1930s

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Events of the 1930s

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1930

September
1 - Three hours of government studies are added to the graduation requirements.

1931

UTEP becomes a liberal arts college as the Regents authorize the college to confer Bachelor of Arts degrees in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree.

July
11 - The Board of Regents, recognizing the need to improve its ad hoc management of the College of Mines, votes to establish a standing committee to oversee the school.

17 - The El Paso School Board approves an appropriation of $50,000, to be paid over two years, in support of the school offering a Bachelor of Arts degree.

31 - John Barry accepts his appointment as president of the College of Mines. Harry Benedict, the president of the University of Texas in Austin and who had previously administered the College, will no longer be involved in its affairs.

August
29 - The U.T. Board of Regents authorize the first B.A. degrees, making the school a regional liberal arts college. Their resolution creates the Division of Arts and Education, which would later become today's Colleges of Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts, and Science. Charles Puckett is appointed dean of the Division of Arts and Education and John Kidd becomes dean of the Division of Mining and Metallurgy (today's College of Engineering).

1932

June
In addition to awarding ten Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering, the College of Mines awards nine Bachelor of Arts degrees.

1933

February
10 - State Senator W.R. Poage introduces a bill to eliminate eight "unnecessary" state schools and colleges, including the Texas College of Mines, as a budget cutting move.

March
9 - The Texas State Senate votes to kill a bill sponsored by Sen. W.R. Poage of Waco that would have abolished TCM and seven other state schools and colleges.

1934

June
To remove a cloud of suspicion from its athletic programs, the College of Mines agrees to follow Border Conference rules. Henceforth, freshmen would no longer be allowed to compete in intercollegiate games.

Despite being opposed by John Kidd's argument in favor of "democratic dress," the College of Mines holds its first processional in full academic regalia. The College awards eight Bachelor of Science degrees and forty-five Bachelor of Arts degrees.

September
The library is relocated to the third floor of Kelly Hall (now Vowell Hall). Access is through an exterior staircase so that students would not disturb classes.

1935

January
The registrar publishes the College's first Honor Roll.

June
20 - Dossie M. Wiggins appointed president.

September
In the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves a grant and loan in the amount of $180,000 for the construction of new dormitories.

Freshmen are required for the first time to participate in physical training.

1936

December
The College of Mines is accepted into the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, an education accreditation organization.

1937

April
The Museum (now Centennial Museum) opens with William S. Strain its first curator.

July
The American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) donates 150 acres of land to the west of the College.

1938

March
10 - Eleanor Roosevelt visits the College of Mines.

September
The College of Mines' campus now encompasses thirteen buildings on 48 acres with 15 acres in reserve, more than doubling its original size of four buildings on 22 acres from twenty years earlier.

1939

June
ASARCO donates a cyanide plant to the College, necessitating an expansion of Seamon Hall.

September
1 - World War II begins following Germany's invasion of Poland.


Sources: Fugate, Frontier College (1964); The Prospector.

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