1920s

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Events of the 1920s

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1920

March
The first St. Patrick's Celebration takes place. It is used as a rite of initiation for freshman engineering students.

April
27 - The Board of Regents change the name of the Department of Mines, designating it the "College of Mines and Metallurgy." Students continue to refer to the school as the "School of Mines" and "TSM."

July
22 - Dr. Robert E. Vinson, president of the University of Texas, announces that TSM would no longer be allowed to support the College of the City of El Paso through either shared faculty, accommodations, or accreditation.

September
21 - The College of the City of El Paso is formally dissolved. It is replaced by a junior college, which holds classes at El Paso High School. Its initial enrollment is 18 students.

October
27 - The Board of Regents approve the construction of a new dormitory (Kelly Hall, now Vowell Hall).

1921

September
For the first time since it opened, enrollment falls to 93 students from 135 the previous year as students interested in education courses transfer to the new El Paso Junior College.

1922

September
The College of Mines announces its football team would no longer play high school teams.

December
Dean Steve Worrell is granted a personal leave of absence to explore mines in Mexico.

1923

September
Steve H. Worrell resigns.

December
An alumni club is formed.

1925

December
The College of Mines football team wins the Southwestern Championship.

1927

The Board of Regents authorize the College of Mines to offer any courses that can be supported through enrollment, ending the need for a separate junior college in El Paso.

May
30 - The Junior College of El Paso holds its last commencement before closing. The College of Mines receives a budget increase of $100,000 to support additional classes.

July
Kelly Hall, originally built as a dormitory, is converted to classrooms.

August
3 - Charles A. Puckett is appointed Professor of Education and Acting Dean, replacing John W. Kidd.



Sources: Fugate, Frontier College (1964); The Prospector; UTEP Special Collections; UT Austin Briscoe Center

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