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The cougar cry : the voice of Wilkes Community College. online resource (None) 1967-current, November 15, 1984, Image 1

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^0€€^€l^ THE VOICE OF WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE VOIAJMK 14 - NO. 2 WILKESBORO, NORTH CAROLINA NOVEMBER 15, 1984 Happy Thanksgiving Dr. David E. Daniel, President. President’s Message Although fall quarter has practically come and gone so quickly, these past few months certainly have represented a momentus period at Wilkes Community College. In August, the college celebrated a dream that became reality in the opening of the John A. Walker Community Center. The 2.1 million dollar facility is being utilized continually by a wide range of groups. Civic and community groups have an ideal place to conduct their activities; local business and industry can become strong and more profitable through specialized training conducted at the center; our local fine arts groups now have a fine facility in which to present their talents, and professional entertainment is scheduled through the school year. TTie center truly is fulfilling its purpose by serving the community in so many ways. In October the college honored its alumni with a reception in the new Walker Center. TTiis was a major effort to strengthen the relationship between alumni and the college, and the event should foster continued growth in the WCC alumni association. A precedent also was set with the production of an alumni magazine at Wilkes Community College. TTiis was the first publication designed especially for alumni in the state’s community college system. The WCC Symphony and the College Theatre started the school year with probably the best musical production ever held at the college. A superb cast and production staff made “The Music Man” a success, and this marked the first college production in the Nan Davis Van Every auditorium. We look forward to many more. Expansion also has depicted fall quarter at WCC. In Alleghany County, a second facility opened this quarter and is being used for vocational classes. In Ashe County, construction is in the final stages for a new skills center to be in full use by winter quarter. The 10,000 square foot facility, which includes shop space and classrooms, will house vocational and industrial training programs. Fall quarter has indeed been a productive and successful period for Wilkes Community College, through the untiring efforts of a determined group of people. The support and dedication of all those involved in these major accomplishments give rise to a feeling of optimism for continued growth at Wilkes Community College. Hohdays honored Freshman Elections Ihe Freshmen have at Wilkes Community College have now elected their Freshman Class Officers. The elections were held on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11. The candidates for each office were: for president: Sheila Miller and Darin Moretz; for vice-president; Gina Elliott and Melissa Johnson; for secretary: Melissa Anderson; for treasurer: Tammy Walker; and for senators: Tina Brinegar, Tim Porter, and Darren Welborn. Campaign Week was held the week preceding the elections. The candidates put up posters and campaigned for votes among the Freshman Class. The candidates gave their campaign speeches in the Student Commons on Tuesday, October 9. The votes were counted on Thursday night, October 11 and the winners were announced Friday morning, October 12. The elected officers were: President - Sheila Miller; Vice-President - Melissa Johnson; Secretary - Melissa Anderson; Treasurer - Tammy Walker; and Senators - Tina Brinegar, Danny Clack, Donna Deal, Keith Neaves, Tim Porter, and Darren Welborn. The Freshman Class Officers were sworn in on Tuesday, October 16. The freshman officers are now ready to represent their class. With the support of the freshman class, they will give some needed input to the SGA. Angela Ro>’al Thanksgiving Many Centuries Old Setting aside a time of Thanksgiving is a rite dating from antiquity. Reasons for giving thanks varied: a good harvest, a safe journey, victory in battle, blessings from God. Celebrations generally included religious worship and feasting on assorted foods. The Chinese celebrate Tlianksgiving thousands of years ago . . . For centuries, the Jews gave thanks during the eight-day Feast of Tabernacles. They dined in small booths whose lattices held fruits, vegetables and flowers and were open to the sky as a reminder of God, the Creator... The Greeks feasted for nine days in autumn to honor Demeter, goddess of agriculture . . . Ditto the Romans during Cerealia in honor of the goddess Ceres. In the New World, Thanks giving actually preceded both Columbus and the Pilgrims, according to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leif Ericsson Society. The famous Viking explorer and his men observed a Thanksgiving Day of prayer and feasting on roast wild goose some 500 years before Columbus. In 1565, Pedro Mendendezand company of Spain gave thanks to God for a safe landing in Florida. Here they established St. Augustine, the oldest permanent city in the New World. In 1578, English explorers followed suit upon landing at Baffin Island. As did Capt. John Smith when he made it to Jamestown in 1609. Thanksgiving became a yearly affair at the Berkeley Settlement in Virginia when Capt. John Woodliefe proclaimed “the day of our ship’s arrival (Dec. 4, 1618)... shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.” And so it was. Next came 1621. Enter: the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Supplied with wild fowl and venison by Massasoit and the Wampanoag Indians, they prayed and feasted on Indian pudding, hoecakes, eels, lobsters and gooseberries. Nov. 29, 1623 was later decreed a Thanksgiving Day by Gov. William Bradford. The early 18th century saw the first of many Hurricane Thanksgiving Days in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a day set aside for successfully surviving hurricane season. Even though the hurricanes ceased coming, the day is still an important holiday there. Thanksgiving in the colonies was officially observed Nov. 25, 1775. Then, in 1777, the Continental Congress ordered the day set aside for all the colonies. It was President Lincoln who first proclaimed Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in Nov., 1863, even though the Civil War raged. Except for the years 1939-41, when President Roosevelt changed it to the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving has remained the fourth Thursday in November. Hail To November November got its name from the Latin word for nine - for it was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar. But it would not have retained its name except that the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who was born in November, declined a proposal of the Roman Senate to change the name of the month in his honor. L Tony Randall - Dean of the College. From The Dean The various curriculum departments have provided a comprehensive Winter schedule to meet the needs of our students throughout Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes Counties. The scheduling process, for curriculum programs, is a function of the departmental chairpersons who solicit input from individual instructors. Basic schedules are composed of required courses, listed in the College catalog, on a quarterly basis. Non-required special interest courses and seminars are scheduled on a request basis. Any student having an interest in a particular course should make it known to Studefit Services, who will put the student in touch with the appropriate department. Therefore, when sufficient interest exists for that course, it will then be offered. Lifelong learning is a concept that the Community College is ideally suited to support. We strive to make this concept a reality, to all people in our area, by comprehensive scheduling and services. Tony Randall Alumni Association Has Meeting Approximately 150 former students along with staff and instructors met at the John A. Walker Community Center for an evening of renewing old acquaintenances and viewing the “Music Man.” All that attended enjoyed the program, the food, and the social time with friends. Dr. Sandra Swaringen at alumni meeting. (Former Student)

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