Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
General Events: 1960-1969
1960: Freshman Orientation is revised to increase the number of advisors for students.
1960: First annual watermelon cutting for faculty, staff, and students held in August.
1960-1961: IBM processing equipment is installed and student records are converted to a punch-card system during the summer. Each student is assigned a seven-digit number. The machines are rented from the IBM Corporation.
1961: The Appalachian State football field, College Field, is dismantled for the construction of Rankin Science Hall in February. No home games are played during the 1961 season, and the four scheduled "home" games are played in neutral locations. Appalachian High School, also affected by the loss of College Field, schedules games at local parks. The next home game is played in September 1962 in the new Conrad Stadium.
1961: Students hold three rallies in April to protest student restrictions and write a petition demanding higher quality education, abolishment of the demerit system, later curfew hours for girls, revision of library hours, a liberal class cutting system (allowing unlimited class cutting privileges for students with 300 or more quality points), and a looser dress code, allowing the wearing of bermudas and toreadors.
1961: In May, in response to student petitions, the Administration allows the wearing of Bermudas and toreadors on campus but forbids them from being worn in town, the cafeteria, and in classes. Women’s curfew hours are extended to 10 pm Monday through Friday, 12 pm on Saturday, and 11 pm on Sunday. Library hours are extended to 10 pm Monday through Friday, 5 pm on Saturday, and 2-5 pm on Sunday. Request for a cut system and abolishing the demerit system were not approved.
1961: Proposed honor system voted down by Student Council.
1961: Students in East Hall reportedly briefly panic over a 400-year-old end of the world prediction to strike on Saturday, April 30. Saturday classes proceeded without disruption.
1961: Coach and Dean of Men John Kirk drowns in a boating accident in May.
1961: In September, the students of Justice Hall purchase a Zenith television set for the lounge. It is stolen one week later. Students raise more funds to purchase a replacement, then immediately insured it.
1961: Student Council resubmits petition to allow class cuts for students based on quality points.
1961: North Carolina Legislature authorizes the ASTC Board of Trustees to control traffic on campus.
1961: College installs a new PBX switchboard telephone system on campus. Dormitories have restricted hours between 8-5.
1961: Camp Broadstone purchased for ten dollars by Appalachian School Camp, Inc.
1961: First computerized registration attempted at Appalachian State
1961: Alpha Lambda Sigma, a literary society, is organized.
1962: The Alpha chapter of the Alpha Chi, a national scholastic society, forms. It is formerly known as the Polymathist Scholastic Society.
1962: Industrial Arts Club forms.
1962: Pre-registration using IBM a computers is instituted for summer and fall registration for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Freshmen and students not receiving complete schedules have to register in person.
1962: Ski slopes in Blowing Rock, NC, open to paying customers for first time in March.
1962: Conrad Stadium is completed and opens in September.
1962: Unable to find housing for the fall semester, two students room in a pitched tent on a rented lot.
1963: North Carolina enacts Speaker Ban Law. The law prohibits people who are communists or have taken the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer loyalty questions from speaking at state-supported college campuses.
1964: The Appalachian sends a letter of condolences signed by students to Jacqueline Kennedy in January.
1964: The Methodist Student Center opens the Cornucopia Coffee House.
1964: The Appalachian and many members of the student body request Student Council hold open meetings. Student Council holds an open meeting in February. Nine students attend, approximately three one-thousandths of the student body.
1964: In April a letter-to-the-editor battle breaks out in the Appalachian over the question of race and segregation.
1964: Campus farms close.
1964: Lights are installed on the tennis courts in September.
1964: In October and November, Rankin Science Hall holds evening open houses on Tuesday and Friday nights to allow students, faculty, and staff use of the observatory to view stars, visible planets, and the moon.
1964: International Relations Club sponsors “Books for Asian Students” project. The program sent donated books to Asian countries.
1965: Chi Lambda Chi passes new constitution requiring all clubs on campus require a minimum 2.0 GPA of all members.
1965: The Platters perform at Appalachian in February.
1965: Yosef sells his shotgun with powder horn and pouch for $40.00. The gun was manufactured by W. & C. Scott and Sons, London, England.
1965: Campus forum vote rejects honor system proposal in April.
1965: Lucy Brock Nursery School opens.
1965: "The Appalachian" reports a small stand-in held in the Men’s Gymnasium in September, described as "an orderly demonstration, in which only a few members of the student body participated." (September 30, 1965, p. 2).
1965: Lt. Joe Yatsko becomes the first Appalachian Alumnus to be killed in action in Vietnam in December.
1966: The Appalettes reform as a precision dance group. They were originally a drill team.
1966: Karate self-defense classes are offered to women students.
1966: Dean emeritus J. D. Rankin dies.
