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The 2004-2005 75th Anniversary Celebration

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1990 1913-1939

A five unit University System is proposed by the Presidents of NMC, WMC and EMC.

Northern announces a tractor testing program in cooperation with a Canadian organization.

Governor Stan Stephens calls together the Commission for the 90's and Beyond to study higher education in Montana.

The college issues a private management contract for physical plant and food services.

Dr. William Daehling is named President of Northern and arrives on campus July 1.

A newly remodeled Student Art Gallery opens in the Student Union Building and the college swimming pool is closed for repairs.


Northern wins the NAIA National Wrestling Championships.

A feasibility study begins for construction of a new gymnasium. Over 1.5 million is budgeted for repairs to the current facility.

Northern begins offering the master's of education degree.

Northern sets an all time Fall enrollment record with 1973 students.


Northern wins the NAIA National Wrestling Championships for a second time.

The Board of Regents votes to raise admission standards for the University System.

Northern is awarded a federal grant for a Veterans Upward Bound program.

Governor elect Marc Racicot proposes $25M in cuts and a single University System.

In the Fall, all Northern moves from a quarter system to a semester system.


A Legislative committee recommends $23M in cuts for the University System.

The Northern Skylights women's basketball team wins the NAIA Division II national championships.

The Board of Regents establish a system wide core curriculum and re structuring plans that align the smaller campuses with the two University campuses in Missoula and Bozeman.

Kuhr family donates fund for flagpole and walkway memorial.
Northern's Alumni Association announces the creation of an All Sports Hall of Fame.

Northern receives 2.7 million from a $14.5 million MSU bond issue using the combined resources of the affiliated campuses.

The last class graduates in May under the name Northern Montana College as the campus officially becomes Montana State University-Northern.

Dr. William Daehling is re-named Chancellor.

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In July MSU-Northern unveiled NorthNet interactive instructional TV venture that is grant funded and offered in cooperation with local telephone cooperatives. The program grows to serve over 60 sites throughout the state.

Northern begins offering the associate of science degree in railroad maintenance and operations.

Northern receives approval for a non-traditional baccalaureate degree in nursing that can be delivered to working RNs.

The MSU-Northern Foundation announces an expansion of the campus based scholarship program to include 20 new $500 scholarships.

Chancellor Bill Daehling announces his retirement. A search for a replacement begins with a committee appointed by MSU President Mike Malone.

Northern wins the NAIA National Wrestling Championships for the third time.

Mike Rao, former President at Mission College in California, is named as Daehling's replacement. He begins his administration by implementing a shared governance process involving faculty, staff and students.


Northern wins the NAIA National Wrestling Championships for the fourth time.

Northern completes the move of its Great Falls campus from it's northwest bypass location in to the MSU-College of Technology campus on 16th Avenue South.

Northern became the home of the Montana Motorcycle Rider Safety program. The program was previously administered by the State Office of Public Instruction.

Football is re-introduced to Northern as a varsity sport.

Planning begins for a campus history book - "A Northern Reflection"

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