Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stephens: A Look Back - 1964

The 1964 Stephensophia begins with a series of photographs of clocks, books, religious symbols and other random objects backdropping angst-y quotes like “confused in a world of regulated confusion roused by the jolting alarm cajoled by the movement of the second hand.”

This goes on for about 20 pages.

Of course, this would have been the school year that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, which some argue essentially ended the innocence America had previously known.

Stephens this year received a grant from the Ford Foundation to fund a lecture series brining several big names to campus including well-known author John Updike, cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and historian Henry Steele Commager.

The Stephensophia includes excerpts of all of the guest lecturers’ writings and talks.

Among the popular clubs this year is Prince of Wales, which hosts a Christmas party and open houses—events still held today.

There’s also an organized modeling squad this year.

Again this year, there are quite a few great images representing Stephens:

Among notable Susies this year:

Alicia Wilson, who represents Appreciation of the Beautiful, went on to be Alicia Mulliken, who owns a popular inn in Door County, Wisc.

Diana Richards made news when she purchased property in North Carolina and turned it into a conservation area to preserve its natural beauty. This year, she represents Cheerfulness.

Sandra Leibson is the Ideal of Forcefulness. She’s now Sandra Rubovits, a social worker.

This year’s Best Dressed Girl (for sure!) is Jane Winton, who went on to be Jane Winton Thalman, a real estate agent in California.

Judy Bosmyer, editor of this year’s Stephensophia, is now Judy Quattlebaum, a retired English teacher.

And Jill Butler, who represents Health, worked in advertising, created a home furnishings design agency, lived in Paris for a while before creating the Jill Butler Collection. She has three fully illustrated books and two other books and is a monthly columnist for the New Haven Register papers. Whew!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stephens: A Look Back - 1963

A model of the proposed new learning center.

It’s 1963 and the Stephens campus is getting ready to take on a more modern feel.

Planning has begun for the James M. Wood Learning Center, today the academic hub of Stephens. 

The $2.75 million project includes the Hugh Stephens Library, renovations to Walter Hall and buildings that today house our humanities, fashion, film, sciences and marketing courses. Construction is expected to be completed by fall of 1964.

The design at this time is so futuristic at this time that it generates an article in the New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 11, 1962, calling it “tomorrow’s campus.” The learning center is “expected to serve as a national showcase for the latest technical developments in teaching.”

The new facilities include the television stations, used today by our film program, students interested in marketing and journalism and by Columbia Access Television.

The 1963 Stephensophia once again mostly contains images of college life that year. 

It starts with a description of the Ten Ideals with quotes by faculty members.

The Ten Ideals of Stephens College are represented in persons of the past and present who make Stephens a community of those who scorn that which is superficial and lowly and exalt that which is lofty and of utmost value. When these ideals are being achieved, a vision of others appear, until the good, the true and the beautiful become a living reality in our midst. - Dean William T. Hall

These Ideals do not constitute a standard of perfection, a doctrine, or a formal code. They are, rather, images of qualities that every student hopes to possess more fully than she does when she enters college and more fully than she does when she graduates. - Unknown

Each Ideal is a description of desirable forms of thinking, feeling, and acting rather than some far-off something unrelated to life. They are made real in those students who so fully live these ideals. - Dr. Carl N. Rexroad

Among the Ideals this year are twin sisters Elaine Anthony, who represents Appreciation of the Beautiful, and Carol Anthony, who represents Health. Both sisters went on to become artists: Elaine worked in Mexico City, specializing in semi-abstract landscapes, and Carol had paintings in the Smithsonian and Carnegie Institute.

Elaine Anthony

Carol Anthony
Linda Faber, who this year represents Courtesy, also went on to be an artist. Linda Walker was a graphic designer-turned pastel and watercolor artist.

Linda Faber

This year’s Civic Association President is Karen Katz, now Dr. Karen Musher, a speech language pathologist who was recognized with a Woman of Courage Award in Houston.

Karen Katz

Also among this class is Linda Shewalker, who is fittingly this year's chair of the Educational and Cultural Commission. Linda Biehl went on to found the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust, earning her the Aline and Norman Felton Humanitarian Award in 1999. Biehl’s story started with the tragic death of her daughter, Amy, in 1993. Amy was a Fulbright scholars in South Africa when her party was attacked by a mob. Linda and her husband, Peter, responded by taking up her work to support South Africa’s transition ot democracy. Today, two of Amy’s attackers now work for the Amy Biehl Foundation. You can read more about Linda’s amazing story here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Stephens: A Look Back - 1962

The 1962 Stephensophia is dedicated to “our Far Eastern Susies” with the following dedication:

The sound of happy voices, the spirit of genuine cooperation, the development of ideas and aspirations, all blend together in the WORLD OF SUSIE STEPHENS. So that in future you will be able to relive your college days as you turn these pages, the yearbook staff presents the service activities, the social, intellectual and cultural events, and the honor presentations in a tribute to the ideals that we hold the highest. Through these, each Stephens girl has broadened her knowledge and has created new friendships, thus preparing herself for her place in life. In contributing to the variety of backgrounds and nationalities, the Stephens girl endeavors to strengthen her own convictions through an understanding of the ideas and beliefs of her fellow students. In the WORLD OF SUSIE STEPHENS, the East meets the West. To our Far Eastern Susies, Chai Kyung Chung, Seoul Korea, Mei Tottori and Reiko Seki, Tokyo, Japan, and Chitta Techaphailve, Amphut Seriniyom, Adchara Satrabhandhu, Bangkok, Thailand, whose influences are seen throughout our campus, whose ideas have become a part of our lives, and whose smiles have warmed our hearts, we dedicate the 1962 Stephensophia.

The book this year really emphasizes the social aspect of college life, with information and photos from MU football games, 'blue rooms,' dances, trips to the public telephone and excitement over Johnny Mathis’s visit to Columbia.

We’re starting to see signs that Stephens is transitioning from a two-year to a four-year college. This year, we’re told third year students are candidates for BFAs in dance, fashion and theatre arts.

Okoboji Summer Theatre in Iowa is also starting to become a permanent fixture in Stephens’ world. The first theatre season there opened in 1958 and in 1961, Stephens signed a five-year lease for the building and added children’s plays to the summer schedule. This year, the theatre building and land is turned over to Stephens, which has agreed to operate the theatre for a minimum of seven years. Spoiler: It will continue to thrive for decades and is still producing excellent shows, including children’s plays, today.

Among visitors to campus this year are Hon. Charles Malik, former president of the U.N.; Barbara Ward, an English writer; and journalist Edgar Snow.

The Stephens Standard has been renamed to The PORTFOLIO. The magazine presents the best material produced on campus, including paintings and photographer, poetry, essays, drama and more. Today, the magazine is Harbinger and has won Outstanding Literary Journal by the national English honor society Sigma Tau Delta four out of the past five years.

The Burrall program is still going strong, some 40 years after it began. The initiative includes services, discussions, classes and projects.

Paul Akemann oversees Burrall this year. It’s fitting. She would go on to be Dr. Paula Drewek, a retired professor of humanities who has served in a number of international initiatives. She is on a number of interfaith boards and organizations that promote understanding and peace.

Julie Choplin, now Julie Reynolds, an interior designer in Dallas, serves as vice-president of the Group Living Commission at Stephens this year.

And Margaret Nunn, who represents the Ideal of Self-Discipline, is Margaret Todd, a guidance counselor in Alabama.

Some more great photos from the 1962 Stephensophia: