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Chowan today : a newsmagazine for alumni, parents and friends. online resource (None) 1989-????, June 01, 1993, Image 1

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Oo Summer 1993 Volume 38 Number 2 With degrees in hand, the Class of '93 return to their places in the auditorium as graduates of Chowan College. COMMENCEMENT Class of *93 members receive degrees in last two-year college ceremonies Graduates in the Class of 1993 were reminded of the importance of education and advised to strive for excellence as they received their associate degrees in ceremonies to close Chowan College’s 145th year, which will be the last as a two- year institution. Next year, Chowan will return to four-year status and award the first baccalaureate degrees in approxi mately 60 years. Dr. Roy Smith, Executive-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates they had made a wise choice in selecting Chowan as their institution for higher education, and reflected on the history of the college as well as that of the local area. Introduced by Dr. Jerry F. Jackson, president of Chowan, Dr. Smith quoted an educator in the early part of the century. Dr. Gerald Johnson, who said “if a college doesn’t teach a man to think his own thoughts and speak his own mind, it doesn’t teach him anything of prime importance.” He advised die class tostriveforexcellence in faith, love,knowledge, judgment and values. Dr. Smith said that “values such as integrity, purity, justice, mercy, social consciousness and righteousness have meaning and significance as they are lived out.” He quoted scriptures, saying “Jesus said that His disciple is one who ‘hears and does.’ It is ‘the doing’ that is important” The commencement speaker concluded his address by quoting the late Harold McLinton, who was a a member of the Washington Redskins’ professional football team, who said: “Talent is the gift of God. Talent used is sloth. Accomplish ment beyond one’s abilities is true excellence.” Dr. Smith has an extensive educational background, and has diligently served North Carolina Baptists since 1954. He has served in his present position with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina since 1984, and has written a number of articles for church and religious publications. Kenneth G. Wolfskill, chairman of the Department of Language and Literature and faculty marshal, delivered the invocation and devotional. Special music was provided by the Chowan Band and Commencement Chorale. In awarding the associate degrees. Dr. Jackson was assisted by Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Darrell H. Nicholson, Registrar. Excellence in Teaching Award goes to Eakin Professor Jenny “Sissy” Eakin was presented the 1993 Excellence in Teaching Award during Commencement Exer cises, which were held in Turner Auditorium of McDowell Columns. As recipient of the award. Professor Eakin will serve as Faculty Marshal for the 1993-94 aca demic year, and she received a framed plaque and a monetary gift. Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, made the announcement and said the award is based on “dedication to the profession and the student, effectiveness as a teacher, availability to students during and be yond regular office hours and overall Professor Edan relationship with the college and stu dents.” The recipient of the teaching award is determined by the majority vote of all full-time faculty members. Mrs. Eakin, a native of Williamston and the daughter of Darnell Taylor, is an assistant professor of mathematics and has been a member of Chowan’s faculty since August, 1989. She received the bachelor and masters degrees from North Carolina State University, and has completed additional graduate study at East Carolina University. Awards given Daniels plan Play-offs Plus . . . for classroom renovations highlight • Alumni News achievements —Page Four golf classic • New women's —Page Six • —Page Eleven basketball % Appreciation • coach named shown major Historical • New campus Faculty Focus benefactors books donated minister takes post —Page Two —Page Five —Page Nine

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