1938 - Northwestern Gets Two Dormitories
As The Oklahoman reported, December 18, 1938, on page 24, the college at Alva was given $220,000 project for Dormitory work for boys and girls dormitories at Northwestern State Teachers College.
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When I started classes at NW State Teachers College in the Fall of 1954 the boys dormitory was Vincent Hall and was located on the west side of the campus. I believe there have been several uses of that building in recent years. In 1954 the girls dormitory was Shockley Hall and it was on the east side of the Campus. During my attendance there several things changed. The school became NW Oklahoma State College. Also, the dormitories were switched - what had been Vincent Hall became Shockley Hall and what had been Shockley Hall became Vincent Hall with the Cafeteria in the basement (which is where it had been prior to the name changes). Later, Wyatt Gym was remodeled and part of it was used for the Cafeteria. The area under the south wing of the relocated Vincent Hall was converted into dorm rooms and that was where most of the athletic students were housed. I was a Proctor on the Third Floor of this dorm my last years at NWOSU. Mr. & Mrs. Carol Holland lived in the dorm where she was Dorm Mother. Every afternoon at about 4 p.m. the Dorm Lounge would fill with residents to watch the "Lil Rascals" on a Wichita TV station (I believe it was KAKE-TV 10. The area where the bookstore is now located became the soda fountain/snack bar. Noel Taylor was the person in charge of these facilities. The area where the Northwestern Foundation and Alumni Offices are now located was where the dining room area for the cafeteria were located. Prior to that it was where some of the intramural activities were held such as badminton and ballroom dance. The upstairs banquet area was an open area when it was Wyatt Gym. ~Jim Bradley 2009-06-01 22:13:35
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