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  • Collection: USF History Timeline

USF President Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steve Greenbaum, donate $1 million to create the new Genshaft/Greenbaum Passport Scholars Fund, which provides financial support to USF students who want to study abroad.

The Colleges of Arts & Letters, Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences are merged into a new college: the College of Arts and Sciences. CAS becomes the largest college on the USF campus.

The College of Basic Studies is dissolved and the College of Liberal Arts is split into four new colleges: the College of Arts & Letters, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts. The CBS acts as a community college within USF,…

When the state cuts dormitory funding, USF launches its first campaign, "Dollars for Dorms," which raises $80,000. The first community involvement with the university, it teamed up with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in a historic grassroots…

First commencement ceremonies are held on December 22, 1963 with 326 degrees conferred.

USF Sarasota-Manatee holds its first day of classes on its new campus.

First doctoral degree conferred to Joseph Houbrick, a student of biology and marine science.

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity becomes the first Greek organization on campus. It went national with four more fraternities and three sororities early in the month.

USF plays its first intercollegiate sports event, defeating Florida Southern's men's soccer team.

USF becomes the nation's first university to offer a Ph.D. in applied anthropology.

USF's baseball team wins its first Sun Belt championship.

USF becomes the first university in the country to strike an accord with the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer special services for veterans taking advantage of the new GI Bill, called The Office of Veteran Services on Campus.

The first USF basketball game is played against the University of Florida at Curtis Hixon Hall. USF wins 85-78.

The Florida Legislature transfers the Florida Mental Health Institute from the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to the University of South Florida (Chapter 81-206, Laws of Florida).

USF gets full accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Graduate school is created.

Florida Governor LeRoy Collins sinks a spade into a sandy USF campus at the groundbreaking ceremony. Construction has already begun on campus and occurs in the background of the event.
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