The University of North Carolina news letter. online resource (None) 1914-1944, November 09, 1921, Image 1
The news in this publi cation is released for the press on receipt. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA NEWS LETTER Published Weekly by the University of North Caro lina for its University Ex tension Division. NOVEMBER 9,1921 CHAPEL HILL, N. C. VOL. VIII, NO. 1 Editorial Board i 1^. C. Rranson, S. H. Hobbs, Jr., L. R. Wilson, E. W, KniBht, D. D. Carroll,’J. B. Bullitt, H. W. Odum. Entered as second-class matter November 14,1914, at the Postoffice at Chapel Hill, N. C., under the act of August 24, 1018.^ UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SERVICE VOLUME EIGHT The News Letter of the University of North Carolina is seven years old today, and the present issue is volume eight number 1. Its life began op November 14, 1914, with a mailing lis,t of thirty- five hundred names. During these seven years its mailing list has grown to near ly twenty thousand. It goes to every daily and weekly newspaper in the state, to anybody in the state who wants it and writes for it, to North Carolinians ' in almost every state of the Union, and in a score of foreign countries besides. And it goes to them weekly free of charge the year around. The News Letter is not a college gos sip sheet. It is not its business to ad vertise the University. Its business is to explore the social, economic, and civic, problfems of the state—the every-day, work-a-day puzzles of life and liveli hood in North Carolina. The News Let ter is not thinking first and most about the University; it is thinking first and most about the state, as our readers long ago discovered. ' Please—An Appeal Please do not send us a list of people who in your opinion ought to be on the Nows Letter mailing list. A beHer way is to ask these people to send us post-card requests in their own names. They can all have it free of charge if they want it, but our rule is to send it to nobody who does not write for it directly. In this way we are fair ly sure not to waste a copy. Please notify us promptly about any change in your post-office address, that is to say, if you really want the News Letter. The people who fail to do this are stricken off our list. This failure is the infirmity of teachers and preach ers in particular. We should like to have them all on our regular, mailing list, but they are commonly neglectful or forgetful in this matter. Please give the old post office as well «s the new when you want your address changed. And please remember that the Uni- hty News Letter goes to anybody in North Carolina who wants it and writes for it in person; and that it rarely ever goes to -anybody else. Our hope is to have it go to the,-peo ple who read and think and lead in North Carolina. SERVICE TO ALL PEOPLE The University of North Carolina be longs to all the people of the state. Therefore each individual has a right to expect some service from it. The pur pose of this article is to explain how the University attenfpts to meet the needs of the people and to set forth what services are available. The University Extension Division is an organized effort to give the people of the state who do not go to college some of the advantages enjoyed by? those who are able to engage in res idence study. It reaches out to the clerk, the farmer, the working man, the teacher, the housewife, and the pub- /' lie official, and offers each instruction ' and service according to his needs. Dr. Branson, in an address before the Guilford County Alumni of the Uni versity, said, “We are coming to think of our University as a great central power station, with a great system of transmission lines, with relay and re enforcing stations here and there, and with terminal receivers, transmitters, and transformers everywhere.” This statement, figuratively true at the time, is about to become an actual reality. The Electrical Engineering* depart ment of the University is soon to install a wireless telephone transmitter—called a radio-phone. It will then be,possible for all those who have receiving instru ments to hear lectures and concerts given at the University just as if they were seated in the lecture hall. News paper editors will be able to get news direct from the University by radio phone transmission. Even the lectures of the professors to their classes will be majie available in this way. Profes sor Daggett predicts that within ten years the improvepients in transmitters and the reduction in their cost will be such that any person in the state who will install a transmitter will be able to talk with any member of the faculty, about his own special problems and needs. It is hoped that many individ uals and organizations, especially news papers, will install receiving instru ments. By writing to the University Extension Division information may be had as to cost of apparatus, method of installing, etc. The cost is relatively so low that already there are hundreds of receiving instruments in this state. Extension Organization We have already stated /that the Ex tension Division is an organized effort to serve the people. It has a definite organization both in respect to its per sonnel and its work. The diagram given elsewhere presents a graphic picture of the extension organization with its sub divisions. You will notice that there are thirteen bureaus grouped under three departments. What was once called the Bureau of Extension is now called the University Extension Division. The remainder of this issue of the News Letter is devoted to the service which the various bureaus of the University Extension Division offer to the people of North Carolina. Correspondence Study This Bureau offers eighteen standard University courses by mail. To those who are unable to attend college these home-study courses offer an excellent opportunity to obtain a better educa tion. Credit toward a degree is granted to all those who can satisfy the Univer sity entrance conditions. Certain courses may be taken in order to remove en trance conditions. All courses credited towards a degree by the University will also be credited toward state teachers’ certificates by the State Department of Public Instruction. A course in sociology called Commu nity Organization has been designed primarily for teachers, home demonstra tion agents, social workers, county sup erintendents of public welfare, direc-‘ tors of community service, and others interested in community work. A more complete