CSU: In the years 1967 and 1968

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CSU: In the years 1967 and 1968 September 20, 2018

Graduates from the class of 1968 will be celebrating their 50th Golden Anniversary at this year's Homecoming and it got us thinking. Just how different was campus and student life 50 years ago?

The years 1967 and 1968 saw the United States roiled in unprecedented upheaval and unrest, some of which found its way to CSU's campus in. Overall though, they were years for the beginnings of many programs and infrastructure that we enjoy today.

  • August 1, 1967 - Dr. Samuel P. Wiggins becomes first Dean of the College of Education
  • October 2, 1967 - First day of graduate classes. Tuition is the same as for undergraduates: $14/credit hour or $165 for 10+/credit hours
  • October 12, 1967 - The Board of Trustees approved the sale of parking permits guaranteeing access to CSU lots be restricted to faculty and staff and special cases.  Students were given access to parking spaces not required by permit holders at a $.50/day
  • November 14, 1967 - About 40 anti-Vietnam War students demonstrate in front of Fenn Tower protesting the presence of Dow Chemical Co. recruiters on campus. The company was a manufacturer of Napalm for the Vietnam War.
  • November 15, 1967 - Student opinion is mixed at best about the new Modulux temporary classroom buildings
  • December 11, 1967 - Purchase of Arthur G. McKee property at 2300 Chester Ave. (Chester Building) and 2301 Euclid Ave. authorized
  • February 8, 1968 - Master of Arts degree program in English approved. 
  • February 8, 1968 - Ten anti-Vietnam War protestors are heckled pelted with water balloons and other objects by a crowd of approx. 100 outside Fenn Tower
  • February 9, 1968 - Sophomore Alex Udvary wins Student Council sponsored contest for a CSU Fight Song
  • March 1, 1968 - Folk singer Glen Yarbrough performs before audience of 700 at Masonic Auditorium (sponsored by Student Council)
  • March 8, 1968 - The Cauldron editorial calls for abolishing Student Council as presently organized.
  • March 14, 1968 - Master of Science in Biology, Master of Arts program in Economics and the Masters of Science in Physics programs approved 
  • April 9, 1968 - Free University course "The United States and Vietnam" it the CSU first attempt at student-faculty cooperation to provide informative education and discussion as the Vietnam War begins.
  • May 18, 1968 - Creation of Office of Development announced
  • June 13, 1968 - Proposal for a temporary bubble-type physical education facility (Intramural Sports Center) to be erected near University Hall approved. 

Times, sights and experiences have certainly changed. People have come and gone, but one thing remains constant. That Viking Pride!

Register for the 50th Anniversary Brunch and Festivities here