Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

Final Decades of the First Century: 1980-1999


The last two decades of the twentieth century saw the introduction of a number of major changes for Fullerton College. For decades, students had complained about the annual holiday break in December, after which they had to return to take final examinations. The Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) finally approved a new academic calendar in 1984. Under the new plan, the fall semester began on August 22nd and ended on December 21st. Each semester would last 84 days, with a five-week break between semesters. The period between the two semesters was mandated as flex days, with each instructor required to attend seminars, workshops, and staff development classes. The change in the academic calendar was welcome news to Fullerton College students, who finally found themselves on a similar schedule with other students in Southern California, making the transfer process easier.

In addition to the change in the academic calendar, there were also a number of “firsts”: a new employee carpooling program was established in 1985; a security force directly chosen and accountable only to the college was organized in 1986; the first campus disaster plan was formulated in 1989; a campus-wide recycling program was implemented in 1992; and in 1993, automatic teller machines (ATMs) were installed in the bookstore, cafeteria, and theatre box offices, consequently allowing students to use their cards to purchase food in the cafeteria. For eighty years, Fullerton College students enrolled in person, moving from one station to another, but all that changed in 1994 with the advent of telephone registration. In spring 1997, students registering by telephone were also able to pay with a credit card for the first time. Nothing, however, changed more than computer technology. On April 22, 1985, the William T. Boyce Library unveiled its new online catalog, FullCat, which replaced the old card catalog system. Online research capabilities were further expanded with the addition of periodical databases, which provided online access to newspapers, magazines, and journals. To provide access to microcomputers and a growing array of software, computer labs were set up in various locations on campus. The first campus connection to the Internet was made in 1995. Thirty computers were connected, three in the library, and the rest in the T-7 lab. To introduce students to the new technology, the first course on the Internet was offered, Introduction to the Internet, which covered the World Wide Web, Netiquette, and e-mail services.

New courses offered reflected the changing technology: Camcorder Video Production, Desk Top Publishing, 3D Computer Graphics, and Computer Animation. Other new classes included Fundamentals of Cartooning, the History of Rock and Roll, and Basic Concepts of Organic Biochemistry, a five-unit course designed to prepare students to enter allied health fields, such as nursing and respiratory therapy. The campus continued to offer television classes or telecourses—Humanities through the Arts, Home Gardener, Contemporary Health Issues, History of Mexico—while adding a few more: Journalism 101 and an interactive Stress Management and Relaxation Class. New programs included Paralegal Studies and the Environmental Hazardous Materials (EMHT) Certificate program. Beginning in the fall of 1996, students were required for graduation to complete a course in multi-cultural studies. Students had a dozen courses to choose from, including Fashion 244, Ethnic Costume; Ethnic Studies 101, American Ethnic Studies; and History 160B, Modern China and Japan. In a controversial move, the Individual Self-Paced (ISP) Lab was shut down because of declining enrollment and a lack of positive attendance by students.

For years, the NOCCCD used more than one hundred sites between La Habra and Los Alamitos for its classes and workshops. In 1980, district administrators decided to develop a “center concept” that clustered classes in single locations in Anaheim, Cypress, Fullerton, and Yorba Linda. In limiting the number of locations for classes, the district not only reduced the amount of money it was spending for rental of churches, schools, and other community buildings, but it also eliminated the cost of clerical and coordination staff at larger sites, such as high schools. As part of the center concept plan, the district purchased a 7.1 acre site that included the former Chapman School and Wilshire Junior High School on the corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues for $1,327,700. The district renovated the complex, turning it into a learning and education center, the Wilshire Continuing Education Center (315 East Wilshire). By the end of the twentieth century, the district had established three additional adult and continuing education centers in Anaheim, Cypress, and Yorba Linda.

Because the campus had limited facility space, no new classrooms were added, but the college did make a number of building and physical space changes. In 1982, photography and journalism laboratories were added in the 500 Building; in 1985, exterior older-styled lights were replaced with new ones; in 1986, a trellis/sunroof was built over the re-designed patio area; in 1989, old pay phones were replaced with new ones; and in 1998, a new telecommunications system that linked all twenty-five buildings with twenty-first century technology was installed. To comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which required schools to meet specifications of easy accessibility to classrooms, the college widened sidewalks to accommodate students in wheelchairs, lowered public telephones and drinking fountains, added Braille to class signs, retrofitted restrooms, and added five new elevators, including one on the north side of the 500 building, and another on the south side of the 700 building. The most dramatic addition was the new bridge, or pedestrian overpass, across Chapman Avenue, completed in 1984. The purchase of the Chapman-Wilshire schools in 1980 included unused land in the northeastern part of the property, which was used to construct a new student services center, opened in June 1984. Other new buildings included the Child Care Building, funded through a tax assessment for child care, and a greenhouse at the Horticulture Complex. In 1996, the new Cadena Transfer Center opened its doors, and in 1999, construction started on a new Physical Education Wellness Center.

Both the nation and California underwent recessions in 1980 and again in 1990. Both economic downturns forced the college to cancel classes, lay off workers, and suspend planned projects. Antiquated classroom equipment, such as outdated microscopes, could not be upgraded. The budget cuts also forced the college to hire part-time instructors when it would have preferred to use full-time faculty. The budget situation was exacerbated by a dramatic reduction in school enrollment. Fullerton College started the spring 1980 semester with 17,885 students, but by 1984, enrollment began to seriously drop, and in 1985, there was an 18.3% student decrease. Reasons for the enrollment decline varied: the unavailability of classrooms, especially for popular mid-morning classes; growing disinterest in a number of programs, including health, the environment, and child development; the poor economy; a high school enrollment decline; and the new school calendar. Whatever the reason, the decline in student numbers led to a decrease in state funding. The district also lost money following the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy. The district filed and won a lawsuit against the firm of LeBoef, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, recouping some money, but funds were still lost at a time when they were most needed. Facing a $1.5 million shortfall and an unemployment rate of 11.5%, Governor George Deukmejian (1983-1991) cut education and pushed a bill through the California legislature in 1984 that required tuition for the first time at community colleges. Students taking six units or more credit hours paid a registration fee of $50.00. Those students taking less than six units paid $5.00 a unit. As the economy worsened, the registration fees went up. With Fullerton College facing a $797,000 shortfall, the Planning and Consultative Council voted on February 24, 1992 to eliminate three divisions: Physical Sciences, Applied Design, and Communications. President Philip Borst accepted the proposal. Classified employees, as well as three division deans, lost their positions. Anger quickly erupted over the decision to realign the divisions, and meetings were held across the campus to discuss the pending changes.

The seven-member Board of Trustees, elected by citizens of the District to govern all programs and activities of the NOCCCD, had a difficult time during this period, facing harsh criticism from both the community and press. There were frequent wage disputes with staff and faculty. After one lengthy salary disagreement with district employees, the Trustees voted 4-3 in December 1985 to raise their own salaries from $720 a year to $9,000. The 1,150 percent raise resulted in some of the worst press received by the Board. That increase was followed by an attempt to replace two tax-sheltered retirement accounts, 403(b) and 457 plans, with a 401(k) plan, but that proposal was rescinded after passage following faculty protests. The Board also hired two chancellors and one Fullerton College President—Leadie M. Clarke, James S. Kellerman, and Vera M. Martinez—who were terminated or did not have their contracts renewed, resulting in three separate lawsuits against the district. The most controversial decision, however, came when the Trustees voted 5 to 1 on May 11, 1980 to discontinue all clubs at both Fullerton College and Cypress College. In February 1980, the Board declined recognition of the Fullerton College Gay Lesbian and Student Education Union (GLSEU). When the Board was sued by the GLSEU and their legal counsel, the Trustees withdrew official recognition of all college clubs despite strong opposition from students, faculty, and community leaders. The Fullerton College Academic Senate quickly fired off a letter of condemnation of the Board’s removal of support for campus clubs. At the time of the Board’s decision, there were 15 active clubs at Fullerton College and 39 at Cypress College, where the student government itself was a club. A club could continue to exist, but would have no affiliation with the colleges, and club members were required to lease campus facilities that they would use, but the total number of leases could not exceed five days within the fiscal year. Organizations wishing to charge admission to events were subject to a “minimum service charge” by the NOCCCD. Fund-raising opportunities were also drastically reduced. After two years of discontent, the Board eventually allowed the college’s student governments to take over the fiscal management of the clubs.

Although crime on campus remained relatively low—the Fullerton Police Department listed it as one of the safest places in the city—the issue remained in the forefront as the Hornet and local newspapers reported on each occurrence. The Associated Student Offices were robbed and gym equipment stolen in 1980; Records and Admissions was ransacked in November 1983; and the bookstore was vandalized in October 1992. The situation became worse in 1994 when women were sexually assaulted in the campus parking lots, and three faculty members were assaulted while on campus in 1990, 1993, and 1997. In the 1980s, the Hornet newspaper published a number of articles and editorials calling for campus action: “FC Security Lacking” (May 22, 1981); “Campus Crime” (November 6, 1981); “FC Security: A Constant Concern” (September 18, 1981); “Campus Security Is Continually Ignored” (October 26, 1984), etc. In 1982, the district considered starting a police force similar to the one at California State University, Fullerton, but decided to pursue other options to maximize security at the college, including improved lighting. Eventually an actual security force was set up at Fullerton College in 1986. It marked the first time that campus security was not provided by an outside security firm. Other measures were also taken, including providing red phones for students in emergencies and escorts out to cars.

