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The Chowanian. volume (Murfreesboro, N.C.) 1923-1989, July 01, 1985, Image 2

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Death claims Arelia Adams, former college bursar I r 1 !•» Yvonne Elioson folks to physics professor George Hazelton obout her occeptance info East Carolina University's physical therapy program. I Eliason excels academically; to major in Physical Therapy Miss Arelia Ruth Adams, who served 18 years as Chowan’s bur sar until her retirement in 1970, died on April 12,1985. Miss Adams came to Chowan in 1952 after serving 21 years as ex ecutive secretary-treasurer rf the American Legion Auxiliary of North Carolina. She served two presidents. Dr. F. 0. Mixon and Dr. Bruce E. Whitaker. A Holly Springs native. Miss Adams graduated from Fuquay Springs High School, attended Wingate, and graduated from Hardbarger’s Secretarial School in Raleigh. Varied Duties During her first eight years of service, until 1960, her duties in cluded those of the bursar, business manager, secretary to the faculty, secretary to the president, secretary to the associate to the president, and secretary to the Board of Trustees. During an interview just prior to her retirement, she commented laughingly that she had also served as maid and janitor and added, “I’ve done a little bit of everything.” “Growth a Miracle” She termed Chowan’s growth during the administrations of Mix on and Whitaker a “miracle.” She said: "This college has had God’s Retired professor dies in Boykins Mrs. Frances White Coleman, 79, retired professor of English and religion at Chowan, died on June 2, 1985 at Boykins, Va. The funeral was held at Boykins Baptist Church with burial at Beechwood Cemetery. Surviving is a sister. Miss Catherine Wilroy White of Boykins. Mrs. Coleman served-at Chowan from 1953-1968. Stated the chaplain, Dr. Hargus Taylor: “A native of Virginia, she crowned a long and distinguished career as teacher with 15 years of classroom instruction at Chowan teaching in both the fields of Religion and English. She is one of those persons who was truly ‘at home’ in the classroom. “I suspect that if she were asked, however, she would probably point to her role as advisor to the Baptist Student Union on campus its one of the most rewarding experiences of her career among us. She still delights in ‘her boys’—and girls— whose leadership in BSU proved to be a prelude to continued active leadership in the church life of those communities to which they have moved since Chowan days.” Mrs. Coleman and her late hus band maintained a home in Boykins following her retirement in 1968. For the last few years, she was a resident of Nansemond Con valescent Center, Suffolk, Va. Mrs. Coleman was the founder of the Boykins Baptist Church Library. blessing on it because it’s a miracle—a plain miracle—how far we’ve come.” Miss Adams said her greatest satisfaction throughout the years had been to have a part in helping the students. “But for Chowan many young people who come from families of moderate means would not have received an educa tion,” she said. At her retirement, the Board of Trustees presented resolutions of appreciation to Miss Adams. The Board offered their “profound gratitude and appreciation” for her “faithful and devoted service.” iN MEMORIAM Class of 1904 Mrs. Julia Scarborough Nicholson Class of 1915 Mrs. Myra Aumack Saunders aassof 1916 Miss Clara Wheeler Class of 1918 Mrs. Laura Gay Long Class of 1926 Mrs. Jessie Marie (Parker) Chappell aassof 1928 Mrs. Mary Hoggard Watson Yvonne Eliason of Windsor is in a position that any student would envy. She is the “center of atten tion” of her science professors after being accepted as a transfer student into the physical therapy program at E^t Carolina Univer sity. On her part Eliason, a Chester- town, Md. native, wants to shine the spotlight on Chowan and her professors “for the help that they have given me.” Her physics professor, George Hazelton, explained that com- petion for admission into the ECU physical therapy program is very stiff. “You have to be a junior to enter the program and only the top one-fourth of all the applicants are accepted.” Meets All Requirements Eliason is enrolled in the pre physical therapy program. She said that the program meets all of ECU’s prerequisite requirements including physics, math, and chemistry courses. Her more than adequate scores on the national allied Health Occupations Aptitude test evidenced the strength of Chowan’s science department, Hazelton noted. She said studying physics “has been a big help. It forces you to develop and practice problem solving abilities.” She said her chemistry studies under Dr. Garth Faile and biology and zoology under Gilbert and Linda Tripp have also been a big help. “I came to Chowan with a very weak background in science and math. Needless to say, I am very pleased to be accepted into a field like physical therapy.” Changes Goals At 28, Yvonne Eliason is older than the average Chowan student. After graduating from high school and taking a year of vocational training she worked for seven years, first as a dental assistant and then as a dental technician. But she said she wasn’t satisfied. “I decided to go into physical therapy because it is a rewarding and challenging career that pro vides the opportunity to aid in the well being of others. Physical therapy is a growing field. It is ex pected to be one of the top ten career fields for the next ten years.” Eliason said she chose Chowan because she felt she would need the atmosphere of a small campus. She says she does not regret her decision. “E^ve^ybody, both ray professors and the administrators, have been very helpful. Not only have they given me a good academic background, but they have been interested in my per sonal development as well.” Her academic record indicates the progress she has made. Academic Honors Last year she received the Highest Scholastic Average for a Freshman award and was a com mencement marshal. She has also been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Col leges. She holds a Presidential Scholarship, which is the college's top scholarship awarded annually to six students chosen from a stu dent body of approximately 900.!‘We’re proud of her,” said Lin da Tripp, echoing the sentiments of her other science professors. “It’s an honor to be accepted into East Carolina’s physical therapy pro gram. You have to be a top student and show a great deal of promise.” In response, Yvonne says, “Thank you Chowan College.” THE CHOWANIAN USPS 715-880 Chowan College. Murfreesboro, North Carolina, a standard junior college controlled by the Baptist State Con vention of North Corolina ond founded in 1848. Printed, designed and edited by the students end faculty of the School of Grophic Communications at Chowan College. Send change of oddress notices to The Chowonion, Chowon College, Murfreesboro, North Carolina 27855. Published six times a year in February, May-June, July, September, October, and December. SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID AT MURFREESBORO. N. C. 27855 Outstanding Professor in Business Students in the Department of Business selected Mrs. Andrea Eason as Outstanding Professor for the 1984-85 year. The award was presented by Sheri Light of Colonial Heights, Va. An In dependence, Kan. native, Mrs. Eason came to Chowan in 1969. Mrs. Eason, who received her masters in business education from VPI, lives in Sunbury. Light, a Hopewell High School graduate, served as an officer in several honor business societies. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Light of 14416 Walthall Drive. PAGE TWO—The Chowanian, July, 1985

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