This Month in Radford History


March 10, 1910: Radford University was established as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford.

March, 1914: The first school song, The Alma Mater, was written by Florence Campbell Baird, a member of the Radford’s original faculty.

March 1, 1914: The Student Government Association was originally activated. The SGA adopted its first recorded constitution in 1917-1918.

March 27, 1914: Name change to “State Normal School for Women at Radford.”

March 21, 1967: The bid opening date for Radford’s high-rise dormitory, Muse Hall, was scheduled.

Donald N. DedmonMarch 20, 1972: Dr. Donald Newton Dedmon (right) assumed duties as Radford’s fourth president.

March 5, 1973: The first Honorary Doctorate (in Business Administration) was presented to John W. Stanley, Rector of the Board of Visitors.

March 18, 1978: The first lacrosse game was held, resulting in a Radford College victory over Emory & Henry.

March 2, 1979: Name change to “Radford University.”

March 11, 1982: The School of Nursing was created at Radford University.

March 19, 1983: New York artist and Roanoke native, Dorothy Gillespie was recognized at a reception for her generosity in donating and acquiring a total of 30 works of art to inaugurate plans for a new art gallery in Powell Hall.

March 1, 1995: “Doc” Severinsen, a big band leader, trumpeter, and former NBC Orchestra band leader of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, performed on campus.

March 13, 1998: The men’s basketball team captured its first Big South Championship in 1998, leading to a tip-off with Duke at the Rupp Arena.

March 4, 2008: The Highlanders Men’s Tennis Team entered the ITA Division I rankings for the first time in school history at 59th and stayed ranked throughout the 2008 campaign.

March 19, 2009: The men’s basketball team traveled to Greensboro, N.C., to take on the UNC Tar Heels in the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Highlanders claimed a championship at the Big South Tournament held at the Dedmon Center.

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