of growth, dreams, and a legacy that will continue on for another 200 years. Our future success will be defined by our diligence in making Athens State a place where teaching is our mission and learning our goal, made possible through the continued support of our alumni, our friends, and the community. Head to athensforever.org/give and make YOUR impact!

#AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving #AthensStateUniversity

This day is EXTRA special here at Athens State University. In conjunction with this online EXTRA Day of Giving, we are c...
02/29/2020

This day is EXTRA special here at Athens State University. In conjunction with this online EXTRA Day of Giving, we are celebrating on campus at the ATHENS FOREVER Gala this evening! Show your support by giving a gift of any size on athensforever.org/give!

#AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity #EXTRADayofGiving

Show your support for the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign by uploading this frame to your profile! Visit athensfore...
02/29/2020

Show your support for the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign by uploading this frame to your profile! Visit athensforever.org/give to make this extra 24 hours count! #AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving

Show your support for the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign by uploading this frame to your profile! Visit athensforever.org/give to make this extra 24 hours count! #AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving

Athens State University is approaching a significant milestone – our bicentennial. We are so excited to celebrate 200 ye...
02/29/2020

Athens State University is approaching a significant milestone – our bicentennial. We are so excited to celebrate 200 years of growth, dreams, and a legacy that will continue on for another 200 years. Our future success will be defined by our diligence in making Athens State a place where teaching is our mission and learning our goal, made possible through the continued support of our alumni, our friends, and the community. Head to athensforever.org/give and make YOUR impact!

#AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving #AthensStateUniversity

It’s finally here! It’s the EXTRA Day of Giving – Your chance to take an extra 24 hours this year and make an impact tha...
02/29/2020

It’s finally here! It’s the EXTRA Day of Giving – Your chance to take an extra 24 hours this year and make an impact that will last forever. From NOW until 11:59 PM tonight, visit athensforever.org/give and make a gift of any amount!

#AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving #AthensStateUniversity

One more day until we begin celebrating the public launch of the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign! We are asking for...
02/28/2020

One more day until we begin celebrating the public launch of the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign! We are asking for gifts, big or small, to help endow scholarships and infrastructure. Join alumni, faculty, staff, and many others in making a gift tomorrow on Leap Day!

#AthensForeverFriday #EXTRADayofGiving #AthensStateUniversity

This Saturday is an EXTRA day. 24 additional hours that won’t come around again for another 4 years. What will you do wi...
02/27/2020

This Saturday is an EXTRA day. 24 additional hours that won’t come around again for another 4 years. What will you do with this extra time?

Make an impact that will last forever by joining us for an EXTRA Day of Giving. We are asking YOU to join us in making a gift on Saturday, February 29, to celebrate the public launch of the ATHENS FOREVER Bicentennial Campaign.

#AthensForever #EXTRADayofGiving #AthensStateUniversity

Athens Forever - Athens State Bicentennial
02/27/2020

Athens Forever - Athens State Bicentennial

This photo from the 1979 Athens State College Columns shows University friends accepting the dedication plaque for the C...
02/21/2020

This photo from the 1979 Athens State College Columns shows University friends accepting the dedication plaque for the Carter Physical Education Center. Built in 1965 and originally serving as the hub for the University’s athletic programs (which were discontinued in 2004), the Center is named for former Alabama State Representative Tommy Carter and his wife JoAnn in recognition of their support to the institution.

Athens State University's continued success is driven by support from our alumni, faculty, staff, community, and many other individuals and organizations.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFridays #Community

Attending Athens State University gave alumnus Bruce Bateman the direction towards the path that ultimately led to his p...
01/10/2020
Bruce Bateman

Attending Athens State University gave alumnus Bruce Bateman the direction towards the path that ultimately led to his position as President of enGenius Consulting Group, Inc. Check out his story and experience on the Athens Forever website!

