Your Memories

Jimmie Strickland

Class of 1977

Well, it was the mid 70's and my friend Tom O'Brien and I went to see a band play on Saturday night in the ASU lunchroom. There were about 75 people who came to hear the group. The band was Lynard Skynard. Tom and I spoke to band members Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington between sets. Back on stage, Ronnie said "We just completed our first album 3 weeks ago and here is one of our songs off the LP; It's called 'Give Me 3 Steps.'" We had a great time and witnessed a little piece of southern rock history.

Jimmie Strickland

Class of 1977

Few people can say that their gold coach had a profound affect on the game of basketball, that that is exactly what happened at ASU. I played on the golf team at ASC for 4 years from 1972-1976 and one of those years the golf coach was Bill Hodges. Bill's primary job was assistant basketball coach for ASC. Just before we were to tee off against another college at Bacon Park Gold Course, Bill pulled the golf team aside. Bill stated that he was offered an assistant basketball coaching job at Indiana State and that he felt the job would be a good career move for him. Bill started to immediately recruit a basketball player by the name of Larry Bird. Bill was able to get Bird to come and play for ISU and become an All-American. For Bird's Senior year, the head coach stepped down leaving Bill Hodges the new head coach. The team went on to lose to Michigan State, lead by Magic Johnson, for the national title and Bill was named NCAA Coach of the year. The rest if basketball history.

Faye R. Kirschner

Class of 1965

My experiences at Armstrong Junior College (we called it “Gaston Street U”) were a blast! We ate lunch and played bridge in the “Dump” – floor level under the P.E. building (Gordon and Bull Streets) across from Monteray Square. Bridge was a big deal as many of us cut classes to grab a hand to play. Then, there was the “world famous weenie burger” – a grilled hot dog sliced into a hamburger bun. Mrs. Pound (manager) ran the “Dump”. We had a brilliant/fabulous faculty. Classes were exciting and small. There were 2 sororities and 2 fraternities and lots of dances in the streets – (Bull and Gaston). One of my favorite events of the year was “Pioneer Days”. It lasted 2 days. We dresses in western gear, had live bands (remember The Sherells?), and great food! It was wild and crazy back then, but what great memories! We loved it because it was a small 2 year college campus – very close knit and convenient to where we lived.

Ruth Neese

Class of 1978

I am a graduate of the Associate in Nursing program. One of my most vivid memories is of watching dental hygiene students troll for patients in the cafeteria. This would happen when there had been a cancellation and the student had to get in the clinical hours. It's not everywhere you can hear someone begging people to come for a dental exam and teeth cleaning!

Sandra Cutchin

Class of 2000

The greatest attribute Armstrong ever had during my experience from 1987-Dec. 2000 was Dr. MaryEllen Cosgrove, acting head of the Early Childhood Education Department. She was a star example of how to be a professional, and still keep the heart of a First Grade Teacher. She still leads me by example...

Al Harris

During the seventies, Armstrong was a commuter college focused primarily on educating the sons and daughters of Savannah. Today we have the privilege of working with young adults from around the world. The transition has been alternately difficult or fun, challenging but rewarding. The message I want most to convey to current and future members of the Armstrong community is one of caution to those who fall prey to relativism or revisionism.

While I can only vouch for the latter half of Armstrong's existence, that period has been characterized by a community with a shared mission; a mission that recognizes potential, values achievement, and understands that justice, as a construct, stands on it's own. The history of Armstrong is one of thousands of people doing good things. Lets celebrate that this year.

Susan Conner

Class of 1969

I began Armstrong College in the summer of 1965, after having graduated from Jenkins High. Armstrong was one of those places that was held in high regard--the city fathers had graduated from there...I loved sitting in the squares, among the azaleas and street people (no kidding)...Sometimes I went to "The Dump," which was what was the best we had for a student center. It was dusty... But it was a good place, and we never changed the name when we moved to South Abercorn... we had talks of student protests (Vietnam had just appeared on our radar screens), better "digs," and who were good faculty to take courses from.

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