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2000s

Jan. 25, 2000 - The Washington County Conservation District names Jose Taracido its 1999 Individual of the Year for his efforts in wildlife conservation and management in the county.

The Regional Enterprise Tower in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Cal U's Pittsburgh center is locatedJan. 2000 - Cal U begins holding open houses at the new Regional Enterprise Tower (RET) in Pittsburgh to determine interest in various programs at Cal U's Workforce Development Center there. The Center initially consists of a state-of-the-art distance learning classroom and two state-of-the-art computer training laboratories. Cal's initial offering at the RET is a graduate certificate program in Multimedia Technology.

Spring 2000 - The Council of Trustees unanimously approves a program proposal for a bachelor's of science in Criminal Justice.

Feb. 6-9, 2000
- A team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education evaluates Cal U and gives a very favorable report and good suggestions for improvement, many of which the university was already aware of.

Feb. 9, 2000 - A delegation of journalists from Ukraine is given a tour of CUTV as part of a three-week long U.S. State Department program that concentrates on journalism. The delegation also visits the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Business Times, and WQED.

Feb. 14, 2000
- Robert Mendler, a resident of Greensburg and survivor of Auschwitz, speaks at Cal U about his experiences in the concentration camp. The discussion is broadcast on CUTV's "This Intellectual Life."

April 4, 2000 -Elizabeth Kara Dodson, a philanthropist from Boca Raton, Florida, donates $1 M towards the Alumni House project. The house will be named the Michael and Julia Kara Alumni House, after her parents.

April 6, 2000
- Cal U's Department of Nursing became Pi Rho Chapter 399 charter members of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

April 28, 2000 - Steven Pavlak leaves California University to become associate vice chancellor for teacher preparation for the State System of Higher Education and executive director of the Academy for the Profession of Teaching.

June 2000 - Cal U begins broadcasting Master of Arts Teaching Secondary Education classes over CUTV. Students may watch or have videotapes delivered to them and watch the lectures and class discussions at their convenience.

June 5, 2000 - Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr. names Howard Goldstein, an extremely adept fundraiser formerly of the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh and the South Hills, as the new associate vice president of university advancement.

Summer 2000
- The Earth Science department offers a special session field course called the "Great Plains Storm Chase." Broadcast and operational meteorology students observe first-hand the weather they learn about in the classroom.

July 5, 2000
- Dr. Wilburn Hayden, director of the Master of Social Work program, announces that the program has met the evaluative standards needed to be a candidate for accreditation with the Council of Social Work Education.

July 13, 2000 - Charles A. Gomulka is elected chairman of the State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors.

July 19, 2000 - Dr. Armenti announces that Cal U's accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Aug. 22, 2000 - Dr. Richard Helldobler, assistant professor of Theatre and chair of the Theatre department at Cal, is named interim dean of the college of liberal arts.

Aug. 22, 2000 - Iren Huschak, a 1967 Cal graduate, is named the 1999 Pennsylvania Technology Teacher of the Year.

Aug. 30, 2000 - Dr. Thomas Kinsey is named the new dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Cal

Aug. 30, 2000 - Demolition of Reed Arts Center is completed, allowing the restoration of the front lawn of the campus to commence.

Sept. 16, 2000
- Groundbreaking for Jefferson at California, the new garden-style residence complex.

Sept. 21, 2000 - CalU Director of Media J.R. Wheeler accepts the Voter Service Award for 2000 from the League of Women Voters of Washington County. Wheeler accepts the award on behalf of CUTV for its service to the voting community.

Nov. 10, 2000 - Two new academic departments are formed, the Department of Justice Studies and the Department of History and Political Science, in response to faculty requests.

Dec. 6, 2000 - The Council of Trustees approves the constitution and bylaws of the California University Forum, the new formal shared governance system.

Jan. 3, 2001 - The Peter J. Daley Geo-Technology Institute opens in the Eberly Science and Technology Building. It is named for Peter J. Daley, a CalU alumnus and Pennsylvania State Representative. The institute benefits area elementary and high school students, municipalities, and CalU faculty and students.

Jan. 23, 2001 - Cal U's Forum, enlarged through a new constitution, holds its first meeting of the year.

Jan. 24, 2001
- Cal U's Partners for Wildlife Program announces that it has obtained a grant of $349,000. The money will be used to restore natural habitats, protect wetlands, increase diversity of wildlife, and improve water quality in Erie, Crawford, Warren, and Mercer counties.