description of the correspondence study work was given in the last issue of the News Letter. If you did not write for the correspondence bulletin last week, do so today. Bureau of Lectures For . several years a lecture bureau has been conducted for the purpose of aiding schools and other organizations in obtaining members of the University faculty to discuss with them problems incident to their daily activities. Lecture courses, in whole or in part, or individual lectures on miscellaneous topics are furnished wherever there is a demand for them, whatever the size of the community. Many of these lec tures are illustrated with stereopticon slides. Practically the whole Univ9r- sity faculty is available for lecture ser vice. Teachers’meetings, chambers of com merce, boards of trade, factories, wo men’s clubs, and other organizations may secure lectures by applying for them. Addresses for special occasions such as school and college commence ments will be supplied upon application. A special bulletin has been “"prepared listing all lectures, both serial and in dividual, with names of the lecturers. Short Courses Occasionally there have been held at the University short courses for teachers of community schools for adults, community service directors, and welfare workers. Also, in coopera tion with other organizations in the state, institutes on good roads, country life, and state and county councils have sometimes been arranged. Organizations or groups of workers wishing the Extension division to ar range for them a short course, institute, or special meeting, should write to this Bureau. Community or county insti tutes consisting of special lecture pro grams and group conferences will be setup in any community or county upon request, the expenses to be defrayed by the local organizatipns. Public Discussion The aim of the Bureau of Public Dis cussion is to promote study and public discussion on live, up-to-date questions an^ to furnish information on current political, social, and economic problems, as well as to encourage and assist in the study of good literature. The Bureau of Public Discussion is di vided into six sections. The Package Library Section serves as a background for all the work of the Bureau of Public Discussion. Pam phlets, clippings and books on a given subject, assembled in a convenient form for mailing, constitute a package li brary. An attempt will be made to furnish a package library, or at kast, University Extension Division CHESTER D. SNELL — DIRECTOR 6U5IHESS ADMINISTRATION OFFICE MANAGEMENT PUBLICATIONS MAILING F?OOM MISS LOUISE VENABLE-sec. ( Dept, of ExtemsionTeaching ] (dept of Public Service ) ( Dept, of School Relatioms) BUREAU or CORRESPONDENCE AND CLASS INSTRUCTION C.O. SNELL - CHIEF MISS MARY COBB - SEC. BUREAU OF LECTURES CO.SNELL - CHIEF MISS LOUISE VENABLE-SEC. BUREAU OF SHORf COURSES' ANO INSTITUTES BUREAU OF PUBLIC 0ISCU55IOM MISS NELLIE ROBERSON-CHIEF MISS ADELINE DENHAM - SEC. BUREAU OF COMMUNITY DRAMA F. H.KOCH - CHIEF MISS ELIZABETH LAY-RELOAST MISS MARY YELLOTT- SEC. D.O. CARROLL - CHIEF BUREAU OFCOMMUNITY MUSIC' P J. WEAVER - CHIEF HW.ODUM - CHIEF BUREAU OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SURVEYS E.C. BRANSON - BUREAU OF HIGH SCHOOL DEBATING AND ATHLETICS E.R.RANKIN -CHIEF ANO ASSOC. DIRECTOR MISS BESSIE MERRITT-SEC. W.C. COKER - CHIEF MRS.W.J.MATHERLY-FIELOAGT ^BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION ANO ASSISTANCE . W. WALKER. CHIEF 'bureau of COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT J. F STEINER - CHIEF some material, on any subject desig- I nated. j The Women’s Clubs Section, through the Package Library Section and the ! general University Library, is prepared to assist federated women's clubs, study j clubs, and similar organizations in their ' study programs and discussions. Coop erating with the North Carolina Feder ation of Women’s Clubs, this section each year prepares one or more pro grams that are officially adopted by the Federation and followed by the clubs. In 1920-21, 1585 persons in North Carolina used the official programs and borrowed 1859 books and pamphlets. The' object of the Parent-Teacher Association Section is to encourage the organization of parent-teacher associa tions and to assist them in the prepara tion of programs. Such topics'&€ school finances, pupil and child development, the school beautiful, community prob lems, and recreation are being devel oped and material will be loaned for the meetings. The Group Discussion Section is main tained to encourage and stimulate pub lic discussion of current topics by sup- plyingiprograms and guidance for de- ' bating clubs, literary societies, civic j clubs, community organizations, and I other groups. The General Information Section is maintained to supply material on a va riety of subjects and an attempt will be made to investigate any specified subject. Through the Home Reading Course Section the University Extension Divi- sion has entered into cooperation with the Bureau of Education at Washington : and now offers direct to North Carolina I people reading courses of vital interest. Guidance is given in the form pam phlets which describe each course and contain lists of books with their authors. Eighteen courses are offered through this section and full information can be secured by writing to the Bureau of Public Discussion, Extension Division, Chapel Hill, N. C. A bulletin has been prepared by the Bureau of Public Discussion which gives in detail information as to the purposes, plans, and methods of the various'sec- tions of this Bureau. Community Drama The Bureau of Community Drama aims to encourage the people of North Carolina in the writing of original play^ drawn from tradition and local history and also from the present-day life of the people. This Bureau will be glad to give advice and criticism of play manuscripts submitted, and to make suggestions to teachers for the promo tion of this work. Expert advice in problems of stagecraft is furnished. The Bureau sends out field agents to advise concerning stage construction and equipment. Where practicable, the services of a trained dramatic director will be supplied, either to produce a play or to give advice concerning the final details of scenery, costunfing, make-up, etc. ‘This Bureau will undertake the direc tion of the writing of community, plays or pageants based on history or tradition. It will aid any community in securing an expert dramatic director who will take entire charge of the production if de sired. The facilities of the Library may be utilized by any citizen of the state in selecting plays and pageants and procuring reference books on pro duction as well as historical material for the writing of community pageants and plays. Commercial Relations The Bureau of Commercial and Indus trial Relations is under the supervision of the School of Commerce of the Uni versity. The members of the Staff will be glad to cooperate with the manufac turing, banking, and commercial inter ests of the state in the solution of prob lems brought to their attention. Lab oratories, statistical information, re search methods, interpretative devices, and expert opinion are available for use by any inquiring'individual or or ganization. Problems may be submit ted for study and opinion, or arrange ments may be made for a member of the staff to visit the establishment or community for first-hand observation and study. A full utilization of the fa cilities for lectures, advice,'and infor mation upon current problems in the various fields of business is invited. Community Music Lectures,-demonstrations, and leader ship for community sings are offered by Professor Paul John Weaver, head of the Department of Music in the Uni versity, on a number of subjects in con nection with community music and music in the public schools. These will be of interest to women’s 'dubs, busi ness men’s clubs, educational institu tions, and similar organizations. In connection with work in the public scliools, Mr. Weaver is available for school music surveys and assistance in the introduction of modern systems- of school music teaching. A limited number of piano and organ recitals and lecture recitals is offered, and in some ca^s it will be possible to furnish a combination of vocal and in strumental recital. Municipal Information The plans for the Bureau of Munici pal Information and Research provide for a complete program of service and information to the cities and towns and communities of North Carolina as soon as adequate provisions can be made, and as soon as the new Social Science Building is ready in 1922. In the mean time the following service is offered: Loan through the library extension ser vice of bibliographies, reading lists, and books themselves wherever possi ble; and answers to specific inquiries with reference to legislation, charters, and other matters of interest. This Bureau will undertake in a small way to advise with towns and interested individuals concerning special problems, and to direct them to sources of assist ance. Social Surveys Before a definite movement is inaug urated to upbuild a county or commu nity from an economic and social stand point, it is necessary to have at hand an accurate summary of existing facts. What is known as the social survey is the best method for securing such facts. For years the Department of Rural Social Science of the University has been collecting data on social and eco nomic conditions in North Carolina. This material is available through loans from the library, articles in the News Letter, and the bulletins which record the results of a number of county eco- j nomic and social surveys. Published I surveys of the following North Caro-! lina counties are available:' Wake, j Durham, Rutherford, Rockingham, j Sampson, Gaston, Halifax, Pitt, and • Beaufort. Community Development The plans for the Bureau of Commu nity Development provide for a com plete program of community service and information. Bibliographies and reading lists will be supplied and such assistance and direction will be rendered as may be consistent with the library force and resources; plans for commu nity councils and cooperative work will be provided or suggested wherever de sired; visits to communities with refer ence to special programs of recreation or community development will be made upon request. Debating And Athletics The Bureau of High School Debating and Athletics offers a stimulating ser vice to the high schools of the state in debate and athletics. The High School Debating Union is the medium through which assistance is offered in debate, and the high school athletic contests, five in number, provide the avenue for assistance in the d'^lonment of ath letics. The High School Debating Union was organized in 1912-13 and has rounded out nine years of successful service. Two hundred or more high schools, grouped in triangles, discuss some im portant question each year. The schools winning both debates send their teams to the University to compete during High School Week in the final contest for the Aycock Memorial Cup, the tro phy which was presented nine years ago by the intercollegiate debaters of the University to the High School Debating Union. In the proper season, state-wide championship contests are held in foot ball, basketball, baseball, track, and tennis. The finals in all these contests are held at the University. Any secondary or high school is eligi ble to enter the contests in debate, track, and tennis. Any public high school, city or rural, is eligible to enter the contests in football, basketball, and baseball. Great interest is taken in these contests by schools in all parts of the state. School Grounds The principal function of the Bureau of Design and Improvement of School Grounds is to promote the beautification of school grounds in North Carolina. This year, however, service is offered in the beautification of home grounds, factories, parks, and playgrounds. The work of this Bureau is carried on by visits of a field agent upon request, the preparation of specific plans, and the sending out of bulletins. Educational Information The Bureau of Educational Informa tion and Assistance is under the super vision of the School of Education of the University. The members of the staff will be glad to cooperate with school officials in the following lines of work: Educational tests and measurements, school surveys, teacher appointments, advice with reference to school build ing, equipment, and general adminis trative problems. Services Free The Extension services of the- Uni versity are free of charge to the peo ple of North Carolina. That is to say, no university extension agent receives any fee beyond his travel, hotel, and other expenses when afield, and these expenses necessarily fall upon the or ganization extending the invitation. For information or for the services in dicated above, write to Chester D. Snell, Director University Extension Division, Chapel Hill, N. C.