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March 21, 1990 - The Noss Lecture Series sponsors a lecture by Stanislav Levchenko, a former Soviet KGB Officer.

April 1990 - Dr. Pankey travels to Barcelona, Troyes, Rome, and Milan to visit various universities and industrial parks and establish exchange programs.

April 19, 1990 - Two university directors from the USSR visit California University to review university programs.

April 1990 - George J. Plava, 1936 Cal U graduate and former superintendent of the Albert Gallatin School District, has German Central Elementary School renamed in his honor.

May 1990 - A team of five from Yugoslavia visit California University to study economic development programs at universities and businesses.

June 1990 - William J. Tantorno, 1985 Cal U graduate and electronics power technology instructor at Chestnut Ridge High School in Fishertown, takes two of his students and their robot, CREEP (Chestnut Ridge Electricity and Electronics Prototype) to win first place at a national competition in Corpus Christi, Texas, after winning first place at a state competition in Seven Springs in April.

June 26-27, 1990 - The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirms California University's accreditation.

Fall 1990 - The Mon Valley Expressway opens, linking Route 70 to Route 40. The Expressway makes getting to campus much easier.

1990 - Mrs. Judy Ansill, chairman of California University's Council of Trustees, is appointed to the State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors.

Oct. 15-20, 1990 - Jerry Lynn DeLuca, a 1976 Cal U graduate and science teacher at Tucker County High School in Hambleton, West Virginia, receives the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Dec. 1990 - Linda Gamber Ewing, a 1971 Cal grad and fourth-grade teacher in Lehigh Acres, Florida, travels to the Soviet Union as part of the American Aerospace Ambassador's Program.
The girls basketball team celebrating after a victory
May 4, 1991 - Robert E. Eberly, philanthropist and friend of education, receives Cal U's first honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters at the 144th commencement.

May 1991 - Cal U's Lady Vulcans softball team wins their first PSAC championship, defeating Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Huskies. The Lady Vulcans later finish third in the NCAA II Mid-Atlantic Regional and ninth nationally.

Summer 1991 - James Secosky, Bloomfield Central School (Rochester, New York) science teacher and 1971 graduate of Cal U, is one of only five amateur astronomers given "viewing time" on the new Hubble Space Telescope to study why Jupiter's moon, Io, becomes brighter and dims periodically.

Summer 1991 - Janeen Skovran, a senior communication studies/media major, gets one of only two internships in the public relations office for the State System of Higher Education.

Sept. 1991 - Dr. Stephen A. Pavlak is appointed dean of the College of Education; Dr. Jesse Cignetti is appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Sept. 1991 - President Watkins announces his retirement at the end of the 1991-1992 academic year.

Summer 1991
- The Cal U Lady Vulcans tennis team finish a 17-0 season; freshman Emma Lin wins the singles championship at the Rolex/ITCA Small College Eastern Regional championships and all three Cal doubles teams each the semifinals; Cal wins the PSAC championship with a nearly perfect team score.

Summer 1991 - Cal's women's volleyball team wins its first PSAC championship.

Fall 1991
- Dr. Leonard J. Siegel, professor of American history at Cal U, meets and speaks at length with former president Richard Nixon.

Sept. 1991 - Dr. Homer Pankey presents two papers in Limerick, Ireland, and makes international connections for Cal, including bringing the prestigious Saloschin Art Collection to Cal for a one-month exhibition.

Oct. 1991
- Dr. Earl D. Heath, 1948 Cal U grad, is inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International.

Oct. 4, 1991 - Jerry Mathers, "Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver" of "Leave it to Beaver" speaks at Cal; he also serves as the Homecoming Grand Marshall.

Oct. 4, 1991 - Dr. Watkins receives a letter announcing Cal U's reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Oct. 14, 1991 - Friends From California University is founded by Kappa Delta Pi, the honorary education fraternity, to lend financial and material assistance to teachers at the Navajo reservations in New Mexico and Arizona, where there are eight books for thirty-two students.

Nov. 14, 1991
- The Council of Trustees organizes a search committee for a new president.

Dec. 13, 1991 - The newly renovated Old Main chapel is dedicated. Originally a chapel and gathering place for students, it had been converted into classrooms as the college began to grow. The Foundation for California University, with help from the university's many loyal alumni, restored the Chapel to its original beauty.

Dec. 1991 - Elmo Natali, vice president for student affairs, Cal U football hero and coach, retires.

Spring 1992
- Construction on California's new senior center, Center in the Woods, begins. The $1 million project will offer activities and friendship to the elderly, and valuable work experience to Cal U gerontology majors.

