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VENANGO CAMPUS 25th ANNIVERSARY CLARION UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Oil City, PeaaftylYuU 16501 THE BEGINNING - In the spring of 1961, college enroll- ments were burgeoning. Clarion became the first PA. State College to receive permission to establish a branch campus. Oil City leaders, eager for a higher education facility, launched a successful $350,000 fund campaign and purchased a 62- acre site overlooking the Allegheny River on the West side of town. Construction began July 1, 1961 on a classroom- library building. Director of Admissions Walter Hart is shown with the first student admitted to Venango Campus, Marcia Reagle of Franklin (above, left). With an enrollment of 134 students, classes began in about eight rooms on the second floor of a downtown Oil City building at Sycamore and Seneca Streets (above, right). The faculty of five including Administrative Head (from 1961 to August 1972) Dr. Russell L. V. Morgan (standing at rear left in the photo below) were E. Rupert, N. Donachy, I. Sumner, H. Dennis, G. Wollaston, and N. Shea. The classroom-library building, named for Sen. Richard Frame in 1977, was ready in January 1962.
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As early as 1962 need for more buildings became evident. On June 24, 1965 ground was broken for a dormitory (above) dedicated December 12, 1965 and named for J. G. Montgomery, Jr., a founder and benefactor of Venango Campus. He died in 1982. Built by a private developer to house 200 and never reaching full occupancy, the dorm has not been used since Spring Term 1982. In 1986, after years of legal battles over title to the dorm, it ha s been transferred to Clarion University Foundation for renovation and as an instructional complex and residence hall. In June 1968 the PA. Dept. of Public Instruction reversed its policy that associate degrees be offered only at community colleges and authorized an Associate Degree in Nursing program to fill a special need for nursing education here. The program had been in the planning stages since the early 60 ' s. The first Director of Nursing, Miss Ruth Benfield, was hired in 1969. The first students were admitted to the program in September 1970. The popular nursing education program has grown to include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program begun in January 1982. Both nursing degrees are accredited by the National League for Nursing. Dramatics, along with music, sports, clubs, and social activities have supplemented the curriculum. Above, " The Dark at the Top of the Stairs " directed by Mr. Frank Clark (1981). Despite proper facilities, a music program flourishes. Above, Dr. Rex Mitchell rehearses the campus choir (196768).
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