During these two decades, Hornet teams continued to perform well. The Hornet football team won the national title in 1983, then came back in 1991 to win the Shrine Potato Bowl and the Pony Bowl in 1992. The 1983 win marked the third time that the Hornet football team had won the National Championship. Football coach Hal Sherbeck retired in 1992 as the winningest community coach football coach in history, and as a tribute, the football field was renamed in his honor. In 1990, basketball coach Colleen Riley became the first coach in community college women’s basketball to win 500 games. In 2010, the campus dedicated the Fullerton College Colleen Riley Court in her honor.


In the 1980s, campus brochures switched from highlighting the old historic buildings to showcasing newer structures. Fullerton College had experienced a significant downturn in student enrollment in the 1980s, and the buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1960s provided a more modern image. This brochure features the Music Building in 1986.
To attract students, Fullerton College also advertised the low cost of attending the school. This brochure is from the 1986.
This is a map of the campus in the 1980s. In March 1980, Russell Floan, Dean of Admissions, released a statistical report on Fullerton College students. The report, outlined in the March 28, 1980 issue of the Hornet, indicated that there were 17,885 Fullerton College students, with only 4,858 non-freshmen. The typical Fullerton College student attended classes during the day, lived in the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD), and was a high school graduate of a school in the District. The average student was typically a white, female, non-veteran, of freshman standing, carrying an average of 9.9 units, who planned to transfer to another college after completing requirements for her Associate of Arts degree. The average age of day students was 22.6 with almost half between ages 18 and 20. In the evening, the age averaged 29.5, with the greatest number of students between 25 and 29. The greatest percentage of A grades, 39.1 percent, was given in the Physical Education Division, with the Home Economic Division handing out the largest percentage of F grades, 10.1 percent. The previous semester, there were 17,181 class withdrawals (31.5 percent).
This is a map of the campus ten years later. The City of Fullerton continued to add new residents during these two decades. In 1990, the population was 114,235, but by 2000, it had grown to 126,280. By the 1990s, the average Fullerton College student was 29 and worked full-time. While students in the 1960s were world-oriented, concerned with national issues, especially those that affected them, students during these two decades were trying to fit into the system, rather than fight it.
These students are standing in front of the South Science (400 Building) in 1980. The building was later demolished in the 21st century.
Taken for the College’s 75th Anniversary, this photo features the North Science (600 Building) at dusk in 1988.
Taken in 1988, this is a view of the Humanities (500) Building.
Taken in the 1990s, this is the north entrance to the Administration (100) Building.
Taken at night from Lemon Avenue, this is a view of the campus in the early 1990s.
In 1990, Kelly Callaghan completed a painting of the campus, which was then featured on the cover of the 1992-93 College Catalog.
This is the walkway toward the Theatre Arts (1300) Building and the Music (1100) Building in the early 1990s.
This is a 1990s exterior photo of the 901 Computer Lab. Over the course of these two decades, Fullerton College students were introduced to computers in steadily increasing numbers as the number of labs on campus slowly rose. Initially, there was a computer business lab in the 500 Building, the CAD lab in Room 720, a computer science lab in 611, and a microcomputer lab in T-7, but by 1997, there were 16 computer labs across campus. Software and programs used at the time included Turbo, PASCAL, Super Writer, Sidekick, Supercalc 3, Word Perfect, Fortran, DOS, Magic Window II, and COBOL. Students had access to all computer labs for a $7.00 fee, which was later raised to $10.00. In 1995, the Internet became accessible at home to students through Fullerton College.
This interior view shows students working on the computers in the 901 Computer Lab. The new computer equipment brought a new worry: computer viruses. In 1999, the Academic Computer Technologies Department had to tackle the infamous Melissa virus, which spread via e-mails sent to contacts from the infected users' address books.
While computer use on campus made life easier for students, staff, and faculty, the new technology also required a large amount of equipment storage space. This is just one of the computer equipment areas on campus in 1990.
Taken in the quad in 1980, this photo features a student singing and strumming his guitar while a semi-interested co-ed tries to study.
In this shot, students are relaxing in the quad area in 1982.
Taken in 1982, this is a student quietly studying in the quad.
For the December 1981 humor issue of The Torch, a Fullerton College student was posed as Santa Claus on the Hornet Statue.
In 1985, a concerted effort was made to spruce up the landscaping around campus in order to attract new students. New flowers were added around trees, freshly seeded green grass was added to the quad, new bushes and shrubbery were planted in barren spots, and the sprinkler system was upgraded.
Horticulture students continued to work on the campus grounds.
A student is tending a flower bed in this 1980 photo.
Starting in 1980, the campus made architectural and landscaping changes to accommodate disabled students. The changes were implemented to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which required schools to meet specifications of easy accessibility to classrooms. This is a shot of sidewalk widening along Chapman Avenue to accommodate students in wheelchairs. Other projects were refitting restrooms, new elevators, curb cuts, ramps, lowered public telephones and drinking fountains, and added bridges between buildings. In 1980, when the work was started, the campus had 126 disabled students.
In 1982, the decision was made to add a new greenhouse, located next to the Child Care Center, to the 2.5-acre Horticulture Center. The greenhouse was expected to boost production and allow for more sales. Students grew everything from salable plants on down to single specimen plants used for identification purposes.
In 1991, Fullerton College reinstated its Artist-in-Residence program that had been idle for eight years. The first artist selected was Jack Zajac, a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He had trained as a painter in Southern California in the late 1940s; however, it was in the mid-1950s that Zajac picked up a piece of clay and began making sculptures. His work is on display in the Museums of Modern Art in San Francisco and New York, the Joseph H. Hirshhorn and John Paul Getty Collections, the Pennsylvania Academic of Fine Art in Philadelphia, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Zajac donated a sculpture, Ram’s Skull, to Fullerton College, and it is on view in the Fullerton College Sculpture Garden located at the southeast corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues, next to Wilshire Auditorium.
This is a longer view shot of Jack Zajac’s sculpture, Ram’s Skull, within the Sculpture Garden, which was completed in 1990. That same year, Arcturus, a sculpture by artist Dimitri Hadzi, which had been moved around the campus, was given a new spot west of the Student Services Building.
In 1994, Artist-in-Residence John Frame donated this wood sculpture (Self-Portrait-Given Shadows) to the college. Other Artists-in-Residence during this period included John Nava and John Alexander.
In August 1980, the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) purchased the 7.1 acre site that included the Chapman School and Wilshire Junior High School on the corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues for $1,327,700. The district made plans to renovate the complex, turning it into an education center, the Wilshire Continuing Education Center (315 E. Wilshire Avenue). A City of Fullerton Local Landmark, the property began as an elementary and junior high school in 1913. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake damaged the buildings, forcing students to take classes in tents, until Depression-era relief funds paid to have some buildings restored and other demolished. The new buildings were constructed in a Moderne style. This is a photograph of the 1932 graduating class just before the 1933 earthquake damaged many of the buildings. By 1980, declining enrollment and depleted resources forced the Fullerton Elementary School District to put the school grounds up for sale. (Courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library.)
This is a photograph of the Wilshire Junior High School Administration Building at the time it was purchased by the NOCCCD for use as an education center. The district also purchased the undeveloped northeast side of the property. (Courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library.)
The most significant building in the old Wilshire Junior High School site was Wilshire Auditorium, a single-story concrete building that reflected the Moderne style popular in the 1930s. The auditorium was the first project approved for construction using federal Depression-era relief funds in Orange County, and the building’s completion in 1934 using Public Works Administration (PWA) money brought a bit of optimism to residents suffering from severe economic conditions. The building, shown here shortly before it was purchased by the NOCCCD in 1980, was designed by notable architect Donald Beach Kirby (1905-1980). After working for two famous California architects—Reginald D. Johnson and Gordon B. Kaufmann—Beach had established his own firm on Balboa Island in 1933. Following completion of Wilshire Junior High School, Beach designed the Ensign Grammar School in Newport Beach in 1936, then served as National Housing Administration (NHA) Director in the West during World War II. After the World War II, he moved to San Francisco where he designed buildings in a more Mid-Century Modern style. Beach’s most striking building in Orange County is located at the corner of Helitrope and Santa Clara in Santa Ana. It is an art deco residence built in 1937 for the Maharajah of Indore, who was one of the richest men in the world at the time, with an annual income of $17 million. (Courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library.)
The district began renovating the Chapman-Wilshire School site in 1983, formally opening in January 1984. Attendance topped the 2,000 student mark for the first month in operation at the New Wilshire Continuing Education Center. Despite sandblasting, excavation, and the general appearance of a deserted facility, the district still used portions of the old school site for classes. Courses offered in the renovated facility ranged from data processing to home economics, as well as high school diploma preparation, ESL, citizenship, and college basic skills. The property would go through another reconfiguration and renovation again in 2007-2008. (Courtesy of Fullerton Public Library.)
The purchase of the Chapman-Wilshire schools in 1980 also included unused land in the northeastern part of the property, and plans were made to construct a new student services center on the unused property. Groundbreaking took place in 1982 for a $4.3 million, two-story, 39,000-square-foot Student Services Building, which opened in June 1984. The building was designed by the Blurock Partnership of Newport Beach, with many new innovative energy-conserving features integrated into the new structure. The Student Services Building eventually included the Bookstore, the Bursar’s Office, Admissions and Records, the Disabled Student Center/Learning Resource Services, the Counseling Center, the Job Placement Center, and EOPS (Extended Opportunities Program and Services). This is a photo of the new Student Center taken at night in 1990.
