My favorite memories of SCSU are Residence Hall Association, Outreach Unlimited and living in North Campus with students from other countries during my junior & senior year.
Joshua Oliver, Class of 2015
It is now gallery space on the second floor of Earl Hall, but back then it was an extension of Mr. Zawisa’s Color class. Dragging metal folding chairs around a row of six foot tables, we would work on our assignments, pin up art for an impromptu critique, or take a break to riff about Venetian art and the Pantone Color System. Most of us were commuters, so this small space was what we called home. Earl Hall was my favorite place on campus — crackling with creativity, and housing our incredible and dedicated art faculty. I am proud to be a member of the first graduating class of SCSU and I am grateful to return to campus as a staff member.
Marylou (Ready) Conley, Class of 1983, Staff
My fondest memory at Southern was when I was on the basketball team and we moved from Pelz Gymnasium into the Field House. It was like we as a team had died and gone to heaven This new beautiful structure came to fruition and we were going to open it up. Of course we won that initial game in the field house and nothing but good memories followed. When I played my last game and was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award it was one of the proudest moments of my life. To celebrate that final game I had a party at my house for 150 people! Even our coach Ed Brown showed up to celebrate. Southern was the greatest place to go to school and I cherish every moment there. Thank you Southern.
Charlie Miller, Class of 1975
There are so many memories at Southern since I started as a student in 2008 and then became a staff member in 2013. But my most favorite was the Blizzard of Feb 2013 when the university was snowed in for several days with I think 34+ inches of snow. Several of my closet friends and I, who were all RA’s, took shovels and dug are way to see each other at the North Campus Residence Complex! We had so much fun and it’s a memory that I’ll never forget.
Elizabeth Seccareccia, Class of 2013, Staff
My botany class was in an amphitheater with students in alphabetical order; I was fortunate to sit next to a boy at a time when the vast majority of the SCSC students were female. I was “Phillips” – he was “O’Grady.” We became friends but already had sweethearts elsewhere. Over the next few years, our friendship grew into love. He graduated in 1967 and went on to earn 2 Masters’ degrees; I graduated in 1968 and earned my Masters at Southern. We were engaged in 1967 and married in 1968. Now we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. Although we live in California and I am originally from New Jersey, Connecticut always feels like HOME to us and SCSU is where our adventure began.
Lorraine O’Grady, President of the Class of 1968 and Adjunct Professor
I was blessed to be the Director of Hickerson Hall for many years. Thirty-six years later, I still enjoy working with students and guiding them along their journey at Southern.
Joanne DeMarco Mielczarski, Staff
A Living History
Each month, through May 2019, learn about Southern’s history through the eyes of an alumnus or alumna, drawn from every decade since the 1930s.
Sophie Bialeck – Class of 1935