OSU completed and equipped a new library (now the Guin Library) at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

A new $1.5 million dollar Regional Fish Disease Laboratory dedicated.

TQM (Total Quality Managment) workshops initiated.

OSU hosted the NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships in Gill Coliseum.

Dr. Sam Stern, College of Education, became the first American appointed to an endowed chair in Japan.

The nation's largest indoor rock-climbing facility opened beneath Parker Stadium.

Sheep Research Facility and Valley Football Center opened.

Enrollment: 16,048.

Population in Corvallis: 44,757; in Benton County: 70,811; in Oregon: 2,842,321.


As a result of Ballot Measure 5, approved by Oregon voters in November 1990, state general fund assistance was reduced by $12.5 million. Colleges of Education and Home Economics were merged and several departments were targeted for closure, including Journalism, Religious Studies, and General Science.

First TQM "Teamwork" Fair held on April 23.

New Child Care Center opened on September 30.

Asian Cultural Center established.

New Parker Stadium press box, skyboxes, and west grandstand roof completed.

OSU designated as a Space Grant university.


New B.A. degree in International Studies approved (initiated fall term 1993). OSU became the first university in the United States to offer a concurrent baccalaureate degree (B.A.) program in International Studies.

Vision Statement published on April 30.

Fire destroyed half of the Industrial Building on July 13, severely affecting operations of the Department of Printing and Mailing Services.

Following a review of administrative costs and structure, recommendations were presented to President Byrne on July 28. The approved re-organizational structure for the university scheduled for implementation Fall Term 1992.

Mercedes A. Bates Family Study Center opened on October 3; the only U.S. facility dedicated to lifespan family study.

Agricultural and Life Sciences Building dedicated November 21.


In January, CH2M HILL (engineering firm) pledged $2 million toward a new alumni center.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco selected to receive the McArthur fellowship--the first ever given to an OSU faculty member; only the second ever awarded to an Oregonian.

Telephone registration system initiated spring term.

In its 125th year after being designated a state institution of higher education – enrollment: 14,264; degrees conferred: 3,654; number of faculty: 2,272; library collection: 1,275,473 volumes.

Dixon Recreation Center Aquatic Addition (Stevens Natatorium) opened.

Guin Library Ceremony, 1990

Dedication of the Guin Library, 1990

Bates Hall, 1992

Bates Hall, 1992

Sam Stern

Sam Stern, 1989

Students marching in opposition to Oregon Ballot Measure 5

Students marching in opposition to Oregon Ballot Measure 5, 1990