Cal U commununity members participating in a Mission Day SessionFeb. 21, 2001
- Cal U holds Mission Day 2001: Sustaining the Momentum. The university community comes together to plan Cal U's future and work on issues at the university.

March 8, 2001 - Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy's first African-American Master Diver, speaks at Cal U as part of the Noss Lecture Series.

March 27, 2001
- The renovation of Gallagher Hall is completed. Gallagher Hall, Cal U's main dining facility since 1967, becomes Gallagher Music Center.

March 29, 2001 - Cal U's SAI Student Web Development Team wins the 2000 - 2001 Golden Web Award for the Cal U Student Life website. The award is given by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers.

April 6, 2001
- Cal U's Foreign Languages and Cultures department holds Foreign Language Day 2001, inviting area high school foreign language teachers and students to the university.

April 7, 2001 - Anthony Vadella and Brendan Folmar, both California University alumni and administrators of Poplar Springs Hospital in Virginia, establish the Vadella/Folmar Athletic Scholarship Endowment at Cal U in the amount of $50,000.

May 1, 2001 - Cal U announces that Pennsylvania State Representative Peter Daley has secured funds to build a firefighter training building on campus.Rep Daley Photo

May 23, 2001
- Cal U's Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO) announces that, since 1985, it has funneled over $1 billion into Mon Valley businesses and saved or created over 30,000 jobs.

June 2, 2001 - Cal U begins the celebration of its sesquicentennial by breaking ground on the Michael and Julia Kara Alumni House.

June 30, 2001
- Chancellor James H. McCormick resigns. The first chancellor of the State System of Higher Education leaves to become chancellor of the Minnesota State College and University System.

July 11, 2001
- Cal U Honors Program students Mollie Manley and Mansi Kapadia return from the Summer Honors Program trip to South Africa.

July 17-19 & August 7-9, 2001 - Cal U hosts a workshop, "Bringing Mars to the Classroom." The program helps to develop curriculum in Pennsylvania's public schools relating to the latest findings about the Red Planet.

Fall 2001 - Cal U begins offering a Master of Science in rehabilitation counseling at its Southpointe Center and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Engineering Technology program on the main campus. The CET program, once accredited, will be the only State System of Higher Education program that can lead to the title of professional engineer.

Aug. 30, 2001
- Jefferson at California, a new "garden style" apartment complex for California University students, has its grand opening.

Aug. 2001
- Cal U and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) sign a joint-enrollment agreement. Students in select programs can enroll in both Cal U and CCAC at the same time, begin their program at CCAC and finish at Cal U.

Sept. 11, 2001 - Terrorists strike the United States; two passenger airplanes strike New York's World Trade Center. The twin towers burst into flames and fall, killing thousands. A passenger airplane strikes the Pentagon; the section struck burns for days. Another passenger jet crashes in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, when the passengers attack the terrorists on board. In response, President Armenti cancels classes for the day and the next.

Sept. 13, 2001 - A special university-wide convocation is held to discuss the terrorist attacks and attempt to learn from them. September 14, 2001 - 150 students, faculty, staff, and administrators carry the American flag through California University's campus in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Sept. 20, 2001 - Gallagher Music Center is rededicated.

Sept. 22, 2001 - A sculpture outside the Natali Student Center commemorating the Cal U Women's Softball National Championship teams of 1997 and 1998 is dedicated.

Oct. 2, 2001 - Cal U holds its first Academic Excellence Day.

Oct. 29, 2001 - The Eberly family asks President Armenti to end the initiative to change the University's name to Eberly University of Pennsylvania, citing the enormous opposition to the proposal.

Nov. 2, 2001 - Dixon Hall is officially rededicated. Originally a residence hall, Dixon became a student services building starting at the beginning of the fall 2001 semester.

Nov. 5, 2001
- Mary Beth Buchanan, the first woman in Pennsylvania history to be named U.S. Attorney, is sworn in. Buchanan is a 1984 graduate of Cal U.

Dec. 1, 2001
- Norma Snyder, BSN, RN, BC, Cal U's nurse educator, receives the 2001 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Pennsylvania Nurses Association.

Dec. 5, 2001
- New State System of Higher Education Chancellor Judy G. Hample visits Cal. She tours the campus and Jefferson at California and attends the Council of Trustees meeting.

