A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
Feb. 1 1924 Donna Sisson Eek took charge of the art department when Olive DeLuce left for Columbia University for graduate work.
Feb. 1 1934 An exhibit of 28 paintings by Olive DeLuce opened at the Woman's City Club in Kansas City.
Feb. 1 2011 A blizzard struck the Midwest and closed the campus for three days; it reopened Feb. 3.
Feb. 1 2013 Gov. Jay Nixon visited the campus to discuss the state’s performance-based funding model and praised Northwest for achieving all five benchmarks within the model.
Feb. 2 1874 Resolutions were passed in Maryville asking for Normal School to be located in Nodaway County.
Feb. 2 1910 The first issue of Normal Index, a school newspaper, was published.
Feb. 2 1970 The Donald N. Valk Industrial Arts Education and Technology Building, known more simply today as Valk Center, opened and was named in honor of the industrial arts faculty member who was retiring at the end of the spring semester after 38 years of teaching.
Feb. 2 1998 The Alliance of Black Collegians sponsored a Hall of Fame exhibit featuring notable African Americans and their contributions to the United States' culture.
Feb. 3 1922 The site for the women's residence hall, known today as Roberta Hall, was chosen and plans were approved.
Feb. 5 1987 Jeff Fairman, a senior at Northwest, won fourth place in a national contest for future chemists and biologists.
Feb. 6 1969 Faculty showed their acting and dancing abilities to an enthusiastic and overflowing crowd in the Administration Building auditorium during “Faculty Frolics,” an effort to raise funds to assist students interested in international living.
Feb. 7 2004 The Board of Regents approved the notebook computer program, giving each student living on campus a new notebook computer beginning in fall 2005. Tuition for the 2004-2005 academic year was $165.50 per credit hour for in-state students
Feb. 7 2019 Northwest canceled classes for the fifth time since Jan. 22 during a winter that produced major snowfalls and bitter temperatures.
Feb. 8 2013 Northwest student Aakash Patel entered into a lease agreement with the University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to build his start-up company BlurPort LLC, a producer of secure USB data storage devices.
Feb. 8 2020 Northwest bestowed the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Dr. Patrick Harr, a longtime volunteer medical doctor for Bearcat athletics teams and a member of the Board of Regents from 2013 to 2019, including as Board Chair from 2015-2019.
Feb. 8 2022 Northwest hosted retired NASA astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series.
Feb. 10 1988 The famed San Diego Chicken entertained fans at a Bearcat basketball game against Central Missouri State University.
Feb. 10 2008 Dr. Jim Redd, a 1966 alumnus, former coach and athletics director at Northwest, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Feb. 11 1952 Miss Mattie Dykes was asked by President J.W. Jones to write a history of the College for its golden anniversary.
Feb. 11 2004 Students are able to transfer money from their U.S. Bank accounts to the "Bobby Bucks" stripe on their ID cards.
Feb. 12 1924 President Uel Lamkin was brought in by Police Chief Johnny Ashcroft and convicted of vagrancy.
Feb. 13 1940 A more ferocious-looking Bearcat was adopted by Student Senate.
Feb. 13 1959 Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the Northwest campus and spoke to an overflow crowd of 1,250 students and employees in the Administration Building auditorium.
Feb. 13 1978 A reported 12 inches of snow paralyzed the area, and Northwest canceled classes for the first time since 1912.
Feb. 13 2004 The Northwest Board of Regents and the University of Missouri Board of Curators signed a memorandum of understanding outlining provisions for a possible merger of the two institutions.
Feb. 14 1946 The Veterans Club published a faculty-student directory.
Feb. 14 1980 Administration announced a decision to vacate Roberta Hall due to deteriorating conditions but reversed course two days later after opposition from residents.
Feb. 14 2011 As part of Delta Dental of Missouri's Land of Smiles program, the Tooth Wizard and Plaque Man visited students in kindergarten through third grades at Horace Mann Laboratory School.
Feb. 15 1915 Miss Hettie Anthony proclaimed at a school assembly that "efficiency is the science of self-management."
Feb. 15 2018 A capacity crowd filled the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as Dr. Temple Grandin, a globally recognized authority for improving the welfare and handling of farm animals, delivered Northwest's annual James H. Lemon Lecture.
