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  1. When did the tradition of the Norlin Charge to graduates at Commencement begin?
  2. Building and Facility Names
  3. Boulder Campus Chancellors
  4. CU Presidents' Dates of Office and Birth and Death Dates
  5. University Charter
  6. Tolland Lab, University Camp, Science Lodge, ASUC Lodge
  7. University of Colorado Personnel Roster
  8. Anti-Vietnam war protests on the CU Boulder campus in 1969, 1970, and 1971
  9. Buffalo Mascot (pdf)
  10. Greek Motto and Seal of the University of Colorado (pdf)

When did the tradition of the Norlin Charge to graduates at Commencement begin?

1943 is the year President Stearns first started using the Norlin charge in the commencement addresses. Please read the following:


Commencement Address, June 14, 1943 entitled, "A Travel Guide for the Future."


Excerpt: "Members of the Classes of 1943 here and elsewhere: In addressing you for this last time as students of the University, I cannot do better than use the words with which my distinguished predecessor addressed the graduating classes some years ago. Perhaps in this way we can perpetuate, in some small measure at least, for you and for me, his influence, his wisdom, his warmth and his very human presence. I speak to you now in the words of George Norlin."

Building and Facility Names

Aden Hall
Frederic Edward Aden, registrar and counselor, 1929-1943.


Andrews Hall
George A. Andrews, early benefactor of the University.


Arnett Hall
Anthony Arnett, early benefactor of the University.


Baker Hall
James H. Baker, 3rd president, 1892-1914.


Balch Field House
Roland Balch, swimming coach and professor of Physical Education, 1946-1961.


Benson Earth Sciences
Bruce Benson, donor, gubernatorial candidate 1994, president and owner of Benson Mining Group.


Brackett Hall
J. Raymond Brackett, English professor and dean of the graduate school, 1889-1919.


Buckingham Library/Buckingham Hall
Buckingham Library, the first university library 1904-1939, now the University Theater, and Buckingham Hall were named for Charles G. Buckingham, Boulder banker and benefactor of the University.


Carlson Gymnasium
Harry G. Carlson, Director of Athletics and Physical Education for Men and Dean of Men, 1926-1964, regent 1966-1972.


Cheyenne-Arapaho Hall
Named for two tribes on the pre-settlement Colorado plains, villages of whom were targeted by the 3rd Colorado Volunteers at the Sand Creek Massacre, 1864. The hall was formerly named for David H. Nichols, Captain, Company H, 3rd Colorado Volunteers, who was at Sand Creek, and was an early proponent of the University.


Clare Small Arts & Sciences
Clare E. Small, Director and professor of Physical Education for Women, 1919-1957.


Cockerell Hall
Theodore Dru Allison Cockerell, internationally known zoologist and entomologist in the biology department, 1904-1934.


Coors Events Center
Formerly Events/Conference Center, named for the Coors family for their financial support and service to the University. Joseph Coors was a regent, 1966-1972.


Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry
Stanley Cristol, professor and chair of the chemistry department, 1946-.


Crossman Hall
Ralph Crossman, founder and dean of the College of Journalism, 1921-1948.


Dal Ward Athletic Center
Dal Ward, football coach, professor of physical education, and assistant athletic director, 1948-1975.


Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court
Dalton Trumbo, former CU student, blacklisted screenwriter, wrote screenplay of Spartacus.


Darley Commons/Darley Towers
Ward Darley, 7th president of the University, 1953-1956.


Denison Arts & Sciences
Ella Strong Denison, benefactor of the University, especially in the Sciences.


Duane Physical Laboratories Complex
William Duane, physics professor, 1898-1907.


Ekeley Sciences
John B. Ekeley, professor and chair of the chemistry department, 1902-1937.


Farrand Hall/Field
Livingston Farrand, 4th president, 1914-1919.


Fischer Field
Helen Waltemeyer Fischer, prominent women's basketball player and alumna.


Fiske Planetarium
Wallace Franz Fiske, alumnus who bequeathed the funds to construct the planetarium.


Fleming Law
John Donalson Fleming, dean of the Law School and faculty member, 1893-1927.


Folsom Field and Stadium
F. G. Folsom, football coach, law professor and chair of the athletic board, 1897-1899, 1905-1915.


Franklin Field
Walter B. Franklin, assistant athletic director, boxing/football/golf coach, professor of business law, 1921-1965.


Gamow Tower
George Gamow, physics professor, 1956-1968.


Gates Woodruff Women's Studies Cottage
Hazel Gates Woodruff, alumna and donor of the University.


Guggenheim Geography
The old law school building, funded by Simon Guggenheim, industrialist and U.S. Senator from Colorado.


Hale Science
Horace M. Hale, 2nd President, 1887-1892.


Hallett Hall
Moses Hallett, founder and dean of the Law School, 1893-1902.


Hellems Arts & Sciences
F.B.R. Hellems, professor of Latin and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, 1897-1929.


Henderson Museum

Junius Henderson, instructor in the Law School, 1901-1907, and Curator of the Museum and professor of natural history, 1902-1933.


Hunter Science
John Andrew Hunter, professor of mechanical engineering, 1904-1936.


Imig Music
Warner Imig, professor and dean of the Music School, 1939-1978.


Ketchum Social Sciences
The old engineering building, named for Milo Smith Ketchum, first dean of the College of Engineering, 1904-1919.


Kittredge Complex/Commons/West Hall
Col. Charles W. Kittredge, author of the bill for government financial support for the University at the first Colorado General Assembly. Other halls in this complex were named after those who either donated land or building funds to the University: Andrews, Arnett, Buckingham, and Smith.


Koenig Alumni Center: Samuel Koenig, alumnus and contributor to the cost of converting the old President's House into an alumni center.


Lesser House
George S. Lesser?


Libby Hall
Melancthon F. Libby, professor of philosophy, 1901-1921.


Litman Research Laboratory
Rose M. Litman, professor in MCDB and associate vice chancellor for research and director of contracts and grants, 1975-1981.


Macky Auditorium
Andrew J. Macky, donor of funds which paid for the building's construction, 1908-1921.


Marr Alpine Laboratory
John Marr, professor of biology and creator of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, .


McKenna Languages
Olivia C. McKenna funded a building for the Women's Club, which could approximate sorority life in a dormitory. Taken over by the University in 1960.


Muenzinger Psychology
Karl Muenzinger, professor and chair of psychology, 1924-1953.


Nakagawa Garden
Sinichi Nakagawa, chemistry professor, 1964-


Newton Court
Quigg Newton, 8th president of the University, 1956-1963.


Norlin Library/Quadrangle
George Norlin, 5th president of the University, 1919-1939.


Page Foundation Center
Henry A. Page, alumnus in whose name his wife, Marie G. Page, donated funds to the University.


Porter Biosciences
Keith Porter, founder of the Micro Cellular Developmental Biology Department, MCDB professor, 1968-1981.


Potts Field
Frank Potts, cross country and track & field coach, 1927-1960s.


Prentup Field
Frank Prentup, assistant football coach, baseball coach, and professor of physical education, 1941-.


Ramaley Biology
Francis Ramaley, Chair and Professor of biology, 1897-1939.


Reed Hall
Albert A. Reed, law professor, 1894-1916.


Mary Rippon Theater
Mary Rippon, German and French professor, 1877-1909.


Sewall Hall
Joseph Addison Sewall, first president of the University, 1877-1887.


Sibell Wolle Fine Arts
Muriel Sibell Wolle, professor and chair of the fine arts department, 1926- .


Smiley Court
Joseph R. Smiley, 9th president of the University, 1963-1969.


Smith Hall
Marinus G. Smith, early benefactor of the University.


Sommers-Bausch Observatory
Mayme C. Sommers and Bausch and Lombe Optical Company, donors of funds and equipment for construction of the observatory.


Stearns Towers
Robert Stearns, 6th president of the University, 1939-1953.


University Memorial Center
Memorializes all faculty and alumni who died serving their country. The former Memorial Building is now the Economics Building.


Wardenberg Health Center
Frederick and Effie Wardenberg, alumni and donors.


Willard Hall/Administrative Center
James Field Willard, professor of history, 1906-1935.


Williams Village
Here is what I remember about Everett and George Williams, for whom Williams Village is named.

