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


"The middle 70's and early 80's ushered in new changes at RCC. Enrollment surpasses 3,000 in the fall of 1977. The college celebrates its 65th Anniversary in the 1980-81 academic years ."

Enrollment surpasses 3,000 in the fall of 1977. 


The college celebrates its 65th Anniversary in the 1980-81 academic year.



In 1982 Charles Hill retires after serving as RCC’s leader for 29 years. When Hill came to the college, it had 236 students and occupied portions of the Coffman Building.  When he retired they occupied a 160-acre campus with 3,217 students. 



Geraldine Evans becomes the college's sixth president. Evans graduated in the late 50's.  In her sophomore year she served as the editor of the Echo and also received a Participation Award. 


Chuck Harwood is at the reigns of Rochester AVTI and the school celebrates its tenth anniversary in 1979.


Chuck Blattner would return to RCC joining the music department as band director.  Aas a student, Blattner was a Golden R recipient in 1970.


The Music Department would make several trips to Disney World in the late 70's and early 80’s with Willard Johnson conducting for the day on a couple of occasions.

Walter Bateman retires after 34 years of teaching in 1981. 

The early 80's also marked the establishment of the two-plus-two plan with Winona State University.


Women’s sports officially began with the title 9 amendment with softball in the spring of 1975.  That fall women’s volleyball and basketball would begin play. 

In 1976, RCC’s first full-time women’s athletic coordinator and coach Jean Marconett would come to the college.


Wrestling coach John Philo was the first college coach to be selected to the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 1979. 


The men’s basketball team would win the state championship under Bill Fessler in 1983.

Jean Marconett’s 1983 volleyball team won the state championship with a 42-8 record. 


Joe Warren become the college’s only All-American in two sports: 1980 in football and 1981 in baseball.  Warren later becomes the head baseball coach. 



A second Yellowjacket design appears in the 70's.


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