March 2, 1992 - Judy Woodruff, renowned television journalist, gives a lecture at Cal as part of the Noss Lecture Series.

May 1992
- Tom Shimrock's California University mace, commissioned by the Foundation for California University, makes its public debut at the 147th commencement. The mace and its cabinet are on permanent display in Manderino Library.

May 19, 1992 - Dr. Angelo Armenti Jr. is named the sixth president of California University of Pennsylvania after a six-month search.

1992
- Len McCormick wins the 165-pound International Powerlifting Federation World Championship in Taiwan.

Sept. 1992
- Dr. Homer Pankey, vice president for development and external relations, is named president of Thomas College, a private college in Thomasville, Georgia.

October 1992 - Old Science Hall is renamed John Pierce Watkins Academic Center upon completion of renovations in honor of the president emeritus.

March 1993
- Douglas Bolton, 1971 Cal grad, travels to Croatia and Bosnia for two weeks to aid war refugees.

March 1993 - Ray Gutierrez, California Vulcan basketball senior guard, is named the GTE CoSida Small College Academic All-American of the Year.

March 1993 - Randall Hart, a 1974 graduate of Cal U, receives the American Wildernes Leadership School's Graduate Teacher of the Year award. Hart is a technology education teacher and lifetime activities - outdoor education program sponsor for North Allegheny School District.

May 1993
- Dr. Alan Krueck, musicologist and Cal U professor of foreign language and culture, travels to Germany to present his paper, The Gudrun Operas of the 19th Century: Textual Outlines and Text Comparisons.

Sept. 1993 - Paul White is named vice president for university advancement following a nationwide search. University Advancement will include development, marketing, alumni relations, and public service functions, as well as the Foundation for California University.

Sept. 1993
- The Pennsylvania Tuition Account Program (TAP) is established. It allows Pennsylvania citizens to lock in prices on future tuition for themselves, their children or grandchildren. Tuition can be purchased in credits or units, a feature not found anywhere else in the nation.

Oct. 14, 1993 - The first Academic Discovery Day, a new initiative of Dr. Armenti, is held. Discovery Day brings high school juniors and seniors to campus to convince them to attend California University.

Nov. 1993 - A team of researchers from Cal U's Earth Sciences department completes an inventory of greenhouse gases in Pennsylvania and produces an educational program and mitigation strategies to decrease the amount of gases produced in Pennsylvania. The team received a $31,000 grant to conduct this important research for the Pennsylvania Energy Office.

Fall 1993 - The Lady Vulcans (Tennis) enjoy a third straight undefeated season and second PSAC title in three years; the Lady Vulcans (Volleyball) finish their third straight winning season and make the PSAC playoffs; the Vulcans (soccer) qualify for the PSAC Final Four for the first time in school history; other teams make great improvements.

Spring 1994
- The State System of Higher Education receives a $172,352 grant from the National Science Foundation to cover remaining equipment and installation costs for SSHEnet, the system-wide telecommunications network that will connect each State System site to each other and the Internet.

Spring 1994 - The Lady Vulcans (basketball) finish their best season ever, 21-8 and compete in the PSAC Final Four and the NCAA II tourney for the first time. The Vulcans (basketball) finish their second-best season ever ever, 25-5. The Vulcans (wrestling) enjoy their best dual meet season in over ten years. The Lady Vulcans (softball) win their sixth-straight PSAC-West championship, an NCAA II Mid-Atlantic Regional title, and end their season at the NCAA II National Championships.

Feb. 1994 - Judy Ansill, 22-year member of the Council of Trustees, receives the Dixonian Award from the Foundation for California University.

July 21, 1994
- The State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approves a ten-year agreement with PepsiCo under which Pepsi-Cola Company becomes the exclusive beverage supplier to the State System. This first-in-the-nation agreement will be worth an estimated $23 million to the State System.

Nov. 7, 1994 - Dr. Joyce Brothers gives a lecture, "Coping with Change" at the Natali Student Center as part of the Noss Lecture Series.

Fall 1994 - The Foundation for Cal U presents the Job Johnson Award to the Holman Family for their dedication to the university and presents the Dixonian Award to Rose Hughes, a teacher in the Noss Laboratory School starting in 1938.

Fall 1994 - John Savel, 1981 Cal grad, receives the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Solid Rocket Technical Committee Recognition Award.

Fall 1994 - The Lady Vulcans (volleyball) enjoy another winning season and finish third in the PSAC-West.

