Phi Kappa Upsilon: Origins
A Narrative By Gary Lowell - Pledged Spring 1964
only beginning to feel financial pressure, the cost of supporting 550 students rather than 250 figure that sold the program to the administration is not welcome news but also not yet an overwhelming burden.
All the while, the whole Engineering Department continues to be praised.7
With the “foreman’s classes” underway, in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Dean Lawrence announces he wants to hold a “foreman’s employment conference” calling upon the large industry officials who have in the past employed the regular engineering
The advisory board meeting is at the Engineering building on December 10, 1930.
A month later, on January 14, 1931, the committee’s work results in new detailed curriculum for the foreman’s classes. In completing this work, there continues to grow a closer relationship between Dean Lawrence and Detroit’s industrial leaders.11
On February 11, 1931 Dean Lawrence announces that the
On April 15, 1931, as Dean Lawrence copes with the deteriorating economic realities, he takes several steps to make sure all understand the direction he is taking with the Engineering Department.
Dean Lawrence gives a spirited
April 3, 2016
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•US Unemployment rate is 2.9%
•Detroit is the 4th largest city in the USA
•New University of Detroit
High School facility is opens
•Grant Wood paints American Gothic.
•Turkey renames Constantinople as Istanbul and Angora to Ankara.
•President Hoover says that the stock market crash last year is just a temporary setback, would soon pass, and that the economy would soon bounce back
•Chrysler Building in New York is completed. Costing $15,000,000 and shows the world that the American auto industry is the best in the world.
•Radio is introduced as a $130 automobile accessory. The cost of the average new car in 1930 is $640.
•Forty percent of the workers in Michigan's major cities are unemployed. Michigan's population falls by almost 30 percent.