The Pilot salutes Dr. Robert Dyer as Professor of month. Dr.
Dyer is Head of the Guidance Department of the college.
Sincerety, frankness, amazing sense of humor, readiness to
help, giving of new sparkle and zest to Bible stories one has
heard over and over again, and a very interesting person to
be acquainted with, are some of the qualities we considered
when choosing our Professor for the Month, DR. ROBERT A.
Dr. Dyer was born in Baton Rouge, La. He attended
Louisiana State University, Columbia University in New York,
and Southern Baptist seminary in Louisville, Ky.
In 1940 Mary Lawrence Mills of Winston-Salem, a graduate
of Salem College, and who had studied at Julliard School of
Music in New York, stole his heart and they were married.
Mr. and Mrs. Dyer were missionaries to Japan for five years.
They were taken prisoners of war two weeks after the out-
brak of World War II, and remained prisoners for over three
Dr. Dyer has been a professor at G. W. for 10 years, teach
ing Bible and psychology, and was the originator of the guid
ance department, which has been recognized as one of the best
in North Carolina.
Some of Dr. Dyer’s activities include: Testing in North
Carolina for the National League of Nursing in this area,
Psychological Measurement for County Welfare, a member of
the National Selective Service Program, Cerebral Palsy and
Mental Hygiene Programs.
When asked what his hobbies are he replied, “Floriculture
and Aviculture”, (raising of flowers and birds) Among his
favorite flowers are roses, especially the hybrid-tea rose, and
camellias. In connection with his birds he deals with genetics,
and his aim is to produce a red canary. He won 10 trophies
in the Seventh National Show in 1955. His birds have received
national renown since 1953 when his entry was judged the
best bird in the National Show in Boston.
Far from being last among his activities is his interest for
his two sons, Raymond, 16, and Chris, 2. Both are adopted.
Dr. Dyer is a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church
and has held several supply pastorates in nearby churches.
Because he chooses to invest his life in young people he
thinks he is at the best place where that can be done.
One of our faculty members has put it in these words:
“To know him is to love him.”
1. P. C. R
New B. S! U.
Officers for B. S. U. Executive
Council for the school year 56-57
have been elected. The officers are
as follows: Margaret Gold of
Shelby, President; Bob Bayles of
Shelby, First Vice-President (Mem
bership) ; Bentha Self of Morgan-
ton. Second Vice-President (Social);
Faye Branch of Valdese, Third Vice-
President (Devotional); Barbara
Moore of Shelby, Secretary; Olin
Wilson of Valdese, Treasurer; San
dra Ammons of Johnson City,
Tenn., Pianist; Colleen Maynard of
Hickory, Chorister; Tommy Whit
mire of Shelby. Reporter (Publicity);
Joe Greene of Mars Hill, LISTEN
Chairman; Don Shull of Shelby,
Sunday School Director; Shirley
Jolley of Cliffside, Training Union
Director; Harriet Gibson of Lake
land, Fla., Y. W. A, President;
Harold Fite of Lowell, Christian
Volunteer Band President; and
James Collette of G, I. Hill, Minis
terial Association President.
These officers will be installed in
a du il ceremony, in the college audi
torium and also in the Boiling
Springs Baptist Church. The in
stallation in the church wiU be on
April 15, and the installation at the
college will be in chapel April 18.
They will attend a State B. S. U.
Planning Conference at the First
Baptist Church in Asheboro on April
20-22 and then will go to Ridgecrest
for a planning retreat on May 11-13.
falivG Visits U. M.
The International Relations Club of Gardner-Webb College
sent member Boyce Freeman to United Nations to study its
organization and program. Freeman, from Rutherfordton,
spent March 14 through 18 in New York observing work in
the United Nations building.
The United Nations building and legislation there consumed
much of Freeman’s time, but he also visited the usual sights
such as the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall,
Madison Square Garden, Times Square, and Grand Central
“New York is overwhelming in
size,” according to the youth.
“Everything is so big, so tall, and so date.
fabulous It was my first trip to Another Rutherfordton youth and
that city, so you can imagine how Gardner-Webb graduate, Bobby
I stared at everything.” Heffner, showed Freeman around the
city. Heffner is enrolled there in a
School of Radio and Television
N. C. Student
Artist Speaks To Art Club
New Girls dorm nears completion as workmen speed up to meet
the August 15 deadline. The new dorm will accommodate 100
new girl students this fall.
James Harrell, Shelby artist, was
the guest speaker at the bi-monthly
meeting of the art club of Gardner-
Webb on February 22. Harrell
teaches art lessons in the Shelby
Community Center each Tuesday
When asked, “Should one strive
toward perfection in all his work?”
Harrell had this to say, “It’s your
own little world, make it what you
want to through your originality.”
He went on to say that perfection
is already there and has been seen
by everyone. Yet not everyone has
seen your originality.
The question arose as to whether
the talent of an artist is an innate
quality. “Painters are mostly made
and not born” commented Harrell.
However, he pointed out that the
ability to absorb the beauty of
things and apply them is inborn.
“An exhibition will be held this
spring, says President Conelia Har
rell, and the best piece of work will
be presented to the school as a gift.”
The art club has 14 members, and
the officers are as follows; Conelia
Harrell, president; Dillard Hiatt,
vice-president; Ann Ellis, secretary
and treasurer; Jean Trantham,
publicity chairman; and W. F.
Troutman as faculty advisor.
Representatives from ten denom
inational and “Y” groups through
out the state have planned the
Morth Carolina Student Christian
Conference which will be held April
7-8 at Franklinton Center, Bricks,
Dr. Waldo Beach of the Duke Uni
versity Divinity School will be the
conference speaker for this collegiate
gathering which is a follow-up to
the earlier S. V. M. Conference in
Athens. Don Webster, Conference
Chairman, has announced the con
ference theme: “Our Unity in
Christ: Our Disunity as Christians.”
Student leaders from campuses
throughout the state will lead small
discussion groups designed to stim
ulate individual participation and
provide suggestions for religious ac
tivities on the home campuses. The
conference will have offerings in
music, worship, inspiration, and re
creation included in this weekend of
fellowship and devotion.
The cost for each participant will
be $4.00, of which $2.00 has been
designated as the registration fee
payable before April 3 to Miss Ila
Grey Mcllwean, W. C. U. N. C.,
Greensboro, N. C.
Due to limited facilities at Frank
linton Center, the number of regis
trations accepted will be limited to
120. Additional information can
be obtained from Don Webster, Box
6637, College Station, Durham, N. C.