Photographs and text from Women of Armstrong display (2007.) From Janet Stone's text: Evelyn Dandy brought to Armstrong a commitment to attack the barriers of race, skills, and attitudes that existed in higher education. She arrived in 1974 as a specialist in the teaching of reading for Armstrong's new Academic Skills Laboratory. The position, and the lab, were part of an effort throughout the University System to meet the needs of Georgia's under-prepared college students, many of whom were African American. When the laboratory became the Department of Special Studies, Evelyn became its department head. She brought to her students and colleagues the eye and ear of a scholar as well as the sensitivity of a minority member. Preferring to teach rather than to move into administration, she dedicated herself to programs that would place more African American teachers in the classrooms of urban schools. She found such an opportunity in the Dewitt Wallace-Readers Digest Pathways to Teaching Program, which selects minorities who are serving as non-teaching staff in schools and encourages them to take a pathway to teaching in the community where they already have their roots. It offers close mentoring of its students and has achieved an impressive record of success in training new African American teachers. The program has received national recognition and has become Evelyn Dandy's signature work.