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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: 1970s

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

1970: Kent State procession

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 10.

On Tuesday, May 5, 1970, more than 500 students marched in a candlelight procession in commemoration of the four students slain by National Guard troops at Kent State University the day before.

1975: Graduate programs added

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 10.

In 1975, Baldwin-Wallace added graduate programs in both education and business administration. 

1977: Computer system bought

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 10.

In 1977, Baldwin-Wallace entered the computer age by allocating $200,000 for the purchase of a Prime Model 400 computer system to serve the academic needs of the College.

1977: Energy crisis

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 10.

Due to reductions in gas allocations in the winter of 1977, the B-W pool was closed and classes moved to Berea High School. Also due to the energy crisis, all intercollegiate sports were cancelled for a short time.

1977: Bob Hope visits

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 11.

Comedian Bob Hope, answering a request from B-W students, came to the campus in June of 1977 to serve as the commencement speaker.

1978: NCAA Division III National Football Championship

Citation: Kieth A. Peppers, 2020.

 

The Yellow Jackets received their first ever NCAA Division III playoff initiation in 1978. BW’s football team was undefeated that season, winning the division title. A tied game against Wittenberg during the OAC Championship was the only hiccup that season. Wittenberg would get their rematch as both rivals would once again face each other for the NCAA Division III title. The rematch was televised on ABC Sports and spectators from across the nation tuned in to watch. Unlike their previous game, the Yellow Jackets soundly beat the Wittenberg Tigers, ending the game with a score of 24-10. The pinnacle of his career, Lee Tressel would be named coach of the year.

1978: B-W begins to offer weekend classes

Citation: Ryan Cross and Debby Vespoli, "Through the Years...," Pursuit, Fall, 1995, vol. 27, no. 1, pg. 11.

To meet a growing adult learner population, the College began to offer weekend college classes in 1978. From an enrollment of 80 students the first year, this program has grown to nearly 600 students today.