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July 27, 2005 | Stephanie Stassel, For The Times
Ralph Prator, whose 10-year term as the first president of what later became Cal State Northridge was characterized by tremendous growth and tension within the student body, has died. He was 97. Prator died Monday at his home in Camarillo, according to the university. No cause of death was given. Prator helped transform the San Fernando Valley's fledging satellite campus of Los Angeles State College into an institution with a solid reputation of its own.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2005 | Stephanie Stassel, For The Times
Ralph Prator, whose 10-year term as the first president of what later became Cal State Northridge was characterized by tremendous growth and tension within the student body, has died. He was 97. Prator died Monday at his home in Camarillo, according to the university. No cause of death was given. Prator helped transform the San Fernando Valley's fledging satellite campus of Los Angeles State College into an institution with a solid reputation of its own.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 | DAVID E. BRADY
Before Blenda J. Wilson, before James Cleary, there was Ralph Prator, the first president of what is now Cal State Northridge. The campus was created in 1956 as an outpost of Los Angeles College of Applied Arts and Sciences (now Cal State Los Angeles), gaining its independence on July 1, 1958, under the provisions of a 1957 bill in the state Legislature that split the institution into separate schools.
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September 21, 1998 | Abigail Goldman
Each of Cal State Northridge's three presidents faced unique challenges as the university--and society at large--changed in the last four decades. One president presided over the university's founding and the chaotic days of student protest during the Vietnam War. His successor tried to restore calm to a campus often shaken by violence. Yet another president faced rebuilding a campus shaken by an even greater power.
NEWS
September 21, 1998 | Abigail Goldman
Each of Cal State Northridge's three presidents faced unique challenges as the university--and society at large--changed in the last four decades. One president presided over the university's founding and the chaotic days of student protest during the Vietnam War. His successor tried to restore calm to a campus often shaken by violence. Yet another president faced rebuilding a campus shaken by an even greater power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1997 | DAVID E. BRADY
He held the top spot only briefly at what is now Cal State Northridge, but Delmar T. Oviatt has arguably the greatest name recognition of any early CSUN administrator. A native of Canada, Oviatt was named dean of the proposed Valley campus of Los Angeles College of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1955, according to "Suddenly a Giant," a 1993 history of the university by history professor John Broesamle.
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September 21, 1998 | ERIC RIMBERT
College Buffet Reception Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m., hosted by seven colleges in the Business and Education courtyard. Deans and faculty members will discuss how the school's curriculum has changed over 40 years. Another reception, also from 5-7 p.m. that day, will be hosted by the College of Arts, Media and Communication in the Music Building courtyard. Both events are free. Archives Reception Sept. 25, 7-9 p.m. at Oviatt Library, south portico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Cal State Northridge will host a series of community events this weekend to highlight the campus' history and academic development, university officials said. The three-day event, "Founders' Weekend," will celebrate the university's evolution from a branch of Los Angeles State College to a modern state university, said CSUN spokeswoman Carmen Chandler.
NEWS
September 21, 1998
As America, including Los Angeles, lost its innocence during the 1960s, the Valley did, too. LAND BOOM Property in Northridge purchased for the campus in 1955 cost $6,000 an acre. By 1965 land near the campus was selling for $100,000 an acre. HOT AIR Regulations required special approval for air conditioning on any state college campus within 25 miles of the ocean.
NEWS
September 21, 1998
1955 Legislature approves purchase of land in north San Fernando Valley for satellite campus of Los Angeles State College (later to be known as Cal State Los Angeles). September San Fernando Valley Campus of Los Angeles State College begins classes in 10 leased rooms at San Fernando High School. 1956 Jan. 4 Groundbreaking for new Valley satellite campus. The 165-acre site, much of it farmland is purchased for $6,000 an acre. Sept. 24 Campus opens with 40 instructors and 1,475 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1997 | DAVID E. BRADY
Before Blenda J. Wilson, before James Cleary, there was Ralph Prator, the first president of what is now Cal State Northridge. The campus was created in 1956 as an outpost of Los Angeles College of Applied Arts and Sciences (now Cal State Los Angeles), gaining its independence on July 1, 1958, under the provisions of a 1957 bill in the state Legislature that split the institution into separate schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester just couldn't stop smiling during her inauguration Thursday. With threatening clouds above, a chill settling on the lawn of the Oviatt Library and protesters making a ruckus in front of Koester's bosses on her big day, she opened up the lobe-to-lobe grin Northridge students have come to recognize.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993
Blenda J. Wilson, in inaugural ceremonies Friday, will be installed as the third president of Cal State Northridge. Wilson, 52, is the nation's only African-American woman to head a university of more than 25,000 students. Wilson took over the campus in September, after the retirement of James W. Cleary.
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