April 8, 1995 - The first Cal U Athletic Hall of Fame banquet is held; the thirteen first inductees are Delmer Beshore '78 basketball; Denny Brown '71 baseball; Bruce Dal Canton '63 baseball; Bill DePaoli '79 wrestling; Brian Ferrari '84 track and field/cross country; Ray Greene '71 basketball; Perry Kemp '83 football; Jenise Lockhart '85 track and field/basketball; Tammy McIntire-Mandich '91 basketball; Elmo Natali '53 football; Jeff Petrucci '69 football; Steve Tselepis '53 football; Michael Wilson 86 basketball.

May 1995 - Richard M. Scaife, philanthropist and publisher of newspapers, include the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, receives the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

July 7, 1995 - Rick Krivda, a '91 Cal grad, makes his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles as starting pitcher against the Chicago White Sox. Krivda pitches five innings and strikes out seven batters. The Orioles won the game 5-2.

Summer 1995 - www.calu.edu goes live.

Sept. 1, 1995
- Nancy Nelson, vice president of academic affairs and provost, retires.

Fall 1995 - The College of Science and Technology is named the Eberly College of Science and Technology in honor of the Eberly Foundation. Carolyn Eberly Blaney is awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

Fall 1995 - CUTV wins two first place awards from the National Association of College Broadcasters in the talk/magazine show and sports play-by-play categories.

Fall 1995
- Flipside, Cal U's student magazine, was named the best college/university literary art magazine for 1995 by the American Scholastic Press Association. Flipside also receives a first place with special merit award.

Fall 1995 - A committee meets to plan activities to identify core values for Cal U.

Jan. 1996 - The Cal U Council of Trustees approves a twenty-year Master Plan for development of the main California campus.

Spring 1996 - Lith "Spider" Webb, third baseman for Cal U's softball team, is named to the 25-player Canadian National Olympic softball team. Webb is the second athlete in Cal history named to an Olympic team. One of seven reserves on the Canadian Olympic team, her chances of making the starting lineup for the 2000 Olympics have increased.

Spring 1996
- Cal U's Jose Taracido receives the 1995 Chevrolet Outdoor Conservation Award for his efforts in improving Pennsylvania's wildlife habitats and water quality.

Spring 1996
- Four Cal U alumni are recognized by the Saint Vincent College Great Teacher Recognition Program (Howard Fields '64, Carole Cocciolone '74, Dennis Gaal '66, Judy Paglia '64); two alumni receive the 1995 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award (Thomas Kupchella '66 and Theodore Martch '75).

April 13, 1996
- Eleven alumni are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

May 1996 - Governor Thomas Ridge of Pennsylvania addresses the 1996 commencement; Philip Berman, president of the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, and Richard Simmons, chairman of Allegheny Ludlum, are awarded the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa. Alan Cottrill's sculpture, "The Ascent of Humanity" is unveiled. The fifteen figure sculpture hangs from the Michael Duda World Culture Building.

June 1,1996 - Cal U's new logo and the new image of Cal's mascot, Vulcan, are introduced at the Presidential Gala. The Pioneer Class, a group of alumni who graduated fifty years ago or more from Cal U, is created. Pioneers who attended the Alumni Weekend received medallions engraved with Old Main.

June 2, 1996 - As part of Alumni Weekend festivities, the Founder's Garden is dedicated.

June 1996 - Dr. Brian Paulsen, a professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Cal U, receives a research grant to study eastern spiny softshell turtles in the Monongahela River. Paulsen traps and tags ten of the turtles and tracks their movements on board Vulcan II, Cal U's 36-foot research vessel.

July 1996 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for Cal U's new center at the Southpointe Industrial Park in Canonsburg. The center will offer graduate programs and some undergraduate courses, as well as noncredit classes and training programs.President Armenti dedicating the Founders Garden

Summer 1996
- Cal U Honors Program seniors Nicole Groody and Matt Moon participate in the Summer Honors Program. This year's Summer Honors Program takes fourteen State System of Higher Education Honors students to Vienna, Austria, to study art, music, history, and architecture.

Fall 1996 - Johnson Hall renovations are completed. Johnson Hall becomes the CAL (California Academic Leadership) Hall. Coed by floor, Johnson Hall becomes home to the Honors Program and some of its students, Cal U residence life, conference rooms, Veterans Affairs, and academic- and service-minded students.

Fall 1996 - Michael Kolakowski is named the new head coach of the Vulcans football team after Kevin Donley resigns.

Fall 1996 - The new Cal Card makes its debut. Not just a student ID card, the Cal Card is also a library card, dining service card, debit card for laundry, bookstore, laundry, and photocopying, as well as a AAA WaysIDe Assistance card.

