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Transcript of video (dated June, 2005):

Sr. Tecla Snyder

I am Sister Tecla Snyder and I would like to talk today about a very important building in my life, 603 Taylor Street , in which I attended the College of St. Francis when I was a student Sister.

The College of St. Francis was a College that I loved very much. The faculty was dedicated to education, to higher education.

The President at that time was Mother Thomasine. The Dean at that time was Sister Eulogia. The Registrar was Sister Mildred. The Librarian was Sister Elvira, and we had many, many dedicated Sisters there. And we had very few lay teachers at that time. Everybody always remembers Dr. Weberg who taught history and political science. I had Spanish with Dr. Baudot for 2 years and later on had Sr. Francine. At the college I was the first Spanish major that they had and at that time I majored in Spanish and I had so many courses that I minored in English, Philosophy and English.

I just want to mention something about the nuns who taught there at that time. At the College at that time each section at 603, each classroom, was a classroom that was dedicated to a certain academic subject. For example, on downstairs of the college at that time they had science: chemistry, physics, and they had biology. The outstanding teachers at that time were Sr. Joan Preising, Sister Emeran and I had Sr. Flavia for biology.

Then on the next floor, the main floor a room dedicated to English, one for Math, one for History. And then along that same corridor we had the people who were in administration.

We had the Dean, the Registrar's office. We had the Library, and along with the Library there was a Reading Room. As you went through the reading room to get to the other side of the building there was a Journalism room.

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I loved that room because it had a big circular desk that I thought was so important in that room. Then in the back of that same area the Library had a work room.

As you went up the steps to the next floor, there was a room dedicated to Latin. At the time when I was there, there was a typing room, which we don't have today anymore. There was a large Lecture room for philosophy. As you continue on the rest of the building, there was a room dedicated to Education, one to Spanish, one to French, one to German. And along the way at the end was the Auditorium.

I just want to say something about the Auditorium when I was a Student Sister. We slept upstairs on the 4th floor of that building. You can imagine education below and the nuns sleeping above.

Sister LaVerne was in charge of Drama and Speech and she would in the evening when she had these plays, there were six of us in one dorm who slept up there, we would hear all the dialogue of the plays. We were trying to sleep when the dialogue went on. One play was something about Noah's ark and the line:"out of the water, out of the water, out, out, out...and I am trying to sleep and if they don't stop,"out of the water."

And another play she had Our Town and Glass Menagerie—I'll never forget in that play the mother would say to the son that did not like to get up: "rise and shine", "rise and shine," "rise and shine," if I hear that again when I am trying to sleep. Anyhow Sister LaVerne did a wonderful job in regard to Drama and Speech and so forth.

Some of the other teachers we had were Sr. Francine taught Spanish then Sr. Edmund at that time taught German, French at that time I don't know who taught French. Anyhow we had one room dedicated, no department had a secretary, they had nothing like that. They did a marvelous job of teaching. Another one I would like to talk about is Sr. Beatrice teaching English, she did a marvelous job. Everybody knew Sister Beatrice. She was also in charge of the Alum. She knew everybody: when they graduated when they entered the college, and so forth.

In the other building, the Wilcox building, they had the Music department on the third floor, and the Chapel. Along that same way, but at this time that is all I am going to say about the Sisters I don't want to get mixed up with what I want to say later. Anyhow I loved the place. I was so happy and all the nuns, so well prepared for teaching. I graduated in 1945. It was a wonderful experience. I will never forget it. I might have forgotten about some other people. I liked that place.

I went out teaching and in 1959 they said, "You are assigned to the College of St. Francis ." Oh, no! I had been teaching in high school,

2200 students in Toledo , football games, basketball games, assemblies, good times, yelling and so forth. And now I came to the College of St. Francis . I thought sure enough they would have some kind of arrangement for sports, and things like that. No, they had some kind of dancing that the girls did, like ballet dancing. I liked the College. When I came to the College instead of 603 Taylor , the high school in the Wilcox wing had gone out to the Academy. The college has everything contained there. It was a different world again.

I loved it. Do you know how many nuns there were at that time?

50 nuns! 50 nuns! We were in the new wing, always the new wing.

The 4 th floor of the new wing the college seniors slept, the next floors, the 3 rd floor and the 2 nd floor were the bedrooms of the nuns.

And then on the 1 st floor were the community room, the dining room, the TV room, the laundry that we had there. None of the students ever came along that way; they did not use the side entrance.

On the other side again we had different classrooms. Each department had its one room, no secretary. On 3 rd floor again they had the Music Department and they had other classrooms up there.

And then again on the next floor the 2 nd floor: Latin room in the one corner, the Language Lab, the German room, the French room, the Spanish room, the English room, the History room, the Sociology room, the big classroom more or less for Religion/Philosophy. Again whatever was in that department was in one classroom.

