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    Augustine’s B^corb
MAY - JVXE, 1!»35 *
Voliinio XIj
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
May 29, 1935
To the Trustees of St. Aiigustine’s College,
Gentlemen:
Dnring the past year, the sixty-eighth anmial
session of the Institution, there has been a total
enrollment of 300 students including 45 in the
St. Agnes Training School for jSTurses and 1-i m
tlie Bishop Tuttle School for Church and Wel
fare Workers. The students come from 2-4 states
and 3 foreign countries. Many of them aie chil
dren of onr ^egro Clergy. About 50% are from
the State of North Carolina.
Tlie College aims to extend its helpfulness an
influence outside its own walls. There are a num
ber of extension classes offered to teachers 'v\ho
cannot attend the regular day sessions. Classrooms
are also provided for adult evening classes con
ducted by Federal Aid.
Among the organizations which have held con
ferences or meetings during the year using t e
college facilities luave been : The State Public A e
fare Institute for Negro Workers, the Crown an
‘‘^eepter Club, a Statewide high school honor
scholarship society, the Corn Club Association,
tbe State Negro Librarians Association, the State
N^egro Dramatic ^Vssociation and, as usual, the
Annual St. Augustine’s Conference for Clergy'
and Churcli AVorkers including a Young People s
Conference.
The college has suffered a genuine loss in the
death of one of our helpful and beloved Trustees,
tbe Rpv. Theodore Partrick, Jr. From the time
of his first coming to Raleigh until his death *
Partrick took a keen personal interest in the
of the college and in St. Agnes Hospital where he
Wag a frequent visitor. _ ..
We feel that the scholastic and religious i e
of the Institution has continued to de^elop along
normal lines. In connection with the lattei t ®
J^orward Movement ideals have been emphasized
•iJ'd use made of literature of the mo^ ement.
Various Negro clergy have occupied the pulpit
from time to time. There was as usual a sizable
f'onfirmation Class awaiting the Bishop on his
''isitation in Holy Week. The Lenten offering for
^lissions amounted to $335, an increase of about
'*^3% over what was given last year, and the lar^st
offering that has been given for that purpose. r
ganizations that help in our religious and Church
life are the Woman’s Auxiliary, both Senior and
Junior Branches, the Laymen’s League, Brother
hood of St. Andrew, the Altar Guild and the Fer
guson Club. We have continued the custom of
sending a Lenten letter to all who have been con
firmed in the College Chapel in recent years urg
ing them to attend if possible a Corporate Com
munion in the Chapel on Passion Sunday, or, if
that be not possible, to attend a Communion Serv
ice elseAvhere and renew in their prayV^rs the
promises of their Confirmation.
Our Choral Club and our Dramatic Club have
each finished a successful year and have received
warm commendation from those privileged to at
tend the various programs which they have ren
dered.
Our efforts to develop interest and participation
in intra-mural athletics and in more varied types
of physical exercise have met with considerable
success. More and more students are being bene
fited by participation in some form of sport. This
is as it should be. The- morale of the student body
and of the staff of the Institution has been good.
The Alumni Association has been making efforts
to increase its usefulness.
We also feel grateful for prizes offered this
year for the first time by two of our prominent
alumni, Eev. I). LeRoy Ferguson of Boston, and
Dr. Edward Bowden of Atlanta. The former also
showed his loyalty by coming to us as our Bacca
laureate preacher. We feel it a distinct honor that
the Et. Rev. Philip Cook, D.I)., President of the
Xational Council, has taken time in the midst of
his many duties to come to us as our Commence
ment speaker. This action of Bishop Cook’s en
courages us to hope that the work at St. Augus
tine’s is recognized as of value to the whole Church
as supervised by the Council of wdiich he is the
Executive Head.
Finances
The financial situation of the college is not
altogether a happy one. Owing to the reduction
of practically 50% in the appropriation from the
National Church through the American Church
Institute for Negroes the college faces a deficit
for the first time in many years, with the prospect
of an even greater one next year unless larger
support can be secured. We have done everything
possible ill effecting economies and our students
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