- Libraries & Spaces
We are currently installing new doors in the stairwell in Lauinger Library. During this time, visitors will not be able to use landings that are under construction, either to enter that floor or pass through en route to another. We encourage visitors to use the elevators, although the stairwell may still be used to access floors that are not under construction. Landings under construction should only be used in the case of an emergency.
The College first admitted women in 1969. In March of the same year, the Nursing School announced that it would accept applications from male students. The dean of the School, Sister Rita Marie Bergeron, OSB, cited expanding the supply of professional nurses as the main reason for the change. Three male students graduated in 1976, among them Richard Haas, the first male to enroll. In an interview published in The Washington Post on May 17, 1976, Mr. Haas recounted how, as a volunteer firefighter in Prince George's County, he was nicknamed "Flo" and was continually questioned and teased by his fellow firefighters about his status as a nursing student. However, that changed when "we had an accident where two people were killed and seven were lying in the street. A little girl was pinned under a car. Nobody knew where to start. I kept pressure on the girl's femoral artery for 45 minutes [and saved her life]' Nobody asked me any questions after that."