A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
July 1 1927 Nell Hudson became registrar.
July 1 1943 About 400 Navy men enrolled in the College for the V-12 program.
July 1 1948 Seventy-five students pledged to work for the proposed bond issue for a Maryville swimming pool.
July 1 1964 J.W. Jones retired after 26 years with Northwest, including the last 19 as president.
July 1 1977 Dr. B.D. Owens started work as Northwest's eighth president and its first alumnus to hold the office
July 4 1917 "Office Cat," a precursor to The Stroller, made its first appearance in the Green and White Courier.
July 5 1917 The first in a series of "War Discussions" was given by faculty for students and the public.
July 5 2001 Sen. Jean Carnahan and more than 100 members of the Northwest community gathered to dedicate the Mel Carnahan Reading Room in the J.W. Jones Student Union, less than a year after Gov. Mel Carnahan died in a plane crash. The room on the third floor of the Student Union is now known as The Carnahan Student Senate Chamber.
July 5 2016 Repairs began on the Administration Building with the demolition and replacement of the south gable above the west wing. The extensive repair project, which also included the replacement of all of the building's windows, continued through late spring 2017.
July 6 1928 President Uel Lamkin became president of the National Education Association.
July 6 1931 The College was caught in a bank failure, but most of the funds were insured.
July 6 1935 R.T. Wright arrived at the College and later became head of the agriculture department.
July 8 1930 Classes were canceled and the flag in front of the Administration Building was flown at half mast after President Lamkin's 3-year-old son, Dickey, died tragically as the result of a fall at the president's home.
July 8 1938 The Board of Regents was notified that the U.S. government would assume 45 percent of the cost of building a library. Construction of the Wells Library was completed in October 1939.
July 8 2011 The Upward Bound program celebrated 25 years at Northwest with a reunion at the Gaunt House. The program helps high school students realize their goals of attending college.
July 8 2016 The Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized Northwest as one of Missouri’s Most Supportive Employers at its annual awards dinner at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri.
July 9 1915 Miss Olive S. DeLuce was employed as head of the art department.
July 9 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Will Durant visited the campus.
July 10 1911 City water was cut off from the Normal School because of a shortage, resulting in the school's use of a well west of the Administration Building, and people were forbidden to water horses from the well.
July 10 1911 City water was cut off from the Normal School because of a shortage, resulting in the school's use of a well west of the Administration Building, and people were forbidden to water horses from the well.
July 11 1985 The Board of Regents voted to rename the University's Agriculture Mechanics Building in honor of Alfred McKemy, who served on the Board from 1975 to 1985, including three consecutive two-year terms as president of the Board.
July 11 2014 The Northwest Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimously to launch the Forever Green fundraising campaign, beginning with a quiet phase to cultivate lead donors. The campaign ended in 2021 with more than $55 million raised, exceeding its $45 million goal.
July 15 2020 Northwest entered the third and final phase of its plan to restore campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virus mitigation measures urged all students, employees and visitors to wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance. As students and employees returned to campus, they received Northwest-branded face coverings and bottles of hand sanitizer.
July 16 1907 The school's first athletics director, Paul A. White, was employed.
July 16 1979 High winds and rain stripped the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building of its roofing, allowing water to pour onto the Charles Johnson Theater stage and causing damage to 100 prints in the Percival DeLuce Memorial Collection. Roof damage at Wells Library also caused severe water damage to about 120 books.
July 17 1918 A service flag was dedicated with 137 stars representing each of the current or former Normal students fighting in World War I.
July 19 1906 The Normal School enters competitive sports as the college team played a baseball game against a town team.
July 19 1909 Dr. H.K. Taylor was elected president after the resignation of President Homer Martien Cook. However, Cook withdrew his resignation and the school had two presidents for four months.
July 19 1920 The YMCA established a cafeteria in the first floor corridor of the Administration Building to serve 300 people attending a Vitalized Agriculture shortcourse.
July 20 1939 Thomas Hart Benton presented the class of 1939 with a lithograph of "Cradling Wheat" after the class was unable to purchase one of his oil paintings.
July 21 1949 The Board of Regents voted to change the school's name from Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College to Northwest Missouri State College.
July 22 1890 The cornerstone of the "Old Seminary Building" was laid.
July 24 1979 An electrical malfunction above fourth-floor offices in the Administration Building caused a catastrophic fire that nearly destroyed the building.
July 24 2019 In conjunction with a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the fire that devastated the Administration Building, KXCV hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of its remodeling on the second floor of Wells Hall.
July 25 1911 The Normal Glee Club presented "Fair Ellen," a cantata.
July 25 1913 The Bachelor of Pedagogy degree for two years of coursework was dropped, and it was decided that a Life Diploma would be given without a title.
July 26 2010 Northwest's Administration Building, with its century-old towers standing as symbols of culture, education and economic development, was added to National Register of Historic Places. 
July 27 1911 Students saw the first "talking picture" at the Fern Theater; the story was told as pictures played.
July 28 2011 Three women became the first to graduate from Northwest’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program launched in 2009. Also, 21 students became the first to receive their Master of Business Administration degrees through an online degree program administered in collaboration with Missouri Southern State University.
July 28 2014 The University Police Department and Office of Purchasing moved from their headquarters on West Ninth Street at the east edge of campus to a newly completed structure adjacent to the Materials Distribution Center on the west side of campus.
July 29 1905 The commission for locating the Fifth District Normal School in northwest Missouri visited Maryville.
July 29 1927 Pi Gamma Nu, a social science honor society, was organized.
July 29 1937 A Northwest intelligence test proved female students were smarter than male students.
July 29 2004 Northwest's football stadium formally known as Rickenbrode Stadium was renamed Bearcat Stadium. The name change was proposed by a group of anonymous donors who wanted the name to honor everyone who was involved in the recent completion of a series of stadium improvements.
July 30 1945 President Lamkin handed his letter of resignation to the Board of Regents.
July 30 1954 The first commencement at Memorial Stadium, now Bearcat Stadium, was conducted at 8 p.m.
July 30 2021 Northwest celebrated the opening of the Agricultural Learning Center, a 29,500-square-foot multipurpose facility at the R.T. Wright Farm. That night, alumni, donors and friends gathered in the Hughes Fieldhouse to celebrate the end of its seven-year "Forever Green" comprehensive campaign, just the second in the University's history, which exceeded its $45 million goal by raising $55,026,782.
July 31 1996 The Wormy World restaurant opened for one night only in the Horace Mann Laboratory School's fourth-level classroom, under the instruction of Sheri Strating. The night's menu included wormy casserole and chili con worme.
July 31 2010 Dr. Frank Grispino, professor and director of Northwest's doctoral program, retired after 45 years at the University.
July 31 2015 The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing kicked off a weekend-long celebration of its 15th anniversary that included social activities and speakers reflecting on the institution’s history and future. The Missouri Academy closed at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.
July 31 2020 In response to nationwide racial unrest and University President Dr. John Jasinski's challenge to the Northwest Foundation Board to consider how it can better support students of color, 1980 alumna Karen Daniel announced her $1 million cash gift to establish the Karen L. Daniel Legacy Fund to provide scholarships for Black students and assist Northwest with its renewed focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives.