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1 Significant Events in the History of The University of West Alabama

2 Early History: Livingston Female Academy and Livingston Female Seminary founded on February First students admitted. 1840Livingston Female Academy incorporated by Alabama Legislature; deed recorded in Sumter County Probate Court from J. W. Hawthorn to Trustees for two acres. July 4, 1836 Trustees elected Judge Samuel Chapman Dr. J. L. McCants Seaborn Mims William P. Beers Willis Crenshaw A. S. Arrington R. F. Houston

3 First diploma awarded to Miss Elizabeth Houston of Livingston. Name is changed to Livingston Collegiate Institute. 1843

4 1847 Name changed to Livingston Female Academy. Men barred from attending the Academy.

5 1881 Julia Strudwick Tutwiler becomes co-principal then first president Served for 29 years, the longest of any president UWA’s only female president Wrote the Alabama state song During Miss Julia’s tenure… 1882The first Legislative appropriation is received ; it is the first from any southern state for the education of women 1883 – Name changes to Alabama Normal College for Girls and Livingston Female Academy 1886Sumter County becomes a “dry” county as the result of Miss Julia’s involvement in the Temperance Movement.

6 1883 Name is changed to Alabama Normal College for Girls and Livingston Female Academy

7 The 20 th Century Part 1: – Men are admitted 1901 – First diploma is awarded to a male student, Frank L. Grove Grove’s Diploma Clipping of Grove’s retirement from 28 years of service to the Alabama Education Association – The Birmingham News June 17, 1956

8 1907 The institution becomes a public institution controlled by the State of Alabama 1908 First alumni association is organized 1909 The first Webb Hall, built in 1895, burns. It is pictured at right.

9 1910 Dr. G. W. Brock becomes president, serving until 1936 Dr. Brock bought the famous Webb Hall rocking chairs Dr. Brock was known for rigid rules but was loved by students During Dr. Brock’s tenure… The university expands from 4 to 35 acres Foust, Bibb Graves and Brock Halls are constructed; Webb Hall is rebuilt Enrollment breaks 500 for the first time in the school’s history Local Greek societies begin to appear on campus Students in Brock’s Era

10 1910 First yearbook (Calyx) is published First alumni meeting is held School becomes the Alabama Normal College and School of Arts for Women, under the control of a state- wide Board of Trustees of State Normal Schools Men are again barred from attendance 1911

11 Webb Hall is rebuilt in halves, with about a year between each half

12 1914 The second Webb Hall burns 1915 Men are readmitted Name changes to State Normal School, Livingston, Alabama The third and current Webb Hall is built and occupied, though funding does not allow for it to be completed until 1926

13 1919 Institution is placed under the supervision of the State Board of Education 1922 Kilby Hall built as a new elementary school building 1929 The name is changed to State Teachers College (STC), Livingston, Alabama The College is authorized to grant Bachelor of Science degrees 1930 Bibb Graves Hall is built to house administrative offices, classrooms, and an auditorium

14 1931 First football team is formed of students and local boys c.1934 Local Greek societies begin to appear on campus

15 1936 Dr. N. F. Greenhill becomes president, serving until 1944 Dr. Greenhill led faculty in the reorganization of the teacher-education program The tiger mascot appeared first during his tenure. During Dr. Greenhill’s tenure… STC is one of the first institutions in the State to receive accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – 1938 First collegiate sports are played – 1938 A Director of Athletics is added to the University faculty Students in Greenhill’s Era

16 1939 First homecoming football game is played L-Club is formed L-Club in Baseball team wins Alabama Inter-Collegiate Conference championship Tiger mascot is born when the basketball team is called the “Ramblin’ Tigers”

17 1940 Alma Mater is first sung at assembly Marching band is formed First student newspaper is published (Livingston Life)

18 1944 Dr. W. W. Hill becomes president, serving until 1954 Students in Hill’s era His efforts in recruitment helped raise enrollment from 92 to 431 within two years. Was known for his public relations skills. During Dr. Hill’s tenure… 1944First off-campus classes are taught in Mobile and Butler. 1947The institution is authorized to grant Bachelor of Arts degrees. Faculty and course offerings are expanded. 1952Tiger Stadium is built.

19 The 20 th Century Part II: Birmingham News says Livingston is “known as the friendly college.” 1953 Tiger Stadium is constructed on filled in land previously known as “Crawdad Creek.” 1952

20 1954 Dr. D. P. Culp becomes president, serving until 1963 Students in Culp’s era Had a talent for “stretching a dollar.” Made efforts to guard students’ “moral and ethical lives.” During Dr. Culp’s tenure… Many buildings are added on campus: Faculty Apartments, Patterson Apartments, the Julia Tutwiler Library, Young Cafeteria, Sisk Hall and Pruitt Hall. The school achieves NCATE accreditation and SACS reaccreditation. The first master’s degrees are awarded in 1959.

21 1957 Name is changed to Livingston State College 1958 Graduate Division and master’s degrees in education are authorized 1961 The institution is first in Alabama to receive accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

22 1963 The Society of the Golden Key is founded 1961 Julia Tutwiler Library is constructed, opened in 1962

23 1963 Dr. John E. Deloney becomes president, serving until 1972 Students in Deloney’s era Enrollment reaches an all-time high and faculty doubles. Institution divides into four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and the Graduate School. During Dr. Deloney’s tenure… Programs in Early Childhood Education and a graduate program in Guidance and Counseling are added. Master’s in Continuing Education and Educational Specialist degrees are offered. 1963–The Society of the Golden Key is founded.

24 Tau Kappa Epsilon becomes the first national fraternity on campus and the first national fraternity on any campus of the former state normal colleges.Tau Kappa Epsilon becomes the first national fraternity on campus and the first national fraternity on any campus of the former state normal colleges. 1964

25 Majoring in elementary education, she graduated in 1969, then earned her master’s degree in education from Livingston State University. She retired from the Sumter County School System in 2001 after 30 dedicated years Liza Howard is UWA’s first African- American student

26 1968 James D. Crawford writes a new Alma Mater The word “state” is removed from the official university name 1967 Legislature approves name change to Livingston State University

27 1971 The Tigers win the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football Championship

28 1972 UWA’s Covered Bridge is dedicated on campus. Built in 1861, it is one of the oldest covered bridges in Alabama. It was moved to campus from the Alamuchee Creek by the Sumter County Historical society.

29 1973 Dr. Asa N. Green becomes president, serving until 1993 Students in Green’s Era He was an avid supporter of athletics, serving on the Executive Committee of the GSC. He continues to be active in the community. During Dr.Green’s tenure… 1981Bachelor of Science in Technology degree is established. 1987Technology Division is established. 1993Livingston University Foundation is established. 1993University is reorganized: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, Division of Nursing, and College of Education.

30 1974 The Division of Nursing is established and placed under the supervision of Dr. Dagmar Brodt, Frederick Brodt, Celeste Kaul and Sylvia Homan. Students have class on campus and work at the Sumter County Memorial Hospital Pictured L-R are Kaul, Homan, Dr. Brodt, and Mr. Brodt The institution sees its first nationally broadcast athletic event, NCAA Division II Football Playoff, on ABC Women’s intercollegiate athletics are established

31 1982 First microcomputers appear on campus

32 1984 Jody Wise is elected first female president of the Student Government Association 1985 Bobby Warren is elected first African-American president of the Student Government Association Bobby Warren and President Asa Green Bobby Warren in the Homecoming Parade

33 1994 During Dr. Hines’s tenure… UWA Rodeo Team is established and rodeo complex built. Computers introduced for use in all aspects of student life. Programs developed in agribusiness, forestry, and psychology. Served as Dean of the UWA College of Business, 1981 to Promoted regional economic development. Students in Hines’s Era Dr. Don C. Hines becomes president, serving until 1998

34 1995 Name is changed to The University of West Alabama UWA’s Phi Kappa Phi honor society chapter is chartered.

35 1998 Dr. Ed D. Roach becomes president, serving until 2002 Students in Roach’s era Served as Provost before becoming President Was a first-generation college graduate who identified well with students During Dr. Roach’s tenure… UWA becomes the first e-Campus in the state. The softball complex is built and facilities at Tartt Field are enhanced. Construction begins on an addition to the Julia Tutwiler Library. The university changes to semester system.

36 A New Millennium and Into the Future: 2000 and Beyond UWA converts from the quarter system to the semester system UWA has the most extensive network of wireless Internet connections in the state Dr. Jay Wenger (UWA faculty member) is a Fulbright Scholar

37 2002 Dr. Richard D. Holland becomes president He is the first UWA alumnus to be named President. He began his service to UWA as a graduate assistant in During Dr. Holland’s tenure… The Center for the Study of the Black Belt has been established. Online graduate and undergraduate degree programs are now offered. The Regional Center for Community and Economic Development and the West Alabama Regional Alliance have been developed. Students in Holland’s era

38 2002 Regional Center for Community and Economic Development is established Dr. Jay Wenger, UWA faculty member, is a Fulbright Scholar Alfa Environmental Center opens 2003 The University’s first female football player, Tonya Butler, joins the UWA Tigers, playing the position of kicker. Tonya becomes the first female in recorded NCAA history to successfully convert a field goal.

