Timeline: 1915-1924 1925-1934 1935-1944 1945-1954 1955-1964 1965-1974 1975-1984 1985-1994 1995-2005


"Rochester Junior College continues to establish itself as a higher education institution with enrollment exceeding 100 students in 1923."

Roy Goddard becomes the College’s fourth director in 1925.

A new chemistry lab is added in 1927.

The year 1927 saw the establishment of the Medical Secretary Terminal Course - the first of its kind in the nation.


The RJC Bulletin established in 1925 and later becomes known as the Jay See Echo in 1932.

The first Yearbook “The Pandect” is published in the 1927-1928 academic year. 


RJC is a founding member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) with the formation of the Omnicron chapter in January 1927.  The College’s chapter is among the oldest in the nation.  Ms. Barthelemy serves as the PTK advisor for 30 years.

Several faculty who would dramatically impact the college for years come to RJC, including Alice Endicott hired for Science faculty in 1928.  Marie Matt was hired in 1931 to teach German and English, Flora McGhee 1927 to teach speech and English and Louise Barthelemy taught French and English.
The 1927 Class play is A Midsummer Night's Dream 

The early thirties bring about the creation of an 11-piece orchestra in 1930.  The first musical revue is produced in 1931.  In 1932 a mixed chorus formed and in 1933 the Gamma Rho journalistic group formed.  They sponsor the first Yellowjacket Day. 

Men’s basketball captures RJC’s first Southern Minnesota championship in the 1924-25 season and is coached by Charles Singley.

The Girl’s Choral Club, Rajesters Dramatic Club and Music Club are formed in 1927 

1930 witnessed the second Southern Minnesota championship for the football Yellowjackets under the leadership of Jim Clark. The team also won in 1927 due to a reversal of a game. 1930 was the first outright football championship.


Students hangout for food and talk in the RJC Curbstone Club. 


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