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The details of Bowling Green State Universityâ€™s past provide the foundation for the excellence yet to come. 100 Facts for 100 Years | 1910-2010
The first classes
at Bowling Green
Normal College convened in September 1914; however, none of the buildings on campus were completed. The Armory Building at East Wooster and Prospect streets was used three days a week and on alternate days classes were held in Toledo.
To accommodate its post-World War II student growth, the University acquired 80 trailer houses and installed them at the present site of Overman Hall. Married students rented these trailers for $16 per month and formed a community known as Falcon Heights. The trailers were removed in 1950.
During the 1940s, BGSU became the second state university to own an airport, a purchase that doubled the size of the campus from 105 to 225 acres. It was originally called Bricker Field, named for Gov. John W. Bricker.
In 1968 the
Firelands campus was recognized as
a branch of BGSU. The original two buildings on the Huron campus were the classroom building and a library.
The oldest building on main campus is the Educational Memorabilia Center or
Little Red Schoolhouse,
which was built near Norwalk in 1875 and moved to BGSU in 1976.
BGNCâ€™s first baseball game was played May 2, 1918, with the Normals of BG winning in the 9th inning over Defiance 4-3. The field at that time was on the site of the current Education Building.
Administration Building is the tallest
building on campus at
on its west face;
Offenhauer West is 126.5 feet and Jerome Library is 115.5 feet tall.
Johnston Hall was built in 1942 and named after Dr. H.J. Johnston, a Tontogany physician and member of the University Board of Trustees from 1920-35 and 1939-45; it originally was built as the University Hospital.
Co-ed housing was introduced to the campus in 1972.
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Men and women were assigned to alternate floors in Darrow Hall.
Oak Grove Cemetery was located on the outskirts of town in 1873. As the University grew, the cemetery became central to the campus, and it was common for funeral processions to be part of the campus scene.
The first place on campus to sell
was the Cardinal Room in the Student Union.
Dave Wottle won the Olympic gold medal in the 800-meter run in 1972. He is well remembered for his famous hat, now located in the Track and Field Hall of Fame in West Virginia.
Hanna Hall was originally built in 1921 as an elementary training school. It was remodeled in 1959 and dedicated to State Representative Myrna Reece Hanna, co-author of the bill that changed Kent and BG normal schools to colleges in 1929.
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The Carillon Tower,
located in the mall area between the Education Building and the library, is 55 feet tall. It was a gift from the class of 1978.
Kohl Hall, the first residence hall built for men and the first building named for a faculty member, was completed in
Dress codes were enforced in the early years of BGSU; even up to the mid â€™60s they prohibited women from wearing jeans except on the first floor of the Student Union.
Freddie Falcon, Bob Taylor,
appeared at the BGSU and Ohio University basketball game
January 16, 1950.
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The Blizzard of
was termed a â€œstorm of unprecedented magnitudeâ€? by the National Weather Service, closing the University, businesses and also the Ohio Turnpike.
The first three buildings on the 88-acre campus were the Administration Building (University Hall), the North Dormitory (Williams Hall) and the Science Building (Moseley Hall).
BGSU was the only state institution in Ohio that stayed open following the May 1970 Kent State shootings.
When Jerome Library was dedicated in 1967, it held 500,000 books and government documents and had the capacity for 640,000 books and a seating capacity of 2,300 people. Today, the library has holdings of more than 5 million, including volumes, microform pieces, e-journals, e-books, databases and print periodical subscriptions.
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(married couples who are both BGSU alumni) are found in 10,565 homes nationwide.
Icosahedron is a glass sculpture by Dominick Labino located near the entrance of the Mathematical Sciences Building. It is a 20-sided geometric figure made up entirely of triangles, specifically equilateral triangles.
The College of Business Administration was accredited in 1954.
BGâ€™s first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament was in 1959. BG played Marquette and was defeated 89-71 in a game played at the University of Kentucky.
Prout Chapel was built in 1951 after some students asked administrators to construct a church on campus where they could worship.
