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nov. 1 1950: the first shovel of dirt is turned for the union building by max kinney, the student body president.
nov. 2 2012: northwest unveils a virtual tour on its website to offer added views of the campus.
nov. 3 1931: president uel lamkin sends a hickory cane to kirksville to be kept until the bearcats defeat the bulldogs.
nov. 4 1938: the garage at the president's residence is ordered enlarged to hold two automobiles and to have "living quarters above same, if sufficient funds are available."
nov. 4 1997: northwest receives its first missouri quality award.
nov. 5 2011: northwest's tower choir performs at the national conference of the national collegiate choral organization at colorado state university in fort collins, colo. it marks the first time in northwest's history a musical ensemble of any kind has been selected to perform at a national convention.
nov. 9 1907: the first short course in agriculture is taught, with s.m. jordan, stanberry, as the director.
nov. 9 1952: roberta steel, a victim of the explosion that wrecked residence hall april 28, 1951, dies.
nov. 10 1923: seven min-ni-chee (girl hikers) hike to st. joseph.
nov. 10 1942: lamkin lake, once a joke, is declared a thing of beauty and a delightful reflecting pool.
nov. 11 1919: memorial avenue, located west of the administration building, is dedicated, and two of the 46 trees are planted.
nov. 11 1949: the order is given to move forward with the building program, which includes a men's dormitory in the quadrangle to house 50 men, an addition to women's residence hall for at least 50 women and the student union building.
nov. 12 1931: the hickory stick returns to maryville from kirksville after a 7-0 northwest victory.
nov. 13 1928: the "m" club pin is adopted.
nov. 13 1953: a groundbreaking ceremony for the national guard armory takes place on the northwest campus.
nov. 16 1921: more than 600 names are confirmed on the list of college alumni.
nov. 16 1995: country singer collin raye performs his string of hit songs at the ron houston center for the performing arts.
nov. 16 1996: the tau kappa epsilon fraternity house is destroyed by an electrical fire.
nov. 16 1996: legendary comedian george carlin performs two stand-up shows at northwest. 
nov. 17 1924: northwest has 21 students from other states.
nov. 17 1938: the students are left in charge of the college while faculty travels to kansas city to attend the missouri state teachers association meeting.
nov. 17 1988: after dr. shalia aery, missouri's commissioner of higher education, suggests closing northwest, missouri state sen. pat danner says, "read my lips: northwest missouri state university will not close." aery eventually drops her plan.
nov. 20 1919: the philos vote to adopt a french war orphan at the cost of $36.50 a year.
nov. 23 1914: a week of vacation begins for students while faculty visit schools in the 19-county area.
nov. 23 1938: virginia benitez, from manila, philippine islands, is the first foreign-speaking student to graduate from northwest.
nov. 25 1963: more than 1,500 maryville residents and northwest students gather for an afternoon program in the lamkin gymnasium to honor the memory of president john f. kennedy.
nov. 25 2006: maryville mayor mike thomson declares "bearcat green day" and urges all maryville residents to wear green as the bearcat football team plays in the second round of the ncaa division ii playoffs at bearcat stadium.
nov. 28 2012: fred haise, the lunar module pilot on the ill-fated apollo 13 space mission, shared his experiences with a crowd at the ron houston center for the performing arts as part of northwest’s distinguished lecture series.
nov. 30 2010: dr. joyce piveral is named dean of northwest's college of education and human services, succeeding dr. max ruhl, who retired in spring 2010.
nov. 30 2010: in conjunction with its second annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, northwest announced the results of its project holiday hope initiative. the university collected 68 blankets, 30 men's coats, 36 women's coats, 27 kid's coats, 102 pairs of mittens, 48 pairs of socks, 31 jackets and pullovers and 47 winter hats, for a total of 389 clothing items. additionally, the university collected 77 pounds of food items and $352.25 to assist with energy bills.