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1892 School is founded in Graysville.
Tuition is $4 per month for its 23 students.
1893 Graysville Academy administration building is constructed. Enrollment reaches 120.
1915 Women's dormitory burns in February.
1916 School moves to Thatcher farm.
Male students live in tents first three winters.
1919 Electricity installed on campus.
1924 Lynn Wood Hall is built.
1931 Tornado does $3,000 in damage in July.
1934 Tabernacle is built on site now occupied by Hickman Science Center.
1936 Southern Junior College gains accreditation with Southern Association.
1940 First Ph.D. faculty member is hired.
1941 First Southern student is drafted in July.
1946 A.G. Daniells Memorial library is built.
Southern Missionary College awards first baccalaureate in May.
1950 Hackman Hall is built to hold sciences.
Southern is accredited as a four-year college.
1954 Harold Miller Hall is built for music.
1955 Student Park is created.
1957 McKee Bakery moves to Collegedale to provide student employment.
1959 WSMC is issued FM license.
1961 New Talge Hall is built as women's dorm.
1963 Committee of 100 is founded.
1964 Enrollment exceeds 1,000.
1965 Collegedale church is built.
Physical Education Center opens.
1967 Wright Hall is built.
1968 New Thatcher Hall is built.
1970 McKee Library is opened.
1971 Summerour Hall is built.
1973 New cafeteria/student center opens.
1976 Herin Hall is built to house nursing.
1979 First Strawberry Festival slideshow is held.
Destiny Drama Company begins.
1980 Enrollment peaks at 2,079.
1981 Southern Scholars honors program starts.
Mabel Wood Hall opens.
1983 First endowed chair is established.
1984 Brock Hall is dedicated.
1985 Garden of Prayer is dedicated.
1986 24-hour broadcasting begins at WSMC.
Church organ is dedicated.
1987 Promenade is finished.
1989 Tabernacle burns.
1990 Lynn Wood Hall is renovated.
1991 New science center fund raising begins.
1992 Centennial is celebrated, including mention on NBC's Today Show.
1994 Internet access becomes available at more than 150 workstations.
1995 Employee wellness program gets gold Well Workplace Award.
1996 Southern Adventist University becomes school's new name.
Master of science in education classes begin.
Level III accreditation is granted.
1997 Hickman Science Center is dedicated.
Center for Learning Success is established.
Master's in religion and counseling is added.
1998 First graduate degrees awarded.
Masters of business administration, counseling, software engineering added.
Social work program accredited by Council on Social Work Education.
New Motor Pool finished, old service station razed.
1999 University of Arizona Centennial Archaeology Collection is donated to Southern.
2000 Master's in nursing is added.
Undergraduate enrollment increases by 12 percent, the largest increase in 54 years.
Ground is broken for the first three Southern Village student apartment buildings.
2001 Largest undergraduate enrollment in 109-year history, 2,098 students.
2002 Two additional Southern Village apartments are constructed to handle increased enrollment.
2003 SACS reaffirms 10-year accreditation.
New addition to Talge Hall is under construction.
The College Press is sold.
2004 Southern Carton industry closes.
Southern is ranked Top Tier.
Grand opening of the Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum.
2005 Student Park cave reopens to public, managed by the outdoor education program.
A fire in a kitchenette/lobby area on the third floor of Thatcher Hall claims the life of one female student.
2006 Two hundred thousand fossils are donated to Southern biology department.
New online courses are offered by the Virtual Campus.
2007 School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
JumpStart summer program for conditional students debuts.



Historic Photos

Administration Building

Graysville Administration Building

The two-story administration building was built in 1893. After a dormitory burned in 1915, the decision was made to move the campus to a location with more room for expansion.


Lynn Wood Hall in the ’20s

Lynn Wood Hall

The original administration building on the Collegedale campus.


Campus in the ’40s

Campus in the 40s

A busy noon hour in the 1940s finds students walking along the area where the K.R. Davis Promenade now links campus buildings. At that time, a road paralleled the walkway. Old Talge Hall, Lynn Wood Hall, and Jones Hall are seen to the right of the flagpole.


Campus 1952

Campus 1952

The tree-lined street passing through the campus was located west of the present University Drive. If it still existed where it was, the residence halls would be to the right or east of it.


Collegedale Church

Collegedale ChurchSince this photo was taken, the look of the sanctuary has changed considerably with the addition of the Anton Heiller Memorial Organ, dedicated in April 1986.