Armstrong Atlantic State University
|Armstrong Atlantic State University|
|President||Dr. Linda M. Bleicken|
|Location||Savannah, Georgia, Georgia,
268 acres (1.08 km2)
|Former names||Armstrong State College,
Armstrong College of Savannah,
Armstrong Junior College
|Colors||Maroon and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division II,|
|Nickname||Pirates and Lady Pirates|
|Affiliations||Peach Belt Conference|
Armstrong Atlantic State University, also referred to as Armstrong Atlantic, Armstrong, and AASU,[note 1] is a four-year public university, part of the University System of Georgia. It is located on a 268-acre (1.08 km2) campus in suburban Savannah, Georgia, United States. The campus is approximately fifteen minutes from downtown Savannah and 25 miles (40 km) from Tybee Island beaches. Armstrong offers undergraduate and graduate degrees; it has a student enrollment of approximately 7,600 students, including close to 1,000 graduate students.
Armstrong Atlantic was founded in 1935 by Thomas Gamble, mayor of Savannah, as Armstrong Junior College. The institution expanded into a four-year university in 1964.
Fielding athletic teams known as Armstrong Atlantic Pirates, the university competes at the NCAA Division II level as a member of the Peach Belt Conference. Armstrong's official colors are maroon and gold.
Armstrong Atlantic State University was founded as Armstrong Junior College in 1935 by Mayor Thomas Gamble. Gamble pursued the issue during the height of the Great Depression to benefit Savannah's youth and the community, as well aid in stimulating the local economy. The college was originally located in the historic Armstrong House adjacent to Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah. The mansion was given to the city as a gift from the family of George F. Armstrong, a local businessman involved in the shipping industry. The college eventually grew to encompass six buildings in the Forsyth and Monterey Square areas of Savannah.
In 1959, Armstrong College of Savannah became part of the University System of Georgia as a community college, and in 1964 the Board of Regents conferred four-year status on Armstrong State College. Donald Livingston and the Mills B. Lane Foundation provided the college 250 acres of land on the southwest side of Savannah. Eight buildings were constructed on the property and the college moved from the Armstrong House downtown to the suburban location in January 1966.
Over the years the college expanded, adding new buildings and expanding academic programs. In 1993, the college began extensive landscaping work that transformed the campus into an arboretum. Armstrong College gained state university status in 1996 and changed its name to Armstrong Atlantic State University. The following year the university opened the Liberty Center in Hinesville, Georgia. The university celebrated its 75th anniversary and inaugurated Dr. Linda M. Bleicken as its seventh president in 2010.
The main campus of the university is located in a suburban setting close to downtown Savannah, just off Abercorn Expressway and near the Savannah Mall. The Armstrong campus is characterized by numerous flowers, ferns, magnolias, Spanish moss draped oak trees, and a wide variety of native plants are scattered throughout the 268-acre (1,084,557.5 m2) arboretum-style marsh-side campus.
Lane Library is the main academic and research library on the Armstrong campus. Lane Library's collection comprises more than 200,000 books and printed materials as well as 18,000 audiovisual works. The university recently invested $5 million in a renovation and expansion of the facility.
The Science Center complex is a two-building complex connected by an enclosed glass walkway. The Science Center is home to many of the College of Science and Technology programs, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Computer Science, Physical Science, and Psychology. It includes classroom and lecture space, faculty offices, and labs. The 126,056-square-foot (11,711.0 m2) facility opened in 2001 as the largest single increase in instructional space on campus since the campus opened.
A 61,000-square-foot (5,700 m2), $24 million student union building opened in 2010. It is the university's first green building, built with rapidly renewable and recycled materials and featuring a high-efficiency chilled water cooling system. The Union houses a 300-seat food court, 200-seat movie theatre, ballroom, bookstore, coffeehouse, convenience store, and expansive porches and lounges. Next to the Student Union is the Memorial College Center, commonly known as the MCC, it houses Student Affairs and Student Activities offices, and a new student arcade and game room.
Armstrong Atlantic's athletic facilities are located in the southeast area of campus. The Student Recreation and Aquatic Center is a 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m2) athletic facility that includes a 5,200-square-foot (480 m2) fitness center, two basketball courts, classroom space, and an indoor swimming pool. The facility is home to the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate volleyball team as well as the ROTC program. Alumni Arena is located adjacent to the Rec Center and includes an indoor running track, weight room, coaches offices, classroom space, and a 4,000-seat arena home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The university is primarily a commuter campus, although more than 1,400 students live on campus in four residential communities located in the southwest portion of the campus. Windward Commons is Armstrong's new suite-style freshmen residential community which opened in 2010 and home to nearly 600 students. It features private and semiprivate suites, music practice rooms, multipurpose classrooms and lounges/social areas, two laundry facilities, courtyards with outdoor sitting space and barbecue areas, and two classrooms—all designed to make the campus experience the best it can be. Compass Point, University Terrace, and University Crossings are apartment-style residence halls for upperclassmen and graduate students.
