This Month in Radford History


Founders HallAugust 9, 1913:  The Administration Building, later known as Founders Hall, was dedicated as the first major construction on Radford’s campus. 

August, 1924:  Allegayniana (“Day of All Joy”) Festivities began when faculty and students had an all-day festival on the last day of summer quarter. 

August, 1936: Hattie Mae Partlow was the first student to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree.

August, 1983:  The Board of Visitors approved RU athletes to compete at the NCAA Division I level.

August 21, 1983: The Big South Conference was formed and included Radford University as a charter member.

August, 2001: Radford University was honored by USA Today/NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Awards as one of the national leaders in Division I Graduation Rates.

August 28, 2003: The Board of Visitors passed a resolution naming the new $5.5 million outdoor stadium the Patrick D. Cupp Stadium in memory of Cupp for his commitment to the region’s higher education, economic development and for his philanthropic support. 

August, 2005:  Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center was opened in honor of Dean of Students, Bonnie Hurlburt ‘58. 

August, 2008:  Radford graduate Goran Nava established a new Serbian national record in the 1500 meter event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

August, 2008:  U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 Guide to America’s Best Colleges ranked Radford University 14th among public master’s universities in the south. 

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