Bob Allison examines a reading on a
machine in his chemical engineering
class. This instrument, which
seemed so high-tech at the time, was
hopelessly outdated a few years later.
Students learn how to use a brand-
new television camera. All through
the years, the University was
committed to providing its students
with the best equipment possible.
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A group of business students in the
library studies together for a test.
Study groups were a tried and true way
to prepare for midterms, finals, and
A student enjoys a shish kabob as she
takes a break from studying for her
classes. Food was, and always has
been, an integral part of the studying
Some things never change. Classes were still hard, often harder, than they were when the school
was first founded. Some professors still had zany idiosyncracies that drove students crazy.
Everyone spent too much time doing homework, and not enough time having fun. The collegiate
experience was all about learning, however.
The first academic building for the University of Houston was the Roy G. Cullen Memorial
Building, erected in 1927. Shortly after that, the Science Building was added. Others followed as the
school grew larger and more diverse, offering a greater choice of majors and ever-harder classes.
The faculty grew along with the students, making for a comfortable, friendly learning environment
During the fifties and sixties, the university really began to grow, as numerous buildings including University Center, Hoffman Hall, and Science and Research were added to the campus, vastly
expanding the number of classes and the number of students on campus. The university added programs for engineering and music majors, and expanded its liberal arts program.
As the oil boom took off during the 1980 s, the university was recognized amongst the leaders in
the nation as a science, research, and engineering school. Architecture was added as a major, and
the beautiful new Architecture Building was erected to house the new school.
As the twentieth century drew to a close, campus enrollment exceeded 33,000 students, not to
mention a premier faculty with big names like Paul Chu, a pioneer of superconducting materials,
Edward Albee, who wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?" and Michael Economides, a world-
renowned petrochemical engineer. Our school lived up to its motto during the first few years of the
new century: learning and leading.
Matthew E. Caster
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