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Highlights in NC State History

1860s

7/2/1862

Morrill Act becomes law

The Morrill Act becomes law, providing national funding to establish a land-grant college in each state. In North Carolina, this funding first went to the University of North Carolina, but in 1887, the state legislature established the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NC State) as the state's land-grant institution.

1870s

1872

Call for an agricultural school

Leonidas Polk calls for the establishment of an agricultural school during a speech made at the NC State Fair.

3/20/1875

Land scrip endowment restored

An original land scrip endowment to the University of North Carolina as part of the Morrill Act (lost during the Reconstruction period) is restored. On paper, this creates a College of Agriculture and a College of Engineering and Mechanic Arts at the University of North Carolina.

1880s

5/1884

Watauga Club meets

The Watauga Club met for the first time. The club was formed by progressive-minded young men who were investigating way to strengthen all aspects of North Carolina, including creation of an industrial school.

1885

Colleges still not created at UNC

Colleges to provide agricultural education still have not been created at the University of North Carolina (an obligation upon receiving land-grant funding), and exist only in theory in the university's course catalogs.

1/1885-2/1885

Watauga Club lobbies state legislature

The Watauga Club successfully lobbies the North Carolina state legislature, with the sponsorship of Leazar Dixon, to pass a bill for an industrial school separate from the University of North Carolina's land scrip. The legislation doesn't mandate the school, however, and doesn't provide sufficient funding.

2/10/1886

More calls for agricultural school

Leonidas Polk continues to call for an agricultural school in the first published issue of the Progressive Farmer.

4/21/1886

North Carolina Board of Agriculture accepts bid

The North Carolina Board of Agriculture accepts a bid to locate an industrial school in Raleigh.

1/1887-2/1887

Continued call for agricultural and industrial school

Farmers' organizations in the state of North Carolina, along with the Watauga Club and Colonel Leonidas Polk, successfully lobby the North Carolina state legislature to add an agriculture school to the proposed industrial school in Raleigh. This new school would not be affiliated with the University of North Carolina, and would thus be able to acquire and use the land scrip funds being received (but not used by) the University of North Carolina.

3/1/1887

Land scrip funds transferred to new Raleigh college, which became NC State

University of North Carolina President Battle unsuccessfully opposes the transfer of the land scrip funds from UNC to the proposed agricultural school in Raleigh; a bill is passed on this date to transfer the funds.

3/2/1887

Funding for Agricultural Experiment Station

Under the Hatch Act, the federal government provided $15,000 to each state for agricultural experiment stations.

3/3/1887

North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts established

The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts is established using a combination of the scrip funds reallocated from the University of North Carolina and funds from the Hatch Act of 1886, which had established the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station.

3/7/1887

Legislation enacted creating the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts

Charles Dabney pens the legislation to create the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. March 7 is still celebrated annually as Founders Day.

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Legislation enacted creating the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
4/22/1887

Board of Trustees meets for the first time

8/1888

Cornerstone laid for first building (Holladay Hall)

The cornerstone was laid for the first building on campus, originally called Main Building but later named Holladay Hall.

1889

Construction on Main Building (later Holladay Hall) completed

This building would later be renamed Holladay Hall, in recognition of the first President of the university, Alexander Holladay. The building was constructed of 1.5 million "penitentiary bricks" made at the State Prison in Raleigh.

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Construction on Main Building (later Holladay Hall) completed
1889

D. H. Hill, First Librarian

Daniel Harvey Hill, the library namesake, began his career at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College (now NCSU) upon its opening in 1889. He engaged in the common nineteenth-century practice of serving as both a professor (of English) and the college librarian, the institution’s first. This responsibility was not a major burden, as the early library occupied only a reading room in the Main Building (later Holladay Hall). For the first ten years of the college, Hill ordered all books and supervised the student assistants. Due to his scholarly interests, the early collection was dominated by the humanities and history, despite the agricultural and mechanical focus of the school. In 1908 Hill became president of the college.

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D. H. Hill, First Librarian
8/30/1889

Alexander Holladay appointed President

The Board of Trustees chose Alexander Q. Holladay as the first President of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. The offer surprised Holladay, because he had applied to be only a professor of English, but he accepted the presidency position anyway. He served in the position until 1899. (Biography of Alexander Holladay)

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Alexander Holladay appointed President
10/3/1889

First classes held

The first classes are held at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (the original name of NC State University). Fifty-two students, at the minimum age of 14, attend. Tuition was $20 a session. Students could select from two basic curricula: agriculture and mechanics.

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First classes held
12/9/1889

Agricultural Experiment Station transferred

The Agricultural Experiment Station is transferred from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to the North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts.

1890s

1890

Second Morrill Act becomes law

The Second Morrill Act becomes law, requiring states to provide technical education for African Americans. No federal money would be disbursed to any college that made distinctions between students on the basis of race. States could comply, however, by providing separate colleges for blacks and whites.

1890

First female employed

Sue C. Carroll becomes the first female to be employed by the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. She fills the position of matron, supervising the Cadet Hospital (student health center) and the dormitories.

1891

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College established

In order to comply with the Second Morrill Act and yet prevent admission of African Americans to the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the North Carolina state government creates the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro.

1892

First football game

The first official football game was played against Raleigh Academy, a local prep school. "A&M," which is what NC State was called at the time, won 12-6.

1892

First foreign student enrolls

Cuban Jose Fabio Santo Trigo becomes the first foreign student to enroll at A&M College.

6/20/1893

First commencement

Nineteen students receive degrees during the first commencement ceremony held at A&M College.

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First commencement
1894

First baseball game

First official baseball game is played, with Guilford College as the opponent.

1895

Sigma Nu becomes first fraternity

A chapter of Sigma Nu was created, making it the first fraternity established at NC State.

6/1895

Alumni Association established

11/1895

Red and white chosen

A majority of students chose red and white as colors for the sports teams. The colors changed a couple different times during the early years of the college. The faculty agreed to the adoption of red and white and stated that they could not be changed again without a vote of two-thirds of the student body. The colors have remained the same ever since.

1897

North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station moves to the A&M campus

1898

First Asian graduate

Teisaku Sugishita (of Tokyo, Japan) graduates with a degree in Civil Engineering, becoming the first Asian student to receive a degree from NC State. The 1899 alumni directory lists Sugishita as working for the Imperial Railway of Japan; he is last listed in the 1904 alumni directory; subsequent directories list him as "not heard from"; and assume his participation in (and possible death during) the Russo-Japan War of 1904-1905.

1898

First track team

The first track team is organized for intercollegiate competition but is disbanded after the season. Track does not reappear at A&M until 1905.

1898

First textile courses

1899

George Tayloe Winston became the college's second president

Winston served in the position until retirement in 1908. (Biography of George Tayloe Winston)

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George Tayloe Winston became the college's second president
1899

Edwin Bentley Owen, 2nd Librarian

E. B. Owen (Class of 1898), was hired in 1899, along with University of Texas librarian Benjamin Wyche, to implement the Dewey system of book classification, construct a card catalog, and institute a card loan system. He served in this capacity until 1902. He held a variety of other positions at the college, including teacher of college preparatory classes (1898-1901), English professor (1904-1907), proctor, registrar (1907-1928), and the first alumni secretary / editor of the Alumni News (1928-1930), a publication he had established during World War I.

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Edwin Bentley Owen, 2nd Librarian
6/5/1899

A&M opens to women

The Board of Trustees votes to open A&M College to women.

8/2/1899

Women designated as "Special Students"

The Board of Trustees amend their decision from earlier in the year to admit women to A&M, deciding women will be classified as special students, except in textiles courses, where they can be enrolled as regular students.

1900s

1900 (circa)

Division of Agronomy created

1901

First female student

Margaret Burke becomes the first female student to take a course at A&M (she enrolled in a physics course).

1901

Biological Division created

The Biological Division is created, with coursework devoted entirely to plant pathology.

1901

Second female student

Eula Louisa Dixon takes a course in dairying, becoming the second female student at A&M.

1902

Easter Monday tradition

The first Easter Monday baseball game was played, a tradition that would last until 1947. That first game was against Wake Forest.

1902

First female faculty member

Adeline Stevens, the wife of Frank Lincoln Stevens, becomes the first female faculty member, as an instructor in biology during the 1902-1903 academic year.

1903

First Agromeck issued

1903

Library moves to Pullen Hall

The library holdings move from Holladay Hall to the first floor of the old Pullen Hall.

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Library moves to Pullen Hall
1903

Women's enrollment grows

Women's enrollment continued to increase during the 1903-1904 academic year. Evelyn Byrd Lawrence of Raleigh took a course in architecture, Ivey Roberts of Raleigh took a course in drawing, and Frances Claire Stainback took courses in chemistry and English. This was also the first year that women were listed as summer school students, and more than 200 women attended.

1903

Caroline Sherman, First Female Librarian

During Sherman’s tenure as librarian (1903-1906), library holdings moved from the third floor of Main Building (later Holladay Hall) to the first floor of old Pullen Hall. With input from D. H. Hill, she tried to make the library comfortable for extra-curricular reading and subscribed to popular periodicals and newspapers from all North Carolina counties in order to encourage greater library patronage.

1907

First football game on campus

The first on-campus football game is played at the new athletic field that would later become Riddick Stadium. The game ends for A & M College with a 20-0 victory over Randolph-Macon College, securing the Southern Intercollegiate Association championship for A & M, with six wins and one tie.

1907

First baseball state championship

The A & M College baseball team claim their first state championship, with a 14-7 record.

1908

Daniel Harvey Hill appointed President of A&M College

Having already served as a professor of English and librarian at the college, Hill was chosen by the Board of Trustees to succeed President George Tayloe Winston. He served until retirement in 1916. (Biography of D. H. Hill)

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Daniel Harvey Hill appointed President of A&M College
1909

Corn Clubs established

College officials signed the first memorandum of understanding for cooperative demonstration work with the United States Department of Agriculture. The memorandum provided for the establishment of the Farmers' Boys' Clubs or Corn Clubs. These clubs are the forerunners of the 4-H program.

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Corn Clubs established

1910s

1910

Winston Hall opens

Winston Hall opens, housing civil, chemical, and electrical engineering courses. It was named for second college president George Tayloe Winston.

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Winston Hall opens
1911

First African American agricultural extension agent

The North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station (located at A&M College) hired Neil Alexander Bailey as its first African American agricultural extension agent.

2/8/1911

First basketball game

The A&M College basketball team play their first official game at Wake Forest, losing 33-6. The team eventually became known at the Red Terrors, until 1947, when all NC State sports teams adopted the name Wolfpack.

11/1/1911

Jane McKimmon, first female extension agent

Jane S. McKimmon became the first woman to serve as a state home demonstration agent through the Agricultural Extension program at A&M College.

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Jane McKimmon, first female extension agent
5/26/1913

Franklin D. Roosevelt gives commencement address

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then assistant Secretary of the Navy, spoke at commencement exercises. He implored young men to "stay East" because the western expansion of the nation meant abandoned farms in the east.

1914

Agricultural Extension Service established

The Smith-Lever Act provided for federal, state, and county cooperation in creating a system to expand demonstration and extension work for men and women. The law authorized land-grant colleges to sign memoranda of understanding with the United States Department of Agriculture to begin such work. NC State then created a new Department of Extension, which became the Agricultural Extension Service.

3/25/1914

Textile Building fire

Fire destroys the Textile Building (now Tompkins Hall) and all the equipment inside. The Textile Building was rebuilt the following year, with the local textile industry contributing new equipment.

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Textile Building fire
1916

Debut of Freshman Caps

Freshman are required to wear a red cap with a white "F" while on campus to distinguish their status as underclassmen.

1916

1,000th degree awarded

The total number of degrees awarded by A&M College reaches 1,000.

7/1916

Wallace Riddick became President

Wallace Carl Riddick became college president, having previously served as vice president and professor of civil engineering. He was also the first alumnus to lead the college. He was president until 1923, when he became engineering dean. (Biography of Wallace Carl Riddick)

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Wallace Riddick became President
1917

College renamed

The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts was renamed the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering

1917

Dean of Agriculture position created

The Dean of Agriculture position is created and first held by Charles B. Williams, though the School of Agriculture would not be established until 1923.

1918

New Monogram

The monogram showing the letter "S" in block style with the letters "N" and "C" nestled within the spaces first appears in the Agromeck.

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New Monogram
1918

Milk pasteurization begins

The North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station begins pasteurizing milk at the creamery in Patterson Hall. This marks the first pasteurization of milk in North Carolina.

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Milk pasteurization begins
1918

First All-American athlete

Football player John Ripple becomes the first All-American athlete at State College.

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First All-American athlete

1920s

2/1/1920

First Technician issue

The first issue of the Technician, the student newspaper, is published

3/1920

Technicians in the mail

The Technician is mailed by the Registrar's office to 100 high schools across North Carolina to inform students about the activities at NC State

5/14/1920

Athletic letter sweaters

The Athletics Council makes a decision to award sweaters to athletes who receive monograms ("letters") for their athletic accomplishments; the first letter sweaters appear on campus shortly thereafter.

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Athletic letter sweaters
1921

Enrollment reaches 1,000

Enrollment at State College reaches 1,000 for an academic year for the first time.

1921

First full-time female student

Lucille Thomson of Wilmington becomes the first woman to enroll as a full-time student, majoring in electrical engineering.

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First full-time female student
1921-1922

Averette Gaston Floyd

First Student Body President

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Averette Gaston Floyd
1921

Wolfpack nickname

The nickname "Wolfpack" was first used for the football team. One story has an alumnus writing to the Technician complaining that the football team was "unruly as a pack of wolves."

1921

Southern Conference

NC State became a charter member of the Southern Intercollegiate Conference for athletics. This organization later changed its name to the Southern Conference.

10/15/1921

Student Government established

11/10/1921

Memorial Bell Tower cornerstone laid

The cornerstone is laid for the Memorial Bell Tower, a monument to honor State College alumni who had been killed during World War I.

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Memorial Bell Tower cornerstone laid
1922

Tennis is organized as a varsity sport

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Tennis is organized as a varsity sport
1922

Freshman Caps required

The Student Council requires all first-year students to wear the caps on campus, citing a need to boost school spirit and reduce hazing. The Court of Customs, a branch of Student Council, can punish students who don’'t comply. Freshmen start a tradition by burning their caps just before their spring final exams.

5/17/1922

Evolution debate

Entomology professor Zeno P. Metcalf debates Bible Conference leader William B. Riley on the topic "Resolved: That Evolution is a Demonstrated Fact" in the old Pullen Hall.

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Evolution debate
1923

Division of College Extension established

1923

Phi Kappa Phi

State College is awarded a chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

1923

School of Engineering established

1923

School of Agriculture established

1923

Graduate School established

1923

School of Science and Business established

1923

Engineering Experiment Station established

May 1923

Zook Report

In 1923, NC State hired George Zook of the United States Bureau of Education to survey the college and make recommendations on how it could best be restructured. Zook recommended creation of schools focusing on the following broad disciplines: engineering, agriculture, general science, and social science and business administration. He also reported that the library was inadequate for the needs of the growing institution and suggested that library services be centralized.

5/11/1923

Frank Thompson Gymnasium named

The new gymnasium on campus is named after Frank Thompson (Class of 1910), a former athlete at State College who was killed during service in WWI.

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Frank Thompson Gymnasium named
6/25/1923

Eugene Brooks became President

He led the college until he retired in 1934. (Biography of E. C. Brooks)

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Eugene Brooks became President
12/28/1923

Contract awarded for construction of new library

Contract for construction of a new library building (now Brooks Hall) is awarded to Joe W. Stout & Company, at a cost of $227,500.

9/19/1924

Music Department established

10/24/1924

First telephone installed

Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company installs the first telephone exchange at State College.

1925

School of Textiles established

1925

Wrestling becomes a varsity sport

10/15/1925

D. H. Hill Library opens in what is now Brooks Hall

The original D.H. Hill Library in what is now Brooks Hall was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Professor of English when NC State first opened.

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D. H. Hill Library opens in what is now Brooks Hall
1926

First Ph.D. conferred

The first Ph.D. is conferred; Jesse Mowry receives the degree in the field of Rural Sociology.

6/7/1926

D.H. Hill Library dedicated

The original D.H. Hill Library is dedicated (this building later became Brooks Hall). The contents of the library had been moved into the building the previous autumn, marking the first time there was an entire building designated as the library.

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D.H. Hill Library dedicated
1927

School of Education established

2/5/1927

Academic regulations for athletes

The Athletics Committee decides students must maintain a passing grade in 60% of their classes to play in collegiate athletic events.

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Academic regulations for athletes
6/7/1927

First degrees conferred to women

The first degrees are conferred to women at NC State. Recipients are Jane McKimmon, B.S. in business administration; Charlotte Nelson, B.S. in education; and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, M.S. in chemistry. Yarbrough was the first female graduate to have completed all coursework while at NC State, and she went on to become the first woman to earn a master's degree at NC State.

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First degrees conferred to women
1928

First female masters degree recipients

Lillian P. Wallace becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Education. She went on to publish several historical works on politics in Europe. Virginia F. Harris becomes the first woman to earn a masters degree in Rural Sociology.

9/29/1928

Increased female enrollment

Twenty-one female students enroll at State College for the 1928-29 academic year, twice as many as the previous year.

1929

First basketball conference champions

With a 13-6 season record, the basketball team claim their first Southern Conference championship.

1929

First athletics radio broadcasts

Raleigh-area radio station WPTF begins broadcasting State College baseball games.

1930s

1930

First female to enroll as a freshman

Ada Curtis Spencer becomes the first female to enroll as a freshman and complete a four-year degree from NC State. She majored in social science.

1930

First telephones in dormitories

The first telephones are installed in the dormitories. Previously, telephones were only available for student use in the YMCA building.

1931

Consolidation Act

The Consolidation Act is passed by the North Carolina General Assembly, with the following provisions: 1. State College becomes one of three campuses of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. The other campuses are UNC-Chapel Hill and the Women's College in Greensboro (which later became UNC-Greensboro). 2. State College's name is changed to the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina 3. The School of Education becomes the Department of Education 4. The School of Science and Business is abolished. No new students will be admitted to this school after 1933. Under consolidation, State College's Board of Trustees is abolished, and a new board of trustees is established at the consolidated level to oversee all three of the campuses. This arrangement continues until the creation of the UNC System in 1972.

1931

Dean of Administration

The title for the chief executive officer at NC State changed from "president" to "dean of administration." This occurred after NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Women's College (which later became UNC-Greensboro) combined to form the Consolidated University.

5/21/1931

The Order of Thirty and Three

The Order of Thirty and Three is founded by members of the sophomore class; there are eleven charter members.

10/25/1932

Franklin Delano Roosevelt visits

Presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt makes a campaign stop in Raleigh; State College suspends classes for the day so that students may attend the speech, with the band performing at the event.

10/14/1933

Riddick Field Concrete Stands

State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for college president Wallace Carl Riddick.

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Riddick Field Concrete Stands
1934

John William Harrelson headed college

John William Harrelson, class of 1909, was was appointed head of the college. He led NC State until 1953. (Biography of John Harrelson)

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John William Harrelson headed college
10/4/1935

Bell Tower grant

The Memorial Bell Tower construction project receives a $37,000 Works Progress Administration grant.

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Bell Tower grant
10/29/1937

First female Mechanical Engineering student

Katharine Stinson, personal friend of Amelia Earhart, is the first woman to enroll in Mechanical Engineering.

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First female Mechanical Engineering student
1/28/1938

Seniors donate $1,000 toward a clock for the Memorial Bell Tower

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Seniors donate $1,000 toward a clock for the Memorial Bell Tower
1939

Establishement of University Archives

As State College celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, materials on the institution's history begin to be collected in the library. This forms the basis of what would later become the University Archives.

10/3/1939

NC State's 50th Anniversary

State College celebrates its 50th anniversary; President Franklin Roosevelt sends a message of congratulations to the college; the City of Raleigh declares it to be "State College Day"; Dean of Students E. L. Cloyd leads an academic procession to Pullen Hall for the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.

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NC State's 50th Anniversary
11/17/1939

First annual High School Day

The first annual High School Day brings approximately 6,000 seniors to visit NC State's campus; many stay to attend the State-Duquesne football game, as well.

1940s

2/9/1940

New fight song

Fred Waring, prominent national band leader, agrees to write a new fight song for NC State, and to air it during his March 8, 1940 radio program.

11/1940

First female full professor and department head

Gertrude Cox is hired as Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, becoming the first woman at State College to occupy either rank.

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First female full professor and department head
1941

First branch library opens

The Architecture Library opened as the first branch library, with Grace Sims Dalton as the first librarian. This was part of Library Director Harlan Brown’s goal to eliminate autonomous departmental libraries in favor of centrally controlled branch libraries (The Architecture Library was renamed the Harrye B. Lyons Design Library in 1968).

1941

First female Engineering graduate

Katharine Stinson becomes the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering. Stinson received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree, Aeronautical Option. Stinson was taking flying lessons at the old Raleigh Airport on US-401 when Amelia Earhart flew in for a visit in the early 1930s. When Stinson told Earhart that she wanted to become a pilot, Earhart advised her to become an engineer, a career Stinson pursued in spite of obstacles that prevented most young women from striving for such a degree. Stinson was told she must enter State College as a junior, so she completed forty-eight semester hours in one year at Meredith (including two summer sessions) to attain her goal. Besides being the first woman engineer to graduate from NC State, Stinson was also the first woman engineer hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, now the Federal Aviation Administration. By the time she retired from the FAA, as Technical Assistant Chief of the Engineering and Manufacturing Division, she had served as the third president of the Society of Woman Engineers and on a presidential advisory committee for aviation safety under Lyndon Johnson. "I just wanted to be a good engineer . . . I just did my job and most of the men accepted me," Stinson once said.

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First female Engineering graduate
1942

Female faculty increases

Three women join the faculty at NC State. Ruth Couch Allen and Louise K. Cell become instructors in English, and Ruth Badger Hall becomes an instructor in Modern Languages.

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Female faculty increases
1942

North Carolina State College Foundation established

The North Carolina State College Foundation is established and becomes the first foundation created for the purpose of attracting private support for the college.

1/30/1942

Early graduation approved

The faculty approves a plan to allow seniors who are taking jobs in essential industries or joining the military to graduate early.

5/8/1942

Campus buildings named

All dorms, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom buildings on campus are given official names for the first time.

2/12/1943

Defense classes

Plans are announced for up to 2,000 military trainees to enroll at State College to take specialized defense classes through the United States War Department; the college will operate as two separate units: one for the military and one civilians.

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Defense classes
3/8/1943

Harrelson reports for military service

Col. John Harrelson, Dean of Administration, reports for active Army duty; he becomes the 56th faculty member at State College to enter active service and the first head of a major college in the South to be called for permanent active duty.

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Harrelson reports for military service
4/9/1943

Enrollment decline

Enrollment hits the lowest mark in 20 years, due to the number of students leaving to join the military.

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Enrollment decline
1944

Textile Library established

The Textiles Library is established, with Rachel Penn Lane as the first librarian. The Textiles Library was originally located in the main library, but relocated to Nelson Hall the following year (1945). The library was renamed the Burlington Textiles Library in 1954, when Burlington Industries funded its expansion.

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Textile Library established
1945

WNCS broadcast schedule

WNCS, the campus radio station, begins broadcasting three nights a week.

1945

Chancellor title implemented

The title of NC State's chief executive officer changed to "chancellor."

1945

Women's enrollment increases

Fifty-eight women are enrolled at NC State, many taking advantage of special scholarships to provide engineering training to women so they can work in industry during World War II.

4/1945

John Lampe becomes Engineering dean

John Harold Lampe becomes Dean of the School of Engineering. During his time at NC State, Lampe oversaw the expansion of the engineering program as it became one of the largest in the country, while also facilitating the addition of new instructional and research programs, especially nuclear engineering. Lampe retired from NC State in 1962.

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John Lampe becomes Engineering dean
1946

Minerals Research Laboratory opens

The Minerals Research Laboratory (run by the School of Engineering) opens in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Minerals Research Laboratory opens
1946

Division of Architecture and Landscape Design established

1946

Friends of the Library formed

L. C. and M. M. Glenn donate $6,000 to State College for the library's purchase of geological publications, many rare and unique. In acquiring the L. C. Glenn Geological Collection, the Friends of the Library organization is formed.

4/26/1946

Everett Case hired

Everett Case is hired as head Men's Basketball coach; with duties beginning on July 1st, 1946. Case coached at NC State until 1965, and remains the winningest basketball coach in the school's history.

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Everett Case hired
8/1946

Trailwood founded

More than 75 trailers (forming what was known as the "City of Trailers" or "Trailwood") were constructed so that married WWII veterans and their families could attend NC State on the GI Bill. In 1949, Trailwood was relocated, and Williams Hall was built in its place.

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Trailwood founded
12/6/1946

First bowl game bid

NC State receives its first-ever bid to a football bowl game (the Gator Bowl), where the team will take on the University of Oklahoma.

