UNC: 50 Years Later

1950 map of campus

A map of how campus looked when the Class of 1960 attendend. For a zoomed-in look click here. Related: Video of the Class of 1960 reunion

Graduates of the Class of 1960 took a trip down memory lane when they returned to UNC last week for their 50-year reunion.

Tours of campus by bus and on foot brought present-day UNC to life. Starting on West Campus, which didn’t exist then, the group meandered through Central Campus, where a flood of memories came back (Related video).

- Phyllis Glanz recalled living in Tobey-Kendel Hall her freshman year — a hall that has since become one of the two main campus dining rooms.

- Mary Barbee didn’t name names but she did share that a sorority curfew wasn’t always obeyed, recalling a convenient window and the help of a sorority sister who aided in the process.

- George Knox, expressing the overall sentiment of the group, said Central Campus was the favorite: "I enjoyed Carter Hall and Gunter Hall.”

So much has changed over the past five decades, they said. School colors (purple and gold then), new buildings to keep up with the times (nostalgia over Cranford Hall) and even the name (Colorado State College).

Many were surprised to learn freshmen were no longer required to wear the traditional beanies around campus.

Despite the changes, UNC’s strong sense of community remained, and the stories flowed as alumni re-connected with their former classmates throughout the reunion. They lunched together, entertained by a choir comprising members of the classes of 1956-61, before being inducted into the 50-Year Society.

“It was wonderful to see everybody. That’s always the good part: the reminiscing and recognizing, and looking at the campus once again with your own memories," Barbee said.

Highlights from 1960
John F. Kennedy was elected president, Sputnik was launched into orbit, the Everly Brothers topped the charts with "Cathy’s Clown," the top movie was "Psycho," and a gallon of gas was 25 cents.

- Story by Fiza Johari and Katie Owston