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South Holl Soon
To Be Completed
STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF CHOWAN COLLEGE
By RONALD G. DUNN
As we roam and-or blunder about our
beautiful campus proper, we see many
young male faces that just do not conform
to the majority of our student body’s happy,
jubilant-like nature. They seem to always
have that tired, worn out look about their
At first glance one would merely assume
that Coach G. has been running the football
team too hard. But this is not the case at
all. These are the lucky students who have
^een given the priviledge of trudging from
ur new, modernized South Hall Dormitory
"to Chowan College Campus Proper. Great,
isn’t it boys?
Anyone who has seen the new dormitory
surely must have observed the construction
crews, electricians, and carpenters still
working diligently as students climb to their
rooms, many on the ninth floor, for a well
deserved rest before they resume their
academic tasks. The contractor, George
W. Kane Inc., was hired June 4, 1969, to
build the dormitory, which was to be com
pleted Aug. 5, 1970. As one can see they
have not finished.
Even though uncompleted, the dormitory
is at this time filled to the brim with male
students. Of course this incurs a few minor
discomforts, but only for a short while.
The delay in completion is due primarily
to two major factors:
a. A major electrical equipment manu
facturer went on strike which prevented the
electricians from obtaining the materials
needed to complete the project on schedule.
b. There were 63 days of work lost be
cause of bad weather.
These dalays had 2 major results at
the beginning of the semester:
a. The students were not allowed to use
the elevator because the electricians had
not yet completed their work.
b. The Head Resident of South Hall is
presently residing with his family in Penny
Infirmary until the completion of his apart
ment at the new dormitory.
The new estimated completion date is
Sept. 10, 70. Let’s wish them luck and
congratulate Chowan College for another
great progressive step. And just a word
to those faces: “Sorry bout that.”
Twenty Students Receive
$10,700 in scholarships
Twenty students have received competi
tive scholarships from Chowan College total
ing $10,700, according to Dr. B. Franklin
Lowe, Jr., dean.
Five, including four men, were recipients
of top awards of $1,000 each. They were
Virginians, Zoe Suzanne Myers of Hampton
and ' a graduate of Bethel High School;
Wayne Murray Sydnor of West Point (West
Point High School), Carlos Wesley Cunning
ham, Jr. of Chester (Dale); Stephen Payne
Barker of Glen Allen (Patrick Henry);
and Ronnie Hugh Bissette of Elm City, N. C.
Scholarships for $500 each were awarded
six students including three from Richmond,
Va., Wayne Lee Moffett (Henrico), Harold
Michael Thrower (Huguenot), and Celeste
Ann Armstrong (George Wythe).
The others were North Carolinians, Hay-
Chowan College welcomes the 1970-71
acadcmic year, its 123rd, with prospects of
a record enrollment in the area of 1,450
students, and a new dormitory. South.
Eleven new faculty members were pre
sent when classes began Thursday, August
27. Of this number, ten are replacements.
The additional professor is J. Craig Greene,
director of the newly created division of
art within the department of fine arts,
James Chamblee, chairman.
The new, air-conditioned residence hall
is the 11th building constructed during the
administration of Dr. Whitaker, who begins
his 14th full year. Valued at close to a
million dollars, it will accommodate 280
Two groups of students began early. Foot
ball practice began August 17 for freshmen
with sophomore members reporting August
Sessions for sophomore advisors planning
for the arrival of freshmen were held Satur
day, August 22.
The tempo increased with the first session
of orientation for freshmen, Sunday, Aug
ust 23 at 7:30 p.m. in McDowell Columns.
Bobby Cross, director of development, pre
sided and Dr. Whitaker and other staff
members spoke to the new students.
Monday, August 24, the new students met
with student leaders who informed them of
academic and social policies.
A program of entertainment is planned
wood Anderson Smith of Hertford (Albe
marle Academy), Janet Lee Womble of
Raleigh (Enloe), and Judith Mary Trudel
of Seneca, N. Y..
Awards of $300 were received by nine
students, four from North Carolina: Jayne
Michele Paul of Ahoskie (Ahoskie); Daniel
Vance Holton, Wilson (Fike); Sue Ella
Garner, Newport (West Carteret); and Judy
Anne Davis, Wendell (Vaiden Whitley).
