Highlights from the 1980s
“Between now and the year 2001, Cal Poly will see a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary programs, increases in ethnic diversity of the student body, and an explosive growth in new technologies. Our challenge for the future is to adapt creatively to these changes.”
— President Hugh La Bounty
Famed architect Richard Neutra, who had lectured at the college in the 1960s and passed away in 1970, leaves his Silverlake District home to the College of Environmental Design.
The first Graduation Writing Test is scheduled.
About one-third of students receive some form of financial aid.
The new child care facility is completed.
Former Los Angeles Ram quarterback Roman Gabriel takes over as head coach of the football team.
Former First Lady Betty Ford is the keynote speaker at the Women’s Conference.
KCPK, the campus radio station, ceases broadcasting after 20 years.
One-fourth of all students are enrolled in the School of Business Administration.
Fees — not officially called tuition — increase to nearly $800 a year.
The President’s Council Scholars Program is launched. It provides merit-based awards of $500 to four juniors. The award is raised to $1,000 two years later.
Shower head flow restrictors are installed on campus to conserve water.
Work starts on the Voorhis Ecological Reserve on the north end of campus.
ASI has a budget of $393,713.
The Poly Woggen, the campus tram, takes students from Parking Lot F6 to the ENV building on the other end of campus.
“Opus,” the student magazine, is published quarterly.
The library collection consists of 1.2 million items.
March 19, 1984
September 11, 1984
The number of alumni stands at 36,000.
Cal Poly Pomona has the lowest crime rate in the CSU system.
University Village opens.
A new mobile food van travels to the far reaches of campus to serve hot and cold meals and beverages. The Foundation sponsors a contest to name the vehicle. The prize is divided five ways to those who come up with the Poly Trolley.
The 869 telephone prefix goes into operation across campus.
February 25, 1986
September 18, 1986
Enrollment approaches 20,000, with Asians making up more than 20 percent of the figure.
January 4, 1988
January 14, 1988
October 10, 1988
October 17-18, 1988
September 18, 1989