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Vol. VI No. 3
February, 1971
College Honors C. Grier Beam
Visiting Committee Impressed By Gaston College Staff, Students
President Sugg Commends G.C. Students
The Visiting Committee on
behalf of the North Carolina State
Board of Education and the North
Carolina Community College
system found Gaston College
hospitable, cooperative, and
efficient, according to Dr. Woody
Sugg, Gaston College president.
The committee, a data-gathering
team whose purpose was to gather
information and transmit it to
another state committee, was on
the Gaston College campus
January 18-21, 1971.
In an interview with “The Gas
Light,” Dr. Sugg pointed out that
the committee members were very
favorably impressed with the
scope and quality of the
educational opportunities
available at the college. Dr. Sugg
pointed out that the committee
was especially impressed by the
students and staff of the college.
“We know what we are doing
right, even if we don’t know our
name,” Sugg said, with reference
to the question of whether the
school’s official name should be
Gaston College or Gaston
Community College. “The visitors
found that the liigh morale of
both faculty and student body
was indicative of the outstanding
climate for learning and teaching
Among the other areas of
commendation were the curricula
offerings, high level of
competence in instructional areas,
the dynamic and responsive
programs, and communications
among faculty and administration
and among faculty and students.
“I feel that every member of
the Gaston College tamily has
every right to feel proud to be a
part of the college,” Dr. Sugg
continued. “I am especially
pleased that the visitors found the
college to be student-oriented.”
But, as Dr. Sugg noted, the
college was not found to be
without its problems.
“We have known for some
time,” Dr. Sugg continued, “that
we have areas of weaknesses that
should and will be strengthened.
We are now making plans to
refine, define, and clarify all
pohcies and procedural operations
and administrative techniques.
There is a need for college-wide
curriculum improvements; we
need to establish a program of
advisory committees and to
construct course syllabi in several
areas, as well as faculty in-service
training programs.”
At present, plans are being
made to implement services and
improve programs throughout the
college, according to Dr. Sugg.
Visible progress is expected by the
time Dr. Noojin Walker of
Pensacola Junior College visits the
Gaston College campus on
February 9. Dr. Walker’s visit is
preliminary to the Southern
Association Visiting Committee’s
arrival in April 1971.
Student Opinions
Wanted By Sugg
In another part of “The Gas
Light” several letters appear, all of
which have voiced a complaint
concerning areas of instruction or
practices, policies, or conditions
on the Gaston College campus.
Dr. Woody Sugg, who has told
“The Gas Light” that he favors
the practice of students’
publishing their views in the
college paper, has gone one step
“I would like very much,” Dr.
Sugg said, “to meet with the
students who have voiced such
complaints. I think it would be
very informative for the president,
of the S.G.A., the president of the
Faculty Senate; and the president
of the college to sit down with
these students and hear their
complaints and answer as many of
them as possible.”
Gaston College President Woody Sugg, left, receives donalion from C.
Grier Beam on behalf of Carolina Freight Carriers of Cherryville.
Student Financial Aid
Financial aid has been the
difference for many college
students in determining whether
or not they receive their college
degrees. Financial aid is attainable
in four different forms: Loans,
Scholarships and Grants, Special
Programs, and Student
Almost all colleges and
universities make their financial
aid awards in the spring of each
year for the next school year. In
other words if you want financial
aid for next school year you will
have to apply now so you will be
eligible to receive your award this
Christian Ethics Children's Party A Success
At the monthly meeting of the
Christian Ethics Club, a decision
was reached to sponsor a party for
the deserving children of this
community. Upon careful
thought, it was agreed that a party
emphazing the “fun” aspects of
Christmas would be preferrable to
one involving the simple
distribution of food and clothing.
With this thought as their guide,
the club proceeded to form
committees and made various
assignments. Through personal
contacts with the faculty,
students, and the placing of
donation jars around the campus,
over $150.00 was collected.
A club committee of three,
headed by Larry Spencer, visited
local agencies for information
concerning the locating of these
deserving children. Visits were
made to each home to arrange for
attendance and transportation for
the party, which was held in the
Gaston College Student Center on
Sunday, December 20.
A delegation of those club
members deemed to possess the
best bargaining powers were sent
to the stores and proceeded to
purchase over $260.00 worth of
toys for only $120.00. These
members were so successful in
their quest due largely to the
generosity and cooperation of the
merchants of Gastonia, of whom
the members of this club cannot
seem to say enough nice things.
