Nun in St. Procopius College chemistry lab, c. 1960s
Collection: Benedictine University Archives, Benedictine University Library
Title: March 2014 Photo of the Month: [Nun in St. Procopius College chemistry lab, c. 1960s]
Date: c. 1960s
Place: North America: U.S.; Lisle, IL;
Type: 5x7 Photograph
In March 1968, St. Procopius College administration announced that the school (now Benedictine University) would become fully co-educational as of the 1968 fall semester. Prior to this change, a small number of women were allowed special student status and the ability to take classes, including sisters from area abbeys, as shown in this photo.
45 freshman women matriculated that fall and the school used St. Mary’s Hall on the Benet Academy campus as the first de facto women’s residence hall. When surveyed by The Procopian News, the new women students reported a positive experience with just a little awkwardness:
“I think the boys feel that they have to be on their guard all the time. They don’t have to be afraid of us. All they have to do is act normal.” said frosh boarder Dianne Coppoletta.
Photo ID: s-1687
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