Georgia Southern University began as First District Agricultural & Mechanical School'; its inaugural academic year began in 1908 with four faculty members and 15 students. Ensuing decades found more name and mission changes: to Georgia Teachers College in 1939 and Georgia Southern College in 1959. The university continued program and physical expansion. The institution would experience probably its biggest change in identity in 1990 when it became known as Georgia Southern University. This bowtie is a must have for the Georgia Southern Alumni. Exclusively from the Jay Austin Collection.