The Saturday evening before
the party, the club members were
busy decorating the Student
Center and wrapping the
children’s toys. While doing all
this, they somehow managed to
find the time to assemble “goodie
The party proved to be a great
success, with attendance by 52
children, 4 parents, and naturally
the hard-working club members
without whom none of this would
have been possible. Games were
played for the amusement of the
children and refreshments were
served to their ever-increasing
delight of those present. The toys
were distributed by a fully dressed
Santa Claus, due to the efforts of
Houston Moses, who did a
fantastic job if judged by the
looks of pure love to be seen on
the faces of the children who were
The club wishes to express its
indebtedness to the faculty,
students, and those hard-working
members of the club who gave so
generously of their time and
money to make this party the
success it was. This project has
been proclaimed such a success
that the club has announced its
decision to make their party an
annual affair of the S.C.E.C.
spring. To receive financial aid
you must apply to the financial
aids officer of the school which
you will be attending next
academic year.
If you will attend Gaston
College next academic year, and
wish financial aid, you should also
be in touch with Mr. Ray Medford
our financial aids officer. Mr.
Medford’s office is A-112 in the
administration building.
Two new scholarships which
will be available to G.C. students
are detailed below. One of these
scholarships will be offered by the
faculty senate and the other one
by the Rotary Foundation.
Faculty Senate Scholarships
Beginning with the spring
quarter 1971, the faculty senate
will be in the business of awarding
scholarships. The scholarship, in
the amount of $50, will be
awarded to one or more students
and is good for one quarter only.
However a receipent may re-apply
to have his scholarship continued.
The receipent of the
scholarship must be a full-time
student, have completed at least
one quarter at G.C. and have an
over-all QPA of 2.00. Students
interested in applying for the
scholarship should write a letter
to the faculty senate scholarship
committee and deliver this letter
to Mr. Frank Creech, chairman of
the scholarship committee, no
later than Feb. 12, 1971. In the
letter the applicant should state
his over-all QPA, the fact that he
wants to be considered for the
scholarship, and his financial
status telling the scholarship
committee why he or she needs
the scholarship money.
(Continued on Page 3)
Building Named
For Civic Leader
The Gaston College Board of
Trustees, at the special session of
January 11, 1971, unanimously
voted to name the college
administration building after C.
Grier Beam. The honor was
extended to Beam as a result of
his long and faithful service as
county commissioner of Gaston
County and because of his
continuing interest in and support
of Gaston County and because of
his continuing interest in and
support of Gaston College.
It was also agreed that a
resolution be prepared and
presented to Beam announcing
the decision and recognizing his
public service to the county and
his interest in the college.
Beam, who is a native of
Lincoln County, attended Weaver
Junior College and North Carolina
State College, where he graduated
in 1931. Moving to Florida
following his graduation, Beam
soon decided to return to North
Carolina, where he bought a 1931
Chevrolet truck and later became
Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of Carolina
Freight Carriers Corporation.
For twenty-one years Beam has
been a member of the Gaston
County Board of Commissioners
and chairman of the group since
1960. He is active in church
activities, industry, and
community affairs.
Edward Stowe informed the
Board of his recent visit with
Beam and of the Carolina Freight
Carriers’ pledge of $100,000 to
the college Building Fund.
Following is a copy of the
resolution passed by the Board:
WHEREAS, The Honorable C.
Grier Beam, a life-long citizen of
Gaston County and Chairman of
the Board of Commissioners, is
serving the people with wisdom
and unusual distinction; and
WHEREAS, As Chairman of the
Board of Commissioners he did,
with foresight and determined
zeal, appoint a committee to
investigate and report the higher
educational needs of Gaston
County people; and
WHEREAS, He gave leadership to
the decision to place before the
voters the opportunity to make
commitments to assist with the
construction and the operation of
a college for Gaston County; and
WHEREAS, As Chairman of the
Board of Commissioners of
Gaston County he has seen that
Gaston College was and continues
to be adequately financed to
provide quality educational
opportunities for thousands of
deserving Gaston County citizens;
WHEREAS, He, as Chairman of
the Board of Commissioners of
Gaston County, as Chairman of
the Board of Carolina Freight
Carriers Corporation, and as a
private citizen has shown
continued and enthusiastic
support for Gaston College, be it
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