Volume I ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE, NOVEMBER 15, 1947 Number I Geraldine Davis Chosen Miss St. Augustine” Miss Geraldine Davis, senior from Fuquay Springs, N. C., won over seven contestants in the battle for the coveted title of “Miss St. Augustine’s.” The Misses Blanche Coombs, a senior from Atlanta, Georgia, and Joyce Sahai, freshman from Trinidad, B. W. I., respectively, received the next highest votes, and will be attendants to “Miss St. Augus tine’s.” Other candidates were, Clara Kelley, Lillian Hunter, Mattie Dupree, Helen Mitchell, and Helen Roy. Miss St. Augustine’s will be feted by the Alumni Association at the St. Aug. Winston-Salem game, and the homecoming dance on Saturday, November 22. Distinguished Guests The guests of the college thus far have included a concert art ist and several speakers. The first guest of the year was Mr. Neal A. Stitt, baritone, who gave us an informal concert in Taylor Hall, October 19, 1947. Mr. Stitt received his B.A. de gree in music from St. Augus tine’s College in 1946, and hav- cert artist went to New York and began studying voice with the director of the Rossini Opera Company, Maestro Oddone Som- movigo, and Professor William Vedal, vocal instructor of Ger man, French, Italian and Eng lish. Everyone thinks that Mr. Stitt has profited immensely from his teachings. Our concert artist spent his entire span of undergraduate study here at St, Augustine’s and his voice gained popularity ear ly in his first year which it kept for the four years. His voice instructors were Mr. T. C. Mayo and Mrs. Lillian O’Daniel. Mr. Stitt has a vast repertoire of selections in foreign languages and those he presented to us were from the pens of Handel, Bach, Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Schumann, Massenet and Brogi. Other selections were by Ed wards, Herbert, Sanderson, Bur leigh and Johnson. The music of the Masters were presented first, followed by the more popular tunes such as “None But The Lonely Heart,” “Into The Night,” “Thine Alone,” and “Laughing Cavalier.” Spirituals concluded this program. The voice accomplishments of Mr. Stitt have gained a new train of admirers for him at his Alma Mater. The Rev. Edgar C. Young, D.S.Th., an instructor at Bishop Payne Divinity School, was the celebrant at the Holy Commun ion Service, 7:30 a.m., October 26, 1947. Rev. Young has a son here at St. Augustine’s. 1\EW SCIE1>ICE BUILDING PROPOSi:il For quite sometime there has been a desire for a new Science Building. The desire is even more great now due to the large increase in our student body. Lately there has been quite a deal of talk concerning this building program but nothing definite had began to take shape. With the change of new college heads our wishes are about to be fulfilled. In our short conversations with Dr. Harold L. Trigg, our new president, and Dr. Lloyd L. Woods, head of the Chemistry Department, we have been able to secure a few facts concerning the new building which we shall pass on to you. There has been approximately $88,000 given to the college by the American Church Institute, j This amount added to what 1 President Trigg is trying to se- ! cure through other means will ! be sufficient for the cost of con- ! struction. The new building is to be a [Functional Program Building. By that we mean it will not be wholly lor Science and Biology, i but also used for other new sub jects to be added to the curricu lum such as Pre-nurse training. At the time of this writing the architectural plans have not been drawn up, but we have been informed that more infor mation will be available in the near future and it shall be passed on to you in our next issue De cember 15, 1947. DR. TRIGG Royal Saints Take To Stage In Assembly Hall Dr. Triirff First The first guest speaker at the 11:30 chapel services, spoke to us Sunday, October 26, 1947. The speaker was Rev. Richard B. Martin, a product of South Caro lina. Rev. Martin is a graduate of Allen University, and Bishop Payne Divinity Schools and has also studied Applied Religion at the University of Cincinnati for one year. (Continued on page four) BENSON LIBRARY RENOVATED During the summer months, the Benson Library of St. Augus tine’s College was greatly im proved. If you have taken any interest in your library, you will have noticed that the library has been equipped with new fluores cent lights. The cost is estimated to be over a thousand dollars. As to the beautification of the library, the walls were painted sea foam green with white ceil ings, which is very restful to the eyes. New pictures have been hung in the library. Even though books came to the library every day during the summer months, there have been placed in the library approxi mately 1,500 new books. In the renovation of the li brary, shades were cleaned and reversed. In connection with the renovating of the library, the walls were plastered and the roof water-proofed. It might interest some of you to know that at the North Caro lina Library Association meet ing, St. Augustine’s College was represented by the librarian. Miss Pearl Snodgrass. The meet ing was held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All these things have gone into the making of a better li brary at St. Augustine’s College. Bette A. Neely, Library Reporter. Negro President Of St. Augustine’s To be first in anything is not alone the honor of establishing a precedent. It is a responsibili ty to preserve the best of the past, and a challenge to move forward into a new and more glorious future. Historic St. Augustine’s Col lege is far more than a grou^ of buildings on a beautiful and spacious campus in East Raleigh, li ib Liie bpiiiLUdi txpiebsioii oi a great world Church; the vision, hopes, and ambitions of the founders and past presidents; the contributions of its distinguished sons and daughters to the public weal; the sturdy character of her living Alumni in America, and Africa and the Islands of the sea; the splendid spirit of a stu dent body drawn from many states as well as foreign terri tory; the loyal and sacrificial service of consecreated teachers down through the years since 1867 to the present; the continui ty in the