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The pioneering leadership of Dr. Edwin Bingham Copeland led to the birth of the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture (UPCA) in 1909.

01 articleE.B. Copeland (Photo courtesy: FABernardo)

He was appointed as first Dean of UPCA, the first of the three colleges organized on March 6, 1909 during the first meeting of the Board of Regents.

Dean Copeland served UPCA for eight years (1909-1917) and was instrumental for the growth of UPCA from tents to classrooms; from a population of 12 students and three teachers to a college community of 500 people; and for expansion of UPCA’s first two academic units (Entomology and Botany) to inclusion of eight academic units (Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Agronomy, Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Engineering, Military Science and Tactics, Graduate Studies, and the Department of English).

In 2009, during the centennial of UPLB, a gymnasium was dedicated in his honor named EB Copeland Centennial Gymnasium. It houses the Department of Human Kinetics which offers physical education classes.

Since 2010, the EB Copeland Gymnasium serves as the venue of various University events. Notable among these are:

  • Grand Alumni Centennial Ball, April 22, 2010
  • 92nd Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming, October 10, 2010
  • 93rd Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming, October 10, 2011
  • UPLB Graduation Ball, April 20, 2012
  • 94th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming, October 10, 2012
  • 95th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming, October 10, 2013

01 copelandE.B. Copeland Gymnasium (Photo courtesy: RGBautista)94th LD94th Loyalty Day and Alumni Homecoming2012 Graduation2012 UPLB Graduation Ball

 

 

 

 

 


References:
Bernardo, F. A. (2007). Historic developments under Baker 1917-1927. In Centennial panorama: pictorial history of UPLB (pp. 31-44). College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.
Bernardo, F.A. (2007). UPLB: A century of challenges and achievements. College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Alumni Association, Inc.
Fajutagana, L.M. (2008). The UPLB story. In UPLB 100 years in the science and nature city (pp. 85-101). College, Laguna, Philippines: UPLB Foundation, Inc.

 

 

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