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State Teachers College News Letter
STC President Heads NCTA
Elizabeth City, N. C., April, 1956
PRESIDENT S. D. WILLIAMS
ELECTED AT 75th
Dr. S, D. Williams, president of the
Elizabeth City State Teachers College
was elected president of the North
Carolina Teachers Association at the
~5th Annual Meeting held recently in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
For several years Dr. Williams has
been identified with educational act
ivities in the state of North Carolina.
Before coming to Elizabeth City, he
was an instructor at Johnson C. Smith
I University, Charlotte, N. C. For
twenty-five years he has been associat
ed with tile Elizabeth City State Tea
chers College, serving as Dean and
President respectively. In addition, he
served for a number of years as Presi
dent of the North Carolina Congress
of Parents and Teachers. He is now
Vice-Chairman of the Hammocks
All past presidents were honored in
a general session during the 1956 or
Diamond Jubilee” meeting. On hand
to receive the plaudits of current mem
bers were past presidents: O. R. Pope,
Philadephia, formerly of Rocky Mount;
J- W. Seabrook, Fayetteville; J. A.
Tarpley, Creensboro; H. V. Brown,
Goldsboro; A. H. Anderson, Winston-
Salem; and C. L. Blake, Charlotte.
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
April 20—Lampodas Club—Sock Hop
April 27—Veteran’s Annual Semi-For-
May 2—Faculty Annual Scholarship
May 4—Junior-Senior Prom
May 18-^F.T.A. Variety Party
April 28—Dance—\ 'irginia Collegians
LEONARD TERRELL IS
PALM SUNDAY SPEAKER
The Thalis Sorosis Club sponsored
the annual Palm Sunday services on
March 25. Guest speaker was the Rev
erend Leonard Terrell, Director of Re
ligious Activities, Virginia State Col
lege, Petersburg, Virginia.
In a calm but effective mamier, Rev-
Terrell held his audience spellbound
as he discussed the extraordinary abil
ity of Mary, the sister of Martha, and
her divine love for Christ. He stressed
the importance of the development
of an “outgoing personality” and urged
his listeners to concentrate upon this.
Throughout the address, he spoke of
the need for love of natural beauty.
Music was rendered by the College
An informal reception honoring Dr.
Terrell was given by tiie Thalis Soro
sis Club inmiediately following the
Iris Thompson Has
Iris L. Thompson has received re
cognition for her essay Why I Want
To Be A Teacher which appeared in
the Education issue of the Journal and
Guide for March 17.
The popular senior is a graduate
of the Rosenwald High School of
Fairmont, North Carolina. Since her
enrollment at the Ehzabeth City State
Teachers College in 1952, she has
maintained a “B” average and has
been active in several campus organ
izations, including the Sigma Rho
Sigma, honorary social studies club,
the Dormitory Council, Student Coun
cil, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
PRESENT “KING LEAR”
A large audience was highly en
tertained on March 10 when the Play
ers, Incorporated presented S h a k e-
spears’s great drama of filial ingrati
tude, “King Lear”.
Feeling of pity, disgust, sympathy
and excitement ran high as the aud
ience sat in rapt attention throughout
the performance. Lear, seeking to dis
cover the truth concerning his daught
ers, his shattered hopes, his madness—
all contributed toward a most unusual
development of a profound tragedy.
The play w'as a good one, and the
acting w'as superb.
The Annual College Day of the
Elizabeth City State Teachers College
was held on March 29. Members of
the Senior Class conducted the affairs
of the College throughout the day.
The climax of events came with a
Coronation Ball in the College Gym
nasium at eight o’clock.
The program which began during
the Assembly hour was directed by
Yvonne Bland, president of the Senior
Class. Introductory remarks were made
by President S. D. Williams, and Dean
George L. Davis presented the seniors
who were given the loyalty oath. Sen
ior officers were then presented.
After a rearrangement of Assembly
seating, Yvonne Bland made remarks.
Her well-chosen subject “Are We Pre
pared” emphasized preparation for
good citizenship in a democratic soc
iety. She spoke on the importance
of standards, stressing the fact that
student standards now will deteraiine
success tomorrow; also that in order
to be successful teachers on the job,
we should set good standards. In clos
ing Miss Bland said that the future
citizens will be our pride, not our pro
blems, if all of us can command re-
(See COLLEGE DAY page two)
REPRESENTED AT CSPA
Richard Branch and Alelia Koonce
attended the Columbia Scholastic Press
Conference held at Columbia Univer
sity, New York, March 15-17.
Among the interesting events of
the Conference that inspired the dede
gates were the display of elementary,
high school and College newspapers
held in the rotunda of the Low Lib
rary of Columbia University; sessions
of the Teachers College Division feat
uring discussions on editorial page
layout, censorship, arousing interest
in newspaper work, photography; and
a tour of the New York Times Build
The dedegates listened to speeches
by professional journalists and out
standing members of the school pub
lication field. Among them were Frank
E. Greene, Department of English,
Rhode Island College of Education,
Providence, Rhode Island; Dr. Ben
jamin Fine, Education Editor, The
New York Times; and E. Clifton Dan
iels, Assistant Bureau Chief, London.
Alelia Koonce was named as a
North Carolina representative to the
Executive Board of the Teachers Col
lege Division for the year 1956-57.
The group was accompanied by the
adviser of the Newsletter Staff, Mrs.
E. H. Mitchell, and Mr. Kenneth R.
College Host To
High School Seniors
Many high school seniors of Eastern
North Carolina were entertained on
April 12 at the Elizabeth City State
Registration began at 10;30 A.M. in
Moore Hall. Greetings at the opening
session were extended by President
S. D. Williams, Dean G. L. Davis, and
Dean T. L. Caldwell.
Seniors accompanied by guides
toured the campus, visited classes,
and listened to college students dis
cuss the College program and the
role of the elementary school teacher.
Visits were also made to the Training
School where students were engaged
in cadet teaching
After lunch, which was served in
the College Dining Hall at 12:30,
students attended various workshops.
The program for the day ended
with a social in the Gymnasium at
which time the College Dance Band
NORFOLK DIVISION OF
V. S. C. PRESENTS
“THE NINTH GUEST”
The Richard B. Harrison Dramatic
Club of the Norfolk Division of Vir
ginia State College presented the pop
ular play, “The Ninth Guest”, by Owen
Davis at the College on March 26.
The play was a mystery drama by
Owen Davis, fovmded on the novel of
Given Bristow and Bruce Manning.
The story revolved around an unusual
party in a penthouse, atop an office
building 15 stories above the ground.
To this penthouse eight people were
invited. It was a decidely peculiar
These eight people suddenly found
themselves locked in the penthouse
with no means of escape, while they
were compelled to await the arrival of
the ninth guest who came in the form
of hideous death. Mystery piled on
mystery, and thrill followed thrill be
fore the solution of all the weired
events that came in such rapid suc
DR. GRADY D. DAVIS
Students were highly inspired and
overjoyed by the remarks made by
Dr. Grady D. Davis, Dean of Religion,
Shaw University, on Monday, March
In a very humorous yet scholarly
manner. Dr. Davis aroused the think
ing of his audience as he contemplated
upon the necessity of trained men and
women in Christian Education. He
said that the college sets the tone for
the entire university, and that it is
(See DAVIS page two)