devotion to ideals of sterling worth, Christian educa tion and living. St. Augustine’s is at one and the same time an integral part of the North Carolina College pattern, and an institution dedi cated to the education of youth from the world wide territory served by the Protestant Episco pal Church. During the thirty-five year tenure of the Reverend Edgar H. Goold it moved up to an ac credited high school, a junior college, and to its present status as the only four year, A Grade liberal arts college for Negro Youth maintained by the Church. Distinguished leaders in church and school, in medicine, law and business both in the past and the present have gone forth from St. Augustine’s to set a signal example to the students of 1947. The challenge is ines capable. Much has been said of a new era of development under the first Negro president of the col lege. This is possible only in the light of new demands of a new modern world neighbor hood for a new leadership that can cooperate with and partici pate in the processes of orderly social progress, and with the tangible support of the Alumni. Today’s students will be to morrow’s graduates. Whether or not they will be links in the un- (Continued on page four) Saint Augustine’s College has a dance band! Hard to believe? How did it happen? All of a sudden! When? October, 1947. This sounds interesting; tell me more. Well, here’s the story: Everyone went to Assembly one morning expecting a special club program, or the like. The: curtain started to rise, and mu- | sic was heard. Music! A dance band and not from a pick-up! There it was, St. Aug. stu-' _ dents had formed a dance band. “Baby” Chavis, leading the band I at the piano, with “Sonny” Chip- pey as understudy. Sax and clar inet, Robert DuBose (hot licks lalto). Frank DeLaine, alto (sweet) — and groovy. Tenors, Arthur Calloway, “Ooksie” Jones, Oscar Smith. We’ve heard about Mr. James and his trum pet, now we boast Mr. Kirk on the same instrument. To top it off, Mark Ross is on the drums, so that makes an All- star aggregatibn if I ever saw one. Such swell, new music! ; Unique arrangements, and good! I Sure they are ... all originally by “Baby” Chavis. Prediction: Duke, Count, Teddy, move over, here comes “Baby ” Here’s a choice bit. Come ' closer — we hear that the inimi table Mr. Lacy Walker plays trombone and will soon appear in the band. We’ll be there! There are other talented players , soon to appear also. To name a few, Sarah Dudley, trombone; Henry Goodson, drums, and i others. News of Faculty And Staff Have we forgotten some one? If you’re thinking of Lillian Hunter, we definitely have not. Description — appearance — a long, low whistle; her voice; a sigh. In other words, she can’t be beat! Another surprise! The : sponsor, Mr. Mayo, has amazed ; us all. He sits in at rehearsals, jand plays boogie, be-bop, and anything you can name. We’ll have to ask him to play with the band sometimes, eh? We’ll guar antee you’ll enjoy it! i Wanted — A male vocalist. [We’ve heard of some good pros pects. DeWitt Robinson, Rich ard Powell, George Crenshaw, and Claudius Blackett. By the way, ask Blackett to tell you I about the show he was in over- ' seas, about the time he sang in ta New York night club, and on the Apollo Amateur Hour in New York! Royal saints, we salute you! ■ You made a fine start and you rate tops in our book. You’ll recognize mine as a fa miliar face in front of your band stand from now on! Carol Royster. New members of the faculty and staff this year, in addition to the President, include: The Rev. Lloyd M. Alexand- jer. Chaplain, who is also teach ing history and philosophy (courses. Father Alexander, a 1933 graduate of St. Augustine’s, ' is also an alumnus of the Bishop Payne Divinity School. He ; holds the Master’s Degree from i Columbia University, and has done additional graduate work I at Union Theological Seminary. During the war Father Alexand er served overseas with the Army, as Chaplain with the rank of Captain. Mr. Gordon L. West, profes sor of education and director of ' teacher training, formerly of the faculty of State Teacher’s Col lege, Elizabeth City, has suc ceeded Professor Earl H. Mc- Clenney, now president of Voor- hees Junior College. Mr. West, a graduate of Emporia (Kansas) State Teacher’s College, and the University of Wichita (M.A.), i is a candidate for the Doctor’s ' —T rr ; - --O' . Mrs. Ernestine Saunders, for merly of Talladega College, has been added to the foreign lan- g u a g e department teaching French and German. She holds the M.A. Degree from Middle- bury College, has studied at the Sorbonne, France, and is work ing toward the Doctorate at Columbia University, Miss Jacqueline Cwper, a graduate of North Carolina Col lege, the new budget offic-r and secretary to the president joins the staff after a year of tradu- ate study at the Wharton Sihool of Finance, University of lenn- sylvania. She is also teac'ting a course in our Commerce De partment. ( Mr. Alexander M. Merritk, a 1944 graduate of St. Augustiie’s, and of the laboratory techndogy department of Meharry Medcal College, has joined the stafl as instructor in chemistry md mathematics. Last year Mr. A4^r- rick was a member of the Ac uity of St. Paul’s Polytechiic Institute, Lawrenceville, Va. Mr. T. L. Spraggins eontinutd his graduate study last summtr at American University, Wasl- ington, D. C., Mr. James A. Liva, at New York University, and Mx James A. Boyer at the Universi ty of Michigan. HOME COMING Saturday, November 22, the Alumni Association will spon sor a parade, barbecue, and dance. The final game of our football schedule will be played that day against Win- ston-Salem, N. C. Miss Hazel V Clarke, was awarded the Master of Science degree at the clcse of the sum mer session at the University of Pennsylvania. Miss Clarke or ganized and is head of our Com merce Department. Mr. WilsoD B. Inborden was on the summer staff of the Vet erans’ Vocational Department, Washington High School, Ra leigh. Mr Russell E. Blunt and Mr. Theodore C. Mayo were members of the staff of the sum mer recreation program spon sored by the City of Raleigh. Mr. William A. Perry acted as sum-ner registrar at St. Augus tine s.