UT Tyler 40th Anniversary
- UT Tyler students approve recreational facility fee for Herrington Patriot Center.
- UT Tyler begins participation in on-line master of business administration degree program. The program is offered through The University of Texas TeleCampus.
- UT Tyler Longview University Center opens.
- Ralph and Mary John Spence Fountain dedicated.
- UT Tyler Celia and Sam Roosth Endowed Chair of Education established.
- UT Tyler announces academic reorganization.
- UT Tyler announces plans to implement intercollegiate athletics program. Appoints athletic director and begins competing in NCAA Division III with men’s and women’s tennis program.
- UT Tyler Riter Millennium Carillon Tower and Plaza completed. With 57 bells, it is the largest carillon in Texas and one of the 20 largest in the nation.
- UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center celebrates fifth anniversary season.
- Groundbreaking ceremony for Herrington Patriot Center. The 86,000 square-foot facility houses classrooms and faculty offices, indoor jogging/walking track, raquetball courts, fitness equipment and free-weight area, outdoor swimming pool and gymnasium/convocation area with volleyball and basketball courts.
- Groundbreaking ceremony for David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building. The over 30,000 square-foot facility will house classrooms and faculty offices, classrooms, student lounge area, conference room, study labs, computer labs, nursing skills labs and faculty offices. The high-tech classrooms are equipped for interactive television (ITV) broadcasting to and from other sites.
- University recognized in Associated Press news report as providing its students with the best opportunity to study with full-time professors -- rather than graduate assistants or adjuncts -- compared to all other public universities in the state.
- Largest fall (4,235) and spring (3,807) enrollments to date.
- Louise Herrington Patriot Center opens.
- David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building opens.
- Athletic program begin NCAA provisional membership
- College of Engineering is accredited by ABET. (The civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.)
- Braithwaite Endowed Faculty Chair established.
- Patriot Village student apartments open – second student housing facility.
- Construction begins on Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex and Ornelas Residence Hall.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves planning of university’s first two Ph.D. programs (nursing and human resource development).
- Construction begins on new facility for UT Health Clinic, owned and operated by the UT Health Science Center at Tyler and serving UT Tyler students and employees.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorizes the planning of first two Ph.D. programs (nursing and human resource development).
- Civil engineering program begins.
- First sororities (Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Chi Omega) implemented.
- UT Tyler Ballpark and Irwin Baseball Field opens.
- Largest commencement to date (607 candidates).
- University of Texas Health Clinic opens in temporary facility.
- Texas Legislature authorizes Tuition Revenue Bond funds to complete South Building of Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex and construct a new Palestine Campus facility.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Ornelas Residence Hall opens.
- Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex South Building opens.
- Civil and environmental engineering degree programs begin.
- Construction management and nurse practitioner degree programs begin.
- University becomes full member of NCAA.
- Higher Education Coordinating Board approves UT Tyler’s first Ph.D. program (nursing).
- First nursing Ph.D. students enroll in fall semester.
- University Center addition opens.
- UT Tyler reaches another record fall enrollment with 6,234 headcount.
- Renovated University Center opens.
- Dr. Lee Roy and Lucy Mathis Hall opens on the Palestine Campus.
- UT Tyler’s second president, Dr. George F. Hamm, dies on Oct. 10 in Tyler. He was 79.