Graduates of Virginia high schools were
Stephen Scott Smith, Virginia Beach, (Prin
cess Anne); Pamela Anne Gilbert, William
sburg, (Blair); and Philip Clarence Avery,
HL Richmond, (Huguenot). James Kemper
Powell of Great Falls, Mont. and (Jail
Marnette of Hyattsville, Md. were other
Scholarships from the Baptist junior col
lege cover a period of two years.
Volume 3—Number 1
Wednesday, September 16, 1970
At High of 1492
Chovi'an College’s new Associate Dean of Women, Miss Vicki J. Tolston, will
head the Women’s Recreation Association as well as carry the responsibilities
as Dean of Women.
Tuesday evening by the Baptist Student
Wednesday, day of registration, returning
students met with Dr. Lowe and personnel
deans. The first classes began Thursday.
Orientation continued the following two
weekends with Saturday morning sessions
in McDowell Columns auditorium, August
29 and September 5.
During this period, entertainment was
provided in the form of several socials and
movies. New students were invited to a
reception at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Whi
taker Sunday, August 30.
The spotlight is focused on football when
the students meet the Braves, Monday,
September 14, the date also of Rat Court.
A pep rally will be held September 18 prior
to the 8 p.m. game September 19.
The entire student body will meet for
convocation September 1.
A full calendar of athletic, cultural and
social events will be offered prior to Thanks
giving holidays, scheduled November 25-30.
Final exams for the fall semester are
December 14-18 and holidays extend from
December 18 until January 12. The spring
vacation is March 26-April 5 and final exam
inations for the spring semester are May
7-14. Graduation is set for May 16.
Carrying out duties during the year are
a faculty of 69 full-time professors, admini
strators and staff members.
Meet your SGA officers
The Student Government Association is your voice in school projects. The
officers will answer your questions and voice your opinions. They are (sitting
from left) Mary Bown, social co-chairman; Ronaldo Karunungan, president;
Drina Hulings, news correspondent; (standing from left) Jay Collins,
secretary; Steve Cooper, vice president; O.J. Womble, social co-chairman;
and Paul Battaglia, treasurer.
Dean of Women
A Nash County native who has served for
the past two years as instructor of physical
education at Baptist College at Charleston,
S. C., Vicki J. Tolston, 25, has been named
associate dean of students at Chowan Col
She is a graduate of Red Oak High School
of Red Oak, Atlantic Christian College, and
received her M. A. at East Carolina llniver-
sity where she served in a teaching fellow
ship program. She also has experience as
secretary one year for the testing division
of the Elementary Secondary Educational
Association office in Wilson. In 1966, she
was Miss Wilson and has served as judge
for a number of beauty pageants.
Her duties at Baptist College included
girls' basketball coach and intramural dir
ector for women.
Faculty and Staff
Following the summer interlude, the facu
lty and staff at Chowan College gathered
for the first time Thursday, August 20 for
the President’s Banquet held at 6:30 in
Designed to provide Chowan personnel
and their husbands and wives with follow-
ship and inspiration and to introduce the
new school year, the occasion featured an
address by Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, dean
of the college. Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker, begin-
ing his 14th full year as president, presided.
Others on the program included the Rev.
Thomas Caulkins, pastor of Murfreesboro
Baptist Church, who delivered the invocation;
Billy Hill, mayor of Murfreesboro, and Prof
essor Shirley Bowers, president of the
Chowan Women and Wives Club, who voiced
welcome; and the Rev. Terry H. Jones, pastor
of Meherrin Baptist Church, Murfreesboro,
who delivered the benediction.
Hill and Jtnes are Chowan alumni.
Lowe came to Chowan in 1964 as professor
of religion, and was named acting dean in
1968. In February, 1969, he was chosen dean
of the college.
A graduate of Furman University, South
eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and
Emory University, where he received the
Ph. D., Lowe was named to the 1968 edition of
“Outstanding Young Men Of America.” The
1969 Chowan annual, “The Chowanoka,”
was dedicated to him. He is a native of Kings
“Fall is here again—and so are our free
Gift-Pax kits. Teeth and hair will be bright
er this semester—and it’s free as always.
Our campus will again be distributing the
free student Gift-Pax kits of toilet articles
as over 2,000 other colleges and universities
throughout the United States have done for
the past fifteen years. A good will promo
tion of leading U. S. manufacturers — pack
aged by Gift-Pax, Inc., West Hempstead,
N. Y., who makes them available to us
“Free student Gift-Pax will be available
to the student body through Head Residents
for boarding students. Off-campus and day
students will get their Gift-Pax from the
office of the Dean of Students.
