One of my mother’s friends, Helen Kirby '53, is a P.E.O., Cottey alumna, and (back then) a member of the Board of Trustees. When I was a senior in high school, Helen strongly suggested that I look at Cottey and the rest is history! I often use this story to illustrate to other P.E.O.s that we need to be thinking about and talking about Cottey to everyone.
After our cumulative organic chemistry final, Dr. Fowler took the whole class out for a pizza dinner. That was a nice way to wrap up the year. When the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred, Dr. Washburn, Cottey’s president at the time, visited every single suite on campus that evening to talk with all the students. That showed how much she cared. I have been able to keep in touch with a few faculty and staff members and even heard from them when my first child was born. Where else but at Cottey would these things happen?
I attended Cottey and it changed my life! It provided me with excellent opportunities for research and leadership and made me a much more confident woman. I was able to do two independent research projects in chemistry and biology during my time there. I was able to use laboratory equipment often reserved for graduate students and post docs at most universities while I was a freshman and sophomore. Cottey instilled a lot of confidence in me and my abilities. I definitely would not be the person I am today without my time at Cottey.
I made friends for life (including faculty and staff). I was better prepared entering my transfer institution than the students who had been there for the first two years. The traditions.