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January

31,

1893

Annie McCowen's birthday (her diary January 31, 1943)

April

01,

1889

Governor Job A. Cooper signed Senate Bill 104 to establish the State Normal School at Greeley

June

03,

1890

1st President: Thomas J. Gray.  Dr. Gray was selected by the Board of Trustees to serve as Principal of the State Normal School at Greeley with a salary of $3,000/year. On April 30, 1891, the Trustees changed his title from Principal to that of President when they adopted the trustee bylaws.

June

13,

1890

Cranford cornerstone laid

June

04,

1891

First commencement exercises held in Hunter Opera House on June 4, 1891 at 9:30a.m.

Twelve students graduated.

August

12,

1891

2nd President: Trustees elected Z. X. Snyder (1891-1915)

November

19,

1891

The Board of Trustees authorized President Snyder to establish a "model school"

January

22,

1907

Dr. Thomas Gray, 1st President (1890-1891), died at Tonopah, Nevada

June

05,

1911

Colorado Legislature passed an act to make the State Normal School at Greeley  the State Teachers College of Colorado

December

4

1914

Totem Teddy. Totem pole first appears on campus.

"Calendar.”  1915 Cache La Poudre, p. 104.

July

XX

1915

"Old Doc", the horse, replaced by a Colwell Roller and Motor Lawn Mower. "Old Doc" Displaced by Modern Machinery," Crucible, July 16, 1915, p. 1.

December

18,

1914

Totem Teddy.  First article about totem pole (later named Totem Teddy) appeared in the Christmas issue of The Crucible

Smith, Edwin B.  “The Totem Pole and Totemism.”  The Crucible, Vol. XXIII, No. 7, Dec. 18, 1914. pp. 151-153.

November

11,

1915

Dr. Z. X. Snyder, 2nd President (1891-1915) died & buried in Linn Grove Cemetery

August

31,

1916

3rd President: Dr. John Grant Crabbe (1916-1924)

February

28,

1919

Mirror. v.1 no.1

June

25

1923

"President of U.S. Pays Tribute to Teachers in Brief Address before Greeley Crowds Monday," Mirror, June 27, 1923, p. 1. (U.S. President Warren G. Harding).

November

24,

1923

First homecoming celebrated

January

30,

1924

President John Grant Crabbe, 3rd President (1916-1924), died in Greeley & buried in Linn Grove Cemetery

November

21,

1924

4th President: Dr. George Willard Frasier inaugurated (1924-1947)

January

25,

1928

Gunter Hall of Health dedicated

October

22,

1931

Administration Building renamed Cranford Hall (BOT)

October

22,

1931

Training School renamed Kepner Hall (BOT)

October

22,

1931

Home Economics building renamed Crabbe Hall (BOT)

October

22,

1931

#2 Building Men's Dormitory renamed Hays Hall (BOT)

February

07,

1933

Men's dormitory on East campus named Hadden Hall (BOT)

June

09,

1933

Board of Trustees authorized closure of driveway north of Gunter running from 8th to 10th Avenue (BOT)

June

09,

1933

Harry V. Kepner received the school's first honorary degree (Ed.D.)

June

20,

1934

Little Theatre of the Rockies first production. "The First Mrs. Frasier".

August

25,

1934

First doctorates awarded. Summer 1934 commencement. Doctor of Philosophy.

February

16,

1935

Act approved changing the name of the State Normal School at Greeley to the Colorado State College of Education at Greeley

April

17,

1936

President George W. Frasier announced names for three new women's residence halls (Snyder, Sabin and Tobey-Kendel) ("Four Women Honored in Dorm Naming," Mirror April 17, 1936, p. 1)

June

13,

1936

Residence halls dedicated (Sabin, Snyder, Tobey-Kendel). ("Residence Hall Dedicated June 13," Mirror, May 29, 1936, p. 1; "College Resident Halls Dedicated Saturday Night," Mirror, June 15, 1936, p. 1)

June

11,

1937

James A. Michener received MA in Secondary Education

May

30,

1940

Annie McCowen diary: "Memorial Day with half the world slaughtering human beings while the other half pay homage to the victims of previous slaughters."

June

13-17,

1940

Golden Anniversary Celebration

June

13,

1940

Leo Florio flag pole dedicated

June

14,

1940

Garden Theatre dedicated

June

28,

1940

New Library dedicated (later renamed Carter Hall)

June

30,

1940

Annie McCowen diary: "Memorial Day with half the world slaughtering human beings while the other half pay homage to the victims of previous slaughters."

October

15,

1942

President Frasier announced at faculty meeting that 800 secretaries and clerks (Army Air Force Clerical Training School) to be trained at CSCE. (McCowen diary)

December

12,

1942

Gas rations reduced to 4 1/2 gal./week (McCowen diary)

October

12,

1943

President Frasier announced closing of Army Air Force Clerical Training School. (McCowen diary)

December

17,

1943

There was a camp for 3000 German POWs nine miles west of Greeley on the Loveland road. (McCowen diary)

June

31,

1946

Greeley Tribune announced year round operation of the Little Theatre of the Rockies

November

26,

1946

College closed indefinitely because of coal strikes. (McCowen diary. Strike called off December 7, 1946.)