On April 24, 2013, Armstrong completed renovations to the Memorial College Center, opening the Learning Commons. The 14,000 square foot (1,300 m2) space was developed as an extension to the library. Features include Mac and PC labs, three Multi-touch tables, and group study rooms.
Armstrong Atlantic State University has more than 100 academic programs and offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its College of Education, College of Health Professions, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and Graduate Studies programs. In addition, the university offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. The university is classified as a Master’s college and university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. For the 2010-11 academic year, Armstrong was not ranked and deemed a Tier 2 university by U.S. News & World Report. The university has full accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university does not utilize graduate students to teach classes, all are taught by members of the Armstrong faculty. Armstrong Atlantic has nearly 300 faculty members and a student-to-faculty ratio of 21:1. The university offers study abroad and honors programs and opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research across a variety of disciplines.
College of Education
Armstrong’s College of Education offers degree programs via two primary departments: Childhood & Exceptional Student Education and Adolescent & Adult Education. The programs prepare graduates for the education field as well as other positions in education administration. In 2010 the college received continued accreditation through 2017 under performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
College of Health Professions
The College of Health Professionals is the largest academic college at Armstrong in terms of enrollment. The college offers a range of academic programs that prepare students for careers in nursing, public health, health administration, and the allied health professions. It confers degree's ranging from associate through masters and doctoral.
College of Liberal Arts
Liberal arts have been the foundation of education at Armstrong since its founding. The College of Liberal Arts includes various departments and interdisciplinary programs that prepares graduates for careers in government, criminal justice, law, business, and entertainment. Students in the College of Liberal Arts study the arts, humanities, and social sciences in classroom environments and through internships, performances, exhibitions, undergraduate research projects and study abroad programs. Departments include Art, Music and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Social & Political Science, Economics, History, Languages, Literature & Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Programs, and Military Science/ROTC.
College of Science and Technology
College of Science and Technology at Armstrong Atlantic has a strong emphasis on student research opportunities that prepare students for graduate programs. Areas of study in the College of Science and Technology includes: Biology, Chemistry & Physics; Computer Science & Information Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Psychology.
Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Liberty Center in Hinesville, Georgia offers select academic programs to residents of Liberty County and surrounding areas. Armstrong's Liberty Center also providing special services to Fort Stewart military and military families. A variety of programs are offered or supported, including associate’s degrees in arts and applied sciences, and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, nursing, early childhood education, middle grades education, and liberal studies.
Armstrong offers many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular programs, organizations, performances, forums, and athletics. The university has over 60 student organizations and an expanding Greek life system with nine fraternity and sorority organizations. The Student Government Association, Graduate Student Coordinating Council, and Campus Union Board offer many opportunities for involvement, leadership, and entertainment. The Inkwell is the university's student-run multi-awarding publication, published every Thursday during the semester.The Calliope is Armstrong’s student literature and art magazine. It received a First Place/Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association in 2010. The university also sponsors a number of recreational intramural and club sports, including dance, flag football, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, basketball, and billiards.
Celebrate Armstrong occurs in October and planned by the Campus Union Board. It is a day full of festival activities, entertainment, and competition. The event has included notable performances by Gym Class Heroes and Maroon Five, as well as other comedians, speakers, and novelties.
Armstrong students have numerous opportunities to give back to the community. The university began the Initiative for Civic Engagement in 2009, making community service an active part of the curriculum. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumni turn out for joint outreach projects or the twice yearly Treasure Savannah Day of Service.
Armstrong Atlantic State University athletic teams are known as the Pirates. Armstrong competes at the NCAA Division II level as a charter member of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Armstrong fields 11 intercollegiate sports, five men's and six women's:
Athletics at Armstrong began at the start of the school's history in the 1930s with its teams known as the Geechees. The school won state championships as a junior college in 1938 in men's basketball and men's tennis. Athletics were suspended during World War II, following the war the college added new athletic programs and in 1948 men's basketball won a second state championship. Armstrong joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1967 and became known as the Pirates after college became a four-year institution. The college joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1973 and became a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) with in-state rivals Valdosta State, Columbus College and Augusta College. In 1983, Armstrong State College upgraded athletics to NCAA Division I and became a charter member of the Big South Conference in 1985. Soon after, in 1987, the Pirates returned to Division II to become a charter member of the Peach Belt Conference in 1990. Armstrong holds 33 PBC champions, in addition the university has appeared in 82 NCAA Championships, winning eight titles. In addition, Armstrong has produced 174 All-Americans. The Armstrong men's and women's tennis teams have captured seven NCAA Division II national championships over the last five seasons.
- The acronym "AASU" is no longer used by the university itself in favor of the more distinctive "Armstrong" name.
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