CSUDH History: 1970s

April 22, 1970: CSC Dominguez Hills celebrates nation’s first Earth Day with lectures and teach-in.

1970: Development begins on Institute of Education (later School of Education).

First honorary society established: Alpha Kappa Delta.

June 13, 1970: Commencement held on new CSC Dominguez Hills mall – 260 graduate.

Fall 1970: First all-college student evaluation rates 83 percent of faculty either “good” or “outstanding.”

Fall/Winter 1970: Intercollegiate basketball, volleyball teams fielded; baseball, cross-country competitions begin.

Fall 1971: WASC and Commission on Teacher Preparation and Licensing accredit the college; criticize lack of student union.

January 26, 1972: Oliver Wilson named first director of Afro-American Studies interdepartmental concentration.

May 25, 1972: Actor Robert Vaughn speaks at last Dominguez Hills Vietnam War symposium; more than 500 attend.

October 13, 1972: Student Association hosts Dr. Cain’s 10th anniversary testimonial dinner.

Fall 1972: English professor Abe Ravitz becomes first department chair elected by peers.

Small college degree program selects 275 freshmen to participate.

College curriculum moves away from liberal arts orientation; new programs include urban and environmental management, early childhood education, medical technology, and studio art.

November 1972: CSCDH becomes first college to open Head Start unit on campus.

January 12, 1973: Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” opens at College Theatre.

February 27, 1973: Former Herald Examiner reporter William Farr speaks on freedom of the press.

May 1973: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan makes Cinco de Mayo an annual celebration on campus.

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Spring 1973: Campus Child Development Center opens at Judson Baptist Church, across the street on Avalon Boulevard.

Summer 1973: College offers first program of self-supporting classes.

Fall 1973: Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) building opens with 34 labs, animal rooms, and full greenhouse.

Fall 1973: Division of Management joins the other four schools of the college.

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December 1973: Energy crisis forces college to close central plant on weekends, lower thermostats, reduce lighting, organize carpools.

January 1974: Composer Arthur Cunningham’s rock musical “Ostrich Feathers” holds West Coast premiere on CSCDH campus.

April 1974: Women’s Center opens.

May 8, 1974: Construction begins on Students Health Center, Humanities and Fine Arts buildings.

May 1974: Concerned Veteran’s Organizations introduced on campus.

Spring 1974: First Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teaching Awards presented at commencement to Judson Grenier, professor of history, and Winston Hewitt, professor of French.

Fall 1974: New CSCDH theatre arts program major and minor offered.

October 1, 1974: Vol. 1, No. 1 of Daily Planet, the new student newspaper is published.

October 1974: Kickoff of new CSCDH external degree program is offered in conjunction with CSUC Consortium.

November 1974: Collection of Japanese books and prints from Himimoto Library in Los Angeles goes on display at CSCDH.

February 20, 1975: Activist Stokeley Carmichael speaks on ERC lawn.

April 1975: Collection of rare books on Spanish literature is donated to college by Claretian Fathers of the Placita Los Angeles.

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June 14, 1975: Campus architect A. Quincy Jones speaks at commencement; 25 of 1,150 graduates are from Small College accelerated program.

1975: Dominguez Archives Committee publishes oral history of John Victor Carson, oldest living member of family for whom City of Carson is named.

Enrollment jumps 18.5%; college is fastest growing in state.

Campus Child Development Center moves on campus.

December 3, 1975: President Cain announces he will retire at end of academic year.

January 1976: Oasis, quarterly literary magazine, appears.

March 1976: Ruth O’Donnell of Santa Barbara named as first student to receive diploma in new external degree program in the humanities.

1976: All-weather track, activity field, and baseball diamond completed.

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April 2, 1976: Black education pioneer Dr. Benjamin Mays addresses SRO crowd on campus.

Spring 1976: Somos Estudiantes begins publication; magazine contains poems and essays by Mexican-American students.

May 21, 1976: Trustees name Donald R. Gerth new president of college.

May 1976: CSCDH men’s badminton team wins college’s first national title.

June 11, 1976: President Cain honored by community at retirement banquet in Torrance.

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June 12, 1976: Dr. Cain keynotes commencement; hands out 1,270 diplomas.

July 2, 1976: New Governor Jerry Brown signs budget allocating $4.2 million for new CSCDH gym.

September 20, 1976: President Gerth addresses faculty for first time, promises “listening and dialogue.”

Fall 1976: College feels sting of statewide drop in CSUC enrollment; falls 600 short of projection.

October 11, 1976: Groundbreaking for new gymnasium is held.

October 1976: Bachelor’s degree program in chemistry is CSCDH’s first to gain professional as well as state accreditation.

November 1976: Teacher education program receives professional accreditation.

Rock version of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” presented by Dominguez Players at Playbox Threatre.

Fall 1976: Groundwork laid for CSCDH Alumni Association.

November 1976: Alumna Marilyn Ryan elected to 51st District of State Assembly, becoming one of only five women in Assembly.

December 9, 1976: Angered over dismissal of basketball head coach Al Pompey, students march to President Gerth’s office in protest.

December 28, 1976: President Gerth announces administration reorganization, birth of University College.

January 24-27, 1977: WASC team praises faculty and EOP, renews accreditation; criticizes lack of student union.

February 23, 1977: CSUDH joins nationwide conservation efforts by cutting use of water and lowering temperature in campus buildings.

April 1977: First Alumni Association board elected; John Prosk (Class of 76) named president, and Tony Green (Class of 73), vice president.

June 11, 1977: 1,500 receive degrees at 11th annual commencement; U.S. Commissioner of Education Edward Aguirre speaks on “Equal Rights and Cultural Pluralism: The New American”

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Summer 1977: Humanities and Theatre Arts buildings completed and open; observatory installed on roof of Natural Sciences building.

Fall 1977: Frances Steiner brings Carson City Symphonic Orchestra and CSUDH orchestras together in University Theatre performance; establishes concert tradition.

September 12, 1977: California Postsecondary Education Commission endorses trustees’ action changing California State College, Dominguez Hills to California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Fall 1977: Cross country joins university’s intercollegiate sports program.

September 28, 1977: New CSUDH logo makes appearance in campus newspaper.

November 12, 1977: “My Fair Lady” launches “University Days” festivities at opening of new University Theatre.

Spring 1978: CSUDH is first West Coast university to offer bachelor’s degree in electronic music.

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April 1978: Japanese-American nursery workers, gardeners, landscape contractors, and CSUDH faculty and staff move 60 tons of rock from Ventura County to campus for Japanese Tea Garden substructure.

June 6, 1978: Californians vote overwhelmingly in favor of Prop. 13, limiting property taxes that help fund education.

November 15, 1978: Ribbon cut for new gym and swimming pool.

November 19, 1978: Dedication of Japanese Tea Garden in courtyard.

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Winter, Spring 1979: University survives Prop. 13 cuts with loss of only one faculty position.

February 1979: University proclaims February as Black History Month.

March 1979: Toros win NAIA Division III basketball title in victory over Point Loma Crusaders; Head Coach David Yanai selected as Division II “Coach of the Year.”

April 1979: Dr. Lois Chi, professor of biological sciences, becomes first CSUDH faculty member to win CSU Outstanding Professor Award.

May 20, 1979: Men’s badminton team defeats UCLA; wins National Intercollegiate championship.

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1979: University Foundation becomes university’s principal development institution.

October 4, 1979: County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is first speaker in “Women In…” lecture series sponsored by Women’s Center.

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October 1979: Historical archives of CSU system awarded to campus.



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