These two students show off sweatshirts available in the new Bookstore. The Bookstore formally opened its doors on December 3, 1984. The store’s interior was designed by Dick Kremer, a specialist in spacious floor plans with easier access for shoppers. Initially, the new facility provided enough space—twice as much as the old Bookstore—but gradually long lines began to form again outside the building, especially at the start of each semester, and students complained about standing in the hot sun for hours.
To connect the new Student Services Building with the main campus, a pedestrian overpass was also designed to be built over Chapman Avenue. When the bridge was completed, it was too steep for the disabled. Estimates to re-build the bridge came in at $300,000, so modifications were made. The original plans had called for certain specifications for the disabled, but those were omitted. The Blurock Partnership designed the bridge along with the new Student Services Center, but problems with both projects caused the campus to question the monopoly the firm had on the college’s buildings.
This is another shot of the pedestrian overpass. In the summer of 1999, new signs featuring the newly designed logo were added to the bridge as part of a plan to raise awareness of the campus.
This 1989 photo looks north toward the quad between the new bridge and the old Fullerton College Library.
In this early 1980s shot, a misspelled message advertises programs on campus. By this time, most of the signage had been changed from Fullerton Junior College to Fullerton College. In this case, the “J” was removed and the “C” moved up.
In 1986, a new modernist readerboard was constructed on the corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues.
In 1985, at a cost of $193,616, Fullerton and Cypress College replaced older-styled lights with these new ones. The new lights used less energy and provided more light. A rebate was given to the colleges by the Southern California Edison Company for the amount of kilowatt hours used.
Although crime on the Fullerton College campus remained relatively low, an increase in the number of incidences led to the establishment of a public safety unit on campus in 1986. The first security force consisted of four officers with previous security experience, who rotated shifts from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Initially, public safety personnel were not allowed to wear uniforms due to the large number of complaints from students who felt intimidated by the black police-type uniforms. For years, the Public Safety Department worked out of a dingy trailer, shown here in 1999. The 55-foot trailer housed eight full-time and three part-time public safety employees.
Despite the addition of new lots in the 1970s, parking on campus remained a problem throughout the 1980s and 1990s. By 1980, the campus was selling 5,000 permits, with the Associated Students collecting around $40,000 each semester. In this 1981 photo, a Fullerton policewoman is ticketing the car of a Fullerton College student. In 1988, the parking citation policy was changed, with campus safety taking over the Fullerton Police Department’s responsibility for citing illegally parked cars. Money collected went right back into the college, with the campus hoping to get at least $75,000, which would be used for parking lot maintenance. At the time, parking tickets were $14.00 and permits were $20.00.
In late 1990, a new green-trimmed, concrete Plummer Parking Structure opened on the corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues. Specially coded cards were needed by Fullerton College students with parking permits in order to enter the 420-space structure without being charged. There was a $1.50 charge for those students without a card and non-FC students. The cost of the $2.5 million structure, shown here in an architectural rendering, was split between the City of Fullerton and the NOCCCD.
On October 24, 1990, Fullerton College officially opened the Anaheim Higher Education Center in the Anaheim Civic Center Complex. Located on the main floor of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Building (100 South Anaheim Blvd.), the NOCCCD facility was used to house offices, seminar rooms, computer laboratories, and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, a model “factory of the future.” The center was also headquarters for the Advancement Fund of Fullerton College, Inc., the college’s fund-raising arm. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 9,511-square-foot center were, from left, Anaheim Mayor Fred Hunter, Fullerton College President Philip Borst, Chancellor Tom K. Harris, Jr., and Ronald Krimper, Vice President of the Office of Instructional Advancement.
This is an exterior shot of the William T. Boyce Library in the early 1990s. The library was later demolished and replaced by a new building in 2005.
Two students are consulting a reference book inside the William T. Boyce Library. Two decades later, Fullerton College students would have access to many online reference books in addition to the print resources.
On April 22, 1985, the William T. Boyce Library unveiled its new online catalog, FullCat, which replaced the old catalog card system. To familiarize the campus community with the new library catalog, librarians produced written guides and conducted a series of orientation sessions. During its first semester of use, 266,438 searches were conducted on FullCat by students, faculty, and staff. The library went through a series of major changes in online research capabilities during these two decades. Librarians first offered mediated computer searching through databases on a service called DIALOG, then switched to using a CD-ROM system, InfoTrac, to find articles. InfoTrac, which allowed students to conduct their own searches, was so popular that the library asked the Associated Students to partially fund the computer system, but the request was denied. The CD-Rom system was replaced in the 2000s by online databases that were available on campus and remotely to students, faculty, and staff. On September 9, 1991, the library began charging fines for overdue materials: $ .10 a day for books, $ .25 a day for reserve items, and $.1.00 a day for videos. The move was made when the library found itself depleted of needed resources as students checked out materials and never returned them.
In the fall of 1999, the William T. Boyce Library was shut down for the removal of asbestos and some minor renovations. The library operated in temporary quarters—an 8,000-square-foot tent—set up in the quad. The “Big Top” library offered twenty computer terminals and a selection of reference books, along with limited number of journals and circulating materials. Few books were available and students were directed to California State University, Fullerton and the Fullerton Public Library for further assistance.
Standing inside the library tent during installation are staff members Che Hernandez and Natalie Nightingale, along with Library Dean John Ayala (far right).
In 1996, the Cadena Center opened its doors. The center was initially designed to assist all students with referral information on services that were provided on campus, but in 1998, it was combined with the Transfer Center to become the Cadena Transfer Center, providing academic counseling, transfer services, and other resources.
In 1999, construction began on a new Physical Education Wellness Center. The 4,200-square-foot building, formerly the women’s locker room, was transformed into a “House of Health.” The construction of the facility was made possible through a $500,000 donation by Adolf and Virginia Schoepe, owners of Fluidmasters, Inc., a manufacturer of plumbing products. Virginia Schoepe, 84, had been a student at Fullerton College, and while on campus, she had noticed a growing need for a health and fitness center.
This is a shot of some of the equipment available to Wellness Center users.
On August 16, 1996, graphic designer David Riley unveiled the new campus logo at the Opening Day Convocation. The College’s $43,000 image make-over and new logo were the result of a year-long project by a Marketing Committee established by the Planning and Consultative Council. Riley, who presented 30 designs to the committee, was selected because of his experience in working with the public image development of Biola University, Azusa Pacific University, and the University of California, Irvine. President Vera Martinez noted that the “new look is part of our whole outreach to present Fullerton College as an upbeat, into-the-21st century institution.” At the unveiling of the new logo, faculty and staff members had the opportunity to view samples of new stationery, business cards, mugs, t-shirts, hats, decals, and signage.
On April 17, 1996, a new master plan was unveiled during a Planning and Consultative Council meeting. The master plan was formally approved and published in 1999. Planned changes included a new library, new student center, the conversion of the NOCCCD offices on Lemon Avenue to more campus-oriented uses, and relocation of the administrative offices. This is a map of the proposed campus master plan. Many of the master plan’s proposals were implemented in the twenty-first century.
Leadie M. Clark, who had been hired in 1977, continued as Chancellor until April 1985, when the Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District voted 4 to 2 (one abstention) not to renew her contract when it expired in June 1986. The Trustees did not publicly state why they did not renew Clark’s contract, noting that the decision was based on the majority’s disagreement with her administrative style. After filing a lawsuit, Clark was placed on administrative leave, at full salary, for the balance of her contract. At the time, Clark was receiving an annual salary of $70,450 and a fringe benefit package of $3,600. She filed an initial $5.2 million lawsuit on July 9, 1985, and then another for $15 million on July 23, 1985, alleging race, sex, and age discrimination and violation of her civil rights by putting her on leave without adequate cause. She eventually accepted an out-of-court settlement for $125,000 in 1987. Vice Chancellor Joseph Newmyer was named interim Chancellor.
On February 1, 1990, Dr. Tom K. Harris, Jr. officially became the Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). Prior to accepting the Fullerton College position, Harris had served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Long Beach City College where he worked as an instructor, counselor, and dean, and as Superintendent/President of the Merced Community College District. He made a concerted effort to re-establish credibility for the position of chancellor and worked toward developing and implementing a long-range plan for the District. In 1994, he received a 12.4 percent salary increase to $121,125, which was protested by the faculty and staff, who had received 2 and .5 percent increases respectively. Harris accepted a golden handshake and retired June 30, 1999 after nine years as Chancellor. Until Harris could be replaced, Joe Newmyer, who had taught math at Fullerton College from 1964 to 1976, returned after retirement to serve again as interim Chancellor.
This is Chris Loumakis, President of the Board of Trustees of the North Orange County Community College District in 1987. He was serving with Barbara Hammerman, Vice President; Otto J. Lacayo, Secretary; Wallace R. Hardy, Member; Nilane A. Lee, Member; and Barry J. Wishart, Member, along with two student members: Caroline Egan (Cypress College) and K. C. Bailey (Fullerton College). Loumakis was often the center of controversy while serving as a Trustee. In 1984, he attempted to stop the showing of the x-rated film Caligula, but was outvoted 4 to 2, with the trustees refusing to ask the student government not to show the movie. In 1989, he was censured by the board for breeching the confidence of executive sessions when a letter he wrote regarding Chancellor Kellerman’s conduct was leaked to the press. In 1992, Loumakis was again censured by the Board of Trustees when he threatened Fullerton College faculty member Louis Reichman with a lawsuit. On September 13, 1995, the United Faculty Board of Directors voted unanimously to ask for the resignation of Loumakis after accusing him of acting recklessly when he was quoted in the Orange County Register as saying Fullerton College had not been harmed by the Orange County bankruptcy.
