1970s

1970
Board opens meetings to the public, makes ASUPS president and Faculty Senate chair ex officio members of Executive Committee, authorizes board chair to appoint student and faculty representatives to board committees.

University changes from semester to 4-1-4 academic calendar.

Interdisciplinary environmental science program begins.

Seward Hall completed, Howarth remodeled.

University joins newly formed NCAA College Division, which later becomes NCAA Division II.

1971
Master of Occupational Therapy degree first offered.

Ceramics building completed.

University buys more houses, doubling the number of houses it owns to 32 (1971-7).

Student body President Tom Leavitt makes first student report at a board meeting.

First grant-development office created.

1972
Board approves Faculty Code.

University of Puget Sound Law School opens in September. First Dean, Joseph Sinclitico, appointed.

Head of public relations and grant development, Dale Bailey, promoted to new position of vice president for university relations. Board creates The Order of Puget Sound award to honor meritorious service by faculty or staff.

Students protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam, request university boycott of companies making war materials.

1973
Thompson retires and is named chancellor. Board elects Philip Phibbs president. Board approves Student Conduct Code and ASUPS Constitution.

Pac Rim program assumes current form (every three years).

Collins Library addition opens. Third floor dedicated to faculty offices "until that space is needed for library use in fifteen to twenty years."

Main campus enrollment 2,910 (full-time equivalent). Board approves plan for Centennial Programs (campaign). Endowment stands at approximately $6 million. Debt is 115 percent of endowment.

1974
Collins Library addition completed.

1975
In State of the University document, President Phibbs lays out rationale that university remain small rather than increase enrollment; improve the quality of the academic program; work to narrow the range of abilities of its students; and increase the number of four-year students (as opposed to transfer students) from 35 percent to 60 percent.

Law School accreditation first denied then approved on appeal.

University fails to reach budgeted enrollment goal for fourth year in a row.

First Gothic Society recognition event.

1976
Faculty adopts core curriculum (goes into effect in 1978-9).

First undergraduate physical therapy class enrolls.

Number of women enrolled (on main campus) exceeds number of men.

Basketball team wins NCAA Division II national championship.

1977
Board sets goal of $45 million for Centennial Campaign (1974-1988). President Phibbs creates Budget Task Force as advisory body to develop budget.

KUPS first begins to broadcast (April).

University hires its first full-time chaplain, K. James Davis (August). Previously, faculty or others had fulfilled chaplain duties part-time.

1978
Bradley Severtson becomes first Puget Sound Rhodes Scholar. Ellen Danes becomes first Fulbright Scholar.

Facing deadline from accrediting agency, board votes to locate Law School in existing buildings in downtown Tacoma rather than on campus.

Fieldhouse renovated.

$45 million Centennial Campaign announced with $8.45 million raised ($6.75 million from trustees). Bursar Ray Bell promoted to new position of financial vice president.

1979
University re-accredited by Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

Professor of English Michael Curley first professor to receive American Council of Learned Societies fellowship.

Phibbs institutes Fireside Dinners.

Cost estimates for Law School exceeds budgeted funds by $660,000 (13%). Facing possible loss of accreditation, board proceeds with project.

J.D. Shotwell Company donates all-weather track at Baker Stadium.

Community Music Program created.