#AthensForeverFriday #AthensForever #AlumniStories #SuccessStories

You go through mountain tops, and when you’re on the mountain top, then you’re going to go down to the valley. Life is full of that, so it’s just keeping the course and having a goal, and working towards that goal. “After I graduated from high school, I attended Calhoun Community College

Chris Wade, Athens State Alumnus and Artist has featured his art in many shows across the Southeast, where he has been a...
12/06/2019
Chris Wade

Chris Wade, Athens State Alumnus and Artist has featured his art in many shows across the Southeast, where he has been acknowledged in several competitions, including Space Coast in Cape Canaveral, where he placed first in watercolor. He also held many solo art shows in museums, including the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, as he continued growing as an artist. His most recent work involved teaming with the Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville, creating the poster for the 2019 event.

Read his story and how he found himself in the College of Arts and Sciences at Athens State University.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #BrightFutures

"Do what you love. Do what you were made for. That’s the only way you’re going to actually make a difference in the world. Otherwise, you’re going to waste your potential.” “I’ve always been a creative person, a creative kid. I used to think that I wanted to build jets one day

Athens State University is grateful for its continued growth and expansion throughout our rich history. We are honoring ...
11/22/2019

Athens State University is grateful for its continued growth and expansion throughout our rich history. We are honoring the past, celebrating the present, and building the future.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #BuildingtheFuture

Athens State is focused on helping students reach their full potential. Student Tevin Terry shared his experience and pa...
11/08/2019
Tevin Terry

Athens State is focused on helping students reach their full potential. Student Tevin Terry shared his experience and passion with us. 🐍 Read more about the path he has taken as a biology student at Athens State below! 💙

#AthensForeverFriday #Biology #Education #AthensForever

"When I got to Athens State, it was the polar opposite of what I had experienced at that other school, and I was like ‘Wow! This is a place I feel like I belong and I feel like I can do better and actually grow to my full potential.'" “The day that

This excerpt from "Columns" in 1942 (Athens College Yearbook) describes the seasons that the oak tree encounters through...
11/01/2019

This excerpt from "Columns" in 1942 (Athens College Yearbook) describes the seasons that the oak tree encounters throughout the year. 77 years later, this tree, along with the institution, stands tall and strong.

Athens State University has a distinguished history of strength, always providing support to its students. 💙

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #AthensStateUniversity

"Even while managing a 55-hour work week and being a wife and mom, I knew that this was what I needed to do."Ginger Harp...
10/18/2019
Ginger Harper

"Even while managing a 55-hour work week and being a wife and mom, I knew that this was what I needed to do."

Ginger Harper, Athens State University Alum and Senior Vice President at IBERIABANK, shared her story with us! Read more of how she rewrote her family legacy by becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #StudentStories

"I decided I should serve as a role model for my son and complete my education. Otherwise, how could I ask him to do something that I had never done myself? It was an opportunity for me to rewrite my family legacy and become the first person in my family to graduate from college."

McCandless Hall was built in 1912 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to a beautiful tracker...
10/11/2019

McCandless Hall was built in 1912 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to a beautiful tracker-action pipe organ that dates back to 1892, this building is named after Katherine Leslie McCandless who put the Athens Female College music program on the map.

We continue the story that Katherine Leslie McCandless began by hosting many concerts, plays, and lectures for the campus and community in this building.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #Community

Since 1967, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been held at Athens State. This event is loved not onl...
09/27/2019

Since 1967, the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention has been held at Athens State. This event is loved not only by the community and alumni of Athens State University, but also by bluegrass enthusiasts across the country! The Delmore Brothers and Fiddlers museums are located in historic McCandless Hall and are open during the convention.

The Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention encourages #StudentSuccess - proceeds from the convention fund student scholarships and other university projects throughout the year. 🎻

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFriday #Fiddlers #PreservingHistory

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the Athens State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Philip Way as the 37th president of Ath...
09/20/2019

On Friday, May 17, 2019, the Athens State University Board of Trustees named Dr. Philip Way as the 37th president of Athens State University. Under Dr. Way’s leadership and with your support, we look forward to serving the citizens of Alabama and our diverse student population far into the future.