Taken in 1996, this is a photo of long-serving NOCCCD Trustee Molly McClanahan (center), who started on the board in 1995. A former Fullerton College Woman of Distinction, McClanahan, a long-time resident of Fullerton, also served on the Fullerton City Council (two terms as Mayor) from 1982 to 1994.
Fullerton College President Philip Borst, who had begun serving as president in 1977, announced his retirement in 1994 after 37 years at the college. Borst had attended Fullerton College as a student from 1945 to 1947 and returned ten years later in 1957, when he was hired by the Social Sciences Division as an instructor of political science and history. In 1981 and 1982, satisfaction surveys of Fullerton College faculty members gave low grades to the college and district administration, with the lowest going to Chancellor Leadie M. Clark and Borst. Over half the instructors thought his performance fell below minimum professional standards. Borst, however, experienced two severe recessions, a serious downturn in student enrollment, and other crises, and when he retired in 1994, had many admirers. After retiring, he remained on the Fullerton College Foundation Board. Borst died of cancer May 21, 2006 at his home in Hemet. Until a replacement could be found for Borst, Jane Armstrong, Vice President of Instruction, served as interim President.
After Borst’s retirement, Dr. Vera M. Martinez, shown here in 1996 on the right, assumed the post as Fullerton College President. Controversy shadowed the San Bernardino native during her time at Fullerton College. Faculty members complained that she failed to work with them in planning and budget issues and that she veered from established curriculum procedures. In March 1998, the Faculty Senate took an official vote of “no confidence” (26-3, with one abstention) against Martinez, citing dissatisfaction with her leadership. In July 1998, she was moved into the position of Vice Chancellor of Instruction for the District with the same salary ($103,000) and contract termination date of January 2000. In 1999, she filed a $3 million dollar claim against the NOCCCD, the Board of Trustees, and six individuals, alleging defamation, but the claim was denied by the trustees. Until Martinez could be replaced, David A. Ibsen, Dean of the Social Sciences Division, served as interim President.
In December 1998, Dr. Michael Viera, shown here on campus with students, was named Fullerton College’s new president. Viera had been serving as Executive Vice President. Before coming to Fullerton College, he had worked for Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga for over 19 years.
Joining the campus for the 1980-81 school year were 15 new faculty members: (back row from left) Robert Jensen, Fine Arts, and Richard Huffman, Physical Education; (front row from left) Bernard Zandy and Allan Crocoll, Mathematics and Engineering; Christy Somerville, Home Economics; Michelle (Mike) Fitzsimmons, Library; Douglas Strawn, Fine Arts; Diana Kirchen, Communications; Ken Edwards, Disabled Students; and Elena Stock, Technical Education. Missing from the photo are William Corman, Business; Jana Flaig, Communications; Thomas Blank and Kathleen Gowger, Fine Arts; Jeffrey Jespersen, Physical Education; and Barbara Storm, Career Development.
During the 1980s and 1990s, many faculty members who had been hired after World War II began to retire, taking with them years of valuable experience. At the same time, California colleges and universities switched to replacing full-time, tenure-track faculty with many part-time instructors, and Fullerton College followed suit. In 1985, one of those retirees was Communications instructor Lewis S. Barrett, hired in 1961. Barrett’s innovations included such pioneering courses as Survey of Mass Media (Communications 110) and Broadcast Journalism (Communications 135). Before becoming an instructor at Fullerton College, Barrett had worked as a night reporter and assistant photographer for the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram. Barrett is posing here with some of his journalism students.
In 1988, English instructor William (Bill) F. Smith announced his retirement after teaching in the English Department for 30 years and serving as chairman of the division for 12. He was responsible for establishing Fullerton College’s first English scholarship program.
In June 1990, veteran Humanities instructor Don Reimann retired after more than 30 years of teaching at Fullerton College. In May, President Borst had saluted Reimann with the President’s Award.
Retirement parties for faculty became quite common. This is an invitation for the 1993 retirement reception for James Miller and Al Van Beenen, members of the Technology and Engineering Division.
Fullerton College went through a series of budget cuts during the 1980 recession, and then another round of cost-saving measures during the 1990 recession. In 1992, the Planning and Consultative Council recommended that a number of divisions-Communications, Applied Design, Physical Science- be eliminated. The budget cuts were explained at a student budget meeting on April 1, 1992. At the gathering, Dean of Biological Sciences Dr. Allen Brown, who served as Chair of the Planning and Consultative Council, looks weary during the meeting held to inform students of pending budget cuts. President Philip Borst and Vice President Jane Armstrong also gave presentations during the meeting, which had low attendance.
Taken in 1994, this is popular Ethnic Studies instructor Gerald M. Padilla. Padilla’s grandfather, Carmen, made Fullerton College history when he moved his young family into a farmhouse located on the James C. Shepard Ranch, which later became the site for the college. A history of the Padilla family, accompanied by photographs, was featured in the April 12, 1985 issue of the Hornet.
In 1992, Robert S. Phelan, a speech instructor since 1983, was awarded the President’s Award , which included a $500 cash award. Phelan, the Speech Department Chair for three years, was also the 1991-92 Faculty Senate President.
This is rock-climbing instructor Steve Van Voorhis in action in 1996. When not scaling slopes, Van Voorhis taught Fullerton College students how to maneuver about on similar rocks and boulders in a classroom inside an Anaheim industrial park.
This is music technology instructor Alex Cima, who helped design and develop a 16-track recording studio on campus in 1981. The recording studio and control room were located in the Music Building adjacent to the band room in Room 1110. The control room was designed by John Carey, an acoustical engineer who donated his time because he had personally experienced the problems related to attending a school where there was no appropriate recording facility. The studio was perfect for a new class, Studio Recording Techniques 224A and B. A performer and producer as well as an engineer, Cima’s credits include radio commercials, films, prime time television, recordings, and sessions for various artists.
In 1991, Don Treadway, a 17-year veteran art instructor, was commissioned by the California Angels Baseball Club to sculpt a life-size bronze bust of Rod Carew, the club’s first base ace for seven years (1979 to 1985). Carew’s number 29 was retired by the California Angels in 1986.
This is a shot of life sciences professor Henry Hampton, who died of AIDS in 1984. In addition to teaching environmental science and biology, Hampton, a gay rights activist, made a name for himself in Laguna Beach, where he help found the Laguna Outreach program dedicated to providing education about gays and lesbians.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the faculty had repeated disagreements with the Board of Trustees over pay increases and budget cuts. In this April 23, 1991 shot, instructor Lawrence Keough displays his feelings in front of the NOCCCD offices. Thirty faculty members protested the lack of a contract. Picketing continued the following evening during A Night in Fullerton, a Citywide annual event celebrating the arts. On October 13, 1999, Adjunct Faculty United (AFU), a grassroots organization of adjunct faculty in the NOCCCD, filed papers with the California State Employees Relations Board with the intent of forming a union for part-time faculty. The organization, formally established in 2000, was seeking to secure better pay, health benefits, seniority/rehire rights, and office hour pay for part-time faculty.
During this time period, computers changed dramatically, with faculty members just beginning to determine how to use the new technology in classrooms. This is a flyer for a faculty meeting held on November 25, 1980 to discuss technological changes. The panel discussion topic was: “Computers in the Classroom: How Do They Relate to You?”
In 1986, President Philip Borst presided over the first Staff of Distinction Awards Ceremony. Cash awards of $250 were presented by Fullerton College Treasurer Jane B. Cheadle (far right) to: Jack H. Kirschenbaum, Social Sciences; David A. Ibsen, Social Sciences; Shirley Boston, Dean of Learning Resources and the William T. Boyce Library; Joy A. Warden, Library Assistant; and Hal Sherbeck, Physical Education (left to right).
On October 29, 1990, Dr. George Beloz, then 52, began work as the college’s first Affirmative Action Officer. Under the direction of President Borst, Beloz’s job was to assure that the college was in compliance with the regulations and executive orders of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and the State Chancellor’s Office, as well as the District’s Affirmative Action Plan. Despite Beloz’s position, the NOCCCD Board of Trustees voted 4 to 3 to support Proposition 209, which abolished affirmative action, making it illegal “to grant preferential treatment on basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or natural origin in operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.” Beloz is shown here playing piano at a 1995 campus event.
These are the members of the 1981 Commission for Women’s Concerns.
The economy fluctuated wildly during this period, making both the Placement Office and the Career Center central to the success of students. In this 1980 photo, a student is checking the job board at the Placement Office, located in the Administration Building. The office provided placement services to students and graduates seeking temporary, seasonal, part- or full-time employment.
Later, the Placement Office was changed to the Career Planning and Placement Center, located in the south end of the cafeteria building (Room 801). Then in 1985, it was renamed the Career and Life Planning Center and relocated to a renovated office in the Administration (100) Building. In addition to assisting in employment opportunities, the center maintained a career research library as well as various Career Information Systems designed to assist students in making realistic career choices based on labor market information and statistics. At the time, 70 percent of new students to Fullerton College were undeclared majors, and staff members used a variety of tools—catalogs, computer listings, counseling, discussion groups, workshops—to help in career selections. The center also sponsored Employer Day, inviting companies looking for employees to visit the campus.
