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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.
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.
More calls for agricultural school
Leonidas Polk continues to call for an agricultural school in the first published issue of the Progressive Farmer.
North Carolina Board of Agriculture accepts bid
The North Carolina Board of Agriculture accepts a bid to locate an industrial school in Raleigh.
Land scrip funds transferred to new Raleigh school
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.
Funding for Agricultural Experiment Station
Under the Hatch Act, the federal government provided $15,000 to each state for agricultural experiment stations.
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.
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.
Board of Trustees meets for the first time
Alexander Holladay elected President
The Board of Trustees elects 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.
First classes held
The first classes are held at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. 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.
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.
Nineteen students receive degrees during the first commencement ceremony held at A&M College.
A&M opens to women
The Board of Trustees votes to open A&M College to women.
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.
Dramatic Club performance
The A&M College Dramatic Club presents the play "She Stoops to Conquer."
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.
First basketball game in Raleigh
The A&M College basketball team takes on Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh, winning 19-18.
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.
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.
Watauga Hall fire
Fire destroys the third floor of Watauga Residence Hall
Civil Engineering Society induction
The State College Civil Engineering Society is recognized by and inducted into the North Carolina Society of Civil Engineers
First Technician issue
The first issue of the Technician, the student newspaper, is published
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.
Student Government established
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.
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.
Technician becomes a weekly publication
Cross Country champions
The State College cross country team wins the Cross Country-All State Championship.
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.
Dr. Eugene Brooks elected President
Gymnacrobatic Club founded
The Gymnacrobatic Club is founded, hoping to put on "startling exhibitions" such as walking on telephone lines.
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.
Thompson Gymnasium (now Thompson Hall) opens
Thompson Gymnasium opens, becoming the first on-campus home dedicated to basketball. Previously, home basketball games had been played in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. It was built by architect Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson.
The Technician begins a beauty contest to find the prettiest girl in Raleigh and the handsomest boy at State College.
Music Department established
First telephone installed
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company installs the first telephone exchange at State College.
Apple Judging Team
The State College Apple Judging Team wins third place at the Intercollegiate Apple Judging Contest in Atlantic City, NJ.
Tuition increases to $60 for in-state students and $80 for out-of-state students.
New cafeteria opens
The new cafeteria opens (in the old Pullen Hall), allowing students to receive a month of meals for $25.
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.
Agriculture Club social event
The Agriculture Club of State College hosts a "Barn-warming" for visiting farmers at Thompson Gym.
Poultry Judging Team competition
The State College Poultry Judging Team competes for the tenth consecutive year at the National Inter-Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Class field trip
A professor and six students from the Economic Geology class took a field trip to Carolina Coal Mine, and became trapped in the mine for four hours.
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.
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.
First female Phi Kappa Phi member
Jane S. McKimmon becomes the first female inducted into NC State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
Fire destroys part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon house
First pay phone installed
Southern Bell Telephone Company removes the free telephone from the campus YMCA and replaces it with a pay phone, due to abuse of the free phone by students using the phone for "social visits."
B.W. Wells lecture
Dr. B.W. Wells gives a lecture on plant evolution as part of the Phi Kappa Phi lecture series.
Agronomy lab work
Students in the Agronomy 135 course (Farm Terracing) spend the day outside doing lab work, including surveying the land in preparation for planning tile drains.
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.
Marching band wears red and white
The marching band begins wearing red and white uniforms when performing at athletic events.
Emergency airplane landing
An aviator was forced to make an emergency landing in the field just west of Thompson Gymnasium, after being unable to locate the airport. State college offered him the use of the woodshop to make repairs to his airplane.
Increased female enrollment
Twenty-one female students enroll at State College for the 1928-29 academic year, twice as many as the previous year.
Cows cause damage to campus
Four prize cows step on an electrical wire, costing State College over $3,500 in damages.
Textile Exposition and Style Show
The School of Textiles hosts the annual Textile Exposition and Style Show.
Freshman Cap vote
Nearly 1,000 students—about half the student body—vote on the freshman cap referendum. By 15 votes, they elect to keep the caps. Freshmen accept the decision and continue to wear the caps throughout the spring semester, though the close vote leads the Student Council and the NC State Board of Trustees to consider requiring the caps to be worn just for the fall semester instead of the full academic year.
Freshman Cap advice
Comiskey (a student) has worn a dress for 13 days when more than 400 freshmen meet and decide to stand in unity with him and burn their freshman caps. Henry Love, Class of 1930 and Vice President of the Student Council, addresses the freshmen, telling them that “burning the caps now would only necessitate the buying of new ones, or trouble.” He advises them to try to get rid of the caps through a student body referendum.
Freshman Cap referendum
Freshmen vote 582 to 18 to seek a referendum regarding the required wearing of freshman caps on campus.