Dec. 12, 2001 - First trials of Cal U's new Web for Students, which allows Cal students to register for classes online, as well as access their grades and other personal information, are very successful.

Dec. 17, 2001 - Cal U President Angelo Armenti Jr. receives a plaque from the Penn State College of Agricultural Services to show their appreciation for his support.

Dec. 2001 - Cal U Public History Professor Dr. Laura Ann Tuennerman-Kaplan's first book Helping Others, Helping Ourselves: Power, Giving and Community Identity in Cleveland, Ohio 1880 - 1930 is published. Dr. Tuennerman-Kaplan donates a copy to the Manderino Library.

Jan. 24, 2002 - Cal U's History and Political Science department hold their first conference, "The History of Labor and Management Relations." In addition to paper presentations, the university hosts Poland's former president Lech Walesa, the founder of the Solidarity labor movement.

Jan. 28, 2002 - Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Veteran's Affairs, Charles B. Williamson, receives the Commander's Award for Public Service from the U.S Army for his efforts with the Cal U ROTC program.

Feb. 1, 2002 - The Jennie Adams Carter Black Culture House is rededicated after completion of renovations.

Feb. 13, 2002 - Cal U's Department of Earth Science joins an initiative with NASA, Raytheon Synergy and Towson University, Md, under the National Space and Grant College Fellowship program to undertake a land planning project for the mid-Atlantic region. Cal U receives a Global Positioning System receiver, computer software, and an opportunity to get more visibility and give students the opportunity to work with such equipment.

Feb. 20, 2002 - NAACP president and CEO Kweisi Mfume speaks at Cal U.

Feb. 27, 2002 - Dr. Carole Waterhouse, Cal U English professor, publishes her novel Without Wings.

March 6, 2002 - Actress Kathryn Woods comes to Cal U to portray abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth.

March 26, 2002 - The interior renovation of Old Main, guided by A. Richard Glance, president of Glance & Associates, the firm that restored Old Main's Grand Hall, Dome Room, conference room, and president's office in 1980.

April 2, 2002
- CUTV wins five trophies at the national Telly Awards video competition.

April 15, 2002
- California University employee Elena Tchoujtchenko and English Professor Judith Good's documentary called "Ever After," about women in prison (Cambridge Springs Correctional Institution, PA) airs on CUTV.

2002 - The University’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was approved by the Council of Trustees on June 5.

2002 - The Michael and Julia Kara Alumni House was dedicated on October 12, 2002.  Dr. Elizabeth Kara Dodson donated $1 million toward this building, which was dedicated in her parents’ memory.

2003 - The University’s Mission Statement was approved by the Council of Trustees on June 4.

2004 - The installation of Dr. Kevin Koury as the recipient of the University’s first endowed chair, The Jeff and Beverly Berger Faculty Fellowship in Education, was celebrated on October 13.

2004 - The first of five new state-of-the-art residence halls opened on campus in September (the fifth residence hall opened in September 2007).

2007 - The New Duda Hall was dedicated on April 13, which replaced the original Duda Hall located across from Manderino Library, on a remnant of which The Ascent of Humanity sculpture is exhibited.  Mrs. Veronica Duda, widow of President Emeritus Michael Duda, was present for the festivities.

2007 - The dedication of the Harris Taylor “Harry” Booker and Elizabeth Hulings “Betty” Booker Towers at the entrance of campus took place at Homecoming Day, October 20.  The Booker Towers were a gift to California University of Pennsylvania from Mr. and Mrs. William R. Booker ’74; Mr. Booker is an alumnus and beloved son of Harry and Betty Booker. 

2009 - The first “Cal U for Life” new-student orientation program was held just prior to the fall start of classes. Over 1800 new students participated in this program of awareness, appreciation and giving. 

2009 - The University’s school mascot, The Vulcan, was unveiled in bronze on Homecoming Day, October 17.  Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, was chosen as the school mascot in 1933.

2010 - Cal U was named the official education partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the only university given this designation. The Cal U Conference Center opens in CONSOL Energy Center, the team’s home in Pittsburgh.

2010 - Global Online, Cal U’s Internet-based degree program initiative, was ranked number one in America by SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools.  

2011 - California University of Pennsylvania was named the world’s first FranklinCovey Leadership University in recognition of its efforts to incorporate leadership principles into teaching, learning and campus life.  

2012 - The State System of Higher Education makes a change in leadership at Cal U, appointing former provost Geraldine M. Jones as acting president of the University.