This Month in NC State History (May) Timeline
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jimmy Dorsey visits
Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra performs at a dance sponsored by the Interfraternity Council.
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.
First annual Livestock Day
State College's new dairy barns are dedicated as part of the college's first annual Livestock Day.
Technician presents a special Spring Fashion issue
Campus buildings named
All dorms, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom buildings on campus are given official names for the first time.
Old Faithful whistle replaced
The whistle had indicated class changes and mealtimes, and it was also used to warn students of campus fires.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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 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.
First African-American female masters' degree recipient
Hazel Virginia Clark receives a master's degree in Occupational Information and Guidance, becoming the first African-American woman to receive a master's degree from NC State.
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.
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."
Inaugural Windhover released
The inaugural issue of The Windhover, NC State's annual literary and art magazine, is released.
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 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.
NCSU Libraries join the ARL
The NCSU Libraries become a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
Windsurfing class offered
The Union Activities Board begins offering a class on windsurfing.
Strolling Professor statue dedicated
The "Strolling Professor," a bronze statue in Gardner Arboretum that depicts chemistry professor William R. Johnson, was dedicated
President Barak Obama visit
Presidential candidate Barak Obama appeared before a crowd at Reynolds Coliseum shortly after defeating rivals in the Democratic presidential primaries.
First woman appointed full professor in College of Textiles
Cynthia Istook became the first woman appointed full professor in the College of Textiles.