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First bowl game bid
1947

First basketball appearance in a national tournament

The basketball team place third in their first appearance in a national tournament, the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

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First basketball appearance in a national tournament
1947

Enrollment surpasses 5,000 for the first time

The influx of World War II veterans, who attended NC State on the GI Bill, caused student enrollment to more than double from pre-war levels.

1947

Wolfpack name becomes official

All NC State athletics teams adopt Wolfpack as the official name. Previously only the football team was called the Wolfpack, and other sports teams were called the Red Terrors.

1/1/1947

First football bowl game appearance

The NC State football team make their first bowl game appearance, taking on the University of Oklahoma in the Gator Bowl. NC State unfortunately loses the game, 43-13.

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First football bowl game appearance
8/1947

General Eisenhower visits during Home and Farm Week

In his remarks at the event Eisenhower celebrated North Carolina history and agriculture and suggested that the United States could be a global leader in the aftermath of World War II.

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General Eisenhower visits during Home and Farm Week
1948

School of Education re-established

1/17/1948

Thompson Gymnasium condemned

The Raleigh city building inspector condemns Thompson Gymnasium just hours before a Men’s Basketball game against Duke. Only a few reporters and college officials are allowed to attend the next home game, against High Point College. From then until the completion of Reynolds Coliseum in 1949, home games are played in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.

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Thompson Gymnasium condemned
4/10/1948

First Swimming national championship

Bill Despres captures first place in the National Junior 300 yd. Individual Medley Championship of America, becoming the first swimmer from NC State to capture a national championship. Depres' winning time was 3:41:08, just 4.7 seconds slower than the national record.

5/23/1948

School of Design established

The School of Design is established, with the Division of Architecture and Landscape Design incorporated into the curriculum. Henry Kamphoefner from the University of Oklahoma becomes the first dean of the school.

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School of Design established
1949

Record graduating class

More than 1,000 students graduate from State College for the first time.

4/15/1949

First annual Greek Week

A banquet ends the First Annual Greek Week, sponsored by the Inter-Fraternity Council.

11/11/1949

Dedication of the Memorial Bell Tower

The Memorial Bell Tower is dedicated, with former Governor R. Gregg Cherry present at the ceremony.

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Dedication of the Memorial Bell Tower
12/1949

Inaugural Dixie Classic

The inaugural Dixie Classic tournament is held. Initiated by Coach Everett N. Case so that the Men’s Basketball team wouldn’t have to play out of town during the winter holidays, the Dixie Classic continued every year into the 1960s.

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Inaugural Dixie Classic
12/2/1949

Reynolds Coliseum opens

Reynolds Coliseum opens, with the NC State Men's Basketball team beating Washington and Lee, 67-47. Not all of the seats had been installed yet, so some fans had to sit on the cement tiers.

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Reynolds Coliseum opens

1950s

1950

Division of Biological Sciences established

The Division of Biological Sciences is established; the Department of Zoology and Entomology is placed within.

1950

School of Forestry

Division of Forestry becomes the School of Forestry.

1950

Nuclear engineering program approved

Harold Lampe, Dean of the School of Engineering, approves the building of a nuclear reactor on campus and the establishment of a collegiate nuclear engineering program, both firsts in the nation.

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Nuclear engineering program approved
10/10/1950

UNC System presidential inauguration

In a ceremony at NC State, Gordon Gray is inaugurated as the second president of the UNC System; the new president vows to not tolerate Communism among faculty members.

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UNC System presidential inauguration
10/21/1950

First televised football game

A State College football game is televised for the first time; the team takes on the University of Maryland in the contest.

1951

Track team championship

The track team win their first Southern Conference championship (and repeat the following year, in 1952). They would also go on to win titles in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953 and 1954.

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Track team championship
1951

Graduate admission for African Americans

The Consolidated University of North Carolina decides that African American students are eligible for admission into graduate programs.

3/21/1951

Department of Landscape Architecture accredited

The Department of Landscape Architecture receives accreditation from the American Society of Landscape Architects, becoming the second to do so in the South, and one of only ten accredited schools in the U.S.

4/27/1951

Dedication of Riddick Laboratory

Over 200 citizens gather for a ceremony at the newly-opened Riddick Laboratory. The lab building, constructed for $1,300,000, is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's first Dean of Engineering, and the university's fourth president.

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Dedication of Riddick Laboratory
1952

Honors for swimmer Bob Mattson

Swimmer Bob Mattson wins the first of four consecutive All-American honors; in 1955 he also becomes State's first NCAA champion, winning the 200-yard breaststroke.

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Honors for swimmer Bob Mattson
1952

School of General Studies established

The non-degree-granting School of General Studies is established (now the degree-granting College of Humanities and Social Sciences). It replaces the Basic Division.

1952

Robert W. Scott graduates

Scott later became the 67th Governor of North Carolina, 1969-1973.

12/8/1952

Scott Hall opens

State College celebrates the opening of Scott Hall, the new poultry science building, named for Robert Walter Scott. Construction of Scott Hall cost the college $380,110.97.

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Scott Hall opens
1953

First African-American graduate students admitted

State College admits two African-American graduate students into the School of Engineering: Robert Clemons and Hardy Liston. Clemons became the college's first black graduate; Liston later withdrew and didn't complete his degree.

1953

Atlantic Coast Conference formed

NC State athletics teams withdraw from the Southern Conference and join the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.

2/27/1953

Semester system implemented

The Board of Trustees agrees to transition the academic calendar from a quarter system to a semester system, by a vote of 46-28. NC State will switch over in the fall semester of 1953.

9/1/1953

Carey Bostian became Chancellor

Dr. Carey Hoyt Bostian became the seventh person to lead NC State. He had served on the NC State faculty since 1930. In 1959 he stepped down as chancellor to return to teaching. (Biography of Carey Bostian)

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Carey Bostian became Chancellor
9/5/1953

Nuclear reactor goes into operation

The R-1 reactor was the first non-government-run nuclear reactor in the world and the first designed, built, and operated by an academic institution. Design and construction had begun in 1950. It was the first of four reactors operated at NC State. More information on the nuclear reactor program can be found on the departmental website.

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Nuclear reactor goes into operation
12/18/1953

Kilgore Hall dedication

The new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture was formally dedicated as Kilgore Hall, named in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, former Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the first head of North Carolina's Agricultural Extension Service.

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Kilgore Hall dedication
1954

First Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering conferred

Hervasio Carvalho of Brazil, a graduate student in the School of Engineering at NC State, becomes the first person in the world to complete a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

1954

Peru Project established

The Peru Project is established, a cooperative effort between NC State, the Foreign Operations Administration (U.S. Agency for International Development), and the government of Peru to develop programs in agricultural and textile research, extension, and education.

3/1954

ACC Basketball championship

The Men's Basketball team wins the Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the inaugural year of competition in the newly-formed conference.

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ACC Basketball championship
1955

Frazier v. the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina

In Frazier v. the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, the court determines that undergraduate colleges and universities should be open to African Americans.

1955

Industrial Extension Service established

The Industrial Extension Service, the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 1955 to help North Carolina industries grow and prosper.

3/12/1955

New D.H. Hill Library Building Dedicated

The new D. H. Hill Library (the east wing of the current building) was formally dedicated.

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New D.H. Hill Library Building Dedicated
3/12/1955

Death of John Harrelson

Former Chancellor John Harrelson dies; a graduate of NC State, Harrelson served in various positions at the college for 46 years, including 19 years as Chancellor.

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Death of John Harrelson
1956

First female Ph.D. recipient

Patricia Anne Sarvella become the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree at State College (from the Department of Genetics).

1957

First African-American graduate

Robert Clemons received a professional degree in Electrical Engineering (PREE), becoming the first African-American to graduate from NC State.

1957

Technician publication schedule increases

The Technician begins printing multiple issues each week for the first time.

9/23/1957

Jim Hunt becomes Student Body President

The 1957 president-elect for Student Government failed to meet academic requirements to return to campus and take office, thus vice-president elect, Jim Hunt, became Student Body President for the year. Hunt would serve as president again the following year. He later became governor of North Carolina.

10/7/1957

Matthews Medal established

A newly-established scholarship and student award will honor the first student enrolled at State, W.J. Matthews, and be henceforth known as the Matthews Medal.

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Matthews Medal established
11/25/1957

First ACC football title

The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.

1958

Research Triangle Institute established

The Research Triangle Institute at Research Triangle Park is established by NC State, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

1958

First African-American academic staff member

The first African-American female academic staff member, Mrs. Justina Williams, is hired to work in the Department of Genetics' Drosophila research lab. Many African-Americans had worked at State prior to Williams’s appointment, however they primarily worked in custodial or food service positions.

1958

WVWP becomes WKNC

The campus radio station changes its call letters from WVWP to WKNC.

1958

First integrated athletic team

African-American student Irwin Holmes joins the tennis team, making it the first integrated athletic team at State College.

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First integrated athletic team
1959

John Tyler Caldwell became Chancellor

John Tyler Caldwell was named Chancellor. He served until retiring in 1975. (Biography of John Caldwell)

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John Tyler Caldwell became Chancellor

1960s

1960

Agricultural Policy Institute established

The Agricultural Policy Institute is established, and is one of only two such organizations in the United States.

3/14/1960

First sorority

Gamma Phi chapter members of the Sigma Kappa Sorority hold their first pledge dance at the Carolina Hotel. Formed in 1959, this was the first active chapter of a national sorority at NC State.

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First sorority
5/1960

First African-American undergraduate degree conferred

Irwin Holmes earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, making him the first African-American undergraduate to receive a degree at NC State. Further documentation of Irwin Holmes's life exists at DigitalNC.

7/1/1960

School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics established

9/17/1960

John F. Kennedy visits

Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy appears in Reynolds Coliseum before a crowd estimated at 8,000 persons. Kennedy sharply criticizes Vice President Nixon in his dealings with Khrushchev.

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John F. Kennedy visits
1962

Computing Center established

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Computing Center established
1962

First African-American faculty member

Vivian Henderson becomes the first African-American faculty member, taking a position as a visiting professor in the Department of Economics. Henderson was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and he later became president of the historically black Clark College in Atlanta.

3/7/1962

Adlai Stevenson visits

Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, delivers the first annual Harrelson Lecture at Reynolds Coliseum.

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Adlai Stevenson visits
10/17/1962

First analog computer installed

The School of Engineering installs the first half of an analog computer system on campus - a PACE computer, manufactured by Electronics Associates.

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First analog computer installed
12/10/1962

Unpopularity of potential name change

Governor Sanford gets booed after an NC State-Wake Forest basketball game in Reynolds Coliseum by students protesting the possible name change of the University from North Carolina State College to the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

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Unpopularity of potential name change
1963

School of Liberal Arts

The formerly non-degree granting School of General Studies is renamed the School of Liberal Arts, and receives authorization to award degrees.

1963

Name change

North Carolina State College is renamed the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

1963

Eloise Cofer becomes the second female full professor

Twenty-three years after Gertrude Cox's appointment, Eloise Cofer, Extension Professor of Food Science and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Extension Service becomes the second woman to be appointed as a full professor. In 1980, Cofer was named Home Economist of the Year by the N.C. Home Economics Association.

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Eloise Cofer becomes the second female full professor
1963

Cora Kemp beomes the first female Technician editor

10/9/1963

New computer arrives on campus

A computer created by professors from NC State and built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at a cost of $50,000 has arrived on campus. The computer, named Lincy, greeted professors with the message, "I want to be here," and will be used in experiments to measure the distance between heart beats, blood pressure, and brain waves.

1964

State College awards its 25,000th degree

3/3/1964

Status of Women Students report

The university produces, for the first time, a "Report on the Status of Women Students."

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Status of Women Students report
10/6/1964

President Lyndon Johnson campaign speech

President Lyndon Johnson made a campaign speech before an audience of 13,000 people in Reynolds Coliseum. The president warned that a victory for opponent Barry Goldwater would mean cuts in farm programs.

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President Lyndon Johnson campaign speech
11/10/1964

Compulsory ROTC service abolished

The Faculty Senate votes to abolish compulsory ROTC. Prior to this date, all male students were required to take military training.

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Compulsory ROTC service abolished
12/7/1964

Everett Case resigns

Due to declining health, Men's Basketball coach Everett Case resigns. Case compiled a 379-134 record at NC State.

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Everett Case resigns
12/14/1964

Groundbreaking ceremony for Carter Stadium

A groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of Carter Stadium (later Carter-Finley). It was named for Nick and Harry Carter.

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Carter Stadium
1965

Name change

The University of North Carolina at Raleigh is renamed the North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

1965

Water Resources Research Institute established

The Water Resources Research Institute, a joint federal-state program for the UNC System, is established at NC State.

1965

First Summer Institute for International Students offered

1965

Triangle Universities Computation Center established

The Triangle Universities Computation Center is established by NC State, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill in Research Triangle Park. It is one of the world's largest university computing centers.

1965

Committee on Computer Science formed

Ad hoc Committee on Computer Science formed to include a faculty member each from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Statistics, and the director of the Computer Center, Paul E. Lewis

1965

First African-American instructor with faculty ranking

Dorothy Williams becomes the first African-American instructor with faculty ranking, teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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First African-American instructor with faculty ranking
1965

Extension programs integrate

Extension programs, including 4-H and Home Economics, began to integrate.

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Extension programs integrate
2/22/1965

Pullen Hall destroyed by fire

The original Pullen Hall is destroyed by a fire, which a former student later admitted to setting. Pullen Hall was built in 1902, and was the center of campus activities in the early twentieth century. It was located on the site of the present-day Peele Hall parking lot. A few years later, another building on campus was built and named Pullen Hall.

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Pullen Hall destroyed by fire
11/13/1965

Final game at Riddick Stadium

The final football game is played in Riddick Stadium. Members of the football team mob Harold Deters after he kicks the winning field goal against Florida State, resulting in a final score of 3-0.

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Final game at Riddick Stadium
1966

Doak Field opens

Doak Field opens as the new facility for the baseball team.

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Doak Field opens
1966

First female African-American undergraduate degree recipient

Norma Wright Garcia becomes the first African-American female to receive an undergraduate degree, earning a BA in history.

1966

National Science Foundation grant

NC State received its first NSF grant to create a science development plan in order to strengthen faculties in the biosciences; support materials, mechanics and electrotechnics in engineering; and support the social sciences.

1966

Enrollment reaches 10,000 for the first time

4/30/1966

Everett Case, A Legendary Career

Men's basketball coach Everett Case passed away on this date. His record at NC State was 378-133, and he led the team in numerous Southern Conference and ACC championships. At his funeral, his last recruiting class of players served as pallbearers. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Everett Case, A Legendary Career
5/10/1966

Norm Sloan hired

Norman Sloan was hired as the new head basketball coach at NC State. Sloan, who was a player on Everett Case's first basketball team at State (1946-1947), went on to become the second winningest coach in NC State men's basketball history, behind Case. His record included the 1974 NCAA championship. In 1980 he left NC State to coach the the University of Florida team. He was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Norm Sloan hired
10/8/1966

First game in Carter-Finley Stadium

Carter Stadium, as it was originally known, opened as the football team took on South Carolina; the stadium was dedicated during a halftime ceremony.

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First game in Carter-Finley Stadium
1967

First African-American PhD recipient

Stephen Benton Latimer receives a PhD in Animal Science, becoming the first African-American to earn a doctoral degree from NC State.

1967

First African-American football player

Marcus Martin becomes the first African-American player to join the football team.

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First African-American football player
1967-1968

First African-American Freshman Basketball players

Alfred "Al" Heartley and William Cooper become the first African-American members of the freshman basketball team. Heartley later went on to play on the varsity team.

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First African-American Freshman Basketball players
1967

Cooperating Raleigh Colleges established

The Cooperating Raleigh Colleges program is established by the libraries of NC State, Meredith College, Shaw University, Peace College, St. Mary's College, and St. Augustine College. The program allows direct borrowing of library resources among the six campuses.

1968

First basketball scholarship awarded to an African-American

Al Heartley becomes the first African-American to be awarded a basketball scholarship at NC State. He later became the first African-American captain of the team (1970-1971), and the first African-American to win the Alumni Athletics trophy (1971).

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First basketball scholarship awarded to an African-American
1968

First African-American recruited for basketball

Ed Leftwich becomes the first African-American to be recruited to the basketball team, and the first to receive a scholarship as a freshman.

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First African-American recruited for basketball
1/1/1968

Liberty Bowl victory

The NC State football team defeated the University of Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, 14-7. This was NC State's first bowl game win.

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Liberty Bowl victory
4/19/1968

Riddick Stadium demolished

A majority of Riddick Stadium is demolished to make room for more parking on campus. SAS Hall now stands on the site Riddick Stadium once occupied.

