Published by Elizabeth City State College for Students and Alumni
Elizabeth City, N.C., January, February, 1964
Who's Who Honorees
Compass Editor Among Honorees
Elizabeth City State College will
be represented in the 1964 edition of
Who’s Who Among Students in
American College and Universities by
ten seniors and seven juniors. The
distribution this year shows a con
siderable increase in the number of
juniors who qualified, as against last
year’s thirteen seniors and three
Included are, seniors—Marcelle E.
Forbes, of Belcross, “Miss State Col
lege;” and six other members of
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society—
Norris Earl Francis of Franklin, presi
dent of the Student Council; Otha L.
Sydnor of South Hill, president of the
Men’s Government Association; Alex
ander Peace of Henderson, president
of the Senior Class; Gwendolyn Sut
ton of Hallsboro, president of the
Juniors include Dorothy Mae Baker
of Stokes, and Beulah Mae Parker
of Hobgood, both juniors counselors.
All of the students are residents of
North Carolina, with the exception of
Francis and Sydnor, who come from
Other seniors from North Caro
lina include, Bonita Carr of Wilming
ton; Viola Garris of Jackson, presi
dent of the Women’s Government As
sociation; and Carlton Cecil Melton
Trustee Long Recently Funeralized
William Lunsford Long, 73, of
Warrenton, N.C., a Trustee of the
College, died at his home on Jan
uary 24, 1964. Mr. Long had suffered
illness for some time before his death
but still took an active interest in the
affairs of the institution.
Speaking of Mr. Long’s services,
Board Chairman Dixon and President
Walter N. Ridley said, “His service to
the Trustee Board and his diligence in
his duties, despite the infirmities of
his health, were most deeply apprecia
“He appeared several times before
the Legislature in the interest of pro
jects for this institution. He earned
for himself a place of high esteem
among members of the Legislature
and his appearances were of inestima
ble value to the College and to its
John Thomas Davis, 76, died at his
home, 736 South Road Street in
Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Funer
al services were held at Olive Branch
Church on December 17, 1963, the
Reverend J, E. Trotman officiating.
Representatives of the Elizabeth City
State College and Olive Branch Choirs
provided music for the service. In
terment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr, Davis was a lifetime resident
® Elizabeth City, grocery store
operator, and owner and operator of
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program. The College and its program
will miss his interest and support.”
Mr. Long was noted as a state legis
lator (House, 1915-1917; Senate, 1921,
1923, 1927), being the only person
in this century to serve as Senate
President Pro Tempore more than one
He was also a mining executive.
The Tungsten Mining Corp. of which
he was head, became one of the chief
suppliers in this nation of this metal.
He was an organizer and president of
the American Tungsten Institute. His
versatility is shown by his competence
in the mining industry, his interest in
textiles, his civic responsibilities and
his assistance to educational pursuits.
He was trained in the law, holding A.
B. and LL. B. degrees from the Uni
versity of North Carolina.
The Raleigh News and Observer,
commenting editorially upon him in
its January 25 issue, wrote: “Mr.
Long was also one of the best orators
ever produced by a State which has
had more than its share of outstand
ing orators. His best remembered
speech was an eloquent denunciation
of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Trustee Long, whose term would
have expired in 1968, is survived by
his widow and other members of his
The Compass, in behalf of the stu
dent body, extends sympathy to the
family of this late supporter of our
of Ahoskie. From Virginia, Geral
dine Kidd of La Cross; Norman
George King, and Tony Ricks, Jr., of
Suffolk, the latter president of the
College Players; and Richard Mark
Gore of Brooklyn, New York.
Other juniors are Jean Rowlett of
Chester, Virginia, president of the
Lighthouse College Center; and Jack-
queline Ethel Long of East Bruns
wick, New Jersey, both junior coun
selors; and Ulysses Bell of Rocky
Mount, North Carolina, editor of the
College newspaper. The Compass.
New Honor Society
Kappa Delta Pi (Kappa Delta Chap
ter) was installed on campus Saturday,
February 8, 1964 with initiation cere
monies and a banquet.
"The installing officer was Dr. J.
Richard McElheny, Executive Secre-
tary-Treasurer of Kappa Delta Pi, of
Lafayette, Indiana, Twenty new mem
bers were deemed eligible to become
charter members. The College wel
comes this further evidence of scholar-
liness amid the student body. Dr.
George H. Walker, Jr., is the Chap
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Library Courses Offered
In Second Semester
Dr. William E. Anderson, Dean,
announced the establishment of two
courses in Library Science which are
available to juniors, seniors, and other
interested persons during the Second
Semester which began January 28.
The courses, Introduction of Refer
ence Materials, a two-semester-hour
course on Tuesday and Thursday; and
iSelection and Use of Library
Materials, a three-semester-hour
course, Monday, Wednesday, and Fri
day, will meet from 4 to 4:50 on the
The classes have been scheduled at
this hour to make it possible for
members of the faculty, as well as
teachers and other persons from the
community who are interested in the
courses, to attend.
NEGRO HISTORY WEEK
FEBRUARY 9-16, 1964
FOUNDER^S day, FEBRUARY 23, 1964
The Fisk Jubilee
Singers (Left) Made
Themselves Back in
4 fir 5 for our
President to Pakistan
President Walter N. Ridley has ac
cepted an invitation from the AACTE
(American Association of Colleges for
Teachers Education) to join other U.S.
college and university administrators
in a journey to Pakistan during
Dr. Ridley and other educators
travel for purposes of observing and
evaluating programs in universities,
and colleges in some four Pakistani
cities, including Karachi and Dakar.
The trip is under the sponsorship of
the U.S. Department of State in co
operation with AACTE. More details
in a latter issue.
ECSC is, as usual, ON THE MOVE
—to Pakistan, yet!
T. W. YOUNG
Young to Speak
At Founders Day
Preparations for Founders Day
Sunday, February 23, 1964, are now
in full swing according to announce
ments from Mrs. Clara Griffin Jones,
’40, Founders Day Committee chair
man, and the Office of the President.
Guest speaker this year will be
Thomas W. Young, editor-in-chief of
the Norfolk Journal & Guide and a
well-known civic and business leader.
Besides the address by Mr. Young,
other activities include laying of
wreaths at grave sites of founding
^fathers of the College and opportuni
ties for alumni, guests and the pres
ent college family to renew cogni
zance of the heritage of this institution.
Among alumni representatives who
have been invited are Mr. Isaac
Battle, ’53, president of the General
Alumni Association, Mrs. Doris Perry
Poole, ’54, a teacher at P.W. Moore
High School, the Reverend G. Curtis
Newby, ’54, who pastors the A.M.E.
Zion Church in Sunbury, N.C., and
Mrs. Alice Vaughan, ’45, of Eliza
beth City. Student Council President
Norris E. Francis, ’64, is also slated
as a program participant.
Alumni and friends, former stu
dents and staff members are all cor
dially invited to be present for this
Lionel Hampton, the nationally and
internationally known jazz artist, will
appear at Elizabeth City State College
on Tuesday, February 18.
The concert in Williams Hall at
8 p.m. is being presented through the
cooperative efforts of the Women’s
and the Men’s Government Associa
tions. This will be the first concert of
its type held at the College. Lionel
Hampton has appeared in almost all
of the major jazz festivals held during
the past years. His television ap
pearances are almost uncountable.
“Hamp” has become a perfectionist
with his golden vibes. This rare
musical talent has made him second to
Will Appear at
none. He also plays the piano, organ,
and drums; he has mastered each.
To have such a distinguished per
sonality at our college will aid very
much in the building of a finer
cultural environment. This concert
may also serve as a part of learning,
for many will walk with a better un
derstanding of the jazz world.
Persons interested in attending the
concert may secure further informa
tion by contacting the Office of the
Dean of Women, the president of the
Women’s Government (Viola Garris)
or the president of the Men’s Govern
ment, Otha Sydnor.
Tickets are $2.00 (advance sales)
and $2.50 at the door .