UC Davis University Timeline
|1907||Research and teaching in entomology begins||First public event, October: State Farmers Institute|
|1908||Arthur Cleghorn, Principal (1908-1910)||First courses offered||First farmer’s short courses in fall.|
5 University students;
Short course attendance: 125.
|January opening of Farm School.|
First Picnic Day, May 22; more than 2,200 people attend.
|Leroy Anderson, Superintendent (1910-1913)||UC President Benjamin Wheeler and Stanford President David Starr Jordan speak at Picnic Day.|
Capon Club founded.
Yearbook, Agricola (later El Rodeo) published.
First four graduates of the Farm School.
Associated Students of University Farm established.
Estimated school costs for 8 months: $250.
|Students assume responsibility for Picnic Day.|
Farm School admission age raised to 18.
Students build their own track.
Phi Alpha Iota founded.
|Hubert Van Norman named director of University Farm (1913-1919).||College of Agriculture reorganized. |
Dean Thomas Hunt.
|Ministers’ Week with more than 700 ministers attending.|
First University-owned automobile: Ford Model T bought for Dean’s use.
First women students, spring semester.
First boys’ Agricultural Club convocation at Davis.
|Smith-Lever Act establishes Agricultural extension Service.|
Weekly newspaper, The Weekly Agricola, published (September 29, 1915 to May 10, 1916)
|Vegetable Crops Department established||Opening of all-weather road to Sacramento.|
The Weekly Agricola renamed University Farm Agricola (September 22, 1916 to November 15, 1922).
Agricola (yearbook) renamed Farm Rodeo.
|UC takes majority of awards at Chicago International Livestock Show.|
|America enters WW I in April; enrollments fall precipitously.|
Smith-Hughes Act establishes vocational agricultural education in high schools.
Harry & I at the University Farm published.
Women admitted to Farm School.
|Food Science & Technology Department established; Beginnings of ag teacher training at Davis.||Major tractor and implement show at the University Farm.Flu outbreak on campus.Armistice signed, World War I ends.|
Disabled veterans receive vocational training at University Farm.
Enrollment reaches nearly 600, including Australian soldiers.
Kappa Tau (became Alpha Gamma Rho)
Beta Phi (established in 1919, chartered in 1920)
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|Thomas Tavernetti, Acting Dean (1919-1921)||Courses in winemaking at Berkeley dropped, but viticulture continues at Davis.||Prohibition starts with passage of 18th Amendment.|
|College of Agriculture faculty study reorganization of curriculum.||Financial problems at the University.|
Agricultural groups meet with the Regents to appeal for better conditions at the University Farm.
UC livestock win trophies at Chicago International Livestock Show
|College of Agriculture begins internal reorganization.||Legislature appoints Special Commission on Agricultural Education|
Four-year degree work initiated at Davis.Students officially adopt “Honor Spirit.”
University Farm Agricola renamed California Aggie.Golden Egg Club established.
Horticultural Round Table established.
Blue and Gold Dairy Club established.Golden Hoof Club established.
|Claude Hutchison, Director (1922-1925)|
Faculty doubles in size.
|University Farm becomes Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture, 4-year undergraduate program offered|
Farm School starts 2-year nondegree curriculum
Landscape Horticulture Department established
|UC livestock Judging team successfully competes at Portland International Livestock Show.|
Cosmopolitan Club established (later called International Forum).
|Departments of Botany and Chemistry established.|
Library: collection contained 2,000 volumes.
The name Mustangs is associated with the football team (California Aggie, October 21).
|Walter Howard becomes director (1925-1937)||Military Science Department established||Graduate instruction begins with 12 students working in conjunction with Berkeley.|
Far West Conference organized for intercollegiate sports.
|Agricultural Engineering program established|
Zoology Department established
|Frederick L. Griffin becomes superintendent of nondegree instruction (1925-1954).||Mathematics and Physics Department established|
Plant pathology Department established
Farm Rodeo (yearbook) renamed El Rodeo.
|Celeste Turner (Wright) becomes first regular woman faculty member and first Ph.D. in humanities at Davis.|
Marching band formed (Paul Dozier-President, Embert Bond-vice president, George Winters-librarian, Martin Liljedahl-secretary, Leon Milsner-business manager.
Football team wins Far Western Championship
Sorority established: Tau Kappa
|Director Howard goes to England||Robert Sproul becomes UC President||Snowstorm blankets campus; first snow since 1916.|
Aggie Judging Team takes first place at Pacific International Livestock Show in Portland.
