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of the aspects she and many other housemothers enjoyed was teaching the female students to hold tea parties and other such social events (Hazelhurst, 1987).

In the early 1970's the housemothers began to gradually

retire and were replaced by individuals, both men and women,

who tended to be younger and better educated.

Often these

individuals

had

their

Bachelors

Degree

and

were

working

on

their Masters.

Persons employed during this time period

included Steve and Jim McIntyre, Dick

Mary Adams, Joe and Marcia Bergeson, McGarry, Rod Smith and Becky Romenesko

to

name

a

few.

Because

both

men

and

women

were

now

working

in

the halls,

their title was changed from housemother to head

resident.

The era of the housemother truly ended in 1980

with the retirement namely Doris Saures

of the last two original housemothers, and Arline Kiely (Koehler, 1986).

In 1968, a graduate program in College Student Personnel

was approved for to the hiring of

the University.

head

residents

This program

with

this

type

eventually of degree.

led The

philosophy

behind

such

a

move

was

quite

practical.

University

officials felt that if a student personnel degree was being

offered,

then those individuals who were hired to work in

the

dormitories

should

have

such

expertise.

Up

until

1975,

the head resident service employee.

was categorized as a classified, civil When individuals with their Masters Degrees

began to be hired, the head resident position was retitled

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