Fall 1996 - The series of activities planned to determine Cal U's core values begins.

Aug. 25, 1996 - A new Cal tradition begins as more than 100 faculty, staff, administrators, and students help incoming students move into their dormitory rooms.

Oct. 1996 - Cal U art professor Leslie Parkinson's four stained glass windows, based on wildflowers of Pennsylvania, are framed and installed into the Old Main Grand Hall.

Jan. 1997 - Cal U's Southpointe Center opens.

Jan. 6, 1997
- Efforts to repair a "heaving slab" problem on the Natali Student Center's lower level begin.

Jan. 13, 1997 - The first New Student Convocation is held to welcome new students, instill a sense of tradition and belonging, and connect them to their new University.

Spring 1997 - Dr. Stanley Komacek, Cal U professor and chair of the Industry and Technology department, wins the 1996 Outstanding Service Award from the Technology Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEAP).

Spring 1997 - Crews begin running fiber optic cables to upgrade the University's computer network; all rooms on campus will have access to the new system when completed.

Spring 1997
- The Education Council of the Central Fayette Chamber of Business and Industry names four Cal alumni as Educators of the Year: G. Edward Fearer '77, Darlene Cicconi '63, Marilyn Garbart '67, and Candice Jordan '87.

March 1997 - The National Association of Secondary School Principals honors Kathleen Vail, '88 Cal grad, for outstanding education reporting in the Benjamin Fine Awards competition. She received the honor for her article, "No Entry."

May 1997 - Stephen R. Covey addresses the 1997 graduating class after receiving the degree of doctor of humane letters, honoris causa.

Spring 1997 - CUTV's "Newscenter This Week" wins the regional Society of Professional Journalists 1996 Mark of Excellence Award.

Spring 1997 - A study of 1,106 colleges and universities in the United States concludes that Cal U is among the top ten percent of schools whose undergraduates complete their bachelor's degrees. Cal U ranks first among the 12 members of the State System of Higher Education included in the study.

June 1997 - Tami Richards, Cal U senior anthropology major, spends ten weeks in an apprenticeship at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute in Central Washington University. She works with five chimpanzees who speak with American Sign Language. The Foundation for Cal U , the College of Liberal Arts, and a private citizen help finance Tami's apprenticeship.

June 6, 1997 - Groundbreaking for the new Eberly Science and Technology Center, the first new academic building on campus in 17 years, is held.

June 7, 1997 - At the fourth annual president's gala, President Armenti begins Cal U's first capital campaign, Campaign for California, with a goal of raising $10 million.

Fall 1997 - Mike Mastrean '93 competes in the weightlifting world championships in London, England and wins all three lifting categories (squat, bench, and lift). Mastrean is named World's Outstanding Weightlifter. His previous accomplishments include the 198-pound National Collegiate Powerlifting Championship, the Junior Nationals, Junior World Championship, and the Amateur Athletic Union National Championship.

Dec. 1997 - Len McCormick wins his second World Championship in powerlifting in Leduc, Alberta, Canada in the 180-pound class with a world-record lift of 490 pounds.

Jan. 1998 - The John Templeton Foundation names Cal U to its 1997-1998 Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges. 135 colleges in 42 states were selected for this honor.

Jan. 1998 - CUTV wins College Station of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Broadcasters.

Jan. 1998 - Five of the seven educators of the year in Fayette County are Cal U alumni - Ross Ackinclose '63, Roland Baer '63, Terry J. Boors '71, John Chuma '74, and Peggy Perkins '78.

Spring 1998 - Cal U's sports medicine and health and physical education departments merged into the department of health science and sport studies.

Feb. 26, 1998 - Steve Bell, noted broadcast journalist (ABC's "World News this Morning," "Good Morning America") speaks at Cal U as part of the Noss Lecture Series.

March 2, 1998 - Dr. Michele A. Paludi, editor of Sexual Harassment on College Campuses: Abuse of the Ivory Power spoke on the Cal U campus.

April 1998
- The Council of Trustees approves the adoption of core values Integrity, Civility, and Responsibility for Cal U. The university community approved the core values before they were presented to the Council.

Summer 1998 - Cal U students Melinda Primm and Elizabeth Aruta travel to Switzerland and Italy as part of the 1998 Summer Honors Program, hosted by Clarion University of PA. The honors students attend lectures at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and participate in a nine-day archaeological field project at the Etruscan site of Pottio Civitate in Murlo, Italy.