Boxing team wins Pacific Coast Intercollegiate competition (coached by ranch foreman, Heine Sevier).
Marching band: Dick Jones-Librarian
|Pomology Department moved from Berkeley to Davis|
Female students on campus organize the Cal Aggie Women’s Association.
|Viticulture & Enology moved to Davis|
|Knowles Ryerson (1937-1952) becomes Director|
Cal Aggie Mustangs basketball team wins Far Western Conference Championship.
Marching band: Perry Miller became first drum major.
|I.F. “Crip” Toomey, former football coach, appointed first athletic director.||Campus renamed the College of Agriculture at Davis, and is organized into four major programs:|
Animal Production, Plant Production, Dairy Industry, and Home Economics.
Women students increase to 168.
Davis football team defeats Berkeley varsity team.
Basketball team again wins Far Western Conference Championship.
Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major, Bing Taylor-manager
Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major, Martin Glashoff-manager
|Division of Chemistry holds first patents for entire University.|
Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major
|California Legislature authorizes the establishment of a school of veterinary medicine.|
Marching band: Mary Jeanne Gilhooly-drum major
|First Faculty Research Lecture Award.||Four-year degree program offered in Home Economics.|
|Instruction discontinued, campus becomes training school for Army Signal Corps (Camp Kohler).|
|Animal Breeding Genetics established|
|Non-degree courses resume in March; degree programs resume in October.|
Veterans flock back to college.
Marching band: Evelyn Rowe-drum major
|School of Veterinary Medicine established.|
Plant Pathology major introduced.
Library: became State documents selective repository.
Two-thirds of the students are war veterans.
Memorial Union fund drive launched.
Marching band: Evelyn Rowe-drum major
|Division of Physical Education created with five instructors.||Committee on Scholarships and Prizes appointed.|
First four-year graduation ceremonies at Davis, 300 receive degrees.
Marching band: Don Verrue-president, Hap Reeves-secretary, Ric Pearson-manager, Evelyn Rowe-drum major
|Groundbreaking for Veterinary Medicine building in April; 42 students enter in the fall.||Bixby Work-Learn Program begins with $250,000 grant.The Strayer Report on higher education in California completed.|
The Walker Report details the expansion of Davis and Riverside.
Aggie Mustangs win triple crown in the Spring Far Western Conference, taking championships in swimming, boxing and track.
Marching band: Henry Metsler-manager, Evelyn Rowe-drum major
First Ph.D. in Botany conferred.
Marching band: Don McClure-first student director, Curt Storr-drum major
|Genetics Department established||Population of City of Davis is 3,557|
University Chorus formed.
|College of Letters and Science established with five departments offering bachelor’s degree.|
College of Agriculture established independent of Berkeley.
Mathematics Department established.
Poultry Department moved to Davis.
80,000 volumes in the Library.
University Concert Band formed.
First Vet. Med. graduates.
|Stanley Freeborn (1952-1958) named Provost of Davis campus|
First faculty appointments in L&S
|Geology Department established|
History Department established
Physics Department established
Agricultural Economics Department established
First graduate degrees awarded at Davis awarded.
|First Masters program in water science and engineering in the nation|
|Soils and plant nutrition programs moved from Berkeley to Davis.|
|Economics Department established||Regents approve master plan for UCD growth to 5,000 students.|
|Graduate degrees offered in Home Economics|
University Symphony founded.
|Provost Freeborn (1958-1959) named first Chancellor.||Departments of Art and Music established|
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics established
.Philosophy and Sociology Departments established
|Emil Mrak (1959-1969) named second Chancellor.||Electron microscope laboratory established||Regents declare UC Davis is a general campus with authority to add new majors, schools|
and colleges and expand its graduate programs.
|Education Department established|
Political Science Department established
University Arboretum established
|Graduate Division established|
Dramatic Art and Speech Department established
College of Engineering established
|Institute of Governmental Affairs established|
Agricultural Toxicology Laboratory established
National Center for Primate Biology established.
|School of Law established|
Anthropology Department established
Geography Department established
Soils & Plant Nutrition Department established separately at Davis
Agricultural History Center established
Computer Center established
Fine Arts & Museology Laboratory established
Food Protection & Toxicology Center established
International Agriculture Center established
|Crocker Nuclear Laboratory established|
Institute of Ecology established
Radiobiology Laboratory established
French and Italian Department established
German & Russian Department established
Spanish & Classics Department established
|1968||Undergraduate: 8, 296|
|1972||Undergraduate: 10, 924|