Annie powe hopper
The Annie Powe Hopper Award, named in honor of the institution’s first Dean of Women, is presented annually to a senior who represents the high academic standards and exemplifies the traditions of Valdosta State University.
Miss Hopper arrived at South Georgia State Normal College (SGSNC) in 1920 and her first position was that of a teacher. In 1922, SGSNC became a four-year institution and the name was changed to Georgia State Womans College (GSWC). In the role of Dean, she insisted on proper etiquette in all areas from behavior to dress.
In 1943, Miss Hopper retired and the GSWC yearbook (Pine Cone) bade farewell to the lady that helped shape the lives of many young women during her 23-year tenure.
“With all respect due Miss Annie Hopper, Georgia State Womans College beloved Dean of Women, who counsels and directs the lives of the students as efficiently as one of the U.S.A.’s four generals directs the men under his command, we dedicate the 1943 Pine Cone.”
Miss Hopper believed that a college education afforded students the opportunity to engage in a higher level of knowledge and the pursuit of an advanced critical thinking process. She guided her female students to make choices that were noble and worthwhile in their lives.
The Annie Powe Hopper Award was first presented to Miss Beverly Anne Greene on May 2, 1962. Since this time the award has come to be recognized as the University’s most prestigious award and is presented annually during the Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony.