VOL. XV. No. 2
GARDNER-WEBB COLLEGE, BOILING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA
December 19, 1960
TWENTY-THREE MAKE HONOR ROLL
Twenty-three students made the honor roll for the first
nine weeks period, according to Registrar Dorothy W. Ham
rick. Seven qualified for the “A” honor roll, the require
ment for which is a 95 average on 17 or more semester hours
of work. Qualification for the “B” honor roll is an average
of 92 on 15 hours or more.
On the “A” honor roll are Jerry
Dycus, Jeane McPherson, Marelena
Pearson, Nancy Sorrells, Gail
Thompson, Joel Walker, and Mar-
A 100-voice choir, under the di
rection of Mrs. Robert Gidney, pre
sented Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday
afternoon, Dec. 11, at 3 o’clock, in
the E. B. Hamrick Building, and
again on Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at
the First Baptist Church of Forest
The choir included the 40-voice
College choir. Faculty members
and cit'zens in the community
The College choir performed at
the monthly faculty meeting Dec. 6.
A 45-minute program of Christmas
songs, including several selections
the BSU have captured the interest
of many students on the campus.
There have already been two dis
cussions and more are planned.
At the first discussion M. A.
ion,” and Dr. Eugene Poston led in
discussing “The Nature of God.”
Moseley brought out the five
basic principles illustrated in Gene
sis 1:1, 2: “In
earth (matter) ... and the spirit
of God (energy) moved on the face
of the water (motion).” He also
pointed cut that the pattern of cre
ation follows that of scientific
In leading the discussion .
Nature of God,” Dr. Poston
ed the natural character and moral
nature of God. He said that the
Holy God is Truth, Love, Righteous-
ne's, and is a tribune God. He
told the group that God is self-exis
tent, that he is immutable.
Joseph Godwin led the second dis
cussion group with the subject “Man
Martha Burke has a 95 average
but is taking only 16 hours.
Those on the “B” honor roll in
clude the following: Neal Eller, Ro
ger Hughes, Loretta Spirlin, Jerry
Walker, Monea White, Jane Beason,
Joseph Deaton, Kathy Everette, Pat
ricia Paircloth, Elizabeth Ledbetter,
Jo Lee Loveland, Marcelle McSwain,
Dorothy Miller, James Moten, and
der the direction of Mrs. Gidney.
’The choir also provided a program
of Christmas music in chapel Dec.
More than 25 members of the
Gardner-Webb CoUege BSU attend
ed the Baptist Student Convention
at the First Baptist Church of Win
ston-Salem, Nov. 11-13.
More than 35 colleges and other
institutions of higher learning were
represented at the meeting, whose
theme was “Committed to His Lord
and Sin.” He said that sin is caus
ed by the will of man, the conflict
between self and God. The power
of contrary choice is necessary to
choose right or wrong.
Attendance at these meetings has
been beyond the expectation of the
TWO WEEKS VACATION
JUST AROUND THE
Relax, cool cats—just take it easy
a few more days. Two big solid
weeks of takin’ it easy are all yours
—when Christmas vacation begins
Dec. 21. For 14 days you can for
get about that early morning class,
that afternoon lab, and that dog
gone ph. ed. class. You can relax
before the TV set, eat high on the
turkey, sleep until noon—and in
general, “goof off.” There’ll be no
curfew—at least, if you can slip in
the back door without making it
BUT DON’T FORGET: Clases re
sume Jan. 4—and to make things
just peachy, final examinations are
about ten days off. So—you can
forset about all the foregoing, sack
up all your books, and plan to spend
some time during the holidays study
ing! Good luck!
ise of this topic.
On Friday evening. Dr. Dale
Moody spoke on “The Nature and
Meaning of Christ’s Lordship.” On
Saturday morning Dr. John McCla-
in Our Culture.” Howard Bramlette,
on Saturday afternoon, spoke on
“Christ’s Lordship in the Campus
Dr. Moody spoke again on Sat
urday evening, choosing “Christ’s
Lordship and the World Mission
Imperative” as his topic. Dr. Jack
Noffsinger concluded the series on
Sunday morning with the chal
lenge “And Now What?”
Dr. Warren Ashby, professor of
philosophy at Woman’s College,
spoke at the faculty luncheon on
Students attending the conven
tion from Gardner-Webb are Ruth
C tames, Judy Putnam, Lib Tuttle,
Dot Roberts, Ruth Taylor, BeUnda
Crabtree, Nancy Hildebran, Winnie
Pittillo, Peggy Hartley, Edie Bailey,
Betty White, Betty Scott, and Mar
Also Joyce Gantt, Betty Bennett,
Buddy Lee, Jackie Heath, Bobby
Glasgow, Dorothy Livingston, Nan
cy Horner, Helen Rowe, Lottie
Strickland, Priscilla Linder, Gay
Lovette, Nancy Sorrells, Kay Elium,
Gladys Icenhour, Judy Poston, and
Rev. John Hiott, dean
dents, and Prof. Lansford Jolley
companied the group.
