A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
Jan. 1 1940: The electric scoreboard in the gymnasium, which was a gift from the class of 1938, is first used.
Jan. 4 1906: Frank Deerwester is selected the institution's first president.
Jan. 5 1922: The Art Club is formed.
Jan. 5 1943: A book drive begins for servicemen and women, with Mr. C. E. Wells, librarian, in charge.
Jan. 5 2011: Northwest introduces Wren Baker as the University's new director of athletics. He succeeds Dr. Bob Boerigter, who left the University in September 2010 to become commissioner of the MIAA.
Jan. 6 1946: A convocation and open house honors the new Northwest president, Dr. J.W. Jones.
Jan. 7 1923: Residence Hall opens with Mr. C.E. Partch as housemother (yes, Mister).
Jan. 8 1923: The resignation of Mr. Partch as housemother is accepted upon the arrival of Mrs. Sarah Campbell, Residence Hall's fulltime housemother.
Jan. 9 1874: The first bill to create a Normal School for northwest Missouri is introduced in the General Assembly.
Jan. 9 1918: The Stroller makes its first appearance in The Green and White Courier.
Jan. 9 1918: The College Oath is first printed in The Green and White Courier.
Jan. 9 1926: Northwest's gymnasium opens and is dedicated at a basketball game between the Bearcats and the Kansas City Athletic Club. The Bearcats lose 18-32.
Jan. 9 2006 Northwest-Kansas City (formerly Kansas City Center) opens for classes at a converted office tower in Liberty and becomes the University's first classroom facility outside of Maryville.  
Jan. 11 1996: The Northwest Missourian begins publishing online.
Jan. 12 1925: Physical examinations for all students are started.
Jan. 14 1971: KXCV begins broadcasting.
Jan. 15 1912: Classes are canceled because the school is out of coal.
Jan. 15 1909: Ten new members are initiated into Sigma Delta Chi, a sorority that had been organized in 1907, with Mary Armstrong as the first president.
Jan. 15 1955: About 100 alumni meet in St. Joseph and organize a St. Joseph Chapter of the Northwest Missouri State College Alumni Association. Fred Davis '49 is elected president.
Jan. 16 2012: Dozens of Northwest students mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a peace march from the Northwest campus to the steps of the Nodaway County Courthouse, where it concludes with speakers and a city proclamation.
Jan. 19 2013: For the second consecutive year and third time in four years, Northwest’s cheerleading squad claims the Universal Cheerleaders Association Division II National Championship.
Jan. 20 1942: The first combat casualty of World War II from the College is John Hopple.
Jan. 21 1907: Fifty-three Normal School boys and an instructor who hiked to Burlington Junction return via the Wabash and are met by the Normal School girls, who "tenderly escorted them up town."
Jan. 22 1945: Student Senate votes to sponsor an Honor Roll for Northwest personnel and students serving in World War II.
Jan. 22 1949: The Hickory Stick is found in a vault in the president's office after being lost for several years.
Jan. 24 1941: The Bearcats' Den (a student center) opens on the first floor of the Administration Building.
Jan. 24 1944: The first electronic typewriter is added to the business equipment.
Jan. 25 2004: A formal agreement is signed with Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute to make it easier for the institution's students to transfer to Northwest.
Jan. 27 1951: Bill Ogden is crowned the first Tower King.
Jan. 28 1927: The Writers' Club is founded with nine members.
Jan. 29 1987: The Horace Mann building is renamed Everett W. Brown Education Hall.
Jan. 31 1934: The Missouri Wesleyan College building in Cameron, Missouri, is taken over by Northwest to be used as an extension center with the U.S. government paying the faculty for "relief work."
Jan. 31 1998 Women's basketball head coach Wayne Winstead earns the 300th victory of his collegiate coaching career with a 92-68 victory against Lincoln.
Jan. 31 2011: A blizzard strikes the Midwest and the Northwest campus is closed for three days.