OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Happy Birthday Batcheller Hall!

Join us to learn more about this 100 year old building at OSU, and cupcakes!

Batcheller Picture

Thursday, December 5, 2013
4-5 p.m.

Visit the main lobby, located just off Campus Way, as we celebrate the occasion with informational displays and refreshments.

For more information contact Renie Ashbaugh by calling 541-737-3101.

Special thanks to OSU Psychology student Meagan Gray and the OSU Archives for research and development of this celebration!

 

This spot in history:

  • Construction of the School of Mines began in 1912 and finished in time for the new school year in 1913.
  • What is now Batcheller Hall originally housed the School of Mines which was comprised of four departments: Mining & Metallurgical Engineering,
  • Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, and Economic & Mining Geology.
  • The School of Mines formerly housed the radio tower for KFDJ (which later became known as KOAC) circa 1930.
  • During World War I, the School of Mines provided courses for the Student Army Training Corps in handling and use of explosives in mining engineering.
  • In the budget squeeze of the early 1930s, the State Board of Higher Education closed the School of Mines on June 30, 1932. Mining engineering classes went to Engineering.
  • In 1965, The School of Mines building was renamed Batcheller Hall after beloved former Mines professor and school head James H. Batcheller.