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The 1960s

1965

YC origins

November
Mrs. Merle (Opal) Allen, Prescott P.T. A. President, receives from Dr. R.A. Perry a list of reasons why the time is right to form a Junior College in Yavapai County.

board of trustees

December 6
Mrs. Allen and Dr. Taylor Hicks conduct an initial meeting of interested individuals under the sponsorship of the P.T.A. Forty-three attend.


1966

November 8
Voters approve formation of a Junior College District.

December 12
Warner B. Dixon, Sr. appoints 5 interim members to form the Yavapai County District Junior College Board (Richard Walraven, Walter G. Statler, Roy E. Campbell, Fred Wheadon, and Duane D. Miller) until a precinct election can be held.

December 19
The State Board approves the Whipple site in Prescott.

December 20
The Prescott City Council authorizes the process for the sale of 46 acres next to Whipple Veterans Administration to be sold to the college.


1967

Dr. John Barnes

May 23
Voters in a bond election approve 3011 to 2904 (107 margin) a $2.5 million for the creation of Yavapai College.

June
Dr. John Barnes starts work as the first President of the College.


1968

June 14
The Bureau of Land Management issues a lease to Yavapai College for 55 acres adjacent to Fort Whipple. Purchase price is $2.50/acre.

Ground Breaking

September 6
Ground is broken for the Prescott Campus.

October 1
The first Adult Education Course, Basic Electricity, is offered at Prescott High School.


1969

September
The College Seal is adopted.

September 29
College classes start in borrowed spaces around town with 817 students.

October 25
The dormitory is accepted and students move in.

RoughRider 1971

November 8
The Rodeo Club participates in a rodeo at the Univ. of Arizona. This is the first intercollegiate sport activity that the College competes in.

student dormitory

November
The first dormitory, Marapai, opens for students.


The 1970s

1970

March
The first student art exhibit is held.

Women's Basketball

April
The Women’s Basketball Team wins the state title and brings home the first trophy in the Athletic Department’s history.

May
The first varsity letters awarded by Yavapai College are won by Jim Ericsson and Mike Huckeby for their participation on the Rodeo Team.

September 20
The Prescott Campus is dedicated.


1971

Dateline 1980 Spring

May 20
The charter class graduates 59.


1972

Dr. Calvin James

July
Dr. Calvin James becomes the second President of Yavapai College.

Fall
Supai Hall opens for students.


1974

Dr. Joseph Russo

July
Dr. Joseph Russo takes over the reins as President of Yavapai College.

September
The College leases 69 acres near Cottonwood for the Verde Valley Campus.


1975

March
Dr. Del Higham is appointed Dean of the Verde Valley Campus.

Verde dedication

March 20
Ground breaking ceremonies for the Verde Valley Campus is attended by 150 people.

students pose with banner saying welcome home yc national champs

Spring
The Baseball Team wins its first National Championship.

April 9
Yavapai College is accredited by North Central Association.

September
Student registration fees start at $25 for up to six credit hours.


1976

Verde dedication

October 19
Congressman Sam Steiger is main speaker at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus dedication ceremony.

October 30
Work begins on Yavapai College's solar greenhouse.


1977

Spring
The Baseball Team wins its 2nd National Championship.

April
Yavapai College Board holds first meeting on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

June 19
Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus students participate in an archaeological dig; artifacts to be permanently housed at the Verde Campus.

November 9
Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University sign an agreement to determine what courses Yavapai College can offer in Coconino County.


1978

December 12
The Gunsmithing Program begins. It is the only such program in Arizona.


1979

January
Mary Anne Bamrick is named Dean of Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

May 17
Yavapai College graduates 158 students.


The 1980s

1980

April
Student registration fees increase to $42 for up to six credit hours.


1981

Dateline 1981 Fall

March 20
The Construction students complete a 2,300 square foot solar home. It is the first for the College and the first site-constructed solar house in the nation to be completed by a 2-year school.

science bowl students pose with award plaques

Spring
Teams of students compete in the first annual Science Bowl sponsored by the Science Department.


1983

Yavapai College produces a series of monthly shows entitled "On Campus", that are broadcast on local channel KUSK.

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1984

June
Dr. Joseph Russo leaves office after serving 10 years as President of Yavapai College.

Dr. Paul Walker

July
Dr. Paul Walker is voted in by the Board of Governors as the next President of Yavapai College.


1986

April 22
Groundbreaking ceremony is held on the Verde Valley Campus for an administrative services building, an art-science building, and a business facility, at a cost of around $800,000.


1987

October
Three new buildings are dedicated on the Verde Valley Campus, costing about $1 million.


1988

Spring
The Chamber Choir travels to Mexico City for a concert tour.

August
Bond issue for expanded Yavapai College facilities creates heated debates.

September 13
Bond issue for Yavapai College passes.


1989

June 6
Groundbreaking is held for new Verde Valley Campus buildings (library, learning center, physical education facility).

June
Groundbreaking is held for addition to the Prescott Campus library.

August
Regular tuition is now $29 per credit hour.


The 1990s

1990

March 13
The new library and physical education building on the Verde Valley Campus is dedicated.

May
Thirty-two receive diplomas in the first ever graduation ceremony held on the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

Summer
The Chamber Choir travels to England for a concert tour.

Soccer National Champs 1990

Fall
The Soccer Team wins its first National Championship.

Fall
The Master Chorale performs at Carnegie Hall in New York.

October
Ground is broken for the Performing Arts Center on the Prescott Campus.


1991

January
Registration costs $69 for three to six credit hours.


1992

Trumpet Player

April
Performance Hall opens with gala.

May
Dr. Paul Walker resigns as President of Yavapai College.

Mary Ann Bamrick

June
Former Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Dean Mary Anne Bamrick is appointed Yavapai College Interim President.

September
Chino Valley Education Center is dedicated.

Fall
The Soccer Team wins its 2nd National Championship.


1993

Dr. Doreen Dailey

Spring
The Baseball Team wins its 3rd National Championship.

July
Dr. Doreen Dailey begins as Yavapai College President.


1994

January
Tuition stands at $93 for three to six credit hours.

Spring
The Cross Country Team wins its first National Championship.

May
Fifty students graduate with associate degrees from the Verde Valley Campus.

June
Dr. Eula Dean is appointed Dean of Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

June
The third on-campus dormitory, Kachina Hall opens.

Chamber Choir Italy 1994

Summer
The Chamber Choir travels to Italy for a concert tour and performs at the International Choral Festival.

Fall
The Master Chorale performs at the Seminar at Sea (Mexican Riviera).


1995

Hantavirus Study

Fall
The Science Department receives a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to study the Hantavirus in Northern Arizona. The study is led by Dr. Ken Abbott, Science Department and runs through 2006. Through the course of the study 74 students are involved in the research at 3 different sites, Limestone Canyon in Chino Valley, Tusayan, and Walnut Creek.


1996

May
Site work begins on the Sculpture Garden adjacent to the Performance Hall.

September
Prescott Valley Business & Career Center opened.


1997

Fall
The Soccer Team wins its 3rd National Championship.


1998

Austria 1998

Spring
The Angelorum choral group performs at the Multicultural Choral Festival in Bakersfield, CA.

Summer
The Master Chorale participates in an Eastern European Concert Tour of Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Fall
The Vocal Ensemble tours and performs in Caborca, Mexico.


1999

Spring
The annual student competition, the Science Bowl, is renamed "The Dr. Roy Bronander Science/Math Bowl" in his memory.


The 2000s

2000

Sedona Center Opening

April 21
Grand Opening for the Sedona Center.

Summer
The Angelorum choral group travels to Caborca, Mexico to perform.

November
A $69.5 million bond for Yavapai College passes.


2001

June
Regional Skills Center approved for Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus to cost $3.1 million.

Summer
The Angelorum choral group performs at the International Women's Choral Festival in Seattle, Washington.


2002

March
Paul Kessel named Executive Dean of the Verde Valley Campus.

Summer
The Master Chorale travels to Italy for a concert tour.

Fall
The Soccer Team wins its 4th National Championship.


2003

January
The doors are opened at Yavapai College's Camp Verde School Complex.

February
Tuition rises to $38 per credit hour.

Spring
The Cross Country Team wins its second National Championship.

April
Ground breaking ceremony takes place for the Academic Resource Center on the Verde Valley Campus, which will include new library, learning center, classrooms and community meeting space.

Fall
The Soccer Team wins its 5th National Championship.


2004

Chino Valley Agribusiness & Science Tech Center

January
The grand opening of the Chino Valley Agribusiness & Science Tech Center is celebrated.

February
Northern Arizona Regional Skills Center is dedicated on the Verde Valley Campus.

October 12
Dr. Doreen Dailey resigns from the presidency at Yavapai College.

Dr. Michael Murphy

October 12
Dr. Michael Murphy is named Yavapai College Interim President.


2005

Dr. James Horton

March
Grand Opening of the Library and Computer Commons (Building 19) on the Prescott Campus.

August
Dr. James Horton begins as Yavapai College President.

September
Tom Schumacher is named Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Dean.

Angelorum 2005 Spain

Fall
The Angelorum choral group performs in Spain on a concert tour.

November
The Community Learning Commons (M Building), is dedicated on the Verde Valley Campus.


2006

Mike Pantalione

March
Tuition increases to $45 per credit hour.

Spring
Mike Pantalione, Head Soccer Coach, is elected to the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame.


2007

March
Enrollment reaches 2,373.

Summer
The Master Chorale travels to Finland, Norway, and Sweden to perform.

