Timeline

1879-1886

  • October 18, 1879 "Articles of Incorporation" launch Union College
  • 1879 - Abraham H. Harritt named 1st President (1879-1882)
  • 1880 -  Construction of Union's first building (Administration Building)
  • 1882 - Thomas Clay Poynter named 2nd President (1882-1884)
  • 1884 - Hartford P. Grider named 3rd President (1884-1886)

1886-1897

  • 1886 - George H. Dains named Acting President
  • October 25, 1886 - Daniel Stevenson orchestrates purchase of Union College for the Kentucky Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • September 17, 1888 - Daniel Stevenson (1887-1897) officially became 5th President
  • 1890 - The Main College building is completed
  • June 8, 1893 - First A.B. degrees awarded to James Perry Faulkner (later president) and John Elbert Thomas; President Stevenson delivered the Commencement address in the classic tradition: in Latin!
  • 1894 - First Alumni Association established
  • 1894 - First "Honorary Degree" awarded to Mr. Charles W. Sutten
  • 1896 – The president’s home, known as Campus Cottage, is completed

 1897-1905

  • March 22, 1897 - James P. Faulkner named 6th President (1897-1905); Union grad of 1893, had served as assistant to president Stevenson
  • June 7, 1897 - President Faulkner starts the process of building a women's dormitory (Speed Hall)
  • 1898 - James P. Faulkner organizes the first college library (called the Speed-Stevenson Library)
  • 1900 - Academic gowns first used at Commencement; Total enrollment reaches184

 1905-1912

  • May 5,1905 - James W. Easley named 7th President (1905-1910)
  • Fall semester 1905 - Speed Hall is completed and ready for occupancy
  • 1905-1906 – Two baccalaureate degrees, Ph.B. and B.S., are offered in addition to the classical A.B.
  • 1905- 1906 – Athletic teams are established: football (first game 10/16/05), women’s basketball, men’s basketball and baseball
  • 1905 - Heating plant is completed; 3rd story of Administration Building completely refurbished
  • January 1906 - Plans announced for Stevenson Hall, men’s dormitory
  • August 24, 1906 – Great fire destroys the Administration Building
  • 1907-1908 – College curriculum is discontinued and Union reverts to a college preparatory school
  • June 29, 1907 – Cornerstone is laid for new Administration Building
  • Fall 1907 - Stevenson Hall, although not fully completed, houses male students
  • March 11, 1910 - James D. Black named President (1910-1912);
  • 1910 -  Union's first band is established
  • 1911-1912 – The field of domestic science is introduced, with the understanding that it would continue only if tuition could sufficiently maintain it
  • 1911- First athletic team goes “on the road” when the baseball team begins travelling

 1912-1915

  • 1912 - Percy L. Ports named 9th President (1912-1914)
  • September 3, 1913 - The Methodist Board tries to close the school, but citizens of Barbourville vow to keep it open for one more year
  • 1914-1915  - The Methodist Board resumes responsibility of the school
  • 1914 - Emery R. Overley (Nominal Head) and B.C. Lewis (Vice President & Business Manager) Joint Management (1914-1915)

 1915-1928

  • June 1915 - Ezra T. Franklin named 11th President (1915-1928); inaugurated Feb. 1917
  • 1917- Academy grades 1 through 6 are eliminated
  • May 28, 1918 – Union secures its first athletic field
  • May 28, 1919 – Ground is broken for Union's first gymnasium; Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Gymnasium completed fall 1920
  • 1918 - Union's first "Conservatory of Music" opens
  • Spring 1919 - Union confers its first degree since 1908 to Samuel P. Franklin
  • 1920 - Union's first annual, the "Fledgling," published; name changed next year
  • May 1920 - Abigail E. Weeks instigates the first Alumni meeting and banquet
  • February 22, 1921 - 1st issue of the "Orange and Black" published
  • 1921 - First "Stespean" yearbook is issued
  • 1922 - Union Academy wins first state tournament in basketball
  • April 1922 – First Board of Trustees is appointed
  • 1923 – Academy grades 7 and 8 are dropped
  • 1924-1925 - semester system first used
  • 1925 – Union becomes fully accredited to issue teaching certificates for all grade levels
  • 1926 – Academy grade 9 is dropped, and Union admits only college students
  • 1928 – Union College gained admission to membership in the Association of Colleges and Universities of Kentucky

 1929-1938

  • January 31,1929 - John Owen Gross named 12th President (1929-1938)
  • May 25-May 29, 1929 – Union hosts a 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration
  • 1929-1930 – Physical education courses are first offered
  • 1929 – The tennis team defeats University of Kentucky and wins the Sutcliffe Cup for the third straight year
  • 1930 - Last "Academy" class graduates
  • 1930 – Union’s baseball team goes undefeated
  • 1931 – The baseball team is dropped from Union athletics
  • Fall 1931 – lights are installed and a fence is erected around the football field; Union drops its first night football game on Sept. 25, 1931 to Lincoln Memorial University, 13-12
  • 1931-1932 - Latin is dropped from Union's curriculum
  • November 7, 1931 – Founders Memorial Gateway is dedicated
  • 1932 – First Bachelor of Science in Education degree is conferred
  • December 1, 1932 – Union joins the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools of the Southern States
  • December 1932 – Union is admitted into the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1934 – Union defeats University of Louisville in football, 32-6, and goes undefeated in conference play
  • October 23, 1933 - Founders’ Week is established, to be celebrated every year in October
  • 1934 – Biology labs are newly equipped
  • 1935 – Five new clubs are formed: History, Journalism, Science, Education and Vocational Guidance
  • May 26, 1936 – Honorary scholastic fraternity Iota Sigma Nu is established
  • Fall 1936 - First professorial ranks established for faculty;
  • 1935-37 -  Union joins the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC)
  • March 6, 1937 – Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary dramatic society, presents a charter to the new Zeta Chi cast at Union

