40th Anniversary

40 Moments, 40 Years

40 Great Moments
  • 1946 - Indiana University President Herman B. Wells and Earlham College President Thomas C. Jones create the Earlham College – Indiana University Extension Center in Richmond. The center was housed in Carpenter Hall. Thirteen students enroll.
  • 1969 - Eastern Indiana Community College, Inc. forms with the purpose to raise funds for a community college. The group is chaired by F. Wayne Stidham.
  • October 1970 - Indiana University takes administrative control and begins working toward the development of the new campus.
  • 1970 - IU East athletics consisted of club teams since the 1970s until fall 2007.
  • 1971 - On July 1, the Trustees of Indiana University establish IU East as one of seven regional campuses. With funds raised by area citizens, the trustees purchase 225 acres of land in Richmond, Indiana.
  • 1972 - The fall semester after the IU Board of Trustees establish IU East as a regional campus and approve the architect’s drawings of the campus’ first building, Whitewater Hall, enrollment is at 633 students.
  • Spring 1974 - Independent Study Courses were first offered.
  • November 1973 - The first student newspaper is published on November 5, 1973. Janis Hines, a freshman from Winchester, was the winning entry to name the Pioneer Press. She received $10 and a T-shirt. The newspaper was funded by the Student Senate. The first editors were John Antkowiak and Linda Newman.
  • December 1973 - IU East plans its first work-study program, called the "Professional Practice Program."
  • April 1974 - IU East will increase its fees to $30 per year for full-time students. Part-time students will pay $16.
  • April 1974 - The Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) is formed to deal with policies and problems of the faculty.
  • May 1974 - 35 graduates were to participate in commencement; 31 men and 4 women.
  • May 1974 - IU East announces it will add 11 full-time faculty positions to its current staff of 10. There are 53 adjunct faculty.
  • August 26, 1974 - At the beginning of the fall semester, Director Fred Grohsmeyer publishes a Letter from the Director in the Pioneer Press stating "1974-1975 is the year of the move." IU East was eagerly looking forward to the move from Earlham College to the new campus located off U.S. 27.
  • August 1974 - For the first time, students could attend with a full course load during the day. A lack of space while programs were held at Earlham College previously prevented the possibility for students to take classes full-time during the day. Just before the move, IU East rented additional space in order to offer full schedules. Students could still leave campus by 3 p.m. if they were attending full-time.
  • August 1974 - RNs and Licensed Practical Nurses could now receive continuing education units of credit through IU East.
  • Fall 1974 - IU East offered two new certificate programs in Food Service Management and Dietary Assistance. Both certificates took one year to complete.
  • Fall 1974 - Thomas W. Osgood, assistant professor of mathematics, was the first director-programmer of the Computing Services Center when it opened on campus.
  • October 1974 - The construction of Whitewater Hall was 99.9 percent complete.
  • January 8, 1975 - IU East had moved to the new campus and opened its doors for spring registration. Not everything was ready on opening day: the Bookstore was without furnishings and only 40 percent of the parking lot was paved. Students paid a parking fee of 60 cents per credit hour.
  • January 1974 - The IU East men’s basketball team received the school’s first trophy. The team earned second place in the Miami-Middleton Tournament.
  • February 1975 - Enrollment was nearly 1,110.
  • 1975 - Indiana University’s Bicentennial Celebration included the regional campuses. At IU East, special courses were offered and events were held on campus.
  • 1975 - Indiana Vocational Technical College (Ivy Tech) began construction of its first building on the IU East campus in the fall.
  • November 1975 - The first cheerleading squad was formed. There were four members.
  • November 1975 - Tutorial Services began on campus to bring tutors and students together.
  • May 1976 - A women’s softball club is formed.
  • November 1976 - IU East’s first Student Life Committee meets.
  • April 1977 - Sophomore Vikki Porter is the first IU East student accepted to the Indiana University Overseas Study Program. Vikki would study at the University of Madrid in Spain during her junior year (1977-1978).
  • 1983 - IU East may now offer baccalaureate degrees. The campus would have 10 baccalaureate degree options available by 1987.
  • 1999 - IU East switched from the MacIntosh to the Windows platform.
  • Fall 2007 - IU East joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).
  • Fall 2007 - The first varsity teams for IU East as an NAIA participant included men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s golf.
  • Spring 2008 - Rufus the Red Wolf became IU East’s mascot in spring 2008. The Red Wolves were chosen to represent the school’s spirit and energy. The school’s first mascot was the Pioneer.
  • 2008 - Joanne Passet, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of history, received a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship award for the 2008-09 academic year. She used the scholarship to travel to Nha Trang University in Vietnam, where she was based from January to June. While there she traveled extensively in Vietnam, and to Malaysia, Cambodia, and China. She taught English to students at Nha Trang University, located on the coast of the South China Sea, and conducted workshops on American higher education in Nha Trang and Haiphong.
  • May 2009 - Faculty and staff have achieved 95 percent participation during the Campus Campaign 2009, which seeks philanthropic support for outstanding opportunities for scholarship support, innovative programs, exciting cultural and athletic events, and exceptional services to others.
  • August 2009 - IU East’s Class of 2013 is the largest incoming freshman group direct from high school to the university with over 400 new students to the campus, 90 percent directly from high school.
  • October 2009 - IU East hosts a Naming Ceremony for Tom Raper Hall on October 12. The naming ceremony honored the contribution of Tom Raper, former Richmond businessman, in recognition of his commitment of $2.17 million to support the campus. The gift is the largest in IU East’s history.
  • Fall 2010 - IU East is continues to experience record-breaking enrollment growth. Student enrollment (3,365) increased by 15.1 percent. The most credit hours (33,411.5) in IU East’s history were taught, an increase of 15.5 percent over fall 2009.
  • 2011 - Today, IU East has the largest NAIA athletics program of any state school in Indiana. Additional varsity teams since 2007 include men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s golf, and competitive cheer and dance.