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VOL. 4, NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA Wp:SLEYAN COLLEtJE, ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1988 Wesleyan celebrates Founders Day Dr. John Hope Franklin, Profes sor Emeritus of Duke University, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the Found ers Day ceremony at North Carolina Wesleyan college. Founders Day is an annual event at Wesleyan set aside to celebrate the founding of the col lege, which is 32 years old this month. Dr. Leslie H. Garner, Jr., Wesleyan president, and Judge Phil Carlton, chairman of the Board of Trustees, also honored the recipients of the Distinguished Professor Award and the Wesleyan Service Awards. Jean B. Edge, assistant professor of physical education, received the Distinguished Professor Award. Ms. Edge received her B.S. from East Carolina University and her M.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill. She teachers a variety of “activity” courses, in cluding tennis, badminton, swim ming, bowling and archery. She is also responsible for many of the courses that prepare students to teach physical education in the public schools. An elder in her church. Pro fessor Edge teaches in the church school and trains officials in the Spe cial Olympics. Rev. Alvin Home, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award during the Con vocation ceremony. Criteria for the honor include inspired teaching and supportive relationships with stu dents. The recipients of the Wesleyan Service Award were: Twenty year awards — Frances HOODING CEREMONY—Judge Phil Carlton, chairman of the Board of Trustees, places the hood on Dr. John Hope Franklin, who received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree during Founders Day ceremonies while Dr. Leslie H. Garner, Jr., Wesleyan president, reads the citation. Franklin challenges Wesleyan By RENEE’ JANDREW John Hope Franklin, Professor Emeritus at Duke University and ar guably the most distinguished living historian in America, brought his message of service to the North Carolina Wesleyan College Commu nity for Founder’s Day on Oct. 13. Franklin stated that “only North Carolina Wesleyan can translate its message of service into action.” Franklin, who has “witnessed the growth of Wesleyan and the develop ment of its foundation,” explained that Wesleyan had the essentials of a caring environment to keep up the tradition of commitment in the pur suit of scholarship. “Wesleyan has accomplished translating mission into action.” To maintain such an accomplishment, one must take advantage of the op portunity to serve. Franklin suggests individuals become involved in ac tivities outside the classroom and to use one’s energies and talents to im prove society. He also stated “it is important to make the environment free of racism to create a better cli mate in pursuit of one’s own scholar ship.” Franklin, who' has earned de served respect and honor for his own service and devoted commitment, was later rewarded an honorary de gree from North Carolina Wesleyan College. Besides receiving an honorary degree from North Carolina Wesleyan College, Franklin has been a recipient of honorary degrees from more than 70 colleges and universi ties including Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, NC State, Washing ton University, University of Michi gan, and UNC at Chapel Hill. Franklin has also been a distin guished professor at many Universi ties. He is presently a James B. Duke Professor Erneritus of History and Professor of Legal History in the Law School at Duke University. As Dr. David Jones states, “John Hope Franklin’s commitment to his torical scholarship deserves respect and honor. As historian, he is “first rank.” Jones went to add, “John Hope Franklin has truly bom witness to the dream that the United States will be the Land of Truth.” R. Harrison, Director of Adult De gree Program and Mathematics Pro fessor; and Sylvia C. Parker, Director of Research and Special Events. Fifteen year awards — Kenneth V. Finney, Chairman and Associate Professor of History; and Leverett T. Smith, Jr., Professor of English. Ten year awards — Richard Avent, Maintenance Department; Marshall A. Brooks, Dean of The College; Robert R. Walton, Assistant Professor of Biology; and J. Dewey Weaver, Jr., Board of Trustees. Five year awards — Erwin “Doc” Berry, Director of Food Service and Hotel Management; Dewey G. Clark, Admissions Office; LaRue L. Elliot, Director of Cooperative Edu cation/Career Planning; William H. Kincheloe, Board of Trustees; and Virgie R. Morehart, Accounting As sistant. The recipient of the honorary degree, John Hope Franklin, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. He (Continued on Page 4) College will not be sold to Japanese Wesleyan College President Leslie H. Gamer, Jr., said Thursday that Wesleyan College “is not going to be sold and is not going to change its relationship with the Methodist Church” in response to reports that the Japanese want to buy a small col lege in North Carolina. “While we would be happy to ex plore the possibility of establishing a Japanese/American exchange pro gram on campus, that would be the limit to any interest on our part in a relationship with a Japanese univer sity,” Gamer said in a prepared state ment. J. Phil Carlton, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan Col lege, said in news reports Wednesday that the chances were “terribly re mote” that Wesleyan College would accept an offer from an urmamed Japanese University trying to buy a private college or university within North Carolina. While noting that the board would listen to any offer, Carlton said in published reports that the college is owned by the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, which would have to consent to the sale, and added, “We would have to seriously consider the impact it would have on the community and on the mission of the college, and I think the chances are just terribly remote.” Garner said Thursday that Carlton's comments should not be interpreted “as an indication that the board is considering selling the col lege.” “Let me make the college's fwsi- tion clear: Wesleyan is not going to be sold,” he said. “Wesleyan's Board of Tmstees has not been directly approached by a Japanese university. Wesleyan only received the same generic letter of inquiry from the Japanese that apparently was sent to other private colleges in the state. “If we are aproached,” he contin ued, “we will make it clear that Wesleyan is not going to be sold and is not going to change its relationship with the Methodist Church. We will be happy, however, to consider spe cial programs or other cooperative efforts that might help Wesleyan bet ter carry out its mission of serving our church, our communities, and our people.” The offer, made through Mitsub ishi Trust Bank in Tokyo, was sent in letters to 22 representatives of pri vate colleges and universities through the N.C. Association of In dependent Colleges and Universities. The Japanese reportedly offered $25 to $30 million to use the college for a 10-year period, bringing in up to 5,000 Japanese students and starting faculty/student exchange programs.