This is the service counter for Admissions and Records, located in the Administration Building, in the early 1990s.
This is the service counter for the Bursar’s Office, also located in the Administration Building.
This is the service counter for the Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Library, in 1980. That year the Foreign Language Lab was added to the Learning Center, allowing students of foreign languages expanded opportunities to schedule their studies.
Irma Rodriguez, Student Services Coordinator, interviews a potential volunteer for the Fullerton College Volunteer Bureau in 1980. The bureau acted as a central placement agency for students who wanted to explore career opportunities, gain insight into a chosen field of study, have actual on-the-job experience, and develop references and contacts for future employment. At the time the photo was taken, the Volunteer Bureau was located in the Student Services Offices in the northeast corner of the Student Center.
Ken Edward, Director of the Disabled Students Center, comments on the Center’s services in 1984. In July 1985, the center relocated to what used to be the bookstore, located across from the cafeteria. The new central location made it more accessible, with students feeling more involved with the campus. In the 1980s, the campus underwent notable architectural and landscape changes designed to facilitate campus access for the disabled. During the relocation of the Disabled Students Center, the adjacent Bursar’s Office became the new mail room.
Counselor Gerald Baden, left, graciously accepts a donation in front of the Commonwealth Post Office (202 East Commonwealth Avenue) in Fullerton in December 1982. In all, eight Fullerton College staff members served as volunteers on behalf of the Salvation Army and its annual fund appeal.
This is a 1981 shot of children enrolled in the Child Care Center, located on the corner of Berkeley Avenue and Hornet Way. The center had just moved from its Lion’s Field location near Hillcrest Park to the northeast corner of the college parking lot. Modular classrooms were brought over from Cypress College. The center enrolled children from six months of age to six years, with enrollment open to students, faculty/staff, and families of the community. The center consisted of two major sections: the Infant Section, which accepted infants and toddlers from six months to three years into a half or full day program, and the Preschool Section, which offered child care for children two to six. The program was completely self-supporting and was not funded by the college or district.
This is an interior view of the Child Care Center taken that same year.
Fullerton College had a number of remarkable students during these two decades, and many students who had graduated earlier and gone on to make their mark in the world. Margit Barbara Kersch, winner of the Woman of the Year Award in 1980, was a 19-year-old life sciences major from Brea who was saluted for her scholastic, athletic, and community contributions.
After high school, Sharon Quirk-Silva earned an associate of arts degree from Fullerton College before transferring to UCLA, where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1985. She earned a California Teacher Credential in 1988 from California State University, Fullerton, and served as a teacher with the Fullerton School District for 24 years. In November 2004, she was elected to the Fullerton City Council, and was selected to serve in 2007 as mayor for two terms. In 2012, she was elected to the California State Assembly, representing the 65th District, which encompasses parts of northern Orange County.
Former Fullerton College psychology student Geri Jewel became successful as a stand-up comedienne and comedic actor in the 1980s. Most famous for her role on the Facts of Life from 1980 to 1984, Jewel was the first person with a disability—cerebral palsy—to have a regular role on a sitcom. She later had a recurring role on the television drama Deadwood from 2004 to 2008. She published her autobiography, I’m Walking as Fast as I Can, in 2011.
Author Jeff Lenberg, who attended Fullerton College in the 1970s, had his first book, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, published in 1981. The book sold well and was nominated for an American Library Association Book Award. He would go on to publish more books on Hollywood, including Dustin Hoffmann, Hollywood Anti-hero; The Great Cartoon Directors; Matt Groening: From Spitball to Springfield, etc.
Sam Ferrans threw a flying disc (Frisbee) 623.6 feet on July 2, 1988 to set the world record for outdoor distance at the yearly United States Open at La Mirada Regional Park, breaking the previous record of 612 feet set by Michael Cancy of Australia. Ferrans appeared on the cover of the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records.
Debelah Morgan, a music major, was chosen as Miss Black Teenage World in 1990. Out of the five categories, Morgan won Personal Projection and Talent, singing Patti Labelle’s “There’s a Winner in You.” She would go on to become a singer and songwriter, best known for her 2000 single, "Dance with Me".
“Big” Tad Newcomb made it as a an on-air radio personality on KROQ as part of the Kevin and Bean morning show, while also working on The Adam Carolla Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His wacky stunts included running naked through 7-Elevens, walking around in his underwear at the Gay Pride Parade, and streaking through the University of Southern California’s Fraternity Row. A former Fullerton College radio student, Newcomb began working for KROQ through an internship course on campus.
In 1996, Gary Ganz, a 44-year-old injured Vietnam veteran and a 1991 graduate of Fullerton College, was selected as a torch bearer for the Atlanta Olympic games.
During the 1980s and 1990s, students continued to challenge racial, gender, and role stereotypes. One of those was Darlene Coloma, a Cadet Fourth Class in the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As a reward for accumulating the most recruitment points, the 22-year-old was given the opportunity to fly in a F-16 Fighting Falcon Jet in 1996.
This is Ellyn Cahill, Fullerton College’s first female drill instructor for the Police Academy.
In 1982, Cathy Earley was the only female play-by-play sports announcer in the country. Earley did her commentary for KBPK (90.1 FM), the 20-watt, community-service oriented station, located adjacent to the Theatre Arts Building in the southwest section of campus.
Melody Farnik enrolled in Fullerton College’s theatre program, signed up for a carpentry class, then switched from being an aspiring actor to becoming a construction worker in the late 1990s.
When the toy company she worked for folded in 1987, Jennifer Hunt came to Fullerton College and enrolled in automotive mechanic courses. When she graduated in 1989, she initially had trouble finding a car dealership that would hire her, until a Fullerton company offered her a job.
After working for many years as a hair colorist in Atlanta, Michael Roland came to Fullerton College in 1988. Upon graduation, he spent a year in apprenticeship at Christopher’s Salon in Fullerton, then began working at Hair Event, also in Fullerton, a Black-owned salon, where he catered to a multi-ethnic clientele.
Sonji Alexander, single mother of six, welds her way to winning the American Welding Society Scholarship.
Bob Lampshire, blind radio announcer for KBPK, spins records during his contemporary music show.
In the early 1980s, Paul Volk (nicknamed Fang), the original bass player for Paul Revere & The Raiders, a popular rock group during the 1960s and 1970s, attended Fullerton College, taking classes in arranging popular jazz and harmony, as well as journalism and creative writing. In addition to his band work, Volk also created music for commercials, wrote freelance music reviews for the Orange County Register, and raised three children.
Attending Fullerton College in the 1980s were members of the Orange County rock band, No Doubt: vocalist Gwen Stefani (shown on this book cover), guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young. Formed in Anaheim in 1986, the group has released several multi-platinum albums (Tragic Kingdom, Rock Steady) and a number of chart-topping hits (“Don’t Speak,” “It’s My Life”), and launched sold-out world tours.
Two very young students made the grade at Fullerton College: Lee-Loung Liou, 13, and his brother, Lee-Ming Liou, 9. By September 1990, when this photo was taken, Lee-Loung had been attending the college for three years. Both boys were fans of Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993), a television show about a sixteen-year-old boy who has finished college and medical school and is working as a practicing doctor. Lee-Loung Liou went on to become a physician specializing in neurology while his brother, Lee-Ming, specialized in Diagnostic Radiology.
At the age of 93, Violet Wightman, the oldest student ever on campus, enrolled in a freelance writing class, announcing to the professor: “I don’t have to do anything you say because I’m older than you.” Born on August 6, 1901, in Globe, Arizona, she taught herself to play piano, then graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music at the age of 18, eventually becoming a much sought after pianist. During her lifetime, she became friends with such notables as Sergei Rachmaninov, Dorothy Chandler, and Charlie Chaplin. Over time she became a campus icon, delighting students with stories of her life. A book of her poems, Sitting on a Cloud, was produced by the Printing Department. In 1998, Wightman passed away at the age of 97. She is shown here in a photograph next to her close friend, famous pilot Amelia Earhart. (Photo courtesy of the Wightman family.)
In May 1985, Terry Cleaveland made Fullerton College history by becoming the first student to be re-elected to a second term as Associated Student President. During his terms as president, Cleaveland was instrumental in getting the Associated Students to withdraw A.S. funding in banks, including the Bank of America and Security Pacific Bank, that were doing business with South Africa, which was still enforcing its apartheid system. The 23-year-old Cleaveland also worked on parking and cafeteria improvements, but frequently complained that campus administrators were hindering changes sought by Fullerton College students. He eventually transferred to UCLA.
Seated is Sam Penrod, 1986 Associated Student President. Penrod oversaw the revamping of the Student Center from a one-room facility into five sections, each offering something different. The new rooms included a lounge, study area, a game room with video games, a film viewing room, and an MTV room, which showed the television show continuously throughout the day. In a first for an Associated Student President, Penrod married his Vice President, Jennifer Carbine (far right), in February 1987. When Penrod left for his honeymoon in February 1987, the Judicial Committee tried to have him impeached for not holding a Senate meeting, but the fuss soon blew over.
