Sharon Tribley studied — and was studied — during her first day at Siena College. It was Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1969, the first day of classes at the Franciscan college in Loudonville. For the first time, women were part of the classroom experience. Seventeen female students joined 1,500 guys on campus, and girls knew they were being looked over. In other news from September 1969, the start of Jewish holy days was observed at Temple Gates of Heaven and Congregation Beth Israel. And Pastors Eugene Dix and Carl B. Taylor — of Refreshing Spring and Friendship Baptist churches, respectively — participated in activities away from the pulpit.
Sharon Tribley of Cohoes makes new friends during her first day at Siena College — Sept. 9, 1969. From left are senior Jerry Boileau of Guilderland, freshman Jerry Steel of Stillwater and senior Joe Hilton of Hudson. Tribley was one of the first women on campus.
Sandra Johnson, left, and Cynthia Smaller wear crowns and carry flowers after winning regal titles during a coronation banquet sponsored by the Chancel Choir of Friendship Baptist Church in September 1969. Friendship pastor Rev. Carl B. Taylor stands with the new queens.
Rev. Eugene Dix, pastor of Refreshing Spring Church in Schenectady, meets with campaign boosters. From left are Tina Burton; Rev. James C. Miller, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church; Mrs. Jack Easley and Georgetta Dix, the candidate’s wife. Dix was running for a seat on the Schenectady Board of Education.
Preparing for 1969 Rosh Hashana services at Congregation Beth Israel in Schenectady are Rabbi Howard S. Joseph, left, and cantor Israel Shubowitz, right. Members of the male choir also stand ready. From left in the front row are Jerry Ziffer, Scott Grayman and David Bibliowicz. From left in the back are Bruce Verdrager, Jay Bibliowicz, Charles Hoorwitz and David Aftergut. Services marking the Jewish holy days began Sept. 12.
Rabbi Michael M. Szenes of Temple Gates of Heaven and young friends change mantles of the Torah from dark maroon to white as the Jewish holy days begin in September 1969. With the rabbi, from left, are Bruce Dworsky, Deborah Naigles, Mark Naigles and Jerel Golub.
Schenectady employees install “Don't be a Litterbug” signs in September 1969. From left are Lawrence C. Van Epps, superintendent of the city’s Bureau of Service, and bureau employees Stuart Benjamin and John Fasula.