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One Hundred And
Hear Dr. Ambrose
On Tuesday morning, May 23, Dr.
Ambrose Caliver, Senior Specialist,
United States Office of Education,
Washington, D. C., delivered the
annual Commencement address to 122
graduates of the College.
Speaking on the subject “The
Widening Horizons of Teachers,” Dr.
Caliver challenged the graduates to
relate education to life; life to learn- |
ing; and learning to love.
Life full of the riches of mental,
emotional and physical health will in
spire confidence and good cheer, he
said. Teachers who prepare boys and
girls to enter the door of life and
make contributions to it must them
selves live abundantly. In the second
place, learning must be creative.
Teachers must be artists, aiding
children daily in experiences which
stimulate and motivate life. Units,
certificates and degress, said Dr. Cal
iver, are merely symbols or means
to greater ends.
Concluding his discussion, the
speaker urged graduates to be ani
mated by the impluse of love. Only
in this way, he believed, could they
enjoy the work of the classroom, im
prove community relationships and
maintain the democratic life. He
admonished them to live abundantly,
learn creatively, and love zealously.
A new feature of the Commence
ment Exercises was the induction of
the graduating class into the alumni
association by Rev. R. R. Purnell of
the Class of 1941.
College Day, an event which had
long been anticipated by members of
the Senior Class, was observed on
April 11. 1950.
Tlie keys to the College were turn
ed over to Lloyd Sykes, Senior Class
president, at an Assembly held at
ten o’clock in the morning. Members
of the Class were then introduced in
to various offices of the members of
the College Staff. Throughout the day
these students entered into the spirit
of the occasion with a deep realization
of its importance and assumed re
sponsibilities in a manner which re
flected great credit upon the Class
In the evening, lovely Doris Cris
well who had been chosen by the stu
dent body for her dignity, sincerity,
and scholarship, wa;! crowned “Miss
S. T. C.”. Several students represent
ing the activities of the College par
ticipated in the Coronation. The at
tendants were Beulah Henderson and
Katie Buie. Seniors.
Senior Art Society
WILLIE MAE RIDDICK
President of Senior Art Society
The Senior Art Society, an organi
zation of seniors interested in the en
richment of the musical background
of college students, has made several
presentations during the school year.
On December 7, 1949. Muriel
Rahn, accompanied By Daniel Gor
don at the piano, gave the first ap
pearance of the year. On Febrauary
24, 1950, a play was given, namely,
“All My Sons” by Arthur Miller, under
tlie direction of Wynn Handman. The
climax of the events for tlie year was
the carnival given by the Senior Art
Society with its members participat
The student body was entertained
e\'ery second and fourth Friday in the I
month with pleasurable and educa
tional chapel programs given by this
The members of the Senior Art So
Willie Mae Riddick President
Doris N. Criswell Vice President
Emma Gaskins Secretary
Lealer Peele Assistant Secretary
Bradshaw Jones Treasurer
And Willia Baker, Joseph Barber,
Jeannine Creekmur, Ida Gray, Leona
Harris, Elizabeth Hinton, Bessie
Holmes, Samuel Horton, Mable John
son, Maxine Mitchell, Jean Perry and
To The Newsletter Staff
The Senior Class of 1950 thanks
Mrs. Mitchell and the Newsletter
Staff for their cooperation in helping
us witli the May issue of the News
letter. May your next year be a
prosperous one, and we look forward
to receiving each i.ssue of the paper.
The annual Baccalaureate services
were held on Sunday, May 21, at
3:00 P.M. with Reverend J. Jasper
Freeman, pastor of the Queen Street
Baptist Church. Norfolk, Virginia as
Devotionals were lead by the Rev
erend Howard L. Mitchell, a mem
ber of the Board of Trustees of the
College, after which the College
Choir sang “Alleluia” by Randall-
The speaker was then introduced by
President S. D. Williams. Using as
a subject “The Place of Religion in
a Confused World,” the Reverend
Freeman inspired graduates and
friends of his audience.
He emphasized the place of re-
hgi'on in the world toady as he said
that it advocates peace in the midst
of confusion; it brings one into inti
mate fellowship with a father-like
God; and it provides a moral and
spiritual stamina for living creatively
in a confused world.
As Reverend Freeman continued,
he told the graduating class, “What
m:itters most is whether or not you
know Go J.” In closing he a Imonished
them to go back to their communities
and use their education, not forget
ting those who have helped them
to attained their goal.
After the rendition of “Sanctus” by
the Choir, the Reverend A. S. Powe
of the College Staff gave the bene
Fine Arts Building
Among the many new buildings
erected during the Fall of 1949, tlie
Fine Arts Building stands out as the
most beautiful and the most appre
ciated. Located to the rear of the
administration building it serves as a
center of attraction for the student
body and faculty.
This building houses the Home Ec
onomics classrooms, the Music and
Art Studios. However, the outstanding
feature is its gymnasium, which seats
an audience of 2,000 people. It has
many facilities such as loud speakers,
electric score boards, trampolings, and
adequate showers for girls and boys.
All these features have made for a
victorious year on the part of the
newly organized basket ball team. We
are hoping that these victories will
serve as an incentive for the activities
of the coming year.
The Fine Arts Building serves its
purpose well. We, the Seniors, have
enjoyed the activities and classes held
Moore Auditorium on Mon Jay
night. May 21, was the scene of a
most spectacular event, “Flight into
the Future”, a dramatic performance
by the Senior Class.
The first episode was a dormitory
scene with students engaging in
leisure-time activities and discussing
who in the Class would get to the top
first. In the next episode, the “Spirit
of 1946” entered and reviewed the
deeds of the Class of ’50 tliroug'i the
“Fantasy”, the third episode, was
a prediction of the future. Off-sta-re
a narrator prophesied, while on stage
various Seniors portrayed their future
roles. The cast included Willia Baker„
Michael Coston, Lucille Poole,
Clarice High, Jean Perry Jeannine
Creekmur, Joseph Barber, Lillie
White, Bradshaw Jones, Willie
Riddick, Ora Thomas, Maxine Mit
chell, Bessie Holmes and Lottie
It seemed that abilities hereto
fore unknown were revealed during
the Class Night program. The audi
ence received the cast heartily,
joining in a long and loud applause.
The script was written by Bessie
Holmes, Lottie Hinton, Jean Perry,
Ora Thomas and Willia Baker.
PRESIDENT AND MRS.
President and Mrs. S, D. Williams
entertained the Alumni, Faculty,
Seniors and their relatives with a
reception Sunday evening between
5:00 and 7:00 P.M.
The guests were warmly received
by President and Mrs. Williams and
other members of the faculty. Mem
bers of the receiving line were Mr.
and Mrs. T. S. Jack,»n, Mr. an!
Mrs. James Mitchell, Dean Wendell
P. Jones, Miss E. Dorothy Elhott,
Miss Evelyn Johnson, Mr. James H.
Williams, and Mr. Powe, department
The reception, an annual com
mencement event, is one to which
graduates and friends look forward
Mrs. Nannie Hines Smith, direct-
ess of Symera Hall, entertained the
young ladies of the Senior Class at
Tea on May 7.
The reception room was beauti
fully arranged. As the evening mov
ed on, songs were sung, and a poem
was recited by Byrtle Mitchell. A
repast of cake, punch, candy and
nuts was enjoyed.
Senior ladies represented by Bes
sie Holmes expressed appreciation
for a lovely evening.
STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, June 6, 1950