Many gay students still felt unwelcome on the Fullerton College campus, including Mike, who preferred to not disclose his last name. In an interview with Hornet feature editors in the March 30, 1984 issue of the student newspaper, Mike noted that “There is a very large gay student body here, and they wouldn’t mind being open about it.” The situation for gays and lesbians did improve by the 1990s. On October 20, 1997, female impersonators invaded the Student Center for the first drag show on campus. Sponsored by the Lambda Society, the show starred students as well as professional performers.
Every student election, the Hornet ran an advertisement encouraging students to run for positions. Many positions, however, went unfilled, and there was continued poor election turnout. At the elections of April 1998, less than one percent of the student body turned out to vote. At a special February 1990 election, only 47 students bothered to vote, with the Associated Student Senate managing to fill only two of eleven vacancies.
Throughout these two decades the Hornet often commented on student apathy, reflected in this cartoon, which appeared in the January 16, 1981 issue of the student newspaper, along with an article titled “Spirit at FC Isn’t What It Used to Be.”
During these two decades, Fullerton College celebrated its 75th and 85th anniversaries. For the 75th anniversary, celebrated throughout the 1988-89 school year, a new logo was designed to represent the first Depression-era buildings constructed on the campus in the 1930s. The logo was used on all of the 75th anniversary memorabilia, including lapel pins, commemorative plates, notebooks, binders, hats, and other items. Afterwards, a modified version of the logo with just 1913 at the bottom was used on campus publications, class schedules, stationery, etc. For the 75th anniversary commencement, students received a special diploma cover and commemorative medallion.
As part of the 75th anniversary, a number of on-campus and off-campus events were planned, including celebrity golf and tennis tournaments, a welcome home alumni/staff banquet, an amphitheatre concert, and a special preview performance of The Musical Mystery of Edwin Drood, held March 1, 1989, in the Campus Theatre. The kick-off event for the 75th anniversary was “A Birthday Party to Beat All Birthday Parties” at Knott’s Berry Farm on October 8, 1988. The event started in the Wagon Train area with President Philip Borst’s opening remarks, followed by proclamations, and gate prizes. Those who had purchased tickets had unlimited use of the amusement park.
Honorary co-chairs for the Knott’s Berry Farm festivities were two former students, Marion Knott Montapert and Virginia Knott Bender, daughters of Walter and Cordelia Knott, founders of Knott’s Berry Farm, the nation’s oldest themed amusement park. The sisters grew up on the Farm, producing berries and rhubarb on ten acres of land which were then sold at a roadside stand in the 1920s. After the Depression, the Knotts added a tea room and began to sell what became Knott’s famous chicken dinners. An English major, Virginia graduated in 1932, while Marion was enrolled in Home Economic classes in 1939-1940. As a student, Marion found Fullerton College to be a “neat and fun school.”
Ten years later, on September 23, 1999, thousands of students, faculty, and staff were joined by community members to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the college. The two-hour celebration was kicked off with a performance by the El Dorado High School marching band. Faculty and staff were met with cheers from students and supporters as they paraded single file on either side of Chapman Avenue. Student volunteers from several Orange County colleges and high schools participated in the street celebration, with many members of the Fullerton community attending as well to show their support.
This is the El Dorado High School band starting the 85th anniversary celebration parade on Chapman Avenue.
The American Red Cross and Associated Students continued to sponsor blood drives on campus. Before donating blood in 1980, a student has her blood pressure checked. Participants filled out questionnaires required by the Red Cross in order to monitor any inadequacies that might be present in the blood. Students who were ill or had been on medication were not allowed to donate.
If students passed rudimentary tests, like these two, they were allowed to donate blood. Blood drives continued into the 1990s during semi-annual Blood Donor Days held in conjunction with the American Red Cross and were sponsored by the Associated Students. To drum up support for the blood drives, the Red Cross had a volunteer dress up in a blood drop costume (Buddy Blood Drop) and wander around the campus.
This performance was part of Earth Day, April 22, 1980. Earth Day was first observed in 1970, when students and citizens across the country protested the plethora of garbage and pollution rampant throughout the United States. In 1990, the Fullerton College Biology Club presented its first annual Invitation to Earth, an event designed to promote environmental awareness.
The campus started Career Day in May 1978, and it quickly became one of the most highly attended events. This is Career Day in 1981.
For Career Day in 1981, businesses were spread out across the quad area, with a variety of potential employers available to discuss employment opportunities with Fullerton College students.
At that same Career Day, students check out a unique piece of equipment.
Here a student checks out opportunities with the Fullerton Police Department. At the May 9, 1981 event, students could visit over 50 booths.
Another student checks out opportunities with Pacific Telephone. At the time, big eyeglasses were a major fashion statement.
At Career Day in 1981, Social Science instructors Eugene F. McKibbin and Jack H. Kirschenbaum show off the capabilities of the college’s latest computers.
Fullerton College counselors assisted students during Career Day. This is Counselor Richard J. Schulz staffing an information table in 1981.
At a 1990 campus job fair, a student talks with a representative from American Temporary Services.
Community Awareness Day, April 30, 1981, brought out a large number of local groups and organizations. It was held in recognition of National Volunteer Week. The event was designed to help students find internships or volunteer opportunities with local businesses or services and to also introduce them to the various services provided by community organizations.
One of the organizations represented at the 1981 Community Awareness Day was the Women’s Transitional Living Center, a nonprofit organization for helping women escape domestic violence.
For Community Awareness Week in 1983, a gorilla-costumed volunteer makes the rounds at the different stands.
In 1986, Fullerton College started High School Visitation Day, designed to attract high school students to the campus. The event was also known as Senior Day, College Day, or A Day at Fullerton College. High school students from across Southern California were invited to the campus for a general orientation. Students started out in the campus theatre for an orientation where videos of Fullerton College programs were shown to give the students an idea of the kinds of services available. This is the welcome station for Senior Day in 1995.
After the orientation, students could fill out Fullerton College admission forms at application tables. Tables were set up to the east of the Chapman Avenue crosswalk. The Student Services Building is in the background.
In 1995, Fullerton College offered High School Counselor’s Day, open to high school, college/career counselors, instructors, and administrators. The day was designed to showcase campus programs and departments, financial aid opportunities, admission requirements, and provide information on how courses are taught at Fullerton College.
In June 1982, Congressman William E. Dannemeyer spoke on campus. A conservative Republican, he was known at the time for his anti-gay political positions. Along with fellow Republican Congressman Robert K. Dornan, Dannemeyer came to personify Orange County conservatism. Other speakers during this period included former Black Panther member Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998), who spoke during the final week of Black History Month in February 1998; Republican Congressman Ed Royce on April 13, 1999; and California State Assemblyman Dick Ackerman, who spoke at an open forum on April 30, 1999. One of the most controversial speakers proposed was conservative radio and television commentator Wally George (1931-2003). After Associated Students debated on whether to have George, who called himself the Father of Combat TV, he was scheduled in 1986, but his talk was later cancelled due to low ticket sales.
On September 23, 1981, a Cessna 150 airplane crash landed in the Horticulture parking lot around 8:20 p.m., hitting seven cars and coming within 40 to 50 feet of nearly a dozen students. No serious injuries were reported. A crash of a different sort took place on March 28, 1984, when a 60-foot tree just outside the Mathematics Building split and uprooted, falling to the ground and scattering students in all directions. Three students suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Health Center.
On Tuesday May 12, 1987, a student prankster ran a bicycle up the flag pole near the Student Center where it remained half an hour before campus safety told him to take it down.
One of the most exciting events for residents of Southern California was the Los Angeles Olympic Games In 1984. The handball games were played at California State University, Fullerton, marking the first time that an actual Olympic event had taken place in Orange County. J. W. Mattman of J. Mattman Security, a local Fullerton company, was selected to provide security for the 82-day run by Olympic Torch Relay Sponsor, AT&T. Fullerton College paid $3,000 to purchase one kilometer of the torch relay for the 1984 Summer Games of the XXIII Olympiad. The torch relay started on May 3rd from Mount Olympus in Greece and ended on July 28th for the opening ceremony in Los Angeles.
Thousands of Fullerton residents and visitors lined the streets to watch the Olympic Games Torch relay. This is a map of the route. The torches were carried by thousands of volunteer bearers who were raising money for youth sports with every kilometer they ran. The torch bearers passed through 33 states and the District of Columbia, across a 9,000-mile stretch.
Viva Mexico, a Mexican dance troupe from Fullerton Union High School, celebrated Mexican Independence Day on September 12, 1990 in the quad. The dance troupe performed traditional Mexican dances for the large audience.
Dancers perform in front of the Student Center in February 1995 for Black History Month.
Members of the Black Student Union used the 1995 Black History Month event to raise money by selling homemade food at this barbeque.
A Native American dancer performs at an Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) multi-cultural event in 1996. The event was sponsored by the Indigenous People of the Americas in collaboration with the Associated Students, the Division of Humanities, the Inter-Club Council, and the Inter-Cultural Friendship Club.
This 1980 shot features a student art exhibition on campus. On the left is Fine Arts instructor Lynn Gamwell.
A co-ed looks over stained-glass merchandise available in the quad area in December 1980. The Associated Students sponsored a holiday Crafts Faire in December, then added a second one in March or April. Students could purchase jewelry, leatherwork, wood work , and other handmade items. Beginning In November 1984, the parking lot next to the Student Center was used for a weekly swap meet, held every Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A percentage of the profits went to the Fullerton College Advancement Fund. Each dealer space sold for $8.00.
