Memorial Oak planted
The first class of students planted the tree that became known at the Memorial Oak. The tree lived until 1990, when it was removed because of a fungal disease. It is depicted in the chancellor's seal, and some of the wood was made into a table for the chancellor's office.
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.
Brian Nixon attacked
Student Body President Brian Nixon was attacked by two or three people near his residence hall, North Hall. Prior to this attack, public safety provided Nixon with security. Nixon received racial death threats and intimidating calls and letters throughout his presidency. As student body president, Nixon implemented programs that encouraged students to practice ethical behavior and allowed students to meet with campus leaders in informal settings. Nixon accomplished many successful programs in spite of the personal racial threats he received while president. The violence escalated in February 1990 when Nixon was attacked in the early morning while walking to his residence hall. Nixon resigned as president in March 1990, one month prior to the end of his term. He cited personal reasons for his resignation and stated, "The pain and pressure has finally taken its toll physically, mentally, emotionally, and especially academically."
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.