This Day at NC State: June

This Day at NC State is an archive of notable events on campus.

June 1
  • 1958: Future four-time North Carolina governor James B. Hunt Jr., serving as president of student government, participates in commencement exercises. Remarks are also delivered by fellow NC State graduate William Friday, president of the Consolidated University System, and senior class president James M. Peden.
  • 1972: A new $4.5 million University Student Center, a replacement for the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union that opened in 1954 adjacent to D.H. Hill Library, is unveiled in time for summer school. In 1992, the center is officially renamed in honor of longtime Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Emeritus Banks C. Talley Jr. After a major overhaul inside and out, a renovated version of Talley is rededicated in 2015, featuring new dining options, more space for campus organizations and a three-story wooden wolf wall.
June 2
  • 1979: Boston and the Outlaws are slated to be the co-headliners at Summer Jam, the first major concert ever held at Carter Stadium. One of the other two bands scheduled for that Saturday steals the show, and it isn’t Poco. Newcomer Van Halen from Los Angeles turned the crowd of 40,000 into big fans that day. “Van Halen plays Big Rock,” lead singer David Lee Roth tells a reporter from Agromeck. “That’s not hard rock, it’s not heavy metal, it’s not rock-n-roll. Big Rock is different. All rock needs a fresh kick in the ass, and that’s what we’re giving it.”
  • 2002: NC State track and field athlete Kristin Price wins the individual NCAA championship in the 10,000-meter event. She is a 12-time All-America in track and cross country.
  • 2009: The Golden Globe Award-winning movie The Hangover, starring NC State alum and Wilkesboro native Zach Galifianakis, premieres in Hollywood. The former Brothers Pizza waiter, whose father played football for the Wolfpack, also stars in both Hangover sequels and hosts the popular online talk show “Between Two Ferns.”
June 3
  • 1987: Reviving a tradition, the Centennial graduating class and the NC State Alumni Association announce they have raised nearly $110,000 for an outdoor classroom between Winston Hall and the Court of North Carolina. Nearly 800 members of the senior class pledge to give $150 over five years to pay for the amphitheater-style learning area, which remains a prominent open-air feature on the northeast side of main campus.
  • 2002: The Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center opens its $12 million Partners Lab at the College of Textiles on Centennial Campus. Textile professor Benheim Pourdeyhimi is named director of the world’s most comprehensive non-wovens facility. After nearly 15 years in the facility, the Non-Wovens Institute moved into its own building on Centennial Campus in 2017.
June 4
  • 1929: The commencement speaker is Arthur M. Greene Jr., the dean of engineering at Princeton University. Rev. Henry Covington of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia, gives the Baccalaureate sermon on June 2. Honorary degrees are awarded to Stuart Warren Cramer, president of Cramerton Cotton Mills, and William Dollison Faucette, chief engineer at the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company.
  • 1929: The commencement speaker is Arthur M. Greene Jr., the dean of engineering at Princeton University. Rev. Henry Covington of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia, gives the Baccalaureate sermon on June 2. Honorary degrees are awarded to Stuart Warren Cramer, president of Cramerton Cotton Mills, and William Dollison Faucette, chief engineer at the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company.
June 5
  • 1899: The North Carolina School of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts Board of Trustees votes to open the college to women, reversing an earlier decision.
  • 1925: Annual tuition increases to $60 for in-state students and $80 for out-of-state students. Original tuition when the North Carolina State College for Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opened in 1889 was $20 per semester. Most original students, however, were on scholarship, with two full-tuition grants available for each of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
  • 1928: The commencement speaker is Frederick M. Snyder of Johns Hopkins University. The Baccalaureate sermon is given on June 3 by Rev. Abram Edward Cory, pastor of the Church of the Disciples of Christ in Kinston.
  • 1939: As part of a year-long jubilee celebration of the school’s founding 50 years before, an elaborate five-day commencement ceremony ends with graduation exercises, as the school confers a record 331 degrees conferred at Riddick Stadium (295 bachelor’s degrees, 32 master’s degrees and four doctorates). The commencement speaker is Francis Pendleton Gaines, president of Washington and Lee University. The invocation is given by Rev. Lee C. Sheppard of Raleigh. John Rustin, pastor of Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., gives the Baccalaureate sermon on June 4. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees are awarded to Stephen Cole Bruner, alumnus and chief of the Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology at the Estacion Experimental Agronomica de Cuba, and Adrianus Moritz of the American Enka Corporation. Agricultural journalist and alumnus Junius Sidney Cates is awarded an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Benjamin Brown Gossett, director and founder of the Cotton Textile Institute, is awarded a Doctor of Textile Science. Wallace Carl Riddick—professor of Civil Engineering, former president of the college and an early football coach—is awarded a Doctor of Engineering in the stadium that is named in his honor.
June 6
  • 1938: The commencement speaker is L.R. Powell Jr. of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Honorary degrees of Doctor of Engineering are awarded to Charles Irvine Burkholder of Duke Power, and William McKinney Piatt, consulting engineer for the city of Durham.
  • 1944: Using a plan developed by former NC State football and baseball player Gen. William C. Lee, U.S. and British paratroopers drop behind German lines at 12:15 a.m. to prepare for the Allied Forces invasion at Normandy on D-Day. Lee, a Dunn native, was scheduled to jump with his men, but was sidelined by a heart attack earlier in the year. His listens to the invasion on a radio in his North Carolina home. On June 8, 1964, two years after Dorm ’62 on the western part of main campus is dedicated and occupied, it is renamed in Lee’s memory. “Father of the Airborne Command.”
  • 1944: U.S. Navy Lt. Commander C.A. "Tim" Temerario stands in the sands of Omaha Beach, sending troops—many of them to their deaths—from their landing craft through the impenetrable beaches to the bluffs ahead. Having already survived the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, Temerario is one of the few decorated men to survive action in both the Pacific and European Theaters in World War II. When he returns home, the Lorain, Ohio, native continues his prewar profession: assistant football coach. He had coached at Denison and Indiana before the war and back at Indiana afterwards. In 1950, he helps the Cleveland Browns win the 1950 NFL championship. In 1952, he joins Horace Hendrickson's coaching staff at NC State, spending two years instructing the ends for the Wolfpack. He returns to the NFL and spends 18 years with the Washington Redskins and, serving as director of player personnel, is the person responsible for telling players they had been cut, traded or were no longer needed. After a man sends thousands of soldiers into the hellfire of Normandy, telling a player to clean out his locker isn't so hard. Temerario dies in 2001 at the age of 95. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 1944: Maj. Clarence B. “Red” Shimer, a former wrestler at NC State College, survives the invasions of Palermo and Normandy during World War II and returns to Raleigh afterwards to work as an instructor of military science and as a ticket manager for the athletics department at his alma mater. Though he survives the biggest military conflict the world has ever seen, he is unable to navigate a more troublesome conflict: the NC State-UNC football rivalry. Apparently, Shimer is in charge of distributing tickets for the game when it's annually played at UNC’s Kenan Stadium, as the teams alternated being the home team on the Tar Heels’ home team (Riddick Field was too small and crumbling to host the popular game). It appears that UNC allowed its students free admission to games even when it was the “visiting” team and always charges NC State students to attend the game even when it is the “home” team. The student government eventually forces Maj. Shimer out of his job in the athletics ticket office. Shimer eventually becomes the Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard, serving the state’s top military officer from 1975-77.
  • 1954: Famed architect Buckminster Fuller, a contemporary of NC State School of Design Dean Henry L. Kamphoefner, receives an honorary degree during commencement exercises, along with John William Turrentine, president emeritus of the American Potash Institute; Col. John William Harrelson, chancellor of NC State and namesake of Harrelson Hall; James Thomas Ryan, industrialist of High Point, N.C.; Walter Julius Damtoft, industrial forester of Canton, N.C.; and Robert Ten Broeck Stevens, textile industrialist of Washington, D.C.
June 7
  • 1924: The original D.H. Hill Library—which later becomes Brooks Hall—is dedicated. The contents of the architecturally celebrated library had been moved into the building the previous autumn, marking the first time there is an entire building designated as the library.
  • 1931: NC State confers its first degrees to women. Recipients include Jane McKimmon, B.S. in business administration; Charlotte Nelson, B.S. in education; and Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, M.S. in chemistry. Yarbrough is the first female graduate to have completed all coursework while at NC State, and she goes on to become the first woman to earn a master's degree at NC State.  
June 8
  • 1927: Thompson Gymnasium, the first permanent home for NC State men’s basketball and the first building on campus specifically designed for athletics, is dedicated in memory of Raleigh native and former baseball and football team captain Frank Martin Thompson, who was killed in France in the latter days of World War I. The building is designed by renowned architect Hobart Upjohn. It later becomes Thompson Theatre, home to University Theatre productions and the Crafts Center.