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As a young girl from a very small Canadian town, Marge England found everything at FC- the campus, the students and the faculty, congenial and enjoyable. Though limited to just a couple of academic years, her experiences there shaped her future. Nearly all of her courses, aside from public speaking and a capella choir, were academic. She found herself dazzled by the variety of courses offered—everything from woodshop, printing, automobile repair, cosmetology, and ceramics to journalism, theater, and many different types of music.
Organized student activities included clubs and sororities, teas, dances and proms, pep rallies, and the famous Turkey Day football game against arch-foe Santa Ana. England recalls that each Fall, the entire FC student body boarded buses to Irvine Lake for a school picnic.
England was duly impressed with the efforts of faculty, administrators, and staff to include every student in college life. She recalls that Mrs. Hatch, the Dean of Women, was both a stern mother hen who lectured girls about proper attire and ladylike behavior, and a good counselor who was fun and approachable. England found the quality of instruction exceptional, including teachers like Dr. McClure (Marriage & Family and Philosophy), Mrs. Hodgkins (Art and Design), Miss Reynolds (Math teacher who advised the Alpha Gamma Sigma sorority and who made it possible for England to attend a student leadership conference in Bakersfield), and Dr. Shelton (Men’s Dean and Psychology teacher).
England’s academic advisor was Dr. Lynn Sheller, who at that time was Fullerton College’s Registrar. While Sheller agreed with England’s plans to transfer to U.C. Santa Barbara, he also ensured that she had the requirements for Whittier College, which he thought the more appropriate transfer school. When the time came, Sheller helped England obtain the scholarship that enabled her to attend Whittier College.
"I’m very proud of being a Hornet, and of the community college system, which I think is one of California’s highest achievements. My very best wishes to all the Fullerton College family, and may the next 100 years be just as successful. "
— Margaret England McClelland