Timeline of the Pitt-Greensburg campus

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A summary of the history of the University of Pittsburgh's campus in Greensburg and Hempfield:

• 1962: Chancellor Edward H. Litchfield announced the University of Pittsburgh would establish a two-year college at Greensburg. Albert B. Smith was appointed the first president of that campus.

• 1963: The university announced the campus would be located in a former city school administration building, the Vogle building, on North Maple Avenue with additional space in the Ramsay Building on North Main. The campus began operating with a class of 56 full-time day students and 156 part-time evening students.

• 1964: The Charles McKenna Lynch estate, known as Starboard Light, was purchased as a permanent site. After extensive remodeling, Lynch Hall opened in 1967. The campus had two sites: one on Mount Pleasant Road and one in downtown Greensburg.

• 1969: Enrollment reached 350 full-time and 650 part-time students.

• 1974: Construction of multi-purpose and science buildings began.

• 1975: Powers Hall was dedicated.

• 1976: The pool house was converted into the student activities center, McKenna Hall. Smith Hall was dedicated May 17, 1977.

• 1970s: The first four-year degree programs were implemented in management, administration of justice, humanities and social sciences, followed by political science, English and psychology in 1977.

• 1969-70: The first basketball team was created.

• 1996-80: George F. Chambers served as president.

• 1980: 25 students were the first to complete four years of coursework at the campus, which offered courses in seven programs. Their degrees were awarded by the College of General Studies.

• 1982: Tanglewood Apartments was purchased, refurbished and renamed University Court.

• 1983: Four-year programs in applied mathematics, biology and natural sciences were added.

• 1984: Enrollment increased to 820 full-time and 610 part-time students.

• 1987-96: A faculty office building, student center, the Millstein Library and two dormitories were built.

• 1988: Groundbreaking was held for a 40,000-square-foot student center. It opened in August 1989, housing a dining room, snack bar, lounge area, gymnasium, squash and racquet ball courts, running track, weight room, student affairs office, health center and campus book store. The center was renamed Chambers Hall in 1997. Pitt's board of trustees assigned degree-granting status to the campus. A nine-acre site was donated by the Ridilla family of Latrobe for an athletic field.

• 1989: A 22,000-square-foot residence hall was built.

• April 1989: The first graduation ceremony took place at the Sheraton Inn-Greensburg for 142 graduates.

• 1990: Groundbreaking was ehld for the Millstein Library. The 52,000-square-foot structure would house 130,000 volumes, a state-of-the-art distance learning center, a computer lab, student study rooms, the audio-visual department, and offices of the registrar, admissions/financial aid and the business office.

• 1996: 1,200 full-time and 300 part-time students were enrolled, and College Hall, a second residence hall for 106 students, was dedicated.

• 1997: Frank A. Cassell became third president.

• 1998: Ferguson Theater in Smith Hall was refurbished to accommodate theater productions. The former residence of Mary Lynch Quinn, a 1.5-acre property and buildings, was purchased and in August 1999 was renamed Rossetti House for International Studies.

• 1999: A new security office at Smith Hall was opened. Humanities Academic Village, including three garden-style apartments, was dedicated.

• 2002: Fall term welcomed 1,660 full-time and 210 part-time students, and Pitt-Greensburg became an official member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference NCAA Division III Conference. There are currently 12 Intercollegiate NCAA Division III varsity teams for men and women.

• 2006: Westmoreland Hall, an apartment residence, was built.

• 2007: Sharon P. Smith was named president, the fourth president and the first woman president. The Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center was built.

• 2008: A major in chemistry was offered.

• 2010: Pitt-Greensburg approved by the state to add majors in early childhood education and secondary education. Ribbon cutting held for renovations to Millstein Library, including psychology labs.

• 2012: A new softball field was dedicated. Frank A. Cassell Hall opened in fall. Enrollment consisted of 1,737 full-time and 131 part-time students, with 299 eligible graduates and more than 600 resident students. More than 50 clubs and organizations and 24 baccalaureate degree programs and 19 minors are offered.

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