In the 1980s, the campus began to offer KinderCaminatas designed to interest youngsters in attending college as adults. The event allows kindergartners to explore what they want to be when they grow up and helps them choose career paths. Stations are set up annually in the campus quad and in individual classrooms. In this 1980s shot, kindergartners are being shown the ins and outs of the campus television studio.
Here grade schoolers are lined up for the March 31, 1995 KinderCaminata. During the event, kindergarteners toured the campus, visited Career Exploration Stations, which were designed to provide visual and interactive educational activities, and experienced multicultural entertainment. Police officers, firefighters, physicians, attorneys, and other professionals were on hand to speak to the children. The theme of the event was “Si Se Puede” (Yes You Can).
In the 1980s, arcade video games were very popular. In 1984, Associated Students purchased video game equipment which was placed inside the Student Center in a room nicknamed “The Cave.” The arcade was used mainly by male students. The Student Center had a game room back in 1977, but it was damaged by bikers, who would come in to use the pool tables and leave the room in shambles, and the room was eventually shut down. To avoid past problems, a game room monitor was available whenever The Cave was open for student use. The game room, which opened its doors on April 2, 1984, averaged about 120 students a day, netting Associated Students about $250 to $350 daily.
In June 1987, a small group of organizers got together to create a memorial for those who had died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). This initial meeting served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Contributing panels came from all fifty states and dozens of countries. Many notable individuals have panels, including tennis player Arthur Ashe, choreographer Michael Bennett, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, dancer Rudolph Nureyev, and Freddie “Mercury” Bulsara of the rock band Queen. In the 1990s, the campus began displaying the quilt panels in the now demolished Student Center. After that, the displays moved to the new Fullerton College Library. This shot was taken in 2009. In 1993, the AIDS crisis hit home when Fullerton College instructor Harry Hampton (1940-1989) was honored with a quilt panel. Various faculty members signed the panel and wrote brief messages. In conjunction with the Orange County AIDS Outreach Program, the Health Center began offering free HIV testing on campus. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
In the 1980s and 1990s, travel was still relatively cheap, and the campus sponsored a number of travel study courses. In the summer of 1982, the Communication Division offered Radio and Television in Britain, a travel study course that included stops at the BBC Broadcasting House and Thames TV. Land costs were $929 per person, with airfare $763. Study Abroad started in 1985, but in the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Martin Hebeling offered an annual European travel study class each summer in conjunction with the Consortium for International Travel and the Fullerton College Social Sciences Department.
This is the brochure for the fall 1988 semester in Paris. Classes began in August 1988, with three weeks of on-campus classes before the departure for Europe. Students were required to take a minimum of 12 units of French language and culture, art history, or drama and theater courses. The basic fee was $3,590, which included airfare, dorm lodgings (half a twin room), breakfast and dinner, designated program activities and excursions (including hotel rooms on overnight excursions), a bus/metro pass for Paris, and an international student ID card.
Starting in 1964, the City of Fullerton opened its streets, shops, museums, schools, and galleries for a public viewing one night each year—A Night in Fullerton. Fullerton College went all out for these events, showing student artwork, performing musical and theatrical numbers, and presenting other live events. This is the program brochure for the 1990 event. A map was included to guide the public to various activities around Fullerton. All events were free to the public.
For the 1980 A Night in Fullerton, conductor/band leader Terry Blakely (center in the dark jacket) led the Fullerton jazz band in the courtyard of Villa del Sol (305 North Harbor) in downtown Fullerton. At the 1983 Night in Fullerton, FC Radio KBPK (90.1 on the FM dial) broadcasted live from the campus and balcony area of Villa del Sol, while also offering reports and interviews from other locations throughout the 7 to 11 p.m. event. Villa de Sol was originally the California Hotel, which opened its doors in 1923. In 1964, the Hotel was remodeled to include shops, restaurants, and offices.
For the 1995 Night in Fullerton, the Fullerton College orchestra performed.
Two students broadcast over KBPK (90.1 on the FM dial) in 1986.
Here is KBPK staff at a 1995 event.
The quad was still used for fun and games, as shown in this 1980 shot of a student pulling a co-ed in a homemade cart.
Two trios compete in a racing game in May 1990, part of the Associated Students year-end bash. Other events included a gunny sack race, a water balloon toss, and a pie in the face contest. Chancellor Tom K. Harris also sat in a dunk tank booth, allowing students to tip him into a tank of water.
Also popular in the Associated Students year-end event were three-legged races which required two participants to complete a short sprint with the left leg of one runner strapped to the right leg of another runner.
As part of Homecoming events for 1991, two students compete in a grape-eating contest.
At the same time, there were election rallies and serious speakers in the quad area. In 1982, Wiley Horne and Dan Martin debated Proposition 9, a proposed water canal project that would have transported water from Northern California to more populated Southern California. The measure was defeated by California voters.
Despite the Hornet’s continual complaints about student apathy, over 500 interested students and supporters did turn out for an October 7, 1983 anti-tuition rally in the quad. The key speakers were President Philip Borst and Assemblyman Art Torres. That rally was followed by an anti-tuition barbeque on November 15, 1983. The theme was “Bite Dukemejian before he bites you.” Despite protests, the California Legislature implemented the first tuition for community colleges in 1984.
In 1994, Fullerton College students peacefully protested Proposition 187, known as the Save Our State initiative, in the quad. It prohibited illegal aliens from using health and other California social services. The proposition did pass, but was challenged in a legal suit and found unconstitutional by a federal court. Fullerton College students protested a number of issues during these two decades. On April 27, 1985, a campus Christian group picketed the 7-Eleven Store located at 1657 N. Placentia Avenue because of the company’s refusal to stop selling pornographic magazines; in November 1990, Biology Club members picketed Sea World for its treatment of dolphins and whales; in 1993, students protested the lack of a Chicano Studies Program; in October 1996, students protested Proposition 209, an anti-affirmative action initiative, in the quad; and in October 1999, the Indigenous Peoples of America (IPA) held an anti-Columbus demonstration during Native American Day Celebrations, barbecuing an effigy of the Catholic missionary.
After a ten year absence of homecoming at Fullerton College, Catherine Allen and Chris Morris, both of the Later-Day Saint Student Association (LDSSA), were crowned on November 26, 1985. The announcement which revealed the winning couple was made before a near capacity crowd during the halftime show at a football game against Mount San Antonio College. The couple was crowned as hundreds of blue and gold balloons were released by spectators.
These three co-eds display a “Stop the Madness” t-shirt. “Stop the Madness” and “Just Say No” were phrases used to support the Reagan Administration’s anti-drug campaign in the 1980s. As part of Substance Abuse Fairs, a car wrecked by a drunk student was featured in the quad to warn students about the hazards of drinking and driving.
Three Fullerton College students read the latest issue of the Hornet newspaper in 1982. As in previous decades, there were alternative underground newspapers published, including the Molotov Cocktail, published in 1993, which dealt with equal education and affirmative action. The underground publication—which billed itself as “the voice of resistance”—advocated anarchy.
Two Hornet staffers peruse a 1986 issue of the student newspaper.
In April 1988, Vince Williams, staff member of the Hornet newspaper, walked away from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) competition with a first place award in the Editorial Cartoon category for this piece.
The Theatre and Music Departments joined forces in July 1981 to present the musical The Fiddler on the Roof. Here Fine Arts instructor Thomas L. Blank demonstrates appropriate dance moves to members of the cast.
The trained cast members of The Fiddler on the Roof show off their newly acquired skills.
Following the production of The Fiddler on the Roof, there was a well-attended reception.
Jay Presson Allen’s play, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, was performed in the Campus Theatre in October 1982. Playing the lead was Tia Odium, shown here with cast members (left to right): Marian Coombs, Megan Cherry, Pam Nathanson, and Juanita Collins. The play is set in a girls’ conservatory school in Edinburgh from 1931 to 1938. Other plays presented during this period included The Way of the World, Tartuffe, The Heidi Chronicles, Shadowbox, Blithe Spirit, Steambath, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Picnic, The Importance of Being Earnest, Front Page, and Our Town.
These are the two leads in the March 1981 production of Cabaret: Eve Himmelheber and Roger Keller. The musical explored the decadence and depravity of pre-Nazi Berlin in the 1930s. Other musicals produced during these two decades included The Best Little Whore House in Texas, Nine, Peter Pan, Barnum, Into the Woods, and The Man of La Mancha, performed both in English and Spanish.
Working on Michael Frayn’s China Men in 1987 are actors Bronwyn Dodson and Steve Spehar, who are shown getting blocking instructions from student director Royce Reynold (far left). Bronwyn Dodson was killed in a tragic traffic accident on September 18, 1992. In her honor, the Studio Theatre was renamed the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre. Dodson had worked in the Theatre Arts Department as an actress, makeup artist, electrician, carpenter, scene painter, stage manager, director, and production manager.
In the summer of 1997, theatre instructor Bob Jensen produced Michael Frayn’s Noises Off as part of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s (1201 W. Malvern Avenue) Dinner Theater on the Green program. Dinner fare was provided by the Brea Bistro. Cast members included (from left) Cynthia Ryauen, Patrick Dall’Occhio, Artie O’Daley, and Amberly Williams.
In April 1999, the Fullerton College Concert Choir traveled across the globe to China for a series of performances with their foreign counterparts. The group was invited by the Chinese government to perform alongside students from the University of Shanghai as a thank you for the warm reception given to the 40 Chinese exchange students who had started to attend Fullerton College in 1997. The students from mainland China were part of a new academic partnership between the College and the Beijing Concorde Institute of Management (BCIM).
