Environmental Health Science Center established.

Former OSU English Department faculty member Bernard Malamud (1949-1961) won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel, The Fixer. The book's title came from the name of a shop in downtown Corvallis.

Finley Hall (residence hall) constructed.


Oregon State University Centennial Celebration.

In its 100th year after designation as a state college – enrollment: 15,791 (summer--4,908); degrees conferred: 2,867; library collection: 538,000 volumes.

80-foot research vessel, the Cayuse, commissioned by the Department of Oceanography.

OSU was one of three universities in the nation selected to take part in the new Sea Grant program; program began February 20.

The OSU Seafoods Laboratory in Astoria moved into a new facility, replacing a structure that had been its home since the lab's establishment in 1940.

Forest Science Laboratory (U.S. Forest Service) dedicated.

Black Student Union organized with 50 members.

OSU student and track star Dick Fosbury won the gold medal in the high jump at the Olympic Games in Mexico City using his "Fosbury Flop" jumping technique.

Rogers Hall and Dairy Barn completed.


Roy Alton Young, A.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (June 16, 1969-June 30, 1970), appointed as acting president following the resignation of President Jensen to become vice rector of Kasetsart University in Bangkok. Young, Professor of Plant Pathology, was appointed in 1966 as OSU's first Dean of Research and served as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, 1970-1976. He held positions at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University from 1976 to 1986.

In late January, a massive snow storm resulted in classes being cancelled for the first time in nearly 50 years.

International Plant Protection Center chartered.

On March 5, members of OSU's Black Student Union marched off campus in protest of certain Intercollegiate Athletics Department policies after football player Fred Milton is asked by coach Dee Andros to shave his beard and mustache. Twenty five African American students subsequently withdrew from OSU.

The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) established. The EOP provides support to students of color, students with disabilities, students who are single parents, low-income students, students who have been rurally isolated, undocumented students, veterans, older-than-average (25+), or 1st generation in college (neither parent graduated).

Milne Computer Center constructed.

"Jim the Fixr" Sign

"Jim the Fixr" sign in downtown Corvallis

Black and white photograph of James Herbert Jensen leading the centennial celebration.

President Jim Jensen leading the OSU centennial celebration, 1968 

Dick Fosbury, 1968

Dick Fosbury competing in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics

Lonnie B. Harris

Lonnie B. Harris, 1969

Cheer Squad at Parker Stadium, 1969

The OSU Cheer Squad at Parker Stadium, 1969

Black Student Union Walkout, 1969

Participants in the Black Student Union walkout, 1969