To the editor:
Those of you who attended Parsons College or lived in Fairfield, Iowa from 1963-1973 know and remember all of the activity on the Parsons College Campus.
Dr. Millard G. Roberts’s plan was to create an experience that would keep the students coming back each year for more of the great student life, which was created on campus.
Entertainment – Events were planned through the year, beginning with Homecoming in the fall, Miss Mistletoe in December, and in the spring we enjoyed Spring Fling, Derby Day (Theta Chi sponsored), Greek Week, Gala Fet, Piera (college yearbook) Queen Contest and Afro-American Week.
Many of these events would pull in nationally renowned entertainers for the students and community to enjoy. Neil Diamond and Gladys Knight and the Pips were just a few of the entertainers who came to the Parsons College Campus.
Varsity sports – Football, basketball (both men and women), baseball, softball, tennis and track and field. The Parsons Wildcat football team played in the Pecan Bowl in Texas against North Dakota State. The basketball team played a home and away with Gonzaga State (currently ranked one of the top NCAA basketball programs in the country)
Intramural sports – Flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, bowling, horseshoes, archery, bowling, and track and field. Each year, an Intramural Sweepstakes would take place and points by the various organizations would be tallied for team and individual placings in the particular sport, as well as “participation points”, which was intended to get more students involved in the sport.
Social life – There were twelve National Fraternities, four National Sororities and six independent social groups. Every weekend there were campus and local bands playing at parties and on campus.
Campus Guests – Graduation in June would always bring in a top nationally recognized speaker to offer a Commencement Speech in the Fry-Thomas Fieldhouse or on the central campus green. Sen. Gerald Ford gave a commencement address prior his rise to be elected president of the United States of America.
There was never a dull moment on campus and everyone could find a place to enjoy entertainment during their leisure time.
- Dave Neff, Fairfield, 1969 graduate of Parsons College