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Riddick Stadium demolished
12/21/1968

Apollo VIII participation

The Apollo VIII spacecraft launches, becoming the first human spaceflight mission to escape Earth's gravitational field; many NC State alumni and faculty play a role in both the development and launch of the spacecraft.

1969

Making aeronautical history

Twenty-six NC State alumni, all employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), play a key role in the voyage of the Apollo 11 space mission, which is successful in placing the first men on the moon.

1969

First African-American football scholarship recipient

Clyde Chesney becomes the first African-American to receive a football scholarship.

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First African-American football scholarship recipient
1969

First African-American Student Senate President

Eric Moore became the first African American Student Senate President.

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First African-American Student Senate President
10/14/1969

Vietnam Symposium

NC State responds to a call for campus protests nationwide, as a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War. A faculty-student committee organizes a Vietnam Symposium, with Chancellor John Caldwell as keynote speaker and several faculty members talking on the impact of the war.

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Vietnam Symposium

1970s

1970-1971

Cathy Sterling

First female Student Body President

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Cathy Sterling
1970

First African-American recipients of full football scholarships

Willie Burden and Charley Young become the first African-Americans to receive football scholarships as incoming freshmen.

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First African-American recipients of full football scholarships
1970

Goodnight joins Department of Statistics

James H. Goodnight receives an appointment as an assistant statistician in the new Department of Statistics. Over the next several years, Goodnight, a statistics student named John Sall, and others would lay the groundwork for what would become SAS. Today, SAS is one of the largest software providers in the world.

5/5/1970

First female Student Body President

Cathy Sterling is elected Student Body President, becoming the first woman to hold a major campus student elective post. During her presidency, Sterling led the student body in a retreat to protest the invasion of Cambodia. Her report, "Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control," resulted in a greater student role in the spending of student fees. Sterling says of her decision to run for student body president, "A few weeks before the election, a few friends asked me to run for president, and I just did it. I don't know why I did it, but I just did." -- Raleigh Times, Friday, February 1, 1985, p. 1B.

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First female Student Body President
5/7/1970

Vietnam and Kent State protest

NC State students hold a convocation on the Brickyard in the aftermath of U.S. expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and the death of four Kent State University students in Ohio. The following day, nearly 6,000 students from NC State and other colleges protest by marching on the State Capitol.

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Vietnam and Kent State protest
8/1970

Lee Hall becomes NC State's first co-ed dorm

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Lee Hall becomes NC State's first co-ed dorm
1971

First female valedictorian

Jane Carol Pickard becomes the first female valedictorian.

1971

Second African-American earns Ph.D.

Augustus M. Witherspoon becomes the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from NC State, and the first African American to receive a doctoral degree and go on to join the faculty (see 1979).

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Second African-American earns Ph.D.
1971

First African-American fraternity

Seven students found a local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, making it NC State's first African-American fraternity.

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First African-American fraternity
1971

Increased equality

The Division of Student Affairs hires a black counselor, makes financial aid available to black students, and encourages black cultural programs.

1971

International Potato Center established

The International Potato Center is established in Peru by NC State and the Peruvian government, in an effort to increase the world's supply of white potatoes.

1/17/1971

Color Wall activated

The light mural (later known as the Color Wall) in D. H. Hill Library is activated for the first time, but not yet fully completed.

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Color Wall activated
1972

"In a Black Perspective" published

NC State publishes "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet tallies the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809), and lists courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.

1972

UNC System created

The UNC System is created, with NC State as one of the constituent campuses. A Board of Governors is established at the system level, but a new Board of Trustees is instituted at NC State to oversee matters specific to the university.

1972

First African-American academic administrator

William Maxwell becomes an assistant dean, making him NC State's first African-American academic administrator.

4/4/1972

Pan-Afrikan Festival

The second annual Pan-Afrikan Festival begins.

9/16/1972

Record enrollment

NC State enrollment for the fall term hits a new record of 13,800.

12/29/1972

Peach Bowl victory

The NC State Football team beats West Virginia in the Peach Bowl, 49-13.

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Peach Bowl victory
1973

First female African-American Ph.D. recipient

Nannette Smith Henderson becomes the first African-American woman to be awarded a Ph.D. at NC State, with a degree in Plant Pathology.

1973

First African-American All-American winner

David Thompson was named NC State's first African-American All-American winner in basketball. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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First African-American All-American winner
9/27/1973

Equal Opportunity Employment

NC State becomes an equal opportunity employer and enacts an affirmative action plan.

1974

Affirmative Action plan accepted

The university's affirmative action plan is informally accepted by HEW.

1974

First Women's Basketball team

A Women's Basketball team is established for the first time. The team included two African American women, Gwen Jenkins and Cynthia Steele.

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First Women's Basketball team
1974

Rajendra Pachauri awarded doctorate

Rajendra Pachauri was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He had previously earned a Master of Science degree in 1972. Later, in 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

3/25/1974

NCAA Men's Basketball championship

NC State defeats Marquette, 76-64, in the finals of the NCAA Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, NC, to win the 1974 National Championship. Junior forward David Thompson is named the Tournament MVP. The Wolfpack also receive key contributions from Tom Burleson, Monte Towe, Tim Stoddard, and Mo Rivers during the championship run.

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NCAA Men's Basketball championship
1975

New varsity sports

Men's Gymnastics and Women's Softball and Volleyball begin varsity play.

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New varsity sports
1975

Total number of degrees awarded reaches 50,000

1975

Gertrude Cox elected to National Academy of Sciences

Statistics professor Gertrude Cox is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

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Gertrude Cox elected to National Academy of Sciences
1/1975

Second female department head

Barbara Parramore becomes the second female department head, leading the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at its founding.

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Second female department head
1975

First African-American sorority

A chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is established, becoming the first African-American sorority chapter on campus.

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First African-American sorority
6/30/1975

Chancellor Caldwell retired

Dr. John T. Caldwell retired after 15 years as NC State's chancellor. Caldwell oversaw a period of unprecedented growth for the university: of the nearly 47,000 degrees awarded in the first 85 years of the university, two-thirds were earned during Caldwell's tenure.

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Chancellor Caldwell retired
7/1/1975-6/30/1976

Library expenditures

Book, periodical, and binding expenditures exceed $1,000,000 in a fiscal year for the first time.

7/1975

Jackson Ashcroft Rigney became Interim Chancellor

Rigney served as interim chancellor after Chancellor Caldwell retired and before Chancellor Thomas took the position. (Biography of Jackson Rigney)

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Jackson Ashcroft Rigney became Interim Chancellor
1976

Swimmers win medals in Summer Olympics

Swimmers Steve Gregg and Dan Harrigan win medals for the United States at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.

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Swimmers win medals in Summer Olympics
1/1/1976

Joab Thomas became Chancellor

Joab L. Thomas became the ninth chancellor of NC State. During his administration, enrollment at the university surpassed 20,000 students for the first time, and the College of Veterinary Medicine was established. He left NC State in 1981 to become president of the University of Alabama. (Biography of Joab Thomas)

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Joab Thomas became Chancellor
1976

First female All-American

Susan Yow becomes the first NC State female to be named an All-American athlete.

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First female All-American
1977

Third female department head

Mary E. (Betty) Wheeler becomes head of the Department of History, and only the third female to hold a position of department head at NC State.

1978

First Brotherhood Dinner

Chancellor Joab Thomas held the first Brotherhood Dinner, honoring Samual Nesbritt. The dinner was institutionalized as an annual event under Chancellor Bruce Poulton in 1982.

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First Brotherhood Dinner
1978

First African-American football All-American

Ted Brown becomes the first African-American named an All-American in football. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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First African-American football All-American
1978

Humanities Extension Program established

2/11/1978

First ACC Women's Basketball tournament

The NC State Women's Basketball team participates in the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball tournament as the top seed. NC State lost in the championship game to Maryland.

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First ACC Women's Basketball tournament
1979

First Football ACC championship

1979

Women's Cross Country championships

The Women's Cross Country team wins the first of back-to-back national championships (1979 and 1980).

1/12/1979

Security Chief retires

Worth T. Blackwood retires after twenty years as Security Chief at NC State. During Blackwood's tenure, the security force grew from seven to twenty-two officers.

1980s

1980

Broderick Cup recipient

Women's Cross Country runner Julie Shea is awarded the Broderick Cup by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), as the most outstanding athlete of the year.

