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STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWS LETTER
WHAT A DIFFERENCE
THE DAY MAKES
Perhaps most of us have forgotten
that Spring is here. It arrived March
20. Yes, we do not beheve that it is
spring because we do not feel it in
the air. Yet like the biological pattern
of growth, we know that the seasons
follow in orderly sequence. The flow
ers seem to be holding out on their
blooming, and the rains that come are
not like the refreshing quick ones
that are so typical of Spring. There
is a great difference between the first
day of Spring according to the calen
dar, and the first day on which the
buds and blossoms burst forth.
Oh, what death and suffering await
the little innocent buds and plants
when they chance coming out before
And yet, after we, especially col
lege students, are certain that spring
is well on its way, are we not still
tricked. It seems as if this balmy sea
son casts some spell over us, and we
cannot get from under it. However,
we do know that Spring is really here,
for she makes us, sleepy, lazy, and
DEANS OF WOMEN MEET
The National Association of Deans
of Women held the 1956 Convention
at the Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cin
cinnati, Ohio, March 22-2.5. Mrs. Caro
lyn R. Payton attended the sessions.
The N.A.D.W. is a professional or
ganization of women, deans and coun
selors, and others engaged in guidance
and student personnel work. The or
ganization seeks to increase the effec
tiveness of its members and the pos
sibilities of their service by studying
changing trends in education, and by
research and study pertinent to their
Dean Payton hstened to many cap
able and distinguished educators who
discussed the theme: Freedom and
Responsibility — Unchanging Values
in a Changing World. Among these
educators were Phillip R. Adams, Di
rector of the Cincinnati Art Museum,
who reminded delegates of how tran
sitory are the things we value and by
which we set great store, such as
wealth, production, avitomation as
compared with lasting culture values
of the Chinese, Egyptians, and other
so-called uncultured and backward
Dr. Esther Lloyd Jones, Professor
of Education, Columbia University,
gave a number of interesting facts re
lative to women of today. Girls marry
earUer than during any other period
in our history. From the discussion
following, it was brought out that a
large percentage of girls marry before
they finish college, have their children
before taking their first jobs; and the
majority of women today, at the age
of thirty, have their youngest child in
the first grade.
Other than addresses and sessions,
Dean Payton heard the Cincinnati
Orchestra in concert. William Back-
haus, reportedly one of the greatest
living pianists rendered Beethoven’s
Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for the
Piano and Orchestra, Opus 37.
A. and T. CHOIR ENTERTAINED
To heighten the enjoyment of the
A. and T. College Choir during their
recent visit to the campus, the S.T.C.
Choir entertained at a buffet luncheon
in the Homemaking Lounge which was
followed by an hour of recreation in
At the close of their recital, the
visitors were directed to FAPE. There
in the HL the members of both choirs
were jjresented friendly eighth notes
bearing their names. They then en
joyed a tasty treat of delicious pimen
to cheese and chicken salad sandwich
es, pickles, and frappe.
Immediately afterward, the entire
student body and guests assembled
in the College Gymnasium where they
enjoyed a get-acquainted party.
MRS. E. A. EATON
Mrs. Estelle A. Eaton attended the
11th Annual Association for Super
vision and Curriculum Development
which was held in New York City
There were 2700 members present,
fifty-four of whom came from other
countries, namely, Jordan, Indonesia,
Thailand, Phillipines, Hawaii, Pale
stine, and Canada. The theme of the
meeting was “Creative Thinking, Liv
ing, and Teaching”.
Some of the keynote speakers were
Harold Taylor, President of Sarah
Lawrence College; Gardner Murphy,
Director of Research Menninger
Foundation; W. H. White, Jr., As
sociate Editor “Fortune” and B. M.
Moore, University of Texas.
Laura Zirbes, Professor Emeritus,
Ohio University, made the closing
speech. One highlight from it was “A
creative person uses his problems as
a challenge instead of a block. He has
an open mind to new ideas; he is not
rigid or stereotyped in his relations;
he is not resistant to adjustment; he
looks ahead, takes steps, and he can
not be a clog.”
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sense of direction relative to the fun
ction of English courses in General
Education programs, I feel. General
Education seems to carry a special
responsibility for helping students both
in seeing relationships between areas
of knowledge and in relating all know
ledge to the problems of life.
The majority of General Education
programs discussed were tied in close
ly with the English department.
The prevailing sentiment was that ex
periments in General Education help
ed to broaden the scope of reading and
discussion in composition classes, al
though the aims of the composition
course—Clarity and accuracy of state
ment, clear and well-founded opinion
were still most important.
Whether the skills courses given are
called communications or composition,
the consensus was that, in view of
the present weaknesses in writing
shown by entering freshmen, English
teachers have a need to stress written
composition. Beyond this skill func-
awaken students to a consciousness of
tion of their courses they need also to
all that is going on around them. If
they do this, either the composition or
the communications course will have
fulfilled its purpose in General Ed
ucation. —Edythe S. Bagley
A. & T. CHOIR PRESENT
The A. & T. College Choir under
the direction of Howard T. Pearsall
presented a concert Saturday, March
17, at 8:30 13.m. in the College Audi
The program included a group of
religion numbers “Agnus Dei” by Mar-
ley; “God is a Spirit,” by Oncley; and
“Psalm 100” by Williams. The second
group was songs of understanding:
“Hard Trial,” “Didn’t My Lord De
liver Daniel,” “Lord,, I Want To Be
A Christian,” and “Gwine up.”
Of the more popular nature, songs
of joy, love and contemplation were
sung: “Winter and Spring,” “Any
where I Wander,” “Autumn,” “Skip
to my Lou,” and “The Peasant and
Last were the Negro Spirituals:
“Great Day,” “By’n By,” “I’ve Been
in the Storm to Long,” “ Lonesome
Valley” and “In Dat Great Gittin Up
Soloist for the concert was William
S. Dockerv, tenor.
WITH THE GREEKS
Delta Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority sponsored an Easter
story hour on March 24 with sorors
Martha Coward and Marie Riddick
The story hour got under way with
an Easter song “Peter Gotten
T a i 1”. Easter poems were read
to the children and stories told, after
which pictures of Easter were colored.
The hour ended with an Easter egg
hunt, and each child went home happy
with beautifully colored eggs.
Nine girls were recently p 1 e d g -
ed into the Pyramid Club of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority. They are: Geor-
giana Barnes, Naomi Cousin, Katrina
Johnson, Mary Marbley, Eleanor Mur
ray, Carolyn McArthur, Alice Pope,
Vivian Sharpe, and Shirley Wright.
After the ceremony refreshments
were served, and the Deltas sang their
pep songs. The Pyramids then gave
a real surprise by singing spontaneous
BRANCH SPEAKS FOR
The Sphinx Club, with the College
Choir assisting, sponsored Vespers on
April 8. Richard Branch was speaker.
Eugene Stalling gave the call to
worship, which was followed by scrip
ture and prayer by Ephriam Green.
The Vesper message was given by
Richard Branch, who in a very scholar
ly manner held his audience at com
plete attention as he unraveled the
subject, “With What Are Ye Build
ing? He gave illustration of two men
who built along the side of a river
two houses. One man built upon the
rock, while another built on the sand.
As a result of crushing competition,
the house built upon the rock stood
firm, but the Iiouse which was con
structed on the sand foundation fell
and was scattered into bits.
M u s i c rendered by the College
Choir contributed greatly to the suc
cess of the program.
Winter Quarter 1955-56
According to the Honor Roll re
cently released by the Registrar, forty-
five students earned averages of “B"
during the Winter quarter.
Chaniblee, Sonnie L.
Heckstall, Sara M.
Hill, Orlando R.
Kates, Helen D.
Sharpe, Vivian C.
Banks, Ivola A.
Harris, Odell G.
Robertson, Cleo M.
Spellman, John M.
Robinson, Osie C.
Brown, Lizzie M.
Cooper, Geraldine B.
Hammonds, Dorothy E.
Harris, Della E.
Johnson, Vonnie H.
Koonce, Alelia L.
Mitchell, Carolyn J.
Riddick, Annie Marie
Thomas, Marva M.
Uzzell, Shirley J.
Blakey, Oscar L.
Bobbit, Alton C.
Brickers, Florine B.
Brown, Darius E.
Coward, Martha L.
Gregory, Robert A.
Hargraves, Helen J.
Hodge, Billy R.
Scott, Bernice G.
Sharpe, Elsie V.
Spence, James R.
Spruill, Rebecca Naomi
Staton, Sarah B.
Thompson, Iris L.
Trafton, Mary V.
Trotman, Gladys C.
Wise, Mary L.
“EXPLORING RESOURCES” IS
Dr. Ethna B. Winston, instructor of
English, participated in discussions of
the Association for Childhood Educa
tion, an international study conference
held in Washington, D. C. April 1-6.
The general theme was Exploring
Resources for Work With Children^
The exploration section in which
Dr. Winston studied dealt with the
theme “Exploring Resources for He p
ing Children Grow Toward World
Understanding”. This group had as its
coordinator Dr. Bess Goodykoontz,
Office of Education, Department ot
Health, Education, and Welfare,
Washington, D. C.
The various exploratory sections o
the conference provided for emp la®
upon listening, discussing and exp or
ing as valuable aids to learning.