St^tc Published by State Teachers College for Students and Alumni VOLUME 19 Elizabeth City, N. C., May, 1959 NUMBER 5 Sixty-Fifth Commencement Sun., May 24 PRESIDENT RECEIVES CHARTER John H. Franklin To Deliver Address Dr. John Hope Franklin, chairman of the Department of History at Brooklyn College, will deliver the commencement address at Elizabeth City State Teachers College, Sunday afternoon, May 24, at 3:30 o'clock in Williams Hall. This year’s class v'ill include 90 graduates — 72 ol whom will receive the bachelor's de gree and 18 of whom will receive certificates of completion of course; in the Vocational-Technical Institute These will be the first graduates o! the Vocational-Technical Institute. Included among the honor gradu ates in this year’s class are: With High Honor: Esther Katrina Johnson, En field; Helen Delois Kates. Goldsboro; and With Honor; Georgianna Bames. Robersonville; Sannie Lee Chamblee. Ahoskie; Geraldine Boston Cooper. Plymouth; Evelyn Louise Harris, Courtland. Virginia; Sara Marie Heck- stall. Plymouth; Lizzie Geraldine President Walter N. Ridley is shown as he is being presented Houpe. Goldsboro; Naomi Cousin charter of the Elizabeth City State Teachers College by McDonald Johnson. Roxboro; and Alfred Thom- Dixon, vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees. as Wright. Red Bank. New Jersey. M Honors Night Congratulations Held May 20 S. T. C. Graduates of 1959 Dr. Walter N. Ridley Makes Brilliant Inaugural Address To go down as an important event in the history of the Elizabeth City State Teachers College is the inauguration of Dr. Walter Nathaniel Ridley as the fifth president. To celebrate this outstanding occasion were hundreds of alumni and friends, including eighteen representatives from colleges and universities; twelve delegates from learned socie-® ^ ties and educational associations; ; of every human personality; democ- thirteen state and municipal officials; | racy and the democratic processes; fourteen delegates from non-educa- j the direction and tide of history; tional organizations; fifteen official I human perfectibility; the educational The Honors Night program at Eliz abeth City State Teachers College will be held on Wednesday, May 20. at 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium Honors, awards and special citations at this time will be presented to ap proximately 160 students for outstand ing, scholarly citizenship and athletic achievement. J. Saunders Redding, writer, lec turer and member of the faculty of Hampton Institute will deliver the Honors Address. Honors, scholar ships and awards will be presented by members of the staff including the President and Dean. Professor Redding has just returned from travels in Italy, France and Austria on a tour sponsored by the American Society for African Culture. Since his return, he has been the re cipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in writing. Mr. Redding was a mem ber of the faculty at State Teachers College during which time two of his books, “No Day of Triumph” and “To Make a Poet Black”, were pub lished. He has to his credit five other books, the last of which is the “Lone some Road.” A special feature of Honors Night will be a reception honoring Mrs. Estelle A. Eaton in recognition of her book of poems, “Out of My Dreams”, recently published by Christopher Press. At the reception Mr. Redding will comment on the book of poems. representatives of alumni and stu dents; and twelve members of the bi- racial Board of Trustees. In the inaugural address Dr. Rid ley stated his objectives and his fundamental beliefs. He emphasized more efficient teachers, an increase in enrollment, and an expanded cur riculum. “While we shall always remain within the bounds of economy and ef ficiency,” declared the speaker, “we shall not refrain from presenting full requests for financial support neces sary to build at Elizabeth City the kind of college in which we believe and for which we must sacrifice.” The president showed his deep concern for the growth, improvement and progress of this institution. Dr. Ridley closed his address by giving to the audience his fundament al beliefs in; the triumph of truth; die cssciiiial and undeniaole dignity President and Mrs. Ridley at Home President and Mrs. Walter N. Rid ley will be At Home to members of the graduating classes and their fami lies, along with alumni and friends at the president's residence from 5:00- 6:30 following the commencement ex ercises at Elizabeth City State Teach ers College on Sunday, May 24. College Presidents Assemble for the Inaugurotion First Freshman; My mother has a beautiful pop-up toaster. Second Freshman: My mother’s toaster is an Indian model ... it sends up smoke signals. ALUMNI DAY Saturday, May 23, will be Alumni Day at Elizabeth City State Teachers College. Alumni from many com munities and states will meet and in addition to transactional business and events will culminate the day with an alumni dance to be held Saturday' evening in Williams Hall. ' Adviser Entertains Staff Members of the Newsletter staff were entertained at the home of Mrs. E. H. Mitchell on Monday, May 4. After a business period with Sara Heckstall presiding, each of the seven graduating seniors gave ex pressions of appreciation for the ex perience with the Newsletter. Others commented on making the paper bet ter next year. Visiting the staff were Adrian Jones and Doretha Williams who expressed interest in the publi cation. Refreshments were served buffet I style. During this time members engaged in lively conversation, telling of some of their escapades while at the CSPA. Reluctantly, the affair had to break up, and the students re turned to the campus, having had a pleasant evening. Family Week-End Held At S.T.C. May 15-17 process; and a Higher Power which directs our ends. On these beliefs he took his stand to do all in his power to promote the common welfare of the people and to assure the institution of the type of program of which all can be proud and which we can believe and support. This day took its place in the pages of the history of the Elizabeth City State Teachers College. Noted Leaders In Inaugural Program The Honorable N. Elton Aydlett, member of the Board of Higher Edu cation. presided at the Inaugural ex ercises in Williams Gymnasium. The prelude “Chorale in A Minor” (Continued on Page 4) The week end of May 15-17 was set aside as Family Week End. All parents were invited to come to the campus to see and find out more about campus living. Many of the parents arrived on Saturday morning, and by Saturday noon a large number was on the campus. “Parents Want to Know”, an in formal discussion, was held on Satur day afternoon. It was led by Coach Caldwell, Dean of Men, who an swered many questions that parents have about college life. A program on Saturday evening featured a commencement, with Helen Johnson writing to her mother a let ter which explained some of the ac tivities at the college. Performances by the Dance Group, Women’s Glee Club. Class in Gymnastics; a piano solo by Catherine Bartlett; and a monologue by Lula Roberts were ac tivities that were enjoyed by the visi tors. Baccalaureate Service May 24 Students, parents, faculty, alumni and friends will participate in a spe cially planned baccalaureate service at Elizabeth City State Teachers Col lege on Sunday morning. May 24, at 10:30 o'clock in Moore Auditorium. ■Among the participants on this pro gram are Hezekiah Cooker, president of the graduating class; Sara M. Heckstall, president of the Women's Government Association; Mrs. Idonia E. Rogerson, alumnae; Mrs. Helen M. Caldwell and Mrs. Estelle A. Eaton, members of the college fac ulty. President Walter N. Ridley and Dean Leedell W. Neyland will give opening and closing statements on the program. Special musical selections will be rendered by the Choral En semble under the direction of Miss Evelyn A. Johnson, with Mr. Winston A. Bell, organist. Waiter; "Here’s your soup, sir.” Sir: “There's a fly in my soup.” Waiter: “That’s o.k. we won’t charge you for it.” # I I Former president, Dr. S. D. Williams, greets Dr. Ridley immediately after the close of the inaugural ceremonies.