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CHOWAN Spring. 1992 Volume 37 Number A Newsmagazine J ^ODAY Newsmagazine for Alumni, Parents and Friends Harden Chapel — a quiet place for meditation Harden Chapel was dedicated to the "Glory of God and In Loving Memory of Mary Carus Harden" at Chowan College on February 3. Area ministers, trustees, visitors, faculty, staff and students filled the small chapel to capacity at 11:15 a.m. for an Inspirational service of prayer and meditation. Campus Minister Kelly Brame, opened the ceremonies with prayer and President Jerry Jackson welcomed members of Profes sor Acheson Harden's family who unveiled the dedicatory plaque in memory of their wife and mother, Mary. "Chowan has waited a long time for this chap>el," said Dr. Jackson. "A chapel has long been a dream at the college, and it Is now a dream made reality by Acheson Harden and his family." Acheson (Ach) Harden, professor of math at Chowan, returned this semes ter on a part-time basis following his official retirement at the end of last year. He was named professor emeri tus at the December meeting of the Chowan Board of Trustees. Harden completed undergraduate studies at WUliams College, received the T.M.A. from N. C. State University after he retired from the Army, and began his second career teaching at Chowan 23 years ago. Murfreesboro became his "adopted" home though he still has a residence In New Hampshire where he spends summers. His children, who were present for the dedication, are .*• * Acheson A. Harden, 111, who resides in *■ Hamilton, Montana; daughters Sheela Harden of North Pownal, Vermont: and Elisabeth Harden of Burlington, Vermont Dr. Carl Garrett, professor of foreign languages, delivered the dedicatory address on ethics and responsibility In society today. Addressing Harden, he said, "We thank God for giving you strength, patience, and a long productive life to serve his goals." Robert Spivey, of Windsor, chairman of the Chowan Board of Trustees also thanked Professor Harden and his family saying, "It Is Professor Harden and his family, Sheela, Elisabeth and Acheson. In front of chapel a pleasure for me to speak on behalf of the trustees of the college to express our appre ciation." 'Through your vision you saw a need", he continued "1 speak for the hundreds of students and other jjeople who will come Into Harden Chapel in future years, stand under this cross In prayer and say thank you for what you have meant to this college and what this chapel will mean in years to come." Dr. Joyce Elliott, professor of speech, delivered the dedicatory prayer. The Chowan College Band, under the direction of Dr. James E. Rogers, performed dedicatory music. Following the dedication, a lun cheon was held in the president's dining room honoring the Hardens. Harden was recognized by Dr. Jack son and presented a plaque for his gift and service to Chowan. "I am touched at the number of people who have come today," said the professor who Joked, "I'm not used to speaking in front of a group that I can't threaten with bad grades." He then added, "I know that Mary would have known many of you and Is appreciative of all of you who have come today." "1 conceived of the chapel as remaining an informal area that is warm, peaceful, friendly, comforting and reassuring," states Professor Harden who asked that it be dedi cated Harden Chapel In memory of his wife Mary Carus Harden who died in 1985. "One of my reasons for presenting a gift to the college for a chapel is that I thought a church-supported school should have a chapel as a place for any of the college family to use for private meditation and prayer." Harden Chapel Is located down stairs In the Thomas Cafeteria build ing. The chapel was designed by David Parker, chairman of the division of art. In collaboration with Professors of Art Susan Fecho and Stanley Mitchell. Professor Doug Eubank, professor of art, made the stained glass across the back of the chapel. Works by Susan Fecho hang in the vestibule. Inspirational quotations hang Inside the chapel, which Is modem in design, combining functional and traditional features. The chapel is open throughout the day and Is ecumenical in orientation. Chowan approved as candidate for Level II Chowan College has been approved for candidacy as a Level II institution for offering the bacc^aureate degree, according to Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, vice president for academic affairs. The college had full accreditation at Level I as a two-year Junior college. The announcement of candidacy came late Friday, Dec. 6 In New Orleans, at the Com mission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools at which Dr. Lowe represented Chowan College. "I commend Dr. Frank Lowe for his out standing efforts in achieving this first major step toward full accreditation as a four-year institution," said President Jackson. An accreditation review committee will continue to work toward full accreditation which Is expected by the spring of 1994. Chowan will begin offering baccalaureate curricula In the fall of 1992 beginning with four-year degree programs Including business administration, printing production technol ogy, science, religion, commercial/studio art, liberal studies, English and teacher education (K-6, 9-12) music education, art education, health and physical education, (K-12) and mathematics.