April

03,

1947

In a faculty meeting, George Frasier announced his resignation as President.  He had been president for 24 years. (McCowen diary)

August

14,

1947

George Willard Frasier received honorary degree, Sc.D.

June

23,

1948

5th President: William Robert Ross inaugurated (1947-1964)--Colorado State College of Education

September

24,

1948

The cost for meals served in the Faculty Club went up to $1 each. (McCowen diary)

June

07,

1950

First commencement at which an USMC officer was commissioned

September

XX,

1951

Air Force ROTC established at CSCE

March

14,

1951

First winter quarter commencement held

May

03,

1951

Guggenheim fire

May

27,

1953

First commencement at which an AFROTC officer was commissioned

June

02,

1953

Elizabeth Lehr (Bishop-Lehr) went to London, England, and paid $90 for her seat to view the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. (McCowen diary)

January

01,

1954

Frasier Hall dedicated

January

15,

1954

First theatrical presented in Frasier Hall. "Point of No Return".

May

18,

1955

Annie McCowen went to the Sterling Theater in Greeley to see "Bridges at Toko-Ri"

February

11,

1957

Act approved changing the name of the Colorado State College of Education at Greeley to Colorado State College

May

13,

1962

Bishop-Lehr Hall dedicated

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XX

1963

McCowen Hall completed

May

30,

1965

6th President: Darrell Holmes inaugurated (1964-1971)

August

01,

1965

Dedication of the William Robert Ross Hall of Science

November

06

1966

Harrison Hall dedicated

May

28,

1967

Constance Trimmer (author Connie Willis) graduated with a BA English/Elementary Education

February

01,

1968

Colorado State College Library began using the Library of Congress rather than the Dewey classification system

Summer

XX

1968

The College of Business Administration was established

March

27,

1969

McKee Hall of Education dedicated

January

06,

1970

Library Classroom Building (Michener) fire

January

17,

1970

Student protest in Gunter Hall intended to prevent wrestling match between UNC and BYU

April

14,

1970

Act approved changing the name of Colorado State College to the University of Northern Colorado

April

30

1970

KCBL-FM became KUNC at midnight on April 30, 1970 at the same time that CSC became UNC.

May

01,

1970

Name of school as University of Northern Colorado effective

October

30,

1971

7th President: Richard Bond inaugurated (1971-1981)

June

16,

1972

Cranford Hall demolition--last day

October

27,

1972

James A. Michener received honorary L.H.D. degree

October

27,

1972

University Library (Michener) dedicated

May

10,

1973

Genevieve Lawrenson Hall dedicated

October

14,

1973

Mariani Gallery dedicated in Guggenheim

August

04,

1974

Lindou Auditorium dedicated in Michener Library

February

04,

1975

Butler-Hancock Hall dedicated

March

13,

1976

Foundation Hall dedicated

March

XX,

1980

Music Library moved from Carter to basement of McKee

October

01,

1981

8th President: Robert C. Dickeson (1981-1991)

March

07,

1983

William Ross, 5th President (1947-1964) died

Summer

XX

1986

Helen Langworthy Theatre dedicated

August

31,

1988

Academic year calendar based on semesters rather than quarters implemented

October

05,

1989

Rededication of Lawrenson Hall

June

13,

1990

Cranford Park dedicated

October

13,

1990

Leo Florio Flagpole rededicated

March

26,

1991

Ross Hall Laboratory wing dedicated

October

07,

1992

9th President: Herman Lujan inaugurated (1992-1996)

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XX

1996

Gunter Hall renovated

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XX

1996

Nottingham Field completed

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XX

1996

Campus Recreation Center opened

July

01,

1996

10th President: Howard M. Skinner (1996-1998)

September

20,

1996

Gunman slain while holding hostages in McCowen

December

14,

1996

Football team won Division II National Championship

October

17,

1997

Music Library building dedicated (renamed Skinner Music Library on May 6, 2005)

December

13,

1997

Football team won Division II National Championship

July

01,

1998

11th President: Hank Brown (1998-2002)

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XX

1999

The Xerix Demonstration Garden was completed in 1999. The project began 10 years before. The concept of this garden is to demonstrate what various types of low water use plants look like in the landscape.

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XX

1999

Cassidy Hall completed.

July

XX

1999

The name of the College of Business Administration was changed to the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business

October

22,

1999

Hansen-Willis and Scott-Willcoxon Halls dedicated

February

18,

2001

Dr. Darrell Holmes, 6th President (1964-1971) died in his hometown, Blanco, Texas

May

10,

2002

Trustees voted to move UNC athletics to Division I

July

01,

2002

12th President: Kay Norton (2002-  )

August

XX

2002

Arlington Park Apartments completed. It featured a renovation of the original

October

20,

2003

Totem Teddy repatriation ceremonies held on UNC campus

May

06,

2005

Music Library renamed Skinner Music Library, honoring Dr. Howard Skinner

October

01,

2005

Presidents Row ( Bond Hall, Dickeson Hall, Lujan Hall, Brown Hall), 19th Street and 9th Avenue, dedicated.

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XX

2008

McCowen Hall demolished