A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
March 1 1941 Dean J.W. Jones assumed chairmanship of the education department as Mr. Phillips went on diminished service.
March 1 1943 Myrtle Knepper, of Cape Girardeau, presented to the College a collection of French books that belonged to her nephew, Ralph Knepper, a senior who left the college to join the military and lost his life. In May, the College conferred a posthumous degree to Ralph Knepper.
March 1 1945 The College, which had been on the semester plan "for the duration," returned to the quarter plan for civilian students; credit is changed from 2.50 semester hours to 2.00 and 3.00 hours.
March 2 2012 The Madraliers choral ensemble was one of seven university choirs to perform for the American Choral Directors Association Southwestern Division Conference in Dallas, Texas.
March 2 2020 Due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, Northwest suspended its study abroad programs and advised its 13 students studying in Finland, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom to return to the United States.
March 3 1910 Six acres of onions and early corn were planted between Administration Building and the president's residence.
March 4 1928 The college orchestra and chorus performed "Aida" with the Cramer Opera Company of Chicago.
March 5 1909 A Normal School women's basketball team played its first out-of-town game against Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron.
March 5 1945 "Co-eds Go Home Again" was the headline announcing that Residence Hall was again open for women students and that the remainder of the Navy V-12 men would live in the Men's Quadrangle until the program's closure.
March 5 1974 A short-lived trend of streaking hit the Northwest campus.
March 5 2016 Echosmith, a sibling quartet behind smash hits “Cool Kids” and “Bright,” headlined the Student Activities Council's spring concert at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
March 5 2018 The Wind Symphony performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
March 5 2022 The Associated Collegiate Press named Tower yearbook a Pacemaker recipient for its 2021 edition, the 100th in the publication's history. It was Tower's 11th Pacemaker, which is a recognition of the best college yearbooks in the country.
March 6 1945 Coach Ryland Milner left for overseas to help with an athletic clinic for Army officers who would coach service men.
March 7 1910 Dean George H. Colbert, Emmett Scott and others began work on quarter-mile running track on the athletics field north of the Administration Building.
March 7 1967 The original Dairy Barn, a 54-year-old building west of the Administration Building, was destroyed by fire and disabled the agriculture department. Along with a silo and calf barn, 19 small heifer calves, several Jersey cattle and a flock of chickens were lost to the fire.
March 8 2012 Students performed the opening night of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” for Northwest's biennial musical production.
March 9 1927 County coroner Dr. Frank Wallis called upon senior chemistry students Cleo Wyman and Wilson Craig to analyze the stomach contents of a person who died from unknown causes; the students found carbolic acid.
March 9 1998 Classes were canceled for just the third time in Northwest's history, due to snowfall after 14 inches fell on Maryville during the weekend.
March 9 2009 For the first time in its history, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District convened at Northwest. A three-member panel heard oral arguments in three cases in the Student Union Ballroom.
March 9 2017 Northwest announced its decision to close the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 academic year as part of an effort by the University to refocus on its core mission of providing students with opportunities to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Missouri Academy was a two-year accelerated, early-entrance-to-college residential program for academically-talented students that opened on the campus in 2000.
March 10 1939 Kindergarten moved to the Horace Mann building.
March 10 1951 A terrible ice storm hit Maryville and many campus trees were ruined.
March 11 1910 John Rush represented the Normal School in an oratorical contest with other state normal schools and took second place with his oration, "The Coming Aristocracy."
March 12 1957 The Northwest Missourian won its seventh consecutive "First" rating in its class from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
March 12 2017 The forensics team, known as the Speaking Bearcats, claimed the Combined Team Sweepstakes award, and Nick Van Ross, a senior marketing major from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, won the Individual Sweepstakes award as Northwest hosted the Public Communication Speech and Debate League National Tournament.
March 13 1906 The first heads of departments were chosen, including Mr. George H. Colbert for mathematics, who remained on the faculty until his death in 1950.
March 13 2009 Northwest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening to celebrate the completion of the Studio Theater and other enhancements at the renamed Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
March 13 2014 Gov. Jay Nixon visited a Board of Regents meeting to applaud the University and Board members for answering his call to freeze undergraduate tuition.
March 13 2020 After the federal government and state of Missouri declared states of emergency due to COVID-19, Northwest announced all courses were moving online, starting March 23, for a minimum of two weeks. Additionally, all student organization and external events were canceled through April 5.
March 14 1983 B.D. Owens Library opened.
March 14 2011 A small crowd gathered outside the Lamkin Activity Center to welcome back the Northwest Wrestling Club, which had won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship during the weekend in Macon, Georgia.
March 15 1906 The Board of Regents selected J.H. Felt & Co., Architects, of Kansas City, to present plans for the Academic Hall, which is known today as the Administration Building, as well as the heating and power house, and for landscaping.
March 15 1919 A tornado struck the Administration Building, causing approximately $20,000 in damage.
March 15 1924 Pi Omega Pi, a business honor society, installed its Beta Chapter on the campus.
March 15 1970 The Donald N. Valk Industrial Arts Education and Technology Building, known more simply today as Valk Center, was dedicated in recognition of the industrial arts faculty member retiring at the end of the spring semester after 38 years at Northwest. Valk also was an architect and helped design several campus buildings, including Wells Library, the Wesley Student Center and the building bearing his name.
March 15 1995 Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson gave a free lecture in Bearcat Arena as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.
March 15 2004 Students began using CatPAWS to register for their fall classes. The new software replaced WebSTAR and helped streamline faculty grading procedures.