They were brothers who grew up in southern Ohio and went to Marietta College, working their way through school. I believe they were classmates of, or knew, John Glenn, the astronaut and U.S. Senator.

They came to Boulder after the war as builders and developers. I don't think they had financial resources of their own. They started on a shoestring. Everitt was the business type, and I believe George was an attorney. They were the first big-time developers in Boulder after the war, and Martin Acres is one of their early developments. As far as I know, all of their developing was in the quadrant south of Baseline and East of South Broadway. At some point, they gave the land to the University on which Williams Village was built.

Everitt was a very active member of the Congregational Church and he was very active in supporting the CU football team. He died perhaps 20 years ago. His widow Mary lives in Boulder, but I don't find her in the phone book. I am sure I could find her address through the Congregational Church.

I believe that when President Smiley was living with his family in what is now Koenig, Mary Smiley was afraid of riots growing out of the student unhappiness with Viet Nam. I believe that Everett arranged to transfer his personal home out in Gunbarrel to the Regents for use as a home for the President.

I know less about George. He was active in the local Democratic party, and I believe he and his wife are both gone.

Woodbury Arts & Sciences
Roger W. Woodbury, Civil War Veteran, pioneer Denver businessman and banker, regent of the University, 1884-1890.

Boulder Campus Chancellors

The four campus system was created in 1974, by Colorado state constitutional amendment. Each campus received its own chancellorship and administration, as campus level administrative duties were passed by the President's Office to the various chancellors' offices. There has been slightly greater transience in the Chancellor's Office than in the President's Office.

The following list was created from our CU Student Directories and updated via the web. There may have been other interim Chancellors, who may not have lasted long enough to be put in the Directory. But if interim and acting Chancellors are not counted, it appears the present Chancellor is Boulder Campus's eighth of that official title.


Boulder Campus Chancellors from 1974 to 2007:


1974-1976 Lawson Crowe
1976-1977 Mary Berry
1977/8-1980/1 J. Russell Nelson
1981/2 Milton E. Lipetz (acting)
1982/3-1984/5 Harrison Shull
1985/6 William H. Baughn (acting)
1986/7-1993/4 James N. Corbridge
1994/5-1996/7 Roderic B. Park
1996/7-2005 Richard Byyny
2006 - G.P. “Bud” Peterson


CU Presidents' Dates of Office and Birth and Death Dates

Dates of Office President Birth & Death Dates
1877-1887 Joseph A. Sewall 1830-1917
1887-1892 Horace M. Hale 1833-1901
1892-1913 Joseph Hutchins Baker 1848-1925
1913-1919 Livingston Farrand 1867-1939
1919-1939 George Norlin 1871-1942
1939-1953 Robert L. Stearns 1892-1977
1953-1956 Ward Darley 1903-1979
1957-1963 Quigg Newton 1911-2003
1963-1969 Joseph R. Smiley 1910-1990
1969 Eugene H. Wilson 1909-1986
1969-1974 Frederick P. Thieme 1914-1989
1974-1979 Roland Rautenstraus 1924-1998
1979-1984 Arnold R. Weber 1929
1984-1985, 1991 William Baughn 1919-
1984-1991 E. Gordon Gee 1944-
1991-1995 Judith Albino 1943-
1995-2000 John C. Buechner 1935-
2000-2005 Elizabeth (NMI) Hoffman 1946-
2005-2006 Hank Brown (Interim) 1940-
2006- Hank Brown 1940-

University Charter

The University of Colorado was officially established by the Constitution of the State of Colorado in 1876. As far as I have been able to determine, there are no separate enabling, or chartering documents. Prior authorization was made by the Territorial Legislature, but these efforts did not create the University.

William E. Davis, Glory Colorado: a History of the University of Colorado, 1858-1963 (Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Press, 1965) 8-21.


