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Jan. 8, 1960 - California State Teachers College becomes California State College.

Jan. 26, 1960
- New Science occupied for classes.

March 2, 1960 - Bids opened for architect C. Gary Dickson's library design; construction planned to begin in August.

March 1960 - Governor David Lawrence appoints a citizen's committee, chaired by Lt. Governor John Morgan Davis, to review the Pennsylvania Educational System.

An astronaut standing next to the American flag that was placed on the moon.April 1, 1960 - New Science Hall dedicated; named such because a committee could not agree on a name for the building.

May 1, 1960 - The Board of Trustees names buildings that California requested to prevent another "New Science" mistake.

Aug. 2, 1960 - California is approved by the state to experiment with a trimester plan after study by the Board of Presidents.

Aug. 8, 1960 - Construction begins on J. Albert Reed Library. Many are disappointed because the architect was instructed to build the library right in front of Old Main.

Dec. 1, 1960 - California reapplies for approval to grant Master's degrees in elementary and industrial arts education.

Feb. 5-8, 1961 - Middle States Association evaluates the college, both for reaccreditation and readiness to offer graduate studies. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education came on the same dates, as well. Middle States approves the college for graduate studies and praises the college for improving so much despite difficulties. NCATE tables final approval of teacher education programs until May 1962.

Feb. 1961
- The State Department of Public Instruction announces that after October 1, 1964, an 18 to 24 hour academic area of specialization would be required for an elementary provisional certificate.

May 17, 1961
- Final authorization is given by the State Council of Education to grant master's degrees in Elementary and Industrial Arts education.

June 12, 1961
- Governor Lawrence addresses the General Assembly with the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Educational System Review Committee.

July 27, 1961 - The Board of Presidents forms a Committee on College and University Coordination, which would attempt to get the public and private colleges and universities to coordinate and share faculty and research facilities.

Aug. 1, 1961 - Preliminary plans are submitted for a new gymnasium and classroom building.

Sept. 1961 - Governor Lawrence's bill does not pass the Senate. The media reports that Republicans almost unanimously voted against it; the graduate program begins at California and is an almost instant success.

Oct. 1961
- California begins the new school year using the experimental trimester plan; the College Entrance Examination Board Test becomes required starting in the spring.

Oct. 23, 1961 - Final plans are submitted for bidding to construct the new gymnasium.

Feb. 1962 - Governor David Lawrence appoints Dr. Duda to the Committee of One Hundred for Better Education.

March 29, 1962 - The State Council of Education approves liberal arts programs for the state colleges, allowing every state college to grant the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The state colleges needed to design a liberal arts program and have it approved by the Department of Public Instruction and the State Council of Education before 1963. Areas approved for the degrees were the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

A green colored peace sign.April 18, 1962 - A women's dormitory and men's dormitory are approved.

May 4, 1962
- J. Albert Reed Library, named for a former student who had become a state senator, is dedicated. The library had room for 100,000 volumes.

May 12, 1962 - The L.D. Building Company of Latrobe, PA is awarded the contract to build the new dormitories.

May 19, 1962
- NCATE places California State College on provisional accreditation while programs are adjusted to NCATE standards.

May 23, 1962
- California's liberal arts curriculum is approved.

June 1962 - An application is prepared to for the ability to grant a master's degree in Biological Science Education.

July 1963 - The first college-community orchestra is held.

Aug. 1, 1963 - The new dormitories are completed.

Oct. 1, 1963 - The first State Board of Education is appointed to replace the State Council of Education. The State Board is made up of seventeen laypeople, chosen to prevent political interference in education. Other reforms passed in this year by the General Assembly include the establishment of community colleges and funding for student loans and educational television.A photo of Martin Luther King Junior speaking to a crowd

Oct. 21, 1963 - Binns Hall, the new women's dormitory, and McCloskey Hall, the new men's dormitory, are completed on campus. In addition, Fleck Hall and Green Street Dormitories, both private dorms in town, open this year. While private, college staff supervise them.

Feb. 1964 - Construction begins on the new gymnasium, but the swimming pool area is removed due to soaring construction costs. Other construction projects on campus are delayed.

May 4, 1964
- An additional appropriation is received and the natatorium is added back on to the gymnasium plan.

Summer 1964
- A third commencement is added due to the trimester program and lack of a large auditorium.

July 2, 1964 - A graduate program in English Education is approved.

Aug. 1964 - America begins bombing North Vietnam, beginning the Vietnam War.

Aug. 25, 1964 - A graduate program in biology education is approved.

Sept. 1964 - The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities publishes a report titled The State Colleges of Pennsylvania Face the Future. The report emphasizes local governance and financial need.

Nov. 1964
- The first campus demonstration is held; twenty-five students and four faculty attempt to influence voters in the Johnson-Goldwater election.

Nov. 10, 1964 - A graduate program in social sciences education is approved.

Feb. 1965 - Classes begin in the newly approved graduate programs.

April 12, 1965 - Students stage a demonstration to create a Judiciary Board and Rules Committee of Students, so that students could have a voice in the rules that governed them. 400 students stage a sit-in at Binns Hall until Dr. Duda agrees to hear their petition.

April 13, 1965
- 900 more students join the sit-in and Dr. Duda forms the committee.

Aug. 14, 1965 - Dr. Philip Proud becomes Dean of Teacher Education, a new position needed to prepare for NCATE accreditation. Reforms and revisions are made to gain accreditation. Three other new dean positions are created as well - Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Dean of Student Affairs, and Dean of Administrative Affairs. Division directors become deans as well - Dean of the Graduate Division and Dean of the Arts and Science Division.

John F. and Jackie Kennedy riding in the car in the motorcade where he was assassinatedSept. 7, 1965 - Hamer Gymnasium is put into use.

1965 - Stanton Hall and Patrice Hall, two additional private dormitories, open.

1965 - 1968 - California State College's graduate program grows by leaps and bounds, adding ten Master of Education degree programs, three Master of Arts programs, and one Master of Science program. The undergraduate program also grows, adding eighteen new areas of study.

July 12, 1966 - The first Faculty Senate meets, chaired by Dr. George H. Roadman.

Aug. 1966 - Longanecker Hall, a women's dormitory, and Coover Hall, a new industrial arts building, are opened. Construction begins on a new dining hall.

Aug. 12, 1966
- The state approves $940,000 for the construction of a student union building under self-liquidating building rules - i.e. students would help pay for it. The Student Activities Association had raised $250,000 on its own for the project. Also, approval is received to build an athletic stadium on the College Farm property.

Oct. 6, 1966 - Bids were accepted to build a seven-story men's dormitory.

Dec. 28, 1967 - Gallagher Dining Hall is completed.

Jan. 15, 1968 - Michael Duda World Culture Building is completed.

Oct. 15, 1968 - Dr. Duda has a stroke while at a Board of Presidents meeting at Lock Haven State College.

Nov. 12, 1968 - Dr. Duda dies at Saint Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh.

1958 - 1968 - Student enrollment increases 279 percent; faculty increases 238.5 percent.

Nov. 23, 1968 - Dr. George H. Roadman is named acting president while the Board of Trustees awaits instructions on selection from the Department of Public Instruction.

Feb. 8, 1969 - the board of trustees forms A selection committee, which includes trustees, faculty, and students. This is the first time that faculty and students are given a voice in the selection of the president.A photo of an astronaught sitting in a space capsule chair

Late March 1969 - Governor Shafer holds a press conference in which he instructs state college officials to ignore the demands of small groups of students and "crack down hard on non-students who invade the campuses to create disorder."

June 1, 1969 - Four candidates are approved by the Department of Public Instruction after the screening and interview process.

July 1, 1969 - The Board of Trustees nominates Dr. George Roadman to become president. The State Department of Education refuses the nomination because the Trustees voted 5 to 4 in favor of Roadman, and the Department wanted a larger majority vote.

Fall 1969 - Stanley Hall, the new women's dormitory, opens.

Sept. 29, 1969 - Over 1,500 students demonstrate on campus against members of the Board of Trustees, citing corrupt politics. A sit-in is held in front of Abraham Azorsky, the Trustee chairman's home.

Sept. 30, 1969 - Professor Schuyler Marshall, president of the Faculty Association, petitions the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County to force the Department of Education to stay out of the presidential selection process. A hearing is scheduled for October 10.

Oct. 6, 1969 - The Trustees rescind the 5 to 4 vote for Dr. Roadman, 6-3, and cast a 5 to 4 vote for Dr. James Kehl. 4,200 students hold a meeting with Dr. Frederick Miller, the Commissioner of Higher Education. The students leave the meeting feeling that their candidate, Dr. Roadman, was being treated unfairly and vow to fight.

Oct. 7, 1969 - Representative A.J. DeMedio, class of '42, goes before the House of Representatives and criticizes the Department of Education for its actions in the presidential selection process.

Oct. 21, 1969 - The Board of Trustees votes again after the election of Dr. Kehl is rejected by the Department of Education. They vote 5-4 for Dr. Roadman and send the vote to the Department of Education, who sends it to the governor's office.

Oct. 21, 1969 - Representative DeMedio introduces legislation that would require state-owned colleges to hold public trustee meetings.

Oct. 24, 1969 - Governor Raymond Shafer announces the appointment of Dr. Roadman as president.