At that time, it was interesting because the students at that time did not bring cars to college, so we found a lot of them at the College over weekends. We had many, many clubs at the College. Many students participated in these clubs, and different outings. I was in charge of the Spanish club. We went to Spanish restaurants, we had Spanish piñatas. We did extra things not for the classrooms. We got to know the students that way.

That section, my classroom was next to the Registrar's Office with Sister Margaret was in charge. Over through the lobby on the other side was the Bursar's Office, we called it Bursar, today we call it the Business Office. There was one nun in charge of that. Then was the President's room—one room, then in the corner was the Priest's suite—if a priest came to visit, so forth they would be there, and then 3 little offices along that same way. When you went down the steps, there was all the dorm area for girls, and also on the 4th floor. It is interesting to know at that time the President did not have a secretary, she did her own typing and everything, so you can imagine today when you look back its a whole different bag.

Over on the other side by the Language Lab and so forth was the Dean's office. Sister Claudia was dean for 25 years at the college, also head of the Math Department, also Dean. She was a marvelous dean, I cannot tell you, so efficient but kind, caring and she did an excellent job as dean for the College.

But after Sister Claudia left we had many, many Deans. We had Dr. Harry Blanton; he was not there too long. Fr. Harold was there, then Fr. Clark, Fr. Dismas, Benedictine, Fr. Clark was a Jesuit. Fr. Dismas is now Abbot in Lisle of the Benedictines. After Fr. Dismas, I may not have it right, Dr. Steinkrauss. Dr. Steinkrauss came from the east. When he came to the College he studied everything about the college, the background, how it originated, the rules and regulations. He was excellent. Later he went back east with his wife. After Dr. Steinkrauss I believe Marge Marion took over. I did not stay at the College after that. Interesting too talking about these people in capacities and offices when I came to the College: Sr. Aniceta had been the President. then Sr. Elvira who was Librarian of the College before she became president. She had no secretary; she typed all the things herself. The Sr. Anita Marie was President and after her the first lay president Dr. Kerins, after Dr. Kerins, Dr.Orr, I was not there then, Dr. Dopke as I understand, and now we have wonderful Dr. Vinciguerra. He is doing marvelous things for the College. He has a deep love for the College, everything Franciscan and so dedicated.

And just one comment about Dr. Orr, who was very, dedicated President too, because he came in after the merger of the college. He picked things up and got it going.

The faculty that I taught with through the years; I had happy years, you know. I was trying to think of all the different people in the Education department, we had a lot of them, they had their rooms, they had their secretaries and things like that. They did a marvelous job, too. And as Sister Regina Marie said all the student teachers and I think of different things of all the people now teaching out in the field with a wonderful background to teach and do a good job.

Sr. Joan Preising, I didn't say anything before, I just mentioned her name along the way. Sister Joan had science, one thing dedicated St. Albert Hall and Sr. Emeran. Sr. Rosemary Small came in and helped at the college and did a wonderful job. We had Sr. Margaret Duffy as registrar, a dedicated person for years; Sr. Carol Ann at the Library many, many years there.

In English Department many people and now they have their own offices, it is wonderful, in History Department, Dr. Mykytuik, Dr. Oesterreich, we had Fr. Carlin who taught on the staff so many years, and Language Department so many different ones: Dr. Stranecky, Sr. Protase, Dr.Maleczewski. Sister Vincentia taught Latin for years, everybody had Sister Vincentia for Latin.

I'm trying to think of other Sisters: I mentioned Sr. Beatrice before. Sr. Carlene taught in English at the College. We had a lot of other people that we had there. The College of St. Francis, 603 Taylor, dedicated people to Education these were the times of their lives and they were happy about it. I want to say, when I went to the College, I'd like to mention everyone I taught with, I would never get done. All those nuns and all those dedicated lay people who came up, they continued on with the wonderful spirit that we had. I am very, very happy that the University of St. Francis now owns our Motherhouse and all the other buildings because we were always dedicated to Education. I am so happy that is going to continue on at University of St. Francis.

Lots of other memories I have of the College, students were wonderful. When I was at the College, we got to know the students. A few other things: I think the freshmen were not allowed to go home for weekends until after a certain number of weeks, you know. Then you really got to know them. They were there all weekend. Now you know at the college the students are not there on weekends they have to have jobs. Now it's a whole different bag.

Another thing when I went to the College it was interesting, because for one thing the dining rooms were the same as they were: 110 was the nuns' dining room, there were 111, 112, 113. Anyhow when I went there, lo and behold, we had to take our turns in the dining rooms with the students. Every evening they dressed up, the boarders, and we would sit with them at the tables. They learned where all the knives and forks went and how to use them. They were taught things in the classroom and they learned the niceties of life. If that happened today, I doubt it, lots of things fall away. Now look at the dining rooms and now look at the cafeteria, it's a whole different bag.

Anyhow I am happy to tell you: I was happy, I loved the 603 building and its use for education, I loved the College when I taught there.

I appreciated all the efforts all our nuns made to make things possible and the people that carried on with it.

With that I'll say,Adios, Muchachas!