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Growing into a Regional player

1968

  • Babson launches the first phase of its new five-year Master Plan.
  • Babson becomes co-educational in October. Anne McCormick and Sandra Adams become the first women in the undergraduate program, both earning their B.S.B.A.s in 1970
  • In September Babson adopts a 12 point grading scale.

1969

  • Babson Institute becomes Babson College (See Chapter 5 From Institute to College in Continuity and Change ) on April 25th.
  • Carolyn Levosky, MBA, becomes the first woman to receive a degree at Babson College.
  • Babson College has its first sophomore class.
  • Former President Carl Smith dies on October 16th.
  • The undergraduate summer school begins.

1970

  • The Midwest Institute of Business Administration, originally Utopia College, closes its doors. Its hometown is accessible online at History of Greenwood County.
  • Ina Mae Harmon becomes the first Black woman to receive a degree at Babson College, completing her MBA in December.
  • Babson's Black Society is formed.
  • The first issue of the Babson Free Press is published on October 1st.

1971

  • Canfield Hall and Keith Hall are dedicated on October 2nd.
  • Babson College is granted authority to grant a Bachelor of Science "without specification" on March 3rd.
  • WRWB radio goes on the air.
  • The earliest record of the "Editor's Wastebasket" and "flashing" occurs in the September 8th issue of the Babson Free Press.

1972

  • Frances Burgess retires after 49 years as secretary to Presidents of Babson.
  • Babson College offers its first graduate course in entrepreneurship.
  • School for Executive Education is founded.

1973

  • Gerber Hall and Babson Hall are constructed in the first phase of the the "Educational Center."
  • Cheryl Williams is elected the first female class president.
  • Debra Amidon becomes the first female Dean (Student Affairs).
  • Craig St. Armour (BS 1975) becomes the first Babson All-American winning for swimming three years running.
  • The B.S.B.A. is last offered for the May Commencement. Henceforth the undergraduate degree is an unrestricted BS.
  • The Beaver Brau is established by an October 13th vote of the Board of Trustees.

1974

  • Henry Kriebel retires. Harvard Business School Marketing Professor Ralph Zellar Sorenson becomes Babson's 7th President on September 1st. His inauguration is October 10th.
  • McCullough Hall is dedicated on November 13th.
  • Babson College's first pub, the Beaver Brau, opens in the basement of Coleman Hall on April 4th.

1975

  • Babson's original Administration Building is named in honor of Edith Babson Webber Mustard on December 15th.
  • The Babson International Student Organization (BISO) is organized.
  • The men's soccer team wins Babson's first NCAA title.

1976

  • Kriebel Hall is dedicated on November 13th.
  • Elizabeth McCarthy becomes the first female Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper.
  • Virginia Harrison retires after 17 years as Curator of the Grace K. Babson Collection of the Works of Sir Isaac Newton.

1977

  • Margaret Weinblatt becomes the first woman to receive tenure at Babson College.
  • The Babson Alumni Magazine does a feature on computers.
  • Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is founded.

1978

  • Center for Entrepreneurial Studies founded. See the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • In April Babson College established its first endowed chair called the Paul T. Babson Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Berry Gordy, Soichiro Honda, Ray Kroc, Royal Little, and Kenneth Olsen are the first inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • Babson College's Writing Center opens in the fall with Professor Kathleen Kelly as its first director.
  • Babson College first tries "flex time" in the summer.

1979

  • Diane Von Furstenberg becomes the first female member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. This class includes Byung-Chull Lee, John Erik Jonsson, John H. Johnson, and Thomas Mellon Evans.
  • The men's soccer team won its second NCAA title.
  • Babson offers its first undergraduate major in entrepreneurship.
  • This is the last year that "The Cave" was occupied.

1980

  • President Sorenson offers his resignation effective June 1981.
  • The undergraduate program is accredited by the AACSB (American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business) effective June 13th.
  • Babson College repeats as Division III Men's Soccer Champions.
  • Horn Library, named to honor the memory of Charles Lilley Horn of the F. W. Olin Foundation, is dedicated on October 18th.
  • Pietz Hall is opened.
  • The third class of inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs consists of Lewis E. Lehrman, Mary Wells Lawrence, Mary Hudson, and J. Peter Grace.
  • The Babson Players present Pippin.

