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Alumni Reunite After 35 Years

Former RAs from the ’70s tour residence halls at Homecoming 2012.

A small group of resident assistants (now known at Mizzou as peer advisers) who patrolled Hatch and Schurz halls in 1977–78 reunited at Hatch Hall Friday before Homecoming 2012. David McAllister, BS Ed ’78, JD ’83, who arranged the get-together, says it doesn’t feel like it was 35 years ago that he was an RA at Schurz. But it was a different time back then. Fall 1977 was the first year MU residence halls went co-ed. Previously, Hatch housed men, and Schurz housed women. “We noticed male behavior settle down quite a bit,” McAllister says.

black and white photo of students in the 1970s

Schurz staff, top row, from left: Lee Ann Lacy Clark, BS HE ’77; Robert Sloan Nurs ’79; Cynthia Markley Sokolik, BS Ed ’79; Jack Brand, BM ’80; Elena Andree-Crain, BS Ed, BS Ed ’77, M Ed ’80. Bottom row, from left: David McAllister, BS Ed ’78, JD ’83; Janet Thompson, BS Ed ’70; Daniel Bowman, EdD ’77; Diane Featherstone Joest, BS HE ’75. Photo courtesy of David McAllister.

black and white photo of students in the 1970s

Hatch staff, top row, from left: Patrick Gugliano, BS ’79; Tina Hartman Jones, BHS ’89; Brent Mallinckrodt, BA, BA ’78; Peter Jumper, BA ’77; Joni Buesing Brand, BSN ’79; Bottom row, from left: Jane Williams Bennett, M Ed ’80; James Rusk, BS BA ’78; Nancy Robinson Jumper, BS Ed ’78; David Roloff, BES ’78, MA ’85. Photo courtesy of David Roloff.

group of alumni in front of Hatch Hall

Now: Eight former RAs from the ’70s gathered outside Hatch Hall Oct. 26, 2012, 35 years after they were student staff at Hatch and Schurz hall the first year the dorms went co-ed. From left: Elena Andree-Crain, Patrick Gugliano, Brent Mallinckrodt, Nancy Robinson Jumper, Joni Buesing Brand, Jack Brand, David McAllister and David Roloff. Photo by Nicholas Benner.