Our History


SCA timeline since 1900


- 1790 Alder St (Janet Smith) built as one family dwelling


- 1670 Alder St. (Campbell Club) built for Delta Zeta Sorority House


- 1648 Alder St. (Lorax Manner) built Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority


- A group of men from the Northwest Christian College begin living 'cooperatively' in a three bedroom apartment as an experiment to see how well they could live as cheaply as possible.
Howard Ohmart, an SCA Alumni stayed with this group for a term.


- Members from the Wesley Club began studying the Rochdale Weavers and the Swedish cooperative movement curious about starting a student cooperative in Eugene.
- Summer: Howard Ohmart, Charles Paddock and Briton Ash, begin organizing and recruiting to live cooperatively by fall term of that year.
- September 23 Howard Ohmart recieves permission from the University housing comittee to start a cooperative house.
- 18 men join together to form Wallace J. Campbell Coooperative House at 13th and Hilyard. The namesake was a member of the Wesley Club while he attended U of O and was an activist
for the cooperative movement.


- Campbell Club moves to 1335 Kincaide Street and opens a second house at 13th and Alder
- Fall term: the first women's cooperative opens with the help of Janet Smith


- Campbell Club moves to 1335(?) Alder, previously Phi Sigma Kappa


- Janet Smith, UO employment secretary and adviser to the women's cooperatvies, dies at age 54


- Campbell Club moves to 1670 Alder Street


- November 24: a bomb explodes on the south side of the Campbell Club shattering windows (O.D.E.)


- Summer: Women accepted as members on a trial basis
- A motion to ban Playboy magazine from the co-op fails.


- April 20: Co-op Alumni Reunion


- 1790 Alder St (JS) purchased by the SCA for $175,000
- Janet Smith Co-op Opens
- October 10: 2nd annual Co-op Alumni Reunion to celebrate the opening of Janet Smith Cooperative


- December: LIse Rein, SCA business manager, gives notice of resignation and continues to work until Feb. 28


- January: SCA hires Elbert Steele as SCA business manager and Michael Archer as organization manager


- Summer: Campbell Club undergoes major renovations including: refinishing the hardwood floors, painting halls and installing 1st floor bathroom. Janet Smith kitchen completely renovated.
- SCA begins using consensus for decision making


- Co-opers help to organize parking structure petition slated to be built across the street from the Campbell Club


- Fall Term: Lorax Manner Cooperative Opens
- Co-oeprs participate in student protests of CIA presence on campus.


- Co-op members participate in local anti-Persian Gulf war protest
- Co-ops are the subject of Daily Emerald feature article titled "Co-ops Provide Shelter from the Commonplace"
- November: co-op alumni reunion


- February: Co-op members fight to have the Amazon Family Housing Complex turned into a cooperative
- Policy changes to allow members to attend any institution of higher education (not solely UO)


- Winter term: Janet Smith leased to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center called Passages for 3 1/2 years.


- Melanie Sicotte is hired as business manager


- Fall term: Janet Smith house reopens


- Janet Smith House closes winter term due to low membership, but reopens fall term as graduate student house