1981

  • William Rankin Dill, Dean of New York University's Graduate School of Business, is inaugurated as Babson's 8th President October 2nd.
  • Tomasso Hall, the renovated Sir Isaac Newton Library, is dedicated to honor Angelo Tomasso, father of Victor F. Tomasso (B.S.B.A. 1951).
  • Babson Players perform Guys and Dolls April 2-4.
  • The Graduate Program is accredited by the AACSB effective May 6th.
  • The former "Spear and Staff Building" opens as the new Alumni Hall.
  • Bennett E. Bidwell, Charles J. McCarthym and Richard M. Nichols are awarded the first Babson Medals. The Babson Medal is awarded to distinguished alumni and friends in recognition of leadership and/or contributions to the College, th community, their profession, or some combination of the above.
  • Walter H. Carpenter, Jr., long-time faculty member and former Dean of Faculty, dies on October 13th.
  • Gustavo A. Cisneros, Undergraduate Class of 1968, becomes the first Babson graduate to be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. This class includes An Wang, Marcus Walenberg, and Franklin P. Perdue.
  • Executive-in-Residence program begins with Al Ries as the first in residence.

1982

  • North Hill is leased to Life Care Services, Inc. for fifty years.
  • Former Babson Bulletin editor Frances Dalton wins the first Carpenter Prize. This annual prize is awarded to employees in recognition of outstanding service to the College and community.
  • Wally Amos, William C. Norris, and Carl G. Sonthemier are this year's new inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Dry Dock snack bar is rebuilt and renamed The Exchange.

1983

  • The Certification Program in Advanced Management Studies begins.
  • A Commencement tradition, "That Special Goodbye," is given for the first time. (Thank you Mr. Bishop.)
  • Esther Buffler is the first Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet performing on February 24th.
  • The Babson Players perform Once Upon A Mattress and M.A.S.H.
  • Clinton Petersen, Professor of Accounting, is the second winner of the Carpenter Prize.
  • The 1983 class of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs consists of Frederick W. Smith, Sidney R. Rabb, Frederick C. Hamilton (B.S.B.A. 1948), and Nolan K. Bushnell.

1984

  • Babson Players perform Hello Dolly in April.
  • Women's Field Hockey becomes a varsity sport.
  • Men's Ice Hockey wins its first NCAA title.
  • Undergraduate students organize the Babson Student Federal Credit Union as an entrepreneurial venture.
  • 175 campus trees are destroyed in an early spring storm.
  • The Babson Entrepreneurial Exchange is founded.
  • This year's new members of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs (ADE) are Heinz Nixdorf, John K. Hanson, John J. Cullinane, and Henry W. Bloch.
  • David Thompson is the second Thompson Visiting Poet reading on the ideal day of February 14th.
  • Ed Sullivan, Head of Buildings & Grounds, is this year's winner of the Carpenter Prize.
  • Somethin's Cookin' At Babson, a collection of favorite recipes, is published to raise money for the Babson College Women's Club.

1985

  • A residence hall called "New Hall" is built. It is later named Putney Hall after Jesse and Freeman Putney (see 1991).
  • Paul Cuneo (BS 1985) earns double All-American status for one and three-meter diving.
  • Dr. Paula Rooney became Babson's first female Vice President heading Student Affairs.
  • Kathleen Spivak is the 1985 Thompson Visiting Poet on February 21st.
  • Marketing Professor and Babson Baseball fan Norman Govoni is the 1985 winner of the Carpenter Prize.
  • The Babson Players perform Anything Goes in April and Arsenic and Old Lace in November.
  • The 1985 class of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs consists of Peter J. Sprague, Donald C. Burr, and Rubert Murdoch.
  • Babson College hosts it first Symposium for Entrepreneurial Education.

1986

  • Former President, Dean of Faculty, and Accounting Professor Henry Kriebel is awarded the Babson Medal.
  • Roger Enrico, B.S.B.A. 1965, President & CEO, Pepsi-Cola Company, addresses the senior class and MBA candidates at commencement.
  • Martin Robbins is this year's Thompson Visiting Poet reading on February 27th.
  • Coordinator of Academic Computing (and future Executive Assistant to the President) Mary Keyes is the 1986 Carpenter Prize recipient.
  • This year finds Ueli Prager, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, and Trammell Crow inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Babson Players perform Love, Sex, and the IRS in November.

