- Written by Maridith Walker Geuder
The summer of 1973 was hot. Temperatures consistently hovered around 90 with 75 percent humidity. Not unusual for a Mississippi summer, but culture shock for Sheila Adams, a new faculty member in the fledgling nursing program that had just begun at The W. "By mid-afternoon, we would be dripping," Adams recalled. "It was a real adjustment for someone who grew up in Virginia."