“Respect your parents. They graduated without Google.” — Unknown
It’s the end of Exam Week, and most of our students are either finished for the semester, or nearly so. We trust that our students did their very best and experienced a minimum of stress.
At the Regina Library, our services and resources are always available to you, and we will assist our students and faculty in any way we can. Of course, those services and resources have evolved and expanded considerably since the days of the old card catalog, pictured below!
We wish the very best to those of you who still have exams to take, and hope everyone has a joyful, restful Winter Break! See you in January!
“Christmas…is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans
It is December, and Rivier’s Regina Library is beautifully decorated for the holidays. One of our most special decorations is our crèche nativity set, which is on display in our first floor sitting area. There is a story behind our acquisition of this Nativity set, and it involves the two Sisters whose photographs we recently found while exploring in the Archives: Sister Albina Marie, and Sister Margaret Trudel.
Sr. Albina Marie, pm
Sr. Margaret Trudel, pm
According to Technical Services Librarian Elaine Bean, the story goes like this: After the Regina Library opened in 1958; Sr. Albina and Sr. Margaret decided they wanted to purchase a special nativity set for the new library’s display case. So, in the early 1960s, Sister Albina Marie and Sister Margaret Trudel set out for the Carmelite Chapel at the then-new Prudential building in Boston, which also sold some artifacts. They were hoping to purchase a new Hummel crèche to display on campus. When they arrived at the store, their eyes fell on the perfect baby Jesus figurine: one with an angel watching over him, To their dismay, however, the Sisters realized they only had enough money for that Baby Jesus figurine, and perhaps a few animals. They would have to wait to purchase Mary and Joseph.
A couple standing nearby overheard the two Sisters talking, surreptitiously purchased the Mary and the Joseph for the Sisters, and presented the two figurines to them as a gift. They would not accept any money, nor would they provide any personal information about themselves… beyond their first names.
And that is the story of how a mysterious couple in Boston, who called themselves Mary and Joseph, gave the Sisters from Rivier College an extraordinary Christmas gift. That gift completed the Holy Family we now lovingly display at the Regina Library every Christmas.
“The light of winter is the poetry of patience” — Monika Minder
Today is the last day of November. For many of us, the holiday season has begun in earnest; unless we’re careful, we can find ourselves overwhelmed with the activities of the season. Therefore, on the eve of December 1st, we thought you might enjoy this sweet, simple poem by Ruth Marie Lange (’43), that was printed in the December 1939 issue of Rivier’s student paper.
“Whatever good things we build, end up building us.” — Jim Rohn
We already mentioned that we at Rivier are happily getting ready to build a new science center here on campus. As referenced in our last post, Gone, But not Forgotten, St. Joseph Hall and Annex was the first old building to be razed as part of this improvement effort; this week, it’s Mendel’ Hall’s turn.
It is bittersweet, seeing some old buildings being torn down; they contain more than classrooms, or desks….good memories are often contained within those walls. We remind ourselves that these buildings have already served their purpose, and we hold those memories close.
Here’s a look back at Mendel Hall:
Rivier students taking a stroll; St. Joseph Hall is on the left, Mendel is on the Right.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”– Winston Churchill
This week, crews began demolition on St. Joseph Hall and Annex in order to make room for a new science center here at Rivier. While the future science center will be a wonderful, welcome addition to our campus, we thought it worthwhile to take a look back at the pretty stone building that served Rivier for many years:
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” — Seneca
There’s a great energy in the air here at Rivier; we welcomed our students for the Fall 2018 Semester this week. This is a brand new academic year, a clean slate, and we wish success to each of our scholars.
The start of the Fall Semester in 1941 was especially momentous for us, and an especially new start: at that time, Rivier left its original location in Hudson, NH to our present campus site.
You can see some more photos of the original campus and first students here.
“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future.” — Sally Mann
It’s always fascinating to see something familiar from a different angle, and equally interesting to see how a place evolves over time. We thought it would be fun to share these aerial photographs of Rivier, taken through the years:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” — Steve Jobs
Another academic year has come to a close. The campus is quiet this week; we trust that this means our students survived Exams and are now off enjoying summer vacation. And our members of the class of 2018 are looking forward to Rivier’s 83rd Commencement, which will be held this upcoming Sunday.
To our Graduates: As you focus on the bright future before you, we hope you look back fondly at your days here at Rivier. We are pleased to have been a part of your journey in life, and grateful for the connection we will always share.
To “connect the dots” between our past and present, we’d like to share a few photos of Rivier’s earliest graduates:
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” — Dr. Benjamin Spock
Final Exams are about to begin, and although we do our best to provide “Relaxation Stations” to our students, there is a little bit of tension in the air. All we can say to our students today is: we wish you success, and we have confidence that you will make it through and reach your goals. Study hard, take a deep breath, and conquer those tests!
In honor of exam week, we thought we’d share a vintage photo of some Rivier students studying hard, circa 1940.
This April has been unseasonably cold and icy thus far, even by New Hampshire standards. But, hopefully, warm spring days will come our way, and we can enjoy some of the lovely outdoor spaces on Rivier’s campus. Our Sunken Garden, located behind Madeleine Hall, is one such spot. It has undergone a few changes over the years, yet has always been a lovely, peaceful area: