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Timeline for Welcome Week 2022, Student Life

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1880s

1889 Pullen Literary Society founded

This student organization frequently engaged in formal debates with the Leazar Literary Society. It remained active until the early 1930s.

1890s

1892 First international student enrolls

Cuban Jose Fabio Santo Trigo becomes the first international 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.

President Alexander Q. Holladay and the first graduating class, 1893President Alexander Q. Holladay and the first graduating class, 1893
1895 Sigma Nu becomes first fraternity

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

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.

1898 First Asian Graduate

Teisaku Sugishita of Japan graduates with a degree in Civil Engineering, becoming the first Asian student to receive a degree from NC State. Sugishita enrolled in 1894.

College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Class of 1898College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Class of 1898

1900s

4/13/1903 Dramatic Club performance

The A&M College Dramatic Club presents the play "She Stoops to Conquer."

Cast of She Stoops to ConquerCast of She Stoops to Conquer

1910s

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.

Monogram Club, 1933-1934Monogram Club, 1933-1934
1918 First All-American athlete

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

A & M College football player John H. RippleA & M College football player John H. Ripple

1920s

1921-1922 Averette Gaston Floyd

First Student Body President

Averette Floyd, 1922Averette Floyd, 1922
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.

1925 Textile Exposition and Style Show

The School of Textiles hosted the inaugural Textile Exposition and Style Show. Students organized style shows to display their fabric designs. Students from local women's colleges participated in the event by creating fashions from fabrics made by NC State students and by modeling for the shows. These popular style shows were held in Pullen Hall. After the show, the audience and contestants visited Tompkins Hall to attend the NC State College Textile ... More

Textile Exposition and Style Show held at the Textile School, North Carolina State College, Raleigh, April 10-11, 1929.Textile Exposition and Style Show held at the Textile School, North Carolina State College, Raleigh, April 10-11, 1929.
10/15/1925 D. H. Hill Jr. Library in Brooks Hall

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library (in what later became Brooks Hall) was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the first faculty member to oversee the library.

Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926
2/26/1927 First female Phi Kappa Phi member

Jane S. McKimmon becomes the first female inducted into NC State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Jane S. McKimmonDr. Jane S. McKimmon
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.

Charlotte Ruth Nelson portraitCharlotte Ruth Nelson portrait

1930s

1930 First woman to enroll as a freshman

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

1930 Sam Gurneau

Gurneau (part Ojibwe) was a star athlete in football, basketball, track, and wrestling. He intercepted and ran 65 yards for a touchdown versus Carolina in November 1930.

Program, Football, North Carolina State versus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 31 October 1931Program, Football, North Carolina State versus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 31 October 1931
5/13/1939 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.

Pushball GamePushball Game

1940s

10/13/1947 New intramurals announced

Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.

Boxing match, 1937Boxing match, 1937

1950s

September 1956 First African American Undergraduates

The first four African American undergraduates enrolled at North Carolina State College: Ed Carson, Manuel Crockett, Irwin Holmes, and Walter Holmes.

1957 First Integrated Athletic Team

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

Irwin Holmes on tennis courtIrwin Holmes on tennis court
10/1959 First sorority

Gamma Phi chapter of the Sigma Kappa sorority was established. This was the first active chapter of a national sorority at NC State. They held their first pledge dance at the Carolina Hotel on 14 March 1960.

N.C. State sorority pledges, Sigma Kappa (Gamma Phi Chapter)N.C. State sorority pledges, Sigma Kappa (Gamma Phi Chapter)

1960s

1960 First African American Athletics Team Captain

Irwin Holmes became co-captain of the tennis team, making him the first African American athletics team captain at NC State.

4/30/1963 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.

Technician, Vol. 47 No. 76 [Vol. 43 No. 76], May 1, 1963Technician, Vol. 47 No. 76 [Vol. 43 No. 76], May 1, 1963
1966 First African American Woman Undergraduate Degree Recipient

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

1967 Al Heartley

Heartley was one of the first African Americans on the basketball team. In 1969 he became 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).

Guard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketballGuard Al Heartley, N.C. State University basketball
12/4/1967 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.

Free Expression TunnelFree Expression Tunnel
1968 Ed Leftwich

Leftwich was recruited to the basketball team. He was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.

Ed Leftwich, N. C. StateEd Leftwich, N. C. State
1969 First African American Student Senate President

Eric Moore became the first African American Student Senate President.

Chancellor John T. Caldwell posing with North Carolina State University student government officials, including Eric N. Moore, at Memorial Bell TowerChancellor John T. Caldwell posing with North Carolina State University student government officials, including Eric N. Moore, at Memorial Bell Tower
1969 First African American Football Scholarship Recipient

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

North Carolina State University defensive linemen Clyde Chesney (88) and George Smith (66)North Carolina State University defensive linemen Clyde Chesney (88) and George Smith (66)
2/28/1969 Student Rally

A group of students hold a rally to support better wages and working conditions for non-academic Physical Plant 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."

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.

John T. Caldwell portraitJohn T. Caldwell portrait

1970s

1970 First African American Miss NCSU

Mary Evelyn Porterfield elected first African American Miss NCSU. In an interview with the Technician following her selection as homecoming queen, Porterfield stated, "If I had been the first black homecoming queen ever at a university of this size, I think it would have weighed much more heavily on my emotions, but to me, by this time, it seems as ordinary as would have been any selection. I think State is three years behind in the trend . . . I realize that ... More

Homecoming Queen Mary Evelyn Porterfield with escort Michael Brown and Alumni Affairs director Bryce YountsHomecoming Queen Mary Evelyn Porterfield with escort Michael Brown and Alumni Affairs director Bryce Younts
1970-1971 Cathy Sterling

First female Student Body President

Cathy Sterling, first woman student body president at North Carolina State UniversityCathy Sterling, first woman student body president at North Carolina State University
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.

North Carolina State University fullback Stan Fritts, fullback Charley Young, running back Roland Hooks, and running back Willie BurdenNorth Carolina State University fullback Stan Fritts, fullback Charley Young, running back Roland Hooks, and running back Willie Burden
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.

Cambodian convocation on the BrickyardCambodian convocation on the Brickyard
1971 First African American Fraternity

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

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity group portraitAlpha Phi Alpha fraternity group portrait
3/22/1971 Pan Afrikan Festival

The first Pan Afrikan Festival began and continued until April 2 that year. The festival featured lectures by C. T. Vivian and other speakers, as well as musical performances. This has been an annual event since then.

Dancers at Pan-African festivalDancers at Pan-African festival
4/14/1971 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.

International students cooking togetherInternational students cooking together
4/16/1972 Student protest

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.

Students protesting in Washington, DCStudents protesting in Washington, DC
4/21/1972 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.

Student marching down street with peace signsStudent marching down street with peace signs
6/1972 Talley Student Center opens

The Talley Student Center opened in June 1972 (shown here before the installation of the fountain and courtyard). It replaced the Erdahl-Cloyd building (now the west wing of D.H. Hill Jr. Library) as the campus student center.

Talley Student Center front viewTalley Student Center front view
1973 Basketball club organized for women

Kathy Bounds, Deb Webb, and Genie Jordan organize a basketball club for women.

Womens Intramural BasketballWomens Intramural Basketball
April 13, 1973 Tuscarora Protest

NC State students participated in a march to the State Capitol with Tuscarora Indians. The Technician student newspaper reported they were protesting changes in Robeson County schools, the lack of federal recognition, and the state's misidentification of Tuscarora as Lumbee. The Tuscarora protestors spent the night at the Baptist Student Center before marching to the State Capitol.

Tuscarora Indian Protest marchersTuscarora Indian Protest marchers
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.

1974-1975 N.C. State University women's basketball team1974-1975 N.C. State University women's basketball team
3/23/1974 On the way to the NCAA championship

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.

Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.Moe Rivers (10) and Tim Stoddard (42) guarding Bill Walton during North Carolina State University's 80-77 win over UCLA in a 1974 NCAA basketball tournament semi-final game at Greensboro, N.C., March 23.
1975 First African American Sorority

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

Sisters of Delta Sigma Theta during a step showSisters of Delta Sigma Theta during a step show
4/14/1978 Blue Jeans Day

Gay and lesbian students at NC State celebrated National Gay Blue Jeans Day. Signs in the Free Expression Tunnel advertising the event were defaced.

Technician, Vol. 58 No. 80, April 14, 1978Technician, Vol. 58 No. 80, April 14, 1978

1980s

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.

Wolf weddingWolf wedding
2/4/1982 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.

1987-1988 Kevin Howell

Howell was the first African American to serve as Student Body President. He was a political science major. After graduation, he eventually became the university's primary liaison with state and local governments. In 2016 he became the senior vice president for external affairs of the UNC System.

Kevin Howell, 1988Kevin Howell, 1988
1988 African American Student Leaders Hold Meeting

Black student leaders gathered at the Student Center to discuss campus issues. The low graduation rate for black students, the lack of African American faculty members and athletic administrators, and the discriminatory discipline practices within the athletics department were problems cited by black leaders during this meeting.

10/27/1988 First Take Back the Night March

NC State's first Take Back the Night march and rally was held to protest violence against women. This has been an annual event since.

Women students at Take Back the Night marchWomen students at Take Back the Night march
1989 Lesbian and Gay Student Union

The Lesbian and Gay Student Union was a student group, not an office or building, and it was also known as the Lesbian/Gay Student Union. It came into existence in 1989 and was active until 1996. It may have been the first gay and lesbian student group to receive appropriations from Student Government.

Agromeck 1989Agromeck 1989

1990s

1990 1st Annual Pow Wow

The Native American Student Association sponsored NC State's first Annual Pow Wow. Every year after, the event has featured Native American culture, including food, dress, and especially dance.

NC State's Native American Student Association Pow WowNC State's Native American Student Association Pow Wow
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.

Dr. Iyailu Moses and other  woman at the opening of the African American CenterDr. Iyailu Moses and other woman at the opening of the African American Center
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 ... More

Nubian Message, November 30, 1992Nubian Message, November 30, 1992
3/3/1994 Anti-Hate Rally

Several student groups organized an anti-hate rally in Harris Field in response to recent rapes on campus, sexual harassment in classrooms, racist remarks from professors, and anti-gay messages in the Free Expression Tunnel.

Students attending anti-hate rallyStudents attending anti-hate rally
1996 Twenty-four hour library

The NCSU Libraries begins twenty-four hour service (Sunday through Thursday), funded by university tuition-increase revenue that faculty advocated be allocated to the Libraries.

Overhead shot of students in libraryOverhead shot of students in library
1998-1999 Jenny Chang

First Asian American woman Student Body President

Jenny Chang with Student Government members, 1999Jenny Chang with Student Government members, 1999
November 10, 1998 Native American 10 Commandments

The Society of Native American Culture published the Native American 10 Commandments in the Technician.

Technician, Vol. 79 No. 47, November 10, 1998Technician, Vol. 79 No. 47, November 10, 1998

2000s

August 17, 2001 1st Annual Native American Symposium

The Technician reported that the Native American Symposium offered information for incoming freshmen, including information on navigating campus.

2001 Native American Symposium schedule2001 Native American Symposium schedule
10/2004 Students Protest Appropriations for African American Clubs

African American students participated in a sit-in at a Student Senate meeting to express concern for the lack of funding for African American organizations. Out of $40,000 of appropriations, African American organizations received a mere $755. The Student Senate agreed to send the bill back to committee for re-evaluation.

2/9/2005 Somos Estrellas

Mi Familia and SHPE presented a Latin American cultural variety show called "Somos Estrellas" in Stewart Theatre.

Guitar duet on stage for "Somos... Estrellas" eventGuitar duet on stage for "Somos... Estrellas" event
2008 Native American Culture Night

Native American Culture Night became an annual event sponsored by the Native American Student Association.

Woman in traditional dress at Native American Culture NightWoman in traditional dress at Native American Culture Night

2010s

2017-2018 Jackie Gonzalez (President), Mia Connell (Vice President)

Jackie Gonzalez was the first Latinx person to be voted Student Body President. She and Vice President Mia Connell formed the first woman-of-color team to be elected into the highest Student Government offices.

Jackie GonzalezJackie Gonzalez