WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTH CAROLINA
Summer Honors Program
Celebrates Second Year
In Costa Rica
By Tanya Williams
Spanish professor Michael
Brookshaw combined business with
pleasure this summer when he took
a trip to Costa Rica.
Dr. Brookshaw went to the Cen
tral American country to attend a
conference of the Association of
Carribean Studies. The association
annually holds meeting in different
countries each year. The conference
ran from July 28 through August 2
and included lectures and presenta
tions designed to foster the study of
Carribean literature, archaeology,
sociology, political science, and
other cultural areas.
The rest of his trip was spent
enjoying the rich culture and her
itage to be found in what has been
described as one of the most beauti
ful countries in the world.
Currently involved in his own
research on Afro-Costa Ricans, Dr.
Brookshaw had the chance to talk
with (interview) several prominent
people such as ex-president Monge.
In an interview with Eulalia
Bernard, the first Afro-Costa Rican
poet, Brookshaw opened channels
for establishing an exchange pro
gram between WSSU and Costa
Rica. Bernard is willing to act as
liaison if WSSU want the program
and there is an audio tape recording
to be presented to Chancellor
Thompson to this effect. If the pro
gram is implemented WSSU will
become the first black college to
participate in a foreign exchange
program with Costa Rica.
Dr. Brookshaw also had the
opportunity to visit the Dominican
Republic's Embassy, along with the
other conference members, for a
reception. He visited the Province
of Limon, the predominantly black
area of Costa Rica.
Dr. Brookshaw also took time to
enjoy the exotic wildlife to be found
Dr. Michael Brookshaw
in a country where conservation is
so strong that ten percent of the
country has been delegated to
National Park areas. The Costa
Rican terrain ranges from vast
mountains to lush rain forests,
beaches to volcanoes - some of
which are still active.
Brookshaw feels that the Costa
Rican government to be a relatively
stable republic in spite of the tur
moil in their neighboring countries
of Nicaragua and Panama. The cur
rent president won the Nobel Peace
Prize because of his ability to main
tain the neutrality of his country
while these two countries are at war,
without the use of an army. Costa
Rica has no standing army, only a
Civil Guard similar to our police
force. Yet, the country has not
experienced an insurgence since
There are approximately
200,000 Afro-Costa Rican's and
approximately 35-40 thousand
Americans living in Costa Rica, not
to mention the tourist trade, which
is Costa Rica's third largest source
of revenue, the first being coffee
followed by bananas.
Whether your preference be the
exotic wildlife, beautiful beaches, or
lush rain forests there is something
for you in Costa Rica. As Dr.
Brookshaw himself puts it "there's
such beauty that words and pictures
can't even describe."
The Honors program at Winston-Salem
State University has gotten off to another
great start for the second year in a row.
This program is designed to encourage
students to want to graduate early from
Students who scored 900 and above on
the Scholastic Aptitude Test are invited to
attend this program.
Honors program director Dr. Shirley
Manigault said, "the program is funded by
the state of N.C. and by the state grant fund
ing program for continuing education."
According to Mary J. Williams, the
math II instructor, "the students are having
fun and learning at the same time. It's hard
to ask a 18 year-old to give up his or her
Photo by Gill
Dr. Glenda Gill
By Craig L. Thomas
"It was a very warm experience," com
mented Dr. Glenda E. Gill, associate professor
of English, concerning her recent trip to Swe
den. Gill, recently attended the World
Congress of the International Federation for
Theatre Research in Stockholm, Sweden. The
event, held from May 29-June 4, 1989, was a
gathering of theater historian form around the
Gill presented a paper she authored enti
tled, 'The Triumphant Rise of Earl Hyman:
The Chaffeur in Driving Miss Daisy." Hyman,
summer to go to summer school," she
added, "but you do have students who arc
willing to do this."
Cathy Johnson, 18, of Whitesville, was
one of the 10 students in this summer's pro
gram. "College life is great," said Johnson,
"and I have had fun growing up and living
the life of a big girl."
During the program's five weeks, stu
dents lived on campus free. All that the stu
dents had to do was attend class and do their
work. For an extra treat during the pro
gram, the participants visited New York
City where they had a chance to to to the
theater, shop, and have fun.
When they returned to Winston-Salem,
they were given an award for academic
achievement and for their participation in
a versatile actor of stage and screen, is best-
known as Russell Huxtable, the father of Bill
Cosby's character. Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, on
The Cosby Show.
"Stockholm was one of the prettiest cities
I've ever seen in comparison with cities in the
United States, like San Francisco, in terms of
beauty," she explained. She was extremely
impressed with the architecture, particularly
that of the theaters.
On her first full day there she read her
paper In it she acknowledged that reviewers
and audiences alike apparently prefer the black
man to play roles native to his heritage. She
firmly noted that the plays Hyman starred in
were most successful only when he has played
the black American male: Rudolph in Anna
Lucasta in 1944, the title role in Mr Johnson
in 1950 on Broadway, and Hoke Colebum in
an off-Broadway production of Driving Miss
Daisy at the John Houseman Theatre.
"In Driving Miss Daisy", Hyman plays
Hoke Colebum, the illiterate chauffeur to Miss
Daisy Werthan. An hour-and-a-half in length,
it is a "tour de force" on the developing inti
mate relationship between Hoke and his
Highlights of her trip included a tour of
the Drottingholm State Theatre on the palatial
grounds of the King and Queen of Sweden, an
event she described as "extremely interesting."
At that time a rehearsal of The Magic Flute
was taking place in preparation for a royal per
formance. The mayor of Stockholm hosted a
buffet luncheon for all the conference's guests
at city hall.
Gill Attends Meeting in Sweden