“The various clients represented in each
student Gift-Pax kit are—Bristol-Myers,
Colgate-Palmolive, Proctor & Gamble, etc.
with appropriate assortments going to
male and female students in colorful zodiac
designed re-usable plastic toilet article
'Signals' to be
Beginning with this issue, Cho
wan’s student newspaper, “Smoke
Signals,” will be published on al
ternate weeks, according to an an
nouncement this week by Julia
Lyn Hoskins, editor. Miss Hoskins
stated that “it is the feeling of the
staff that we can produce a better
publication bi-weekly than if we
attempted to follow a rigid weekly
Day of publication is being chang
ed this year from the Friday ob
served during the last academic
year. The editor related that the
newspaper will be distributed to the
usual locations on Wednesdays no
later than noon.
Speaker of House
Convocation was held Tuesday, Sept. 1
at Chowan College with Philip P. Godwin,
speaker of the House of Representatives of
the North Carolina General Assembly, de
livering the main address at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
The Gatesville lawyer is a graduate of
Wake Forest College and Law School. An
Air Force veteran, he is a member and
former president of the First District Bar
He has served in the House from Gates
County since 1961 and is co-chairman of
two commisssions, Legislative Research
and Legislative Services. Godwin has been
recently appointed to the special commission
created to study the Democratic Party in
the state and has served on the executive
committee for Democrats from Gates Coun
Godwin is a member of Gatesville Baptist
Church where he has served as a deacon.
Chowan is experiencmg one of the largest
student enrollments in its history. The
college had planned for around 1400 students
and at the present have a 1492 student en
rollment, a marginal increase in the plan
of around 100 students. This increase has
put a strain on several departments in the
college, most of all the department of hous
ing. Students have been put in all available
housing and the situation as the college
confirms, is under control. Some students
find themselves walking, studying, and eat
ing in what appears to be a human jungle.
Amazed students are not alone in feeling
this way. Professors are experiencing this
atmosphere and are attempting to adapt
themselves to the situation.
One of the major problems that just about
every student has complained about at one
meal or another, is the long lines in the
cafeteria. Dean Lewis would appreciate
any helpful suggestions in confronting this
problem. Students with helpful hints should
confront Dean Lewis.
Increased enrollment along with a new
college rule on cars has caused an increase
in college-owned parking lots. Parking lots
that are at the present time dirt will at
sometime in the near future be hard sur
More students would normally mean
more broken rules which in some cases
means more students leaving college. Be
cause of a well presented summer orienta
tion program, the college hopes that student
reaction to the rules will be favorable and
students will avoid trouble.
Recruiting in a broader geographic area
accounts for the increased enrollment. Ano
ther definite fact is that students leaving
Chowan were accepted in fifty-three differ
ent colleges and universities along the east
ern seaboard of the United States last year.
Orientation for freshmen and other new
students planning to enroll at Chowan Col
lege for the fall semester began Sunday,
August 23 with a 7:30 p.m. session in Mc
Sophomore advisors arrived Saturday to
attend a preparation session. They served
as campus guides Sunday when the new
The program in Columns included mess
ages from Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker, president,
and other staff members. Bobby Cross,
director of development, presided. Welcome
was presented by Student Government As
sociation president, Ronaldo Karunungan.
Monday, August 24 the freshmen met
with sophomore advisors who informed
them of academic and social policies. In
formal, give-and-take sessions were held.
A change of pace was provided Tuesday
with entertainment by the Baptist Student
The emphasis during orientation was on
two Saturday morning sessions held Aug
ust 29 and September 5. Subjects the first
Saturday included the honor code, Mur
freesboro environment, programing time
for study, and values of attending Chowan.
Discussion September 5 centered on the
food service and proposed Student Govern
ment Association constitution. Freshmen
were also tested on the SGA Student hand
During orientation, entertainment included
several socials and movies. New students
were invited to a reception at the home of
Dr. and Mrs. Whitaker Sunday, August 30.
The spotlight is focused on football when
the students meet the Braves Monday/ Sept
ember 14, the date also for Rat Court. A
pep rally will be held September 18 prior
to Chowan’s first game, September 19. Balt
imore Community College will supply the
opposition for the 8 p.m. encounter at home.
The Chowan College student body has
received an award for their involvement
in the Red Cross blood program.
