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1970s

Feb. 1970 - Act 13 becomes law; creates a fifteen-member board of State College and University Directors, limits functions of local Boards of Trustees, and changes the Board of State College Presidents into an advisory board rather than a policy-making board.

May 4, 1970 - Four students are killed at a Kent State University student protest against the Vietnam War. California students react with their own demonstrations.Photos of soldiers in combat in Vietnam

June 20, 1970 - Dr. Roadman's inauguration is held and attended by many important figures in education.

1969 - The federal government cites the Pennsylvania state college system for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

March 3, 1971 - Dr. Roadman holds the first Legislator's Conference at California to persuade them that under-financing and lack of student housing were hurting the state colleges and their ability to recruit people of various races.

March 13, 1971
- The College Curriculum Committee reports its recommendations to the Board of Trustees - ten free electives in the fields of Natural Science, Social Science, and Humanities, and thirty hours of free electives from all course offerings of the college.

May 14, 1971
- The new Master Plan for Higher Education in Pennsylvania is issued. The major aim of the plan is to orient higher education to meet the Commonwealth's needs. The new plan, along with Act 195, Collective Bargaining for Public Employees, forced changes in state college programs and curriculums. The president forms a committee to work with students and faculty to develop a master plan for California.

1971 - California installs a television studio and data processing center.

Aug. 31, 1971
- The state legislature passes the Higher Educational Equal Opportunity Act in response to the Civil Rights Act violation.

Sept. 5, 1971 - The first contract is signed between the faculty and administration of California State College under the new Public Employees Collective Negotiations Law.

Sept. 19, 1971
- James Adamson Stadium is dedicated.

Oct. 16, 1971 - The Abraham Azorsky Administration Building is dedicated.

Jan. 1972 - John Pittenger becomes Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and encourages colleges to become more flexible and attempt to better address the needs and desires of people.

June 1972 - The John Frich Biological Science Building is dedicated.

Sept. 18 - October 2, 1972 - Russell Sessler and the California Men's Glee Club go on tour in the Soviet Union.

Aug. 18, 1972
- The students dedicate the Student Memorial Union.

Jan. 1973
- The United States and North Vietnam sign the Paris Peace Agreement, ending U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

June 9, 1973 - Keystone Education Center is dedicated; the trustees decide to dedicate the building to some of California State College's most dedicated faculty.

Sept. 1973 - The Learning Research Center is occupied.

Sept. 12, 1973 - Because of enrollment drops after the end of the Vietnam War, the Department of Education and State College and University Directors recommend giving leaves of absence to faculty and staff. Despite demonstrations by faculty, Dr. Roadman has no choice but to prepare a retrenchment program, as well as reduce library funding, minimize educational supplies and delaying maintenance.

Oct. 30, 1973 - Old Main Hall becomes a historic landmark.

May 1974 - A yearlong celebration is held in honor of California's 100th year as a state school. The celebration kicks off when the Learning Research Center is named in honor of Senator Thomas Morgan, a thirty-year member of the U.S. Congress. The Homecoming theme is the centennial, celebrating the changes in the college in the past hundred years. However, the students remind everyone that it's the 20th century by electing David Zema Homecoming Queen. The first Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award is given to Rose Greco Hughes. The class of 1974 receives a special designation as being the Centennial Class on their diplomas.

Jan. 1975 - The summer trimester is cut to save money.

April 1975 - North Vietnamese forces reach Saigon, uniting Vietnam as a communist nation and ending the war.

April 26, 1975 - The Centennial celebration ends with the Centennial Ball in Gallagher Hall.

June 30, 1975 - Two plans are submitted to the Secretary of Education to cut costs. Plan A would retrench faculty and staff, while plan B would use attrition and retirement to naturally reduce their numbers.

Fall 1975 - Dr. Roadman takes a sabbatical leave; Dr. John Pierce Watkins, vice president for academic affairs, is named acting president for the academic year.

March 3, 1976 - The Board of Trustees establishes requirements for recognition of emeriti faculty.

July 1, 1976 - Dr. Roadman returns from leave.

A black and white photo of a space shuttleOct. 18, 1976 - Dr. Roadman submits his resignation effective September 1, 1977.

Oct. 21, 1976 - Groundbreaking for the new library is held. The trustees name the building in honor of State Supreme Court Justice Louis Manderino.

Feb. 26, 1977 - The Board of Trustees creates a search committee for a new president.

March 14, 1977
- Governor Shapp announces a $150 tuition increase in the budget. Students form the Commonwealth Association of Students to protest.

April 2, 1977 - The science and technology program receives approval to grant associates' degrees. The search committee reports that 258 inquired about the presidency, 172 applied, 66 were nominated and 20 withdrew.

April 15, 1977 - The last applications for the presidency are accepted.

April 21-22, 1977 - The faculty hold a conference titled "CSC - A Changing Institution." The faculty debates how to improve California's image, programs, and academic community.

June 18, 1977
- President Roadman is forced to give leaves of absence to 33 faculty and staff for lack of any other alternative.

July 25, 1977 - Candidates for the presidency are interviewed in Harrisburg.

Aug. 16, 1977
- The new health services building is named for Dr. Joseph Downey, longtime campus physician, and Dr. Ralph Garafalo, a physician from Brownsville and college trustee. The final three candidates for the presidency are selected - Dr. Bernard Scherer, assistant to the president of St. Vincent's College, Dr. John Pierce Watkins, vice president for academic affairs at California, and Dr. Regis J. Serinko, former executive assistant to the president.

Aug. 24, 1977 - Governor Shapp appoints Dr. Watkins to the presidency of California State College.

Jan. 1978 - The Business and Economics Department is approved on campus.

Feb. 11, 1978
- Dr. Watkins outlines a plan to seek outside funding for the college.

May 26, 1978
- Dr. Watkins' inaugural ceremony is held. Vice President for Student Affairs Elmo Natali insists on the ceremony, even though Dr. Watkins doesn't think it necessary because of financial concerns.

Sept. 15, 1978
- Dr. Nancy Z. Nelson is appointed as vice president for academic affairs, the first woman to hold such a high position since Mrs. Mary Graham Noss.

Sept. 23, 1978
- CSC is given approval to fully develop a science and technology program.

Dec. 16, 1978
- Dr. Watkins receives a letter from the Governor. $3 million of the appropriation funds for the fourteen schools would be placed in budgetary reserve and would not be released until the end of the year after each college proved that it had met all its essential obligations and reduced all non-essential ones. $165,000 of California State College's budget was placed in reserve.

April 1979
- Arthur Bakewell, director of veteran affairs, is assigned to direct and organize programs for the disabled.

June 23, 1979 - Dr. Watkins reports that the college would be in deficit for the first time in many years.

Sept. 11, 1979
- The college deficit hits the $1.5 million mark; Dr. Watkins is determined to reduce the budget deficit without reducing faculty and staff.

Oct. 12, 1979
- Louis L. Manderino Library is dedicated. The library is dedicated to Justice Louis L. Manderino, an accomplished resident of the Monongahela Valley who attended St. Vincent's College and Harvard Law to become dean of Duquesne University Law and serve as a justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The celebration is only marred by the inability of the college to afford new books for the library.

Nov. 9, 1979 - Louis L. Manderino dies of a heart attack less than a month after the dedication of the library named for him.