Public Colleges and Universities

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ADAMS STATE COLLEGE. Alamosa, Colorado 81102 (303) 589-7011. The Colorado legislature passed a bill in 1921 establishing Adams State Normal School in Alamosa, Colorado. A previous attempt to start the college in 1890 had been vetoed by the governor. The school was named for William "Billy" Adams, a state senator and governor who was instrumental in securing passage of the legislation. A building was constructed in 1924 on sixty-one acres of land donated by W. E. Weldon and J. D. Pilcher. The school was opened on June 15, 1925, with thirteen students and three instructors. Ira Richardson, the first president, served from 1925 to 1950. The first graduation was held on August 25, 1926. In the fall of 1927 there were sixty-three students enrolled. Faculty apartments were built, and the faculty was required to live in them. Two residence halls were erected in 1936; they were demolished in 1970 to provide room for a new library. Rex Gymnasium was added in 1939. The college took part in the Civilian Pilot Training Course during World War II.

Enrollment declined during the war years, with only 4 graduates in 1944, but increased with the influx of veterans in the late 1940s. A graduate program was initiated in 1944. During the administration of Fred J. Plachy ( 1952-1966) many buildings were constructed, including a new student union and the Astronomical Observatory and Planetarium. Enrollment reached a high of about 3,000 students in the early 1970s under John A. Marvel, president from 1966 to 1977. Buildings on the ninety-acre campus include Richard Hall administration building ( 1924), Zacheis Observatory/Planetarium ( 1964), Business and Economics Building, Art Building (former Student Union, 1957), Science and Industrial Arts Building ( 1960), Learning Resources Center ( 1973), Rex Gymnasium ( 1939), College Center ( 1970), Plachy Hall physical education building ( 1965), Education-Social Studies Building ( 1967), faculty residences, married student apartments, and eight student dormitories.

Adams State College is a public, coeducational, residential and commuter college that operates on the semester academic calendar with a summer session.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Notes x
  • A 1
  • B 43
  • C 59
  • D 151
  • E 161
  • F 181
  • G 209
  • H 241
  • I 253
  • J 289
  • K 297
  • L 317
  • M 349
  • N 449
  • O 601
  • P 635
  • Q 651
  • R 653
  • S 669
  • T 733
  • U 799
  • W 833
  • Y 911
  • Appendix 1: Years Founded 915
  • Appendix 2: Location by States 939
  • Appendix 3: Land-Grant Institutions 955
  • Appendix 4: Specialized Institutions 957
  • Index 961
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