North Carolina Newspapers

St. Andrews
Presbyterian College
Vol. 19 No. 1
July 24,1980
Science center
gets $100,000
drews Presbyterian College
has been awarded a grant of
over $100,000 by the National
Science Foundation, for
scientific equipment, ad
ditional instruments and
program modification. St.
Andrews will match this
amount while modifying and
improving the
The NSF grant to St. An
drews was one of only 31
awards in the national to four
year liberal arts colleges.
An innovative science
program was instituted at the
College in 1967 when NSF
assisted St. Andrews in
strengthening the science
experience of both science
majors and students in other
disciplines of study. This
program was highly suc
cessful and continues to be
the core of the science
education at the school.
“Our basic thrust has been,
and will continue to be,
making every aspect of the
program accessible to all
studnets,” said Dr. Michael
Torres, program consultant
and assistant professor of
biology at St. Andrews. “We
have always felt that science
education should be in
terdisciplinary, concept-cen-
tered, inquiry-oriented and,
above all, flexible. This NSF
grant will allow the St. An
drews Science Department to
better accommodate han
dicapped students and in the
process update many
laboratory instruments while
also adding a few to an
already outstanding assort
Equipment that will be
purchased as a result of the
NSF grant money includes: a
scanning electron
microscope, a Varian mass
spectrometer, three UN-
visible spectrometers, an
infra-red spectrometer and a
hard copy computer terminal
with acoustic compling. Color
video taping will also be
possible from the St. Andrews
laboratory facilties. A color
television camera, recor
der/player editors, a
playback unit and a color
synchronization generator
will also be purchased. Video
taping has become an in
tricate part of instrument
instruction in the laboratory.
“The National Science
Foundation Grants are highly
selective and extremely hard
to secure,” commented A.P.
Perkinson, Jr., president of
St. Andrews. “St. Andrews,
with its tradition of initiating
programs to meet the needs
of the handicapped student,
seeks to provide, once again,
a model for undergraduate
science education that is of
high quality, flexible and
totally accessible.”
David McLean
The staff of “The Lance”
would like to express its grief
at the death of Dr. David
McLean. Dr. McLean died on
the night July 16, of a heart
attack. Memorial services
were held on Saturday, July
19, at Shallotte Presbyterian
Church. His ashes will be
scattered on the waterway by
his home at the beach. We
offer our deepest condolences
to the family.
Equipment Bonanza
The $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will add a new electron microscope and
other equipment to the already well equipped Morgan-Jones Science Center.
Record expected
in enrollment
Over the past few yeas St.
Andrews has been ex
periencing a change in at
mosphere. This atmospheric
change is largely because of
the change in attitutde among
admitted students.
The size of cnsecutive
freshmen classes has been on
the upswing. In 1979, St.
Andrews had an enrolled
freshman class of 170. In
early March of 1980, the
college had already accepted
227 students for the fall
freshman class.
Over the past five years,
enrollment at St. Andrews
has been growing. In 1977 321
men and 242 women were
enrolled at S.A., while in 1978
the figures grew to 341 men
and 298 women, which was a 4
percent increase since the
previous year. It is still
unknown as to the exact
figures, but the newly ad
mitted freshmen class willbe
larger that its predecessors.
Size alone is not the only
factor that has been
changing, S.A.T. and grade
point averages (G.P.A.) have
also been on the rise. In 1978
the average S.A.T. score for a
St. Andrews student was 917
and they had a G.P.A. of 2.7
(b-). 1979 showed an increase
with the S.A.T. average
standing at 930 while the
G.P.A. rose to 2.8. The next
crop of freshman promises to
be a healthy one. The average
S.A.T. score for the incoming
class is projected to be 949
and the G.P.A. is projeted to
be slightly higher at 2.85.
The fall ’80 Freshman Class
has also showed a potential
increase in the fields of
Business and Biology. The
figures show that of the in
coming students 22 percent
have expressed an interest in
Business; 10 percent in
Biology; 7 percent in Math; 5
percent in Pre-Med; 4 percent
in English; 3 percent in
Education, Theatre, Theatre,
Allied Health, Chemistry, and
the sciences in general; 2
percent in Pre-Law, Politics,
Journalism, and Physical
The attitude of St. Andrews
has changed as the type of
student changes. Once known
as a radical (very Uberal)
school, St. Andrews has now
mellowed and the image has
faded. S.A. has always been a
school that was respected for
the academic standards that
it held, that trend looks as if it
will be carried on. Liberal,
mellow and academically
proud, S.A. readies for
another year.
President announces
administration changes
reorganization of the ad
ministration of St. Andrews
Presbyterian College has
been announced by A.P.
Perkinson, Jr., president of
the College. The
reorganization includes
promotions, new ap
pointments to existing
positions, and the creation of
new positions.
J. Bruce Frye, currently
vice-president for develop
ment at St. Andrews, will
assume the position of special
assistant to the president.
W. Dudley Crawford
College director of ad
missions, has been appointed
director of church relations.
Barrett H. Carson director
of development, has been
named the new vice-president
for development.
C. Parker Umstead,
Laurinburg certified public
accountant, has been ap
pointed vice-president for
business affairs.
In making the ap
pointments, Preisdent
Perkinson expressed his
satisfaction that the three
College administrators have
accepted the new positions,
adding that the new align
ment “gives St. Andrews
stronger representation in
areas of vital interest to the
College. Our remaing task is
to find a director of ad
missions to succeed Dudley
Frye’s new duties include
long range planning for
development of portions of
College property adjoining a
new Laurinburg community
hospital; working in close
relation with the College’s
Board of Trustees in specific
gift support functions;
research and contact with a
selected group of donor
prospects for the College and
research and development of
major grant proposals in
support of St. Andrews.
Frye joined the St. Andrews
staff in 1967 as director of
development, assuming the
vice-presidential post in 1974.
A native of Asheville, he is a
graduate of Davidson College
and Union Theological
Dudley Crawford’s ap
pointment as director of
church relations will enable
the College to broaden and to
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