 1938-1959

  • 1938 - First "History of Union College" written
  • 1938 - Conway Boatman named 13th President (1938-1959); inaugurated March 24, 1939
  • November 9, 1940 – Abigail E. Weeks Memorial Library is dedicated in conjunction with Founders’ Day and Homecoming; officially opens January 13, 1941
  • January 13, 1941 – Abigail E. Weeks Memorial Library officially opens
  • January 30, 1943 – Pfeiffer Hall officially opens as the new women’s dormitory, replacing Speed Hall.
  • September 1944 – “Union College News” is published for the first time
  • November 1944 – Mrs. Catherine Faulkner Singer edits the first alumni newsletter, which is four pages long
  • June 1945 – Nine of the original 113 students enrolled in the class of ’45 earn their degrees because of World War II
  • May 1948 – Union establishes the first Daniel Boone Festival jointly with city
  • May 16, 1948 – Union College inaugurates its new $28,000 track by winning a tri-college meet against Berea and Georgetown
  • May 31, 1949 – Conway Boatman Chapel is first used in an unfinished state for commencement exercises
  • 1952 – “Union College Alumni Newsletter” becomes the “Union College Alumnus”
  • Spring of 1952- The Union College a cappella choir makes its debut on television over WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • February 16, 1954 – Board of trustees declares “…that negroes should [be] and are now permitted to enter Union College as day students…”
  • 1954 – Union College celebrates its 75th anniversary with the Diamond Jubilee
  • October 1954 - College Courts, married housing, opens
  • May 1956 - 'B' and 'C' wings of Stevenson Hall were occupied
  • September 1956 - Swimming pool is completed

1959-1982

  • 1959 - Mahlon A. Miller named 14th President (1959-1982)
  • March 1960 - Renovations for Baldwin Place, President's residence, completed
  • 1960 - Additional wing to Pfeiffer Hall added
  • 1960 - College Park, faculty staff housing development, created
  • 1960 - Graduate Program launched: M.A. in Education degree
  • 1961-62 - Basketball great, Ron Brack, is the first African-American student to wear a Union jersey
  • June 1963 - Jim Denham of New Jersey is the 3000th student to receive a UC diploma
  • 1963 - Twelve lane bowling alley built next to what was to become Lakeside Hall
  • 1964 - Addition to College Courts completed
  • 1964 - Lakeside Hall, mens residence hall, is occupied
  • 1964 - Student Center opened
  • November 1964 - Physical Education Building completed
  • 1965 - Old "Soldiers & Sailors" gym converted into a Dramatic Arts Center (DAC)
  • 1969 - "Appalachian Semester" program instituted
  • 1970 - Environmental Education Center maintained by Union
  • 1970 - The "Maze" coffee house opens in the basement of the DAC (Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Gymnasium)
  • May 27,1973 - Mahlon Miller Science Center is dedicated
  • 1975 - "Religious Life Center" established in former Data Processing Center building behind Pfeiffer Hall
  • 1975 - Classroom Building (now Centennial Hall) listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • May 1977 - First "Fifth Year Certificate" in Education awarded
  • September 1978 -  First ROTC program instituted
  • February 3, 1979 - Colonel Harlan Sanders recognized as the "Centennial Honoree" at the Centennial banquet
  • 1982 - Speed Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1982-2000

  • 1983 - Jack C. Phillips named 15th President (1983-1996)
  • 1983 - Last edition of the "Orange and Black"
  • 1984 - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Gymnasium listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • September 28,1984 - First edition of "The Union Express" published
  • Fall1984 - Football returns, September 29, 1984, after a 43-year absence
  • 1986 - ROTC is instituted
  • 1987 - Milton H. Townsend Memorial Annex is completed
  • 1990 - Soldiers and Sailors (fomerly the DAC) is reopend as an intramural center
  • 1991 - Myrtle Cole Minton Cafeteria and Francis Patridge Student Center is dedicated, April 5, 1991
  • 1991 - Phillips Athletic Fields and Sports Complex are dedicated
  • 1996 - David Joyce named 16th President (1996-2003)
  • 1997 - Turner Outdoor Center established
  • 1998 - Bonner Scholars Program initiated
  • 1999 - William and Lou Lyttle Stewart Apartments completed
  • 1999 - Ramsey Carriageway and Legacy Walk established
  • 2000 - Speed Hall renovation completed; Sharp Academic Center completed, dedicated October 14, 2000

2000-2012

  • October 20, 2001—Ground is broken for the Edward H. Black Technology Center, completed in 2002; dedicated April 25, 2003
  • 2003 - Edward D. de Rosset named 17th President (2003-2011)
  • 2007 - Geothermal energy conservation project completed
  • November 12, 2010 - rededication of the remodeled Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Gymnasium
  • August 8, 2011 - Dr. Thomas J. McFarland named 18th President (2011-2012)
  • December 2011 - Stivers Wellness Center is dedicated
  • December 22, 2011 - Union acquires former Knox Co. Hospital
  • Spring 2012 - Renovations of former Knox County Hospital and exterior of Miller Science Center (now Miller Hall) begin
  • April 14, 2012 - Dr. Marcia Hawkins named Union's 19th President (2012-   )
  • July 1, 2012 - Dr. Hawkins begins presidential duties
  • October 19, 2012 - Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing is established
  • October 31, 2013 - grand opening of Health & Natural Science Center (former Knox County Hospital)

 

 

 

 

Timeline of Union's history

A timeline of Union College's history