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Chowan College SOS—The Student Orlentotion
Staff that helps Incoming students become familiar
with the college includes, from left, front row:
Tracy Whitley, Conway; Bill Garvey, Virginia
Beach, Va,; Richard Perry, Henderson; Tonya
Sheorin, Cary. Bock row: Cecil Davis, Cary; Tammi
Threatt, Carrollton, Va.; Laura Ryols, Siler City;
Tara Williams, Conway: Angie Felton, Suffolk, Vo.;
and Martin Clemons, Raleigh.
Smoke Signals, October 2, 1987—^Page 3
Campus activities are plentiful
By T. A. Dunavan
All incoming freshmen suffer from
the occasional Dorm Blues. I know,
when I came to Chowan from California
and there was a major culture shock. It
is hard to make tte adjustment and
acquire new friends, but it gets easier.
There is, suprisingly, quite a bit to do
around the Chowan community. Your
college handbook has a list of all the
towns in the neighborhood and what you
can find in them if anything. I would
suggest that you look in it, and get away
on the weekend or a weeknight after
studies of course.
There are some activities on campus
that can be quite fun. You will just have
to judge for yourself what you would
like to take part in. It may seem like a
lot of the activities on campus are
organized by the Baptist Student Union
(BSU). If religiously oriented activities
aren’t your thing, go out and make your
own activities. I have sat by the lake
many times fishing with my friends or
studying and have had quite a lot of fun.
This is college now we can’t go out and
party every night or day because there
is studying to be done!
Another suggestion is that if you have
a car go for a drive. I have found it very
relaxing just to get away from the dorm
for a little while. Go to the smaller
towns around, the people are friendly
and you will have a good time just fin
ding new places.
If you don’t agree to the above sug
gestions, the Student Government
Association (SGA) welcomes you to
their meetings, and that is a good way
to get out of your dorm and active in the
development of your own future.
There is no need for you to stay in your
dorm room when there are some fun
things that you could be doing.
Other organizations that may be of in
terest to you are: Chowan Players (the
drama club) the outing club, the
newspaper staff, the yearbook staff,
DPMA, Rotoract, dorm council, in
tramural sports (dorm teams), and the
science club just to name a few. If these
do not suit your need, look on page 25 of
the student handbook and you may find
something to satisfy your interest.
Radio Free Chowan
By Warren Breniman
Finally the surrounding area has
done something for the enjoyment of
the students of Chowan College and the
community. This gracious gift comes in
the form of a radio show on WQDK 99.3
FM in Ahoskie. The radio show will be
broadcast from 8:00 until midnight on
Bill Garvey, the S.G.A. president,
will be hosting this show and is primari
ly responsible for bring this new
musical atmosphere to life. Bill is ex
tremely excited about the show. His
goal is for every student at Oiowan to
listen for at least 15 minutes on Wednes
day evenings. People can listen in while
they are studying or out having a good
time. The format for the show is
primarily rock and roll and progressive
music. TTiere will also be occasional
guest spots as well as comedy and picks
of the week.
Requests and dedications will be
taken over the phone at the station.
Everyone is invit^ to call. The number
there is 332-3101. Additional requests,
dedications, comments, and replies can
be sent into college box number 758.
So, when you have a radio near you on
Wednesday evenings, just turn on, tune
in, and kick back while you listen to
Wild Bill on Radio Free Chowan,
9 am. to 1 pm.
Assembly cuts will be
given for the
Sadd fights back;
Rally held at Lakeside Center
SADD (Students Against Drunk Driv
ing) will be having a students against
drunk driving rally on Friday, October
9th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. in
Lakeside Student Center. There will be
displays, booths, films, videos, and
FREE handouts on alcohol, drugs,
mental health, and much more.
Representatives from the Highway
Patrol, Rescue Squads, Health Depart
ment, and the Mental Health Agency
will be present.
At 10:00 am in Turner Auditorium,
Columns Building, Keynote speakers
will be Eddie Rankins from the Think
Smart Program, an inmate from Gates
County Correctional Facility; and
Terry Johnson, the SBI agent with the
highest drug arrest record in North
Local High School SADD chapters
will be present and Chowan students,
faculty, and staff are URGED to attend
any or all of this event.
Electric Guitar Lessons
by The Beam’s lead guitarist,
Chowan music graduate
Monday’s (day and evening)
Beginner to Advanced
See Phil Royce
Student Orientation Staff greet new students
Ten students have responded to
Chowan College’s SOS call. At Chowan,
SOS stands for Student Orientation
Staff, sponsored by the director of
counseling and career development,
Linda Tripp. “SOS members are
recommended by faculty, staff, ad
ministration, and other students for
their positions,” Tripp explained
As freshmen, they are interviewed,
invited to participate, and trained in
group sessions by Mrs. Tripp. They
attend the C:amp Cale Lradership
Retreat in late spring with the campus
leaders for the following year.
During the summer, these rising
sophomores assist the college with the
tlu^ orientation sessions for freshmen.
“Throughout orientation, the leaders
are easily spotted by their Chowan
College T-shirts that conveniently
display their names. During each of the
sessions the leaders are expected to
work with groups d students, help give
placement tests, and set up refresh
ments for students and parents.
“They also serve the new students by
answering questions about academics
and campus life with an experienced
student point of view. Orientation
leaders are responsible for the dor
mitory where they stay with parents
and students during the sessions,”
The Student Orientatiwi Staff also
formed a student panel for parents.
“The student was very successful this
summer and gave positive student
viewpoints on various questions about
life at Chowan and possible needs of the
student,” Tripp declared.