Beginning in the 1970s, Fullerton College sponsored one of the best attended jazz festivals on the west coast, the Fullerton College Jazz Festival, supported by the nonprofit Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. In this 1990 shot, the college jazz band is performing in front of the Student Center. In 1985, the Fullerton College Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Group won an all expenses paid trip to perform daily concerts in Florida’s Epcot Center after winning a Disneyworld and National Association of Jazz Educators competition of jazz groups from major colleges and universities. On June 16, 1985, the Jazz Band also opened the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the only school group to play alongside the jazz professionals performing.
This is a closer shot of the trumpet section. At the annual event, high school jazz bands, combos, and vocal jazz groups competed.
As part of the 1990 jazz festival, two instructors discuss jazz in a music class. An overhead projector is in the center of the room. The overhead projector enlarged and projected text or images onto a screen or wall from a transparent sheet lit from below.
In February 1980, members of the Gay and Lesbian Student Education Union (GLSEU) applied to become a club on campus. When the NOCCCD Trustees denied their application, the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in with a lawsuit which sought to compel the trustees to extend recognition to the homosexual club. On advice of their lawyers, the trustees responded by withdrawing recognition of all clubs in May. In this photo, Karen Schmidt, the 17-year-old head of the GLSEU, is shown addressing the trustees in a March meeting. At the meeting, the GLSEU received a lot of community and student support, but one individual, Lori Carbine, a mother of three, spoke out against the club and brought out an anti-GLSEU petition signed by 218 FC students.
The May 1980 decision of the Trustees of the NOCCCD to withdraw recognition of all clubs to prevent the formation of a gay and lesbian club affected both Fullerton College and Cypress College. The decision was met with immediate protest. Two years later, the trustees settled the issue by turning over the power to recognize clubs to the Associated Students Board.
Because of the NOCCCD Board decision, nearly all clubs disbanded, but members of MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) continued to gather food for their annual campus food drive. In this 1981 shot, students are sorting through food contributions prior to a delivery to a needy family.
This is the Biology Club table in the quad on Earth Day in 1990.
In 1991, members of the Psychology Club held a book sale as a fund-raising event. Some new and active clubs during these decades included: the Human Services Club; a newly restarted Spanish Club in 1990; the Ski Club; the Animal Right’s Club; the Fashion Club; the Anthropology Club; a new Persian Club; the Forensic Society Club; the White Student Union; the Black Student Union, which resurfaced in 1989 after a decade of inactivity; the Beyond War Club; the Paralegal Club; Society Maidens, set up for single women; YouthXcel, designed to present a positive image of Generation Xers; the Microcomputer User’s Minocracy; and the Hemp Club, formed in 1993. To serve gays and lesbians on campus, the Gay Rights Union started in 1993.
The Inter-Club Council sponsored an annual Club and College Information Day to help promote the variety of clubs on campus and to serve as an ice breaker for new and older students. On September 24, 1985, the Associated Student Senate passed a motion allowing a Bible study group, the Studies in the Old and New Testament club, to use the student government room in the Student Center for prayer. Senators opposed to the motion were worried that the action would set a precedent for any other religious groups who wished to worship in a school government facility, but the move was received positively by religious club members, who had long wanted a place on campus to meet.
This is the 1980 commencement, still held at 7:30 p.m. in the Fullerton Union High School Stadium.
This is graduating student Mike Suppe with his seeing eye dog Lobo in 1981. In the October 30, 1981 issue of the Hornet, Suppe complained about Fullerton College students calling, petting, or throwing food at Lobo, distracting the dog from his serious job.
During this period, wearing signage on graduation robes became very popular.
This is the May 17, 1991 Hornet advertisement for the June 6th commencement.
This is student Bob Gerrard (left) registering for a class in 1980.
The following year, this mother registered with her small son in tow.
A student receives registration assistance from counselors David J. Blasdell and Rodney O. Houston (left to right) in 1980.
At the time, Fullerton College students still registered by moving through a series of stations. This is a diagram of the various steps students were expected to move to throughout the registration process in the Student Center in 1980.
These students are at station 2 in the registration process trying to select their courses.
Walk-in registration continued until 1994 when the Student Telephone Access Registration (STAR) system was implemented. The telephone system had 96 phone lines available for student use, allowing students to register in a minimal amount of time. The STAR system cost $184,000, but actually saved the college money. This is the advertisement for the new system. In spring 1997, students who were registering by phone were able to pay with a credit card for the first time.
In January 1992, the college produced the first All-Campus ID Cards, which were issued to all students during the registration process. All units that required a class schedule printout as proof of student status (Admissions and Records, the Bookstore, Financial Aid, etc.) or a barcode for check-in/check-out (Fitness Labs, Computer Labs, the Library) could now utilize this new card. This is a sample of the new ID Card. The following year, a fifty cent fee was charged for the semester validation sticker on each student identification card.
In 1991, the campus implemented a scantron registration application designed to make the application process smoother. One of the major benefits of the scantron format was that the applicant’s name and permanent number went immediately into the mainframe computer that contained all student information, making it faster to locate students for needed tests and other information.
Two students examine bones in a 1981 life science course.
These students are working in a 1986 biology class.
An instructor shows off fossil remains in a 1989 biology class.
Two students are shown working in a 1989 Chemistry class.
Business instructor Joel H. Willenbring explains data processing equipment to a student in 1981.
This student shows off her technique in a Beginning Guitar (Music 130 ABCD) course in 1980.
In 1982, a student practices the trombone.
In 1991, a student performs on a Gretsch “basic five” drum set as part of his course work.
In 1982/83, art instructor Robert Miller began teaching a new course on cartooning, Fundamentals of Cartooning (Art 144), which focused on cartooning mechanics, characters, techniques, and writing. For the class, R. Szymanski came up with this sample advertisement.
Student Brian Murray is working on his vision of Superman.
A gifted illustrator, Brian Murray published his first comic book in 1986, Urth, Ayre, Fyre, Watr.
A male student works on a painting in a 1990 art class. Earlier in 1979, art classes were vacated from the 1000 (Art) Building so it could be renovated. The $2-million dollar renovation added more classroom space, air-conditioning, and an art gallery.
In 1980, a student enrolled in a television course directs a news segment. In the background is Wilshire Junior High School, which would soon become the Wilshire Continuing Education Center. In 1982, programming began on the new College News cable channel 32. The first show was a sports show, Hornet ReCap, which had a budget of zero dollars. Using available television equipment, the show reached homes with cable television in the local Fullerton area.
In 1995, two students are similarly shown filming a campus news segment.
A student shows off some of his designs created in Wood Sculpture (Art 255AB).
In the 1980s, the Fashion Careers Department renamed the annual Clothing and Design Fashion Show the Young Couture Awards Clothing and Design Fashion Show, held in the Student Center. Awards were given for excellence in workmanship and creativity in a number of categories: sewing, tailoring, day wear design, casual wear design, evening wear design, and high school couture.
Two students model male and female outfits created in a 1980s fashion design course.
To bring attention to the work of individual students and to the fashion design program, students continued to develop shows at shopping malls, including the nearby Brea Mall. This student models a creation designed in 1995. Fullerton College began to offer fashion design and related fashion courses in the 1920s, but by this time, the fashion design program had pulled away from being part of the home economics/domestic arts program and had become a program of its own.
A City of Brea policeman inspects the uniform of a student enrolled in a 1990s Administration of Justice course. The student is future Capt. Robert Bugbee, instructor in the Fullerton College Police Academy.
Cadets from the Fullerton College Police Academy Class Number 8 stand in formation in 1996. Located in the Technical Education Building, the police program included faculty members from a variety of law enforcement areas, including police sergeants and commanders, criminalists, and even former secret service agents.
Fullerton College students learn a foreign language as Jeanne Germond leads the way in pronunciation in front of the classroom in this 1989 shot.
A business student shows off her merchandising aplomb.
These two students are enrolled in a 1980s accounting course.
Two Fullerton College dancers rehearse in this 1989 photograph.
With the Administration (100) Building in the background, this student tilts a tripod-mounted still camera upward as she focuses on a 1990 campus scene.
For a 1990 photography class, three students line up a shot. In the background is the Applied Arts/Humanities (500) Building.
In the spring semester of 1982, the campus opened a new photo lab, which featured a studio, darkroom facility, and a combination lecture and instruction room. Pictured here are students in the studio learning to use an 8 x 10 format camera, which was used in many professional studios at the time.
For a class called “A Day in the Life of Fullerton,” a group of student photographers took pictures of people, events, and buildings around the city on one day, April 15, 1988. Different sections of the student photographs were on display at the Fullerton Public Library, the North Orange County Community College District Board Room, and Fullerton City Hall. The photographs were donated to the Local History Room of the Fullerton Public Library and the Fullerton College Library Archives. The project was done under the direction of instructor Lena Tanzo Kane.
This photo is taken from a flyer announcing word processing classes offered on campus during the day, evening, and on Saturdays. The flyer notes that the new machines “seem almost like magic. A button is pressed and personalized letters are printed at high speeds or a portion of a catalog is ‘called up’ from electronic memory for immediate display and editing on a visual screen.” The campus also continued to offer typing courses (85AB Automated Typing) on the basic operation procedures for the IBM Electronic 50, Memory, and Mag Card II typewriters.