Archive for Wednesday, September 4, 2013

25 years ago: Hundreds of students gather for intro classes in Hoch

September 4, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 4, 1988:

  • Kansas University was a big place, and the impressive size of one class was described in today's Journal-World. Thought to be the largest single class on campus, Chemistry 184, also known as Foundations of Chemistry I, met three times a week at 11:30 a.m. in old Hoch Auditorium. Professor Grover Everett wore a microphone during class and projected his notes on an enormous screen at the front of the room for the benefit of the 800 students who packed the auditorium's main floor and two balconies. "It's different than a small class," Everett admitted. A similarly large class used the auditorium twice a week for Sociology 104, Elements of Sociology, taught by assistant professor of sociology Daryl Evans. Although he had received his education at a major university where large classes were not uncommon, Evans said that from the teaching angle, there were logistics to be worked out. "I give very long exams ... about 14 pages," he explained. "In the past, we've used a dolly to wheel the exams over. For this class, we might have to rent a truck."
  • Lawrence residents had a great interest in general education non-credit courses, according to enrollment figures from local organizations. The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department expected about 2,500 people to enroll in its more than 60 classes in art, dance, fitness, aquatics, gymnastics, and martial arts. The Lawrence Arts Center was anticipating an enrollment of about 650 in its 80-plus classes and workshops, and about 250 were expected to enroll for the 33 classes offered by Lawrence Continuing Education, sponsored by the Lawrence school district.

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