North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XXXVIV. NO. 2
Reverend Starke S. Dillard, Jr.
. On Sunday, April 17th, Mr.
Rice will become the 2nd
president in the history of St.
Mary's to be inaugurated. The
inauguration will be the first
ever held on the campus. The
choice of St. Mary’s as the site
for the ceremonies is for
emphasis on the celebration of
the coliege itself as well as the
installation of Mr. Rice, ac
cording to Dr. Morrison, head
°f the inauguration com
Mr. Rice is the 4th
president of St. Mary’s. In the
pest, the head of &e school
was a minister; therefore, he
was calied the Rector. The
practice of inaugurating the
president, a title begun when
SMC was under the direction
of Mrs. Cruickshank, began
with Dr. Pisani, who was
installed at Memorial
Auditorium in November of
Plans for the ceremony
have been underway since
November with separate
committees in charge of in
vitations, publicity, physical
arrangements, hospitality,
and students. The guest list of
approximately 1000 names
includes friends of the Rice
family, representatives of
N.C. and out of state colleges,
friends of the college, alumni,
members of learned societies,
N.C. business represen
tatives, clergy, government
officials, past faculty and
staff, present faculty, staff,
custodians, and security of
ficers, and the students. The
invitations were sent in the
name rf the faculty and ad
ministration and the students
“making each student a
hostess” in the words of Dr.
The order of events for the
day is as follows: communion
service 8:30, church service
10:30, lunch for the girls
followed by a luncheon for the
honored guests, ceremonies
2:00 in front of the library and
reception at 3:30 in Smedes
Guest Speaker will be Dr.
Harold Whiteman, President
of Sweetbriar College. Mr.
Rice will be officially installed
by Mr. Thomas Alexander,
Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of St. Mary’s.
Laura Lewis, in charge of
student participation, plans to
organize a group of student
guides and hostesses after
spring break. She wishes to
“encourage students to take
part in the inauguration
because student par
ticipation is of particular
importance to Mr. Rice.”
With the close of 1976, St.
Mary’s ended a very suc
cessful year of celebrating the
Mtion’s Bicentennial. The St.
Mary’s Bicentennial Com
mittee headed by Dean
Emeritus, Dr. Mabel
Morrison, decided on the
themes of Heritage, Festivals,
®nd Horizons for the
celebration. Activities began
in January with a visit from
the North Carolina State
University Pershing Rifles.
They gave a shooting display
and then raised both the U.S.
and Bicentennial flags on the
new flagpole, which was a gift
to the school. The U.S. flag
Was also a gift from N.C.
Senator Jesse Helms. The
Bicentennial Flag was given
to St. Mary’s by Dr. Uw^ce
Wheeler, a member of the
State Bicentennial Com
mittee. Another flag which is
on display in the Auditorium
was a ^t from the N.C.
Congressman, Ike Andrews.
The flags flew hi^ above the
s^ool every class day that
weather permitted.
Another January event
was the visit of noted pianist
Wm Masselos. Mr. Masselos
nlaved American music
Between 1776-1796. The
program was sponsored by
the St. Mary’s Forum. In
March, one of the most im
portant of St. Mary s
Bicentennial events took
place. It was a 3-day forem en
the Theme, The Continuing
Revolution in Women's
Education, sponsored by the
Social Studies Department
and the Alumnae Office.
Illustrious female educators
from various women’s
colleges in the East came to
speax. Everyone who at
tended found the talks and
panel discussion very in
formative. A follow-up forum
was held this fall.
Besides the Social Studies
Department, other depart
ments also got Involved in the
celebration. The Religion
Department sponsored a
program entitled “The
American Religious Ex
perience prior to 1850 and its
St. Mary’s has welcomed
the Reverend Starke S.
Dillard, Jr. as its new
chaplain. The position had
been vacant since the spring
of 1975. He and his wife
(formerly Angela Hamer)
moved into the school’s
rectory several weeks ago.
Mr. Dillard was born in
Charlotte, N.C. He was reared
in Greensboro, N.C. He at
tended Virginia Military
Institute and the University of
N.C. at Chapel Hill. In 1950, he
entered Virginia Theological
Seminary. He was ordained to
the ministry by tiie Right
Reverend Richard H. Baker in
This is not Dillard’s first
experience with young adults.
He was instrumental in
creating youth centers while
the minister at St. Paul’s in
Smithfield, N.C. and at St.
John’s Church in Worthington,
Ohio. While an associate
minister at Christ Church in
Charlotte, he started a “Tin
Can,” and did much work with
the Episcopal Youth Church
people (EYC).
Dillard’s career in the
military has Included serving
as Priest-in-Charge of a
Mission in a rural area near
Salisbury, N.C. He was at St.
Matthew’s for two years. He
was the Episcopal Chaplain at
the Air Force Academy in
Colorado. During the Cold
War of the fifties, he served as
the Chaplain to the Fighter
Bomb Wing of the Air Force.
He was rector and Chaplain
while at Harlington, Texas.
He served at St. Alban's
Church and at the Marine
Military Academy.
The Rev. Dillard leea St.
Mary’s as his parish. He hopes
the student body will seek
counseling from him. He looks
forward to worshipping with
his parishioners. It is hoped
the girls and their new
Chaplain will learn and grow
Tlie St. Mary’s Drama
Club is presently rehearsing
for this winter’s production (rf
Kurt Weill’s Down In the
Valley under the direction of
Harry Callahan. Weill, who
escaj^d Nazi Germany came
to this country and wrote the
melodious love story set In the
southern highlands. The
capable and talented cast is
comprised of a large number
of St. Mary’s students and
local actors. Betsy Henry will
portray Jennie, a girl torn
between obedience to her
father and her love for Brack
Weaver. Her father Is a man
more concerned with his own
financial situation than with
the happiness of Jennie and
plots her marriage to the
wealthy Thomas Bouche. Tom
Hawkins, James Rochelle,
and John Haas play Uie major
roles of Brack Weaver, the
narrator, and Thomas
Bouche, respectively. Tom
Hawkins has done several
productions at the Raleigh
Little Theatre and at Meredith
College. James Rochelle and
Music.” The Library with the
help of the Foreign Language
Department sponsored a
display in one of the upstairs
rooms which illustrated
throu^ various projects the
contributions of other coun-
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John Haas attended the School
of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
Mary Louise Wray and
Catherine Howell also have
speaking roles.
Chores members include:
Dottle Lipscomb, Marlon
Worthy, Beth Nufer, Julie
Belton, Teresa Haislip, Mary
Lawrence Hicks, Janis
Hartsfield, Frances Schultz,
Elizabeth Fuller, Annie
Johnson, Nancy Henderson,
Kathy Elvlngton, Bill Ed
wards, John Spain, Guy
Munger, Ray Maret, Preaton
Mears, Tom Johnson, and
Charles Alberg.
Dancers include; Rachell
Woodruf, Carter Warren, Gail
Gaskin, Marcle Wells, Polly
Morrison, and Morgie 'Towler.
Our musical director for
Down in the Valley is Milton
Bliss, who is director of the
Glee Club and other choral
groups at N.C.S.U. He wUl be
assisted by pianist “Peaches”
Lynn who has played for
numerous operas and
musicals in the Raleigh area.
James l,eoCarta, who owns a
dance studio in Raleigh will be
our choreographer. Sue
Federlcl will design and
execute costumes for the
show. Mary Cease will be
costume mlstiress. Elizabeth
House will stage manage the
show which runs February 23-
26 nightly at 8:00 p.m.

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