Around the nation and the world

Railroad signal lights on an overhead beam as decorations for the Homecoming Dance in 1965.
  • 1960, The fifty-star flag of the United States is debuted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reflecting the admission of Hawaii into the union in 1959.
  • 1962, The Cuban Missile Crises begins.
  • 1967, The first Super Bowl is held in Los Angeles between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs with Green Bay winning 35-10. Over fifty-one million people watch on television.


Around campus

  • 1960, Construction Engineering program officially started. Started by W.A. Klinger; Thomas C. Jellinger was head of the program.
  • 1961, A proposal to allow telephones in dormitory rooms is met with resistance and concern that phones are an “unnecessary frill” but were added in the fall.
  • 1962, A comprehensive plan for protecting Iowa State students in case of nuclear attack is developed.
  • 1963, First four graduates received Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering Operations, eventually the Construction Engineering Program.
  • 1963, The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), is founded, with a mission “to enhance the performance of Iowa industry.”
  • 1965, One of the largest nuclear reactors in the nation dedicated to basic research, the Ames Laboratory “went critical” Feb. 17, 1965.
  • 1968, The design for Hilton Coliseum is approved by the Board of Regents. Grades are available to the parents of students if they write the Office of Student Records.
  • 1969, The Construction Engineering Advisory Council Committee was established by Professor Tom Jellinger in about 1969. The first committee included the following: David Culver of Bechtel, San Francisco, California; Kenneth Gethmann of Gethmann Construction, Gladbrook, Iowa; Edwin Law of the Law Company, Wichita, Kansas; Leo Cagley of Green Construction, Des Moines, Iowa; William Kuhne-Simmons, Champaign, Illinois.
  • 1969, The first issue of the Erector Set (annual ConE alumni newsletter) was published.