It started with Sydney, and about this time every four years, I start to get sentimental and reminisce about the magic that was the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games. According to readtiger.com ” The 1996 Summer Olympics, known officially as the Games of the XXVI Olympiadand unofficially as the Centennial Olympics, took place in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, from July 19 to August 4, 1996. A record 197 nations, all current IOC member nations, took part in the Games, comprising 10,318 athletes. Atlanta became the fifth American city to host the Olympic Games and the third to hold a Summer Olympic Games.
Atlanta was selected on September 18, 1990, in Tokyo, Japan, over Athens, Belgrade, Manchester, Melbourne, and Toronto at the 96th IOC Session. Atlanta’s bid to host the Summer Games that began in 1987 was considered a long-shot! The event ended up costing $3.8 billion in 2009 dollars and made a profit of $10 million.”
The atrium to what is now the Scheller College of Business in Technology Square. Seen are glass sculptures by noted artist Dale Chihuly. The building was one of the first LEED certified developments in the country and is home to the Business School at Georgia Tech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Congratulations to Georgia Tech on its largest gift ever, $50 million to the Business School at Georgia Tech from Ernest Scheller, Jr. This gift allows the college the flexibility to hire even more esteemed faculty, attract top students, and take advantage of opportunities as they arise, more than doubling the college’s endowment. As an alumnus of the MBA program, I’d like to thank Ernie for his gift to the Institute, sincere love for Georgia Tech, and making the business school the best it can be. Your generosity is an inspiration to us all, and the impact of your gift will be felt by generations of Tech students to come.