North Carolina Newspapers

Vol. LXVII No. 5
April 1986
On The Inside. . .
A Male's Perspective On Salem p, 3
Sophomore-Senior A Smash Hit p, 5
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Grad Makes it To White House
Is there life after Salem? Ask
Kimberly O'Brien this question
and she'll say, "Yes there definitely
is, and it's very exciting."
Kim graduated from Salem in
1984, and in two year has gone on
to a position in the Presidential
Advance Office next door to the
White House.
While at Salem, Kim was well-
known as a friendly, fun-loving,
enthusiastic and energetic person.
She was a soccer team star,
Chairman of Fremdendienerin, an
original member of the Gramley
Family, and Timothy Litzenburg's
constant companion.
Upon graduation Kim knew
that she wanted to go to
Washington, and although she
ideally wanted to put her math
major to use, she said she was
prepared to do anything.
By: Matyanne McDonough
In late August 1984 Kim moved
to D.C. and began her job search.
"I literally hit the streets," she
recalls. "I walked into offices and
handed out resumes right and left."
During this process she also
volunteered to work with the
Reagan-Busch campaign.
By September Kim had secured
a position in the Agency for
International Development Office
working as an assistant to a White
House liason responsible for hiring
political personnel. She did
everything from answering phones
to coordinating events with
celebrities like Frank Sinatra,
John Denver, Valerie Harper, and
Harvey Korman.
Through this job Kim learned of
the opening, at the Presidential
Advance Office .and decided to
apply for it. She says she had a
hard time learning to network and
use her contacts because she was
reluctant to ask people to do things
for her. She recalls, "I quickly
realized that if I didn't use all of my
resources, the next person would,
and they'd get the job."
Kim's current title is Trip
Coordinator for President
Reagan, and she is a member of the
staff in charge of his travel
arrangements. Along with several
secret service agents, Kim travels
to Reagan's destinations ahead of
time and makes recommendations
for his hotel, his route from the
airport, and even the restaurants
where he should eat.
Kim's success is just one
example of the potential that exists
for all Salem women upon
International Relations Major Introduced
After months of deliberation,
the Department of Hstory and
Political Science has approved a
major in Internationa Relations.
Eleven and one-ha, courses are
required for the maj , including
Governments of E, e. Interna
tional Trade. Ameri an Foreign
By: Linda Surles
Policy, and Model United Nations.
The Department also requires one
language or culture class at the 100
level or above.
International Relations majors
are encouraged to participate in
one of the off-campus experiences
offered by Salem relating to this
field. These include approved
overseas programs, the Washing
ton and U.N. semester programs,
the Washington Public Policy
summer program, and foreign
policy internships.
Students interested in the
international relations major
should contact Dr. Jerry Pubantz
for further information.
Salem Petitions
By: Dean Virginia Johnson
The Salem Leadership Society is
in the process of completing an
application for a charter for an
Omicron Delta Kappa Circle at
Salem. Omicron Delta Kappa
(ODK) is a prestigious national
honor society which has a
threefold purpose. According to
the ODK guidelines the first
purpose is to recognize students
who have attained a high standard
of efficiency in collegiate activities
and to inspire others to strive for
conspicuous attainments along
similar lines; second, to bring
together the most representative
students in all phases of collegiate
life; third, to bring together
students and faculty on the basis of
mutual interest and understand
The five major areas of campus
life which are to be recognized are
scholarship; athletics; social,
service, and religious activities,
journalism, speech, and the mass
media; and the creative and
performing arts. A point system is
used to determine eligibility for
membership, and students who arc
considered for membership must
be members of the junior or senior
In December 1984 the ODK
National Office was contacted
about the possibility of creating an
ODK Circle at Salem College.
After review of the material from
the national office, the process
began. During the fall of 1985, the
Dean of Students compiled
information about the institution
which could be used as a petition
for the Committee of Standards
and met with 12 student leaders
from various academic disciplines
and leadership positions to discuss
the goals and purpose of ODK.
The group enthusiastically endors
ed the ideas of ODK and agreed to
establish a leadership society
which would conform to the
national policies and procedures.
At that time the petition was
submitted to the Commission of
Circle Standards. The National
Council responded by sending a
representative to Salem for a site
visit. On December 3, 1985 Salem
was notified that our petition to be
placed on the Omicron Delta
Kappa List of Prospective Colleges
and Universities had been approv
ed by the Commission of Circle
The initial tasks of the group
included selecting the same Salem
Leadership Society; writing a
constitution and becoming an
approved organization on campus;
selecting faculty members; and
electing officers. Judy Thompson
was elected President and Christie
Mock Vice President. The current
student members of the Salem
Leadership Society are Nancy
Allen, Cate Antley, Lynne Daniels,
Lois Gramley, Mary Heath,
Melinda McAfee, Annette Mc-
Neely, Kim Rowland, Char
Tipton, and Sandra Yarbrough.
Faculty and staff members are Dr.
Jeffrey Ersoff, Dr. Cindy Farris,
who is the faculty advisor, Ms.
Debbie Harrell, and Dr. Craig
Miller. Dean Johnson was elected
as the secretary/treasurer. Dr.
Litzenburg was elected to mem
bership in ODK while a student at
Washington and Lee University,
The Salem Leadership Society
meets twice each month and has
been actively involved in complet
ing a petition which will be
submitted to the National Council
of ODK requesting that the Salem
Leadership Society be chartered as
an ODK Circle. The petition will
be submitted in March. The
society has made plans for
activities durinjg the spring which
include selecting an outstanding
teacher, tapping new members,
sponsoring a lecture by a faculty
member, and honoring the new
members at a banquet. They hope
to receive an affirmative reply
from the National Council and
install the next ODK Circle at
Salem in the fall of 1986.

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