Summer 1998 - Twenty-four Cal U faculty, students, and friends tour Paris and Madrid as part of a Kings and Castles tour of Europe, sponsored by the Cal U art department and led by its chair, Duke Miecznikowski.

Summer 1998 - Meghan Buckelew participates in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's chemical engineering department. She researches Herpes simplex Type I (the cold sore virus) and later presents her research at poster sessions at Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, the American Institute of Chemical Engineer's annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, at the University of Rochester, and at Cal U. She wins several awards for her work, including the Outstanding Woman in the Biological Scientists, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists Awards to the Outstanding Student In Biological Sciences, and is recognized as one of Cal U's Women of the Year.

Fall 1998
- Robert Ventorini, a graduate student at Cal, is awarded first place for best student paper at the American Fisheries Society Northeast Division. The award, given by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists, is titled "Correlation Between Iron Concentration and Fish Community Structure in Seven Southwestern Pennsylvania Streams Receiving Net Alkaline Mine Discharges."

Fall 1998 - The State System of Higher Education debuts the Keystone Library Network (KLN). Using the KLN Voyager, students, faculty, and staff may search the libraries, databases, and electronic resources of all fourteen State System schools. Cal U dean of library services Bill Beck was a key player in the project.

Fall 1998 - Cal U starts a program with West Greene School District where sophomore students may take college-level courses in their high school and receive credits at greatly reduced tuition rates. Students will be able to earn as many as 36 college credits while in high school and save between $8,000 and $12,000. Cal U is also developing a similar program with Forest Hills High School.

East and West GermanyJef 1999 - West Virginia University assistant professor Christine Pcarsic Martin, Cal U alumna '73, is named West Virginia's professor of the year for 1998

Spring 1999 - Yvonne Beverina Weaver, 1977 Cal grad, is awarded the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for 1999. An elementary school principal in the Trinity School District, she is awarded $25,000 in unrestricted funds for education.

March 27-30 1999 - 18 Cal U technology students travel to the International Technology Education Association conference in Indianapolis and finish first in the technology challenge and manufacturing contests.

May 13, 1999 - Cal U's department of social work and gerontology cosponsors a youth conference with Washington Hospital Teen Outreach and the Washington Coalition for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. The conference was especially relevant in light of recent events in Littleton, Colorado.


May 1999 - At Cal U's 152nd commencement, Congressman Frank R. Mascara '72 receives a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, and speaks to the graduating class.

Summer 1999 - Cal U Psychology professor Holiday E. Adair receives one of five $1,500 Instructional Research Awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The award will be used to fund a project titled "The Relationship Between Learning Style, Student Performance and Student Satisfaction in a Distance Education Course in Psychology."

Summer 1999
- Caryl Sheffield '73, professor in the elementary / early childhood education department, receives recognition as a Fulbright scholar. She will travel to Jamaica in spring 2000 and spend six months there working with the Institute of Education of the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, conducting faculty development courses, developing training manuals, and conducting research.

Summer 1999 - Lenora A. Angelone '90, '92, G '97 is named special assistant to the president for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

June 12 - July 9, 1999 - Cal U hosts the State System of Higher Education's Summer Honors Program; titled "Tempus Mirabile" (marvelous time) the program consists of ten days of classwork at Cal U and sixteen days in Europe, examining the original artifacts of the Renaissance and Reformation. Cal U Honors students Jennifer Landis, Lee Sines, and Jennifer Troup participate in the program, as well as Honors Program director Dr. Edward "Eddie Joe" Chute and faculty members Marsha Nolf, public service coordinator of Manderino Library, and Dr. Michael Slaven, assistant professor of history. Dr. Joseph C. Heim, association professor of social science, and Loring Prest, Manderino's electronic resource librarian lecture to the 28 students at Cal.

Aug. 31, 1999 - Cal U helps the California Area School District start its academic year on time by providing classroom space to fourth through eighth grade students of the district while renovations on the California Area Middle School are completed.

Sept. 4, 1999 - Ken Harasty, '71 and '87 Cal grad and teacher in the Brownsville Area School District, boards the DSV Alvin and travels 2,276 meters to the ocean floor as part of the REVEL (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration, and Life) project.

Nov. 1999 - Cal U Public Safety police cars are equipped with laptop computers, which allow university police to get information on people or vehicles in twenty seconds.

Fall 1999 - Cal U students and faculty produce Calibrations, the university's new literary arts magazine. The first issue wins two first-place awards for electronic pre-press and Best of Show at the annual Gutenberg Awards Student Graphic Arts contest, sponsored by the International Graphic Arts Education Association and the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, Inc.