VOL. XXXVIV. NO. 2 ST. MARY’S COLLEGE RALEIGH, N.C. FEBRUARY, 1877 Reverend Starke S. Dillard, Jr. PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR MR, RICE^S INAUGURATION . 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 mittee. 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 1968. 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. Morrison. 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 Parlor. 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 AT SMC 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 WELCOMES REV. DILLARD 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 1953 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 together. SMC DRAMA CLUB TO PRODUCE DOWN IN THE VALLEY BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION ENDS 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- (Continued on Page 2) 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.