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National University, 1941–1970

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December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Naval Station attacked; United States
     enters World War II
War depletes civilian enrollment, military training schools prepare 10,000
     recruits and reserves


President Alfred H. Upham dies in office; A. K. Morris, acting president,


Ernest H. Hahne (1946–52) assumes the presidency; "Veterans' Village"
     ("Vetville") erected
Graduate School established as a separate academic division


John E. Dolibois named executive secretary of Miami Alumni Association


Reid Hall residence for men, Rowan Hall Naval ROTC building constructed
Upham Hall center section (humanities) constructed; north wing, 1950, and
     south wing, 1965 (natural sciences)


WMUB FM Radio founded


President Hahne dies; Clarence W. Kreger, acting president, 1952–53
Billings Natatorium, Collins and McBride residence halls constructed;
     Tallawanda Hall (1908) acquired


John D. Millett (1953–64) assumes the presidency


East Dining Hall (later "East End") constructed by Armco Steel with two
     cafeteria lines to serve 700


Porter residence hall, Administration Building (later Roudebush Hall)


Work begins on Dennison (1958), Center (later MacCracken, 1961), Scott
     (1957) residence halls
University Center (later Phillip R. Shriver Center) constructed


Sesquicentennial celebration year, 1958–59; Old Main (old Harrison Hall)
Walter Havighurst publishes The Miami Years (revised 1969 and 1984)
Hiestand Hall (School of Fine Arts), Miami Manor (married student housing)


School of Applied Science founded; Dean of Educational Services created
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks at Miami Field; Martin Luther King, Jr.
     speaks in University Center
McGuffey House (1833) acquired for museum; designated National Historic
     Landmark, 1966
Bishop Memorial Gates; Sesquicentennial Chapel; Brandon, Dennison north
     wing, McFarland residence halls constructed
February 17, "Sesquicentennial Convocation" marks Miami's first formal
     Charter Day
Laws Hall (business administration), Williams Hall (WMUB studios,
     communication) constructed


Harrison Hall (social sciences) on site of Old Main, John W. Browne Stables


Anderson, Dodds, Stanton, MacCracken (addition) residence halls; Harris,
     Erickson dining halls constructed
Culler Hall (natural sciences) constructed


Edwin Fulwider's Biography of a University mural created for University Center
     Heritage Room
Delta Delta Delta Sundial constructed
Dorsey, Minnich residence halls; Warfield Hall (Student Affairs) constructed
Phillips Hall (physical education), MacMillan Hospital center wing constructed


John D. Millett resigns presidency, named first chancellor of Ohio Board of
Mississippi Summer Project student volunteers train on Western College


Phillip R. Shriver (1965–81) assumes the presidency


Miami University Middletown founded
Flower, Hahne residence halls; King Library phase one constructed


Shideler Hall (geography and geology), Murstein Alumni Center constructed


Miami University Hamilton founded
Miami European Center (named for John E. Dolibois, 1988), opened
Benton Hall (psychology), Millett Hall (assembly hall, sports arena)


Institute for Environmental Sciences founded
McGuffey Laboratory School, Center for Performing Arts (theatre and music)
Emerson and Morris residence halls constructed


Tappan residence hall, Hughes Laboratories (chemistry) constructed
April 15, Rowan Hall occupied by war protesters and Black Student Action
     Association, 176 arrested
April 16, strike called, Oxford Campus; May 4, four students killed by
     National Guard at Kent State University
May 7, President Shriver closes Oxford campus; reopens May 17

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