Saturday, June 6, 2009

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From 1909-1947, Florida State University was known as Florida State College for Women. Agnes Granberry, an art student and member of the Class of 1912, created the original design for the school motto and seal: three torches side by side with the words Vires, Artes, Mores imprinted on a ribbon entwined through them. Vires: strength; Artes: skill; Mores: customs. The triple purpose of the college was to prepare its students physically, mentally, and morally to produce Femina Perfecta, the completed woman. After World War II ended, the college became coeducational. That was pretty lucky for me because that's when my father transferred to FSU and promptly met my mother!

10 comments:

Darla said...

I hear people talking about when it was an all girls school. I know you heard about the tornado in town....

Clytie said...

What a wonderful piece of history. And that your parents were a small part of it makes it all the more interesting! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweet Lois!
What a wonderful story! It reminds me that film starling "Julia Roberts"- Mona Lisa Smile ( 2003 ).It's about a women College and very beautiful script!
Have a wonderful weekend
Léia

Lois said...

I loved that movie Leia! Yes I heard about the tornado Darla--I'm actually in Jacksonville Beach this weekend at my niece's wedding. I'm posting from my iPhone on the beach!

B Squared said...

The chance occurrences of life never cease to amaze the wise man (and woman).

Leeds photography - Paul said...

Nice story Lois. I too loved Mona Lisa Smile.

Jacob said...

That is so interesting. I hadn't know that, but should have guessed as so many of today's universities started out as teacher training colleges or women's schools.

I'd guess your mom was a "femina perfecta" - meant, of course, is a positive way!

Daniel said...

Femina Perfecta! I spent 4 years at FSU, much of it dreaming of finding Femina Perfecta. I was far too Imperfectus to deserve one. Anyway, I did enjoy one holdover of Florida State College for Women: the recreation area on Lake Bradford called Camp Flastacowo.

Lisa Wilson said...

Aw, thank goodness your father transferred! Hope you are having fun at the beach!

Pam said...

I did not know any of this history about FSU and I find it most interesting. There is something good to be said for going co-ed.
My granddaughter is thinking about going to FSU or UF in three years. In state makes us Happy grandparents:)