VOL. 20, NO. 2 ST. ANDREWS PRESBYERIAN COLLEGE OCTOBER 2. 1981 Goheen guest speaker at anniverary celebration R. Phillip Hanes, Jr., of Winston Salem, receives Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Daniel Nieh: “The Shanghai guy” By SHERRI REEDER Daniel Nieh is a Chinese exchange student who came to St. Andrews to study art. Born and reared in Shanghai, China, he finds that the town of Laurinburg is quite dif ferent from his own city. Shanghai holds within its city limits ten million people and places, second only to Tokyo as the world’s largest city. Daniel attended the Shaghai Fu- Dan high school where he studied various topics but his favorite was art. “Art”, he said “like all subjects in Chinese high schools, is a require ment and I had a wonderful art teacher, perhaps that is why my in terest grew to its great degree.” However, since he was nine years old Daniel has been privately tutored in the field of art. The love of art seems to be prominent in the Nieh family for Daniel’s uncle, Nieh Chang -Sou, is one of China’s top four ar tists and is a member of the Chinese Art Union. Before coming to the United States, Daniel attended the Shaghai Special Textile - Technological Col lege where he majored in electronics. “When I tell people this” Daniel said “they always seem to be shock ed that I, an artist, should have a degree in such a field.” Daniel was first introduced to St. Andrews by a friend of his grand father’s Mrs. T. C. Williamson of Raeford, NC. “Ms. Williamson” Daniel explained, “was born in China as the daughter of two Chris tian missionaries. Her father con verted my grandfather to Christiani ty about fifty years ago and since that time our families have been very dose. She suggested to me that I come to St. Andrews to study and offered to sponsor me. It was an of fer I couldn’t refuse.” Daniel’s father is Mr. Nieh Chang- Yi, a law professqr in the East China Law Institute. His mother is a gynecologist. He has one younger brother who is now in his first year of junior high school. When asked how he feels about the United States Daniel replied; “The United States is a very modern country compared to China, in dustrially and technologically. China is basically an agricultural society. I like the U.S. very much because the people are very friendly here. Scholastically however, the Chinese are more conscientious. The Chinese student will rise at 5:30 every morning to study before breakfast and goes to bed rather ear ly. The classrooms are also very dif ferent. They are more formal, no sandals, no tank shirts, no food or drinks and no smoking. Everyone must have a neat and well-groomed appearance.” When Daniel finishes his educa tion here at St. Andrews he will return to China. Then his goal will be to find employment in the art Renowned scholar, Robert Goheen, speaks on “Liberal Education in and for our Times.” world; perhaps in commercial art or with a publishing company and ultimately to join the Artist Union. Recently, Daniel has held various art shows in the surrounding towns. Last April he began the series of shows at the Hoke County Library where he fared well. Then on August 15, at the Burch Mar Gallery in Southern Pines he had great success with his art displays. He has schedul ed several other shows for future dates, the first of which will be held October 8 -10 at the Laurinburg Public Library. Another show will be held at the famous Wiliams House in Chapel Hill, the date will be announced later. Everyone is welcomed to the shows and Daniel is anxiously looking forward to a suc cessful career at St. Andrews. Daniel Neih, famous artist from China, studies at St. Andrews. Dr. Robert Goheen, former am bassador to India and President Emeritus of Princeton University was guest speaker at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Tuesday, September 22. The school celebrated its 20th year anniversary and con vocation at the North Plaza of the Belk College Center. President A. P. Perkinson presid ed over the 10:00 a.m. ceremony with P. Leslie Bullock, Professor of Religion, serving as College Mar shall. Professor Herbert Horn open ed with an organ prelude and William Weaver, with his bagpipes, led freshmen and professors in the traditional march. The Reverend Harold J. Dudley, former General Secretary Synod of North Carolina, gave the invoca tion, and Ronald C. Crossley, Dean of the College, presented the class of 1985. In his welcome speech President Perkinson noted that on the same day and hour in 1961, the young col lege held opening ceremonies at the Armory on South Main Street, - Laurinburg. He then reaffirmed the college’s committments by saying, “The unique characteristic of St. Andrews is that we exist to serve the students. The college will serve you by demanding the best you have to offer.” The Reverend Warner L. Hall, member of the first Board of Trustees, contributed to the historic event by reminiscing the beginnings of the 20-year-old school. “St. An drews was born out of deep and angry emotions,” he said. Hall ex plained that St. Andrews was a result of the consolidation of Flora Macdonald College and Presbyterian Junior College because the Presbyterian Church could no longer afford to support several separate institutions. “The other colleges were difficult to deal with,” explained Hall, “because of sen timental reasons among the alumni.” Hall also reflected on the early plans for the school’s curriculum. “Our effort was to create a distinc tive curriculum,” he said. “Educa tion often provides people with an enormous amount of bricks but leaves them with no ability to build. We did not want to do this at St. An drews.” Hall remembered when there was nothing but swampy land where the school now stands. “My chest swells when I look around and see what has been done here,” he says, “and think of the vast number of people who have labored for St. Andrews’ well-being.” St. Andrews was honored to have Robert Goheen give the Twentieth Anniversary Address. Goheen is a former ambassador to India and President Emeritus of Princeton Universary. One of the nations most respected scholars and educators, Goheen has been awarded honorary degrees from 26 colleges and univer- saries. He has also served on the boards of a number of national foundations and institutions. Goheen’s topic was “Liberal Education in and for our Times.” “There are two important characteristics that humans should possess,” said Goheen. “1) A life long intellectual curiosity and 2) a commitment to the importance of rational thought and a sensitivity to the human race. He went on to say liberal education “teaches one to think with some precision for himself.” Goheen then stressed the impor tance of interdependence between people instead of confrontation. “Neither absolutism or skepticism are the answer’ he said, “but a ra tional approach to problems with a practical sense of wisdom for meeting life.” Goheen concluded by comparing man to children at play. “We must listen to one another if we want to learn to play together.” Following Dr. Goheen, and an an them by St. Andrews chamber singers, President Perkinson award ed Mr. R. Philip Hanes, Jr. the Doc tor of Humane Letters degree. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Hanes is a textile industry executive and has been one of the leaders of the arts movements in America for the past quarter century. He was the founder of Ampersand, Inc. a management and fund raising organization for the N.C. Arts, which has raised over $12 million for the state. Afterwards Dean Crossley presented six alumni awards for outstanding accomplishments. These alumni were: Lawrence G. Calhoun, Jr., Robert L. Hatcher, III, Joseph B. Ingle, Sara Anna Payne, Francis Bounous Powell and Edward T. Smith. Mrs. Virginia Decker, President of the Dames of St. Andrews, then presented the col lege with a quilt in honor of its 20th anniversary.