Cal State Fullerton - Titan Yearbook (Fullerton, CA)

 - Class of 1961

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President William B. Langsdorf Dean of Instruction Gerhard E. Ehmann " Above all, we want a faculty with broad vision, a concern for students, and the ability to challenge, stimulate, and inspire young, and older, men and women.... " As a faculty we are dedicated to quality. " President William B. Langsdorf depicted Orange County State College as centering around faculty and students in his commence- ment address in June, 1960. It is appropriate that the Titan honor Pres- ident Langsdorf, an outstanding educational leader, who has contributed significantly to- ward the early success of this college. Dr. Langsdorf was called by Dr. Roy Simp- son, state superintendent of public education, on January 16, 1959 to become president of the " new state college to be built in Orange County. " When Dr. Langsdorf, former president of Pasadena City College, arrived in the area on March 2, 1959, to begin his new duties, he found that he was a president without a col- lege, professors, administrators, classrooms or even an office. President Langsdorf made two important appointments which were to start the forma- tion of an outstanding faculty. Dr. Stuart F. McComb was appointed ex- ecutive Dean charged with the responsibility of developing the college ' s building program. Dr. Gerhard E. Ehmann was appointed Dean of Instruction with the responsibility of developing the curriculum and hiring the in- structional staff. The Titan would like also to honor these two men who have provided significant lead- ership in the formative days of this college. Executive Dean Stuart F. McComb 2

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THE TITAN The establishment of Orange County State Col- lege was authorized by the State Legislature in 1957. The master plan called I for a campusto provide for up to 20,000 students by 1980. While this projected enrollment would make this college one of the largest in the world, there are facts to support the long-range planning necessary to pre- pare for a large number of students. Two comprehensive reports on the mounting pop- ulation of Orange County show that this county, the fastest growing in the state, has nearly tripled in pop- ulation since 1950. Nearly 77 per cent of the habit- able land remains availableforfuture urban develop- ment. Public school enrollment isforecastto increase from 143,000 to 520,000 in 1980. The purpose of this yearbook, The Titan, is to re- cord some of the achievements during the first two years of operation of this college. It is hoped that this book will serve as a historical record of the early days and, also, will show some of the achievements and contributions of students and faculty who are helping to build an institution of quality as well as size. Students and faculty can look back on two success- ful years. Certainly the problems associated with growing are present, but there have been some im- pressive steps made and permanent foundations laid for what promises to be a challenging and interesting future. It is the hope of the Titan that this yearbook in some small way will make a contribution, too, to this building for the future. STAFF Published by the Associated Students, Orange County State College EDITOR: Art Johnson MANAGING EDITOR: Alan Shada STAFF MEMBERS: Marian Blythe Ellen Bryant Eleanor A. DeBolt Sue Reilly Dave Sprague a- It takes a lot of thought for a yearbook staff to select a theme idea and to decide on the content of the cover. This year the Titan staff thought the word BUILDING best described what has been going on here for the past two years and what will occur in the immediate future years. This term not only refers to cement, lumber, and nails, butalso to a building of curriculum, student body organizations and activities , and cultural developments. The BUILDING theme is carried out on the cover with a reproduction of plans for what promises to be the biggest building of all, a six-story science structure which will serve asthe college ' sfirstpermanent build- ing upon completion in 1963. ORANGE COUNTY STAT 1

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After President William B. La.ngsdorf appoint- ed Executive Dean Stuart F. McComb and Dean of Instruction Gerhard E. Ehmann, the college began preparations to receive its first students. The three established offices in a building on the Fullerton Union High School campus and began the important job of search- ing for experienced educators to provide the leadership for developing an outstanding faculty. Six faculty members taught the college ' s first classes in buildings on the Sunny Hills High School campus. When these classes opened in September 1959, the first student to register was Anthony Lombard. There were soon 107 full-time students and 352 students who carried a program of seven units or less. Soon students organized as the Associated Students and formed a provisional council steering committee which led to the college ' s first student body officers. They were Joe Stephens, president; Joe Clayes, treasurer; and Betty Buck, secretary. More than 100 students participated in the first social event, a dance held in the La Habra High School gymnasium. The college newspaper, Titan Times, started publication on January 4, 1960, and this helped to inform the students of progress and future activities. Commencement exercises on June 10,1960 highlighted the first year. Candidates for graduation were Faye Z. Corwin, Ryland C. Gibbs, Margaret Opsahl, Shirley Saydman, and Joseph G. Stephens. The group was pre- sented to President Langsdorf by Dr. Seth Fessenden. The college moved to the permanent campus at 800 North Cypress Avenue in Fullerton where construction will start soon on the first permanent building. Temporary buildings were filled in August and the early days of September with equipment --- later in Septem- ber with students. Students were impressed with the ease of registration, and advisementduring the regis- tration period was, in most cases, immediate and complete. The final count of studentswas 1069 for the Fall term. The growth in enroll- ment over the first year was 350%, largest percentage-wise of any state college in Calif- ornia. The science department received research grants of $52,000 for three professors. The department also initiated a series of science seminars which were among the first events held for students on campus. In October students went to the polls a month ahead of the national elections. They elected Bill Raub to lead the Senior Class and Doug Dyer to head the Junior Class. These two officers joined the previously elected student leaders: Joe Moody, student body president; Tony Lombard, vice president; Nancy Speak- man, secretary; and Joe Clayes, treasurer. Plans were started for an Associated Women Students organization and other clubs and activities were planned. Carolyn Bridge was named the first editor of the Titan Times and Don Andersen was chosen managing editor. Coach Alex Omalev welcomed members of his first basketball team to initial practice drills, and members of the college ' s other intercoll- egiate team, forensics, began competition. The first social dance of year was held October 29, and a newly formed service club, the Oracles chose Pierre de Grignon as pres- ident. The college held a successful Open House in November. During the Spring semester, plans were outlined for the three new sports, and the writing of the Constitution took a good share of time. Accomplishments were plentiful the first two years! 3

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