Quiet Hour in dormitories
Quiet Hour goes into effect in all dormitories, beginning at 8pm.
Industrial Engineering curriculum established
Curriculum in industrial engineering is announced, with the first courses to be offered in the fall of 1930
Freshman Cap address
In an end-of-the-year address to students, the Dean of Students, Edward L. Cloyd (Class of 1915), says he supports the elimination of the caps, because it makes freshmen easily distinguishable and a target for hazing. He encourages freshmen to continue to work to abolish them.
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.
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.
Engineering book dontation
D. H. Hill Library is given a private engineering library of more than 1,000 books by the widow of Colonel J.L. Ludlow of Winston-Salem.
Dairy barn fire
Fire destroys one of State College's dairy barns, with damages estimated at $4,000.
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 Wallace Carl Riddick.
Civil Works Administration projects
An announcement is made inviting students to be employed on Civil Works Administration projects to improve the campus.
Academic dress required during commencement
The senior class passes a resolution requesting that faculty who participate in commencement exercises wear caps and gowns.
Honor system abolished
A faculty vote officially abolishes the honor system at State College; teachers will now have to remain in the classroom during all quizzes and exams.
After a power outage causes lights in the 1911 Dormitory to go off, students build a fire in front of the building to provide light inside. The Raleigh Fire Department sends two trucks to extinguish the blaze, with organized student cheering sections encouraging the firemen while they work.
Exemption proposal denied
The faculty deny a proposal to exempt senior class from all examinations.
Bell Tower grant
The Memorial Bell Tower construction project receives a $37,000 Works Progress Administration grant.
New electronic scoreboard in Riddick Stadium
A new electric scoreboard and time clock are used at Riddick Stadium for the first time during a game against the University of Georgia. The scoreboard and clock were a donation from the News & Observer.
A combined army of the Fifth and Sixth Dorms battle South Dormitory to a draw in a snowball fight. The Fifth-Sixth army was particularly efficient at throwing snowballs through open windows in South Dormitory.
First female Mechanical Engineering student
Katharine Stinson, personal friend of Amelia Earhart, is the first woman to enroll in Mechanical Engineering.
Seniors donate $1,000 toward a clock for the Memorial Bell Tower
Traffic congestion on campus
In response to traffic congestion on campus, Chancellor Harrelson appoints a committee of faculty members to study the traffic conditions at NC State.
Jimmy Dorsey visits
Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra performs at a dance sponsored by the Interfraternity Council.
Female chemist J.C. Richmond of State College is awarded a grant to study the Vitamin C content in goat's milk and the presence of nicotinic acid in cow's milk.
Free Homecoming tickets
The Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce distributes free tickets to State's Homecoming football game against Furman by releasing balloons with instructions for the finders on how to claim their free tickets.
Chinese delegates visit
Chinese delegates address State College students and Raleigh citizens in an event sponsored by the YMCA and YWCA.
Protest over tuition increases
Student body gathers in Thompson Gymnasium to protest to proposed tuition fee increases (from $85 to $125 for North Carolina residents, and from $180 to $225 for out-of-state students).
Attendance policy set
The Student Welfare Committee approves a plan that allows juniors and seniors with a B cumulative grade point average to have ten unexcused absences per term and twenty per year, but no more than sixty during their four-year academic careers.
Annual Pushball contest
Freshman and sophomores battle in the annual Pushball contest, consisting of pushing a ball 6 feet in diameter and weighing 75 pounds into the opponent's goal.
"College Days" film premier
"College Days," a film starring Art Rooney and Carolyn Tucker, premiers, portraying typical events in an NC State student's life.
Commemorative Technician issue
The Technician produces a special 58-page edition to commemorate NC State's 50th anniversary.
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.
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.
College doctor retires
Dr. Campbell completes 20 years of service to NC State as the college doctor.
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.
First annual Livestock Day
State College's new dairy barns are dedicated as part of the college's first annual Livestock Day.
First work study program
State College's first work study program begins for Engineering students, with approximately twenty students employed.
Bell Tower bell rung
Students learn that State College acquired the bell and bronze tablet in the Memorial Bell Tower from the U.S. cruiser Charlotte (a ship that fought for the U.S. Navy in WWI and was retired after 17 years of service on Nov. 11, 1935). The bell was rung once - when a group of students celebrating a basketball defeat over UNC broke into the tower and rang the bell.
Technician presents a special Spring Fashion issue
NC State beats UNC in football for the first time in 14 seasons
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.
Katharine Stinson hired
Katharine Stinson, a 1941 graduate of State College, is hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration) as a junior engineer, making her the first woman to hold this position.