A statement of establishment can be found on the Board of Regents website:

Tolland Lab, University Camp, Science Lodge, ASUC Lodge
Mountain Recreation & Science at the University of Colorado

The University of Colorado's interest in mountain life and high altitude science has a long pedigree. T.D.A. Cockerell (1866-1948) combined both of these interests in his long career as a naturalist and biologist at the University. His research in the bees of Boulder County was extensive. Francis Ramaley (1870-1942) joined the University of Colorado biology faculty in 1898, rising to full professor, Chair of Biology, acting Dean of the School of Pharmacy and College of Arts & Sciences, Dean of the Graduate School, and even acting university president, during his career at CU between 1898 and his retirement in 1939.

Professor Francis Ramaley's research emphasis concerned the study of plant ecology, a field for which he became known as a “pioneer of montane plant ecology”. Due to his ecological studies, he was able to establish one of the first inland biological stations, the Colorado Mountain Lab at Tolland, Colorado, which he directed from 1909-1919.

Before Ramaley's Tolland Lab ceased operation, Professor Frank Thompson established the University Camp near Colorado 72, north of Nederland. Thompson enjoyed the mountains and was one of the first members of the Colorado Mountain Club at its formation in 1912. He and his family frequently camped out in the mountains in the area of North Boulder Falls during the summer of 1914. Thompson and Professor Harry Curtis who also often camped in that area discussed the possibility of establishing a camp for use by University students and faculty. University officials urged him to see about obtaining a tract of land for the camp. With the assistance of the US Forest Service, the University received permission to use about thirty acres in the Arapaho National Forest in 1915. In the summer of that year Thompson with a group of faculty volunteers began work on the camp which became the University Camp or Science Lodge.

The Colorado Mountain Club, after 1912, and the University Hiking Club, after 1921, soon began using such places, as Thompson's University Camp as base camps for their hikes. The University, in turn, began to take advantage of the rising interest in outdoor, high altitude recreation to attract attendance at its summer sessions immediately following World War I. The University Camp, Science Lodge and the ASUC Lodge, near Walker Ranch at Kossler's Lake, all became part of the Summer Session's Mountain Recreation Program before World War II.

Dr. John Marr (1914-1989), from his experience as an arctic specialist during World War II, recognized that processes operating in winter controlled much of the ecology of the Front Range. Immediately after the War, Marr taught winter classes at the University Camp, slowly turning the camp from a recreational center into a science laboratory at the Science Lodge. In 1951, he established the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), soon installing climate stations and renovating the Science Lodge for year-around activity. INSTAAR activities attracted grants from the US Army Research Office, the National Science Foundation, and the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1963, the Alpine Laboratory was completed, named after Professor Marr in 1982.

In the Archives, information on the Tolland Lab can be found in the Ramaley Collection and in University of Colorado Studies. The history of the University Camp up to the 1930s can be found in the University of Colorado History Collection, Box 23 and in the Thompson Collection. The Summer Session Schedules of Courses have bulletins that describe the Mountain Recreation Program in the 1930s and 40s. Information regarding the origins of the Mountain Research Station and INSTAAR can be found in the Mountain Research Station Collection and the John Marr Papers.

University of Colorado Personnel Roster

It used to be called the University of Colorado at Boulder Departmental Budget and Personnel Roster, but was changed to an alphabetical faculty and staff roster, by campus. The Roster is cataloged in Chinook. While the Archives holds the paper copy, the Personnel Roster is available online:

Author: University of Colorado (System)  
Title: Personnel roster / University of Colorado
Continues In Part:
University of Colorado, Boulder. Personnel roster and departmental budget
Publisher Info: Boulder :
University of Colorado, System Budget Office, 2000-

Do you have any information online and/or archived newspaper articles that we can access regarding the anti-Vietnam war protests on the CU Boulder campus in 1969, 1970, and 1971?

Start with Our Own Generation : the Tumultuous Years, University of Colorado 1963-1976 / by Ronald A. James, to get a sequence of events. Unfortunately, there is very little on line, however, the Archives holds considerable material on 1960s/1970s student protest at the University of Colorado.


We have clippings in the Bob Dunham Files, Prsident's Office (open). There is information in the CU Board of Regents Minutes (open), Faculty Senate (open), and the Colorado Daily newspaper (upstairs through Circulation). There are well organized files and correspondence in the President's Office Papers and the Vice President's Office Papers (please fill out, sign, date and fax the attached request form to the President's Office to gain access). There is enough here for dozens of dissertations on this time period.