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Northwest Missouri State University

Dates in Northwest History

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April 1 1998 An upgrade to Northwest's electronic mail system allows users to send emails through an Internet browser. The new system's features include the ability to send images.
April 2 1927: The Theta Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity becomes the first fraternity on campus.
April 3
April 4 2002: The Jean Jennings Bartik Computing Museum opens in Owens Library, honoring the 1945 graduate who helped program the world's first electronic computer.
April 5 1932: The Snooper, "second cousin to the Stroller," appears in the College newspaper.
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April 8 1948: Chest X-rays are given as a compulsory part of every student's physical examination.
April 9 1937: The Hays property, east of College Drive, becomes part of campus grounds. It later is remodeled to create the Home Management house.
1915: An indoor track meet takes place in Room 114 in the Administration Building.
April 10
April 11 1997: Heavy snowfall cancels classes.
April 12 1948: Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the Missouri National Guard, reactivated and stationed in the College gymnasium, begin regular Monday night meetings.
1964: Students marched from campus to Maryville's Main Street in protest of the food selection in the campus cafeteria.
April 13 1945: Horace Mann faculty and students conduct a memorial service paying tribute to the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
2004: Dr. Mark Corson, assistant professor of geography, is welcomed back to campus with a reception. Corson returned from a deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve for Operation Iraqi Freedom. 
2013: Alternative rock band Chevelle performs at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts for SAC's spring concert.
April 14 1949: An oil tank explodes behind Women's Residence Hall, with no damage to the hall.
April 15 1919: The first athletic letters are awarded in women's basketball.
1932: Faculty salaries are reduced about 20 percent of one month's salary.
2011: The Goo Goo Dolls perform to a packed Bearcat Arena crowd for the Student Activities Council’s spring concert.
2013: Maci Bookout, from MTV's "Teen Mom," shares her story in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom as part of Student Activities Council's "SAC Speaks" lecture series.
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April 19 1979: The research of history professor Tom Carneal results in the Thomas Gaunt house's addition to the National Register of Historic Places.
1998: Maryville's area code switches from 816 to 660.
April 20 2013: Northwest unveils an updated family of athletics logos that include a more modern paw and new Bobby Bearcat logos. 
April 21 1920: The Overall Club is organized, with C.T. (Bill) Richards as president. Its purpose is "to reduce the high cost of clothing." (Later the name is changed to Khaki Association, as members wore khaki.)
1949: Dr. Uel Lamkin suffers a stroke of paralysis.
1972: Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes signs a bill designating the school as Northwest Missouri State University.
April 22 1981: The Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center is dedicated.
April 23 1951: The Air Force Clerk-Typist school is located on campus .
1937: The Northwest Missourian wins a first- class honor rating in the Associated Collegiate Press contest.
April 24 1981: Construction begins on the B.D. Owens Library and ground is broken for the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
April 25
April 26 1940: The editor of The Northwest Missourian, who had written a scathing criticism of the policies of the College administration, distributes it while the president, the dean and the faculty adviser to the staff were off campus.
1950: George Colbert, 88, former dean of the faculty, dies.
April 27 2002: For the first time, spring commencement is divided into two ceremonies to accommodate overflowing crowds.
April 28 1951: Residence Hall is wrecked and students are injured by a gas tank explosion. Roberta Steel, a victim of the explosion, dies the following year.
April 29 2012: Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the commencement address at the University’s afternoon ceremony honoring graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.
2014: Cody Uhing is sworn in for his second term as Student Senate president, becoming just the third student in the Student Senate's history to be elected to a second term as president of the student body.
April 30 1924: Seventeen student organizations are on campus; 16,829 books are in the library; and 400 women and 209 men are enrolled at Northwest.