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Broderick Cup recipient
1980

State Climate Office of North Carolina relocates

The State Climate Office of North Carolina finds a permanent home in PAMS. The office had been established as part of the UNC System in 1976, and was primarily housed at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since moving to NC State, the office has grown into the primary source for North Carolina weather and climate information and for climate-related research, education and extension services.

1980

North Carolina Japan Center established

1980

First Women's Week

Evelyn Reiman, assistant director of student development, sponsors the first NC State Women's Week-- a series of afternoon and evening programs for campus women.

1980

ACC Athlete of the Year

Julie Shea wins the first of two consecutive ACC Athlete of the Year awards, and becomes the first woman to receive the Alumni Athletics trophy at NC State.

1980

Enrollment climbs above 20,000

8/20/1980

Wolfline buses go into service

A ceremony marks the beginning of the new Wolfline bus service on campus. The service initially has only one route, intended to serve students who live off-campus.

11/29/1980

Jim Valvano's debut

NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.

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Jim Valvano's debut
1981

Women's Gymnastics becomes a varsity sport

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Women's Gymnastics becomes a varsity sport
1981

D.H. Hill Library holdings reach one million volumes

1981

Microelectronics Center for North Carolina established

1981

Nash Nicks Winstead named Interim Chancellor

Winstead served as interim chancellor after Chancellor Thomas left the university and before Chancellor Poulton took the position. (Biography of Nash Winstead)

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Nash Nicks Winstead named Interim Chancellor
1981

First female president of the Faculty Club

Ada B. Dalla Pozza becomes the first woman to serve as president of the Faculty Club (now the University Club).

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First female president of the Faculty Club
2/28/1981

Wolf mascots get married

Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf were married in a mock wedding ceremony by the Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot during halftime of a Men's Basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum. The two were joined in "canis matrimonium," and Chancellor Joab Thomas gave the bride away.

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Wolf mascots get married
8/27/1981

First Veterinary Medicine classes

NC State's new School of Veterinary Medicine holds classes for the first time; initial enrollment is 40 students, selected from 126 applicants.

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First Veterinary Medicine classes
1982

Weisiger-Brown Athletics Facility opens

1982

Bruce Robert Poulton named Chancellor

Poulton became the tenth Chancellor of NC State and the third scientist to lead the institution. Under his leadership the university acquired and began to develop Centennial Campus. Poulton served as chancellor until 1989, and he later became director of the university's Literacy Systems Center. (Biography of Bruce Poulton)

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Bruce Robert Poulton named Chancellor
1983

Total number of degrees awarded reaches 75,000

1983

Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Institute established

1983

First female Alumni Distinguished Professor

Katherine W. Klein, Associate Professor of Psychology, becomes the first female faculty member to be named an Alumni Distinguished Professor.

1983

Increasing female enrollment

Approximately 8,000 women students are enrolled in a student body of 22,632. More than one third of the undergraduates are women, the highest percentage of women to be enrolled at NC State to that date.

1983

Women's Golf becomes a varsity sport

1983

Biotechnology Program established

1983

PAMS Foundation established

The North Carolina State University Physical and Mathematical Science Foundation, more commonly known as the PAMS Foundation, is established. The mission of the foundation, which has grown its endowment from $245,000 to more than $10 million, is to “promote the educational, research and service programs of the College … through personal advocacy … and by securing private funding for priority programs.”

3/1983

Men's Basketball wins ACC championship

The Men's Basketball team wins the 1983 ACC Championship.

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Men's Basketball wins ACC championship
4/1983

Men's Basketball wins NCAA championship

Lead by Head Coach Jim Valvano, the Men’s Basketball team wins the 1983 NCAA championship.

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Men's Basketball wins NCAA championship
5/4/1983

NCSU Libraries join the ARL

The NCSU Libraries become a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

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NCSU Libraries join the ARL
1984

Center for Materials Research established

1984

First female faculty recipient of North Carolina Award

Lee Smith, Assistant Professor of English, becomes the first female faculty member to receive a North Carolina Award, receiving an award in literature.

12/19/1984

Centennial Campus established

North Carolina Governor (and NC State alumnus) James B. Hunt, Jr., alloted the initial 355-acre parcel of land for the university'’s Centennial Campus. The land had previously been part of the Dorothea Dix hospital.

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Centennial Campus established
1985

First female Faculty Senate chair

Sondra L. Kirsch, Associate Professor of Recreation Resources Administration becomes the first woman to chair the NC State Faculty Senate.

1985

Relay championship

The Men's 4x100 Meter relay team win the NCAA championship.

9/5/1985

President Ronald Reagan visits

President Reagan promoted tax reform during a speech in Reynolds Coliseum. Afterwards the president met with students, and Student Body President Jay Everette gained notoriety when he asked reporters to respect the students' time with the president.

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President Ronald Reagan visits
1986

First female Dean of the Graduate School

Debra W. Stewart is appointed interim dean of the Graduate School, the first female dean and the first woman to serve as dean of the Graduate School. Her appointment became permanent in 1988.

1986

First Ph.D. degrees awarded by the School of Veterinary Medicine

The degrees are earned by Melinda Hollingshead in August and Cathy Carlson in December.

1987

Schools become Colleges

Eight of the university's academic schools are redesignated as colleges.

1987

Kay Yow is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame

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Kay Yow is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame
1987

The NCSU Libraries becomes official system name

"The NCSU Libraries" becomes the official name of the library system, encompassing the D. H. Hill Library and the four branch libraries (Design, Natural Resources, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine).

1987

NC State University celebrated its centennial

1988

African American Studies minor introduced

In fall 1988, NC State implemented an African-American Studies minor, the first of its kind at the university. The interdisciplinary minor required students to take courses in both history and English literature.

1988

Kay Yow coaches in the Olympics

Kay Yow, Women's Basketball coach, coaches the winning Women's Basketball team in the 1988 Olympics.

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Kay Yow coaches in the Olympics
1988

Kaye Gibbons becomes the first author-in-residence

Kaye Gibbons, former NC State student, becomes the NCSU Libraries' first author-in-residence.

1988

First female to hold a named professorship

Elizabeth C. Theil becomes the first woman at NC State to hold a named professorship, and is honored with the University of North Carolina's O. Max Gardner Award.

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First female to hold a named professorship
1988

The Friends of the Library hold their first booksale

1988

Mars Mission Research Center established

The Mars Mission Research Center is established. This is a cooperative effort between NC State and NC A&T State University.

2/1988

First Permanent Building on Centennial Campus

The building that later was named Research I was first occupied.

1989

Nora Lynn Finch inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame

Nora Lynn Finch, associate athletics director, is inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Nora Lynn Finch inducted into the Women's Sports Hall of Fame
1989

Women's Studies Program established

The Women's Studies Program is established, with Barbara Risman as its first director.

1/1989

Women's Resource Coalition established

The Women's Resource Coalition is formed as an outgrowth of the Women Students Advisory Board, organized in the fall of 1988.

1989

Harassment Policy Adopted

The Board of Trustees adopts a racial harassment policy.

1989

Position created for African-American Affairs

NC State creates the Associate Provost position in African-American Affairs.

1989

Larry K. Monteith was named Interim Chancellor

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Larry K. Monteith was named Interim Chancellor
1989

First College of Engineering female African-American faculty member

Christine Grant (Chemical Engineering) becomes the first African-American female faculty member appointed in the College of Engineering.

12/5/1989

Libraries' 100th anniversary

The NCSU Libraries celebrates its 100th anniversary in a ceremony that includes planting three yoshino cherry trees in front of the East Wing of the building.

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Libraries' 100th anniversary

1990s

1990

Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC) established

The Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC) is established in the D. H. Hill Library, initially funded through a gift from the Class of 1990.

1990

The Newsstand is first published

The first campus-wide newsletter on women's issues, The Newsstand, is published.

1990

Soccer championship

The Men's Soccer team wins their first ACC championship. Henry Gutierrez scored the game-winning goal.

1990

Monteith chosen as permanent Chancellor

After serving as interim chancellor for several months, Larry K. Monteith was chosen by the UNC system Board of Governors to fill the position on a permanent basis. He served until retirement in 1998. (Biography of Larry Monteith)

2/2/1990

President George Bush visit

President Bush toured three physics labs that focused on semiconductor and microelectronics research and joined a roundtable discussion on international competitiveness in high-tech industries.

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President George Bush visit
1991

New College of Textiles Building

The College of Textiles opens its new building on Centennial Campus.

1991

Burlington Textiles Library Moved

In conjunction with the move of the College of Textiles, the Burlington Textiles Library moved to Centennial Campus, making it the first library unit on the new campus. It remained in the College of Textiles complex until December 2012, when the collections were moved into the Hunt Library.

