1930:

UM Alumni association formed

Campus radio station formed

University of Havana closes during revolutionary activity bringing influx of Cuban students to UM

Aviation Training Division of the Navy Reserve Unit established on UM campus

Student led library drive initiated; faculty compile list of 3,000 essential titles

1931:

First full-fledged homecoming celebration

Death of Dean Richmond A. Rasco, founder of UM Law School; over 1,000 attend funeral

President Ashe first proposes purchase of Biltmore Hotel to become gateway to University; plan was eventually dropped

The student work of the architecture program was shown in the third and fourth annual exhibitions of the Architectural League of Greater Miami

1932:

University files petition for bankruptcy; President Ashe credited with various strategies that kept UM afloat Ė even pays from his own wallet and borrows on his personal investments

Faculty salaries are cut by 60%

First Winter Institute of Literature offered; Carl Sandburg lectures

Land on Elliott Key donated to University; plans made for tropical sciences research laboratory

Dorothy B. Miller becomes the Universityís first full-time professional librarian; size of University Library surpasses 7,500 volumes

1933:

President Ashe awarded honorary LLD degree by Stetson University

Marching band is formed

1934:

Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Hervey Allen speak at the third annual Winter Institute of Literature

Dr. John Barrett, Washington official and envoy to Latin America, proposes name change of University of Miami to Pan American University

Marine Zoology classes become first to be photographed underwater while collecting samples off Cape Florida; images are shown around the country

Dade County School system formally recognizes bachelor degrees from UM equal to any other programs in the state

1935:

The new University of Miami stadium, seating over 15,000, opens for the Orange Bowl Tournament on New Years Day; Miami will face off against Bucknell University

Robert Frost lectures at fourth annual Winter Institute of Literature

The University of Miami athletic department issued a call for a new mascot in The Miami Hurricane; suggestions included a crocodile, a cat, a duck, an ibis, a buzzard, and a cotton mouth moccasin.

The Alumni Quarterly, a literary magazine, becomes the first official publication of the Alumni Association

The French Village homes in Coral Gables open as menís dorms

1936:

UM students join 500,000 other collegiate in a nationwide peace strike against war in response to an increase in the passing of the largest peace-time military budget in U.S. history

Students raise over $1000 to paint the Anastasia Building; after purchasing the paint student volunteers paint the building; City of Coral Gables donates landscaping services

UM purchases Anastasia Building for $50,000

1937:

Dr. Jay F. W. Pearson to serve as advisor for new organization, Student Committee for a Permanent Building and Endowment Fund

William T. Grant donates his South Bayshore home as a presidentís home; it serves three presidents until 1974

University hosts 2nd annual meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences; Dr. Jay F. W. Pearson elected treasurer of group

The Hurricanes meet the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the dedication game for the newly built $300,000 Rodney Burdine Orange Bowl Stadium; erected with the aid of PWA funds, the stadium holds 23,000

1938:

UM football team defeats University of Florida Gators for the first time

Winter Institute of Hispanic Studies founded

1939:

San Sebastian Building purchased for $202,500; it was used for administrative offices and as a womenís dorm

University publishes first collection of scholarly papers

Winter Institute of Hispanic Studies inaugurated

 

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