Special summer courses
The faculty approve a plan to hold fall engineering classes in the summer as part of a nationwide war effort to accelerate graduation at technical schools for the benefit of the war effort.
Higher female enrollment sought
Increased enrollment by women needed in engineering courses; urgent appeals are made as the male students leave to fight in the war.
Students hold a blood drive to support the war effort.
Famous hypnotist Dr. Polgar visits
Campus buildings named
All dorms, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom buildings on campus are given official names for the first time.
Scrap metal drive
Students gather over 150,000 pounds of scrap metal in 3 hours for the war effort; a banner over the collection pile reads "To Hitler & Co. from NC State College."
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.
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.
Enrollment hits the lowest mark in 20 years, due to the number of students leaving to join the military.
Engineering fellowships for women
Eighteen young women win a fellowship of $1,425 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, which will employ them as engineering aides after they complete a 48-week course offered by State College.
Student-run book store opens on campus
Infirmary moves to Clark Hall
The college infirmary moves from Carroll Infirmary to Clark Hall, becoming the largest and most modern such facility among all Southeastern non-medical colleges.
Alumni in the Armed Services
Over 5,000 NC State alumni reported to be serving in the Armed Services, six of whom have obtained the rank of General.
U.S.S. Tyrrell Launched
State 4-H Club Leader L. R. Harrill and others watch as the U.S.S. Tyrrell is launched from Wilmington. North Carolina 4-H helped fund and name two warships during World War II.
Comic Strip Banquet
A Comic Strip Banquet, addressing the creation and impact of comic strips, is held in the private dining room of the cafeteria.
Late release of Agromeck
The 1945 Agromeck is printed and released late, due to wartime restrictions.
New dorm construction
NC State borrows $500,000 to begin construction of two new dorms.
Diesel Engineering graduate program established
After receiving a loan of $2,000,000 worth of diesel engines from the U.S. Navy, the College of Engineering is able to launch a graduate program in Diesel Engineering.
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.
Record-setting baseball crowd
State College wins its first Big Four baseball title since 1928 with a 4-3 victory over Duke; the game is witnessed by 4,000 fans, which is the largest crowd to ever view a baseball game in Raleigh.
Football victory over Duke
NC State beats Duke in football for the first time since 1932, with a final score of 13-6; the wife of right end and co-captain Al Phillips gives birth to a baby boy only hours after the contest.
Marching band returns
A football game against Duke marks the first post-war appearance of the marching band.
WNCS broadcast schedule increases
Campus radio station WNCS begins broadcasting campus-wide Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM.
Trip to Wake Forest football game
State College secures a "victory train" to take 6,000 students to go to the football game against Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem); train tickets are $0.65 and tickets to the game are $1.00.
Early female band member
Lois Madden (on drums) becomes one of the first women to ever join the NC State marching band.
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.
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.
Forced basketball forfeiture
NC State is forced by the Raleigh fire chief to forfeit a basketball game against UNC because Thompson Gymnasium is too crowded and students refuse to leave the building.
Vetville was another enterprise to house married veterans attending NC State after World War II. Later, Korean War veterans lived there. At the end of the 1950s Bragaw dormitory was built on the site.
New intramurals announced
Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.
Beauty Section added to Agromeck
The Agromeck announces it is adding a Beauty Section to "offer the average Joe College a chance to show his beauty-getting ability." Men are asked to send in snapshots of their girlfriends to be judged, and the top 10 will appear in the yearbook.
Pep rally plans
A pyrotechnic display consisting of sparklers spelling out "Beat Wake Forest" is planned for the day's pep rally.
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.
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.
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.
President Truman visits
President Truman reviews techniques of State College ROTC cadets during a parade.
Outing Club established
First annual Greek Week
A banquet ends the First Annual Greek Week, sponsored by the Inter-Fraternity Council.
Coke bottle problem
The Coca-Cola Company threatens to remove their machines from campus if students don't start returning empty bottles to the racks instead of discarding them around campus.
Reynolds Coliseum construction
Reynolds Coliseum under construction.
Dedication of the Memorial Bell Tower
The Memorial Bell Tower is dedicated, with former Governor R. Gregg Cherry present at the ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
Debate Team championship
State College Debate Team members all win votes for national individual ranking during a competition at Columbia University.
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.
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.
Dr. James H. Hilton resigns his position as the Dean of the School of Agriculture.
Cross Country championship
State College celebrates a second consecutive Cross Country Southern Conference championship (the first in 1951), as well as a Dual Meet championship. Runner Buz Sawyer takes first place in the meet, after finishing ninth overall in the nation during a meet the previous week.
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.
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.
World Series of Basketball
A game in the 4th annual World Series of Basketball, featuring the 1953 All-Americans versus the Harlem Globetrotters, is played in Reynolds Coliseum.
Raleigh-Durham TV Fair
The first Raleigh-Durham TV Fair concludes at Reynolds Coliseum. Stars appearing at the fair included Homer and Jethro of the Breakfast Club and Mrs. Hank Williams.
Student success in the School of Design
A popular myth that there is a "high academic mortality rate" for School of Design students is debunked. Of the 629 students enrolled in the School of Design, only 12 received flunking grades, a 2% mortality rate - much less than the rumored rate of 10%.
Carey Bostian becomes Chancellor
Dr. Carey Hoyt Bostian becomes the seventh Chancellor of NC State. Bostian was serving as a member of the NC State faculty (since his appointment in 1930), and would step down from his position as Chancellor to return to teaching in 1959.
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.
Harrelson becomes head of University Archives
Former Chancellor John Harrelson begins an appointment as the head of the University Archives collection at D.H. Hill Library.
The Extension Division of NC State College begins offering a night class in Elementary Russian.
Kilgore Hall dedication
The new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture is 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.
Hurricane Hazel destroys the cupola on Becton Hall and the roof of the press box at Riddick Stadium.
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.
New D.H. Hill Library dedicated
The new D. H. Hill Library (the east wing of the current building) is formally dedicated.
Burlington Nuclear Laboratories dedicated
The Burlington Nuclear Laboratories building is dedicated; located within the building is the first non-government-run nuclear reactor.
Agronomy Club Banquet
Dr. Arthur Kelman, professor of Plant Pathology, receives an award for being voted the most outstanding professor in the School of Agriculture at the first annual Agronomy Club Banquet.
First marriage in Danforth Chapel
Jim Stewart, former president of the YMCA, becomes the first person to get married in State College's Danforth Chapel.
Louis Armstrong visits
Jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Jim Hunt becomes Student Body President
The 1957 president-elect for Student Government fails to meet academic requirements to return to campus and take office, thus vice-president elect, Jim Hunt, becomes Student Body President for the year. Hunt would serve as president again the following year, and go on to become governor of North Carolina.
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.
First ACC football title
The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Bragaw Hall construction
Construction of Bragaw Hall begins to draw attention. The "new modernistic dormitory" is a "familiar landmark on the campus." It was named for Henry C. Bragaw, an alumnus who was killed in World War II and awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Ogden Nash visits
Ogden Nash lectures in the ballroom of the College Union Building as part of the Fine Arts Festival.
Campus traffic congestion
According to data collected by the College Traffic Committee, there are approximately 5600 cars on campus and only 4070 parking spaces. The committee conducted a study of the parking problem and suggested that new parking areas be constructed and special zones be created for personnel.
The April Fool's Day edition of the Technician proclaims that the College Union building has been destroyed by fire. The front page also includes headlines about dropping the ROTC program and introducing Home Economics courses into the curriculum.
Jim Hunt's re-election
In an unprecedented landslide, Jim Hunt is elected to a second term as Student Body President. Hunt would go on to be a four-term governor of North Carolina.
Bragaw Hall dedication
Bragaw Hall is dedicated to the late Henry Churchill Bragaw, a well-known NC State alumnus who died during WWII. Bragaw was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the war.
Hillsborough Street fire
Fire damages a half-block of buildings across from the NC State campus along Hillsborough and Horne Streets.
The NC State Men's Basketball team tops UNC to win the ACC championship, 80-56. The victory marks Coach Everett Case's eleventh championship win in his thirteen years of coaching.
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.
School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics established
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.
Kingston Trio performs
The Kingston Trio performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
John Dos Passos visits
Novelist John Dos Passos, author of Manhattan Transfer and the U.S.A. trilogy, gives a lecture at the College Union.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti visits
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a noted poet associated with the Beat Generation, gives a lecture at the College Union.
Roman Gabriel honored
Football team quarterback Roman Gabriel is selected as a second-team All-American.
Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph honored
The Chemical Engineering department's reading room is dedicated in Riddick Labs in honor of Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph, who was instrumental in developing the Chemical Engineering curriculum at NC State.
Harrelson Hall (named for former chancellor John William Harrelson) opens
Harrelson Hall, NC State's newest classroom building, opens to the public for the first time as part of the School of Agriculture's Open House. The building seats 3,429 people.
Adlai Stevenson visits
Adlai Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, delivers the first annual Harrelson Lecture at Reynolds Coliseum.
Mercury space capsule displayed
A Mercury space capsule, on loan from NASA, is one of the exhibits displayed at the annual Engineers' Fair.
Popularity of Bragaw Hall
171 students wait in line in front of the Student Housing Office to get rooms in Bragaw Hall for the following year.
Syme Dormitory pronunciation survey
Students discover that the correct pronunciation of "Syme" Dormitory, is "sim," and that is named after George Frederick Syme, a civil engineer who served as the first president of the Raleigh Engineers Club. Over half of the students surveyed thought the pronunciation was "sime."
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.
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.
Challenge issued to UNC students
Two NC State students challenge UNC students to a 55-mile walk-a-thon. If accepted, the students plan to leave at 2 pm on March 2nd, and hike throughout the night to the agreed location, where the winning team will be determined by the most walkers present throughout the race and completing it in under 20 hours. State students believe they will win.
Lady Bird Johnson visits
Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Vice President Lyndon Johnson, visits the School of Agriculture.
Escaped pig captured
A pig which escaped from the Animal Disease Lab is captured in the ladies' restroom in Winston Hall.
Protest over racial segregation
A group of NC State students join with students from Shaw University to protest racial segregation policies in effect at the State Theater on Salisbury Street.
Speaker Ban Bill passes
The Speaker Ban Bill passes through the NC House, prohibiting anyone with "known Communist ties" from speaking on any state-supported campus, including NC State.
Discontinuation of cigarette ads
A Technician article cites the recent discontinuation of cigarette ads placed in university publications, a result of efforts to reduce exposure of young persons to cigarettes.
Protective eyewear required in Chemistry labs
All Chemistry lab students must now wear protective eyewear, as voted on by the Chemistry Department, regardless of whether that student otherwise wears glasses.
Warning to students in Physics courses
The new head of the Physics Department, Dr. Dudley Williams, is glad to have joined NC State. He warns his students that sleeping in class merits a piece of chalk thrown directly at them.
National Association of State Departments meeting
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture hold a meeting at the Faculty Recreation Center. Members came from all over the U.S. and discussion ranged from hula girls to cheese.
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.
Stan Getz performs
Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Football game broadcast in Reynolds Coliseum
For the first time ever, an NC State football game is shown in Reynolds Coliseum via closed-circuit television.
Campus Pride Week
Campus Pride Week is created in an effort to urge students to walk on the sidewalks through campus and not on the grass. Some students, however, are caught ignoring these efforts put forth by the Student Government.
Burlington Labs maintenance
Sixty gallons of anti-freeze are put in the cooling tower for the reactor in Burlington Laboratory, added to keep the 250 gallons of water in the tower from freezing during the winter.
Status of Women Students report
The university produces, for the first time, a "Report on the Status of Women Students."
Inaugural Windhover released
The inaugural issue of The Windhover, NC State's annual literary and art magazine, is released.
Dorm '62 opens
"Dorm '62" is dedicated and opened to residents for the first time. The building would be renamed Lee Dormitory the following year.
First female dorm opens
Watauga Hall opens as NC State's first female dorm, marking the first time women are able to live on campus at NC State. All undergraduate single women are required to live there.
"Lady Bird Special" Whistle-stop Tour
President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson are accompanied by UNC System President William Friday at a Democratic presidential campaign rally held in Reynolds Coliseum. More than 14,000 attend the rally, with hundreds more outside. The rally was part of Mrs. Johnson’s whistle-stop tour through the South on the "Lady Bird Special."
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.
London Symphony performs
The London Symphony performs on campus as a part of the Friends of the College concert series. The orchestra received a standing ovation after their performance, playing music from Stravinsky, Vaughn, Mozart, and Brahms.
Women in science and engineering
Two female engineering students from NC State attend a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that discusses the opportunities and difficulties facing women in the fields of science and engineering.
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.
Everett Case resigns
Due to declining health, Men's Basketball coach Everett Case resigns. Case compiled a 379-134 record at NC State.
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.
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.
Rolling Stones perform
The Rolling Stones perform at Reynolds Coliseum. The Stones are joined by Patti LaBelle for the show.
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.
Martin Niemoller visits
Martin Niemoller, a German Lutheran pastor who was imprisoned in a concentration camp for his anti-Nazi views, gives a speech at Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union. Niemoller is perhaps best knows as the author of the poem "First they came..."
Bob Hope performs
Comedian Bob Hope performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Everett Case's funeral
A funeral is held for long-time Men's Basketball coach Everett Case; his last recruiting class of players serve as pallbearers.
Norm Sloan hired
Norman Sloan is 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), leaves the head coach position at the University of Florida to accept a 3-year contract at State that pays $12,000 annually.
First game in Carter Stadium
Carter Stadium opens as the football team takes on South Carolina; the stadium is dedicated during a halftime ceremony.
Live wolf mascot
Student government sold 25-cent shares to purchase a timber wolf, which was shown during the first game played at what became Carter-Finley Stadium. The animal howled, making it popular, but it was later discovered to be a coyote.
NC State student Wayne Mayfield is chosen as the most outstanding cadet of the AFROTC Field Training Unit at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Premier of 'The Flim Flam Man'
Raleigh's Cardinal Theater is the site of the Southern premier of 'The Flim Flam Man,' a new film based on a novel by NC State English professor Guy Owen. The film stars George C. Scott. Both the Technician and Dr. Owen express some degree of disappointment at how the film turned out.
The 1967 Freshman Football team finishes the season with a perfect 5-0 record.
70 NC State students take 70 children from the Governor Morehead School and Garner Road School (both schools for the blind) trick-or-treating, and then to the YMCA for hot chocolate afterward. For many of these children, this is their first-ever chance to participate in Halloween traditions.
Brigade of Guards perform
Two units of Queen Elizabeth II's Brigade of Guards (the Band of the Welsh Guards and the pipes, drums, and dancers of the Scots Guards) join forces for a "pageant" of music, marching, and dancing at Reynolds Coliseum.
Free Expression Tunnel conduct established
Rules are established by the Campus Welfare Committee concerning the painting of the Free Expression Tunnel. Any use of obscenity or vulgarity "will be considered a Campus Code offense" and untasteful remarks will be removed.
Longer library hours
D.H. Hill Library extends the closing hour from 11PM to 1AM.
Liberty Bowl victory
NC State defeats the University of Georgia in the Liberty Bowl, 14-7.
Academic College Bowl appearance
Students from NC State compete in the General Electric Academic College Bowl.
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.
Folksinger Bob Godfrey performs
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.
A group of students hold a rally to support better wages and working conditions for non-academic workers on campus. The protest is organized by the Society of Afro-American Culture and an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society calling themselves "The Group."
Willis Casey becomes Athletic Director
Willis Casey is promoted from Assistant Athletic Director to Athletic Director.
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.
5th Dimension performance
The 5th Dimension perform at Reynolds Coliseum.
Homecoming Queen candidates
David Mark Brown becomes one of 22 semi-finalists competing for the position of Homecoming Queen. Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Brown ran to promote higher campus interest in Homecoming.
Student Government passes a bill stating that students may place referendums on Student Senate election ballots by collecting signatures of at least 5% of the student body in favor of the referendum.
Tommy Burleson comes to State
7'3" high school All-American basketball player Tommy Burleson announces his decision to accept a scholarship offer to play for NC State. Burleson would go on to be a key member of NC State's 1974 National Championship team.
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.
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.
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.
Library addition passes inspection
The 11-story addition to the D.H. Hill Library (North Tower) passes inspection and is declared ready for opening.
A group of students donate over 3000 books to Raleigh Central Prison, completing a drive to collect books to provide prisoners with study materials for high school equivalency tests.
New dining options
Harris Cafeteria offers new $.99 dinners and $.89 breakfasts, each of which includes 1 entree, 2 vegetables, 2 rolls, 2 pieces of oleo, and a beverage.
Possible cap on enrollment
Consolidated University of North Carolina President William C. Friday announces that the NC State may need to put a ceiling on enrollment, unless more funding can be appropriated.
New Liberal Arts dean
Dr. Robert O. Tilman is appointed as the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts.
ACC Swimming championship
NC State wins the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming championship with the largest number of points ever scored, breaking seven swimming records in the process.
Library addition opens
The 11-story tower addition to the D.H. Hill Library (North Tower) opens.
Accolades for the Technician
The Technician receives its third consecutive "All-American" rating from the Associated Collegiate Press.
A snowstorm hits NC State, burying the campus in snow drifts.
Mile run record
Jim Wilkins of NC State sets a new time record of 4:01 in the individual mile run in Gainesville, Florida.
Technician joke explained
Technician editors finally explain what nematodes are, ending a 2-month series of nematode jokes which had run in the paper.
Cooking spaces approved for dorms
The Inter-Residence Council approves the construction of cooking spaces in all dorms, hoping to alleviate problems with students cooking illegally in their dorm rooms.
Student Government party
Free beer is offered during the first annual Student Government Coffee House Party, with no reported incidents.
Ralph Nader visits
Ralph Nader addresses over 800 people about the formation of a North Carolina Research Group (NC-PIRG) in the Union Ballroom.
Lou Holtz hired
Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.
Student Affairs watchdog
Dean of Student Affairs Banks Talley has been issued parking sticker A0007. When asked if he had any connection to James Bond, who is Agent 007, Talley replied that he is not a spy - though many students believe his office has spies everywhere.
Vienna Symphony performance
The Vienna Symphony perform in Reynolds Coliseum.
The second annual Pan-Afrikan Festival begins.
Technician wins award
The Technician is named the best newspaper in the Southeast during the 8th annual Southeastern College Newspaper Competition.
New mile run record
NC State student Jim Wilkins sets another record in the individual mile run in a meet against Wake Forest, breaking his own previous record from the year before.
Forestry Team championship
The NC State Forestry Team take home the championship at the annual Conclave, an event based around forestry skills such as logging, timer estimation, sawing, log rolling, etc.
NC State students join an anti-war protest on the steps of the State Capitol in response to the U.S. bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong in North Vietnam.
WKNC temporarily off the air
The college radio station WKNC announces it will go off the air for the remainder of the school year, due to an air conditioner failure in the studio.
Vietnam War protest
Over 1000 students march down Hillsborough Street from campus to the State Capitol to protest the Vietnam War, staging a rally on the capitol steps.
Fire in Bowen Hall
A fire originating form a fan causes $2500 in damage to Suite 602 in Bowen Residence Hall, making the room unusable for the rest of the semester.
David Frye visits
Comedian David Frye puts on a show at the Student Center Theatre.
Student housing shortage
A massive student housing shortage leaves 260 students without housing as classes begin.
NC State enrollment for the fall term hits a new record of 13,800.
Dedication of D.H. Hill Library North Tower
The original eleven-story bookstack tower (now the North Tower) of the D. H. Hill Library is dedicated. With the addition, the bookstacks are opened to all users (previously, the library had had closed bookstacks).
Cleveland Orchestra performance
The Cleveland Orchestra opens up the Friends of the College program at the Reynolds Colliseum with a performance in front of 21,000 people.
New football record
NC State quarterback Bruce Shaw passes for 294 yards against Wake Forest, breaking the team's previous record for single-game passing yardage.
An auction is held on campus selling off men to the service of women for one day, and raising $175 for the Morehead School of the Blind.
Peach Bowl victory
The NC State Football team beats West Virginia in the Peach Bowl, 49-13.
Walnut Room cafeteria opens
The University Student Center's Walnut Room cafeteria opens for the first time on this day at 11:30am.
NC State defeats Maryland, 76-74, in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament to win the conference championship. 7'4" junior center Tommy Burleson is named the ACC Tournament MVP. The wins caps an undefeated season for the Wolfpack at 27-0.
First female teaching award recipient
Dr. Mary Wheeler becomes the first female recipient of the NC State Outstanding Teacher Award.
Equal Opportunity Employment
NC State becomes an equal opportunity employer and enacts the Affirmative Action Plan.
The controversial film "Birth of a Nation" is shown in Stewart Theatre.
North Carolina Award for Science
Dr. Ellis Brevier Cowling is awarded the North Carolina Award for Science.
Lili Kraus performance
Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus performs on campus.
An International Fair is held in the Student Center, exposing students to cultures and customs from around the world.
Student body presidents from NC State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro publish a joint statement urging the impeachment of President Nixon, complete with 12 reasons why the proceedings should begin.
Alcohol is banned from Reynolds Coliseum.
Campus power failure
NC State's campus is plunged into a complete power failure for an hour and forty minutes, starting at 11:10pm. The failure was caused by faulty equipment.
Pool equipment malfunction
Swimmers warming up for the State vs. South Carolina swim meet jumped screaming from the pool as electric timers in the pool malfunctioned, shocking the swimmers.
An anti-death penalty rally is held on campus, lasting two days.
Uri Geller visits
Famed Israeli psychic Uri Geller puts on a show at the Stewart Theatre, bending keys with his mind.
University administration reverse their stance on streaking, banning the "sport" on campus due to the very high number of streakers running around campus causing havoc.
Victory over UCLA
En route to topping Marquette for NC State's first NCAA Men's Basketball championship, State beats UCLA 80-77, sparking a huge riot on Hillsborough Street.
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.
George Faison Universal Dance Experience visits
Stewart Theatre hosts the George Faison Universal Dance Experience.
A bomb threat targets Carmichael Gym, but no bomb is found.
Chancellor Caldwell retires
Dr. John T. Caldwell retires 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.
Joab Thomas becomes Chancellor
Joab L. Thomas becomes the ninth chancellor of NC State, serving through 1981. During his administration, enrollment at the university surpassed 20,000 students for the first time, and the College of Veterinary Medicine was established.
Women's Basketball game televised
The Wolfpack won the first women's basketball game televised in North Carolina. The team beat UNC-Chapel Hill 68-58.
Leonard Nimoy visits
Leonard Nimoy, famous for his role as Mr. Spock on the television show "Star Trek," speaks at Stewart Theatre.
Laundry detergent is dumped into the Student Center fountain, causing a mass of bubbles and a great deal of work for the maintenance crew.
Mike Cross performs
Mike Cross performs to a sold-out crowd at the Stewart Theatre, and gives a 20 minute encore.
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.
Student Government's "The Day" and the Inter-Residence Council's "Zoo Day" are combined (retaining the latter name), as a day for students to relax and take a break from the pressures of the end of the academic year. Zoo Day was held along Cates Avenue, offering a day of free beer, field games, and concerts.
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.
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.
Pep rally arrival by helicopter
First-year head football coach Monte Kiffin arrives at the first pep rally of the season in a helicopter.
A van called the "Meal Mobile" begins dispensing food around campus. The mobile snackbar is run by Food Services.
Elton John performance
Singer Elton John performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Jim Valvano's debut
NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.
Tribute to John Lennon
WKNC broadcasts silence for ten minutes as a tribute to John Lennon, who was murdered the previous week.
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.
Mel Blanc visits
Mel Blanc, legendary voice of cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig, gives a lecture at Stewart Theatre.
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.
Iranian student protest
Iranian students protest the execution of 50 people by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The students ask to remain anonymous for fear of losing their rights in Iran.
NCSU Libraries join the ARL
The NCSU Libraries become a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
The air conditioning system in Harrelson Hall breaks down, sending temperatures in some classrooms into the 90s.
NBA draft selections
All three seniors from NC State's 1983 national championship Men's Basketball team are selected in the NBA draft. Thurl Bailey is chosen 7th overall by the Utah Jazz, Sidney Lowe is chosen by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round, and Dereck Whittenburg is picked in the third round by the Phoenix Suns.
Centennial Campus established
North Carolina Governor (and NC State alumnus) James B. Hunt, Jr., allots the initial 355-acre parcel of land for the university’s Centennial Campus.
Windsurfing class offered
The Union Activities Board begins offering a class on windsurfing.
Technician entertainment writer Lee Johnson is unable to interview rock band Hüsker Dü following their show at The Brewery because his tape recorder was damaged during the show.
Worth Seagondollar interview
In an interview with the Technician, NC State physicist Worth Seagondollar recalls his work on the Manhattan Project; he was part of a team that calculated the first critical mass of plutonium. The interview is part of a special Technician issue dedicated to atomic power.
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.
Strolling Professor statue dedicated
The "Strolling Professor," a bronze statue in Gardner Arboretum that depicts chemistry professor William R. Johnson, was dedicated
Women's Soccer Win
The NCSU women’s soccer team defeated Erskine College 5-0.
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.
President George Bush visits
President Bush toured two labs used in microelectronics research and joined a roundtable discussion on the international competitiveness in high-tech industries.
African-American Cultural Center opens
Witherspoon Student Center; (formerly the Student Center Annex) following its completion, this building housed the African American Cultural Center, which included meeting space, a library, and a multipurpose room. In 1992, following months of student and faculty protests, NCSU administrators granted the African American Cultural Center an operating budget.
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."
The installation of a new irrigation system in the lawn next to the Student Center Annex (now called Witherspoon Student Center) results in a cut gas line, forcing the evacuation of Harris Hall, Pullen Hall, and the Student Center Annex.
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.
NBA draft selection
NC State basketball player Tom Gugliotta is selected by the Washington Bullets as the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft.
New dining options
Students welcome the addition of Taco Bell and Li'l Dino Subs to the University Student Commons.
Margaret A. Zahn becomes Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Margaret A. Zahn, nationally known for her studies on violence in the United States, becomes Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, located next to Carter-Finley Stadium, which will be the home of NC State Men's Basketball and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.
First game at the RBC Center
The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the RBC Center.
Passing of Carey Bostian
Former NC State Chancellor Carey Hoyt Bostian dies at the age of 93.
After an overtime football victory over Georgia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State students tear down a goalpost and carry it down Hillsborough Street towards campus, making it as far the Waffle House; the goalpost costs $5,000 to replace.
Track and Field national championship
NC State Track and Field athlete Kristin Price won the individual NCAA championship in the 10,000-meter event. She was a twelve-time All-American in track and cross country.
Kay Yow honored
NC State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Springfield, MA.
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.
Renovation of the East Wing completed
A major renovation of the east wing of the D. H. Hill Library is completed, featuring the Learning Commons, the Conservatory, the Special Collections Reading Room, and the Exhibit Gallery. The opening of the newly refurbished space coincides with the fifty-second anniversary of the dedication of the original building in 1955.
President Barak Obama visit
Presidential candidate Barak Obama appeared before a crowd at Reynolds Coliseum shortly after defeating rivals in the Democratic presidential primaries.
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.”
President Obama at rally
President Barak Obama spoke before an audience in Reynolds Coliseum. During the speech he promoted the American Jobs Act.
ASSIST Center established
The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) was established to create self-powered devices to help people monitor their health and understand how the surrounding environment affects it. With both the ASSIST and FREEDM centers, NC State become the only university with two NSF engineering research centers.