State Teachers College News Letter
Elizabeth City, N. C., June, 1954
COLLEGE WILL GRADUATE 113 SENIORS
s. T. C. Stages Annual
The sixtieth Commencement ex
ercises of the State Teachers College
will be held on May 28-30. This
vear the Baccalaureate Sermon will
be preached by Dr. James Phillips of
the Department of Religion, Durham,
X. C. A graduate of Duke University,
Dr. Phillips holds B. S. and Ph. D.
degrees from Yale University.
The college will have as its com
mencement speaker. Dr. John Hope
Franklin of the Department of His
tory at Howard University, Washing
ton, D. C. Dr. Franklin received his
bachelors degree from Fisk Univer
sity; his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees
The following persons are candi
dates for graduation:
Helen F. Allen, Pearline Alston,
Ethel M. Anderson, Frances E. Bal
lard, Carolina D. Banks, Florence D.
Barnes, Willie M. Baxter, Penelope
E. Bembry, Dollie L. Best, Hortense
D. Boone, Margie C. Boone, Robert
L. Booth, Clarence Bowe, William C.
Bowser, Ada G. Branch, Elaine H.
Brown, Encis T. Brown, George L.
Brown, Emmie F. Joyner, Margie L.
Burden, Santiago W. Burrell, Clara
B. Burton, Naomi P. Close, Geneva
M. Gogdell, Mary L. Credle, Inez B.
Davis, Adele J. Dickerson, Suddie G.
(See 113 SENIORS, page 4)
Salute to Miss Virginia Hodges
MISS S. T. C. CROWNED
Miss S. T. C. and her attendants at the coronation which climaxed the
observance of Senior Day, left to right: Elizabeth F. Taylor, Doris M.
Smith (Miss S. T. C.), Shirley Harrison, and Callie Mouran.
President S. D. Williams
Leading North Carolina
hi the Sunday, March 7, 1954 edi
tion of the Norfolk, Virginian Pilot,
special emphasis was given to Miss
^'irginia Hodges of Norfolk, Virginia,
for very outstanding work in teaching
children with retarded mental de-
'elopment. A State Teachers College
graduate, she moves forward in the
^'orfolk area, helping retarded young
sters to grow up mentally.
After receiving her bachelor of
science degree from State Teachers
College, Miss Hodges continued her
education by attending Columbia Uni
versity where she received her master
of arts degree last June. During last
summer, she took training at the
Horace Mann Institute of Columbia
University, Teachers College, where
she specialized in teaching children
"'ith retarded mental development.
At present, Miss Hodges teaches at
Henry Clay School of Norfolk. Her
children are taught practical arith
metic, such as making change, buying,
udgeting and saving. She makes wide
use of experience reading charts. Miss
Hodges believes that the “Philosophy
''f special education is realistic.”
Tnis summer Miss Hodges will
tegin work on a doctorate degree at
t le University of Chicago. She will be
primarily interested in the study of
Children with Retarded Mental De-
President S. D. Williams has recent
ly received honors which have dis
tinguished him as one of North Caro
lina’s leading educators.
At the 1954 session of the North
iCarolina Teachers Association held
n Raleigh in April, President WiUiams,
by a large majority of votes cast for
the ofice, was elected vice-president
of the organization. A few weeks
later at the annual meeting of Ham
mocks Beach Executives, he was
named \'ice-chairman of the Ham
mocks Beach Project, an undertaking
managed by Negro educators of North
Carolina and made possible through
the generosity of the noted brain
specialist. Dr. William Sharjx
President Williams has also been
called upon during this session to
deliver commencement addresses at
several high schools in North CaroHna,
including the Spaulding High School
at Spring Hope and the Richard B.
Harrison High School at Selma.
Newsletter Trio Attend
Scholastic Press Meeting
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Chapter Established on Campus
S. T. C. welcomed the first chapter,
Lambda Gamma, of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity on its campus May 15
when ten charter members were in
itiated. Those members are Shadrack
Brow'n, Santiago Burrell, James Cas
sell, Paul James, Alfred Marbley,
Clinton Patterson, Paul Pruden, James
Roland, Willie Spence, and Luther
In addition to the undergraduate
members, three graduate members
were inducted in Delta Iota Chapter.
They are Mr. Wiliam Muldrow, Mr.
Joshua Crumm, and Mr. R. t
Queenie Ferebee, Delorice Taylor,
and Curtiss Twine attended the Col
umbia Scholastic Press Conference
held at Columbia University, New
York, March 13-15.
The display of elementary, high
school and college newspapers held
in rotunda of the Low Library, ses
sions of the Teachers College Division
featuring discussions on editorials,
sports, feature writing and the tour
of the New York Times building,
were among the interesting events of
Queenie Ferebee was named as a
North Carolina representative to the
Executive Board of the Teachers Col
lege Division for the year 1954-55.
The group was accompanied by the
adviser of the Newsletter staff, Mrs.
E. C. Mitchell, and by president S. D.
College Choir in Annual
The Elizabeth City State Teachers
College celebrated its traditional Col
lege Day on Thursday, April 8, when
seniors took over the academic and
administrative duties of the institution.
The pragram began during chapel
period when President S. D. Williams,
after giving a brief statement of the
purpose of the program, turned the
keys of the college over to Earl B.
Thomas, who sreved as president.
Acting President Thomas addressed
the students, using as his theme “I
Envy You” and called attention to the
need to take advantage of the many
facilities which were being constantly
provided students of the Institution,
specifically calling attention to those
which have been recently provided.
Other seniors serving in administra
tive capacities included: Repsie War
ren, Goldsboro, Dean of the College;
Dollie Best, Goldsboro, Registrant;
Elizabeth Taylor, Edenton, Secretary
to the President; Juanita Jackson,
Washington, D. C., Dean of Women;
Sara Freeman, Colerain, Bursar; Mel-
vina Young, New Bern, Secretary to
the Dean; Maurice Freeman, Ahoskie,
Assistant Registrar; Amaza Manley,
Margarettsville, Secretary to the Reg
The day’s activities were climaxed
with a semi-formal dance and program
honoring Miss Doris Smith of William-
ston, “Miss S. T. C.” for the year of
ALPHA KAPPA MU
The State Teachers A Capella
Choir appeared in annual concert in
Moore Auditorium on Sunday, May
23 at 6 P.M. under the direction of
Miss Evelyn Johnson.
In the program there was a fine
balance between religious and folk
music, with “Father Eternal” by Ralph
Williams and an English folk song
“The Old Woman and the Pedlar”
being among the most striking ren
Mr. Attrus Fleming, instructor in
piano, was accompanist.
New members of the Alpha Kappa
Honor Society are Bettye Tillery
Delorice, Taylor, Mary Gatling,
Ernestine Davis, Estelle Simons,
and (Caroline Banks not shown).
CLASS OF 1954
FORMER DEAN OF COLLEGE
Wendell P. Jones, former Academic
Dean of Elizabeth City State Teachers
College recently earned the Doctor
of Philosopihy Degree at the Univer
sity of Chicago. His field of major
study was educational administration
with special reference to higher edu
He is the brother of Mr. Taylor E.
Jones, who is now Registrar at this