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Dr. Elliott, as Faculty Marshal, carries
college mace to lead the recessional.
Dr. Elliott receives
*95 teaching award
Dr. Joyce Elliott, professor of languages
and literature, received the 1995 Excellence
in Teaching Award during the annual com
mencement exercises in Helms Center.
The announcement was made by Dr. B.
Franklin Lowe, Jr., vice president for aca
demic affairs, and was a highlight to the
college’s 147th graduation program.
Elliott, who was selected for the honor
by vote of the faculty, was presented a
framed certificate and a monetary gift. She
also was honored by being named Faculty
Marshal for the 1995-96 academic term.
Her selection for the teaching award was
based on “effectiveness as a teacher, con
tinued professional growth and availability
to students during and beyond the normal
class and office hours,” said Dr. Lowe.
Elliott was also cited for her participation
in college programs and extracurricular
Joining Chowan’s faculty in the fall of
1984, Elliott received her undergraduate
degree from the University of Kansas and
was awarded the M.F. A. by Yale University.
She earned the doctoral degree from Co
lumbia University and has completed addi
tional graduate study at Regent University.
Class of 1995 largest ever
to receive bachelor’s degrees
The largest four-year graduating class in the
history of the college received their baccalaure
ate degrees on Saturday, May 3, as Chowan
closed the 147th academic session.
The excitement filled Helms Physical
Education Center, where the ceremonies were
held before a very large crowd of faculty, staff,
family and friends.
Dr. Jerry F. Jackson, president, described the
Class of 1995 as being “very special.”
He noted that last year’s class was special in
that it was the first class to receive four-year
degrees in 57 years, but he said the Class of
1995 is “exceptional and special because you
mark the largest class to receive baccalaureate
degrees in the history of the college.”
A total of 61 seniors walked across the stage
tells graduates to be
aware of world affairs
and were presented their framed degrees from
the president as well as 50 students who were
awarded associate degrees. Each graduate also
received a monogrammed Bible as a gift from
Eva Clayton, who represents the First
Congressional District of North Carolina in the
U. S. House of Representatives, delivered the
commencement address and encouraged the
graduates to “be aware of the world around
“Not for just today,” she said, “but for future
students to have the opportunity to obtain
various grants and funding to attend college” as
many of the Class of 1995 were provided.
Rep. Clayton also gave warning signals of
what might happen in the future regarding
financial assistance to college students. She
expressed a concern that students should be
aware of governmental affairs as a necessary
function for others to follow.
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In congratulating the graduates, Clayton said
her message came from her own experiences,
both academically and professionally and she
used her current involvement in politics as
insight in both foreign and domestic affairs.
Mrs. Susan B. Fecho, assistant professor of
art and faculty marshal, opened the exercises
with a devotional period, and special music was
provided by the Commencement Chorale and
Degrees were conferred by Dr. Jackson, with
the assistance of Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., vice
president for academic affairs, and Darrell H.
Dr. Joyce Elliott, professor of languages and
literature, received the 1995 Excellence in
Teaching award, and was presented a framed
certificate and monetary gift. She will also serve
as Faculty Marshal for the 1995-96 year.
In making the presentation which is one of
the highlights of the commencement program,
Dr. Lowe cited Elliott’s “commitment to the
teaching profession and her genuine interest in
Lowe also presented an engraved plaque to
John Ellis, a graduating senior of Murfreesboro,
in recognition of achieving the highest academic
average in the Class of 1995.
Mary Hussein (left) and Judith Ivey display mixed emotions as they
clutch their degrees and await the traditional singing of Chowan's