Experience the Moravian Effect
Alice Campbell Bartholomew ’70
Former Nursing Professor at Northampton Community College
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Bartholomew Juggled Job, Family and Studies As Moravian Student
Alice Campbell Bartholomew ’70 freely admits her studies didn’t receive her full attention while attending Moravian College in the late 1960s. Of course, her excuses have merit. With a husband, a young son, and a full-time nursing position at the now-defunct Betts Hospital in Easton, working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, Alice’s daily calendar didn’t allow for indulgence of any kind – especially studying or sleeping.
Her schedule dictated that she only attend class part time, at night. This meant sleeping during the day, when her family was already at school and work. This was, of course, if her son’s school didn’t have a field trip planned. The afternoons she spent chaperoning she was especially blurred eyed, adding, “My days were pretty full,” with a laugh.
“My experience at Moravian was interesting and educational, but I certainly didn’t have the college life that most people have when they go during the day,” explains Alice. But she recalls a lot of her fellow night students had the same responsibilities awaiting them at home. These obstacles didn’t allow her – or others – to establish the friendships often forged during the leisure periods between classes that most undergraduates experience, she points out.
Despite the hurdles, Bartholomew prevailed to obtain her bachelor’s degree, eventually completing her job transition from general duty nurse to collegiate nursing professor. Along the way she also earned a Master of Education degree, as well as a Master of Nursing degree. “I spent a lot of my adult life in classes,” she reasons.
In 1973, Alice began working for Northampton Community College, a place she grew into, securing advanced degrees along the way to keep up with state and national nursing guidelines. Her main focus was training registered nurses and practical nurses, before transitioning to become the college’s coordinator of practical nursing. By the time she retired in 1995, Alice had held the title of professor of nursing for several years. “I worked my way up,” she explains.
ABOVE: Bartholomew (right), who has lived in Forks Township for much of her life, smiles with her friend Perma Seiple.
ABOVE: Bartholomew (right) points to her name on a poster acknowledging her work in the community. Also pictured is Bartholomew's friend Dawn Elliott.
While she always envisioned herself in the nursing profession – attending St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing before Moravian – Alice didn’t realize until a decade on the job that she wanted to “branch out” and teach. Her own journey back to the classroom made Alice more aware of the trials her own students faced back home. “When students would complain about having to work or having a family, I knew exactly what they were talking about,” Bartholomew says. “It’s not always going to be easy.”
While her son is grown with kids of his own today, and she’s been retired for nearly two decades, Alice hasn’t slowed down much. In fact, Alice’s husband of 57 years, Richard, or “Skip” to most, has a hard time keeping tabs on his busy wife.
Alice’s volunteering schedule leaves few openings as she spends time lending a hand or fundraising with the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, St. Luke’s Hospital, the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, the Red Cross, and the Coco Foundation, among others. This doesn’t include her time with her church and countless area festivals.
“People have trouble getting a hold of me because I volunteer at a lot of different places,” says Alice, who still makes her home in Forks Township. “As long as I can do it, I’ll do it. When I can’t so it anymore, I won’t.”
Alice calls her schedule one of the secrets to keeping a marriage working. “We give each other the space to live,” she says.
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