Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Siena Heights University Prepares for Centennial

Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI is preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The 100th anniversary web page includes a video and links to scheduled events.  A centennial history book and video are planned.

The institution was originally founded as St. Joseph College by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1919.  The name was changed to Siena Heights College in 1939 and then to Siena Heights University in 1998.  It currently enrolls 2,464 students
You can learn more by visiting the institution's mission and history webpageReflections, The Online Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Siena Heights University is also a good source for information and an archive of past issues is available. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Morningside College Prepares for 125th Anniversary

KSCJ radio in Sioux City posted several short audio clips of students describing contents of a time capsule prepared as part of 125th anniversary activities, "Morningside College Seniors Make Time Capsule for Class of 2044."

Morningside College was founded on December 5, 1894 and was affiliated with the Northwest Iowa Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  Classes start in the fall of 1895 after the college purchased what is known today as Charles City College Hall.  The college currently enrolls 2,788 students.

You can learn more about the institution's history by viewing "Morningside College: 125th Anniversary Commemorative Video" posted on YouTube.
The college bookstore is also offering a new history, Morningside College at 125, written by Tim Orwig.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Purdue Celebrates Sesquicentennial

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1869.  The institution now enrolls 32,132 undergraduate students and another 10,500 graduates students on the main campus and a number of other sites throughout the state.

Visit the 150 Years of Great Leaps page for more information on Purdue's accomplishments over the years and activities planned to commemorate the anniversary.
You can also view "'John Purdue' tells his own story" through the anniversary pages or via YouTube where author and historian John Norberg provides a first-person account of Purdue's life and the early years of Purdue University.

Two sesquicentennial books are also available.  Ever True: Celebrating the First 150 Years of Purdue University written by John Norberg "...captures the essence of this great university...to delve into the stories of the faculty, alumni, and leaders who make up this remarkable institution’s distinguished history."
The second book, Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life written by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris "...tells Purdue’s story through rare images, artifacts, and words. Authors culled decades of student papers, from scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and newspapers to historical photographs and memorabilia preserved in the Purdue University Libraries Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections."
A previous post on the College History Garden, "Mapping Change on Purdue's West Lafayette Campus," links an interactive map and database that allows users to become familiar with the history of the West Lafayette campus. Users can adjust the slider below the map to see how the campus has changed over the course of the institution's history.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Lincoln University (MO): Black Culture Mecca...Video of Lecture now Available

The State Historical Society of Missouri posted Dr. Gary R. Kremer's April 3, 2019 lecture, "Lincoln University: Black Culture Mecca of the Midwest," on YouTube. The presentation was part of historical society's African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series.

I was fortunate to attend the lecture and Dr. Kremer provided an interesting overview of Lincoln's history and cultural importance as an African-American institution. 
You can find more about the history of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO by visiting a 2016 College History Garden post that coincided with the institution's recent anniversary in 2016, "Lincoln University in Missouri celebrates 150th Anniversary."

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

UCLA Kicks off Centennial Celebration

UCLA is beginning a centennial anniversary celebration of its founding in 1919 as the University of California Southern Branch.

Visit the UCLA 100 web pages for a timeline with historical images and stories or to scan the extensive array of planned events.  The UCLA Centennial Fact Sheet and the essay, "Founders of UCLA would marvel at their creation today," provide quick overviews of the institutional history.
The UCLA Library Special Collections and University Archives are also an excellent source for materials relating to the history and administration of UCLA.

Article Highlights Changes in Campus of Kennesaw State University

The Sentinel at Kennesaw State University published an article in late April, "KSU's Kennesaw campus through the years," featuring archival photographs of the campus and an interview with Professor Lewis VanBrackle. VanBrackle began his career at KSU in 1984 and will retire in May 2020.

The institution was founded by the Georgia Board of Regents as Cobb County Junior College and opened in 1966 as Kennesaw Junior College. The name changed to Kennesaw College in 1976, to Kennesaw State College in 1988, before becoming Kennesaw State University.

The University System of Georgia announced a merger with Southern Polytechnic State University in 2013. Enrollment is now 35, 846 students.

You can learn more about the history of the institution by visiting the KSU Archives and the Scholarly Online Access Repository (SOAR) where an eleven page "History of Kennesaw State University" by Thomas A Scott covers the founding of the institution,

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Life at Penn in the early 1900s...Videos from the Archives

The University of Pennsylvania Archives posts a number of historical videos on YouTube.  One particularly interesting video of just under six minutes, "Interiors & Exteriors of Professional School Buildings (1916)," includes scenes from the Dental School, Medical School, Veterinary School, the Wharton School, the Clinic Chapel exercises, and the dormitories.  These were filmed under the direction of W.M. Cramer (W'17) and H.C. Churchill (W'17) to be used by Horace Lippincott (C1897), secretary of the General Alumni Society, in his talks at meetings of Pennsylvania Alumni societies around the country.

You can also find "Penn's 250th Anniversary (1990)" commemorating the milestone anniversary.
Visit the Archives homepage for access to other documents, maps, digital image collection, and yearbooks.