The cougar cry : the voice of Wilkes Community College. online resource (None) 1967-current, March 29, 1988, Image 1
THE VOICE OF WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE VOLU'ME 18, NUMBER 5 WILKESBORO, NORTH CAROLINA MARCH 29, 1988 ft Have A Nice Spring Break ft Dr. David E. Daniel President’s Message A TRIBUTE TO C. FRED LOVETTE One of the prime movers in Wilkes County died on March 16, 1988. Mr. C. Fred Lovette was largely responsible for the success of Holly Farms. His drive and foresight created a giant national company which brought thousands ofjobs to ourcitizens. Not only did Holly provide jobs, but its corpo rate citizenship made our part of the world a better place to live. Mr. Lovette’s energy knew no bounds. He loved life and lived it to the fullest, it was Fred Lovette who played the major role in donating the land on which the college stands today. He knew the value of educa tion and did his part in bringing post-secondary educational op portunities to our people. Most recently, Mr. Lovette become in volved in supporting the Merle Watson Memorial Benefit. We ex tend our deepest sympathy to the l.ovette family and say a heartfelt “thank you” for all the positive contributions which Fred l.ovette made during his lifetime. A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT WALKER Robert Walker passed away on March 13, 1988. For 14 years he taught here at Wilkes Community College. His spirit was magnanim ous, though he was a modest and quiet man. He took his teaching seriously and benefited thousands of students who sat at his feet. Bob Walker was a dedicated family man. His wife and children expe rienced the unbounded love of a good man. At the end of the cur rent year Bob Walker would have completed 30 years of teaching in the public schools and the com munity college. While his life was cut short at the age of 51, he lived a full life of service for his fellow- man. We shall miss him greatly. 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Paul Revere and William Dawes got things stirred up on the evening of April 18. 1775, when they mounted their trusty steeds and made their famous midnight ride to warn villagers between Bos ton and Concord of the impending British march. By the next morn ing when the Redcoats arrived in Lexington and Concord, the Min ute Men were waiting and the Revolution was on! Eight years later, in April 1783, the Revolutionary War officially ended. Subsequent Aprils were to in clude such historic events as a joint session of the first Federal Con gress of the United States. It con vened in New York City on April 6, 1789, for the purpose of counting the electoral votes cast for Presi dent the month before. On the 30th of April that same year, George Washington took the oath of office as the nation’s first chief executive. In a later administration, grow ing pains got the best of Americans when on April 30, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson signed the Loui siana Purchase treaty. The $ 15 mil lion transaction instantly doubled the size of the country and put the Mississippi River and the port of New Orleans under U.S. domain. Finally, April brings four presi dential birthdays: Thomas Jeffer son on the 13th in 1743; James Monroe on the 28th in 1758; James Buchanan on the 23rd in I791;and Ulysses S. Grant on the 27th in 1822. Happy Easter! Joe Linney Nancy Whittington P.E. Instructors To Retire The Physical Education Depart ment at Wilkes Community Col lege will never be the same after this year. Longtime instructors, Joe Linney and Nancy Whitting ton, are retiring. After clocking seventy years of combined teaching experience, the two have decided to hang up their rackets and head for the greener fairways of retirement. The year was 1950, and Joe Lin- neys’ career was born. He gradu ated from Appalachian State University and moved immediately into a coach ing position at Mountain View High School. After posting six successful years there, he was selected to head up the basketball program at the newly formed North Wilkes High School. His coaching expertise lead his girls team to a streak of 108 consecutive wins, the boys team to seven seasons with out a loss at home, and to a state championship in 1961. When the Community College was opened, no search was needed to locate the best man available to institute the P.E. Department, because Linney had made himself well known. He brought into existence the basket ball, tennis, and golf teams. He fol lowed suit with an unstated com munity college