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The Bennett banner : bulletin of Bennett College for Women. online resource (None) 193?-current, September 01, 1958, Image 1

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Support The Endowment Drive THE BENNETT BANNER “Believing that an informed campus is a Key to Democracy” ARCHIVES Cdtlpgy '^I^rfsbon. K G: Founder’s Day November 1 VOL. XXVI NO. 1 GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA SEPTEMBER, 1958 14 Members Added To Bennett Faculty-Staff The addition of several persons to the Bennett College faculty and staff has been announced. Fred A. Eady, of Pineland. S. C. a graduate in drama of floward University, has been named in structor in dramatics. Mr. Eady, who studied under playwright Owen Dodson, was president of the Howard Players. Miss Doris Leake, of Reidsville, N. C., a home economics graduate of North Carolina College at Dur ham, with a M. A. degree from Howard University in religious education, has been named assis tant director of co-currciular ac tivities. Dr. Robert Vlach, of Germany, has been named the instructor of languages. He received his B. A in Czechoslovakia, attended the University of Paris, the Universiy of Lyon, and the University of Prague. A graduate of North Carolina College at Durham, Mrs. Arnieze Ramseur is ah instructor in ele- mentary education. Named to the staff of the Chil dren’s House, the campus nursery school, is Miss Wynell O. Moore, of Burlington, North Carolina, a 1952 home economics graduate of Bennett. Four new directors have been placed in the dormitories: Miss Precious Copening, Merner Hall; ' Miss Pearl McWhirter. Kent Hall; Miss Loretta^^Bennett, Jones Hall: and Miss Clara Mauldin, Barge HaU. Miss Copening, a 1945 graduate of Bennett, received her B. A. in English and Sociology. She re ceived a degree in elementary education from Kent State Uni versity, Kent, Ohio, and has studi ed guidance at Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. A native of North Carolina, Miss Copening wrote for the Bennett Banner while a stu dent at Bennett. She advocates more inter-dormitory competition on a friendly basis.. Miss Pearl McWhirter, at 1948 Bennett graduate, receh’ed her degree in sociology and history, ville, N. C. native has worked in a school for retarded childrea in Stanford, Conn., and done substi tute teaching in Washington, D. C. She plans to become a social work- 61. Miss McWhirter wants' to create a friendly and homey at mosphere in the dormitory. Miss Mauldin, a 1941 graduate of Bennett, received her B. S. degree in sociology and history. A native of Asheville, North Caro lina, Miss Mauldin attended the Atlanta University of Social Work, studied psychologj’ at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a probation officer in a juvenile court in Philadelphia be fore coming to Bennett Miss Mauldin was active in the WAA v^hile a student at Bennett. Other staff members are; Miss Roberta A. Miller and Miss Geral dine Tillery, June graduates of N. C. C. at Durham, employed in (Continued on Page 4) Chalmers Addresses Opening Student Conference Session “Student leadership has always been found on our campus, but lUst how effective has it been?’' asked Jamesena Chalmers, pres ident of the Student Senate at the opening of the Student Leader- Faculty Studies College Program 4 continuing search for areas providing greater opportunities tor unity in the total education of Bennett College students was a goal agreed upon by the mem bers of the annual faculty-staff fall conference held the first week in September. Following the theme: “Strength- (Continued on Page 4) 144' Girls Enrolled In Freshman Class The freshman roster numbers 144 girls, one of the largest classes in the history of Bennett College. The geographical distribution of the freshman class of 1958-59 cov ers 20 states, th'i‘District of Colum bia, and two foreign countries. The states and countries rep resented are; Alabama, California, Connect! cat, Delaware, District of Coluiii- bia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Caro lina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Termessee, Texas. Vir ginia, Nassau, Bahamas, and Tae gu, Korea. North Carolina has the largest representation with 78 girls en rolled from the state. There are 11 girls from Greensboro. From a tentative inquiry, it was revealed that 10 students were valedictoiians of their high- Echool classes; nine were saluta- torians. Six members