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.

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