A-Z Index

Dates in Northwest History


Day Year Event
Oct. 1 1889 Maryville Seminary, the precursor to what became Northwest Missouri State University, was opened by the Northwest Missouri Educational and Scientific Association.
Oct. 1 1952 The student union building was deemed ready for use, on the birthday of President. J.W. Jones.
Oct. 1 2021 Northwest awarded a $10,000 scholarship prize to Kate Kilpatrick, a sophomore geology major, for being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The scholarship giveaway was the culmination of a series of prize drawings to help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates on campus during the global pandemic.
Oct. 2 1908 The Normal School football team played its first game and beat Amity College of College Springs, Iowa, on a field behind the unfinished Administration Building.
Oct. 3 1910 Students met for the first classes in the newly completed Administration Building.
Oct. 3 1917 The Walkout Day picnic in Tunnel Woods featured swings, games and food.
Oct. 3 1933 Physics, chemistry and geography were combined to form the Department of Physical Science with Dr. Joseph Hake as chair; agriculture and biology were combined into the Department of Biology with W.T. Garrett as chair.
Oct. 4 1922 Charles R. Gardner introduced the Alma Mater to the College's student body at an assembly.
Oct. 4 1932 Charles Curtis, vice president under U.S President Herbert Hoover, gave a lecture in the College's auditorium.
Oct. 4 1937 Two Philippine girls, through an invitation from President Uel Lamkin, began attending Northwest without fees in order to bring foreign-speaking students to campus.
Oct. 4 1937 The Board of Regents voted to name the new training school Horace Mann Laboratory School; the building opened in 1939.
Oct. 4 2013 Northwest hosted the inaugural Missouri Hope, a three-day disaster response field training exercise for students studying majors or minors in comprehensive crisis response.
Oct. 6 1920 "High-laced, high-heeled, toothpick-toed shoes" were advertised in the Green and White Courier as "correct shoes."
Oct. 6 1964 Robert Foster was inaugurated as Northwest's seventh president.
Oct. 7 1939 The Horace Mann Laboratory School building, known today as Everett W. Brown Education Hall, and the library, known today as Wells Hall, were dedicated with Gov. Lloyd Stark attending as a speaker.
Oct. 7 1942 The Northwest Missourian reminded students, "Polite men do not stand at the east door and allow women to struggle with the heavy door; impolite men do."
Oct. 7 2010 Northwest celebrated the centennial of the Administration Building and the building’s recent addition to the National Register of Historic Places with a morning ceremony.
Oct. 7 2011 Dr. Carol Spradling, associate professor of computer science and information systems, co-chaired the inaugural Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINKWIC) conference in Kansas City, Missouri. A contingent of Northwest computer science faculty and students attended the two-day event.
Oct. 8 1977 The Bearcat Marching Band performed at Game 4 of Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium.
Oct. 8 1982 Cheap Trick performed “I Want You to Want Me” and other hits during a concert at Lamkin Gymnasium.
Oct. 8 2016 Hunter Hayes, a five-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, headlined the Student Activities Council's fall concert at Bearcat Arena.
Oct. 9 2009 Northwest's enrollment hit an all-time high with 7,076 students.  
Oct. 10 1924 The first general Homecoming took place, although the Philomatheans had been having a Homecoming for 11 years.
Oct. 10 1945 President Uel Lamkin, upon the announcement that his resignation had been accepted, stated to The Northwest Missourian, "If you want me to say anything, say the faculty has made the College. No better faculty is found anywhere."
Oct. 10 1950 The Bell of '48 was rung to announce the awarding of the contract to construct the Student Union building.
Oct. 10 1980 Northwest established its athletic hall of fame with Henry P. Iba, a former Bearcat basketball coach who led the team to national prominence in the 1920s and 30s, and the late Jack McCracken, a star on Iba’s teams, as its first inductees.
Oct. 10 1987 Homecoming activities occurred during a snow storm. They included the rededication of the Horace Mann Laboratory School building as Everett W. Brown Education Hall and athletic facilities as the Ryland Milner Complex.
Oct. 11 1918 The school closed and did not reopen until Nov. 26 as a result of the influenza pandemic of 1918-19; churches and theaters also closed as buildings in Maryville were restricted to no more than 20 people at once.
Oct. 11 1921 The Board of Regents approved a plan to furnish textbooks to students by the College Supply Store, paving the way for Northwest to launch its textbook rental program in the fall of 1922.
Oct. 11 1944 The 29th annual Walkout Day started after an assembly for civilian students and closed with a dance in the evening for Navy men and civilians.
Oct. 11 2011 Northwest announced its fall enrollment as 7,225 students, setting a school record for the fourth consecutive year.
Oct. 12 1907 The cornerstone of the Administration Building was set.
Oct. 12 1943 A dance replaced Walkout Day because the Navy men couldn't "walk out."
Oct. 12 1961 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite, a familiar face to millions of Americans, was the featured speaker at the 44th annual Northwest Teachers Association meeting in the gymnasium.
Oct. 12 2011 Northwest dedicated its newly opened Student Media Converged Newsroom in the lower level of Wells Hall after an extensive renovation.
Oct. 12 2016 Scott Dikkers, co-founder of The Onion, shared his story with an audience in the Charles Johnson Theater in addition to speaking with students in creative writing, political science and communication courses as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.
Oct. 12 2018 Hundreds gathered to step inside the finished Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse for the first time as Northwest hosted a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility. Northwest donors committed nearly $14 million to build the $21 million facility.
Oct. 13 1923 The statue of Hebe before the Administration Building auditorium was accidentally knocked over and ruined.
Oct. 13 2018 Franco Olivia placed third at the ITA Cup, the highest Northwest finisher in the history of the national championship event for Division II tennis.
Oct. 14 1968 The Student Union Program Council kicked off "Give a Damn" week, sponsoring a series of speakers, films, panel discussions and art exhibits "to enlighten the students to those inequalities and help propagate a less permissive attitude on the part of everyone involved."
Oct. 14 2011 Country hitmakers Lonestar appeared at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts with Graham Colton for the Student Activities Council’s fall concert.
Oct. 16 1992 KDLX hosted “Fall Freeze” on Walkout Day at the Bell Tower where students braved the chilly weather to hear music while enjoying hot dogs and soda.
Oct. 17 1938 The laboratory school opened its first nursery school in the solarium at Residence Hall.
Oct. 17 1993 Comedian and television actor Howie Mandel performed two shows at Northwest; the second show was added after the first sold out within two weeks.
Oct. 17 2002 The Clash of the Champions, a football game between Northwest and Pittsburg State University at Arrowhead Stadium, took place in Kansas City. The showdown was later renamed The Fall Classic at Arrowhead.
Oct. 19 1920 A Hiking Club was organized with Alice Peery as president and Mabel Cook as secretary; participants received honor points for 50 miles and an award for 100 miles.
Oct. 19 2012 Pop duo Timeflies performed at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts for the Students Activities Council's fall concert. 
Oct. 20 1950 Classes were shortened to allow students to complete preparations for Homecoming.
Oct. 20 2017 Northwest celebrated the completed expansion of its alumni center and its renaming as the Michael L. Faust Center for Alumni and Friends as the result of a $1 million gift from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation of Omaha, Nebraska, in honor of 1974 alumnus and longtime Northwest Foundation Board Member Michael Faust.
Oct. 20 2017 The Board of Regents approved a proposal to launch a Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity program in fall 2018.
Oct. 21 1932 A group of alumni, one a graduate of 1912, met in the Administration Building auditorium to pledge their loyalty to their alma mater and some signed up for life membership in the Alumni Association.
Oct. 21 2011 The Board of Regents approved the creation of a new major enabling students to work toward a bachelor of science in comprehensive crisis response.
Oct. 22 1915 The first Walkout Day occurred.
Oct. 22 1928 The College's first hockey tournament occurred.
Oct. 22 1995 Prior to an afternoon performance in the Mary Linn Auditorium, Doc Severinsen and his Big Band called late night television host Johnny Carson and played "Happy Birthday" for him. Severinsen had appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Carson for 30 years. 
Oct. 22 2011 KXCV celebrated its 40th anniversary with a reunion dinner, featuring Liane Hansen, the award-winning host of National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday," as the keynote speaker.
Oct. 22 2017 The American Association of State Colleges and Universities presented Northwest with the Excellence and Innovation Award for Sustainability and Sustainable Development during the opening session of AASCU’s Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California.
Oct. 22 2020 John Cline, a member of the Northwest Foundation’s Board of Directors and a 1975 alumnus, announced during a Board of Regents meeting his pledge of a six-figure gift to meet the remainder of the Foundation’s fundraising goal to build the Agricultural Learning Center.
Oct. 23 1954 An estimated 12,000 people attended the Homecoming parade, and the Tau Kappa Epsilon float burned.
Oct. 23 1965 Northwest celebrated its 19th annual Homecoming with two queens, Dorothy Hardyman and Marlene Kelly, after election transgressions were discovered and the Student Senate opted to allow the duo of queens.
Oct. 23 1981 Northwest set the world record for the largest domino chain.
Oct. 23 2004 Northwest hosted its first Powwow, a celebration of Native American culture with exhibitions, competitions and dancing in Bearcat Arena.
Oct. 23 2009 Dr. John Jasinski was inaugurated as Northwest's 10th president.
Oct. 23 2015 Northwest dedicated the Michael L. Faust Media Lab in Wells Hall, a remodeled classroom with state-of-the art technology to support student learning in the School of Communication and Mass Media as the result of a gift from Faust, a 1974 alumnus.
Oct. 24 1949 The football stadium was named Memorial Stadium in honor of the men and women who served in the world wars.
Oct. 24 1985 Vandals stole the head of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Administration Building for the second time in two years.
Oct. 25 1920 The Board of Regents' 1914 resolution forbidding fraternities and sororities on campus was amended to allow honor societies.
Oct. 25 2014 Alumni of The Northwest Missourian gathered in the Student Union Ballroom for a celebration of the student newspaper's centennial.
Oct. 25 2015 The American Association of State Colleges and Universities presented Northwest with the Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education at the opening session of AASCU’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
Oct. 26 1994 "Saturday Night Live" star and comedian Adam Sandler performed in the Mary Linn Auditorium.
Oct. 26 2019 For the second time in three seasons, the defending NCAA Division II national champion Bearcat men’s basketball team faced off against the Duke University Blue Devils in a preseason exhibition game at the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Bearcats lost 69-63 as Northwest guard Trevor Hudgins led all scorers with 27 points.
Oct. 27 2010 Northwest students and faculty received an Award of Excellence for their work on the Jean Jennings Bartik Online Computing Museum at the fall conference for Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services in Norfolk, Virginia.
Oct. 27 2017 The defending NCAA Division II national champion Bearcat men’s basketball team faced off against the Duke University Blue Devils, losing 93-60, in a preseason exhibition game at the historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Oct. 27 2019 The American Association of State Colleges and Universities presented Northwest with the Excellence and Innovation Award in Student Success and College Completion during the opening session of its annual meeting in Phoenix.
Oct. 28 2011 Northwest completed its conversion of student email accounts to upgraded cloud email accounts through an effort to significantly increase email storage for students while trimming costs for the University.
Oct. 28 2018 Northwest received the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award at the opening session of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Northwest, which also earned the McAuliffe Award in 2006, was just the third institution in the nation to earn the award two times since its inception in 2002.
Oct. 29 2021 University President Dr. John Jasinski recognized Joe Bell, a 1963 alumnus and Northwest's first African American graduate, during the Board of Regents meeting. The next day, Bell served as Homecoming grand marshal and was recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game.
Oct. 30 2010 Northwest dedicated its new electronic sign at the Fourth Street entrance to the campus as part of Homecoming weekend activities. Student Senate and the senior classes from 2005 through 2009 raised funds for the brick structure and sign.
Oct. 31 1947 A paper-mache Bearcat made its first public appearance during Homecoming activities.
Oct. 31 1955 "Golden Anniversary March," composed by Earl Moss of the music faculty for the 50th anniversary of the college, was introduced to the public during a performance by the U.S. Navy Band in the Administration Building auditorium, with Moss conducting.
Oct. 31 1971 The Percival DeLuce Memorial Collection, containing 19th and early 20th century paintings as well as 18th and 19th century furniture given to Northwest by the estate of Olive DeLuce, with art faculty member Robert Sunkel as curator, opened in the gallery of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.
Oct. 31 2012 Comedian Steve-O, known for his stunts on the MTV series "Jackass," performed his stand-up act at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.