Published by Elizabeth City State College for Students and Alumni VOLUME 28 ELIZABETH CITY, N. C., JANUARY, 1967 NUMBER 5 Retired Alumnus Enjoys Fruits of Labor T. S. Cooper Thomas Settle Cooper, who lives on Roanoke Avenue, was bom in Windsor, N. C. to the late Noah and Vina (Bond) Coop er. He received his early edu cation in Windsor and he later came to Elizabeth City to fur ther his education. His name was added to our alumni list in the year 1902. Mr. Cooper be came the husband of the late Miss Roberta Overton, rwo years later, and the proud father of two sons, Russell Settle and Henry D’Hart, several Years later. Along with having many other honors, Mr. Cooper is listed in Who’s Who in Colored America of 1950. In this publication we find only a few of the contribu- tions that he has made to vari ous communities through the oc cupancy of many responsible po sitions. Mr. Cooper has been supervisor-principal of public schools in Elizabeth City from by Lillian Riggs 1903*1907 and in Sunbury from 1908-1918- Hi; was the principal of Gates Training School in Sun bury for 28 years beginning in 1919* In addition to these posi tions, he served as president of the Schoolmaster’s Club of North eastern North Carolina, chairman of the High School Principal’s group and secretary of Gates County Education Association. Not only has Mr. Cooper work ed to develop the educational aspects of his life but he has ,and is still promoting the growth of the religious aspects of his life. He is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church and was granted a license to preach. The purpose of our lives is already set for each of us be fore we even decide and Mr. Coo per knew that many years ago his purpose was to lead in edu cation. Accordingly, he gave his time to educational work rather than preaching. During the span of his career he gave lectures on educational as well as religious topics. In the past years, he at one time devoted himself to being the historian and assistant sec retary of the Roanoke Baptist Association. In addition to that he has been a memb«,r of the Ex ecutive Board of the Roanoke Baptist Association. We proudly note, too, that Mr. Cooper re ceived more recognition for his accomplishments in the 1940 edition of Who’s Who Among Negro Baptists Mr. Cooper, a man who has lived during a time of very lim ited rights for Negroes, has shown us what persistent effort, relentless toil and painstaking tasks can help one accomplish. These things aided Mr. Cooper in receiving the foundation for his career. The foundation for his career was education and with (cont'd on page 6) William Ryan Lectures on Viet Nam I On January 11, Mr. Ryan lectured on “Are We Headed Toward World War 111.” Associated Press Ace Roving Correspondent, he recently returned from Vlat Nam. The picture aoove shows Mr. Ryan with Dr. R. A. Aziz of the College Faculty. WGA Sends Two Representatives to Howard The Women’s Government Association of ECSC sent two representatives to Howard Uni versity to its 44th Annual Wo- fD 'n’s Week Celebration. The rwo representatives from ECSC were Shirley Fleetwood, Vice-Presi dent of WGA and Evelyn Ellis. This affair was attended by dele gates from 15 colleges and uni versities throughout the United States. The calender of events began on Wednesday night with the "Broader Horizon’s” pro.gram which was concerned mainly with those students who had spent the summer in foreign countries. Various symposiums were pre sented throughout the week per taining to the central theme; ''Womanhood-A Contemporary Kaleidoscope.” Dinner was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel on Thursday night. At this time, the young ladies who made Who’s Who in American Colleges ond Universities along with the "Woman of the Year” were presented. Last but not least was the VIP guided tour of the White House, which ended a s u c- cessful week'of activities. 1966 was Howard’s Centen nial Year and was the first year that the Association of Women Students in other colleges and universities attended their Wo men’s Week Celebration. ECSC Represented at AENCC Recently the AENCC, Assoc iation of North Eastern Carolina Colleges, was formed by the Presidents of fourteen colleges in Eastern North Carolina, public and private institutions. These Colleges have bonded together in an association in order to improve the individual college, community, and also help each other improve the over all offering of North Eastern North Carolina. The aim of the Association is to provide ideas and together present proposals to finding organizations for grant proposals. This money would in turn be used at member colleges of the Association in the areas of Cultural activities. Libraries, Personnel work. Business Off ices, Academic work, Academic pursuits. Exchange professors and students to upgrade and up lift the whole educational offer ing in not only the member col leges but also the communities they serve. Two meetings since the ini tial meeting with J. Stewart Dev lin, Executive Director have thus far been held in Raleigh. Business managers and Concert Lecture Series Chairmen met in separate meetings. Mr. E. N. Smith represented Elizabeth City State College at the Business meeting and Mrs. Mary Ann Franklin, Chairman of the Ly ceum Committee represented the college in the Concert Lecture Series meeting. Students Attend Chicago Assembly Peggy Avent Peggy Avent and Eula White represented ECSC at the Eighth National Student Assembly of YMCA's and YWCA's, held at the Conrad-Hilton Hotel Chicago, 111., December 27-January 2. Over 1000 students were in attendance, representing 200 colleges from across the country. "Urbanization” was the theme of the Assembly, but beyond this broad focus, the delegates con sidered "change” toward a truly human urban civilization. The opening address was de livered by Dr. Robert Theobold, who challenged the Assembly to look at the kinds of questions salient to a consideration of ur banization. He stimulated the Assembly to think about new' structures which are an inevitable part of the future. Dr. Theobold’s address was followed by four days of meetings and trips out into the city. Chicago leaders delivered brief addresses on topics relating to the theme. Speakers included A1 Raby, Florence Scala, Dr. Donald Hanson, State Senator Paul Simon, State Representative Anthony Scuriano and James Bevel. Debate Clinic Held on Campus by Gloria Turner The North Carolina, North Eastern District, Debate Clinic, was held on ECSC’s campus, January 7, under the auspices of the Lighthouse, Forum Com mittee. Mr." T. S. Cooper served as clinition for the clinic. His top ics of discussion were "The Structure of the Debate”, and "Rules for Debating in the N. C. High School Debating Society.” Mr. E. Johnson, Supervisor of Distrif-r "A”, P. W. Moore High School, also attended the clinic. The debaters will return in the Spring for major debating. Dr. W. E. Anderson, Dean of the College represented it at the meeting held for Deans and personnel directly associated with academic pursuits at a meet ing in Raleigh. The college and the AENCC anticipate a successful and fruitful experience as a result of this newly formed organiza tion. Enthusiasm and ideas are running high in an effort to suc ceed and provide better opportu nity for the state’s young people. Eula White Each morning the Assembly gadiered for worship, the theme being "Man’s relationship to man in the midst of urban society and the discovery of God through such relationship.” Although some of the worship experiences seemed a "far out,” described the representatives, they were creative expressions of man’s need and desire to com municate and relate to his fellow man. "A Happening” was the first day’s worship, followed by a Jazz Worship Service, Prayers and Music, and a teenage rock ’n roll group, celebrating the Easter story. The Prayers and Music were conducted by the Rev. Malcolm Boyd and Oscar Brown, Jr. On the final dayof the Assem bly, representatives were asked to put down in prose, poetry or any form of art, their visions of the city. These "vision crea tions" climaxed the week of study and discussion and is the foundation for a body of student literature on the city. Peggy and Eula stated, "it was an experience long to be re membered. We are sorry that more students could not have had the opportunity to share this wonder ful experience.” Veterans Organize Club ilie many young men on our campus who have completed their military obligation with "Uncle Sam” have organized themselves into a body known as the Vet erans Club. The organ’ration numbers a- bout 25 now and more members are expected. President of the group is William Andrews; vice president, Thomas Chavis; secretary, Kay Dee Gibbs; treasurers^ I^chard S. Copeland and Carl Turner; and reporter and photographer, Javon Brothers. A constitution is being drawn up. All goals and objectives have not been stated as of yet; how ever, it has been definitely de cided that the organization will be an annual contributor to the campus scholarship fund. The idea of setting up on the ECSC campus an organization of "ex-soldiers” was first conceived last November. Mr. Dale Henderson, retired Army Colonel, and member of the • social science faculty at the college, is advisor to the group.