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Celebrates 91st Anniversary

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DECADE SEVEN

Sports and athletics

Santa Rosa Junior College continued to thrive as the decade of the 1980s began. It was a time of fiscal uncertainty for community colleges at the state level, but SRJC weathered it well. Enrollment dipped slightly when cuts were made at the state level in 1982-1983, but by the mid-1980s the College bounced back and again attracted record numbers of students. In spring 1988, more than 30,000 students registered for classes. Major building slowed, but a new Planetarium opened in 1980, a new gym, Haehl Pavilion, was edicated in 1982, and the 4,000-square-foot Charles D. Belden Center at Shone Farm was dedicated in fall 1983 from funds from community donations.

Media students

As enrollment at SRJC’s Petaluma Center expanded, the search for a permanent site began. In July 1986, the District purchased a 40-acre site in east Petaluma for a permanent campus. However, construction funds were not approved for another decade. A High-Tech Center for Students with Disabilities was approved in 1987-88.

Dr. Roy Mikalson

By decade’s end, President Roy Mikalson announced his retirement after nearly 20 years at the College’s helm. When he took office, enrollment was 5,716; at his retirement, enrollment had reached more than 30,000 day and evening students at 15 locations.

 

Student activities

Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges