This Month in Radford History


Jan. 11, 1892: Dr. Mary Ledger “M’Ledge” Moffett (right) was born. In 1920 she was named Dean of Women, becoming the first female dean in Virginia.

January 26, 1921: The first student newspaper, called the Grapurchat, was issued.

January 1, 1938: Dr. David Wilbur Peters assumed duties as Radford’s second president.

January 14, 1950: Radford’s Cotillion Club opened the 50’s decade and the winter social season sponsoring the Silver Wonderland Dance. Music for the occasion was provided by the V.M. I. Commanders of Lexington.

January 17, 1952: Dr. Charles Knox Martin, Jr. was inaugurated as Radford’s third president.

January 8, 1958: Charlotte Caldwell Giesen NP '25 joined the Virginia state legislature as the first woman Republican elected to the House of Delegates. She represented the City of Radford and Montgomery County.

January, 1982: General William C. Westmoreland visited Radford University.

January, 1982: RU women's soccer star Helen Negrey was named Radford’s first Soccer All-American by the NSCAA.

January 1, 2000: The University was diligent and thorough in the preparation of its management information systems and utilities systems for the Millennium, year 2000 (Y2K).

January 18, 2004: Student Ena Scott was surprised by Oprah’s Wildest Dreams Come True team to be a guest on the show where she met her idol, Tina Turner.

January 20, 2006: The NCAA announced that Radford University was the only Division I school to reach 100 percent in the NCAA Graduation Success Rates for the time period 1995-1998.

January 14, 2008: Classes began for the newly-adopted 14-week semester.

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