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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: 1950s

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

1953: Tuition is raised

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 7.

In January 1953 President Knight announced tuition would be raised to $12 per credit hour.

1953: Parking violations established

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 7.

In February 1953, the Student Council attacked the "pertinent and pestiferous" problem of parking and voted for the following rules: first violation - warning; second violation - $1 fine; fourth warning $5 and loss of permit to park on campus; fifth violation - suspension from school.

1954 - Chapel Square dedicated

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 7.

Chapel Square was dedicated May 25, 1954 to honor the memory of the men of B-W who died in WWII and the Korean Conflict.

1956: Alfred Bonds becomes president

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 8.

Alfred B. Bonds, Jr. became the first lay president in College history in 1956. He retired 26 years later and became chancellor. He restored economic stability to B-W and, under his administration, 16 new buildings were added to the campus.

1957: Berea Summer Theatre

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 8.

On July 18, 1957, Berea Summer Theatre presented its first play, Hasty Heart by John Patrick. A 1972 BST production of Jacques Brel moved to downtown after its summer run and became the longest running production in Cleveland theatre history.

1958: Lee Tressel becomes football coach

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 8.

Lee Tressel '48, became the Yellow Jacket football coach in 1958. In his 23-year career, cut short by his death in 1981, he compiled a record of 155-52-6.

1958: WBWC Signs On

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.

 

A student-operated radio station on campus was created 1956 with the simple question, “If such a radio station is possible, is there any reason to have one?” The answer being a resounding YES!  Believing effective communication is critically needed between the student body and campus. Assemblies, upcoming events, and breaking news could now be broadcast. A fundraising goal provided the $4,500 for construction and initial operating expenses for WBW FM radio station. Construction of the station began in the Men’s Gymnasium rather than the originally proposed Marting Hall, student workers poured their time and energy into getting the station up and running.

In the end, it all paid off and the call sign “WBWC” was first heard over the airwaves in March, 1958.

1958: Corner Stone of Ritter Library Placed

Citation: “Library Cornerstone Placed,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 26, no. 1 (1959): p. 1.

Corner stone-laying services were held Oct. 18, with Dr. and Mrs. George W. Ritter, for whom the library is named, the honored guests...Work on the library is nearing the completion of the shell and first floor. Approximately $555,000 is on hand with an additional $450,000 still neces­sary before the structure can be com­pleted. 

1958: Kulas Is Completely Renovated

Citation: “Kulas is Completely Renovated,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 26, no. 1 (1959): p. 1.

The major physical improvement took place in Kulas which was com­pletely renovated through a gift of $152,000 by the Kulas Foundation. Total cost, however, ran to almost $253,000, of which about $90,000 is still being sought. 

1958: Marching Band invited to play at World's Fair

Citation: “Marching Band invited to play at World's Fair,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 25, no. 2 (1958): p. 1.

Baldwin-Wallace's Marching Band was honored by the state department with an invitation to represent the United States in the World's Fair at Brussels, Belgium this summer.