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College of Human Resources and Education Historic Dates

Timeline 1985-1996

1985
The Apparel Research and Development Laboratory is established in the Department of Clothing and Textiles in the College of Human Resources. The lab's mission is to address apparel development needs and the problems identified by individual companies within the garment industry. It is one of only two university labs of its kind in the southeastern United States.

1986
May, the Interior Design program in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management receives Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER) accreditation. It continues to be one of the fewer than 20 percent of the more than 500 undergraduate programs identified in the United States and Canada to be accredited by FIDER.

1986
State Council of Higher Education approves an undergraduate degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management.

1987
July 1, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management is established in the College of Human Resources.

1989
Summer The National Apartment Association agrees to allow graduating seniors in Residential Property Management to sit for its Certified Apartment Management (CAM) designation examination.

1990
January 12, College of Human Resources college breaks ground for addition to Wallace Hall.

1990
The Interior Design undergraduate program in the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management in the College of Human Resources is recognized as an affiliate of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and students can complete their studies with an emphasis in kitchen and bath design, and are eligible to sit for the NKBA certification exams.

1991
Fall semester, the College of Human Resources moves into the Wallace Hall addition and renovation begins on the original building.

1992
January, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management was among the first programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

1992
Spring, the College of Human Resources occupies its newly expanded and renovated building, Wallace Hall. The additional space provides more specialized areas for labs, studios, centers, collections, and displays as well as improved classrooms, offices, and social areas.

1992
September 25, College of Human Resources holds a rededication ceremony and celebrates the completion of the two-year, $6.2 million Wallace Hall expansion and renovation project.

1992
September 25, the Professor of Residential Property Management becomes the College of Human Resources' first endowed professorship. The endowment has been funded by firms and professionals in the industry.

1992
September 26, the first college wide College of Human Resources Alumni Reunion is held.

1992
Late fall, a master's program is established in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.

1992
December, the Adult Day Care Center in the College of Human Resources opens. The center received a three-year $208,000 grant from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund and is the first university-based adult day care center in the country to focus on the much-needed research in this field. It will also expand students' opportunities to train as professionals.

1993
August 1, Peggy S. Meszaros becomes dean of the College of Human Resources.

1994
January, the Department of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management is renamed the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

1994
March, Delores Pourchot retires as assistant dean for Extension. Michael Sporakowski is named interim.

1994
Michael Thompson accepts the position of half-time development officer for the college.

1994
Exercise Science, which had been in the College of Education, becomes part of the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods

1995
February 2, Peggy S. Meszaros becomes senior vice president and provost of Virginia Tech. Janet M. Johnson is named interim dean.

1995
A Ph.D. program is established in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

1995
The Department of Family and Child Development drops the undergraduate options in ChildCare Administration and Human Development.

1995
The Department of Human Nutrition and Foods changes its undergraduate options to: dietetics, community and international nutrition, consumer foods, exercise and health promotion, and the science food, nutrition, and exercise.

1995
The Department of Clothing and Textiles.drops its undergraduate option in textiles while retaining fashion merchandising and apparel design.

1995
July, Roberta M. Minish becomes interim head of the Department of Clothing and Textiles.

1995
October 1, Charlotte A. Kidd becomes the director of development, a position shared with the College of Education.

1995
December, President Paul Torgersen announces the merger of the College of Human Resources and the College of Education on July 1, 1996

1996
April, the Board of Visitors approves the name change from the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods to the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (effective July 1).


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