The sixties brought the seventh name to the school, North Texas State
University. The school was moving into the national and international
arenas in several areas. The One O’clock Lab Band won the national
collegiate jazz trophy and visited the White House during Lyndon B.
Johnson’s presidency. Sherwood Douglas received a Fulbright Scholarship
to France. And Dr. James R. Lott of the Biology Department presented a
paper on radiation and the body’s nervous system in Vienna Austria.
Dr. Arthur Sampley, of the English Department, served as Texas’ poet
laureate. Among the football players that went on to professional
careers were Joe Greene, Carl “Spinder” Lockhart, Steve Ramsey, Ron
Shanklin, and Cedric Hardeman.
A time of national strife, students at North Texas debated U. S.
involvement in Vietnam during Moratorium Day, watched as the
university’s ROTC armory was burned down, and mourned the deaths of
President Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
The first Union Building was torn down and replaced by a three story,
brick veneer structure. Other buildings that opened during this decade
were the Business Administration Building (now known as Sage Hall),
Matthews Hall, the Language Building, and the Speech and Drama Building
(now the RTVF and Performing Arts Building).
President Matthews retired in 1968. The presidency was filled by John J.
Kamerick, who served in that office for two years. The Faculty Senate
started in 1969.