1966: Psychology Club holds a Vietnam Teach-In in November to promote peaceful discussion of opinions on Vietnam.
1966: A fire in the second Administration Building occurs late in the day on December 29. The fire destroys “The Appalachian” offices, the president’s office, student records, financial aid records, and several faculty and departmental libraries and records. Student and financial records were reconstructed from other offices’ records, including lists of students on academic probation.
1966: The Daydreams perform at the Homecoming Dance in October.
1966: A fire breaks out in the trash room in East Hall in October. Minimal damage was done to the maintenance entrance, leaving the rest of the building unharmed.
1967: In January, women are given the right to wear slacks at sporting events, the Bookstore, and in the dormitories. They are still prohibited in classes, the cafeteria, uptown, and in the library. In February, the Student Council alters the rule to allow the wearing of slacks everywhere except classes, the library, and in the cafeteria during noon and evening meals on Sundays. They are allowed in classes and the library on extremely cold days.
1967: Dionne Warwick and the Dukes of Dixieland perform at Appalachian State in February.
1967: Welsh Male Choir performs at Appalachian State in April.
1967: Anthony and the Imperials perform in May.
1967: Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, organizes the Tau Beta chapter on campus. It receives its charter in September.
1967: The Student Activity Fee is $25 per student.
1967: Fantasticks perform at Appalachian State in August.
1967: A full time physician, Dr. Lawrence Heavrin, is added to the College Infirmary staff.
1967: Administration considers filling in the duck pond to create more parking spaces.
1967: Faculty Senate created.
1967: 4939 students enrolled; 261 faculty.
1967: Freshman Seminar started
1967: Appalachian State students hold impromptu pro-war rally in protest of Southern Student Organization Committee anti-war speakers coming to campus in November.
1967: Appalachian receives full university status from State Legislature, name changes to Appalachian State University. Three Colleges are formed, the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, and College of Education.
1967: Danish Gym Team performs on campus in November.
1967: Appalachian State withdraws from Carolinas Conference.
1968: Appalachian State’s Post Office begins selling postage stamps in January.
1968: The Grimm Brothers perform in a folk concert at Appalachian in January.
1968: The U. S. District Court declares North Carolina’s Speaker Ban Law unconstitutional. It was passed in 1963 and revised in 1965. It was declared unconstitutional on the basis of vagueness.
1968: Student Government passes student Bill of Rights.
1968: Writer and activist Michael Harrington speaks at Appalachian in March as part of the Artist and Lecture series.
1968: Attorney F. Lee Bailey speaks at Appalachian State in April.
1968: Pan-American Day celebrated in April.
1968: William Roland Neely becomes first African-American student to graduate from Appalachian State with a BA in Psychology.
1968: 5200 students enrolled; 305 faculty.
1968: ASU defeats Newberry College 56-14 in football.
1968: Circle K, a men’s service organization, forms in October.
1968: John Foster West begins working at Appalachian State as campus writer.
1968: The Impressions performs at Appalachian State in November.
1968: Gervain Griffith, official representative from the Vietnamese Training Center in Washington, D.C., speaks at Appalachian State in December, promoting the need for more peace and reconstruction efforts, as well as cultural sensitivity and understanding, in Vietnam.
1969: Bavarian Inn opens in Welborn Cafeteria in January.
1968: Student Health Services expands to include a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist.
1969: Caroline Anderson becomes first African-American full-time faculty member. She leaves in the summer of 1970.
1969: New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band and singer Jerry Butler perform at Appalachian State in January.
1969: Folksingers Ian and Sylvia perform at Winter Festival
1969: The Tempests and Eddie Floyd and Orchestra perform in February.
1969: ROTC program at ASU begins in fall semester.
1969: Students For Action holds a peace table in Plemmons Student Union to promote peace in Vietnam and an end to the war twice a week for two weeks.
1969: Students for Action held a March for Unity on April 18.
1969: Johnny Mathis performs on campus in April.
1969: Doc Watson performs in May at the Spring Festival.
1969: As an experiment for the 1969-1970 school year, Hoey and Cannon Hall are made no-curfew halls for women. Women residents are required to be 21 or older or have permission from parents to reside there.
1969: Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) speaks at Varsity Gym on September 18 on the Black Muslim Movement.
1969: House council system is abolished by the Student Senate. They are placed with the Men’s and Women’s Residence Councils.
1969: The 4 Seasons perform at Homecoming.
1969: Abe Fortas, former associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, gives a series of lectures in Broome-Kirk Gymnasium in October on dissent and disorder on American college campuses.
1969: The Harlem Globetrotters perform at Varsity Gymnasium in November.
1969: The Fifth Dimension performs at Appalachian State in November.
1969: Women’s curfews are extended to midnight on Monday-Friday, 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.
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