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Quigley Celebrates 50 Years of Memories

During a year of historic celebrations, it only seems fitting that we recognize another memorable event in Central’s history. Central’s 125th year celebration also marks the 50th year of Quigley Hall’s inception, a landmark event for the incoming class of 1966.

The original “dormitory” opened during the fall of 1966 to many different groups of students, including upperclassman. This was an unusual situation for the incoming freshman to walk into, but with the recent closing of Alfred Hall, many upperclassmen had been moved out of their dorms and transferred to the newly built, Quigley Hall. Alfred Hall was re-purposed into offices in years following 1966, before becoming what is now known as the Student Village residence halls. Alfred Hall was once the “prefab” housing, provided to World War II soldiers returning from war.

One of Quigley Hall’s first residents, Mr. Cliff Stevenson, has several fond memories of his time here at Central. Mr. Stevenson is now a retired teacher, but spent almost seven years as a resident of Quigley Hall, commenting that his time there was unparalleled to any other living situation during his college years.

“I lived in Quigley my freshman through my senior year, from fall quarter 1966 through 1970 when I graduated. After graduation, I returned to Central for post-graduate work in the fall of 1970, but decided to live off-campus. However, I really like the ‘dorm life’, so I moved back into Quigley to continue my post-graduate work in elementary education in the fall of 1971.”

Stevenson also served as a Residence Hall Associate for several years during his undergraduate work, staying close to the dorm politics, but never serving in the “dorm” office.

“My years in Quigley helped me hone my leadership skills and the experience became an invaluable training ground for my adult career as a teacher and as the president of my teacher’s union.”

During the years between Quigley’s groundbreaking and 1970, there were a lot of changes made to both the internal structure of dormitories as well as how “living” was defined for co-ed dorms in the early 70s. During Quigley’s first year, the freshman female dorms had hours and visits in opposite sex dorms were only allowed in the lobby and lounge areas. Freshman and sophomore women had to be in their rooms by midnight on school evenings, and 2:00 a.m. on weekend nights. Men, on the other hand, did not have specific curfew hours, and by 1970, the hours for female dorms had been abolished.

In addition, Quigley Hall was one of the first dorms to become “co-ed,” although it was only classified by floors, similar to present-day. The year before this, Barto Hall became the first hall to be co-ed by wings. Quigley was also assigned to eat in the stand-alone Holmes Dining Hall, which was cafeteria style. In later years, Holmes instituted the “Scramble System,” which is similar to today’s food service. Quigley did stay on the cutting edge in other aspects however being one of the first dorms to have telephones in the rooms. The older dorms had a central telephone in the lobby or lounge. Televisions were also allowed to be purchased and installed in the individual dorms, Stevenson remembers this.

“One of the first things we did was use our dorm dues to buy a state-of-the-art 23-inch color TV, so we could watch Star Trek, which is also celebrating its 50th year as a TV and movie franchise.”

Today, Quigley Hall serves as a Quest Living-Learning Community, or LLC, which allows students to discover their academic focus by fostering exploration within the support of a community-based cohort model. Students participate in standardized assessments, concentrated programming and direct contact with campus partners like Academic Advising, Career Services, Student Employment, and the Brook Library. The goal is to assist students in their choice of major and career path. Facilitating engagement within the campus and community, both academically and socially, is another key part of being a student in an LLC.

Stevenson’s family is considered a “legacy” family, here at Central. Stevenson, his wife, and his daughter all graduated from CWU. Adding to his pride and happiness in the university, Stevenson also met his wife during his time study at Central. With Quigley Hall’s 50th anniversary, Stevenson has had some time to reflect upon what meant most to him, during his time at CWU. Stevenson recently reconnected with some of his dorm mates in Quigley Hall, and was reminded of the good times they had in the dorm.

“That’s what Quigley Hall’s 50th anniversary means to me. No matter how much time and distance come between us, we share a common experience in Quigley Hall, we are all friends for forever. When we left the dorm all those years ago, we joked that our college days were the “Days of Grandeur and Empire.” The empire may have faded, but the grandeur of friendship remains strong. I give thanks for that every day.


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