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Three weeks before the college opened its doors to the pioneer student body in 1959, Alma Gatewood, wife of the college’s first president, hosted a meeting for women interested in raising funds for the new college. Despite stormy weather conditions, about 350 women packed in and around the recreation room of the estate house on campus for that meeting. The unexpected response foreshadowed years of successful efforts by the organization being born that night, the Associates of Rochester College.

For over 50 years, the Associates played a vital role in the development of Rochester College. Nearly every building on the campus, as well as a good portion of the equipment, athletic fields, and parking areas exist in part as a result of major contributions from the Associates. The following are some of the projects the Associates assisted with funding:

  • Associates Scholarships
  • Library books, periodicals, and electronic media
  • College vehicles
  • Classroom furniture and equipment
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • Music ensemble outfits and equipment
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Employee salaries
  • Printed promotional materials
  • Debt retirement

In 2013, the Associates board decided to transition supervision of their organization to the college development office. Prior to the official transition on May 31, 2013, the Associates passed the $4 million milestone with $4,001,075 in contributions to the college. The group’s incredible legacy will continue through the newly-structured organization and the Associates Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The college is deeply indebted to the many hundreds of individuals who served as Associates. In particular, the college honors those who served in leadership roles.

Fiscal Year MoneyRaised President Fall Festival Queen
2012 to 2013  22,628.00 Carol Passage
2011 to 2012 32,334.28 Carol Passage
2010 to 2011 77,719.29 Lynne Stewart
2009 to 2010 27,963.90 Lynne Stewart
2008 to 2009 31,933.39 Jeannette Schiele
2007 to 2008 35,981.36 Jeannette Schiele
2006 to 2007 47,962.90 Linda Jones
2005 to 2006 61,930.23 Linda Jones  Norma Morris
2004 to 2005 62,885.08 Tammy Conner  Sharon Witlatch
2003 to 2004 69,774.89 Tammy Conner  Delores Dickinson
2002 to 2003 79,480.46 Julie Harper  Carol Passage
2001 to 2002 116,721.00 Julie Harper  Benita Ward
2000 to 2001 106,205.71 Sharon Whitlatch  Kay Norman
1999 to 2000 132,582.22 Sharon Whitlatch  Barb Brooks
1998 to 1999 206,471.19 Sharon Whitlatch  Fonda Robinson
1997 to 1998 133,279.06 Barb O’Rourke  Jeannette Schiele
1996 to 1997 105,643.23 Barb O’Rourke Janice Parent
1995 to 1996 119,534.05 Margaret Feltner Jeanne Runnels
1994 to 1995 119,262.28 Margaret Feltner Lynne Stewart
1993 to 1994 121,400.77 Ginny May Helen Slater
1992 to 1993 135,260.03 Ginny May Anna Holder
1991 to 1992 137,029.53 Beth Fisher Marjorie Christman
1990 to 1991 120,361.27 Beth Fisher Karen Watson
1989 to 1990 131,802.60 Margaret Hadfield Mildred Freeland
1988 to 1989 108,234.25 Margaret Hadfield Rubye Williams
1987 to 1988 114,492.27 Margaret Hadfield Mary Utley
1986 to 1987 111,280.51 Benita Ward Erma Duty
1985 to 1986 123,235.03 Benita Ward Donna White
1984 to 1985 133,460.23 Pat Harrison Carrie Newton
1983 to 1984 110,196.82 Pat Harrison Lydia Talley
1982 to 1983 124,446.55 Gwen Orr Hester Davies
1981 to 1982 167,422.36 Gwen Orr Georgia Phillips
1980 to 1981 126,968.43 Maxine Foster Mary Etta Stowe
1979 to 1980 115,528.23 Maxine Foster Aileen Smith
1978 to 1979 105,757.39 Mary Utley Pat Harrison
1977 to 1978 105,897.74 Mary Utley Laverne Smith
1976 to 1977 113,403.32 Mary Etta Stowe Pearl Hancock
1975 to 1976 100,980.28 Mary Etta Stowe Marie Hall
1974 to 1975 84,645.08 Helen Slater Mary Monroe
1973 to 1974 69,430.70 Helen Slater Viola Deckard
1972 to 1973 71,625.76 Helen Slater Janet Hyder
1971 to 1972 59,774.91 Mary Etta Stowe Wilma Lutz
1970 to 1971 51,479.92 Catherine Sadurski Jonnie Brown
1969 to 1970 53,133.74 Wilma Lutz Betty Dunlap
1968 to 1969 58,800.73 MarieCarter Sonja Temple
1967 to 1968 53,724.39 Bette Huckaby Evelyn Glover
1966 to 1967 51,083.89 Mildred Freeland Ruth Watson
1965 to 1966 51,191.05 Mildred Freeland Helen Williams
1964 to 1965 41,882.63 Wilma McKeel Eddy Golden
1963 to 1964 43,972.47 Wilma McKeel Doris Dunn
1962 to 1963 33,537.67 Bette Huckaby
1961 to 1962 34,682.09 Bell Parsons
1960 to 1961 27,713.73 Vodie Kerr
1959 to 1960 10,878.73 ElMeta Ford