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Tennessee State University Milestones


1911 January 13 - State Board of Education awards  Agricultural and Industrial Normal School for Negroes to Davidson County, Tennessee.
1912 June 19 - First Summer school session-the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School opened with thirteen teachers and 245 students.

September 12 - First issue of the State Normal School Bulletin published.


September 20 - State Normal School opens with 300 students.


October 4 - Athletic  team organized at Normal School.


November 22 - The motto coined by Dr. W.J. Hale.  ^Our watch words are Think, Work, Serve ̄ W.J. Hale. President


January 16 - Formal dedication of the Colored State Normal School held in the chapel at 2p.m.  Governor Ben. W. Hooper was the principal speaker.


May 23 - First Annual Commencement held at State Normal School.


May 24 - Professor W. J. Hale was re-elected President of A&I State Normal School.


October 25 - Military training for State Normal students- a unit of the Student training Corp has been established on the Normal Campus.


The Alumni Association of the school was reorganized during its annual business session during commencement. C.C. Purdy, Normal ¨22, was elected President.


August 19 - New title for the institution ^ Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial Normal College. ̄


Summer - First twelve week Summer School initiated.


The institution changed its name to Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College.


June 27 - The new science and college hall named after Commissioner P.L. Harned.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Negro historian, addressed the students  on ^ the Negro in American History. ̄


October - One thousand students enrolled for Fall Quarter with a waiting list for the Winter Quarter.

October - First seal of Tennessee A&I State College appeared in the


November 18 - The first Ivy Leaf Club on A&I campus was organized. Miss Lois H. Daniel was elected President.


February 27 -  A&I State College was admitted into the American Association of Teachers Colleges.


January 28 - The Pan-Hellenic Council was organized on A&I College campus.

May - Tennessee A&I State College dedicated six new buildings: Practice Hall, Administration and Health, Men¨s Hall (East), Hale Hall, Wilson hall, and Science Hall (Harned).

October - Tennessee A&I State College has been granted the right to give the Master¨s degree in Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education.


November - The Speech and Drama Department announced the opening of its first speech clinic. The clinic will treat such speech defects as stammering, stuttering, and the hard of hearing.


Summer - A&I State College begins a program of graduate instruction in Educational Administration and Supervision, Home Economics, Agriculture, Industrial Education, Secretarial Commerce,  and the teaching of high school subjects.

December - A&I State College receives national recognition for their graduates who are admitted to full graduate and professional work in leading universities of America.


October - First Freshman Week observed.

March 8 - Beta Kappa Chi Honorary Scientific Society was established.


May - First swimming team organized.


December - Library named for Miss Martha M. Brown.


April - The A&I State College Employee¨s Federal Credit Union was organized.

May 24 - Student paper, The Meter, was born.


September - A&I State College becomes a university.