Posted July 2013, with selections from the 1963 Chinook, the Washington State University yearbook.
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College of Agriculture
A number of programs prepared students for careers in agriculture, ranging from forestry to economics and plant pathology and dairy science.
College of Engineering and Mineral Technology
College of Economics and Business
The college ran economic and business research, as well as training students in business administration, hotel administration, economics, and secretarial studies.
College of Sciences & Arts
Majors in this college covered the humanities, social sciences, and biological and physical sciences. Some of the departments were botany, zoology, mathematics, geology, physics, English, music, journalism, fine arts, anthropology, and police science.
Jim Sutherland's Cougar squad won five, lost two, and tied one in the season. The football team was lead by Dave Mathieson at quarterback, Clarence Williams at halfback, and Hugh Campbell at receiver.
The WSU men's basketball team had another tough year, chalking up a 5-20 record. The highlight was defeating Idaho, which had beat the Cougs four out of five previous meetings.
The 1963 baseball team under Coach Bobo Brayton had a 24-8 record, but only broke even in division games.
Under Jack Mooberry's leadership, the Cougar tracksters won three of five meets in division. Nils Siverson was the first WSU pole vaulter to break 15 feet. Other top track stars were Jim Allen, Bill Bridges, and John Valiant.
Coach Jim Sweeney's gymnasts took second place in the Pacific Northwest Open Meet, among other accomplishments.
Coach Bill Zimmerli’s Cougar golf team had an 8-2-2 season in 1963.
President C. Clement French was president of WSU in 1963.
Greg Click was president of ASWSU in 1963. Here are a few other campus leaders:
Clubs and associations
A large variety of social, academic, cultural, and professional clubs and associations kept students busy outside of class.
Read My Recollections of Sam Mompongo by WSU Professor Emeritus Al Harrington.
WSU had several music and performance groups, including the orchestra, university choir, marching band, and concert band.
The Daily Evergreen continued to feed the news to hungry students and faculty.
The Army and Air Force ROTC had a very visible presence on campus and in The Chinook, with 12 pages in the yearbook devoted to photos.
Pullman gave students plenty of social activities and events...and a chance to practice their dancing and kite skills.
Performances and plays brought some music and culture to campus.
The WSU students again crowned their royalty for Homecoming and other events.
Registering for classes always took up some time.
But the computer helped.
WSU graduated 1,071 seniors in 1963. The commencement speaker was John C. Folger '14, '17 MS, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium.
Graduates included future Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.
A chance to relax down at The Dunes along the Snake River.
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