• Farmers' Institute program begun; developed into Agricultural Extension Service.


  • "Alma Mater" written by Professor Fred Lewis Pattee.


  • Schwab Auditorium completed; first building given by private donors, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Schwab (trustee).


  • Carnegie Library dedicated; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carnegie (trustee).
  • State Collegian replaced Free Lance as student newspaper. Became P. S. Collegian semi-weekly 1911; Daily Collegian since 1940.


  • Semi-centennial celebrated.
  • First honorary doctorate conferred on William A. Buckhout, professor of botany; second conferred in 1908 on Dr. Louis Reber, first dean of engineering; no other honorary doctorates until LL.D. conferred on U.S. President Eisenhower in 1955.


  • Library acquired Pennsylvania history and cultural collection named in honor of General James A. Beaver.
  • Extension programs began in agriculture and engineering.


  • Home economics department established.
  • Institute of Animal Nutrition established by Dr. H. P. Armsby.
  • Nittany Lion adopted by students as athletics symbol. Officially accepted by trustees in 1942 when Nittany Lion shrine was gift of class of 1940.
  • "Druids," first men's honorary "hat" society, formed.


  • Dr. Edwin Erle Sparks became eighth President; retired in 1920.
  • Penn State Farmer began monthly publication; discontinued 1961.
  • Engineering Experiment Station established.
  • "Lion's Paw," senior men's honor society, organized.
  • First student directory published by students.


  • School of Liberal Arts organized.