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Burlington Textiles Library Moved
1991

PAMS establishes The Science House

PAMS establishes The Science House to provide hands-on science opportunities to K-12 students. Today, The Science House is a national model for the interaction of university science departments and K-12 students and teachers. Through its main office on Centennial Campus, five satellite offices throughout the state, and its online presence, The Science House annually impacts 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across North Carolina and beyond.

September 1991

Women's Center Opened

The Women's Center opened with Jan Rogers as its coordinator. Rogers began the Women's Leadership Education and Action Program (LEAP), which aimed to enhance the experience of women in nontraditional fields such as math, science, and engineering.

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Women's Center Opened
1991

African American Cultural Center opens

African American Cultural Center opened in the new Student Center Annex (later renamed Witherspoon Student Center). In 1992, following months of student and faculty protests, NCSU administrators granted the African American Cultural Center an operating budget.

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African American Cultural Center opens
2/1991

President Jimmy Carter attends Emerging Issues Forum

Before a crowd of 1,300 people, the former president raised questions about the United States handling of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and he called for the U.S. and Soviet Union to organize an international peace conference to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

7/1991

Centennial Campus Corporate Partner

Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) moves into Centennial Campus, becoming the first corporate tenant there.

7/22/1991

Bicycle patrol debuts

The Public Safety office unveils a new bicycle patrol. Officers feel that the bicycles have advantages over patrol cars, including "mobility, stealth, and speed."

1992

Sista 2 Sistuh Network established

The Sista 2 Sistuh Network is established to support African-American women at NC State.

1992

First African American Dean

James Anderson becomes the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, making him the first African-American dean.

1992

College of Management established

The College of Management was formed out of what had previously been the Division of Economics and Business in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

1992

ABB becomes the University's first industrial partner on Centennial Campus

4/24/1992

Holladay Medal established

The Board of Trustees established the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence to honor NC State faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the university through achievements in research, teaching, or extension and engagement.

10/5/1992

President Bill Clinton visits

Presidential candidate Bill Clinton addressed 600 people in Stewart Theatre. He announced his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

11/30/1992

The Nubian Message began publication

The Nubian Message began publication in response to student protests alleging racial bias by the Technician. Tony Williamson served as the paper’s first editor-in-chief. The paper was first released in Talley Student Center. In the inaugural issue, Williamson stated his intention to "totally, truthfully, and faithfully cover every aspect of African American life at NCSU" and his hope that the Nubian Message would become "the media voice for African Americans at NC State; a publication where people can learn about different aspects of [African American] culture, as well as find useful information about State’s campus." Because the Nubian Message received no University funding and Nubian staff were prohibited from using NCSU media equipment, the first issue was published with help from North Carolina Central University. Recalling the paper’s initial struggles Williamson stated, "It was a real pain to have to go all the way to Durham to work, but the people at Central were very helpful and understanding. We owe them a lot. If it wasn’t for their newspaper staff, we probably would never have had a first issue." Following publication of the first issue, the University allowed the Nubian staff to utilize campus media equipment.

4/28/1993

Jim Valvano, A Legendary Career

Known as "Jimmy V," men's basketball coach Jim Valvano died on this date after battling cancer. His record at NC State was 209-114 and included the 1983 NCAA championship and 2 ACC titles. The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in his honor. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Jim Valvano, A Legendary Career
1994

NC State is awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

1996

Twenty-four hour Library

The NCSU Libraries begins twenty-four hour service (Sunday through Thursday).

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Twenty-four hour Library
1996

Park Scholars Program founded

1997

A campus street is named after Katharine Stinson

Katharine Stinson, the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering, has a street named after her. Katharine Stinson Drive, formerly North Yarbrough Drive, is one of the longest streets on campus.

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A campus street is named after Katharine Stinson
7/22/1997

Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, located next to Carter-Finley Stadium, which was being built as the new home of NC State Men's Basketball and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. This later became the PNC Arena.

1998

Marye Anne Fox became the first female chancellor at NC State

She served in the position until 2004, when she left to become chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. (Biography of Marye Anne Fox)

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Marye Anne Fox became the first female chancellor at NC State
3/1998

Women's Basketball in Final Four

The Women's Basketball team reaches the Final Four in the NCAA tournament.

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Women's Basketball in Final Four
11/19/1999

First game at the PNC Arena

The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center).

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First game at the PNC Arena

2000s

2000

Vice Provost for Diversity and African-American Affairs

University administration creates the position of Vice Provost for Diversity and African-American Affairs. One stated goal of this position is to improve the experience of black students and other minorities.

2000

First female Board of Trustees chair

Peaches Simpkins is named the first female chair of the university's Board of Trustees.

2000

School of Design renamed the College of Design

4/22/2000

Passing of Carey Bostian

Former NC State Chancellor Carey Hoyt Bostian dies at the age of 93.

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Passing of Carey Bostian
8/2000

Expanded Technician publication

The Technician becomes a daily publication during the academic semesters for the first time.

2002

Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th Anniversary

134 NC State athletes are named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Teams in twenty-one sports.

2002

African-American Student Advisory Council Report Cards

The African-American Student Advisory Council begins issuing report cards grading the university on enrollment, retention, and graduation of African-American students. The report card gave NCSU an F for recruiting black students.

9/27/2002

Kay Yow honored

NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, MA.

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Kay Yow honored
2003

First faculty member in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Jim Riviere becomes the first faculty member elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

2003

Women in Science and Engineering program established

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program is established with 56 freshman women with majors in PAMS and the College of Engineering. As of 2009, this “living and learning village” has a full complement of 256 women majoring in five colleges across campus, and a high school chapter has been established at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

12/1/2003

Department of Biomedical Engineering established

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is established, co-located at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine and NC State's College of Engineering.

2004

Robert A. Barnhardt named Interim Chancellor

Barnhardt served as interim chancellor after Chancellor Fox left the university and before Chancellor Oblinger took the position. (Biography of Bob Barnhardt)

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Robert A. Barnhardt named Interim Chancellor
2005

Swimming gold medal

Swimmer Cullen Jones wins a gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the World University Games.

2005

James L. Oblinger was named Chancellor

He served in the position until 2009. (Biography of Jim Oblinger)

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James L. Oblinger was named Chancellor
2005

Enrollment above 30,000

Enrollment was more that 30,000 students in the fall semester this year.

11/2005

William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

After being established in 2003, the Friday Institute moved into its new facility in Nov. 2005

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William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
2007

Kay Yow celebrates 700th Win

NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow celebrated her 700th win. The Wolfpack beat Florida State, 68-51. Yow eventually racked up 737 wins (at NC State and Elon), making her the fifth winningest NCAA Division I basketball coach.

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Kay Yow celebrates 700th Win
5/6/2008

President Barak Obama visit

Presidential candidate Barak Obama appeared before a crowd at Reynolds Coliseum shortly after defeating rivals in the Democratic presidential primaries.

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President Barak Obama visit
1/24/2009

Kay Yow, A Legendary Career

Legendary women's basketball coach Kay Yow passed away after a long battle with cancer. One of the few women to coach more than 1,000 games at one institution, her NC State record was 680-325. Hoops 4 Hope and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund was initiated to raise money for cancer research. In 2012 she was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Kay Yow, A Legendary Career
1/26/2009

President Bill Clinton at Millennium Seminar Series

Former President Bill Clinton addressed 6,000 people, stating that the world would best find its way to peace and prosperity through “communitarianism.”

2009-2010

Jim Woodward named Interim Chancellor

Woodward served as interim chancellor after Chancellor Oblinger stepped down and before Chancellor Woodson took the position. (Biography of Jim Woodward)

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Jim Woodward named Interim Chancellor

2010s

2010

Randy Woodson became chancellor

Woodson had previously been executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Purdue University. (Biography of Randy Woodson)

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Randy Woodson became chancellor
9/11/2011

President Obama at rally

President Barak Obama spoke before an audience in Reynolds Coliseum. During the speech he promoted the American Jobs Act.

4/3/2013

Hunt Library dedicated

The library was named in honor of former four-term N.C. Gov. and NC State alumnus James B. Hunt Jr. The Hunt Library won the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association Building Award. It was featured in Architecture magazine, and Time magazine called it the "library of the future."

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Hunt Library dedicated
7/1/2013

College of Sciences established

The College of Sciences was established, combining programs from the former College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences with several biological science programs from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.