Patricia McCarty has very fond memories of her time at North Dakota State School of Science, now known as NDSCS. Patty graduated from Wahpeton High School and heard how convenient and affordable NDSSS was from relatives. Tuition was around $25 per semester at that time.
Patty had been an active member of her high school newspaper and yearbook staff and carried that interest with her to NDSSS. She became involved with the NDSSS Dakota Scientist newspaper and was the associate editor of the Agawasie yearbook. In the photo, Patty is typing up the final page of copy. Other rich experiences included participation in the Broadcast Club, of which she was elected the ‘Broadcast Queen’ with her reading of “Time Out,” and becoming Vice President of the ND Student Council of Higher Education in 1950.
She graduated in 1951 with a Liberal Arts degree and joined the staff at the local Wahpeton newspaper, The Farmer Globe. Patty was able to work locally, reside at home and save money to further her education at Marquette University College of Journalism located in Milwaukee, WI. With the money she had earned and a partial scholarship, Patty graduated with only $10 of debt, which was the cost of her graduation gown.
Patty met her husband, , also a journalism major, while attending Marquette. They moved to Kansas City, MO and started their family. After raising their four children, Patty returned to work as a writer for the National Catholic Reporter and for the American Nurses Association.
Patty said her best memories of NDSSS were the instructors, especially Vernon Hektner, and the friendships she made and still has today. She remembers going to the Hub with her friends in the Student Center, attending dances and just hanging out and drinking malts.
She is now retired, lives in Kansas City and enjoys reminiscing and visiting about her time at NDSSS. Patty commented, “What a wonderful, wonderful school it was!”