Rose State College’s 40th birthday hit with a bang at 9 a.m. beginning with a 1970s-style “Car Bash” in the north parking lot of the college, where students donated a dollar to the college for the privilege of hitting an old van with a sledgehammer.
With a 70s costume contest, an ice cream social and a concert, featuring 1970s soul artists, the day filled with festivities. The college held an art show, “40 Artists for the 40th.” featuring Rose State College art students and graduates. The evening culminated in the first-ever presentation of the “Tower Awards” to several founders of the college. They included trustee Joe B. Barnes, regent Robert H. Croak, supporters Joe & Eugenia Davis, Sen. James F. Howell, Rep. Fred C. Joiner, retired president Joe A. Leone, and architect Fred P. Quinn.
Rose State College offered its first classes on September 21, 1970. Initially called Mid-Del Junior College, it was renamed Oscar Rose Junior College in memory of the Midwest City-Del City Superintendent of Schools. On April 1983, the college’s name was officially changed to Rose State College. The campus is located in Midwest City, OK, just minutes away from downtown Oklahoma City, and right off Interstate 40 and Hudiburg Drive. The campus includes twenty-five buildings on approximately 120 acres.
Posted on Mon, September 20, 2010
by Ben Fenwick