Dr. Horton & Donors

August
The Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center is dedicated on Aug. 14 and opened for early childhood instruction on Aug. 21.

Fall
The Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) opens on Ruger Rd. in Prescott.

Fall
The Soccer Team is victorious in capturing its 6th National Championship.


2008

January 11
Ground is broken for the joint use facility of the Prescott Valley Public Library and Yavapai College which will include college classrooms, a branch of the College Library and shared training space with the PV Public Library.

February 12
The Career & Technical Center (CTEC) is dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours.

Fall
The Soccer Team scores again with their 7th NJCAA National Championship.


2009

Spring
The fledgling Softball Team soars with their 1st NJCAA National Championship.


The 2010s

2010

Residential Building Technology Program

January
The Residential Building Technology Program earns 3 awards from the National Association of Home Builders for construction of a zero-net energy home.

NAU/Yavapai University

August 31
The NAU/Yavapai University in Prescott Valley begins its first classes with 20 students.


2011

Coaching Staff of the Year Award

Spring
The Softball Team wins their 2nd NJCAA National Championship.

Spring
Stacey Iveson and the softball coaching staff receive the 2011 NJCAA Division I West Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award.

Dr. Penny Wills

Summer
Dr. James Horton retires after 6 years as the College President.

August
Dr. Penny Wills begins as the 9th President of the College.


2012

April
YC Performing Arts Center celebrates 20th anniversary.

August
Zaki Gordon Film Institute name changed to Sedona Film School at YC.

September
YC Soccer has 500th win.

October
YC receives $1.87 million grant for energy industry training.

December
Sedona Film School receives Mayors Art Award.


2013

January
Prescott OLLI celebrates 20 years.

April
1975 National Champion Rough Riders inducted into College Hall of Fame (baseball).

June
First graduation class of NAU-Yavapai.

July
3 YC soccer players sent to NJCAA Hall of Fame.

September
YC Clarkdale dedicates the Charles F. “Chuck” Mabery Pavilion.

Southwest Wine Center groundbreaking

November
Groundbreaking ceremony on the Verde Valley Campus for the Southwest Wine Center.


2014

March
College breaks ground for Roughrider Community Tennis Center.

March
New VP Stuart Blacklaw.

July
Original soccer captain Rocco DeNardis honored in in NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame.

August
Newly remodeled Residence Halls open.

September
OLLI celebrates 10th anniversary at Sedona and Verde Valley.

October
Tennis Center Opens.


2015

January
National Coaches Association honors Mike Pantalione with a Letter of Commendation.

February
Tania Sheldahl becomes Dean of Student Services.

August
Online enrollment jumps 100% in the last five years.

September
YC FEC gets a five-star rating.

September
YC Soccer team No.1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I.

October
CTEC reopens after renovations.

November
Mike Pantalione named recipient of the prestigious National Soccer Coaches Association of America Bill Jeffery Award.

November
Wine Tasting Room opens on the Verde Valley Campus.

November
YC Vineyard Southwest Wine Center student crafted wines win 2 Silver medals and Bronze medals from the 2015 Arizona Republic Wine Competition.


2016

February
YC Prescott Campus Library celebrates their 40th Anniversary as a government depository library (FDLP).

March
Dr. Ron Liss becomes the new Vice President of Instruction and Student Development.

April
CTEC offers free robotics camp for kids and free Girls Exploring Engineering Kamp (G.E.E.K.).

April
Southwest Wine Center hosts its fifth Plant-A-Vine.

May
Over 1,100 graduate from Yavapai College with a degree or certificate.

June
Yavapai College's baseball team captures its fourth NJCAA D-1 National Championship/JUCO World Series National Championship.

June
Yavapai College CTEC receives $855K grant for engineering program.

July
The Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) inducts Yavapai College men's soccer coach Mike Pantalione and former Roughriders baseball coach Gary Ward into its 2016 Hall of Fame.

August
NAU-Yavapai Welcome Center opens in Prescott Valley.

October
Roughriders men’s soccer team capture their 26th Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) championship.


2017

January
Former Athletic Director Lynn Merritt inducted into Yavapai College Hall of Fame.

January
YC Southwest Wine Center wins a Gold Medal for Best Sauvignon Blanc.

January
Dr. Connie Harris and Deb McCasland are sworn in as members of the Yavapai College District Governing Board.

March
Paul Kirchgraber named Yavapai College Foundation Executive Director.

April
YC Softball Team wins the ACCAC title.

April
Susie Check named YC Prescott President’s Outstanding Alumna.

April
April Purinton named YC Verde Valley President’s Outstanding Alumna.

May
YC Softball player Jaydee Boursaw voted ACCAC, player of the Year and Kianna Spencer named Pitcher of the Year.

June
Rodney Jenkins becomes the new Vice President of Community Relations for Yavapai College.