1987

  • The Horn Computer Center is dedicated on October 16th.
  • The tenth class is inducted in the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs. The new members are Sir John Marks Templeton and Gilbert Trigano.
  • The 1987 Thompson Visiting Poet is John Hildebidle who read on February 11th.
  • Babson Players perform Grease in April and Table Settings in November.
  • Career Counselor Bill Wrenn is this year's Carpenter Prize winner.

1988

  • The Babson Free Press "flashes" for the last time in the final "Editor's Wastebasket" in the November 17th issue.
  • The Center for Executive Education is dedicated on May 14th.
  • Kazuo Inamori, Edward Lowe, and J. Willard Marriott, Jr. are this year's new inductees into the Academy.
  • This is that last year that Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement exercises were combined.
  • Former President Edward Hinckley died on September 21st.
  • Babson Players perform Cabaret in the spring and The Odd Couple in the fall.
  • The Babson Club is approved by the Board of Trustees on March 19.
  • Roger's Pub opens on September 26th.
  • Jody Aliesan in the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet reading on February 17th.
  • Joan Koehler, Director of Development, is the 1988 Carpenter Prize winner.

1989

  • President Dill resigns as President effective June 30th.
  • Xerox Vice-Chairman, William Francis Glavin, becomes Babson's 9th President on July 1st. He was inaugurated on October 20th.
  • The Webster Center is dedicated on November 10th.
  • Babson's new honors program gets the go-ahead in the spring.
  • This year's commencement is the first where the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs are separate.
  • The Babson Players perform The Skin of Our Teeth in November.
  • Maine Senator William Cohen is this year's Thompson Visiting Poet (reading on February 13.)
  • Nurse Evie McIntosh and Math/Science Professor John Saber share this year's Carpenter Prize.
  • The ADE adds Michael W. J. Smurfit, Patrick J. McGovern, and Alan Bond to its membership.
  • In September Babson College gives up the 12 point grading scale returning to the better recognized 4 point grading scale.

1990

  • After 43 years teaching accounting and character at Babson, Clinton "Pete" Petersen retires.
  • Paul Fireman and Sandra L. Kurtzig are inducted into the Academy.
  • The Babson Players perform Little Shop of Horrors in April and The Night of January 16th in November.
  • Professor Bill Nemitz gives up his telephone number to HELP the IT Support Services.
  • G.I.V.E. (Get Into the Volunteer Experience) a student-run community service organization is formed.
  • Mary Oliver is the 1990 Thompson Visiting Poet on February 23rd.
  • Babson alumnus, teacher, and administrator, Henry Deneault, is the 1990 recipient of the Carpenter Prize.

1991

  • Babson College creates an "Athletics Hall of Fame."
  • The One-Year MBA Program begins in May.
  • The Butler Did It is the fall show by the Babson Players.
  • Jesse Putney, B.S.B.A. 1956, MBA 1959, retires ending 50 years of Putneys (father and son) as the Babson College Treasurer.
  • The Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs taps Amar G. Bose, John R. Furman, and William G. McGowan as its newest members.
  • Galway Kinnell is the Thompson Visiting Poet on February 11th.
  • Groundskeeper Jim Touhy is the 1991 Carpenter Prize winner.

1992

  • Senior Jim Pierrakos becomes Babson's first Basketball All-American.
  • Knight Annex is renamed Malloy Hall by vote of the Board of Trustees on February 8th.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman, John C. Merritt (B.S.B.A. 1961), Anita Roddick, and Leslie H. Wexner are this year's new members of the ADE.
  • The Babson Players do Bye Bye Birdie in April and Rumors in November.
  • Babson College "Toolachs" make their debut at the Wellesley Spelling Bee.
  • A new Two-Year MBA curriculum is initiated.
  • Marge Piercy is the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet for 1992.
  • The Babson Literary Society publishes volume one of a new "little magazine" called Options.
  • Economics Professor Bill Casey is this year's Carpenter Prize winner.