code that emphasized the participation of local athletes. He believed strongly in providing athletes from the community with a chance to compete on a collegiate level. He made no attempt to re cruit outside the area because it would ruin the purpose of com munity college athletics. His teams enjoyed sixteen years of success before the community college con ference folded in 1981. Through out his lengthy coaching career, Joe (the legend) Linney has incor porated his wisdom into classroom settings, featuring demonstrative lectures on the finer points of back- handing, golf swinging, weightlift ing, arrow shooting, and of course basketball. The other member of the team, Nancy Whittington has constructed a highly reputable career. After receivinga B.A. and M.A. in health at Appalachian State, she spent four years at Millers Creek Ele mentary School teaching eighth grade. She then moved on to West Wilkes High School for ten years of P.E. instruction before coming to Wilkes Community College to form what would become a seven teen year working partnership with Mr. Linney. They have since then been the only full time P.E. in structors at the College. Mrs. Whittington’s teaching excel lence is evident in the reaction she invokes from her students. She makes the pain of lifting weights, and the frustration of faulty ten nis grips not only endurable, but enjoyable. Her dedicated interest in personalized involvement with students on individualized basis sparks high levels of enthusiasm, and confidence which the student carries with him/her throughout the day. It is this close student-teacher relationship that has meant the most to these instructors over the years. It also makes it the hardest for them to leave the classrooms and head for the beaches. But not that hard! More than enough plea sant memories will remain to coin cide with the pleasing benefits of retirement to ensure that these years - the culmination of many great years, will be the greatest yet. Mrs. Whittington plans to retire on June 30th, and will head to Myrtle Beach on June 31 st for two months of fun in the sun with her retired husband Tom. They are looking forward to traveling to gether, having more time to spoil their three grandchildren, and some occasional late sleeping. Joe Linney will continue to offer his expertise instruction on a part- time basis, but not before taking time to vacation and travel with his wife, Toni. He’ll also have more time to devote toward improving his golf game. As if he had too! He shoots in the low sixties now. (Any other weather would not be com fortable.) Joe Linney and Nancy Whit tington have spent the better parts of their lives doing what they love best; contributing significantly to the development of students; men tally and physically. What a great loss the upcoming classes will have. Unless, maybe, by some design of fate their positions will be filled by former students, who will keep alive their teaching and living phil osophies. No, this would be against the laws of logic which state: “Joe Linney and Nancy Whittington are irreplaceable.” . . . Matt Cashion Whiz Quiz “My child,” said the rich man. “I’m giving you a choice of two birthday gifts: You can have a bar rel full of dimes or a barrel of the same size full of half-dollars.” Which would you take? ANSWER jXsUOUl 3J01U ju3oj3d Qi jnoqB jo - sjB||op-jiBq SB S31UJP XUBIU SE S31U1} XIS X|3JBUI -ixojddB 3q p|noA\ 3J3qx Xi3i3id -IU03 3Joui |3JJBq B mj X3qj OS ‘SUI03 U33A\J3q 33Bds SS3[ pi3lX SSlUjp ‘J3UUiqi pUB J311BIUS qsniu Sui3a S3Uiip JO i|nj ]3jjBq 3qj 3>jBx Easter in Each New Tomorrow Tomorrow, the future, remains untouched, unspoiled, unused. No body has lied or robbed or mur dered yet. Accidents have not hap pened; none has dealt treacherously with friend or foe; no tears have been shed. It remains perfect, an ideal time unsoiled by human words or actions. Unfortunately, humankind often puts off doing today until tomor row; but the day remains ideal, waiting. It waits for you to com mand however you will. Command it, then. But plan for it; prepare for it. Consider well its potentials, its endless possibilities. And if you have faith in yourself, your efforts will be rewarded. But what if tomorrow’s plans and actions fail? Yes, plans go awry; actions can produce more headachesand heart aches. Still, there is still the day after, another tomorrow, many more tomorrows, with hours in each to devise new plans, improve actions. In a very true sense, that is the promise of Easter: a better tomor row. Will you be ready?