March 15 2017 John Bell, director of bands and orchestra and artist-in-residence at Northwest, represented the University's Wind Symphony in the first-ever Small Band Program Showcase at the College Band Directors Association (CBDNA) National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Bell was among 10 conductors selected from submissions evaluated by a blind jury of CBDNA members.
March 16 1942 The Board of Regents authorized the president to offer the college's facilities to the Navy "for use in every way they could be utilized," and authorized the dean to set up a curriculum to comply with requirements for training Navy personnel. The awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree also was authorized.
March 16 2011 Meghan McCain, a political columnist, author and daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain, appeared at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as part of the University's Distinguished Lecture Series.
March 16 2023 Dr. Lance Tatum was introduced as Northwest's 11th president at a morning news conference. That night, he was in the audience as Northwest's Jazz Ensemble, Tower Choir and Wind Symphony performed in "Voices in Green," a concert featuring the music ensembles at Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
March 17 1953 The Board of Regents made regulations concerning the registration of all automobiles driven on campus by students and employees to help control the traffic problem.
March 17 2022 The Board of Regents approved the University's recommendation of a $1.3 million renovation of the third floor of Martindale Hall, the first phase of a long-term plan to renovate one of the campus' oldest buildings.
March 18 1914 The Board of Regents forbid fraternities or sororities to be formed on campus and required existing groups to be dissolved.
March 18 1927 Sigma Sigma Sigma became the first sorority founded on the Northwest campus.
March 18 1956 Northwest joined a celebration of Missouri Home Economics Week, which included a tribute to Miss Hettie Anthony, the founder of the school's home economics department where she served for 48 years.
March 18 1998 The Board of Regents voted to approve women's soccer as a varsity sport and begin intercollegiate play in the fall of 1999.
March 18 2020 One day after gathering faculty and staff leaders in the Student Union Ballroom to discuss the institution’s response and direction during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northwest announced it was moving courses online for the remainder of the semester to help minimize the spread of the virus and limit academic disruptions.
March 19 1996 A Quality Classroom Symposium provides Northwest faculty with informative sessions about how to use the World Wide Web. 
March 19 2020 The Board of Regents authorized the University to award a construction contract to E.L. Crawford Construction and begin building the Agricultural Learning Center.
March 20 2013 Former head football coach Mel Tjeerdsma came out of retirement and announced his return to Northwest as the University’s director of athletics.
March 20 2020 "Out of an abundance of caution" to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Northwest transitioned to restricted operations, and all campus facilities were closed to the public, effective at 5 p.m.
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March 22 1990 The Board of Regents approved a new logo for the University.
March 23 1964 The Board of Regents named Dr. Robert P. Foster, the college's dean of administration, as its seventh president.
March 23 2011 The Bearcat women's basketball team ended its best season in program history with a 78-89 loss to Michigan Tech in the Final Four round of the NCAA Division II national tournament in St. Joseph. The Bearcats finished 29-5 while claiming the program's first-ever regional title, first outright MIAA regular season championship and third MIAA conference tournament championship.
March 24 1924 The Board of Regents made a resolution for the College to use a small amount of alcohol "for scientific purposes only."
March 24 1980 Gov. Teasdale signed an emergency appropriations bill that, in the aftermath of the 1979 Administration Building fire, granted $13.8 million to Northwest to replace the space lost in the fire, which amounted to more than half the building.
March 24 1981 Northwest broke ground for a new $7.4 library building to open during the 1983 spring semester and replace Wells Library.
March 25 1905 The bill creating the Fifth District Normal School was signed by Gov. Joseph W. Folk. It became a law on June 16, 1905.
March 25 1980 Northwest celebrated its 75th anniversary.
March 25 2010 The Northwest soils judging team competed in the National Collegiate Soils Contest in Lubbock, Texas. Northwest qualified for the national competition the previous October by defeating two-time defending national champion Kansas State University at the regional contest.
March 25 2017 The men's basketball program won its first NCAA Division II national championship, making Northwest the first Division II institution and just the third in NCAA history to win national titles in football and men's basketball in the same academic year.
March 26 1968 In cooperation with American Red Cross, 47 members of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity embarked on a 260-mile marathon from Maryville to Jefferson City. Each of the men ran at least five miles and covered the distance in 48 hours while carrying a petition signed by more than 1,000 students voicing their support for the American soldiers in Vietnam.
March 26 2022 The Bearcat men's basketball team won its fourth NCAA Division II national championship in the last five full seasons and became the first Division II institution to claim three consecutive national championships with a 67-58 defeat of Augusta University in Evansville, Indiana.
March 27 1908 Miss Norma Hotchkiss took first place in the Inter-Normal Oratorical contest at Warrensburg.
March 27 2021 The Bearcat men's basketball team beat West Texas A&M University, 80-54, to cap a 28-2 season and win its third national title in last four full seasons. The Bearcats finished with the most wins of any NCAA Division II school and as one of five Division II schools to reach 20 wins during the season.
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March 29 1943 A motion was made by the Board of Regents to change the name of the institution to Northwest Missouri State College.
March 29 1948 Faculty members were allowed to enroll for classes with payment of activity and book fees.
March 30 1920 The Philomathean plan, "The First Lady of the Land," netted $175 for the French War Orphan Fund.
March 30 2019 The Bearcat men's basketball team defeated Point Loma Nazarene University, 64-58, at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, to complete a perfect 38-0 season and claim their second NCAA Division II national championship.
March 31 2004: KXCV/KRNW celebrated the grand reopening of the Warren Stucki Museum of Broadcasting on the second floor of Wells Hall in honor of the station's retired engineer.