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The turmoil that faced the country as this decade opened washed across Santa Rosa Junior College. The Cambodian invasion in May 1970 caused SRJC to erupt like many colleges and universities across the nation. There were classroom boycotts and campus confrontations.
When President Newman stepped down in 1970, Vice President for Academic Affairs Brook Tauzer became the Acting President while the search for a third President began. Dr. Roy Mikalson was hired in 1971.
The 70s were also years of growth for SRJC. Enrollment topped 17,000 in 1975, and by decade’s end, the entire student records system would be computerized. The first associate in science degrees were offered in 1974.
The federal government granted SRJC the use of 365 acres for a college farm close to Forestville; the farm was named for former trustee Robert Shone. In 1974, the College opened a Petaluma center in temporary classrooms, later moving to the Sonoma/Marin Fairgrounds. The Northern California Criminal Justice Training Center was opened at Los Guilucos. National Park Service Seasonal Ranger Training was offered at the center and remains the only one in California today. The Summer Repertory Theater, the Art Gallery, and the Museum were all established in the 1970s. In 1977, graphic artist Doug Offenbacher donated key design elements of SRJC’s official logo that included oak leaves, acorns and modified flame.
Diversity increased during the 1970s, and the average SRJC student was nearly 30 years old. In the 60s, the average student was male; by 1976, 55 percent of students were female. At the same time, 12 percent of students were ethnic minorities, a figure that had been close to 0 percent the decade before.
Construction during the decade continued with the Plover Library (1971), the Quinn Swim Center (1973), Emeritus Hall (1978), which housed liberal arts departments, and Newman Hall, a 200-seat auditorium, Lark Hall (1979), the SRJC’s music building. Day Under the Oaks, organized as an open house and community education fair, was initiated by alumni Larry Bertolini and Laurie Beard in 1978.
Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges