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JA photo of billowing clouds that resulted from a bomb explodingune 25, 1950 - North Korea launches an attack on South Korea, beginning the Korean War.

Oct. 1950 - The request for the new male dormitory is approved.

March 7-10, 1951 - California is evaluated by the Middle States Association for Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Association makes recommendations, but is impressed with the college.

June 11, 1951 - As a possible answer to the enrollment drops from the Korean War, Dr. Steele proposes a technical mining institute, which would improve the efficiency of workers in the mines.

July 1951 - Board of Presidents approves the changes to the state teachers college curriculum.

Nov. 28, 1951 - Dr. Steele announces his intention to retire.

President Eisenhower giving a speach, with his campaign poster stating I like IKE displayed on the podiumMarch 1952 - Under Act 600 of the legislature, faculty rank and salary schedules become law. Dr. Steele makes his recommendations to the board of trustees, and eight faculty become full professors, eleven become associate professors, twenty-seven become assistant professors, and two become instructors.

Aug. 29, 1952 - Dr. Steele announces his retirement, effective October 1. The students respond by suggesting in the Tower Times that the new auditorium be named in his honor. The Board of Trustees approves Dr. C. Herman Grose to become the new president of CSTC.

Fall 1952 - The first nineteen Korean War veterans enroll at CSTC.

Sept. 1952 - Johnson Hall, the new men's dormitory, is completed and opened.

Oct. 25, 1952 - Johnson Hall is dedicated on Dad's Day.

Feb. 13, 1953 -The trustees approve the renovation of Dixon Hall as a men's dormitory.

July 27, 1953 - Armistice is signed ending the Korean War.

Sept. 1953 - The new auditorium building is completed.

Oct. 17, 1953 - The Robert McCurdy Steele Auditorium is dedicated.

Aug. 9, 1956 - Dr. Grose announces to the trustees that he has been reappointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction and requests that his resignation be made effective September 30. Dr. Michael Duda is nominated and elected as new president.

Sept. 30, 1956
- Dr. Grose resigns.An image of Steele Auditorium from when it was first built.

Oct. 1, 1956 - Dr. Duda arrives on campus.

Dec. 1956 - Trustees and presidents of the teachers colleges go to Harrisburg to address the issue of expanding the colleges with the Department of Public Instruction. Architectural firm Perkins and Wills of Chicago is hired to study the campuses and decide if they should be expanded on their present sites, moved to new sites, have new sites added, or remain as is.

Dec. 7, 1956 - The architects for the new science classroom building at California, Slater, Cozza, and Critchfield of Pittsburgh, are instructed to aim for an economical and undecorated design. The final design makes heavy use of concrete blocks and aluminum.

Jan. 15, 1957 - Lawrence Perkins of Perkins and Wills, accompanied by members of the General State Authority and Department of Public Instruction, inspects California. He recommends that California not be expanded because it isn't centrally located in its service area.

Photo from 1950 timelineAug. 10, 1957 - In light of increasing enrollments, Dr. Duda reorganizes the administration to handle the load.

Oct. 4, 1957 - Russia launches Sputnik I; U.S. education becomes a target of criticism as a result.

Nov. 1957 - California begins the process to gain the ability to grant a master's degree.

1957 - A chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon is organized on campus, becoming the first national social fraternity at California. Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Kappa Theta Gamma follow in the next five years.

Feb. 8, 1958 - The Pittsburgh Steelers move their training camp to California for the 1958 football season.

Feb. 26, 1958 - State Council of Education tables California's master's degree request until a final report is received from the Governor's Commission on Higher Education.

1958 - Delta Zeta, the first social sorority on campus, organizes. Sigma Kappa, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, and Sigma Sigma Sigma follow in the next five years.

Jan. 1959 - Another study begun by the State Council of Education entitled Program for Reassessment of Education.

April 3, 1959 - The Middle States Association announces that a team would be visiting to evaluate the college's readiness for graduate studies.

April 27 - 29, 1959 - The Middle States team visits CSTC.

A photo of a young girl receiving a polio vaccination.Nov. 4, 1959 - California is informed that their graduate program was not approved.

Nov. 17, 1959 - Dr. Duda is appointed by Governor Lawrence to serve on the Advisory Committee to the State Council of Education.

1959 - Governor David Lawrence signs Pennsylvania's largest education budget ever, and also approves legislation that would construct self-liquidating dormitories on the State Teachers College campuses. The Board of Presidents agrees to discuss demolishing the 19th century dormitories still in use. Governor David Lawrence signs a bill that would change the State Teachers Colleges to State Colleges and begin the transformation from teacher's colleges into multipurpose institutions.