The Marist College Herritage Project:A Practical Guide to Doing Oral History Section 3.


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Note: Be sure to omit questions that are inappropriate for non-faculty interviewees.

Biographical Questions

  • What is your full name?
  • Were you named after another family member?
  • Where were you born and when?
  • Do you have any siblings? What are their names?
  • Where did you grow up? Tell me about your hometown.
  • What were your parentsí names and occupations?
  • Tell me about your education as a child and as a young man/woman.
  • Were you ever married? If so, please state the name and occupation of your spouse.
  • Do you have any offspring? If so, please state their names and occupations.
Miscellaneous Questions
  • What drew you to the Marist Community?
  • What were your initial expectations in relation to working at Marist? Did those notions accurately reflect what you actually experienced?
  • How many brothers were present at the time you started working at Marist?
  • Please state the title and describe the nature of the positions you held at Marist.
  • Tell me about the size and the type of staff you have worked with over the years.
  • In particular, are there any staff members, which you feel have played a fundamental role in the development of Marist College.
  • Where were your offices located?
  • What and how many buildings were on campus when you first arrived on the Marist campus?
  • Please describe the status of the relationship between the lay Faculty and the Marist Brothers.
More Specific Questions
  • Was there a dramatic change in life on campus with the increase of lay students? With introduction of female students?
  • What type of impact did a novel coeducational institution have on the Marist Campus, students, and faculty?
  • Why was ownership of Marist College transferred to Marist College Educational Corporation in 1969? How did this affect the Marist campus, students, and faculty?
  • In your tenure at Marist, what do you feel has been your greatest challenge?
  • How were programs for the educationally disadvantaged developed? Please explain the nature of such programs.
  • What brought about the extensive building projects at Marist?
  • Please describe why, in 1973, the College began a cooperative program with local secondary schools? What was the goal of those endeavors?
  • In 1978, Marist was awarded a $1 million Title III award from the U.S. Department of Education for institutional development. What was your reaction to this event? Why do you think Marist College received this award?
  • Have you continued to play a role at Marist since your departure? If so, please explain. What compelled you to continue to be a part of the Marist experience?
  • Why did the Marist Brothers stop building new facilities themselves, and hire professional contractors?
Concluding Questions
  • ∑ Are there any subjects you feel this interview has neglected or not mentioned? If so, please state and describe what they are.
  • ∑ If you could give any advice to the faculty of Marist College, what would it be?
  • ∑ In retrospect, what do you feel was your greatest achievement at Marist? Please explain. Would you have done anything differently?
  • ∑ Has the change and growth on campus affected the Marist ideals?
  • ∑ What do you envision for the future of Marist College?
  • ∑ Marist College has had three different Presidents, Brother Paul Ambrose Fontaine, Dr. Linus Richard Foy, and our current President Dr. Dennis J. Murray, how do you feel that their styles of leadership have differed?

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