This Day at NC State

A day-by-day history of NC State.

June 3
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.”
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”