39 2003 Bell Conference Center opens Loraine McIlwain Bell (right), for whom the Bell Conference Center is named, sits with a friend, Ollie Odum, while enrolled at Livingston Normal College, c.1914

40 2004 Dr. Nol Alembong of Cameroon, Africa, is first visiting Fulbright Scholar Sucarnochee Folklife Festival begins Teaching Excellence Fund is established 2005 Night football games return to campus UWA Baseball Team wins Gulf South Conference Men’s and women’s tennis returns to UWA Sucarnochee Revue radio show begins

41 2006 Enrollment reaches 3,000+ Division of Outreach Services and Office of Sponsored Programs are established Howard R. Vaughan Tennis Complex is dedicated Locker room and new dugout are added to Softball Complex 2007 “The University We Will Be” capital campaign began, the first in UWA history Program Enhancement Fund established

42 2008 Division of Educational Outreach is established (Center for the Study of the Black Belt, Continuing Education, bby Publications) Suttles Entrepreneurship Institute and Division of Online Programs are established

43 Cross Country club house opens Foust Gym is converted to band room International Education Programs begin with Chinese, South Korean, Nicaraguan and Mexican institutions SGA presents bronze Tiger Enrollment reaches 5,000+ Named managing partner of Demopolis Higher Education Center University acquires Wesley Foundation and Baptist Campus Ministries properties 2009

44 2010 Faculty Leadership Development Program is established Comprehensive master facilties plan is adopted Celebration of UWA’s 175 th Anniversary

45 Suggested Further Reading Lyon, Ralph M. A History of Livingston University: Livingston: Livingston University Press, Located in the Alabama Room, UWA Julia Tutwiler Library, Call Number: L994h Smith, Louis Roycraft. A History of Sumter County, Alabama, Through Ph.D. Diss., University of Alabama, Located in the Alabama Room, UWA Julia Tutwiler Library, Call Number: 378t Sm61h Snider, Dr. Neil, and Shelly Stapp Findley. A Biographical Guide to The Gallery of Presidential Portraits at The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama. Livingston: UWA Department of Printing. Spratt, R. D. A History of the Town of Livingston, Alabama. Livingston: Livingston Press, Located in the Alabama Room, UWA Julia Tutwiler Library, Call Number: Sp76h. University Records Collection (Archives), UWA Julia Tutwiler Library Vault. Web link: Sumter County History Collection (Archives), UWA Julia Tutwiler Library Vertical Files. Web link:

46 Credits University of West Alabama Historical Timeline created by UWA President Richard D. Holland Significant Events in the History of the University of West Alabama PowerPoint presentation created by Sheila Blackmon Limerick, Archives and Special Collections Librarian, UWA Julia Tutwiler Library. Slides created by Deivid Delgado, President’s Office. Special thanks to Charlie Cook, Area Technology Specialist, UWA Information Systems Department, for consultation and assistance on PowerPoint design, organization and operation Special thanks to Martha Shirley, Information Technologies Librarian, UWA Julia Tutwiler Library, for assistance in the Julia Tutwiler Library Archives Special thanks to Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Dean of the UWA Division of Outreach Services, for updates to the initial timeline by Dr. Holland Special thanks to Dr. Louis Smith for his presentation of this PowerPoint.

47 Sources for Images UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Commencement and Graduation, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault; digital images Web link: UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Administration – Alumni, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault, V.F2.1 UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Buildings, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault, UWA, Livingston, AL. UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Miscellaneous, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault, UWA, Livingston, AL Paragon – Volume 78, 1988; Volume 73, 1983; Volume 65, 1975; Volume 62, UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Yearbooks, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault, UWA, Livingston, AL Calyx (yearbook), 1910 – UWA Archives, University Records Collection, Yearbooks, Julia Tutwiler Library Vault, UWA, Livingston, AL Snider, Dr. Neil, and Shelly Stapp Findley. A Biographical Guide to The Gallery of Presidential Portraits at The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama. Livingston: UWA Department of Printing.


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