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Did You Know….this about CNR?
When Simeon Leland’s “Castleview” estate was
up in the early 1880’s by the developers of Residence Park, some of the
statuary which decorated estate was sold to John Starin who was
a large resort on Glen Island. A lion and pony statue from “Castleview”
remain today on Glen Island.
When the local Trinity public school was destroyed
fire in 1882, the vacant Leland Castle was rented temporarily for
A former pupil of Trinity recalled seeing large wall paintings of the
War naval battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac
The fine period furniture in Leland Castle was the
of Joe Carlo, custodian of the Sports Building for almost 20 years.
Joe retired in 1975, he and his wife continued to collect, refinish,
reupholster many Victorian style furnishings which had gone out of
In 1981, more than 100 pieces of furniture and period lamps arrived at
newly renovated Castle---a legacy of love to the College which had
him and his many gifts of care-taking of the Sports Building and
in supporting CNR sportswome.
June 9, 1939 marks the date of CNR’s first Alumnae
organized by Mary Shaughnessy ’19 (who became Mother Celeste). The
included a guest lecturer, “classroom” sessions with professors, a
evening dinner with entertainment, Sunday mass, and lots of time for
One reunioner came all the way from California!
Mother Xavier Fitzgerald, the brilliant mastermind
CNR’s pioneer curriculum and first Registrar, was an Irish immigrant
waited on tables and worked as a nanny for 15 years until she could
high school and get her teacher’s certificate. She met the Ursulines in
when she came to study for New York City teachers’ credentials at their
(Normal) School. After graduating from CNR, she went to Columbia for
masters. From her little office in Chidwick “Xave” was economics &
professor, Registrar, confidante of students and faculty alike—and
The 1904 financial affairs of the new College were
in a composition book listing receipts and expenses. The advertisement
the College in The New York Times cost $42.75, and the ad in the
News was $5.00; a blackboard eraser cost .5¢; and the mortgage
payment on the Castle was $3,897.67. Receipts for September 1904
to $3,955.24 and expenses were $2,317.97, which included the elementary
high school, new College, and convent.
As CNR has grown in numbers and Schools, its
has increased from a few students from Latin America and Europe in its
years to a very diverse student population of today. Beginning in the
1940’s, African American and Asian women were enrolled and graduated.
international scholarships brought young women to CNR from Africa,
Mexico, and South and Central America through the late 1960’s. In 1968,
Martin Luther King Scholarship program for New Rochelle African
women added needed diversity to the School of Arts and Sciences. Though
as a Catholic college, from its inception, students of any religion
accepted by CNR. From its foundation, CNR had a diverse faculty of men
women from a variety of universities in the U.S. and abroad and also
a variety of religious traditions.
The first class ring was designed by the Class of
with two thistles engraved on a gold signet. Class ring designs varied
the early years until 1923 when a model based on the West Point ring
selected. This model with slight variation in size & gold karats
standardized until 1966 when the Class of 1968 voted to change the
More recently, students have more options about their ring choice. The
Ring Ceremony for the School of Arts and Sciences (and later, School of
students began in 1944. The College ring continues to serve as a
link of relationship between the wearer and CNR.
During World War I, CNR students actively
in a Red Cross unit on Campus—knitting, making surgical dressings,
money with a concert, raffles, and basketball games—raising $3,000 for
war effort. Alumnae responded by volunteering as secretaries for the
Cross, entertaining the troops, and raising funds for an ambulance. The
yearbook, Annales, had a military theme and records that when
message came that the armistice had been signed, the students went to
Chapel to give thanks. “Never was there a more beautiful sight in the
than the girls in caps and gowns singing with all their hearts ‘Holy
we Praise Thy Name’ and ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.”
World War II at CNR brought many changes to campus.
were drafted—and kept in touch with the students about conditions they
overseas. Rationing of all types affected student life. There were
in the dormitories and air raid drills. Students began waitressing in
dining room, and classes were cancelled for two weeks in the winter of
because of a fuel shortage. Dates wore military uniforms to proms.
were special physical fitness classes, as well as First Aid, Home
and Automobile Repair (non-credit) courses were offered. Students
$400,000 to buy War Bonds. Clubs like the Peace Group and the Debating
discussed the issues and causes of war. With fathers, brothers and
in service, the mood on campus became more serious and prayer-filled.
1945 yearbook was entitled PAX—Peace instead of Annales.
Sports for women were an innovation in 1904, but a
part of the College curriculum from the beginning. Basketball, fencing,
track & field competition, and tennis were taught to the 1908
who wore voluminous pleated bloomers, over blouses, black stockings and
sneakers. As the College grew, interclass sports reached a fevered
with the Annual “Meet.” In later years, with the Sports Building pool
the annual four class “Swimphony” with water and land ballet
brought talents and class spirit together.
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