1980s

1981

Carl Adams accepts the position of head coach of BU’s wrestling team. In his first season at BU, he coached the Terriers to a New England title, and the accolades have been coming in a steady stream ever since: 10 conference championships in 25 seasons, 4 Terrier All-Americans, and 85 NCAA tournament appearances by Terrier wrestlers. In 2002, Adams is inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame. Before coaching, Adams was a three-time All-American wrestler, he earned two NCAA titles in his 158-pound weight class, in 1971 and 1972. He captured the National Amateur Athletic Union Freestyle championships in 1973 and 1975 and earned a silver medal at the Pan American Games, along with a third-place showing in the World Championships. National Mat News named him Top Middleweight of the Decade for the 1970s.

Debbie Miller is the all-time great in Boston University women’s basketball. In 1981, Miller was the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame from the modern era and was awarded the Scarlet Key. She also received the Gretchen Shuyler Award as the University’s top female athlete. Miller received All-America honors her junior and senior years and was twice a finalist for the Margaret Wade Trophy, given to the nation’s top player. She also represented the United States on numerous national teams and was selected to the 1980 Olympic team.

1983

An informal Howard Thurman Fellowship was created by Dean Emeritus George Makechnie. It presented commemorative programs to the University and the Boston community at large.

Yvette Michelle Jarvis (CLA’79) becomes the 1st African American to play professional basketball in the Greek League and the 1st salaried female athlete. A humanitarian and political activist, Jarvis organized and created events and programs designed to support women’s and immigrants rights and fought hard for the disabled.When Jarvis joined the Athens City Council in 2002, she became the first African American and the first foreigner to hold public office. During her term, she developed a hotline for victims of domestic violence, created language programs for immigrants, secured municipal contracts for the sight impaired, and developed racism in sport awareness programs. In 2006, she served as Special Advisor to the Mayor of Athens on immigration.

1986

BU opens its cultural center, Howard Thurman Center, based on the “common ground” philosophy of Dr. Howard Thurman. The center hosts cultural programs, activities, and services designed to build community through self-exploration and shared experiences.

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