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When Did Our Professors Become Buildings?

John Schneider Social Science Hall, 1967

John Schneider
John Schneider

Dr. John S. Schneider was a professor of history and sociology from 1930-1961 and was the 2nd faculty member to hold a PhD. One of his dreams was to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speak. Shortly after hearing King's Forum Series speech on March 29, 1962, Schneider collapsed and died. Schneider also had a residence hall named in his honor (now known as Governor's Hall).

Schneider Hall

During the 1960s there was a severe shortage of classroom and office space. To save time, Eau Claire borrowed plans for a building from WSU-Stevens Point. The Schneider Social Science Hall opened in 1967 and was dedicated on June 1, 1968.