Cathleen Homrighaus, class of 1971, writes "I
was one of the original 18 who enrolled in freshman year and completed
the program in 4 years. We only graduated 13 and lost many over
the years. I never really looked to see how many of the 18 actually
finished but it was definitely less that 8. (We had several transfers
into the program and many of then many flunked the Bio and chem
that we took with their respective majors. This was not a 'dummied
down for nurses' course so we had a lot of fallout)....
"If you need a little info on my army service, I became a
member of the Army student nurse program because my grants were
being cancelled due tot he bankruptcy of New York City. This was
not a time to advertise that you were in the military. This is the
time frame of the college riots and sit-ins on campuses all over
the country. In fact, in the Spring of 1970, the Cambodian invasion
set off many demonstrations and the Albany campus was not left out.
I was a resident of Colonial Quad when the fire alarms went off
in the early morning and as we left the tower you could see the
quad lounge in flames (molotov cocktail in the grand piano) and
in subsequent days, you could see other areas in the cafeteria where
fires were set but went out on their own (there was one couch near
the doors to the tunnel to the tower that was all charred and the
flames had almost reached the ceiling. This is how close we came
to having a true disaster!). It was a frightening time.
"I began active duty in Sep 1971 with basic training in San
Antonio, TX for 2 months and then spent the remainder of my two
year at Forth Leonard Wood, MO. I never went to Vietnam or overseas,
because it was beginning to wind down and they were not sending
as many nurses over. My first son was born at the base hospital
because my husband was still stationed there for another year and
then he was riffed along with just about every other reserve officer
at the end of the war. We would have liked to stay in the service
for a while but the army had other plans for us."