Several members of the Gardner-
Webb faculty and administration
have been attending various asso-
Lansford Jolley and C. Allen Bur
ris, teachers in the history depart
ment, attended a meeting of social
studies teachers from Baptist col
leges, held at Meredith College In
Raleigh, Nov. 11-12.
JoUey served as president of the
group this year.
The group’s meeting for the
year 1962 will be held at Gardner-
Webb with Burris serving as pro
Pres. P. L. Elliott, Registrar Dor
othy W. Hamrick, and Dean of In
struction J. O. Terrell recently at
tended a meeting of the North Car
olina College Conference in Dur
Special meetings were held for
academic deans, collegiate registrars
and admissions officers, and for
W. Lawson Allen, vice-president
and director of public relations,
and Dean Terrell attended the
meeting of the Southern Associa
tion of Colleges and Secondary
Schools. The meeting, which was
held in Memphis, Tenn., opened
cn Nov. 27 and continued through
Miss Doris Jones, dean of women,
attended the one-day convention of
the North Carolina Association of
Women Deans and Counselors, at
the University of North Carolina on
The convention was held for the
purpose of discussing problems of
deans and counselors and making
their work more effective.
The event called for a luncheon
meeting and a speech by Dr.
Sadie McLean, former dean of
women at Flora McDonald CoUege.
After 18 Years • • •
DR. ELLIOTT TO RETIRE
AS GARDNER-WEBB PRESIDENT
Dr. Philip L. Elliott, president of Gardner-Webb College
for the past 18 years, Nov. 29 at the annual president’s din
ner, gave notice that he will terminate his presidency Aug.
1, 1961, provided a successor is named by that time.
According to the policy regarding retirement established
in 1944, Dr. Elliott’s retirement would become mandatory
Aug. 1, 1962.
In his letter to the board of trustees, who were present
with faculty and staff members at the dinner. Dr. Elliott
“I have a conviction that for the best interests of the
College perhaps it will be better that my presidency be ter
minated Aug. 1, 1961, rather than Aug. 1, 1962, when my
retirement becomes mandatory. That conviction is based on
the following considerations only:
(1) The time that may be nec
essary to secure my successor; (2)
the time that may be necessary to
reorganize the administration; (3)
the requirements of the program of
advance contemplated by the Baptist
The Board of Trustees, upon the
motion of the Rev. Wilbur Hendrix,
chairman of the executive commit
tee, approved Elliott’s request to
take the necessary steps to effect
the transfer of the administration
by the date named “or as soon
thereafter as in your wisdom seems
Mrs. Rush Stroup, chairman of
the board of trustees, named the
following committee to survey the
field and to help in securing a new
head for Gardner-Webb: J. R.
Dover, Jr., chairman; Claude S.
Hinson; Mrs. O. Max Gardner, Leo
nard Lowe, and Clifford Hamrick.
Dr. Eugene Poston, faculty mem
ber, was named faculty laision.
Mrs. Stroup indicated that the
committee must search long and
hard tor the best Christian educa
tor to head the junior college. “I
think we would not be satisfied
with anything less,” she declared.
The Rev. M. O. Owens, Jr., A. T.
Withrow, and Richard A. Williams
were named to the committee to
write resolutions and make arrange
ments as may be necessary during
the transition period.
Dr. Elliott, in a statement con
cerning the termination of his pres
idency, said, “In my opinion the
CoUege is at this time at its high-
Chairman Of Board
Mrs. Rush Stroup was elected to
another term as chairman of the
board of trustees of Gardner-Webb
College at the president’s dinner in
the O. Max Gardner Building, Nov.
Horace Easom was named vice-
chairman; J. C. Hames, secretary;
and Clifford Hamrick, treasurer.
Serving with these officers on the
executive committee win be com
mittee chairmen: the Rev. M. O.
Owens, Jr. (finance); Richard A.
Williams (curriculum); the Rev.
Wilson Padgett (puWic relations);
and Claude S. Hinson (tone and
Mrs. O. Max Gardner
Withrow will serve as
est peak of development and effi
ciency during my administration.”
He indicated that the present stu
dent body is the largest and of the
highest quality during his term as
“There is no unrest that I am
aware of among either the students
or faculty. Prospects for next year
are even brighter with more than
fom- times as many applications as
at this time last year,” he said.
“So far as I can ascertain there
is not in any four-year college or
university in the state, a faculty
who teaches freshmen that can ex
cel in training, experience, or effi
ciency the faculty of Gardner-Webb
College,” the president said.
Dr. ElUott also credited his wife
with an unfailing dedication dur
ing his term as president of Gard
Concluding, Dr. Elliott said, “In
pride and gratitude I give you this
smooth-working organization dom
inated not by authority, command,
or by administrative techniques, but
by the love and thrill of building a
great institution together, utilizing
these other things as means to that
He continued, “I am, therefore,
not running from a serious situa
tion. I am not resigning. I am sug
gesting that this is best in releasing
your hands so that you may act
responsibly and without embarrass
ment. I am making an effort to do
for our College tlie most unselfish
thing I have ever done.”