The 95th anniversary of the founding of Douglass was commemorated this fall on the day the doors opened 95 years ago—on September 18, 2013—with special celebrations welcoming students, alumnae and the Rutgers community to campus. Events held throughout the day were capped by the Mabel Smith Douglass Leadership Circle Reception View event photos on Flickr hosted by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College in the NJC Lounge, followed by the Douglass 95th Anniversary Dinner hosted by Douglass Dean Jacquelyn Litt and event honorary Chair Dr. Francis Harper Barchi at the Douglass College Center.
Celebration highlights include the dinner keynote address by former Smith College President and Douglass alumna Carol Tecla Christ ’66 who noted that “Douglass’ history is unique among women’s colleges,” and helps shape all that Douglass offers today. Read her speech
Members of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College Memorabilia Committee prepared an informative display of memorabilia from the earliest classes at NJC through the years for guests to enjoy at the dinner in Trayes Hall.
During the day, the Douglass Residential College 95th Anniversary Lectures were delivered by Cedar Crest College President Carmen Twillie Ambar, the ninth Dean of Douglass, who returned to campus to share her plenary keynote, Maximizing Your Douglass Experience, to students gathered in Voorhees Chapel. Dean Litt also delivered an inspiring talk at the plenary, Douglass at 95: Our Students, Our Success.
The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema ’66, of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, delivered a lecture later in the day titled, A View From the Bench: Reflections on Trials from Terrorism to Academic Freedom, at the Schare Recital Hall in the Marryott Music Building at Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. A reception followed at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library with the opening of the 95th Anniversary Exhibit.