A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
Aug. 1 1984 Dr. Dean L. Hubbard became Northwest's ninth president.
Aug. 1 2010 Northwest became a smoke-free campus.
Aug. 1 2017 Northwest completed a remodel of the Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation, allowing the School of Agricultural Sciences to move into the space from its previous headquarters on the top floor of Valk Center.
Aug. 1 2018 Northwest broke ground on a new farm manger’s house at the R.T. Wright Farm, advancing a collaborative project with the Maryville R-II School District's Northwest Technical School to construct the 1,300-square-foot home.
Aug. 2 1906 The Normal School baseball team lost a game, 10-3, against the Barnard town team at the Barnard picnic; the game was reported as the Normal School's first out-of-town competition.
Aug. 2 1920 A degree group within the Northwest Alumni Association was formed. The dues were 25 cents in addition to alumni dues.
Aug. 2 1991 University buildings became smoke-free.
Aug. 3 1999 Northwest Online was launched; 57 students enrolled in nine courses.
Aug. 3 2016 Northwest announced the appointment of Dr. Juanita Simmons as its first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Aug. 4 1905 Maryville was notified it would be the site for the Fifth District Normal School in northwest Missouri.
Aug. 4 1915 Smaller diplomas replaced large ones that had signatures of all the students' instructors, causing some students to refuse the ones without signatures.
Aug. 4 1920 Olive DeLuce completed plans for columns to be placed at the entrance to Memorial Drive, sponsored by the Nodaway County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Removed during the 1970s for a street renovation project and rededicated on Nov. 10, 2006, the brick pillars and plaques display names of 46 soldiers who died in World War I.)
Aug. 4 1921 President Richardson gave his farewell address to the summer graduating class and conferred degrees.
Aug. 4 1948 The Bell of '48, a gift of the class of 1948, is rung for the first time at 7:45 a.m.
Aug. 4 2016 Northwest celebrated the reopening of its Percival DeLuce Memorial Collection in the Olive DeLuce Art Gallery. The extensive collection of more than 800 pieces had been in storage since the 1980s until it was resurrected and inventoried by Phil Laber, the former chair of the art department, with the help of Lynne Gilbert, administrative specialist to the president, and a small group of students during a project spanning two-plus years.
Aug. 6 1906 The first commencement occurred and Golda Airy of Maryville received the first certificate from the Normal School.
Aug. 7 1906 A Last-Day-of-School program for the training school included recitations of "Mrs. Robin's Afternoon Tea" by Vern Pickens and "Warblers and Perchers" by Lawrence Keeler.
Aug. 7 1942 A work program was set up for about 50 high school graduates at 25 cents an hour to help them attend college.
Aug. 7 1981 Opal Eckert, a student and teacher in northwest Missouri for a span of 52 years, including as an instructor of English and journalism at Northwest, addressed graduates at the summer commencement ceremony. Eckert, who had earned two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree, also was presented with the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Aug. 8 2019 In addition to approving curriculum proposals creating two master’s degree programs and two education specialist programs, the Board of Regents celebrated the leadership of Regent Dr. Patrick Harr, who participated in his last meeting since being appointed to the Board in 2013 and serving as its chair from 2015 until the previous June. The University dedicated in his honor a white flowering dogwood tree planted near the southeast corner of Horace Mann Laboratory School, which Harr attended.
Aug. 8 2020 Outdoors and with social distancing measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest celebrated more than 900 students who completed degrees during the spring and summer with an evening commencement ceremony at Bearcat Stadium.
Aug. 9 1910 A window shade committee was appointed by the Board of Regents to select shades for the new Administration Building.
Aug. 11 1938 Plans for a new library building were approved. Wells Library opened in October 1939.
Aug. 13 2013 The Safe Ride Home program expanded its services to include a bus-style route on a shuttle vehicle.
Aug. 16 1909 Construction resumed on the Administration building for the first time since June 1908 after the state legislature's passage of an appropriation bill to provide funding to the Normal School.
Aug. 17 1987 Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft helped switch on the "Electronic Campus;" Northwest's first comprehensive freshman orientation program began.
Aug. 17 1988 As part of the city of Maryville's water conservation plan in the midst of a drought and heat, students were urged to limit showers to three minutes and wash laundry only once a week.
Aug. 17 2011 Northwest flew its flags at half-staff in memory of Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, a 1998 alumnus, who died Aug. 6 while serving in Afghanistan.
Aug. 18 2011 A powerful evening storm, carrying heavy rain, hail and 80 mph straight-line winds, causes widespread damage to the campus. The storm causes a power outage, numerous broken windows, water damage and downed tree limbs as well as damage to roofs and siding.
Aug. 18 2016 Northwest celebrated the grand-opening of its new Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Campus in collaboration with the city of Gladstone.
Aug. 19 2020 After four days of move-in and Advantage activities, the fall semester officially began and Northwest resumed in-person classes on the campus for the first time since March 6, while the COVID-19 pandemic continued.
Aug. 21 2020 Three days into fall classes, like other universities throughout the country, Northwest reported a concerning increase in students with COVID-19 symptoms. In a message to students, President Jasinski urged students “to take seriously not only your health and safety but that of those around you” and that “Northwest will soon be sending our students home” if the campus community did not follow mitigation measures.
Aug. 22 2012 Employees gathered for the All-Employee Meeting where President Jasinski touted recent successes at the University and its enhanced focus on student retention. Jasinski said, “The constants have been our focus on student success and our focus on being a player in Maryville, in Nodaway County, the northwest region, state and nation. We’re positioned to do some things differently than other institutions because of what we’ve done the last several years.”
Aug. 23 2012 The Registrar's Office announced a new resource, Degree Audit, to assist students in their degree-planning process and provide students with the ability to create their own four-year plans.
Aug. 24 2011 During the All-Employee Meeting, Dr. Mark Corson, an associate professor of geosciences, presented President Jasinski and Northwest with an American flag that flew Sept. 11, 2010, over Joint Base Balad in Iraq. Corson was returning to his faculty role after a 15-month deployment to Iraq, including nine months as the commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.
Aug. 24 2016 The Northwest Foundation announced the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation of Omaha had made a $1 million gift commitment to honor Northwest alumnus Michael L. Faust, who was a director of the Scott Foundation, for his support of the Scotts’ civic and philanthropic activities, his 36 years of service to Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., where Walter Scott was chairman and chief executive officer, and his loyalty to the University. The gift was designated for renovations, a planned addition and future maintenance needs at the Northwest Alumni House, which was renamed the Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni and Friends.
Aug. 25 2010 University President Dr. John Jasinski presided over the annual All-Employee Meeting, where he discussed strategic themes and actions for Northwest, including the proposal for a revised mission statement: "Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success – every student, every day."
Aug. 26 2001 The College of Professional and Applied Studies became the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies in honor of 1967 alumnus Mel Booth.
Aug. 28 2000 The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing – a residential program for academically-talented high school juniors and seniors – opened on the Northwest campus with 41 students; the University ended the program after the 2017-18 academic year.
Aug. 28 2009 The H1N1 influenza outbreak hit Northwest as two students were diagnosed with the flu strain.
Aug. 28 2023 On a Monday morning in front of the Administration Building, University President Dr. Lance Tatum received the first delivery from a Kiwibot, a new autonomous robot employed by Campus Dining to deliver food items. He received a coffee and box of cookies.
Aug. 29 1991 University President Dr. Dean L. Hubbard decided to stay at Northwest instead of accepting a position at the University of Northern Colorado.
Aug. 29 2014 Northwest announced "Bearcats Connect" as its new slogan as the pillar of a comprehensive marketing campaign designed to drive recruitment efforts and advertising strategies.
Aug. 30 1993 KXCV expanded its signal to reach Chillicothe with the addition of a 38,000-watt transmitter and became KXCV 90.5 and KRNW 88.9.
Aug. 31 2010 Agriculture faculty member Rod Barr unveiled a master plan for the R.T. Wright Farm, which included the idea of an agriculture resource center, during a meeting on the Northwest campus with U.S. Rep Sam Graves and local and state political leaders.
Aug. 31 2015 The Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center, the result of a complete renovation of the former Foster Aquatic Center, opened to students and employees in conjunction with the start of the fall trimester. The University dedicated the building with a grand-opening ceremony celebration the next week on Sept. 10.