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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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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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MILES D. McCARTHY SETH A. FESSENDEN Science Faculty Chairman MARY S. REED BARBARA A. HARTSIG Education Education LESTER BEALS LAWRENCE B. deGRAAF Education Social Science The administration and faculty were originally housed in an old science build- ing on the campus of Fullerton Union High School. Classes began in the fall of 1959, on the new Sunny Hills High School campus. The first faculty was composed of Dr. Lester Beak of the education department, Lawrence B. deGraaf of the social science department, Dr. Seth A. Fessenden, the faculty chairman, Dr. Barbara A. Hartsig, of the education department, Dr. Miles D. McCarthy, science, and Mrs. Mary S. Reed, education. Many amusing incidents occurred dur- ing that first year. Dr. Fessenden had the first casualty of the semester when a student fainted in class. Mr. deGraaf ' s first contact with Orange County State College was when approaching the col- lege he was confronted by sawhorses and lumber. He had a daily visitor who wasn ' t a student, but a squeaking mouse! Dr. Beals remembers the happy coffee times and in contrastthe difficulty of getting into the building during the rainy season be- cause of the resulting mud. Muddy shoes were quite common! Mr. Ryan, who came in January, ran the bookstore which was in a former ' darkroom ' . The bookstore started out with a capital of $10.00. In the spring of 1960, during March, the staff moved to the Mahr House, a large Spanish style home at 800 North Cypress. All six faculty had desks and files in one room and the staff consisted of ap- proximately 27 people. The President ' s office was upstairs. Mr. Lyons, the Bus- iness Manager,was in the breakfast room. The heating problem was solved by the burning of trash in the fireplace, and the secretaries along with their many other duties took turns making the coffee and fighting off mosquitoes. They also had a maternity ward for pigeons on the upper story. Vegetables were found in the back yard along with the coke machine, and in the front was a most appreciated rose garden. After a very warm and dry summer, the staff, amidst clouds of dust, moved during the last weeks of August 1960, into new administrative buildings. These would serve as a " temporary " home. 4
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