#AthensForeverFridays #LeadingtheWay #AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity

"I want to help strengthen family units, as I believe that when people are raised in a healthy, strong, loving family en...
09/13/2019
Angelique Hill

"I want to help strengthen family units, as I believe that when people are raised in a healthy, strong, loving family environment they can flourish more as a person."

Athens State University is proud to have a hand in Angelique's story as she continues to develop her educational and professional goals to help others. Check out her story and why she chose Athens State!

#AthensStateUniversity #AthensForever #AthensForeverFridays #StudentSuccess

"I want to help strengthen family units, as I believe that when people are raised in a healthy, strong, loving family environment, they can flourish more as a person." “Ever since I was a young girl, my goal in life has always been to help others—particularly those with mental health issues. I

"A citadel of learning more ancient that its 100 years - older than its antique columns yet younger than the students th...
09/06/2019

"A citadel of learning more ancient that its 100 years - older than its antique columns yet younger than the students that throng its portals...beacon to the future, monument to the past."

These words were used to describe Athens College in the 1965 yearbook called "The Columns."

Even nearing our bicentennial, Athens State University continues to be a stronghold of knowledge and development for all of our students today.

#AthensForeverFriday #AthensStateUniversity #McCandlessHall #Bicentennial

Our future success will be defined by our diligence in making Athens State a place where teaching is our mission and lea...
08/23/2019
Diandra Matthews

Our future success will be defined by our diligence in making Athens State a place where teaching is our mission and learning our goal. Athens State student Diandra Matthews, an ambitious elementary-collaborative major, hopes for that to be her success as well. Check out her story!

#AthensStateUniversity #AthensForever #AthensForeverFridays #StudentSuccess

“Everything that I was trying to do for DAYS at that other school, I was able to do in one day here. It was pretty great,” Diandra happily recalled. “People might say things, but go for what you believe in and stick with it, because you will accomplish a lot more doing

Our College of Arts and Sciences is deeply rooted in the history of Athens State University. Much like in 1973, Athens S...
08/16/2019

Our College of Arts and Sciences is deeply rooted in the history of Athens State University. Much like in 1973, Athens State's commitment to the visual and performing arts is strong.

#AthensForever #ThenAndNow #AthensStateUniversity

Any good farmer knows that before you can step back and admire your crop, you have to plant the seeds. You have to put a...
08/09/2019
Mr. Jerry Newby - Planting Seeds for Success

Any good farmer knows that before you can step back and admire your crop, you have to plant the seeds. You have to put a lot of work into nurturing the crop, protecting it along the way and providing the resources needed to allow it to reach its full potential.

Athens State University is proud to plant the seeds into our students. Read about Jerry Newby's life and how Athens State University was one of the seeds that grew his success.

#AthensForeverFridays #AthensForever #AthensStateUniversity #StudentSuccess #AlumniStories

“I believe that I received a good education when I was at Athens. All of my family feels that way. Athens State University means a whole lot to the Newby family. It has helped us to grow and be successful.” Growing cotton is second nature to long-time farmer and Limestone County native

"I would say that Athens State smoothed off my edges, prepared me in thinking and planning and in the service."Johnny Co...
07/19/2019
Johnny Corbin

"I would say that Athens State smoothed off my edges, prepared me in thinking and planning and in the service."

Johnny Corbin was recently knighted as Commander of the Star of Ethiopia by the Ethiopian government. Check out Corbin's amazing life story, which #AthensStateUniversity is proud to be a part of.

#AthensForever #AthensForeverFridays #SecuringTomorrow

"Athens State smoothed off my rough edges, prepared me in thinking and planning and in the service." “What would you think if somebody came out of the blue and gave you a knighthood?” jokingly asked retired Navy veteran and Athens State alumnus, Johnny Corbin, who recently was knighted as Comman...

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