WSU History

1910-1919

The decade of the "Carlisle Connection." Three State College head football coaches arrived from the famous Carlisle Indian college in Pennsylvania: Frank Shivley, William "Lone Star" Dietz and Gus Welch.

1910 
First issue of Alumni publication POWWOW printed.

1911 
First "Founder's Day" celebration

1911 
Miss Rhoda White named first Dean of Women.

1912 
Crimson Circle senior men's honorary established.

1913 
President's House completed at cost of $25,000.

1913 
First Homecoming held.

1913 
College natural history museum named for former regent, Charles R. Conner.

1914 
Students Book Corporation -- the 'Bookie" - founded by the Associated Students of the State College of Washington.

1915 
President Bryan retires. Runs unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.

1915 
Ernest O. Holland appointed president. He has a Ph.D. from Indiana University and was superintendent of schools at Louisville, Ky.

1915 
Agriculture research started at Lind in Eastern Washington.

1916
State College football team defeated Brown 14-0 in first annual Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

1916 
Auditorium and Library named "E.A. Bryan Hall."

1917 
College department system reorganized into five colleges and four schools with deans as administrative heads.

1917 
Graduate School created.

1917 
Enrollment 2,130, highest between 1910-1919.

1917-19 
World War I impacted State College, with units of soldiers training on campus. 41 soldiers died of influenza epidemic.

1919 
Professor Harry Chambers named first part-time Alumni Secretary.

1919
State law passed requiring every able-bodied State College student to take at least three years of physical education.

1919
The Cougar is officially adopted as the State College mascot.

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