What does 125 years of co-education at Bucknell mean to you? How do you believe living and learning in a co-educational environment have enhanced your professional and personal lives?
E-mail Celebrate125@bucknell.edu and share your Bucknell memories and what co-education means to you. Please be sure to include your name as you wish it to appear, your major, and your class year.
A selection of memories that have been shared:
Megan B. Sullivan, Class of 1986
“I don't think people realize this.....and what a difference it made to their experience...having it just be a "given" and part of Bucknell.....it would be interesting to see a list of competing schools… the kind of coed that had 2 affiliated schools...and then the real kind...like Bucknell. This was one of the reasons I chose Bucknell. I remember visiting (another college) in 1982 and reading all kinds of discussion in the school newspaper about the rights/privileges of the women on campus. I knew I didn't want that kind of hassle/issue floating around on campus.”
Trudy Cunningham, former Associate Dean of the College of Engineering
“One of the main differences is that Bucknell had female faculty much earlier…other faculty, administrators, and students got used to them being there... it’s just easier if you don’t have to change so dramatically, whereas when (other schools) went coed in 1969, it was hard, and the women who came in expected more than they got, and it took 20 years...”
Marcia Hegeman, Class of 1943, on campus life for women during WWII
“Probably the ratio was 2:1, women to men, and the women had far more opportunities than they had when the ratio was the opposite. We were able to accept leadership roles and step into those roles that men had been removed from, and it was a real opportunity for every woman who had that chance because, back at that time, women didn’t often have those opportunities.”
Fitz Walling, Class of 1946 and first Director of Admissions
“You could take a girl for a date and go to Pardoes…for 25 cents, because Cokes were about 5-10 cents a little glass…you’d go to the movies once in awhile downtown…they used to have two theatres, the one that is there now, and the Spit-n-Whistle down on North 3rd Street…that was an old one…they had all of the westerns in there… and there were dances and stuff going on on-campus at that time. There was enough stuff going on. You had to study. I had to study...but there was no money because this was at the end of the Depression and it was tough, it was really tough.”
As memories are received, they will be shared on the 125 wesbite or used in a series of media presentations and exhibits during Homecoming weekend. Submissions may be edited slightly for length and clarity.
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