Wednesday, January 27, 2010
This year, SC State University was among more than 100 public colleges and universities in all 50 states that contributed to the 2010 City University of New York’s (CUNY) calendar, website and curriculum project by sharing historic images and milestones from their own past.
Entitled “Investing in Futures: Public Higher Education in America,” the 2010 calendar project is the sixth such collaboration, bringing together CUNY, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives and The New York Times Knowledge Network, with support provided by founding sponsors JPMorgan Chase and the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF).
SC State’s historic image, which dates back to 1916, will appear in Feb. 2010, the month highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in the United States.
The photograph depicts students at the Colored, Normal, Industrial, Agricultural and Mechanical College of South Carolina (now SC State University) in Orangeburg, S.C., operating a new electrical generator within the power plant of Industrial Hall.
Built in 1902 entirely by student labor, Industrial Hall, also known as the Men’s Trade Building, was a two-story brick building that housed industrial arts departments.
A notable feature of the building was its attached bell, used to let students know the time of day. Industrial Hall remained a part of the campus landscape until 1940.
“To have an image selected from our archives for national publication is an honor and privilege and will help in sharing information to the public about the treasures of our rich heritage,” said Adrienne Webber, dean of the Miller F. Whittaker Library at SC State. “This photograph is only one of many images that will become a part of our digital collection that shows the significant cultural and historical role that SC State played in public education in South Carolina and the United States.”
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, which produced the calendar, is housed at CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College in Queens, N.Y.
“We are particularly enthused about this year’s calendar which underscores our country’s historic commitment to advanced learning and the importance of a strong system of public colleges and universities to America’s social and economic well-being,” said Craig Dunn, The New York Times Education Partnerships Manager. “Its launch reinforces President Obama’s recent announcement of the American Graduation Initiative and funding for community colleges,” continued Dunn.
To view the Investing in Futures calendar/curricula website, visit www.cuny.edu/publichighered.