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ABOUT--General History

The ANAK Society was founded on January 1, 1908 by four seniors (McCarty, Baughn, Goodier, and Sweet). The first president was George W. McCarty, who was Vice President of the Ashcraft-Wilkinson Company, and also an Alumni Member of the Georgia Tech Athletic Board. Mr. McCarty was responsible for arranging the purchase of Rose Bowl Field and for the creation of the annual Alumni Association Roll Call.

The other officers were C. H. Baughn, Vice President, Lewis E. Goodier, Secretary, and Charles A. Sweet, Treasurer. Mr. Goodier became one of the pioneer air officers of the Army. He fell soon afterwards in a plane accident and was transferred to the infantry. Mr. Goodier later was attached to the ROTC. unit at Georgia Tech.

The other charter members were G. A. Hendrie, C. A. Adamson, S. J. Hargrove, J. E. Davenport, L. W. "Chip" Robert, W. R. Snyder, Cherry L. Emerson and G. W. Holmes Cheney.

The ANAK Society has always been active in any movement leading to the advancement of Georgia Tech community and has initiated many of the most important activities on the Tech campus.

Among the important events and achievements in the Society's history are:

1908
Founding of the ANAK Society; the creation of the first Honor Code system; and the start of Georgia Tech's yearbook, the Blueprint
1910
The pulling of the YMCA out of its dark days
1911
The first discussion of the publishing of a school newspaper on October 5, 1911. It was decided to publish the first issue the day before the Georgia game of 1911. The name chosen was the Technique, and the first two editors were E. A. Turner, the YMCA Secretary and Mrs. Bloom. Dr. Perry was the first faculty advisor and member of the staff. The other positions were filled by students. The society and the three faculty members above picked the first staff.
1912
The year of the Band's difficulties and the appointment of its first leader, Mr. Greenblatt, by the Society
1913
The movement for the correction of the medical conditions on the Tech campus, later leading to the building of the school hospital; creation of the Freshman Rat Cap system
1915
The beginning of the movement for compulsory support of student publications
1916
The merging of the two student publications, the old Yellow Jacket with the present Technique. The first, larger six-page paper later debuted on February 16, 1917.
1919
Organization and sponsorship of the first Tech Homecoming, held at the 1919 Commencement
1920
Request of the formation of the first Publicity Bureau of the school
1921
Fight against the Ku Klux Klan on the Tech campus
1922
Formation of the Student Council, which later became the Student Government Association
1924
The fight against the abolishing of societies on the campus
1929
The formation of the Yellow Jacket Club (now known as the Ramblin' Wreck Club)
1931
The changing of the Pass Book for 1932-33 and the publication of the Senior Personnel History for distribution to firms throughout the country to aid in the securing of positions for the senior class
1935
First of present-day Homecoming celebrations sponsored by ANAK, ODK and the Yellow Jacket Club
1947
The Society presents a bust of Coach Alexander to Athletic Association on September 26
1957
ANAK observes 50th anniversary
1958
On November 15, Dr. Edward E. David (EE, '45) receives first annual George W. McCarty-ANAK award as "outstanding young alumnus of the year."
1961
ANAK works behind the scenes to peacefully integrate Georgia Tech
1986
A donation from J. Erskine Love begins the GT Student Foundation
1987
Paul G. Mayer Garden by the Skiles Classroom Building is dedicated on May 30
1989
The Mentor Program, matching students and alumni in common career interests, turned over to the Student Alumni Association
1995
The second Honor Code established after Academic Senate approval and successful student referendum


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