A year of transition—1963-1964—brought many changes to our way of life and to our University. Those of us here for the last year can look back and determine what effect these changes have had on us.
This year, students and faculty returned to campus to begin classes the first week in September. Finals for the first semester fell before the Christmas vacation and the second semester closed the first week in May. This was in accordance with the new school calendar which the University is using as a two-year experiment.
1963-64 brought a major change in the UK administration as Dr. Frank Dickey, UK President, resigned to accept the position of executive director of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Atlanta. His successor is Dr. John Oswald, the sixth President of the University. Dr. Oswald and his family came to Kentucky from California where he was Vice-President-Administration of the University of California.
October saw heated political battles fought on UK soil as the annual Student Congress campaigns began. The election was barely completed when
the campus became involved in the Kentucky gubernatorial campaign. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt emerged the victor.
At the end of November, the University joined the nation and the world in mourning the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy. This proved an opportunity for the public to observe one of the greatest feats of democratic government—the smooth transition of leadership as Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States.
Along with the changes off campus, UK faced the need for more classroom space to accommodate the increasing enrollment. Plans were drawn up and construction began on the Commerce, Law, and Agriculture buildings. These soon will join the Medical Center and the Chemistry-Physics building as additions to the UK scene.
To mark the progress of time, the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing graduated their first classes in 1964, and the University began to prepare for the celebration of its Centennial in 1965.
And so, the students change, the University grows, and the 1963-1964 school year closes.
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