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Timeline

 
1930s
 
April 16, 1934
Charter Day (2:52 p.m.)
October 1, 1934
First convocation of William J. Porter University in 3rd floor auditorium of First Baptist Educational Building.
1935
Porter University officially changes to Jacksonville Junior College (JJC).
Classes move to Haddock Business University classrooms at 517 Laura Street.
1936
The school occupies the entire second floor of the Florida Theater Building.
 
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1940s
 
1944
JJC colors change from scarlet and white to green and white.
January 20, 1944
Dr. Garth H. Akridge is elected as first full-time, salaried president of JJC and serves from 1944-1951.
April, 1944
JJC moves to Kay Mansion at 704 Riverside Avenue.
October 27, 1944
The Scribe is the first student newspaper, publishes only two issues.
September 23, 1946
The Fledgling school newspaper starts.
June 24, 1947
Carl S. Swisher elected Chairman of Board of Trustees.
December 12, 1947
The name “Green Dolphins” is chosen through a student contest. Some of the other options considered were: Green Raiders, Green Marlins, Buccaneers, Juggernauts and Green Dragons.
January, 1947
JJC beats Army-Navy Recruiting team 22-16 in first basketball game in the City Recreation League.
May 27, 1949
Green Key Society founded.
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1950s
 
October 2, 1950
Classes begin on Arlington campus in first permanent building (Founders).
December 7, 1950
JJC earns full accreditation from the Southern Associations of Colleges and Secondary Learning.
November 23-24, 1951
First Homecoming banquet is held at the George Washington Hotel, with Congressman Charles E. Bennett as the speaker.
1953
Swisher Gymnasium is built.
March 31, 1953
The board authorizes the first fraternity, Kappa Tau Kappa. Soon after, the first sorority, Beta Chi Alpha, arrives on campus.
April, 1956
Nelms Science building and Swisher Auditorium are dedicated within a week of each other.
April 29, 1956
Franklyn A. Johnson is named president-elect of JJC. He develops school into a fully accredited senior college in five years. He serves until 1963.
February 27, 1958
Board approves merger of Jacksonville College of Music with Jacksonville University.
June 6, 1959
The first 4-year class of 100 graduates.
 
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1960s
 
1961
College of Fine Arts established.
December 7, 1961
JU receives full accreditation as four-year institution.
December 11, 1961
Ground is broken for the first dorms.
January 8, 1962
Wayne Corbin appointed first Dean of Men.
March 11, 1963
Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson arrives on campus by helicopter and addresses students in Swisher Gym.
May 9, 1963
JU becomes integrated by trustee vote.
1964
Master of Arts in Teaching program added.
May 1967
College of Arts and Sciences established.
November 9, 1967
Dionne Warwick performs in Swisher gym.
Homecoming, 1969
JU welcomed Neil Diamond to the stage to play in front of students, alumni and faculty.
 
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1970s
 
March 21, 1970
Led by Artis Gilmore ’71, Men’s basketball advances to 1970 NCAA Championship game.
September 21, 1971
NROTC established.
1972
Florida First National Bank donates GE-225 Computer (originally worth $385,000) to be used by admissions and registrar in converted classroom.
April 6, 1972
Bob Hope and Jack Benny receive honorary doctorates.
December, 1972
John Denver performs for students during the festivities.
March 7, 1974
Duke Ellington performs in concert with special composition he wrote for the event.
March, 1975
Billy Joel plays in a packed Swisher Gym.
August, 1975
The Rathskeller opens.
September 7, 1979
K.C. and the Sunshine Band record a live performance in Swisher Gym for an album.
1979
College of Business established.
 
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1980s
 
1980
Students go to “The Rat” for happy hour.
April 9, 1980
Dr. Frances B. Kinne became the seventh president of Jacksonville University. She was also the first woman president in the state of Florida and the second in the nation.
1981
New majors introduced: dance, photography and communications.
Basketball: over 2 years 39-20 record with 2 Gator Bowl titles, 1 Sunbelt, 1 NCAA and NIT Tournament
Homecoming, 1981
Bruce Springsteen brought more than 10,000 fans to the coliseum and the Doobie Brothers also performed for students as part of the celebration.
1982
Volleyball sets JU record, placing 3rd in AIAW Reg. III Tournament.
June 24, 1982
W. Ashley Verlander is named Chairman of Board of Trustees.
1983
The Division of Aeronautics is created.
March 9, 1983
The New York Yankees played the JU Dolphins at Wolfson Park in an exhibition game to raise funds to install lights at JU baseball field.  11,119 fans turn out.
April 12, 1983
Golden Anniversary Celebration begins with appearance by former President Gerald Ford.
September 9, 1983
Artis Gilmore Day is celebrated. Gilmore receives an honorary doctorate
December 7, 1983
Columnist Ann Landers declares JU one of the top four colleges in the nation.
December, 1983
Davis gift of $3.5 million given to the University.
November 18, 1984
Charlton Heston and Ann Landers visit JU and receive honorary doctorates.
 
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1990s
 
September 5, 1990
University Center dedicated to Dr. Frances B. Kinne by Winston Churchill III.
April 19, 1991
Groundbreakings for Reid Science Building and Terry Concert Hall .
September 19, 1992
Former JU Student Leanza Cornett wins the title of Miss America.
January 3, 1993
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart performs in Snickers Lounge at JU comedy night.
1996
Aeronautics develops one-of-a-kind training partnership with Delta Connection Academy.
1997
New $1.5 million Café opens in the Kinne Center.
Visual arts annex is opened with ceramic room, painting room and glass blowing studio.
JU apartments are built.
September 12, 1998
JU football’s first game is a 19-14 win against Davidson, more than 5,000 fans show up to cheer.
 
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2000s
 
2001
Renovations are made to Council Building and Kinne Center.
July 1, 2004
Kerry Romesburg became the eleventh University President.
2007
Nursing expands to include Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner sub-specialization, first in Florida, sixth in country.
Oak Hall, newest modern living quarters, opens to students.
October 13, 2007
Negaard Rowing Center opens.
2008-09
Football, basketball, baseball, soccer, track and crew all win their conference championships.
2009
Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse added for 2009-10 season.
February 27, 2009
JU breaks ground on $10 million 30,000 square-foot Marine Science Research Institute on the river bank.
May 2, 2009
JU graduates more than 600 new alumni.
October, 2009
JU kicks-off the 75th anniversary celebration.