1993

  • Bryant Hall reopens as a residence hall for "non-traditional" students after a much-needed renovation.
  • Babson Players perform Oklahoma! in April and Fools in November.
  • Van Winkle Hall opens on the campus highpoint.
  • The Babson Literary Society publishes volume two of Options.
  • October brings the beginning of the year-long 75th Anniversary celebration.
  • The refurbished Babson World Globe is rededicated on October 2nd.
  • Martin Espada is this year's Thompson Visiting Poet on February 17th.
  • Human Resources Benefits Coordinator Susan Roskey is this year's Carpenter Prize winner.
  • Robert A. Swanson and Jacob Stolt-Nielson, Jr. are the 1993 Class of the ADE.

1994

  • The former Dean's residence at 227 Forest Street is renovated and named in honor of John E. Millea, Dean of Students and member of the faculty from 1920 until World War II. It serves as home to College Marketing.
  • Joy Harjo is this year's Thompson Visiting Poet on February 16th.
  • Volume three of Options is published by the Babson Literary Society.
  • Babson Alumni Bulletin Editor Dianne Coryell and Marketing Professor Bob Eng share the 1994 Carpenter Prize.
  • The ADE inducts Earl G. Graves and Leon A. Gorman as this year's new members.
  • The Babson Players fall show is Noises Off.

1995

  • John Mulkern's Continuity and Change: Babson College, 1919—1994 is published.
  • Mark Doty is the 1995 Thompson Visiting Poet (February 1st).
  • Presidential Administrative Assistant Annette Robinson is this year's Carpenter Prize winner.
  • S. Robert Levine, Bernie Marcus, and Edward C. Johnson, 3rd join Craig R. Benson (BS 1977) and Arthur M. Blank (B.S.B.A. 1963) as this year's new inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Babson Players perform Godspell in the spring and Lend Me a Tenor in the fall.
  • The last students for whom FME is an elective enter Babson College.
  • The Babson One Card is introduced in March 1996.
  • The F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business building is dedicated in October. The building was achieved as part of a $30 million grant, one of the largest ever given to a business school.
  • Lyon Hall is completely renovated and renamed Luksic Hall in honor of A. Andronico Luksic, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, and his son Andronico (BS 1976)
  • First year students entering this fall are the first to experience the new integrated undergraduate curriculum.
  • Volume one of the Babson Journal is published.
  • The ADE offers membership to: Richard Branson, Elly R. Callaway, A. Andronico Luksic, and Lillian Vernon.
  • The Babson Players perform Guys and Dolls and Moonchildren.
  • Li-Young Lee is this year's Thompson Visiting Poet on February 14th.
  • Professor of Accounting and future Provost Michael Fetters wins the 1996 Carpenter Prize.

1997

  • William Glavin retires on June 30th after eight years as President.
  • Leo Ignatius Higdon, Jr., Dean of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, becomes the 10th President of Babson College on July 1st. He is inaugurated on September 19th.
  • Warren Buffett speaks on March 19th.
  • Volume Two of the Babson Journal is published.
  • Sonia Sanchez is the 1997 Thompson Visiting Poet reading on February 11.
  • Willie D. Davis, Leo Kahn, Leslie C. Quick, Jr., and Thomas G. Stemberg are inducted into the ADE as its 20th class.
  • Three new campus facilities are dedicated—the Glavin Family Chapel, the Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts, and the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Center.
  • Director of Strategic Projects Dick Bishop and future VP for Administration Mary Rose share the 1997 Carpenter Prize.

1998

  • The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship is dedicated.
  • Richard J. Egan and Abraham D. Grossman are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Institute for Latin American Business is launched.
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is April's Babson Players production.
  • Babson College Radio goes on the air at noon on February 17th and becomes the first college web radio station in the United States.
  • Robert Pinsky is the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet on February 10th.
  • Special Event's Jean Collins is the 1998 Carpenter Prize winner.

1999

  • Babson College sells a parcel of its Needham property to the F. W. Olin Foundation. The new Olin College of Engineering breaks ground.
  • The Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs inducts Ellen Gordon, Marie Gray, Robert Gray, and Masayoshi Son into its membership.
  • Marie Howe is this year's Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet.
  • Former President Henry Kriebel dies on May 6th.
  • The Babson Players perform Biloxi Blues in the fall.
  • Entrepreneurship Intensity Track makes its debut in the MBA program.
  • Babson Journal's third volume appears.
  • Math/Science Professor Gordon Prichett is the 1999 Carpenter Prize recipient.