March 1980 - Barry Carr, president of the Alumni Association, announces the initiation of a fundraising campaign to restore Old Main.
April 26, 1980 - African-American students hold a sit-in, demanding more entertainment geared towards them.
May 1980 - Dr. Watkins sends a memo to faculty and staff, setting himself in opposition to the new state funding formula based on enrollments and in favor of protecting the faculty and staff and developing and protecting programs.
Sept. 1980 - Dr. Watkins and his wife travel to the People's Republic of China to represent the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Dr. Watkins reviews the Chinese educational system for the Association. Also, California State College accepts Visa and MasterCard for the first time and the college receives a special appropriation of $221,000 for science and technology equipment. Dr. Jay Helsel, vice-president of the college for three decades, decides to return to teaching.
Oct. 1980 - Alumni see the fruit of their fundraising at Homecoming; the clocks atop Old Main were functional and the towers bathed in light.
Jan. 1, 1981 - Dr. Allan Golden is hired as the new Vice President for Administrative Affairs.
Feb. 10, 1981 - Dr. Watkins announces his plan to reorganize the college. The college would be divided into three schools and the various departments and faculty placed into them.
March 14, 1981 - Summer course offerings are further reduced to meet the budget.
May 1, 1981 - Dr. Watkins' reorganization plan is put into effect, establishing the three separate schools.
Nov. 10, 1982 - The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives pass Senate Bill 506, which creates the State System of Higher Education and changes the state colleges into universities. The Department of Education would no longer control the universities. The chancellor and board of governors were created to manage the system, and the local Councils of Trustees (no longer boards) and Presidents would continue to manage the individual universities.
April 26, 1983 - The Board of Governors holds its first meeting and names Dr. James McCormick, president of Bloomsburg State College (soon to be Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania) as Interim Chancellor. California's Dr. Nancy Z. Nelson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Policy and Planning.
June 24-25, 1983 - The Alumni Association celebrates its centennial; Alumni Association Awards are renamed in honor of faculty and earlier classes of the college. Also, the Theodore B. Noss Lecture Series is introduced. Similar to the lecture series that Noss had introduced a century before, California hosted such luminaries as Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and Gene Roddenberry.
July 1, 1983 - The State System of Higher Education is officially created and the fourteen state colleges become universities. The day is called University Day in Pennsylvania.
Sept. 20, 1983 - The Board of Governors names Dr. Regis J. Serinko, California's APSCUF chapter president as a faculty representative in the search committee for a permanent chancellor for the State System.
1983 - Manderino Library becomes fully automated, a first for the State System of Higher Education.
Sept. 24, 1983 - University Day is postponed at California until this date, when the campus beautification project would be completed.
Jan. 28, 1984 - Governor Thornburgh appoints Dr. Watkins to the Governor's Commission on Financing Higher Education.
1984 - California is finally able to afford 7,615 books to stock its new library. Also, the computerized card catalog is completed.
Feb. 21, 1984 - Dr. Watkins presents his plans for the Mon Valley Renaissance program. The Mon Valley Renaissance would be California University's public service program.
Feb. 1985 - The Mon Valley Renaissance receives a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce. Students protest high textbook costs and President Reagan's education budget cuts.
Sept. 1985 - The faculty select October 21 as a tentative strike date if they cannot reach agreement with the State System of Higher Education. Dr. Homer Pankey is appointed vice president for development and external affairs.
Sept. 27, 1985 - Dr. George Crane is appointed dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
Oct. 27, 1985 - The Black Alumni Chapter of the California University Alumni Association is established. A Black Alumni Scholarship Fund is created.
Nov. 5, 1985 - California experiences the worst flood in the town's history.
1986 - California begins to cultivate relations with international universities; forty students from twenty countries attend California University.
June 21, 1986 - On Alumni Day, the SAI Board of Directors officially renames the Lilley College Farm in honor of President Emeritus George H. Roadman.
Sept. 5, 1986 - Dr. Homer Pankey announces that all legal hurdles have been cleared for the creation of the California University Foundation.
Oct. 25, 1986 - The Elizabeth Jennie Adams Carter Black Culture House is dedicated. Jennie Carter was the first African-American woman to graduate from Southwestern Normal School in 1881, and was well liked and respected by many.
Dec. 15, 1986 - The first meeting of the California University Foundation is held at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh.
1987 - Mr. Richard Webb of the Mon Valley Renaissance program accepts the 1987 Utilization Award from the National Association for Industry Education Cooperation. The Mon Valley Renaissance was recognized for its success in helping Mon Valley businesses to start or remain in business and obtain government contracts, as well as its efforts in retraining and educating workers.
Aug. 1, 1987 - Dr. Barbara Ann DeMartino Swyhart is named dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Phil Coleman resigned to return to teaching.
Dec. 1987 - Dr. William Benedetti, the dean of the College of Education, visits China for six weeks and establishes an exchange program with Shenyang Teachers College.
Feb. 1989 - California counselor of education services Dr. F. Mel Madden and daughter Colleen go to Shenyang Teachers College in China to teach English. Their stay is cut short by political turmoil in the spring, culminating with massive protests in Tiananmen Square in May and military intervention in June.
March 1989 - Dr. Homer Pankey spends ten days visiting government agencies, businesses, and economic development organizations in Denmark, Sweden, France, and Spain.
June 15-19, 1989 - Dr. Pankey, Dr. Meyer, Dr. James Larson, and Dr. Craig return to France to meet with businesses and higher education officials. They set up a California University headquarters in the CNIT World Trade Center
Summer 1989 - Fifteen students participate in two courses, Areal Ecology and Areal Geology, offered by CalU in conjunction with Yellowstone National Park.
Fall 1989 - Groundbreaking for the Vietnam War Memorial at the corner of Hickory and Third Streets next to the Azorsky Administration Building. The monument will be a tribute to all Americans who served in the Armed Forces from 1964 to 1975.
Aug., 1989 - Dr. Fred Lapisardi, associate professor of English, takes a one-year sabbatical to be a scholar in residence at University College Dublin. Lapisardi lectures, gives seminars, and produces and directs plays written by Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats. Lapisardi hopes to promote the works of Yeats, who he feels has been overlooked.
Aug. 26, 1989 - The Foundation for California University enters an agreement with Pittsburgh National Bank where alumni, students, and their families will have access to special consumer loans and credit cards with discounts and low fees, while providing financial support to the Foundation.
Sept. 21, 1989 - The Emeriti Faculty Fountain is dedicated on the quadrangle of the central campus.
Oct. 11, 1989 - The Euroamerican Business Network is formed as an extension of the Mon Valley Renaissance. Dr. Pankey is named president of the network.
Oct. 22-29, 1989 - Dr. Pankey and a team from the State System return to France to participate in a World Conference of Business Partners.
Nov. 8, 1989 - Wilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation, visits Cal as part of the Noss Lecture Series.
Nov. 9, 1989 - The Berlin Wall falls.