She continued, “Orientation brings a
closer look at Chowan for the new
students. These student leaders are
generally the first friends and first
impression new comers receive.
Orientation is a lot of hard work but the
reward of new friendships and the pride
of helping others feel at home with
Chowan makes all the work wor
Chowan adds seven
new members to its family
Chowan College has staffed seven
new Professors for the 1987-88 school
year. They are: Miss Tracy Hartert,
Mr. John Virkler, Mrs. Susan Fecho,
Dr. Dorothy Hill, Mr. Rene Osborne,
Mr. Jody Taylor, and Mr. Tyrone
Susan Fecho, a Bristol, Tenn. native,
is Chowan’s new art professor. She is a
graduate of East Carolina University
where she is a candidate for the
Master’s of Fine Arts. Mrs. Fecho has
studied a summer at Goldsmith, a
Division of the University of London,
As a volunteer visiting artist, she
taught at four schools, three national
and one international. She served as a
volunteer missionary as well.
The athletic department welcomes
three newcomers to its staff. They are:
Jody Taylor, wrestling; Rene Osborne,
lady’s basketball and softball; and
Tyrone Johnson, assistant football
coach and Resident Director of Parker
Jody Taylor, a native of Greenville,
S.C., having a degree in secondary
education was named head wrestling
coach of the Chowan College Braves.
Taylor has had a long and successful
career in wrestling going back to a
State Championship at Wade Hampton
High School. Mr. Taylor was named a
high school All-American as a senior.
On a athletic scholarship at Clemson
University, he qualified for the 1980
Olympic Finals. He returned to Wade
Hampton to coach for one year. Taylor
then decided to enroll at the University
of South Carolina to work on his
Master’s Degree when the position at
Chowan became open.
Rene Osborne was Chowan’s
assistant football and men’s basketball
coach last year. Replacing Belinda
McKeel, Osborne has been named the
head coach of both the Lady Brave’s
basketball and softball teams.
Tyrone Johnson, a Vicksburg,
Mississippi native, has been named to
fill the position that was opened due to
Osborne’s promotion. Johnson is a
graduate of East Carolina where he had
been working as a graduate assistant
while obtaining his master’s degree
During his senior year at high school,
Johnson was named the defensive MVP
of the Pirate football program.
Tracy Amanda Hartert, A Chowan
College graduate, has returned to her
alma mater to teach in the Graphic
After graduating in printing from
Chowan, she transferred to Arkansas
State University where she received
her bachelor’s degree in printing
management this Atay.
At Chowan, she was a member of Phi
Theta Kappa, Rotaract and the annual
staff. At ASU, she was president of the
Graphic Arts Club, named to Who’s
Who and Outstanding Student in
Printing. While at both Chowan and
ASU, she served as a typesetter in the
w'orlc-study program. She* is a
Chesapeake, Va. native.
John Virkler has begun his service as
professor of economics and govern
ment at Chowan.
A Richmond, Va. native, Virkler is a
graduate of the University of Richmond
and holds three master’s degrees. He
has the Master of Divinity (theology)
from Southwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary and two master’s from
Auburn University (economics and
political science). He has completed
course work for the Ph.D in interna
tional relations from the University of
Virkler, a captain in the U.S. Army
Reserve, has taught at four colleges:
Auburn, Central (p.C.) Wesleyan
College, Piedmont Virginia Community
College in Charlottesville, Va. and
Bridgewater (Va.) College. He also
served as pastor of Mount Olive Baptist
Church, Bedford, Va., from 1974-79.
In the English Department, Dr.
Dorothy Combs Hill, has accepted a
position as professor of English.
Dr. Hill, a Huntsville, Ala. native, is
a graduate of C^rson-Newman College.
She received her masters from Bread
Loaf School of English in Middlebury,
Vt. and a Ph.D. from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She has held faculty and staff
positions with state and private
colleges. She taught English at UNC-
CH where she also served as ad
ministrative secretary in the school of
Dr. Hill served as (jarson-Newman’s
public relations director for two years
and came to Chowan after serving as
visting lecturer at UNC-CH while
working on her Ph.D.
Chov\^an College President Bruce E. Whitaker,
fourth from left, end Dean of the College Frank
Lowe, right, during a foculty-stoff workshop
welcomed new members, from left: Miss Tracy
Hartert, graphic communications; John Virkler,
economics and government: Mrs. Susan Fecho, art;
Dr. Whitaker; Dr. Dorothy Hill, English; Rene
Osborne, health and physlcol education; Dr. Lowe.
Rotaract launches fundraiser for PolioPlus
By Members of Rotaract
Rotarians all over the world have
pledged to promote and assist poUo im
munization of all children worldwide by
no later than the year 2005, Rotary’s
The Rotary Foundation will provide
all the polio vaccines necessary for up
to five consecutive years for any ap
proved inununization program of a na
tional or regional health agency:
Rotary will assist in the storage and
distribution of the vaccines and will
make available to any country, upon in
vitation, a team of experts to help plan
and implement national days of im
munization against polio.
Rotary’s campaign will also rein
force the battle against five other ma
jor vaccine—preventable diseases
which kill and cripple: measles,
diphtheria, tuberculosis, tetanus, and
Rotarians of the world have launched
a fund-raising goal of $120,000,000 to
finance PolioPlus. As Participants in
Polio Plus, members of Rotaract hope
to raise |1.00 for each full-time student
and full-time employee of Chowan Col
Residential students are encouraged
to give their contributions to their
Residence Directors. Day students are
asked to make their contributions to
Mrs. Batchelor or Dean Le?ris.
Members of the faculty and staff may
give their contributions to Mrs. Outlaw
in the Office of the Dean of Students or
to Dean Lewis.