^uguStinE’sf Eccorii Volume XLV MAY-JUNE, 1940 Number 4 REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT—MAY 29, 1940 To the Trustees of St. Augustine’s College. Gextlejien : During the past year 313 students have been enrolled in the Institution. Of this number 244 have been taking the regular college course, an increase of about eight per cent over the college enrollment of the previ ous year. The students came from 24 states and from foreign countries. About fifty per cent come from jN'orth Carolina. About twenty-five per cent from other states of the South, and the remainder from other parts of the United States and from foreign countries. The largest representation in the State of orth Carolina is naturally from lialeigh. Winston-Salem, Edenton and Wilmington have large delegations. About fifty per cent of the students are Communicants of our Church. Many of them are children of our Clergy. Active Church work is carried on both on the campus and in the community. The Woman’s Auxiliary, both Senior and Junior branches, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, the Laymen’s League and Altar Guild w'e among the Church organizations that are functioning effectively. Each year the Bishop confirms a class of from ten to twenty members. Groups of students are helpful in holding services at St. Agnes Hospital, in the neighborhood and in the County Home and Prison Camps, llepresentatives have attended meetings in Greensboro and Chapel Hill as well as interracial gath erings of young peojjle in lialeigh. The College Chapel Lenten Offering was about $350. A number of important conferences have been held on the campus during the past year. These included the well attended district meeting of the Laymen s League, the State Public Welfare Institute foi- ^egro Workers, the annual meeting of the Crown and Sceptre Honorary Scholarship Society which has its headquar ters at St. Augustine’s, and a conference called in the interest of promoting the training of workers in mental hygiene. There will also be the usual St. Augustine s Conference for I^'egro Clergy and Church Workers which includes a well conducted conference for young peoj)le. Our academic work has been strengthened through an arrangement for interchange of students in ceitain courses with Shaw University and also by le ® ‘ lishment through the aid of the Geneia _ Board of a joint professorship at the two ins i ii Througli the efforts of Bev. Ur. Patton o tie^ men can Church Institute for jS^egroes, Eiiglish prizes ag gregating $100 in value are being offered t iis yeii . Comi)etitioii for tliese prizes lias greatly stimu a^ ■'vork of the English Def>artnient and it is lope the offer will be continued. In the neai u ^ expected that two prize scholarships i , for tuition will be established in memory o Bishop Henry B. Delany by members of his family. This will be a welcome form of aid as the college re^ ceives numerous appeals for aid in behalf of promising and needy students. The Alumni Association, under the leadership of Dr. Edson Blackman of Charlotte, continues its efforts to enlist the support of graduates and former students in a prop-am for aiding the work of the college. It is interesting to note that since the founding of St. Augustine’s about sixty of its former students have been ordained to the ministry of our Church while five are at present preparing to enter it. The Joint Commission on Negro Work, authorized by General Convention held one of its meetings on our campus on January 10th. Bishop Deinby, a member of the Commission, remained after the meeting to bo honor guest at the Anniversary Exercises of the College and to preach in the College Chapel. In a letter sub sequently written to the President he said: “I do not regret remaining over to be the guest speaker—the pleasure was all mine. I am all the better for remain ing , the stay was most profitable to me in a number of ways. I enjoyed every number of the program of the 72nd anniversary of the institution, the basketball games, and was delighted with the tangible evidences of the industrial and economic. advancement of the colored people of Raleigh; but above all with the char acter of the work that is being done not only in the College, but in the Bishop Tuttle Training School, the ^urse Training School and the hospital, as well as on the farm; all under your general supervision. You have done and are doing a most outstanding piece of educational work.” I would call attention in this report to a valuable pami^hlet recently published by one of our graduates. Archdeacon Bravid Harris of Southern Virginia en titled “A Study of Our Work.” The lectures ’that appear in it were originally prepared for delivery at the St. Augustine’s Conference held last June. They constitute a most important addition to the material that has been issued with reference to the Church’s work among the N'egro people in this country. I would also note that announcement has been made of the retirement of Dr. Kobert W. Patton, director of the American Church Institute for JSTegroes, to take effect at the end of the current year, and of the election of his associate, the Eev. Cyril-E. Bentley, to succeed him at that time. For more than a generation Dr. Pat ton has labored with incessant zeal for the Mission Work of the Church, and in particular for her educa tional work among the l^egro people which he has stimulated in so many ways. A recent address of his before the Iv^ational Council, which has just been printed with the title “An Inspiring liecord in JS^egro Education” should be read by all who desire informa tion about what has been accomplished. We shall miss (Continued on Page :i)

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