In 1993, BGSU trustees voted to make BGSU the first nonsmoking campus in Ohio.
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Dance Marathon has raised more than $2 million (as of 2009) since it started in 1995.
ESPN College Game Day was hosted at BGSU when the Falcons played Northern Illinois on Oct. 25, 2003.
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The largest private gift in BGSU history to date is
$8 million from the Kermit and Mary Lu Stroh family of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
BGSUâ€™s hockey team won the 1984 national hockey championship in quadruple overtime.
Under the leadership of Coach Doyt Perry, the BGSU Falcon football team
won a national championship (for small universities) in 1959.
BGSUâ€™s Music and Sound Recordings Archives has more than 1 million holdings and is used by Time-Lifeâ€™s greatest hits of the decades and by movie and television producers seeking background music.
Beginning in 1948, a peace pipe trophy was awarded annually to the team that won the BGSU vs. University of Toledo game. The first trophy, which was awarded at a basketball game, was a six-foot long wooden peace pipe. The original one disappeared.
BGSUâ€™s nursing program began in 1971.
BGSUâ€™s first football game was Oct. 3, 1919, vs. Toledo at the BG Ridge Street School field (Toledo 6, BG 0)
was held at a 1922 football game.
Administration Building was dedicated in 1972.
The Painted Pig — a football painted half in BG’s brown and orange and half in Kent State’s blue and gold— was started in the 1950s and was awarded to the winning “sister school.”
In 1910, the city of Bowling Green was picked as the site for the teaching school because the proposed location had ample shade trees and the town was â€œdryâ€? and did not have saloons.
The Falconâ€™s Nest officially opened Oct. 25, 1941, and the BG News held a naming contest.
orange and brown—
School colors —
were chosen in 1915. Industrial arts professor Leon Winslow was said to have seen the colors on a woman’s hat on the interurban railway.
In 1958, the original Falconâ€™s Nest flew the coop from campus. The log cabin building was trucked through downtown Bowling Green to Portage, where it is located to this day, serving as an American Legion Hall.
The first yearbook was published in 1918.
Harshman Quadrangle residents participated in a contest to name the four halls using the letters A through D. Winners were Sherwood Anderson, Louis Bromfield, John (Johnny Appleseed) Chapman and Paul Laurence Dunbar.
The Country Life Club started the college newspaper, the
Bee Gee News, in 1920.
BGSU’s first football victory–Nov. 6, 1920, vs. Kent State @ Kent (BG 7, Kent 0)
Five Sisters and Skol were the first sororities on campus.
The yearbook was named
in 1924 when Coach McCandles referred to the annual as “a key used to unlock his past.”
Sentinel-Tribune sports editor Ivan â€œDocâ€? Lake, who was also an alumnus, suggested the University change its nickname from the Normals to the Falcons, after the fighting bird.
Menâ€™s Glee Club organized in 1932.
BG became a state university in May 1935.
In 1944, female students were forbidden to ride in automobiles except by the permission of the Dean of Students.
Sic Sic Sic Sic was founded by
President Frank J. Prout in
The Black Student Union was formed in 1969.
Post-war enrollment (1947-48) included 1,875 veterans and 2,869 non veterans.
In 1967, WBGU-TV began broadcasting.
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Eva Marie Saint and Dr. Paul D. Woodring were selected to receive the Universityâ€™s first Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Alumni Association.
The first doctor of philosophy degrees were awarded to English majors Linda W. Wagner and
Walter C. Daniel during January 1963 commencement.
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The Campus Fact Line answered its first call in 1971. It was started as a rumor-control service, and became a trusted and valuable source of information.
The Universityâ€™s first speech and hearing clinic
opened in 1938.
Moore Musical Arts Center opened in 1979.
BGSUâ€™s Center for the Study of Popular Culture was the first in the nation, founded in 1967 by Dr. Ray Browne. Browne and BGSU were known worldwide, appearing in publications from People to Rolling Stone.
The largest crowd to squeeze into Anderson Arena for a basketball game was in 1971, when 5,918 people attended the Jan. 16 game against Miami.
In 1972 Sid Sink
, , an All-American in cross country, set an American record of 8:26.4 in the 3,000-meter steeplechaseâ€“ only five seconds off the world mark.
Mileti Alumni Center, named after alumnus Nick Mileti,
opened in 1976.
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The city of Bowling Green and/or BGSU have been the stopping point for a number of current or â€œsoon-to-beâ€? presidents. The list includes Warren G. Harding, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
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Lillian and Dorothy Gish were honored in 1983 with the naming of Gish Theater.
Students turned out to the polls in droves in November 1984, when they rallied to oppose legislation to raise the legal drinking age to 21.
The Photochemical Sciences Center was established in 1985.
All residence halls were wired for Ethernet connections to the Internet in 1997.
BG 24 News was founded in 1992.
Scott Hamilton received an honorary degree in 1994.
The BGSU Womenâ€™s basketball team made it to the NCAA Basketball Sweet 16 in 2007.
The spirit song, “Ay Ziggy Zoomba,” was brought to BGSU by Gilbert Fox in 1946 and later sung in the 1968 movie “Paper Lion” by BGSU alumnus and Detroit Lions football player Mike Weger.
Tim (Tom) Conway was part of a comedy duo on a weekday morning campus radio broadcast.
BGSU appeared on the nationally televised
“GE College Bowl” in 1964.
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McFall Center, which once housed the library, is located over a capped natural gas well that served the library and the Wooster House.
Dr. John Paul Scott, who taught psychology at BGSU from 1965-80, received international
acclaim for research done at the Mercer Road Animal Research Center, nicknamed the Dog Lab.
A Dutch windmill on Clough Street has been a unique landmark in Bowling Green; first intended to pump water for a fountain in the adjacent pond, the windmill instead was used to camouflage a smokestack and later served as housing.
BGSU played a role in saving the
M i n g o language.
Among BGSUâ€™s greatest basketball performances was the game against Loyola in 1963, featuring the dominating duo of Butch Komives and Nate Thurmond.
The Womenâ€™s Gymnasium, constructed in 1939 with Public Works Administration funds, provided female students a place to participate in physical exercise. It is now part of the Eppler Complex.
the University Bake Shop, which was located near Kohl Hall, had a weekly output of 480 cakes, 420 pies, 420 dinner rolls, 1,200 pizza crusts, 960 hoagie buns, 180 pans of brownies and 420 Danishes.
BGSU claimed the 2003 recycling championship by collecting 1,000 tons of recyclables, or an average of 52.5 pounds of recyclables per on-campus person.
Electric Falcon race car
was unveiled in 1994.
Video games became the rage in 1981. Students dropped 9,000 quarters a week in the gamesâ€™ slots at the Student Union.
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BGSU footballâ€™s first bowl game was the
Mercy Bowl played on Thanksgiving Day in 1961 at the
Los Angeles Coliseum against Fresno State (Fresno 36, BG 6).
The basement of Moseley Hall was home to a dairy herd management class where students received hands-on opportunities as part of their classroom experience.
The original design of
contained almost 1.25 miles of windows (6,380 feet).
35,000 people attended the Poe Ditch Music Festival June 2, 1975, held at Doyt Perry Stadium.
BGSUâ€™s National Drosophila Species Resource Center was known for housing millions of fruit flies used for research purposes worldwide.
The University Planetarium, which opened in 1984, offers a 118-seat theater under a 40-foot dome and is capable of showing the skyâ€”the sun, moon, planets and more than 4,000 stars â€”as it would be seen from any place on Earth at any time.
Students were able to
on campus for the first time in state and national elections in 1978.
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A century of facts at Bowling Green State University would fill many volumes. For this Centennial memento we’ve selected 100 fun facts in hopes of spurring memories, happy thoughts and some “Wow, I didn’t know that” moments. These facts are not intended to represent the top 100, nor are they ranked in any order. If you have comments or additional ideas to share about BGSU’s Centennial celebration, please email email@example.com.