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1910-1919

1910-1919
Decade of the "Carlisle Connection." Three State College head football coaches arrived from the famous Carlisle Indian college in Pennsylvania: Frank Shivley, William "Lone Star" Dietz and Gus Welch.

1910
First issue of Alumni publication POWWOW printed.

1911
First "Founder's Day" celebration

1911
Miss Rhoda White named first Dean of Women.

1912
Crimson Circle senior men's honorary established.

1913
President's House completed at cost of $25,000.

1913
First Homecoming held.

1913
College natural history museum named for former regent, Charles R. Conner.

1914
Students Book Corporation -- the 'Bookie" - founded by the Associated Students of the State College of Washington.

1915
President Bryan retires. Runs unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.

1915
Ernest O. Holland appointed president. He has a Ph.D. from Indiana University and was superintendent of schools at Louisville, Ky.

1915
Agriculture research started at Lind in Eastern Washington.

1916
State College football team defeated Brown 14-0 in first annual Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

1916
Auditorium and Library named "E.A. Bryan Hall."

1917
College department system reorganized into five colleges and four schools with deans as administrative heads.

1917
Graduate School created.

1917
Enrollment 2,130, highest between 1910-1919.

1917-19
World War I impacted State College, with units of soldiers training on campus. 41 soldiers died of influenza epidemic.

1919
Professor Harry Chambers named first part-time Alumni Secretary.

1919
State law passed requiring every able-bodied State College student to take at least three years of physical education.

1919
The Cougar is officially adopted as the State College mascot.

         
                         
                         
                         
 

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