Published by Elizabeth City State College for Students and Alumni
Elizabeth City, N.C., March, April, 1964
Religious Emphasis Week
Portraying the story of the man
who called down fire from Heaven,
the Concert Choir of Elizabeth City
State College presented excerpts from
Elijah, an oratorio in two parts by
Felix Mendelssohn, on Sunday, March
15, at 6 p.m. in Moore Hall Audito
rium under the direction of Miss
Evelyn A. Johnson. This performance
marked the beginning of Religious
Soloists were: sopranos, Jacqueline
Baker, junior from Hampton, Vir
ginia and Bonita Carr, seniors from
Wilmington; alto, Mary Herring,
sophomore from Burgaw; tenors, Mr.
■ Wendell J. Wilson, voice instructor,
Melvin Privette, junior from Zebulon
and Phillip Flood, junior, Wilmington;
bass soloist, portraying Elijah the Pro
phet, William Wallace, junior from
Accompanists were Miss Edna L.
Davis, pianist and Mr. Leonard R.
Ballou, organist, both, assistant pro
fessors of music.
At this Sunday evening service, the
Rev. John B. Henderson, pastor o.
the Bank Street B'aptist Church (Nor
folk, Virginia) and the speaker for
the entire Week of religious emphasis,
offered a Sermonette on Elijah.
Throughout the Week, until Thurs
day, services each day presented
music, poetry, prayers, meditations,
sermons and discussion revolving
around the theme, “The Truth Shall
Make You Free.” The sub-topic was,
“Effective Christian Leadership in
an Age of Revolution.”
Besides Mr. Henderson (who was
also the Consultant in 1954 and spoke
for Vespers earlier in this school
year), other ministers participating
were the Rev. Carroll M. Felton and
the Rev. George Heath, both of Eli
For Noonday Meditations Mon
day through Wednesday there were
student readers and organists. Althea
Blackwell and Geraldine Vaughan
were organists for evening services.
Judy Freeman, Carlton Melton, Char
lie Vaughan, Piccola Etchison, Corine
Winstead and Carrie Ruffin were
among other organists and readers.
The P. W. Moore High School
Choir directed by Miss Franklyn
Gunn, appeared on Tuesday evening
with Vendetta Owens as organist-
pianist and James Eggleston, Jr. as
pianist. They are both 12th-graders.
The “Hoodlum Priest” was the
special movie Thursday evening and
of course the Week blended into the
inspiring address by Dr. Howard
Thurman, who appeared Friday even
ing and was the most recent Lyceum
Much credit is due Mr. Chester W.
Gregory, chairman, and his Religious
Life Committee, along with the Music
and Modern Languages Departments,
student organizations and many in
dividuals, all of whom helped make
Religious Emphasis Week a really
The Reverend Dr. Howard Thur
man, noted theologian and author and
Dean of the Chapel at Boston Univer
sity, was the guest speaker at ECSC,
March 20. This program was held in
conjunction with Religious Emphasis
Week and was a Lyceum presentation.
“Christian Ethics in Our Life To
day.” was the topic of discussion.
Dr. Thurman posed these questions:
“Who are we, really?” “What do we
want?” and “How do you plan to get
The audience was very attentive
throughout the discussion and gave
our distinguished visitor its warm ap
It is hoped that Dr. Thurman will
appear again at this institution. Stu
dents were further impressed with the
display of dust jackets from his
several books, placed on display in
Moore Hall through the courtesy of
More than one Statesman will be
Editor Elected Prexy of CSPA
Wdliams, Win Post
Ulysses Bell, Editor of the Compass, won the presidency of the College-University Division of
Columbia Scholastic Press Association during its annual meet at Columbia University, New York
City during March, 1964.
The College-University Division of the CSPA aims to develop to the utmost the potentials of
college and university periodicals of America and to foster the interchange of ideas among that press
Membership is automatic to all college and university newspapers which participate in the contests,
critical analysis, and other activities of the Division. At present, approximately 200 colleges, repre
senting 43 states, hold membership in the Association which is an interracial organization.
Bell, in commenting about the position he now holds, states, “I realize that there is a great
deal of responsibility involved, but with the cooperation of the advisors, state represenatives, and
the member college, I am sure that the Convention will again be successful.”
Bell, energetic editor since 1963 was re-elected to his post for 1964-’65.
He was a State Representative of the Association during
1963-’64 his jurisdiction including some eight or nine southern
states. Mr. Bell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bell of Rocky
Mount and is a Business Education major.
Succeeding Ulysses as State Representative is Jethro Williams
of Elizabeth City, who will also serve as Associate Editor of the
Compass during 1964-’65.
Compass staff-members Ethel Gregory and Clara Perkins, and
Dr. Louise N. Sutton, attended the annual press convention with
Messrs. Bell and Williams.
Miss Gregory, a junior Counselor from Elizabeth City, was
elected as Alternate State Representative to work with Mr. Williams.
With understandable pride. Compass staff-members and ad
visors especially and the College Family generally, congratulate
As present Associate Editor George Skinner put it, “Here’s
more evidence that ECSC is on the the move!”
University, University of Delaware,
Erskin College of South Carolina,
Bellarmine College (Kentucky) and
Texas Technological College.
Dean William E. Anderson serves
as chief administrative officer for
ECSC in Dr. Ridley’s absence.
President Journeys To Pakistan
Dr. Walter N. Ridley, President of Elizabeth City State College
joined fourteen other college and university administrators for a
study tour of Pakistan sponsored by the American Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education and the U. S. Department of State.
The group left New York on March 7, with an itinerary which
took them to Istanbul, Turkey for a day’s visit, then to Pakistan
where they are spending four weeks visiting and observing the
teacher education programs of universities and colleges in the cities
of Karachi, Peshawar, Lohore and Dacca.
Reports from the President, viaS
Mrs. Ridley, indicate that his trip is
so far of keen interest and enjoyment
although he misses ECSC. The Facul
ty honored Dr. and Mrs. Ridley with,
respectively, a camera and an orchid,
in a bon voyage party before the
Dr. Ridley, who was chosen TAR
heel of THE WEEK by the Raleigh
and Observer on February 22,
plans to visit several other countries
°n the way home, among them Af
ghanistan, Iran, Kashmir, and cities
"1 India. He will finish circling the
globe by making stops at Hong Kong,
Tokyo, Honolulu and San Francisco.
Participants In the study tour to
Pakistan include the presidents of
^an Jose State College (California),
Port Hays (Kansas) State College.
arion State College (Pennsylvania),
^sntral Michigan University, Central
tate College of Oklahoma, Mary-
and State College (Towson), Central
Connecticut State College, Lock
aven State College (Pennsylvania),
ational College of Education (II-
“"ois); and deans from Utah State
Fine Arts Festival
The annual Fine Arts Festival will
begin April 10, according to an
nouncements by Miss Edna L. Davis,
Festival Committee chairman.
The series will begin at 1:00 p.m.
with the presentation of a Children’s
Concert (matinee) by the North Caro
lina Symphony Orchestra conducted
by Dr. Benjamin F. Swalin. This will
be in Williams Hall. Mrs. MaryAnn
W. Franklin, chairman of the jointly
sponsoring Lyceum Committee, an
nounced that special efforts and ar
rangements have been made in
anticipation of school children from
surrounding areas being present for
this event. Over 1,000 are expected.
At 8 p.m., April 10, the ECSC
Dance Group will present another of
Its inspiring Dance Recitals in Moore
Hall Auditorium. Mrs. Valerie W.
Vaughan is director.
Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m., will
be the opening of the Student Art Ex
hibit. Following this will be an Ex
hibit by the guest Artist for the Series,
Mr. Hayward Oubre, Art Department
chairman at Alabama State College
(Montgomery). This will be in the
Lighthouse College Center. Mr. Oubre
has made a name for his creations In
wire sculpture whereby ordinary
coat hangers become art works via a
simple pair of pliers, much patience
and energy and considerable creative
The N.C. Symphony and the Col
lege Choir join forces Sunday. April
12 in Williams Hall at 6 p.m. for a
noteworthy presentation.. Admission
to this event is $1.50 for adults and
75 cents for children. North Caro
lina Symphony Season Tickets will
be honored for this event.
The Fine Arts Festival promises to
be a significant occasion this year.
Get and preserve your copy of the
Festival program. Be sure to attend
the many music, art, dance, movie
and other attractions!
Kew Honor Society Founded:
18 Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi
Nine juniors, three seniors, five graduates of the Class of ’63
who were given special permission to return for the induction ser
vice, and one member of the College Faculty, Miss Edna L. Davis,
assistant professor of music, were inducted into Kappa Delta Chap
ter of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society on February 8.
This is the newest on-campus honor society and represents the
field of education.
Charter members and elected of-?^
fleers are, juniors—Otha Sydnor, presi
dent (Sydnor is also president of the
M e n’s Government Association);
Gwendolyn Sutton, vice-president;
Dorothy Baker, secretary; Beulah
Parker, treasurer; Van I-ee James,
reporter; Elsie Jones, historian; Mary
Mizelle, Claudine Whitehurst, and
Dr. J. Richard McElheny, executive
secretary-treasurer of Kappa Delta
Pi, officiated at the ceremonies and
was speaker for the occasion.
Of the five members of the Class
of ’63 inducted, two are attending
graduate school and three are em
ployed. John W. Jordan is studying
at Columbia University and Leonard
A. Slade is at Virginia State College,
Petersburg, where he is also serving
as an assistant instructor in English.
Both are working toward the master’s
degree In English.
George Patterson, at Unity High
School (Statesville) and Jasper D.
Evans at Carver High School (Mount
Olive) are teachers in North Carolina.
Patrick Reese is working for AID
(Agency for International Develop
ment), Washington, D.C.
Dr. George H. Walker, Jr., director
of the Area of Education and himself
a Society member, conducted the
initiation service which was witnessed
by several guests. Including counselors
for KDP chapters at East Carolina
College and at Hampton Institute.
President Walter N. Ridley, also a
KDP member, presided at the In
stallation Dinner in Lane Dining Hall.
Congratulations to all the new
The annual Honor’s Night program
in Moore Hall Auditorium, March 4,
revealed considerable scholastic apti
tude among the student body. Pre
siding was Mr. T. S. Jackson, co-
chairman of the Department of Edu
cation and chairman of the Honors
and Awards Committee.
The awards and Statesmen receiving
them: Alumni Scholarship—Edward
E. Bryant, Prymas M. Tabron; Alpha
Kappa Alpha, Delta Theta Chapter—
Izola Young; Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Zeta Kappa Omega Chapter—Ruby
Best, Elizabeth Strickland; Alpha
Kappa Mu Honor Society Trophies—
Joycelyn M. Berry, Sandra J. Trot-
man; Art Faculty—Andrew Hamlett.
Also, College Choir — Geraldine
Vaughan; Delta Sigma Theta, Delta
Chi Chapter—Joycelyn M. Berry;
Delta Sigma Theta, Elizabeth City
Alumnae Chapter—Beulah Parker;
Education Department—Carlton C.
Melton; English Department, Major
A.ward—Thelma J. Howard; English
Department, Freshman Award—San
dra J. Trotman.
Also, Florence Fowlkes Lassiter
Award—Charlie Vaughan; Matrons
■Social, Literary, and Art Club—San
dra J. Trotman; Music Faculty—
Geraldine Vaughan; Department of
Physical Sciences and Mathematics—
Alexander Peace; Social Sciences De
partment—Jean Rowlett; Social Sci-
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