of the class are sisters of Bennett graduates. Twc have sisters now attending Ben nett. Sylvia Hodges, Parkton, N. C., sister of Helen Hodges Melvin, ’46, Mable Hodges, ’53, and Bar bara Hodges Pierre, ’55. Elois Jones Harper, Lenoir, N C., sister of Inez Jones, ’59 and Edna Jones. Lillian Lanier, New Haven. Conn., sister of Doris Lanier ’57. Grace Mitchell, Wilke.sbnro, N C., sister of Ida Michell Ratlcjy, ‘49. Mamie Parker, Meoane, N. C sister of Ida Parker, ’57. Catherine Rink, Morganton, N. C., sister of Evelyn Rink Bunton ’44. Brenda Saunders, Gastonia, N C., sister of Ann Saunders, ’08. AdeUe Taylor, Charlotte. N. C, sister of Hazeline Taylor, ’59. Edna Partee of Landis, N. C., was “bom into the Bennett fam ily.” Both her mother and grand mother attended Bennett. Range of majors of the class of ’62 are wide and varied, with the bulk of the class concentrating on commercial education, home economic.^, sociology, psycholgy. lre-medicine and elementary edu cation. ship Conference September 8. Speaking on the theme of the three-day conference, “Student Independence Through Effective Student Leadership,” Miss Chal mers listed several attributes ot effective leaders. “An effective leader under stands her responsibilities and seeks to carry them out efficient ly,” she said, emphasizing that each leader performing her own Unity Stressed By President President Willa B. Player stres sed the importance of beginning this school year in a spirit of unity in her llrst chapel address to the Bennett College students, faculty and staffs. To the upper classmen Dr Player delegated the responsibil ity of nelping create the happy climate in which all can march forward tokether. She urged all of the students to adopt whole some and positive attitudes. “We are striving to become re sponsible citizens . . . We wiil carry our share of responsibility,' she continued, as she i'eminded the listeners of their duty to e.K- ercise a deliberate attempt to be helpful in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere on campus. In commenting on what it means to enjoy membersl'.ip at Bennett, the President pointed out the privileged position college youth enjoy, Bennett’s dedication to the search for excellent- with emphasis on resourcefulness, its accent on refinement, exercise of self-control, and sensitivity to ap propriateness at all times. A welcome was extended by Jamesena Chalmers, president of the Student Senate. After briefing the audience on the fall student leadership conference, she chal lenged the students to accept re sponsible roles in campus life. task is a pre-requisite for effec tive leadership. The responsible leader has a genuine interest in the organiza tion she is serving lending her full support to its activities. Courage and self-reliance were listed ns characteristics of the type of leaders Bennett seeks. “Many of us become do-nothing leaders . . . because we lack the stamina to follow througli with our plans,” the Student Senate pres ident stated. “The leaders of an organiza tion . . . should be able to work with a minimum of direction,” she continued. The speaker further stressed the importance of impartiality and fairness in leadersliip. Miss Chalmers urged the clubs to make significant contributions to campus life. “The organizations which you serve as officers can do much to achieve student independence,’" she said. Conference Consultant To guide the conference mem bers in recognizing some of the common elements of leadership was the aim of Conference Con sultant Miss Dorothy Height, pre sident of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Washington, D. C. From definitions of leadership obtained from the 1958-59 officers who composed the conference, Miss Height illustrated the rela tionship between the members of the working group and the leader as an active member of the group rather than a person set apart. Dr. Willa B. Player, president of Bennett College gave a commen tary welcome under the heading, “The Importance of Student Leadership.” The President cited the vast opportunities for effective leadership and the importance of all efforts being channeled toward the tasks nearest to us. Workshop sessions where the of ficers could learn what their du ties were and some techniques in carrying out these duties were provided. /'VI Shown are members of the class of ’62. The 144 freshmen constitute one of the largest classes in Bennett history.

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