Chowan Lauds Role of
Agriculture in Region
In the area comprised of the Roanoke-
Chowan Region of North Carolina and
Southampton County, Virginia, there are
two long-standing institutions—agricul
ture and Chowan College. And for the
first time in their histories, these two
well-established economic forces in the
region came together on March 5,1993.
The first Chowan College Agricul
tural Celebration, made possible by the
generous sponsorships and gifts of area
agribusinesses and individuals and with
the help of the Cooperative Extension
Services of Bertie, Gates, Hertford,
Northampton and Southampton counties,
was developed to recognize and reaffirm
the importance of agriculture as the pri
mary industry and backbone of our
The event, held on the Chowan cam
pus, involved leaders of agriculture in
Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Northampton and
Southampton counties. The celebration
featured an exciting afternoon of seminars
on various topics related to agriculture,
capped off by an appreciation dinner.
Since Chowan College is located in a
progressive agricultural area where citi
zens who are involved in agriculture make
up an important level of leadership, the
college thought it proper to identify and
honor these area leaders in the hope of
establishing a new hnk with the commu
The college is fairly certain that the
Chowan College Agriculture Celebration
was a first-of-a-kind event in its history.
“If Chowan College has ever honored
the role of agriculture in the areaby inviting
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Dining Out; 150 gathered to honor agriculture's role in the area over a meal.
agricultural leaders to the campus for a meal
it has not been since 1949 when the college
Tilson, vicepresidentfordevelopment. “The
Chowan College Agricultural Celebration
is viewed as an event which is long overdue.”
Approximately 88 individuals partici
pated in the afternoon seminars, and 150
attended the appreciation dinner.
“Although I wish more people would
have attended the afternoon workshops, the
event was a great success, and the Agricul
tural Celebration accomplished its purpose
for Chowan—it brought the agricultural
community to campus and showed it that we
care,” said Tilson. “Our future is tied to that
of the region, and it is about time that we
became more involved with the area’s largest
Participants had an opportunity to attend
four of the following eight thirty-minute
“Computers and Accounting for Agri
culture” presented by Justus B. Coltrain Jr.,
area specialized agent, Farm Management,
“The Potential Impact of NAFTA and
GATT on Local Agriculture” presented by
Russell C. Schools, executive director,
Virginia Peanut Growers Association Inc.;
“Agricultural Safety and Health”
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Ernie Evans, of Ahoskie, registering at last year's Chowan Classic.
Date Set for the
The annual Chowan Classic Golf Tournament will
be held at Beechwood Country Club on June 4.
Last year's tournament was a great success for Chowan
and a lot of fun for the 72 golfers who played.
There is a $50.00 entry fee which includes the round of
golf, golfer's packet and a luncheon following the tourna
ment Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third
place finishers. All proceeds, after expenses, will go to
the college's general scholarship fund.
The tournament, sponsored by Kerr Glass, will be able
to accommodate only 72 players again this year, so make
your plans to participate as soon as possible.
For more information, contact Kevin Clary, Director
of Alumni Services, by writing him at PO Box
1848, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855, or by phoning him
at (919) 398-4101.
The Classes of 1953,
1968 & 1983 plan
reunions, see page 12.
Details, see page
Dr. David Gowler
addresses the assem
bly. See "Knowledge:
Virtue and Power,"
pages 4 & 5.
Revival of the
Meet some of the
students who are
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