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Lewis F. Crawford, President Frank White. Vice President Chas. Brewer. Secretary Dr. I. D. Tavlor
Sentinel Butte Valley City Bismarck Grand Forks
Emil Scow.................................. Bowman
I. A. Power.................................Leonard
ONG AGO, in the days of the Constitutional Convention, someone had a vision of a school to be located in the heart of the Red River Valley which should follow the trend of modern times toward vocational education. So an Academy of Science was located at Wahpeton, with a generous land grant and unlimited possibilities for progress and service.
In 1903 the school opened its doors with a faculty of three members and an enrollment of sixty-two students. In 1905, the Red River Valley University sold its campus, building and equipment to the State School of Science, and the school began operations in its present location. Since that time, new buildings have been erected as needed,—the shops in 1905, Burch Mall, the Chemistry Building and the Power Plant in 1910. and the Gymnasium in 1911. In these modern and well equipped buildings are housed the many courses which have been added from time to time.
It is interesting to note the changes which have been made in the courses of study since the time the school opened. In 1905 four courses were offered,—general science, electrical and mechanical engineering, teachers of science, and medical preparation. Since that time, the courses have broadened and extended until they include industrial and trade courses, such as electrical, steam and gas engineering, wood-working, agriculture, stenography, and Domestic Science; secondary courses, such as the three-year preparatory course and the rural teachers’ course; and a splendid Junior College Course of two years.
Of the teaching faculty, only one has been with us for a full decade,—namely. Professor Carroll I). Clipfell, who began teaching here in 1903. as Professor of Mechanical and Steam Engineering. Miss Lillian Mirick joined the ranks in 1907 as Librarian and instructor in English. E. O. Prather came in 1908 as instructor in Commerce and Business; E. H. McMahon, Professor in English, and H. G. Staton, instructor in Bookkeeping and Arithmetic, in 1909. In 1910. President E. E. Smith became the head of the school. In the same year Hubert Warren was added to the faculty as Director of the Band and Orchestra. In 1912 three changes were made in the faculty; E. H. Jones came to the Biology Department: G. P. Wolf to the Chemistry Department; and Van I. Ward became Athletic Director.
In 1913. M. E. Todd, for Physics and Electrical Engineering: Miss Vera E. Miles as Instructor in Modern Languages; Miss Erances Xuill. as Instructor in Domestic Economy: and Miss Alice Oistad, as Assistant in Domestic Science; Miss Edith Johnson, as Instructor in Stenography and Typewriting, were the new members of the teaching staff. Miss Elsie Kuster was installed in the same year, as Secretary of the Science School. John Ness became instructor in forge work. In 1914 G. C. Morehart came to us as Professor of History and Education. The last additions to our faculty are Miss Mabel Jamieson. Assistant in Stenography and Typewriting, and E. P. Brunner, instructor in Shop Work, who joined us in 1914 and 1915. respectively.
A new statement of the purpose of the school was enacted into law by the legislature of 1907. “The chief object is the training of skilled workmen in the mast practical phases of applied science.” This is the principle which has governed the schaal in producing students who are filled either for further training, or for taking their places immediately in the life of their own community. In June. 1915. the supervision of the school passed, with all other state schools, into the hands of the State Board of Regents. While no immediate changes have resulted from thi' change of control, yet it is certain that even greater efficiency and success will he attained as a natural result of the revised system.
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