Feb. 16 2010 Thirty-five students joined first-year President Dr. John Jasinski on a trip to the state capitol in Jefferson City to speak with legislators and gain support for Northwest. Jasinski testified to the Missouri House Appropriations Committee, "Make no mistake, we will continue to mine every dollar that is not productive and question every process, program and person that is not serving our purpose. But we want you to know that our mission is to deliver on our heritage of innovation to address the uncertain economic times before us."
Feb. 16 2012 In response to "the continuing shifts across higher education," President Dr. John Jasinski and Provost Dr. Doug Dunham announced a realignment of Northwest's academic programs, which included consolidating its academic departments from 19 to 11 and eliminating the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, effective July 1.
Feb. 16 2016 Mike Arbuckle, a 1972 Northwest alumnus and senior advisor to the general manager/scouting and player development for the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals, delivered the keynote address for the annual Future Business Leaders of America District I Conference hosted by Northwest.
Feb. 17 1923 The Board of Regents offered a prize of $10 to be paid to a student who suggested the best name for the school's newly opened dormitory, but the prize was never awarded and the building remained known as Residence Hall until it was renamed in honor of Roberta Steel.
Feb. 17 1997 The Board of Regents approved "EC97," a plan to upgrade the "Electronic Campus" and place new desktop computers in each residence hall room for the next fall.
Feb. 17 2010 President Dr. John Jasinski and other campus leaders met with a contingent of instructors and deans visiting Northwest from Panama to gain a better understanding of how they could better support underprivileged children at their schools.
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Feb. 19 1926 A costumer party took place in Residence Hall, which is known today as Roberta Hall. Dorothy England and Marvin Westfall won prizes for the best costumes.
Feb. 19 2004 Franken Hall sponsored "Boardgame Bonanza" in the J.W. Jones Student Union. Games included Pictionary, Monopoly and Yatzee as well as newer games like Battle of the Sexes.
Feb. 20 1955 Former President Harry S. Truman visited the campus and dedicated the Martin-Pederson Armory, which is now the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Center.
Feb. 21 1911 The Normal School women's basketball team played Stanberry High School, winning 23-11.
Feb. 22 1920 The Annual Colonial Costume Party was given by seniors for juniors and faculty.
Feb. 22 1921 A large American flag was flown for the first time on a pole erected on the Administration Building lawn to commemorate faculty and students who served in World War I.
Feb. 22 1997 The Bearcat women's indoor track and field team won its first MIAA championship.
Feb. 22 2014 Northwest’s TRIO program honored President John Jasinski and first lady Denise Jasinski with its prestigious TRIO Champions award.
Feb. 23 2009 For the first time in its history, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District convened at Northwest in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The court, which normally convenes in Kansas City, had last convened in Nodaway County at the courthouse in 1993
Feb. 24 1920 The sophomores stole the freshman pennant.
Feb. 24 2015 For the third time in four years the Missouri State Recycling Program recognized Northwest for its recycling and sustainability programs and presented it with the 2014 Annual Recycling Award.
Feb. 25 1984 Dr. B.D. Owens, who had served as Northwest's president since 1977, submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Regents.
Feb. 25 1993 Northwest celebrated the start of a project to renovate and expand Lamkin Gymnasium during a groundbreaking ceremony.
Feb. 25 2010 "The Music Man" opened its three-night run at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as the music and theatre departments' biennial musical production.
Feb. 25 2011 Four students participated in the annual Colden Pond Plunge and raised a record $3,860 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sophomore participant Kyla Kirksey won a pair of tickets to the upcoming Goo Goo Dolls concert by staying in the water the longest.
Feb. 26 1998 Students met to share opinions and concerns about study environments on campus for the drafting of a student covenant to be included in the student handbook.
Feb. 27 1912 The first "athletic feed" was served at noon by Harry Mutz while Mr. V.I. Moore, a coach, awarded "N"s to players.
Feb. 27 2004 The Safe Ride Home program began, offering free after-hours transportation for Northwest students.
Feb. 27 2022 Northwest community members and friends gathered in the foyer of the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts after a performance of "No Exit" to honor Professor of Theatre Dr. Theo Ross, who retired that spring after 44 years as a faculty member at the University.
Feb. 28 1917 Architects were at work on plans for a women's dormitory.
Feb. 28 2013 President Dr. John Jasinski appeared as the "Delivery Man" in Northwest's production of “Barefoot in the Park.”
Feb. 28 2020 Northwest reminded students and employees to take precautions against the growing COVID-19 virus and announced its activation of a website with resources and answers to questions related to the institution’s response.