The Northwest Missouri State University celebrated its Centennial in 2005. Northwest's Centennial slogan, "100 years of traditions and transitions" encapsulated the growth and success of a comprehensive regional educational institution that started out as a "normal school" a century ago.
During the 2005-2006 academic year, Northwest held various celebrations and events to mark its 100 years. Several permanent landscape projects were completed such as the Centennial Statue and the Centennial Garden in memory of "the Quads," residence halls that once occupied space between South and North Complexes.
The idea for the Centennial Garden started with an idea offered by 2002 graduate Bradley "BJ" Snopek as part of an independent study when he was a Northwest student majoring in landscape horticulture." Snopek's idea was embraced by the University and work on the Centennial Garden began with a groundbreaking on Mar. 25, 2005. The Centennial Garden was officially opened on Sept. 20, 2005.
Activities during the Centennial ranged from an old-fashioned lawn party with homemade ice cream to a glamorous, black-tie Gala and the burying of a time capsule. The American Dream Grant was also established in honor of Northwest's 100 years and on-going commitment to providing quality education to all. The grant provided tuition, room and board, a computer and textbooks to freshmen from lower-income families.
To celebrate Northwest's 100th birthday, University Marketing and Communication and Dr. Janice Brandon-Falcone, a professor in the history department, joined forces to document Nortwest's history in the book entitled Transitions: A Hundred Years of Northwest History.