Wagner, Neil parts 1/2 (tape #05 sides a/b)

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Tape stock length: 90 min
Running Time: 90 min


Mr. Wagner goes into great detail about every aspect of life at WCSU from both his time as a student and as an employee. He looks back with great fondness on his time as a student, and stresses the importance of maintaining those aspect of the college that made his experience here so memorable for future classes.
Label Contents: 9/24/1976



Oral History Item Type Metadata


Friel, Jack


Wagner, Neil


Running Time: 90 min

Time Summary

0-10 Min: Dean of extended services, which includes career and co-operative education programs; Captain of the WCSU basketball team in 1952 when he was a student; Co-operative education program that lets students work full-time jobs or internships for course credit; also beginning to offer classes that are not specifically geared towards a degree program, but rather are geared towards classes that help professionals hone their skills set; seminars for retirees to provide learning and activities not necessarily geared towards a degree program;
10-20 Min: evening program has an estimated enrollment of 3300 students; programs that were not previously offered at WCSU are being offered in concert with such schools as UCONN and Univ of Bridgeport at the WCSU campus to better service the region WCSU serves; recalls having to go through a series of interviews and exams to get admitted; once he was admitted he was mistakenly given a dorm room because administration had assumed that he was in fact a women;
20-30 Min: while going to WCSU Mr. Wagner lived with a family on Beaverbrook Road who's matriarch was the first women in Danbury to vote as well as the first one to get a hunting license; recalls that on the first day of classes he went to the Registrar's office and was simply handed a complete schedule of classes for the semester; recalls roughly 60-70 men in his freshman class; recalls the do-days he participated in during his time as a student;
30-40 Min: do-day led to a larger production called spring weekend that saw larger projects and Broadway play productions rather than just simple skits; the interim was program for freshman and sophomores for four weeks in February was an exploratory intern program;
40-50 Min: recollections of playing basketball for WCSU; the extent of the sports programs at WCSU; at the time football started up at WCSU Mr. Wagner was athletic director; the initial proposal was for a football club, which the board was not in favor of due to lack of administrative control; in the following spring the board began to build itself a legitimate football team;
50-60 Min: the ethnic make-up of Danbury, its large pockets of Portuguese and Syrian immigrants, WCSU has had an exceptional soccer team; at the time all of the varsity sports were financed by a $9 per student per semester fee;
60-70 Min: alumni association and funding of it, the alumni assoc wish to further increase the amount of scholarship money they can make available per semester; recalls receiving a 32 page booklet upon graduating that outlined every guideline and expectation for the first year teacher; anecdotes about Mr. Durgy the janitor at WCSU during the first part of the 20th century;
70-80 Min: feels that in order for WCSU to physically expand they need to provide for the community in such a way that the community demands expansion and not the college itself; the impact of the explosion in student populations, talks about the university attempting to institute a carpool among its commuter students;
80-90 Min: personal banter



Friel, Jack -- interviewer. “Wagner, Neil parts 1/2 (tape #05 sides a/b).” Jack Friel University History Collection, MS004. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 6 Dec. 2019.


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