The first annual College Bowl Award was
presented to Chowan, May 27, at the annual
meeting of the Regional Committee of the
Tidewater Red Cross Blood Program in
The name of Chowan College will be in
scribed on the silver bowl which will be
rotated each year to the winning college.
The Tidewater region includes 56 counties
in northeastern North Carolina and south
The bowl went to the college with the
greatest percentage of students participat
ing based on the fall enrollment. Chowan’s
enrollment was 1,316 and the total donors
accepted during three bloodmobile visits
numbered 277 for 21 per cent participation.
Another 63 students were rejected for medi
cal reasons. William and Mary was the run-
nerup with 19 per cent participation.
The assistant administrative director of
the Tidewater Blood Program, Tom Clark,
commended the Chowan students for re
ceiving the award. “This shows that they
are not afraid to give and want to do some
thing good for their fellow man,” Clark
Oscar Green, Jr., chairman of the Tide
water executive committee who presented
the award, called it “a real kickoff to
encourage young people to get involved in
the blood program. It is our hope that the
bowl will be cherished on the campuses
and create much healthy competition.”
Several faculty members were praised
for their efforts in encouraging students to
donate by Mrs. Peggy Stephenson, chair
man of the Murfreesboro Blood Program.
These included Sam Green, athletic; Char
les Helms, business department; and Bill
Sowell, graphic arts; and three members of
the department of nursing: Mrs. Almira
0"kerman, chairman; Mrs. Wanda Edwards
^nd Mrs. Sarah Tankard.
Also commended by Mrs. Stephenson were
the Chowan student nurses who served as
volunteers at the bloodmobiles. “Many of
the nurses also donated and encouraged
and brought other students to donate,” Mrs.
Mrs. Thompson Offers
Chowan’s mail system has become a very
confused process to many students. The
postmistress, Mrs. Doreatha Thompson,
hopes the following information will be
of some assistance:
The mail is picked up at 9:00 a.m. and
3:00 p.m. The incoming mail arrives at
9:00, and is placed in your box as soon as
possible. All mail with the exception of
South, should have your post office box
number on it. Mail going to South should be
addressed to Chowan College, and please
include the room number.
South’s new post office is not quite com
plete. As soon as the lights are put in Mrs.
Thompson hopes to open it.
The mailing slot in front of the bookstore
is not for out of town mail. It is for campus
mail only, which requires no postage.
Out of town mail should be placed in the
mail box outside the door, behind the post
Community art, a non-credit course de
signed for the general public, ages 14 and
up, will be offered at Chowan College dur
ing the fall semester each Monday begin
ning Sept. 14. The classes will be held from
7-9 p.m. in room 201 of Daniel Hall.
Instructor for the course, which will fea
ture private instruction, is J. Craig Greene,
director of the division of art within the
department of fine arts. Registration will
be held the week of Sept. 7-11 from 9 a.m.-
5 p.m. in the office in Daniel Hall.
Dr. Whitaker Welcomes Students
Sincerely, I extend a warm welcome to the approximately 1,450
students, 70 full time faculty members, and the entire staff and
the administrative personnel as we begin our 123rd year in the life
of Chowan. A special welcome goes to the approximately 875
freshmen and transfer students.
It is our hope and expectation that this will prove to be a good
year for each member of the college community. My associates and
I, members of the faculty and staff, are committed to the united
effort to this end. It can and will be a good year if all of us “pull
together.” Let us make this the friendliest campus anywhere--
attitudes of good will toward each member of the college commun
ity, speaking “to everyone,” and maintainence of a “happy
atmosphere.” Such a spirit will help us all.
We hear a great deal about pollution these days. We have a beauti
ful campus. I challenge each member of the college community
to make it one free of trash and debri-a non-polluted campus!
Use the receptacles in and around the various buildings and on
There are several important dates I wish to call to the attention
of each of you: (1) Fifth Annual Planning Conference, September
19, 1970; (2) Joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and Board of
Advisors, Monday, September 28; and (3) Homecoming and Dedi
cation Services for South Hall and New Lake Project, Saturday,
October 24. Helpful preparation for and implementation of these
important events is solicited.
I cannot close this brief word of welcome without extending
to Editor Julie Hoskins and the members of her staff our best
wishes and offer of assistance for a successful venture as they
prepare for and publish each issue of our college newspaper, “Smoke
Again, a warm welcome and best wishes to each member of the
Chowan College Family.
Most sincerely yours,
Bruce E. Whitaker