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  • Collection: USF History Timeline

The USF Sun Dome is inflated and booked for concerts, sporting events, and commencement ceremonies.

For such a young institution, the University of South Florida has a colorful and remarkable history of innovation and growth. Opened as a university bereft of dormitories or athletics, USF has climbed the ranks from obscure upstart to a major player…

The School of Nursing opens.

The Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center opens.

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The first edition of the student newspaper, The Oracle, is published. It replaces the campus edition of the Tampa Daily Times started in September 1960.

The Florida Cabinet approves the name "University of South Florida," in part because it is the southernmost university in the state at the time.

The Florida Cabinet approves a resolution to build the new university on the Fowler Avenue property. At the time, World War II's Henderson Air Field occupied the space. USF would later be built on the practice bombing range just north of the…

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John Allen is named the first president of USF.

Board of Regents approves planning for master's degree program in all four colleges: Education, Liberal Arts, Basic Studies, and Business Administration.

The new Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center opens to the public. As the hub of student life on the USF Tampa campus, the center features an expanded dining center, food court, a 1,200 seat ballroom, meeting spaces and lounges.

Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel pledge $18 million to USF. With the state match, the gift is valued at $34.5 million, the largest gift in USF history. The gift will be used to construct the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions.

The National Science Foundation announces that USF ranks 63rd among the nation's top research universities, according to a survey of federally financed research and development expenditures at universities and colleges in 2006.

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New College in Sarasota joins the state university system and USF Sarasota.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute opens on the USF campus.

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Longtime USF supporters Pam and Les Muma give $25 million, the single largest individual gift in the university's history, to the USF College of Business.

The USF Alumni Association is incorporated.

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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